- Cruise to the Great Barrier Reef by luxury catamaran from Cairns
- Spend a full six hours on the Great Barrier Reef
- Choose to snorkel or dive at 2 locations -- Upolu Cay and Upolu Reef
- Learn about the reef on a glass-bottom boat coral-viewing tour
- Take a snorkeling tour led by a marine naturalist
- Delicious buffet lunch, snacks and beverages included
- Top-quality snorkeling and diving gear included
- Cruise is limited to a maximum of 75 passengers
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What You Can Expect
As you cruise to Upolu Cay, relax in the air-conditioned interior deck or on the outdoor sundeck. The crew will provide a safety briefing, and if you choose the introductory or certified scuba diving option, you’ll also fill out your paperwork.
Your first stop is Upolu Cay, a naturally formed coral cay situated 19 miles (30 km) from Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef. The cay's protected shallow waters make it the perfect location to explore the reef, for both snorkelers and scuba divers. Drop anchor and take a glass-bottom boat tour from the catamaran to Upolu Cay. Then jump in the stunning turquoise water for your snorkeling adventure or your introductory or certified dive among an array of coral, reef fish, and starfish.
After working up an appetite, enjoy a delicious buffet lunch on board while cruising from Upolu Cay to Upolu Reef. Feast on smoked salmon, chilled prawns, cold chicken and other meats, accompanied by salad and fresh bread.
You’ll soon arrive at the amazing dive and snorkel site known as the ‘Wonder Wall,’ located on the outer edge of Upolu Reef. Rising 46 feet (14 meters) from the ocean floor, the ‘Wonder Wall’ plateaus just below the water's surface, making it a perfect spot for both snorkelers and divers. Be amazed by the many different types of hard and soft coral, giant clams, turtles and reef fish of all shapes and sizes. Learn more about the reef on an informative drift snorkel tour with a marine naturalist.
After a full six hours exploring the Great Barrier Reef, cruise back to Cairns as the crew serves a selection of tropical fruit, cheese, crackers and a decadent cake platter.
Excellent tour to the Great Barrier Reef. They take you to two reef locations, including a beach that appears at low tide. They provide you with everything you need for snorkelling / diving. Highly recommended.
This was a smaller ship and at first a little crowded, but very nice. The lunch was excellent and the crew was great! I would definitely go with Cairns Premier Reef and Island Tours on the Ocean Freedom again! It was a better experience than on the larger ships.
Very helpful crew! Provided great crew led snorkel tours at both locations! He even brought up different things and found us a sea turtle! Absolutely fantastic!
The staff is very fun, friendly and work on making it the best experience possible. I would recommend doing the intro scuba dive, the view on the reef is even better. Though it is still beautiful if you only want to snorkel.
Very personable crew with a very diverse clientele from all over the world. Fairly young group and the staff was extremely knowledgeable about the GBR. Snorkeling was beautiful! The Freedom staff was terrific!
Crew were fantastic, location great, weather was wonderful. Highly enjoyable and worth the money. Very relaxing day, even enjoyed a nap on the deck!!
Had a fantastic day snorkeling the reef with ocean freedom! The staff was most excellent, would highly recommend booking with this company!
Tour was AMAZING! Great staff and location- wonderful first ever dive, despite the horrible weather. PLEASE note though: DO NOT BOOK WITH VIATOR!!! Just book directly.
The crew of this ship was fantastic! It seems like they really loved their time on the boat with the passengers. They all smiled, were extremely helpful and made it a point to try to contact every passenger