Diving and Snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef

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A bucket-list destination for snorkelers and scuba divers, Australia's Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef system on the planet, offering more than 2,900 reefs and 900 islands to explore. Here’s how to make sure you have an unforgettable visit. 

  • Admire the UNESCO-listed landscapes of the Great Barrier Reef on a half-day, full-day, or multi-day tour from Cairns, Port Douglas, Airlie Beach, or Brisbane.
  • Cruise to popular destinations such as Hamilton Island and the Whitsundays, Green Island, Magnetic Island, the Low Isles, Agincourt Reef, or Michaelmas Cay.
  • Swim and snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef marine park, accompanied by an expert instructor or marine biologist guide.
  • Marvel at the colorful coral reefs; spot whales, sea turtles, and dugongs from the boat; or snorkel amid tropical fish such as clownfish, parrotfish, and butterfly fish.
  • Discover the underwater world on a scuba dive excursion, with options including introductory dives, PADI certification courses, and deep-sea dives for certified divers only.
  • Enjoy vibrant views aboard a glass-bottom boat, luxury catamaran, or cruise ship.
  • Many cruises include hotel pickup and port transfers; lunch or refreshments on-board; and additional activities such as a seawalker helmet walk, an underwater scooter ride, or a short helicopter flight over the reef.
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Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns

If snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef is on your bucket list, don’t miss this day trip from Cairns. You’ll spend five hours at two different locations on the barrier reef for the chance to see tropical marine life in the clear waters. Lunch is included on board the boat, and you have the option to upgrade to include additional adventures such as introductory or certified scuba diving or a helicopter flight over this UNESCO World Heritage site. Both water sports enthusiasts and novices are welcome!
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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$120.96 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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$120.96 USD

Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns

Spend six hours on the Great Barrier Reef at two different snorkel and dive sites on this luxury catamaran cruise from Cairns. Travel in style aboard a comfortable catamaran to a mooring off of Upolu Cay. Take a glass–bottom boat to Upolu Cay, then have time to snorkel or scuba dive. Refuel with a buffet lunch on board the catamaran before heading to your next destination, Upolu Reef, for more water time, including a guided snorkeling tour.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$157.61 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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$157.61 USD

Silverswift Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns

Dive into the spectacular underwater realm of the Great Barrier Reef on this full-day snorkel and scuba cruise from Cairns. Travel aboard a luxurious catamaran to three renowned dive sites to swim among coral gardens and tropical marine life. All experience levels are welcome, and guides are on hand to assist with your choice of snorkeling, introductory scuba diving, or certified diving. A buffet lunch plus morning and afternoon tea on the catamaran are included.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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$166.04 USD
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Sunlover Reef Cruises Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Cairns

Enjoy the natural delights of the Great Barrier Reef on an activity cruise from Cairns that gives you several ways to experience this renowned underwater world. After traveling by catamaran to a pontoon moored on the reef, you can observe marine life on a glass-bottom boat or semi-submersible vessel; go snorkeling to spot sea turtles; get your hands wet in the touch pool; upgrade to include a Seawalker Helmet dive; or upgrade to include an introductory or certified scuba dive. Snacks and a buffet lunch are included, and the pontoon is equipped with showers.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$167.88 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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2-Day Best of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

See the best of Cairns with a two-day package that provides the ultimate reef and rainforest experience. First, explore the town of Kuranda, traveling via the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Then discover the aquatic wonders of the Great Barrier Reef on a 5-hour ocean cruise with stops for snorkeling and scubadiving. Return to Cairns by helicopter, taking a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef. Have the option to add on admission to Rainforestation in Kuranda to learn about Aboriginal culture and Australian wildlife.
  • Duration: 2 days
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$472.84 USD
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  • Duration: 2 days
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Learn to Scuba Dive on the Great Barrier Reef: 4-Day PADI Open Water Dive Course

Learn to scuba dive in one of the world's top locations for underwater wonders: Cairns, Australia and the Great Barrier Reef. Your professional and friendly instructors lead a 4-day PADI Open Water dive course for your small group limited to eight people. You'll gradually learn the skills you need to scuba dive and earn the internationally recognized PADI certification. Practice basic scuba skills in the classroom, a swimming pool, and on confined water dives, then discover the Great Barrier Reef on open-water dives. Hotel transfers are included each day.
  • Duration: 4 days
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$454.51 USD
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  • Duration: 4 days
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4-Day Cairns and Great Barrier Reef Tour

Experience the highlights of Tropical North Queensland with this diverse 4-day tour of Cairns and surrounds. Explore the famous coral gardens and marine life of the Great Barrier Reef with a catamaran cruise, snorkeling adventure and visit to an underwater observatory. Delve into the area’s indigenous history on a tour of Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, and explore the village of Kuranda after a ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. All accommodation, ground transport and logistics are arranged for a smooth, hassle-free vacation.
  • Duration: 4 days
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$591.60 USD
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  • Duration: 4 days
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$591.60 USD

Ultimate 3-Day Great Barrier Reef Cruise Pass

Explore the Great Barrier Reef exactly the way you want and save with this great-value, customizable 3-day pass. Choose three different full-day cruises to suit your style and preferences, from certified and introductory scuba dive trips to snorkeling and glass bottom-boat adventures. Get a new perspective on the world-famous reef on every cruise, with diverse destinations including Green Island, Agincourt Reef and Low Isles. Tours depart from Cairns or Port Douglas can be taken over a 7-day period to suit your sightseeing schedule. It’s a fantastic way to discover Australia’s spectacular underwater world!
  • Duration: 3 days
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$374.97 USD
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  • Duration: 3 days
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Ocean Spirit Michaelmas Cay Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns

Discover the underwater treasures of the Great Barrier Reef on this full-day catamaran cruise to Michaelmas Cay from Cairns. Snorkel straight from the white sandy beaches to swim among amazing coral gardens and get an up-close encounter with tropical marine life. Go deeper with an optional introductory scuba dive, or admire the reef on a semi-submarine boat tour. Chat with marine biologists to learn about the thousands of migratory seabirds that nest on the protected cay, and refuel with a buffet lunch featuring fresh seafood.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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$155.78 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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2-Day Reef and Rainforest Package Combo: Green Island Cruise and Kuranda Day Trip

Explore the treasures of Tropical North Queensland's reef and rain forest on this packed, 2-day combo tour. Discover the famous coral gardens and marine life of the Great Barrier Reef on a cruise to Green Island, complete with a snorkeling adventure. Then, head inland to the rain forest village of Kuranda, gliding through the lush landscape on the Kuranda Scenic Rail and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. You’ll also delve into aboriginal culture with a Dreamtime walk, ride on a duck tour and interact with koalas for a diverse, immersive experience!
  • Duration: 2 days
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$292.50 USD
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  • Duration: 2 days
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