- 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
Recent Photos of This Tour
- Snorkeling at the Barrier ReefPhoto by: Caroline S
- Scuba Diving and ...Photo by: Alicia J
- Giant ClamPhoto by: Gillian C
- Great Barrier ReefPhoto by: Kari J
- Fish on the ReefPhoto by: Alicia J
- The Reef itselfPhoto by: Alicia J
- FishPhoto by: Alicia J
What You Can Expect
Enjoy coffee, tea and light snacks prior to departure, then relax on the outdoor sundeck or air-conditioned interior as your vessel cruises to Upolu Cay. Receive a safety briefing from the expert crew to prepare for the day ahead.
Drop anchor off of Upolu Cay and take a glass-bottom boat from the catamaran to Upolu Cay, located on the Great Barrier Reef 19 miles (30 km) from Cairns. Hop in the sheltered turquoise water to snorkel or scuba dive among an astounding array of coral, colorful fish and other sea creatures.
Cruise from Upolu Cay to Upolu Reef while enjoying a delicious buffet lunch with dishes such as smoked salmon, chilled prawns, cold chicken and other meats, accompanied by salad and fresh bread.
Arrive at the outer edge of Upolu Reef at a site known as the Wonder Wall. From the ocean floor, the Wonder Wall extends 46 feet (14 meters) high, reaching to just below the water's surface. Both snorkelers and divers can explore and marvel at the variety of marine life, including hard and soft corals, reef fish, giant clams and turtles. With an expert guide, take an informative tour and drift snorkel around the site.
Cruise back to Cairns after a six hours on the Great Barrier Reef, snacking on a selection of tropical fruit, cheese, crackers and cakes.
There were 73 people on this tour, so the boat Ocean Freedom was a bit crowded, and it got a little stuffy as they were doing their safety brief. There were seats for everyone, but you just have to be comfortable sitting closely to other people. A pro of this tour is that what you purchase is what you get there are no surprise/extra charges which we got with another tour. The food was great and there was plenty to go around. We really liked the staff, Barnaby was great!
excellent crew, well organized day. definitely recommend folks take sea sickness tablets before starting the trip to avoid getting sick in rough waters. we took them and were fine, but others had trouble. passed fruit and cheese/crackers were a nice treat after a day in the sun.
Crew was first class. Had everything organized between divers and snorklers. The reef was incredible and the food was very good. You could tell that customer service was a high priority for all employees.
It was a wonderful day out, nice crew. Did wish for something hot during lunch, but all in all, was a splendid experience.
Great Crew! wonderful way to see the great Barrier Reef!
Had a great time, the boat wasn't super big so it felt more intimate. The food was excellent and we had plenty of time to dive and snorkel. I definitely recommend!
One of the best experiences of our lives! The crew was fun and friendly. Plenty of food offered throughout the day to keep you from getting too hungry. Staff gets into the water with you and will show you interesting things along the reef. Plenty of time in both locations. The snorkel gear was in great condition and high quality. This is a small I believe family run company, and they do an amazing job. Go see the reef with them! You won't regret it, I promise!
Very well organized, friendly staff, but horrible weather
This was a Great Tour! The crew was very helpful and informative. We had a great trip out to the reef. When we arrived I was surprised that we were the only boat there! We had plenty of time on the glass bottom boat as well as snorkeling. Barry the Barracuda was a bit unnerving but once I was in the water and saw that he wanted nothing to do with us humans I was ok. We saw sting rays, eels, and all kinds of beautiful fish. More colorful than I have seen in Hawaii and Tahiti. My favorite was the purple star fish. They were Beautiful! What a Great Time! I would highly recommend this tour!