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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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AquaQuest Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns

AquaQuest Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns

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Get more than four hours to explore the outer Great Barrier Reef on this full-day tour, which offers snorkeling or diving experiences from two different reef locations. You can choose between different options for this experience based on your snorkeling or diving levels. While out on the water, keep an eye out for wildlife, including fish, rays, and turtles.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$143.34
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Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns

Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns

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If snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef is on your bucket list, don’t miss this day trip from Cairns. You’ll visit 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.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$118.25
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Great Barrier Reef Eco Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns - Including Lunch

Great Barrier Reef Eco Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns - Including Lunch

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Enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving on the outer Great Barrier Reef during a full-day cruise that lets you explore the underwater world. Depart Cairns to cruise out to two sites that are ideal for the day's conditions. Travel on a custom-built boat with ample space for 60 passengers. Your expert guides lead guided snorkel tours with informative commentary and necessary gear provided, helping you to make the most of your time at this Australian natural treasure. Includes morning and afternoon tea, and buffet lunch.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$172.01
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US$172.01

Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns or Port Douglas

Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns or Port Douglas

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Tackle the grade II and III rapids of the Barron River on this adrenaline-pumping half-day tour from Cairns or Port Douglas. Prepare to get wet and wild as you hurtle over the rapids, then float downstream past the jagged cliffs, plunging ravines and lush rainforest of the Barron Gorge National Park. Best of all: with gentle rapids and full instruction provided, this tour is suitable for all levels, including complete beginners.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$75.25
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US$75.25

Passions of Paradise Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns by Luxury Catamaran

Passions of Paradise Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns by Luxury Catamaran

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Go snorkeling or scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef on a full-day cruise from Cairns. Relax on board your 80-foot (25-meter) luxury catamaran as your captain sails to two exclusive locations on the Great Barrier Reef. Choose to snorkel or dive, with full instruction provided by guides, and see an array of colorful fish, sea turtles, and corals. Your tour includes morning and afternoon tea, and a buffet lunch, with additional beverages available for purchase.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$139.76
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US$139.76
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Great Barrier Reef Tour with Indigenous Sea Rangers-Dreamtime Dive and Snorkel

Great Barrier Reef Tour with Indigenous Sea Rangers-Dreamtime Dive and Snorkel

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Explore the underwater wonders of the Great Barrier reef, with an indigenous perspective. This tour offers the unique opportunity to see the sites of the reef and learn about its Aboriginal history. The tour begins with a welcome Aboriginal greeting. Learn about the Reef’s creation story, passed down tens of thousands of years. Snorkel among tropical fish and brilliant coral and enjoy a glass bottom boat tour with informative commentary.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$146.92
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Kayak Turtle Tour from Palm Cove

Kayak Turtle Tour from Palm Cove

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Hop in a kayak and paddle from Palm Cove to Double Island, where mangroves and coral reefs await. Along the way, you’ll meet turtles, fish, and small rays, and, if you’re lucky, even dolphins and whales. No previous kayaking experience is needed, and the tour is suitable for all; kids as young as seven can take part. Even better: Shuttle bus transfers are included from Cairns hotels for a convenient trip.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$58.81
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Full-Day Great Barrier Reef Sailing Trip

Full-Day Great Barrier Reef Sailing Trip

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Avoid the crowds and experience The Great Barrier Reef the way nature intended. No other operator in this category can offer you this superb personalised service. Join us, and our fun loving crew, for an amazing day on the Great Barrier Reef. Our destination, Upolu Reef, is a very beautiful location situated on the edge of the Outer Barrier Reef, and is teeming with a large variety of interesting marine life and a beautiful array of corals. In the sheltered lagoon you will see a multitude of; giant clams, turtles, sea stars and reef fish. This offers a perfect snorkelling or diving experience in warm clear protected waters. A complementary snorkel guide is available, which offers a fun and informative addition to the day’s exploration.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$106.79
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US$106.79
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Mulgrave River Tubing from Cairns

Mulgrave River Tubing from Cairns

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Get set for a wet and wild adventure as you hurtle down the Mulgrave River on a giant tube! Hang on tight as you navigate small rapids and then soak up the scenery as you drift through the rainforest. This fun-filled morning tour includes hotel pick-up and round-trip transport from Cairns, plus around 2 hours of tubing. Best of all: there’s no experience necessary, so everyone can give it a go!
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$53.75
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Silverswift Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns

Silverswift Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns

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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.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$172.72
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Cairns Jet Boat Ride

Cairns Jet Boat Ride

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Get your adrenaline pumping on a Cairns jet boat ride. As you zoom across the waters of Trinity Inlet, hang on tight while the experienced boat captain performs spins and other maneuvers to make sure you stay cool in the splashing water. Admire landmarks from the boat, and keep your eyes open for marine life—you may get lucky and spot a crocodile. It’s a great way to spend 35 minutes in Queensland’s tropical heat.
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  • 35 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$52.20
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US$52.20

Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns

Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns

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Spend a day 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, for more water time, including a guided snorkeling tour.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$153.01
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Great Barrier Reef Day Cruise from Cairns Including Snorkeling and Marine Biologist Presentation

Great Barrier Reef Day Cruise from Cairns Including Snorkeling and Marine Biologist Presentation

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Discover the underwater beauty of the Great Barrier Reef on a full-day tour from Cairns. Glide across the Coral Sea on a catamaran ride to a premium outer reef location with diverse marine life. Spend hours at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed reef with exclusive access to an activity platform staffed by marine biologist guides. Snorkel, scuba dive, or opt to take a glass-bottom boat tour.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$175.95
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Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns

Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns

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Explore the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef on a full-day tour to Fitzroy Island. After arriving from Cairns on a fast ferry, have free time to do what you choose: snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef, lounge on the white-sand beach or see the coral from a glass-bottom boat. Upgrade to add the Activity Pass, which provides a picnic lunch, snorkeling gear, stinger suit, a glass-bottom boat tour, the use of stand-up paddle boards, paddle skis and a floating trampoline.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$65.86
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Ocean Spirit Michaelmas Cay Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns

Ocean Spirit Michaelmas Cay Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns

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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.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$161.97
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Full-Day River Pack-River Tubing and White-Water Rafting Adventure from Cairns

Full-Day River Pack-River Tubing and White-Water Rafting Adventure from Cairns

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Experience two of Cairns’ finest water adventures without touching the wheel. Start the day with a leisurely tubing trip through the rainforest on the Mulgrave River or Behana Gorge; in the afternoon, tackle the year-round Grade III rapids of the foaming Barron River. Your tour includes tuition, safety equipment, and door-to-door round-trip transfers in a group no larger than 12: A river levy charge is payable on the day.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$121.31
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US$121.31

2-Day Best of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

2-Day Best of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

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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.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$440.05
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Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise from Cairns - only 25 guests

Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise from Cairns - only 25 guests

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Sail on a 2-masted schooner from Cairns to Green Island for a full day of snorkeling, swimming, and scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef. Have a choice of options for exploring Green Island, spending time in the water around the magnificent coral reefs, walking in the rain forest, or lazing on the white sandy beaches. Enjoy the expertise of the superb crew, in addition to buffet lunch, morning and afternoon tea and a glass of wine as you cruise back to Cairns.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$153.01
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Great Barrier Reef Adventure from Cairns

Great Barrier Reef Adventure from Cairns

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Experience the breathtaking beauty of the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef. From Great Adventures' spacious reef activity platform moored at the majestic Outer Reef, the coral and marine biodiversity is at its most extreme. There’s an abundance of activities for all ages, swimmers and non-swimmers to enjoy. Snorkel and dive or stay dry and discover the reef in the underwater observatory or from the air-conditioned semi-submersible. There’s also a great range of exciting optional activities includingl scuba diving, scenic helicopter flights and the exclusive Scuba-Doo underwater scooter.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$185.62
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Outer Reef Pontoon Cruises Experience from Cairns

Outer Reef Pontoon Cruises Experience from Cairns

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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.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$171.29
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Green Island HALF Day Trip from Cairns

Green Island HALF Day Trip from Cairns

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Discover the treasures of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef on this half-day tour to the lush paradise of Green Island, a protected coral cay. Cruise from Cairns aboard a luxury catamaran and enjoy ample time on the island to spend as you wish. Observe the underwater world where you might spot giant clams, tropical fish, and coral gardens aboard a glass-bottom boat, snorkeling, or upgrade to a semi-submarine tour. You can also explore the emerald rain forest on walking tracks or simply soak up the sun on sandy beaches.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$70.95
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Ultimate 3-Day Great Barrier Reef Cruise Pass

Ultimate 3-Day Great Barrier Reef Cruise Pass

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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!
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$390.60
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US$390.60
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Ocean Spirit Michaelmas Cay Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Palm Cove

Ocean Spirit Michaelmas Cay Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Palm Cove

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Venture out to the Outer Reef of the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef marine park on this full-day cruise to Michaelmas Cay from Cairns. Sail to the island by catamaran, accompanied by a marine biologist guide, then discover the sandy beaches, vibrant corals and colorful sea creatures as you swim and snorkel around the coast. Opt to try scuba diving, head underwater in a semi-submersible submarine or spot an array of seabirds, then tuck into a delicious buffet lunch (included) on-board.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$189.21
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Green Island Day Trip from Cairns Including SNUBA or SNUBA Doo Experience

Green Island Day Trip from Cairns Including SNUBA or SNUBA Doo Experience

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Explore Green Island and use an innovative new diving system to explore the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a luxury catamaran ride to Green Island and a delicious buffet lunch while aboard (with optional upgrade). Choose from a variety of activities, including a glass-bottomed boat trip, a rainforest walk, or a dive in the amazing Great Barrier reef using the SNUBA Doo® Power Snorkel.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$176.66
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