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Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns

Cairns City, Australia
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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

Reef Fleet Terminal

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Great Barrier Reef

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Great Barrier Reef

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Great Barrier Reef

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Great Barrier Reef

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

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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Highly recommend the motion sickness medication prior to your trip if you think you might need it, take it! The medication helped me tremendously. The crew was amazing the entire time. The views and coral reef experience was phenomenal. Highly recommend experiencing if you're in the area!


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Wonderful experience!...
Nicol_T, Jun 2023
Wonderful experience! Beautiful spots for snorkeling and dive on the discover of the Great Barrier Reef, beautiful boat with an incredible team on board! Highly suggest it!
Great Barrier reef experience
Takeesha_R, Jun 2023
The water was warm and clear. Seeing the large coral and array of fish, varying from small to large was breath taking. The helicopter ride was a great add on.
Great snorkelling experience
James_T, Jun 2023
Great snorkelling experience. Staff very helpful and knowledgeable. Recommend taking underwater camera
Amazing Experience and Crew!
Maria_M, May 2023
Fantastic experience! The crew members were helpful, fun and encouraging! The food that was provided during lunch was great!
Best experience of your life
Deanna_L, May 2023
Fantastic experience, well worth the trip! Everyone on board was wonderful, unfortunately I dont remember everyones names, but those I do are worth recognizing. Nic was so funny! Put everyone in a great mood from thr start. I was amazed at Sammy, first just because she was a marine biologist! (So cool!) But also how evident it was she genuinely loved her job and wanted to share her passion. Andi! What a calming presence, especially when under water. Seeing her face calming signaling to me helped calm me. And Joss who I was thrown to to show me a couple of exercises to perform under water before being able to dive. I believe there was one uncle named Eddie too. Hysterical! The crew really made you feel comfortable and taken care of on what is one of the best experiences of your life!
Beautiful snorkelling session
Rosie_W, May 2023
All was absolutely amazing, but swimming next to a sea turtle was something else. Memories we will never forget.
Amazing Scuba Trip
Jeff_P, May 2023
Such an amazing experience. Dive Master Nic ricks! Had such a wonderful time. I hope to be able to come back again.
Absolute must do in Cairns
Shoshma_M, May 2023
This was such a fun day and a must do experience if you’re in Cairns. Not only were the reefs stunning, but the staff was incredible. They were so accommodating, fun, and helpful the whole trip. I get seasick easily and they were really kind and gave lots of tips. We also made some lovely friends on the boat!! The food was great and you even get a free glass of wine at the end. Everything was absolutely incredible and I wish I could do it again!!
Amazingly wonderful reef experience
Gillian_H, May 2023
Going to the 2 spots to dive was an incredibly memorable experience on a beautiful boat. The waters were clear and the staff were excellent to ensure both a safe and enjoyable time.
Absolutely Must do!!
Kaitlin_D, May 2023
This was my favorite tour while visiting Australia! There were about 100 people on the tour, but there was plenty of room. I did not feel crowded at all especially snorkeling. The set up was easy. They moved us all through efficiently with plenty of direction. total of about 4 hours swimming. Lunch provided was very good and much needed. Highly recommend adding the helicopter tour to it!
Amazing experience
Laura_C, May 2023
My husband and I thought this was an incredible experience. It was well planned down to the lovely announcements by the crew, they were funny and informative. The reef was spectacular. The gear provided was perfect. The crew member that took photos underwater was amazing. The food was good and I appreciated that they took the time to count all people on board. Highly, highly recommended!!
Must see
Jelena_D, May 2023
Highly recommend the motion sickness medication prior to your trip if you think you might need it, take it! The medication helped me tremendously. The crew was amazing the entire time. The views and coral reef experience was phenomenal. Highly recommend experiencing if you're in the area!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Best trip
kristi_c, May 2023
The staff was amazing , and the food was exceptional, I’m booking again this year! Also this company provides transportation to the tour dock ! Fabulous
1 traveler found this review helpful
Awesome snorkel and scuba
Will_T, May 2023
Albeit a very bumpy ride over to the GBR, we had a great time both scuba diving and snorkelling - it was both of first times doing scuba and the staff were really good at showing us what to do and reassuring me especially when I was a bit panicky! TIP: take the sea sickness pills!
Just Go For It - Bucket List
Ryan_K, May 2023
Such a cool experience. This was my first dive and I had a blast. The crew are friendly, knowledgeable, and safety conscience - they will patiently guide you through new life experiences. I highly encourage you to explore new depths with Down Under Cruise and Dive.
Unforgettable !
Daida_S, May 2023
It’s a lifetime experience swimming and snorkeling with the whale and sea turtle never in my wildest dream to experience it. Aila really is a wonderful guide in the water she is so patient with me and informing Me about the sea marine . I will recommend it many of my friends !
Fun snorkeling!
Maya_G, May 2023
Went to 2 reefs and given about 2 hrs to snorkel at each spot. They also provide life jackets and noodles if you aren’t a super experienced swimmer or if you’re tired. They also have a photographer that can take your picture with a sea turtle or giant fish.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great Barrier Reef Experience
Rebecca_T, May 2023
The cheerfulness of the crew and the help & encouragement they provided to all to get in the water to snorkel. The equipment provided was good & the crew members outstanding. The food was tasty, presented well & more than enough.
Thank you
Prasanna_G, May 2023
It’s was one of the best experience. Crew was friendly. Thank you all crew for making your trip wonderful .
A memorable day out!
Monique_L, May 2023
The team were friendly and supportive. The marine biologists were very informative on the private snorkelling trip. I will book again when I visit Cairns!


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