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Dive into the spectacular underwater realm of the Great Barrier Reef on this full-day snorkel and scuba cruise from Cairns. Travel aboard a luxurious catamaran to three renowned dive sites to swim among coral gardens and tropical marine life. All experience levels are welcome, and guides are on hand to assist with your choice of snorkeling, introductory scuba diving, or certified diving. A buffet lunch plus morning and afternoon tea on the catamaran are included.

Highlights

  • Full-day cruise to the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns
  • Snorkel or scuba dive from the back of the boat
  • Visit three different sites and spend five hours on the reef
  • Beginners can snorkel or try an introductory dive
  • Experienced divers can complete up to three certified dives
  • Cruise on a luxurious catamaran accommodating up to 80 passengers

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What You Can Expect

Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns

Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns

Customize your full-day Great Barrier Reef adventure to suit your style and preference, whether you’re an experienced diver or a novice. On the morning of your tour, make your way to Marlin Wharf in Cairns and climb aboard a luxurious 95-foot (29-meter) catamaran equipped with restrooms, fresh-water showers, and spacious sun decks. Head out into the Coral Sea and enjoy the aquatic landscape on the ride to the first of three dive sites, which may include Flynn Reef, Thetford, and Milln.

At booking, choose how you’d like to explore the reef. Slip on a snorkeling mask and fins if you prefer to stay near the surface, or go deeper with a scuba dive. Beginning divers can take one of two introductory dives, and experienced divers can complete up to three certified dives throughout the day. 

All equipment is provided, and guides are on hand to provide instruction and ensure your safety. Whatever you choose, expect to spend a total of five hours in the water observing the reef’s famous marine life including coral formations, tropical fish, anemones, and sea turtles.

In between dives, recharge with morning and afternoon tea breaks and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch midday. Purchase a drink from the full onboard bar if you like, and soak up the tropical sun on the return trip to Cairns, where your tour concludes in the afternoon.

Note: Book early to secure your spot, and enjoy a flexible reservations policy that allows you to change the date of your tour at no additional charge once you arrive in Cairns.

Customer Reviews

Jordan P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was our FAVORITE reef out of the 5-6 outer reefs my husband and I visited with other companies. The crew was great, we ended up at the most gorgeous reef. The guy running things even said out of all the reefs he's been to, this was the best one. He was right. It was stunning. Saw a couple reef sharks, huge schools of fish, bright, gorgeous coral, and there was little to no bleaching. The only drawback was the fact the fins they provide are incredibly uncomfortable if you have large feet. Within the first half hour I had a giant blister on the side of my foot that was incredibly painful. They told me to put Vaseline on it, but I had 2 other tours on the reef the following days- this blister caused havoc. All in all it was gorgeous and I'm glad we did this one!

Christopher D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

On time and good dive master - pity the other certified divers were not very good. Don't forget to get the boarding pass from the pier centre before going to the boat. Plenty of good food on board.

Ricardo D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Amazing

Ricardo D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very Good

Deb

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

I can't say enough about this tour except that I wish I had snorkeled two days instead of one! We went to 3 different dive sights and it was magnificent! The coral and the fish were beautiful! We also saw reef sharks. The crew were very helpful and knowledgeable. We enjoyed ourselves immensely!

Zhanna K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

this is by far the best value for the money. staff was outstanding. Marco was patient and just a pleasure to dive with. I cant thank him enough for ensuring us a great dive experience. We are planning another trip and will book with these guys in a second. don't waste your time looking. just go with these folks. you will be happy you did.

Zhanna K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

excellent. very organized and a great value. staff was professional and informative. boat was very nice with plenty of room. 3 dives for the price of one or two with others. don't bother looking any further. this is the one to book period.

Cathryn R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

an awesome day full of water, sun and fishies!!!.....a great experience made all the better by a great crew who are passionate about their jobs and keen to ensure all passengers are ok. A big thanks to whoever was the chef and food providers...great food to replenish hungry stomachs after lots of water fun. A big thanks to Jack who took us on our first ever scuba experience....so keen to do more now. I would highly recommend this tour to whoever is adventurous and wants to spend the day amongst equally adventurous and water keen passengers.

MaryJo A United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Our guides were fantastic! This was very well organized and informative. They give you wet suites to wear and supply all the dive and snorkel equipment. Lots of food and beverages. We saw so many fish and coral on our 3 reef experiences. Loved it!

Chad W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was a 5-star trip anyway, but the fact that we left our underwater camera onboard and didn't realize until we got back to the states.......and the swift boat company found it and had it shipped back to us was incredible!

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