• Location: Cairns, Australia
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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

Cath R United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Brilliant day! It rained on and off all day but we still saw numerous sea creatures reef shark, turtles, barracuda etc. We just snorkelled but lots of people scuba dived and all the staff were very helpful and all very knowledgeable about the sea and it's inhabitants. Due to the large number of people scuba diving we stayed in the same part of the reef for a couple of hours. Because of the bad weather the boat rocked quite a lot while we were stationary which made me feel seasick. I was gutted as this was during lunchtime and the food looked absolutely gorgeous-very fresh and lots of choice. They do have seasick tablets happy pills! on board for 3 dollars each but I obviously left it too late to take them. Don't let that put you off-it was a great experience and lots of fun.

alison m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Fantastic Great trip we saw lots and People gave great service and really treated us well

Danni S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

AMAZING.
Boat was great, staff were so friendly, food was incredible and a mixture so was for everyone not just seafood. The Snorkling part was fantastic even though it was raining you could never tell.. we wore stinger suits due to it being jelly fish season but it was fine. Managed too see turtles

Tom B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This trip was everything as advertised good attentive crew, great snorkeling and equipment if needed, plenty of good food, and a very thoughtful, in fact, anticipatory crew to see that everyone had a wonderful time.

planofreeman

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Great experience and very friendly staff.

mreid7

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

We are both 76. The glass bottom boat was wonderful. One of the employees personally helped us snorkel. He stayed with us the whole time and pointed out fish and shark to us. Well worth the money. It is a little rough water to get out. They sold great medicine on the ship. We were very pleased with the personnel. Everyone should see the Reef.

Caitlin C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Amazing. It was stormy the day before, and the weather wasn't optimal - it rained and it was kind of a bummer, especially at first. The first area was quite rough and visibility wasn't great for us snorkelers, and I admit I was a little upset at first, given that this might be the only chance I have of ever seeing the reef. However, the second area, Upolu Cay, was much calmer, and we even got a bit of sunshine for a few minutes : the reef at the Cay was amazing. So many colorful fish and a stingray! and so many vibrant and colorful reef structures. I won't lie, it's not as vibrant as the photos in the media, but that can be said about most natural wonders. : The elephant in the room, the bleaching, it is sadly present in some areas... BUT, for the most part, the reef had color and vibrancy and life. I'm so happy I was able to see the reef in my lifetime, since nobody can predict what its fate will be in the next decade or so...

As far as the crew goes, they were awesome. The lunch was good, the beers were cheap, and the crew took very good care of us overall. You won't regret booking with these folks. DO it! While the reef is still here!

My photos which are just stills from my GoPro videos don't do it a lick of justice plus the overcast weather made for less than optimal lighting conditions, so the images are a bit washed out - go see for yourself. Seriously. Go. Do it.

David F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Nice crew. Serious on safety and seem genuinely interested in making sure all have a great day

Solveig V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

The crew clearly loves to be on the water, and they got the extra mile to make the day an enjoyable one. The the reef is 30 odd miles off shore. There are three areas of the boat: up top, in the rear and in the front an interior seating area meant to stay dry. If you tend to get seasick, go for the rear lower deck.

The boat stopped at two locations: Upolu Reef and Upolu Cay. the reef was totally submerged coral. We could jump off the ship or use a ladder to get in. The cay was an emerging sandbar. One of the crew drove a smaller glass bottomed vessel onto the sand and we snorkelers walked along it and into the waves. It was more difficult since we could only wear the flippers once we were waist deep. at both sites we saw sea turtles, clown fish, angel fish and parrotfish. More variety I don't remember. The coral was likewise varied: brain, elephant ear, fan.

Crew snorkeled with us guiding us to the best spots and telling us about what we were seeing. Less skilled snorkelers had the option to hang onto a life preserver. There was even an option to see the undersea world via the glass bottomed boat, or to mix up scuba diving with snorkelling. We went for snorkelling each place and saved some time for a glass-bottomed tour of the first reef.

One really nice thing for me was the free use of a wet suit. I get easily cold and the waters at the end of August were not the warmest.

The lunch was tasty with a mixture of salad, shrimp and breads. Not just a boxed sandwich. The tea cup was bottomless, but the drinks were extra and would end the fun in the water. Have a beer on the way back to port.

Sorry no pictures we did not bring an underwater camera.

ViatorTraveller

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Great day over the reef! Boat crew was kind and professional. The place is wonderful! Recommended!

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