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Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns

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Cairns City, Australia
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Overview

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.
  • Cruise to the Great Barrier Reef by luxury catamaran from Cairns
  • Choose to snorkel or dive at two locations
  • 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
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. Hop in the sheltered turquoise water to snorkel or scuba dive among an astounding array of coral, colorful fish, and other sea creatures.

Cruise to the next destination 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 snacking on a selection of tropical fruit, cheese, crackers, and cakes.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom
Check-in from 7.15 am at the Ocean Freedom desk located inside the Reef Fleet terminal, 1 Spence Str Cairns . After check-in, our friendly staff will direct you to the boat located on A Finger no 5 for boarding from 7.30 am . On boarding , store your bags and then grab a coffee or tea with a Danish pastry and fresh fruit and settle in while the rest of the guests board . If you have chosen the optional diving you will fill out a diving medical questionnaire onboard. Please ask our dive staff any questions you may have. After a head count the boat departs the dock at 8.00am . Listen to the safety brief as you depart the marina and start to get excited as your journey to the Great Barrier Reef begins ! On the way our helpful staff will give out snorkel equipment - again please be sure to ask any questions you may have . If diving you will also be briefed on the journey out . After just over an hour we arrive at our first Great Barrier Reef destination - the beautiful "Wonder Wall " - located on the outer edge of Upolu reef . Once moored our crew will conduct a snorkel brief showing you how and where to snorkel, where the Look Out is located and provide you with any assistance you require . Experience an informative complimentary Glass Bottom Boat Tour and a complimentary Adventure Drift Snorkel tour with our very attentive snorkel guides ( all top snorkel equipment included) . After a full morning of in-water activities or just relaxing sit back and enjoy a large smorgasbord lunch with smoked salmon, prawns , mixed meat, chicken platter , 3 different salads and assorted breads as we cruise to our second Great Barrier Reef site - Upolu Cay Reef . Snorkel this "coral garden" tropical blue oasis - look out for turtles and sting rays ! At times when conditions allow you can actually land on a small sandy cay but at all times you will have the shallow crystal clear turquoise waters to snorkel in . With only just over an hour to arrive at this first reef site and only 10 minutes travel time to the second reef site - Ocean Freedom offers six hours between both sites to enjoy all the activities and relax with no rush in the day. After a magical day we start our journey back to Cairns serving fresh fruit, cheese and crackers and cake whilst you chat to fellow travellers or just relax and take in the views - arriving back in Cairns by 4.15- 4.30 pm - well in time for a sunset drink on the esplanade ! We bid you Bon Voyage and are thrilled to now have you as part of our ever growing Ocean Free + Freedom family . If you loved the day and our customer service why not join also us on our sister boat Ocean Free - we are always happy to see you again !
Duration: 9 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Great Barrier Reef
Cairns Premier Reef & Island tours operate 2 personal , low guest number Great Barrier Reef Tours (www.cairnspremierreefislandtours.com) Ocean Free Green Island + Great Barrier Reef sailing tour Ocean Freedom Luxury Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive
Duration: 9 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Upolu Cay
Ocean Freedom travels to two Great Barrier Reef sites - "Wonder Wall" on the Outer Edge of Upolu reef ( a truly magnificent snorkel and dive site) and Upolu Cay Reef - a beautiful shallow turquoise coral garden site . Please note the title says Upolu Cay Green Island - this is incorrect . Upolu Cay is not at Green Island . Our sister ship Ocean Free travels to Green Island area
Duration: 9 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 75 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns.

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Traveler Tips


  • "If you tend to get seasick, go for the rear lower deck." See review
  • "Don't hesitate to go with them - worth every penny and more!!" See review
  • "A limited amount of time was allowed for snorkeling in the AM and then in the PM the site had a strong current that made snorkeling for the novice almost impossible." See review

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Best Day in a Beautiful Place!
Sheila_O
, Apr 2020
One of the best experiences of my life! The Reef is spectacular! Full of life and color! We saw so many beautiful fish, coral, sea turtles and even an octopus! This tour was just the right size. Not too many people but a fully equipped big boat with plenty of roaming room. The equipment was clean and in excellent shape, the staff knew everything about the reef and it’s inhabitants. They even had some sea “friends” they knew by name. I would highly recommend this day trip!
star-5
Awesome experience great crew
Sandra_B
, Mar 2020
My granddaughter and I took this tour and it was fabulous. I have never been able to successfully snorkel even in calm waters. Lou worked with me for hours and by the end of the day I was snorkeling by myself and got to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef. The crew Ben, Chris, Rose and especially about were the best. The food was very good and there was plenty of it. I would highly recommend this cruise especially if you don’t want the commercialized experience many of the other tours do with lots of boats etc. the places we visited at the reef were private and no one else was around. The staff pointed out fish, coral, sting rays etc and explained everything thoroughly. Highly highly recommend for the young 11 or old 64
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Sun, snorkel and fun
CanadianFamily
, Mar 2020
An amazing day on the reef. The crew were fabulous and shared their knowledge of the area. Our children (11 and 9) had the best day!! Trust me, you don’t need to bring snacks, as the team feed you well.
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Amazing!
Amelia_O
, Mar 2020
The whole thing was AWESOME. The crew was very professional, knowledgable, and helpful. They anticipated everyone's questions and the whole thing was organized with efficiency. Plus (and this is a BIG plus) every single one of them absolutely adores their job. This was SO important to helping the guests feel free to enjoy themselves. I loved it. The places we went to were great for viewing the reef, and the boat was in great condition (super clean and comfortable ride). Plus, they kept feeding us which was surprisingly necessary (you get so tired just from snorkeling lol). Overall, it was a brilliant experience. 10/10 would do it again. Uh, plus Skipper Paul was so charming and handsome. Could not get enough of his quips ;)
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Tremendous experience
Anita_G
, Mar 2020
Wonderful, memorable snorkeling experience. Captain Paul, Portia, Sophie, and the rest of the crew were great - very helpful, engaging, and the perfect hosts. I was initially concerned about the jellyfish but the crew put me immediately at ease as they got us into our stinger suits. We went to two sites and saw lots of fish, clams, starfish, a turtle, and other sea life. Can't overstate how helpful and delightful the crew was. A wonderful time which I highly recommend!
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Awesome way to see the reef!
Broderick_T
, Mar 2020
My girlfriend and I went on this experience last week and we had a great time! The staff was very friendly and informative. They were very helpful with the snorkeling and even convinced me to do an intro dive when I had no interest in that coming into it. Plus the food was really good (and there was plenty of it!) I highly recommend this group for your snorkeling/diving experience! PS- The intro dive is definitely worth it! You don't have to do anything because the guide does all the work. You get to see so much more and you can just enjoy/film it while you're along for the ride.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Great that you ended up trying out SCUBA diving – we think it’s well worth it as well! Thank you for your review and recommendation 😊
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The Reef and Instructors
Elizabeth_C
, Mar 2020
The dives were great, all of the crew and dive instructors were amazing! Well worth it! There was breakfast, fruit, lunch, and so many post dive snacks. Can't say how much I would recommend! We saw several turtles and rays, sadly I missed the Reef Shark, but others on my trip saw it. If you are torn between the dive and snorkle, I can tell you it is well worth the upgrade! On my dives we were able to get up close to the turtles, rays, and clown fish, something that most of the snorklers missed.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Glad you enjoyed your trip! Luckily, we have plenty of time to fit both snorkeling and diving in, so no need to choose one or the other – although it is extremely exciting getting up close and personal with the marine creatures on a SCUBA dive 😊 Thank you for your review.
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Scuba diving
Lavanya_L
, Mar 2020
Great experience enjoyed a lot , well timed and good team Food was good well taken care everyone should try
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
So pleased you had a great trip, thank you for your review.
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Great crew
Jim_W
, Mar 2020
From beginning to end, the crew was exceptional in assisting those of us that had never snorkeled previously. Members of the crew were in the water and we took advantage of the offer to be pulled around by holding on to a life preserver while watching below as the different coral and fish were identified. The lunch was good and fruit and pastries were available throughout.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thank you for your review. It’s great that you held on to the life ring and made the most of our snorkel guides, that is exactly what they are there for!
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Excellent Service
Bernard_Leong
, Feb 2020
The skipper, Pascal and his crew were awesome. Always helpful, and server with a smile. I am planning to return with my wife and definitely going to do it again and perhaps the sail boat as well.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
We are happy to hear you had a great day with us, we look forward to seeing you again and welcoming your wife on board with you next time. Thank you for leaving us a review!

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