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Susan W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

Great Crew! wonderful way to see the great Barrier Reef!

Jeeyoon

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

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!

Jessica W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

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!

Claus B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

Very well organized, friendly staff, but horrible weather

Kari J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

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!

Gjermund Å

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

Great trip out to the Great Barrier Reef.
Personally I liked the last reef best. Clearer water and more to see.
Fun to dive. However, as a certified diver, I would rather spend several days here. Next time I'm in Cairns maybe.
Personally I thought the snorkeling was nicer than diving. Mostly because this reef was much nicer to look at.
But advise everyone to try diving in any case. It's fun, and opens a whole new world.
Very good lunch.

Mary D

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.

Herta K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

The most coolist Crew ever seen - a perfect day

Vicki M

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!

Frederick S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

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

Bruce

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!

katie.laird

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

dpgabarron

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.

Timothy S

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.

Eduardo P. F. S

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.

Josephine S

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.

Lena-Joy B

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!

puigk92

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.

Tai Yuen L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

Excellent !

apolo1215

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!

Mellany M

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!!

Adam R

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!

Monique D

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.

Kathleen L

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

Robert D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2014

Amazing experience with the help of a highly professional crew

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