Cairns, Australia

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Overview

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.
  • 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
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.

Reviews

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P
, Jul 2018

The crew on the Silver Swift were outstanding. Fun time. They made both the beginning diving and snorkeling instruction easy.

m
, Jul 2018

This trip is probably very fun when the weather is nice however it was very windy and rough and should have been cancelled. A good number of people sea sick on this trip. The crew was not all that friendly and helpful compared to other snorkeling trips I have been on. Again, probably good if the weather is nice not when rough. If the weather is bad - do not take this tour as it was a complete waste of money for us

S
, Apr 2018

Excellent crew who carefully prepared all...snorkelers, divers and those that just rode along. We always felt safe and accounted for. Food and snacks were good.They did a great job of managing a large group keeping us in wet and dry areas which kept us all safe and comfortable. The water was choppy but I was fine taking medication and their ginger pill. Once you're in, you don't feel the waves that much. Staff was available for assistance and questions.You suited on and off at each stop which took time but was necessary if you wanted to ensure a stinger free experience. My only disappointment was the snorkel tour at the last stop. They gave us a five minute warning and then just left...one guy and that's it. It took at least 5 minutes for us to suit up. By the time I did, the group was in the distance and I was afraid to follow them by myself. Would have been nice to have a second group going out...feel like I missed out, especially seeing the pictures the staff photographer took and was selling. She did a nice job covering the trip.

M
, Apr 2018

We were so happy that we were able to see the reef. We went out to Flynn Reef where the fish and coral were beautiful. Normally, we would have gone to two other sites, but instead, we stayed out here longer and went to another part of the reef about 10 minutes away. We had plenty of time to swim around. The only down side was that heading out was extremely rough. Almost everyone was sick. If the ride out was smoother, it would have definitely been 5 stars.

M
, Mar 2018

The dives on Flynn Reef were better than two days earlier on Hastings Reef but the weather did not cooperate. Again, my third dive was canceled but this time due to monsoon conditions. Lunch also included warm food which was better than that provided by another boat earlier in the week.

S
, Mar 2018

Wonderful trip. We never felt crowded, the staff was super friendly. The entire day was well organized. The lunch and snacks were very good as well.

S
, Feb 2018

This was an excellent tour. I was most impressed with the amount of teaching they did in order to make sure you were safe and informed. If you only Scuba once a year as I do I appreciated the reminders. The reef was better than any other reef I'd seen but I was disappointed that it was 'half dead' even there. That's why I gave it a 4 star. Lots of varieties of fish and good visibility. The staff on the boat were all very professional and made it a very pleasurable day. Good food too! My friend and I wandered a little far and were surprised that the current was so strong trying to get back to the boat. They did warn us and they left a long rope out the back to pull yourself back with but it had drifted away and we couldn't find it when he needed it. There wasn't anything they could have done about that. They told us how to signal them if we needed them but you know how men are :! I can't think of one thing they could have changed or improved on. It was excellent and a beautiful day.

P
, Feb 2018

A friend recommended this trip so we booked it and would do this again in a heartbeat. Everything was supplied, the food was amazing on board and most importantly SAFETY was awesome. After every stop there was a head count and they meant business when counting the passengers. Nobody could move around the boat while the count was being done. That made my wife and I feel very safe. I would recommend this trip for families. The staff really showed concern for their guests. I was very impressed.

w
, Feb 2018

This is a must. Great experience - we did the walk that took us up in daylight but going dark coming down so we saw the city lighting up - just beautiful. Our guide was knowledgable and fun - would highly recommend .

A
, Feb 2018

Though I signed up for the dive part of the trip, I was unable to participate. I was taking a medicine that was not approved for diving in Cairns. The medication is fine for diving in the US so as a heads up, I would recommend investigating health issues before signing up. I did end up spending the time snorkeling and had a great time. I would highly recommend the company even though I couldnt dive. Also I was refunded the difference in the snorkel cost and the dive cost so it was equitable. But again, to avoid disappointment if you have heath issues or take medication, for minor things, investigate that before signing up for the dive.


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