Cairns, Australia
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Overview

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.
  • Full-day Great Barrier Reef cruise
  • See the underwater sights without getting wet from a glass-bottom or semi-submersible vessel!
  • Enjoy a hot and cold buffet lunch including fresh seafood
  • Watch a fish-feeding presentation
  • Experience the unique touch tank
  • Morning and afternoon tea included
Your day on the Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site, begins as you depart Cairns by high-speed catamaran, listening to commentary from a marine naturalist about the array of marine life that call the reef home (safety and snorkeling instructions are also provided). You’ll arrive at a spacious pontoon moored on the outer reef, your base for the day, where you can spend your time however you wish to make the most of your experience on the water.

The pontoon is equipped with WiFi, change rooms and showers. Morning and afternoon tea are provided on board, as is a full buffet lunch that features seafood and tropical fruit. For beverages, you may purchase soft drinks and alcoholic drinks from the onboard bar, as well as additional snacks or ice cream. For protection from the elements, Lycra sun suits are included or you can hire neoprene wetsuits (additional cost); the Great Barrier Reef is home to jellyfish and other stinging species (jellyfish season is November to May).

After about four hours on the pontoon, your day trip ends with the return cruise to Cairns.

Included activities
If you prefer to stay dry, take a glass-bottom boat ride or tour by semi-submersible vessel to spot clownfish, starfish, clams, anemone coral and more. Watch a fish-feeding demonstration, and check out the onboard touch tank for a hands-on look at marine life. When you want to cool off, jump in the water with your provided snorkeling equipment to look for resident sea creatures like Dolla the turtle or Wally the hump-headed Maori wrasse. Watch for manta rays, clownfish and maybe even whales in the winter months.  

Optional upgrades
Seawalker Helmet diving:
Take a walk on an underwater platform to enjoy the thrill of scuba diving without the scuba requirements. No diving experience is necessary to participate in this guided activity, and numbers are limited to six people per group to provide personalized attention.

Introductory dive:
If you’re a beginner scuba diver, take an introductory dive with a group.

Certified dive:
If you are an experienced diver, enjoy two certified dives.

Reviews

Viator Traveler's Reviews

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R
, Jul 2018

Long rough boat ride. Boat too crowded had to fight for a seat. Schedule very tight. Had to eat right away as helment walker scheduled by operator at 12:50 and lunch was at 12:30. Only had time for a glass bottom boat ride as too many people for the semisubmersible ride.

This could have been a five star experience but overcrowded conditions effected the ability to relax and enjoy.

Would rather pay more to have less people.

d
, Jan 2018

A truly magical experience. There was a comprehensive, understandable and humorously presented safety briefing on the way out to the reef. You wear a life-jacket so even if you are not confident in the water it's not a problem. Even a non-swimmer would be fine as long as they are not scarred of water. No matter how much you've seen on TV nothing is as good as seeing it for yourself. Simply float with your head in the water and let the fish come to you, they're pretty curious. Plenty of time to swim around and see everything. There's trips on a glass bottom boat and semi-submersible too. Lunch was good and all the crew really nice. Highly recommended and I hope to do it again some time.

L
, Jan 2018

Had a great tour. Options of glass bottom boat, submersible submarine and scuba diving was just amazing. But the crowningglory was the helicopter flight over the reef! The view was awesome. Am so glad that we took the flight. All our family and grandchildren enjoyed it thoroughly. Also seeing the marine life and the reef up so close was a very thrilling experience for all of us. Complimentary tea and coffee on the catamaran was a great idea. Though the food at lunch seemed to be running out...was a bit tough to grabsomething before it finished

S
, Dec 2017

The catamarn ride to the reef turned out to be a nightmare for most aboard it. Practically 99 of the passengers kept throwing up due to the choppy waters. The crew kept running around handing out bags for people to throw up in. By the time we all reached the pontoon, most of the passengers were in bad shape and many were lying down in the seats in the catamaran as they had no energy left to sit up. Some kind of warning should have been given about this possibility by the cruise operators on Viator before we booked .

The pontoon was neat and clean and the crew were nice and helpful. However, for people who are not comfortable with snorkeling, diving, or undesea walking, this package offers very less. The semisubmersible ride was really short and the view was the so cloudy that it was like we saw just scratches on the glass and nothing more. The glass bottom boat ride was better as we could at least see the reef through the viewing glass. The touch tank was a waste as all they showed were 3 sea cucumbers and a shell or two.

We can't comment on the diving and other activities, but for the non-diver, this trip was a dud.

D
, Nov 2017

Loved this tour and going to the Reef, it was the highlight of my trip. The staff were really great with setting us up with our gear and really enjoyed when one of them snorkeled with us and showed us Nemo and the Sea Turtle and gave us information on the area and fish that were there and about saving the ocean. We lucked out on the weather as it had rained for the previous 3 days.

S
, Oct 2017

I can now say that I snorkeled on the Great Barrier Reef, but that is all. If you have snorkeled anywhere in the Caribbean or Hawaii, it is the same fish swimming in the same kind of coral. It is a great experience for people who have never seen a reef before, but not really for someone who has experience snorkeling. The lunch buffet was great and there was plenty of food.

P
, Oct 2017

Trip out to the reef and back can get quite bouncy. Barf bags ready which quite a few people had to use. Snorkelling was good but wish the area could have been larger. Very nice buffet lunch. Helpful staff

n
, Sep 2017

Une super journée !
une équipe accueillante et très professionnelle pour toutes les activités.
Le buffet du midi est très bon.
Pas le temps de s'ennuyer

R
, Sep 2017

Going to the Great Barrier Reef was a highlight of out Australian trip. The boat that took us to the reef was conveniently located from the peer where out cruise ship as docked, about a fifteen minute walk. The staff was very helpful, and my wife really enjoyed being abler to snorkel with no time constraint. I gag so made use of the glass bottom boat and semi-sub to view the wonderment and beauty of the reef. The lunch was excellent as well.

G
, Aug 2017

An experience that we will never forget. It was well worth our time and money. We enjoyed it very much. There was so much beauty to be seen.


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