• Location: Cairns, Australia
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
From USD $ 126.16 View price calendar

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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 spend five hours at 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!


  • Full-day diving and snorkeling tour of the Great Barrier Reef with optional helicopter sightseeing flight, from Cairns
  • Enjoy five hours at two spectacular outer reef locations away from the crowds
  • Includes instruction and equipment provided by friendly and professional guides
  • Have the option to try scuba diving in a world-class location
  • Fuel up for more fun with a tasty Australian barbecue spread for lunch
  • Be amazed to observe the reef from the air on an optional 10-minute helicopter ride
  • Tap your toes to live musical entertainment on the homeward journey

What You Can Expect

Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns

Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns

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. (See the Itinerary for more details about the scuba diving options, as well as the optional helicopter ride.) 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).

You’ll have five hours total on the barrier reef and can refuel from your activities with the 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.

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Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Everything was great with this Cruise. The snorkeling was wonderful and the staff on the ship was fantastic. The food was very good. I would highly recommend this trip. Well worth the price of admission.

Marquita J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

I had an amazing time on this boat! The boat is pretty big with three different decks indoor and outdoor. Upon arrival, they gave us the option to buy motion sickness pills to help prevent seasickness and not miss activities. They also gave great safety and reef care instructions. We went to two sites where you could dive or snorkel at. There is even option to take a helicopter ride at the second site. The reef was amazing! Oh and the buffet lunch was incredible!

Oh and they give you flippers, mask and a suit to wear for snorkeling.

Kierra H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This trip was absolutely fantastic, the crew were amazing and they had a little special touch for my birthday which was very much appreciated, would highly recommend, its something you have to do while in cairns

Jan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018


William K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Great day trip out to the reef. Food was excellent and Tommy the Bar/Cook/Musician put on an excellent acoustic guitar and singing performance on the way back in from the Reef. I asked people who went on the same boat the next day and it was a different crew, still great, but no Tommy to perform.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Bien planificadas y ejecutadas excursiones con mucho personal para ayudarte. Dos buenas inmersiones en dos sitios de la Barrera de Coral y excelente paseo en helicóptero.

Lana Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

The staff was so kind and attentive, very helpful and personable. We had a wonderful experience and were treated wonderfully!

Keith H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This is an amazing trip. The sea was choppy, but it did not dampen the snorkel expierence. The second stop is way beyond our expectations. Put this one on your list.lunch was amazing, buy your own drink separately.

kyaw than o

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

The very Good trip, all staff, Boat, arrangement all are perfect. even first time for snorkeling, but one staff who marine biologist show us the good place and knowledge about marine life. we enjoy very much of trip.

provencd Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Absolutely our best tour. The crew from Down Under Reef Tours were so professional and organized from check in, to storing our gear, to outfitting us for snorkelling. I was having trouble with my mask and they tried me with three different kinds in order to me to enjoy my day. Best part was taking the guided tour with Marine Biologist, Alistair who took us out beyond the barriers to show us amazing coral, exotic fish, and even a giant clam shell. We probably could have seen these on our own, but it was so great to have him share names, their habits, and most of all the amazing aquatic environment. Breaks were provided between the two reefs visited and they kept us well hydrated and fed. Fantastic experience and we would recommend it to anyone.

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