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Spend six hours 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, Upolu Reef, for more water time, including a guided snorkeling tour.


  • Cruise to the Great Barrier Reef by luxury catamaran from Cairns
  • Spend a full six hours on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Choose to snorkel or dive at 2 locations -- Upolu Cay and Upolu Reef
  • Learn about the reef on a glass-bottom boat coral-viewing tour
  • Take a snorkeling tour led by a marine naturalist
  • Delicious buffet lunch, snacks and beverages included
  • Top-quality snorkeling and diving gear included
  • Cruise is limited to a maximum of 75 passengers

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What You Can Expect

Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns

Great Barrier Reef Cruise by Luxury Catamaran

Make your own way to the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal where you board your deluxe 65-foot (20-meter) catamaran.

Enjoy coffee, tea and light snacks prior to departure, then relax on the outdoor sundeck or air-conditioned interior as your vessel cruises to Upolu Cay. Receive a safety briefing from the expert crew to prepare for the day ahead.

Drop anchor off of Upolu Cay and take a glass-bottom boat from the catamaran to Upolu Cay, located on the Great Barrier Reef 19 miles (30 km) from Cairns. Hop in the sheltered turquoise water to snorkel or scuba dive among an astounding array of coral, colorful fish and other sea creatures.

Cruise from Upolu Cay to Upolu Reef while enjoying a delicious buffet lunch with dishes such as smoked salmon, chilled prawns, cold chicken and other meats, accompanied by salad and fresh bread.

Arrive at the outer edge of Upolu Reef at a site known as the Wonder Wall. From the ocean floor, the Wonder Wall extends 46 feet (14 meters) high, reaching to just below the water's surface. Both snorkelers and divers can explore and marvel at the variety of marine life, including hard and soft corals, reef fish, giant clams and turtles. With an expert guide, take an informative tour and drift snorkel around the site.

Cruise back to Cairns after a six hours on the Great Barrier Reef, snacking on a selection of tropical fruit, cheese, crackers and cakes.

Customer Reviews

Henrietta H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Amazing!! Highly recommend! Great staff, the snorkelling was fantastic and the diving was brilliant! A must do!

Irwin M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The crew was great
We did not dive but the snorkelling was great
The crew were in the water and looked after swimmers from novice to experienced with enthusiasm

Jessica R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

What a great day! I loved how you had various marine biologists to snorkel with us at each location to point out various awesome things in the water. We really enjoyed the whole day and met some really great people on board. Highly recommend!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

There is the reception in a building on the dead-end right side of Spence St.
The staff here is friendly and kindness, and they minded our security very much.
All food was way more delicious than we had expected!
Highly Recommended.

Juan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Wijemuni D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

SO much fun and great experience and tour guide very friendly!

Ma. Melissa B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

excellent! kudos to ocean free for making the experience truly memorable. super convenient, efficient, safe without compromising fun. thank you very much!

Anita E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The day was amazing! The team was amazing.

Gillian C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

There were 73 people on this tour, so the boat Ocean Freedom was a bit crowded, and it got a little stuffy as they were doing their safety brief. There were seats for everyone, but you just have to be comfortable sitting closely to other people. A pro of this tour is that what you purchase is what you get there are no surprise/extra charges which we got with another tour. The food was great and there was plenty to go around. We really liked the staff, Barnaby was great!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

excellent crew, well organized day. definitely recommend folks take sea sickness tablets before starting the trip to avoid getting sick in rough waters. we took them and were fine, but others had trouble. passed fruit and cheese/crackers were a nice treat after a day in the sun.

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