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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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Ocean Free, Ocean Freedom Barrier Reef day trip was amazing. We were on the Freedom boat. We were greeted on board with tea/coffee etc, pastries and fruit, then everyone had an overview of the day and a safety briefing. Safety is something they are very focused on. It was about a 90 min ride to the reef. They sell seasickness pills for 3, i recommend these as the sea can be quite choppy due to the stormy tropical climate. The day is split between two sites, with the opportunity to snorkel/dive at both. There is also a glass bottom boat tour included at the first stop. Time at both stops is plentiful and not at all rushed. A buffet lunch is included with plenty of choice for all tastes. On the ride back to Cairns the crew came round with fruit platters, cheese and biscuit platters and finally with cake platters just before we docked. All the crew lined the dock to shake everyone's hand as we disembarked which was a nice touch. This was a thoroughly enjoyable day and we would definitely recommend Ocean Freedom for others looking for a fun Barrier Reef day.

john w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

In our mid-fifties, we were among the oldest on this enjoyable day out. The dive experience was excellent but interestingly, my wife and I were among only 8 certified divers out of 55 people on the excursion. Many did intro dives and many more just snorkeled. Nice lunch, excellent dive masters, nice catamaran. Safety was a big concern of theirs and was well appreciated.

Vadim A Russian Federation

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

A great opportunity to relax

Michael B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Fantastic day trip. We did two scuba divers and although there was some trepidation, the friendly, enthusiastic staff on board (and there were numerous) were first class and made things easy. Special thanks to Jess who steered us through the dives. Food on offer was excellent. A day we and #39;ll not forget

Tatjana A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This was an amazing tour. The crew was very helpful and informed and made everyone feel comfortable. Vanessa, one of the crew was amazing with the kids on board. Our nine year old daughter was afraid of snorkeling but Vanessa used all her charm and experience to make it an amazing experience for our daughter. We could not keep our daughter out of the water by the end. We saw turtles, Nemo and a tiger head shark among many other beautiful fish and corals. The food was great and it kept coming. I wish we could go on the tour again and I would HIGHLY recommend it.

Saishav A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

One of the best tours I've taken. The staff were friendly and professional and the food onboard was good. We were lucky to see a whale and a calf on our way to the reef. We were taken to two excellent locations for diving, snorkelling and glass boat tour. The trip was worth the money, I would highly recommend this tour.

Tobias G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

GREAT TOUR! We were first time divers and we kind of nervous. They do an excellent job of making you feel very comfortable.

Ruth B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

A great trip. Perfect weather, great food, staff exceptionally friendly, calm organised and professional. Wonderful thanks.

Edward G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was amazing!

Lukas K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great crew, excellent food and overall good service. Glass bottom boat free of charge on the spot, good spot with lots to see. Was worth the .

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