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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Excellent !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Crew were fantastic, location great, weather was wonderful. Highly enjoyable and worth the money. Very relaxing day, even enjoyed a nap on the deck!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Had a fantastic day snorkeling the reef with ocean freedom! The staff was most excellent, would highly recommend booking with this company!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

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

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