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Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns
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icon8 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour includes options for both first-time and certified divers at two Great Barrier Reef dive sites.
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BBQ lunch prepared onboard with fresh fish, prawns, steak, variety of salads (veg options available)
Cruise onboard the fastest, most luxurious superyacht
5 hours reef time at 2 spectacular outer reef locations
Use of Scuba equipment
Use of Snorkeling equipment
Up to 3 Introductory or Certified Scuba Dives (if selected)
Free lycra/stinger suit hire
Glass of wine and a snack on return journey
10-minute Scenic Flight (if selected)
Relax in comfort in spacious air-conditioned modern lounges and stylish upper deck
$20 per person admin/fuel levy (to be paid direct prior to travel if purchased prior to July23 2021)
Private transportation

Departure Point

1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
After boarding your deluxe boat, which seats a max of 100 people, including your experienced guides, your Great Barrier Reef day trip starts with the boat ride from Cairns out to the reef—one of the fastest rides from Cairns, with just more than an hour of cruising time.

Depending on the weather and water conditions on the day of your tour, your guides will head to one of 12 exclusive moorings at six reef locations, providing you with the best possible on-the-water experience that day. Most likely, you’ll visit one of the Outer Great Barrier Reef spots like Saxon Reef or Norman Reef in the morning, and then continue to North Hastings Reef in the afternoon.

Upon arrival at your first location, hop in the water with your provided snorkeling equipment for a look at multicolored fish, coral and other marine life. Instruction is provided for beginners, and your knowledgeable crew members are on hand to encourage and help you, if needed. Then snorkel again at your second location. If you’d rather not get wet, you can still check out this World Heritage–listed underwater world on a tour by semi-submersible vessel (own expense; payable on the day of your tour).

During your time on the barrier reef you can refuel with an onboard buffet lunch of Australian barbecue items such as fresh fish, sausages and steak, plus a selection of pastas, salads and prawns. On the return trip to Cairns, snack on a platter of cheese and fruit while members of your talented crew provide live music and entertainment to celebrate the end of your day on the sea.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Great Barrier Reef
Upon arrival at your first reef location, either Saxon or Norman Reef, it’s time to snorkel and dive! Hop in the water with your provided equipment and discover the underwater world full of multicolored fish, coral, and other marine life. Your guides help you to get outfitted with snorkel and scuba diving equipment, and provide instruction and encouragement to newcomers and experienced people alike. Your friendly and knowledgeable crew is always available to help nervous snorkelers or divers enjoy their time in the water. During your time on the reef, you will enjoy a BBQ lunch prepared onboard with fresh fish, steak, a variety of salads, and prawns.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Great Barrier Reef
At the second reef location, North Hastings Reef, you can snorkel or dive again. If you prefer to stay dry, you can still check out this World Heritage-listed underwater world on semi-submersible tour with live commentary by our marine biologist (additional cost) or from above with a 10-minute scenic helicopter ride (additional cost).
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Check-in is from 7.15am at Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns. Please make your way to the Down Under Cruise and Dive counter to check-in. Boat departs 8.00am sharp.
  • All intending divers over the age of 65 years must provide a current Diving Medical certificate.
  • Children aged and under 12 years (introductory) and 10 years (certified divers) are not permitted to participate in onboard diving activities as per Queensland Australian Law.
  • Children under the age of 18 must be in the immediate company of a parent or legal guardian.
  • Evidence of dive certification is required from all divers wishing to participate in a certified dive.
  • Diving within 24 hours before your flight is not permitted. All participants will be required to complete a health/medication questionnaire prior to diving. Some pre-existing medical conditions (eg asthma, heart & lung conditions etc) and prescribed medications may prevent you from diving, please consult your doctor before booking.
  • Due to comfort, weight and balance of the aircraft, passengers weighing over 130kg will be required to pay an additional fee. Please contact the operator to check first.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • $20 per person admin/fuel levy (to be paid direct prior to travel)
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 124 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Down Under Dive

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 124 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns.

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Traveler Tips


  • "If you are doing a introductory dive you are not allowed to bring a camera with you." See review
  • "Don't make the mistake of forgetting to take seasickness medication!!" See review
  • "You are NOT allowed to scuba dive if have epilepsy, Diabetes, or a Seizure Disorder." See review

Reviews

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Relaxing atmosphere and friendly staff
Brandon_H
, Jul 2021
The vessel was comfortable, the Staff were friendly and helpful, the food was well presented and tasty. The first snorkeling spot was great and plenty to see but the second spot was not as interesting.
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Fab
V_P
, Jul 2021
Fantastic friendly and happy crew who truly loved their job, clean big boat with loads of space and places to sit and enjoy the ride to/from the reef, yummy lunch, all just added the dot to the i to a fabulous day out on the reef!
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A wonderful experience shared with best friends
Nicola_S
, Jul 2021
What a wonderful way to celebrate my 50th. Everything was amazing from the crew to the boat and what we got for our money.
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Fantastic day
Paul_M
, Jul 2021
Really well organised , great crew and an amazing snorkelling trip , our young children felt safe despite being in the middle of the ocean !
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Brilliant day!
Graeme_C
, Jul 2021
A faultless event from start to finish! An atmosphere of fun and friendliness throughout, but always with a strong undercurrent of safety for all on board. The depth of care, and attention to detail. was exceptional; catering to every level of skill, ability, and nervousness, with kindness and encouragement. Seeing and exploring the reef speaks for itself. You must do this! We were certainly well fed too, and it was all fresh and delicious, and of excellent quality! The entire crew, even Uncle Eddie, were fabulous! We would do it again tomorrow!
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star-5
Just awesome. Would go again the next day
Eloise_M
, Jul 2021
snorkelling and the fabulous lunch. we saw heaps of fish and awesome corals and the guides were all friendly and helpful. Eddie was a blast.
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star-4
Very organised, friendly, nice and plenty of food, beautiful reef spots
Adriana_C
, Jul 2021
Very organised, many and very friendly staff. The 2 reefs were beautiful and plenty to see. Food was great and lots of it. The only bad thing is they cancel the heli flight 12 hour before the trip with not many options to choose from, but they refund the money with no delays.
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Very friendly helpful staff.
Maxwell_B
, Jul 2021
Snorkelling on the reef was a memorable experience. The steak and salads were amazing. But the fish was a little bit dry. Sausages in bread would be amazing it’s a Aussie thing to do.
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Very happy
Vihar_P
, Jul 2021
Enjoyable Was fun The way to reef was bit bumpy and wobbly But overall great experience Very friendly crew members Everyone was helpful
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Perfect experience
ODonnell_M
, Jul 2021
Great experience… wonderful food. Well organised. Helpful and knowledgeable team. Advise hire of underwater phone pouch.
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