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Discover the weird and wonderful marine life of the Great Barrier Reef on this full-day catamaran cruise from Cairns, including hotel pick-up. Choose from a guided snorkeling tour, an introductory scuba dive or up to three certified dives (depending on your experience level), then tuck into a delicious buffet lunch served on-board. Visit top dive sites like the Flynn, Milln and Thetford reefs and get a chance to spot rays, sea turtles and white tip reef sharks.


  • 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 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
  • Enjoy buffet lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop off at Palm Cove hotels

What You Can Expect

Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Palm Cove

Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Palm Cove

Snorkel or dive at some of the best known dive sites off Cairns such as Flynn, Milln and Thetford reefs for their abundance of marine life. The sites offer excellent wall dives, swim-throughs and overhangs, great for both novice and experienced divers. you can expect to see an abundance of fish species, hard corals such as staghorn, table, plate and boulder coral, and many species of soft corals.

Your day begins with pickup from your Palm Cove hotel to board the boat at Marlin Wharf. The ultra modern 29 meter catamaran will be your base for the day. Throughout the day you'll visit three different locations which may include Thetford, Milln and Flynn Reef. Each stop showcases a different aspect of the beautiful Great Barrier Reef. At each site you have the choice to snorkel, dive or a combination of both.

If you have never tried scuba diving you can choose to do one or two introductory dives, or you may prefer to stick to snorkeling and explore all three sites from the surface. A crew member will take those interested on a guided snorkel tour at one of the reef locations. Certified divers can choose to partake in up to three certified dives. Whatever you choose, your Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise includes up to five hours in the water.

The friendly crew will be happy to answer any questions you have throughout the day. The boat features full bar facilities, fresh water showers and expansive sundecks overlooking the Coral Sea. A tropical buffet lunch will be served between sites, along with morning and afternoon tea.

Customer Reviews

Rob A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Beautiful dive sites. A great day.

Todd H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

Very happy we chose this particular dive cruise. Very thorough, checked my medical information, and flight times the next to make sure it was O.K. Saw amazing ocean life and some of the prettiest coral I've ever seen. The lunch buffet was was really excellent too. What a nice surprise. Do it!

Todd H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

Glad we chose this dive cruise. Very thorough checking my medical information and flight times the following day to make sure it was safe to dive. It was and amazing sights...sea turtle...beautiful coral formations, etc. The lunch buffet was excellent too. Forgot how much I loved diving.


4 star rating: Recommended February 2016

A great day out with a friendly and professional crew and excellent equipment and diving/snorkelling advice.

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