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  • Location:Cairns, Australia
  • Duration:9 hours (approx.)

Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns

Explore the Great Barrier Reef aboard a sleek, luxury catamaran on this snorkel and dive cruise from Cairns! Spend six hours on the Great Barrier Reef at two different snorkel and dive sites. Cruise in style on the comfortable catamaran before taking a glass- bottom boat tour to Upolu Cay with your onboard marine naturalist, where you can either snorkel or scuba dive (see options below). Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch on board the catamaran before heading to Upolu Reef to continue snorkeling or diving, and take a guided snorkeling tour! This cruise is limited to 75 guests, ensuring quality customer service and passenger comfort.


  • 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

Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns

Great Barrier Reef Cruise by Luxury Catamaran

Your Great Barrier Reef adventure begins with check-in at the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal. Once on board the luxury 65-foot (20-meter) catamaran, enjoy coffee, tea, fruit and muffins prior to departure.

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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The trip to and at the Great Barrier Reef was professional. The crew was more than helpful and friendly. They even dressed up for Halloween. Great fun and a memorable experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The most coolist Crew ever seen - a perfect day

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The staff was tremendous! It was my first time diving and our guide, Scotty gave lots of 1 on 1 attention and made us feel comfortable and safe which lead to a fantastic experience. Also, the food was excellent and plentiful. They even provide 50spf sunscreen for the people who forgot to bring it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Wonderful staff. First spot was especially beautiful. Food, over the top.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Best day of our lives! The most beautiful place with a wonderful and supportive crew on the boat. Even had prescription goggles for those with strong glasses. Plenty of food and drinks. Worth the price and would do again in a heartbeat. A definite must do in Cairns!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We had an amazing day on the reef with Ocean Freedom.
The staff were amazing, very personable and made sure everyone had a fantastic day.
Delicious lunch as well.
Would recommend this trip to anyone

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Snorkeling in open water was much easier than from shore of a nearby island. This activity is definitely recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Outstanding trip! The crew is phenomenal. I had never dove before but after a good lesson from the dive instructors had no problem with the first time dive. Surprisingly the food was some of the best I have ever had on a trip booked on Viator. You can't go wrong with this one for a trip to the Great Barrier Reef.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

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.

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