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Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns

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Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns

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icon8 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

This tour includes options for both first-time and certified divers at two Great Barrier Reef dive sites.
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BBQ lunch prepared onboard with fresh fish, prawns, steak, salads (Veg, GF, DF & Vegan options)
Cruise onboard the fastest, most luxurious superyacht
5 hours reef time at 2 spectacular outer reef locations
Use of Scuba equipment
Use of Snorkelling equipment
Up to 3 Introductory or Certified Scuba Dives (if selected)
Free lycra/stinger suit hire
Glass of wine and a snack on return journey
10-minute Scenic Flight (if selected)
Relax in comfort in spacious air-conditioned modern lounges and stylish upper deck
$20 per person admin/fuel levy (to be paid direct prior to travel if purchased prior to July23 2021)
Private transportation

Departure Point

1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Check-in is from 7.15am to 7.45am at Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns. Evolution departs 8.00am sharp. Return transfers are available for an additional cost. You must contact Down Under Dive to book.

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
After boarding your deluxe boat, which seats a max of 100 people, including your experienced guides, your Great Barrier Reef day trip starts with the boat ride from Cairns out to the reef—one of the fastest rides from Cairns, with just more than an hour of cruising time.

Depending on the weather and water conditions on the day of your tour, your guides will head to one of 12 exclusive moorings at six reef locations, providing you with the best possible on-the-water experience that day. Most likely, you’ll visit one of the Outer Great Barrier Reef spots like Saxon Reef or Norman Reef in the morning, and then continue to North Hastings Reef in the afternoon.

Upon arrival at your first location, hop in the water with your provided snorkeling equipment for a look at multicolored fish, coral and other marine life. Instruction is provided for beginners, and your knowledgeable crew members are on hand to encourage and help you, if needed. Then snorkel again at your second location. If you’d rather not get wet, you can still check out this World Heritage–listed underwater world on a tour by semi-submersible vessel (own expense; payable on the day of your tour).

During your time on the barrier reef you can refuel with an onboard buffet lunch of Australian barbecue items such as fresh fish, sausages and steak, plus a selection of pastas, salads and prawns. On the return trip to Cairns, snack on a platter of cheese and fruit while members of your talented crew provide live music and entertainment to celebrate the end of your day on the sea.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Great Barrier Reef
Upon arrival at your first reef location, either Saxon or Norman Reef, it’s time to snorkel and dive! Hop in the water with your provided equipment and discover the underwater world full of multicolored fish, coral, and other marine life. Your guides help you to get outfitted with snorkel and scuba diving equipment, and provide instruction and encouragement to newcomers and experienced people alike. Your friendly and knowledgeable crew is always available to help nervous snorkelers or divers enjoy their time in the water. During your time on the reef, you will enjoy a BBQ lunch prepared onboard with fresh fish, steak, a variety of salads, and prawns.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Great Barrier Reef
At the second reef location, North Hastings Reef, you can snorkel or dive again. If you prefer to stay dry, you can still check out this World Heritage-listed underwater world on semi-submersible tour with live commentary by our marine biologist (additional cost) or from above with a 10-minute scenic helicopter ride (additional cost).
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Check-in is from 7.15am at Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns. Please make your way to the Down Under Cruise and Dive counter to check-in. Boat departs 8.00am sharp.
  • All divers are required to complete a Medical Questionnaire. In our commitment to the safety of our guests, divers over 65 years (or 45 years for PADI dive courses) must have a medical clearance with a physician the confirms they are Fit To Dive. This can be provided by your own GP before you leave for your holiday. Please be aware that certain medical conditions (e.g. asthma, heart disease, diabetes) and/or prescription medication may prevent some people from diving.
  • Children aged and under 12 years (introductory) and 10 years (certified divers) are not permitted to participate in onboard diving activities as per Queensland Australian Law.
  • Children under the age of 18 must be in the immediate company of a parent or legal guardian.
  • For Certified Diving, evidence of dive certification is required from all divers wishing to participate in a certified dive.
  • Diving within 24 hours before your flight is not permitted.
  • Due to comfort, weight and balance of the aircraft, the weight limit for helicopters is 130kg. Please contact the supplier directly for further information.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • $20 per person admin/fuel levy (to be paid direct prior to travel if purchased prior to July 23, 2021)
  • Special dietary requirements must be confirmed at least 24 hours prior to travel directly with the tour operator. Vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free options are available.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 124 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Down Under Dive
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travellers
See all safety measures taken by Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
See all safety measures taken by Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns.

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Traveller Tips


  • "If you are doing a introductory dive you are not allowed to bring a camera with you." See review
  • "Don't make the mistake of forgetting to take seasickness medication!!" See review
  • "You are NOT allowed to scuba dive if have epilepsy, Diabetes, or a Seizure Disorder." See review

Reviews

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Reviews by Viator travellers

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Fantastic experience. The...
Shelton_B
, Nov. 2021
Fantastic experience. The reef locations were stunning and the crew were all energetic and friendly. I would recommend down under cruise and dive to anyone wanting to experience the GBR
icon Response from Host , Nov. 2021
Hi Shelton, thank you so much for choosing to adventure with us aboard Evolution to the GBR! Glad to read you had a fantastic time!
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Evolution experience
Leanne_I
, Oct. 2021
Fantastic day, awesome staff and the reef wes beautiful would recommend this experience to anyone, buffet lunch was yummy and the whole day was expertly done with professional friendly staff
icon Response from Host , Nov. 2021
Thank you so much for choosing to join us aboard Evolution for your outer GBR adventure!
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star-5
Best day ever
Taraisabella_L
, Oct. 2021
The staff is so nice helpful welcoming and friendly I literally felt like I was at home love them all
icon Response from Host , Oct. 2021
Glad to read you had the best day out with us aboard Evolution and the crew made you feel at home! Thank you for choosing to share your outer reef adventure with us!
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Had a lovely holiday, was...
asmita_t
, Oct. 2021
Had a lovely holiday, was our very first experience snorkelling and diving (which we couldn’t do). Absolutely great crew team, loved the way they behave. We 7 were blessed to have you and Eddi we love you, chatting with you was the most beautiful part of the day. would be back next time. Thank you team 🙂
icon Response from Host , Oct. 2021
It's so great to read you had a lovely day aboard Evolution with us! Isn't Eddie wonderful, we are so lucky to have him also!
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star-5
Amazing
Shaun_S
, Oct. 2021
Will be one of the most beautiful things I will ever see in my life, the staff were very friendly!!!
icon Response from Host , Oct. 2021
Hi Shaun, thank you for choosing to share your Great Barrier Reef experience with us onboard Evolution! Its so great great to read you had an amazing day!
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My remarkable travel...
Diep_N
, Oct. 2021
My remarkable travel experience with Down Under Dive was so well organisation and professional services.
icon Response from Host , Oct. 2021
Hi Diep, its so amazing to read you had a remarkable time with us! Come back anytime!
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star-5
Highlight of Cairns holiday
Jennifer_P
, Oct. 2021
Excellent day out, well organised, terrific customer service. Snorkelling was magical - highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Oct. 2021
Hi Jennifer, thank you so much for the great feedback and for choosing to spend the day on the reef with us!
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Wonderful- thank you
Rachel_B
, Sep. 2021
Wonderful experience and the staff were friendly with excellent service. Clean boat, goos meals, very helpful staff
icon Response from Host , Oct. 2021
Hi Rachel, we love our team and love to read about when you do too! Thank you for choosing to travel with us!
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Great Barrier Reef experience
Levi_S
, Sep. 2021
Great fun snorkelling and seeing the different parts of the reef, great hosts look after you with anything needed and great food.
icon Response from Host , Oct. 2021
Thanks so much for wonderful feedback! And thank you for choosing us to take you to see the sites on part of the beautiful GBR!
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Cheated
Clemence_M
, Sep. 2021
Being denied a chance to snorkel after we had paid for medical conditions even an issue in life as it under control. On booking we were not even made aware of this.
icon Response from Host , Sep. 2021
Hi Clemence, I have spoken with our reservations team who have advised that you were unable to dive due to your medical condition. We do clearly state on our website, T&C's and on Viator/TripAdvisor's terms and conditions and 'Additional Info' that some medical conditions may prevent you from diving. We are sorry if there was any miscommunication here! You would have still been able to swim and snorkel with your medical conditions, so we hope you still enjoyed getting in the water and snorkelling. Our reservations team have advised that a request for a refund for your scuba dives have been sent through. We are sorry again that you were unable to dive but hope you enjoyed the rest of your day out with us. Thanks, Steph
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