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  • Location:Cairns, Australia
  • Duration:10 hours (approx.)

Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns

View the colorful underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef on this full-day trip from Cairns. Whether you are a snorkeler or a scuba diver, experienced or a novice, this snorkel and dive cruise from Cairns is the perfect day out on the Great Barrier Reef. Visiting three different dive sites you'll discover the abundant marine life and diversity of coral which the Great Barrier Reef is world-famous for.


  • Full-day cruise to the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns
  • Snorkel or scuba dive from the back of the boat
  • Visit three different sites and five hours on the reef
  • Beginners can snorkel or try an introductory dive
  • Experienced divers can complete up to three certified dives
  • Cruise on a luxurious catamaran accommodating up to 80 passengers

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What You Can Expect

Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns

Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns

Snorkel or dive at some of the best known dive sites off Cairns such as Flynn, Milln and Thetford reefs for their abundance of marine life. The sites offer excellent wall dives, swim-throughs and overhangs, great for both novice and experienced divers. you can expect to see an abundance of fish species, hard corals such as staghorn, table, plate and boulder coral, and many species of soft corals.

Your day begins as you board the boat at Marlin Wharf. The ultra modern 29 meter catamaran will be your base for the day. Throughout the day you'll visit three different locations which may include Thetford, Milln and Flynn Reef. Each stop showcases a different aspect of the beautiful Great Barrier Reef. At each site you have the choice to snorkel, dive or a combination of both.

If you have never tried scuba diving you can choose to do one or two introductory dives, or you may prefer to stick to snorkeling and explore all three sites from the surface. A crew member will take those interested on a guided snorkel tour at one of the reef locations. Certified divers can choose to partake in up to three certified dives. Whatever you choose, your Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise includes up to five hours in the water.

The friendly crew will be happy to answer any questions you have throughout the day. The boat features full bar facilities, fresh water showers and expansive sun-decks overlooking the Coral Sea. A tropical buffet lunch will be served between sites, along with morning and afternoon tea.

We recommend you book this reef trip on your first full available day. You then have the opportunity to be flexible and change your travel date if you wish. Your booking can be changed at no additional cost directly with the operator once you are in Cairns. Prebook and secure your booking, but relax in knowing you can make amendments at no charge.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was a 5-star trip anyway, but the fact that we left our underwater camera onboard and didn't realize until we got back to the states.......and the swift boat company found it and had it shipped back to us was incredible!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Staff were very helpful and respectful, had a very bumpy ride, but everyone was a great help. Dive instructors are great, they really love their job, and want you to have a great experience. Seeing a sea turtle was the high light of my trip!!!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Very well organized, the staff friendly knowledgeable of the reef. Definitely got your money's worth. The reefs were absolutely beautiful. The amount of food you got was good too. You got a morning snack, lunch and then an afternoon snack. Very memorable day thank you guys!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Amazing. The staff are professional, yet friendly and approachable. I had never dived before and panicked a little at my first attempt but they were patient with me and helped me get over my initial fears. There may seem like there are a lot of people on the boat however this helps with the atmosphere and the number of people actually diving (and therefore require a little more attention/assistance) is a very manageable size. The food on on offer (breakfast and lunch) is plentiful and overall very good value for money. Cannot recommend this enough.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Absolutely gorgeous! Perfect day with an amazing staff.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

The crew was so helpful and this was bar far my best day in Cairns.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

Great Diving experience. Dives were beautiful. Staff puts safety first and was great all the way around. They were very friendly and helpful.. The lunch we had was nicely prepared and was tasty especially after diving. Vessel was very clean. Great experience all the way around.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

Excellent tour - the staff are friendly and professional, a really 1st class service!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

Excellent trip with a great dive guide!

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