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Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns

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  • 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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  • Offered in: English


Experience one of the wonders of the natural world up close and personal on this snorkeling and diving cruise on the Great Barrier Reef. Climb aboard a 35 meter superyacht in Cairns and set sail for the open sea. Reach the Barrier Reef and explore the colorful world underneath the water, and snorkel or dive for a closer look. Travel to 2 different locations on the reef to see more of this special place
  • Lunch on board the boat is included in the ticket price of this 5 hour tour
  • Learn about the marine life you encounter from the knowledgeable and friendly crew
  • Full training and safety instructions are given on every trip
  • Hire of the snorkeling, diving and safety gear is included in the tour price

What's Included

  • 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 Snorkeling equipment
  • 1 pre-booked dive (if dive package is selected. Additional dives can be added once onboard)
  • 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
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Private transportation

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 1 Spence St
    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.

Start time

08:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • 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
  • 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 travelers can participate
  • If you chose a package with a dive, this includes 1 pre-booked dive only (note: dives are not included with snorkel-only packages). Additional dives can be purchased onboard on the day or direct with the operator prior to travel.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 124 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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 canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

If you are doing a introductory dive you are not allowed to bring a camera with you.
Don't make the mistake of forgetting to take seasickness medication!!
You are NOT allowed to scuba dive if have epilepsy, Diabetes, or a Seizure Disorder.
2,194 reviews
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Wonderfully spent day trip
LIA_B, Mar 2023
Highly organized trip to the last detail. Incredibly friendly and professional crew. Clean and well maintained boat. Beautiful locations with plenty of time to explore.
Amazing day out thanks
Mark_Z, Mar 2023
The staff are so friendly and helpful. They explain everything really well. And the food is delicious. I cant recommend these guys enough.
Day out in the reef.
vnythwgvrp, Mar 2023
Lovely day out in the reef! The spots in the reef they choose were very good! They cooked the meat there and then so the food was fresh enough. I didn’t like the seat allocation though! Felt I was in school! 😂 All in all, fab day out!
Great crew for snorkeling...
Jack_B, Mar 2023
Great crew for snorkeling and intro dive! Food was good and everything went great leading to a great day in the reef.
An amazing day! Best day on the reef!
Harriet_F, Mar 2023
The most incredible day out! Beautiful reef locations and so much to see both diving and snorkelling. I was booked for one dive and was allowed to book a second on board which I was grateful for. Ben was my dive guide and he was amazing, he pointed out so many things and found us a turtle and several sharks which was amazing. Very helpful and thorough with all diving aspects and lovely to talk to. All the staff were so friendly and happy to talk and have fun which was great. The food was great, a hot bbq of steak and fish were delicious with prawns, salad and sides available. They had an underwater photographer who was amazing and made sure she got photos of everyone which were available to buy. They also offered guided snorkel tours and a glass bottom boat/submersible so lots of things available for everyone to do in and out of the water. Overall a really amazing day and I will certainly be booking again on my next trip to Cairns.
Memorable experience
Kelly_D, Mar 2023
Tour on the whole was great, staff were friendly and had a great sense of humour (thanks Jack, captain Dave) crew communicated very well & had fun positive vibes all around. We felt very looked after & safe. Stinger suits, life vests & pool noodles being available was good. We were fortunate enough to get great weather, blue sunny skies and clear water. We had options to sit outside and sun bake on upper decks or sit inside and relax in the air-conditioned cabin. What a memorable experience, would highly recommend this tour to family and friends. Thanks Down Under Cruise and Dive!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Veronica_G, Mar 2023
Everything about this experience was amazing. Visited both Saxon and Hastings Reef. Friendly staff, well organized, snorkelling equipment was well cared for, quick trip to the reef.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Professional and very well managed experience
Viral_S, Mar 2023
Very professionally managed from start to finish. If you are on any medication, contact them in advance to check if you would be allowed to go for Scuba Diving. Good food - catered to vegetarian / vegan dietary requirements. Best part was the guys who were helping non-swimmers do a snorkel trip. Will surely recommend them.
Fun in the sun and water.
Kathleen_N, Mar 2023
Beautiful day to be out. Two stops and great views. Met some fun people to spend the day with. The crew was friendly and efficient. Would certainly use this company again.
A whole world under the sea
Johanna_D, Mar 2023
I went solo and met other solo travelers on the boat. I had never snorkeled in the ocean before but the crew was so helpful and there were many different options to remain safe in the water. I had a wonderful time.
Best day out!
Maisie_B, Mar 2023
Amazing day out with the Dive down under crew! Me and my partner had a scuba dive booked along the reefs. We had Sandi who guided us for about 20 minutes underwater. We had plenty of time to snorkel along the reefs all day. Lunch was buffet style and had grilled steaks, prawn and fish. Along with some salad and bread. They offered complimentary ginger tablets to help reduce sea sickness or medicated tablets were 10 dollars for 10. The marine biologist on board was lovely and very informative. We saw turtles, star fish, loads of the cast of nemo :). Also bug shoutout to Eddy for adding some great life to the day.
Great day!
Mike_N, Mar 2023
Really great day. Excellent professional and friendly crew. Highly recommended for any level Of swimming ability!
Great Barrier Reef Snorkel
Emily_M, Mar 2023
Very cool experience snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef! The Crew did a nice job making everyone comfortable on the 90 minute boat ride to the location and was fun. Food and drinks were also a nice touch. Would recommend!
Friendly, Caring, Professional and Helpful Staff! Very Well Organized!
Anonymous, Mar 2023
The ship is wonderful, the staff were all so friendly, funny, helpful, professional, kind and caring!!!! Unfortunately the waters were rough and so many people were getting sick. The staff took great care of them! Make sure you take some Bonine ahead of time so your trip doesn't get ruined like a lot of people's did. Would have been nice snorkeling if it hadn't been raining non-stop, cloudy and gray. Don't go in February! We found out that is the worst time to go! This would have been amazing if the weather hadn't been so bad.
Dissatisfied and regret booking this operator
Penny_C, Feb 2023
The boat was full capacity. It was too many people for this type excursion and size of boat. 150 people. Staff ran the divers through like cattle in spite of the horrible weather conditions. No personalized service. It was a terrible day! The only reason I’m giving it 3 stars and not 2 is that the lunch provided was good. I strongly encourage you to find a better tour operator with not so many people on a boat. Also, some of the staff were rude. It is obvious they are stressed with the passenger crew ratio.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Average trip at premium price
Michael_F, Feb 2023
Poor lunch served on board. Cheap Chewy steak and dried fish. Some of the staff helpful, some quite rude and dismissive. Charge $10 for 2 seasick tablets. The part of the reef they visit is a permanent mooring and overused.
2 travelers found this review helpful
I couldn't recommend this more!
Madison, Feb 2023
The tour was amazing! The boat itself was great, very nice and clean. The lunch was very good and the two dive sites were absolutely wonderful. The crew was extremely nice and upbeat.
Bucket List Adventure Done Well!
Jessica_B, Feb 2023
The crew was very organized from start to finish. Delicious lunch and lots of it. I really liked the boat. It was fast and smooth out to the reef and back. We saw 2 very nice reefs. This was a bucket list adventure that I thoroughly enjoyed! I would definitely recommend this team!
Snorkeling Great Barrier Reef
Ansatasia_J, Feb 2023
What an unbelievable experience! This was our first experience snorkeling and I don’t think anything could top it! Staff was great, food was delicious, and the reef was out of this world! I would definitely recommend and go again!
Best part of our trip
Jerry_H, Feb 2023
Highlight of our trip to Australia. The reefs were amazing and the crew were amazing as well. I would recommend this adventure to anyone.


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