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Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
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Overview

Spend a day on the Great Barrier Reef at two different snorkel and dive sites on this luxury catamaran cruise from Cairns. Travel in style aboard a fast, comfortable catamaran to the outer edge Upolu Reef. Take an Adventure Snorkel & Glass Bottom Boat Tour through the highly protected no-fishing zone sites in the Marine Park. Refuel with a buffet lunch on board the catamaran before heading to your next destination, Upolu Cay reef. Enjoy the shallow azure blue waters surrounding this natural Coral Cay with both snorkeling or diving on offer. Be mesmerised by coral teeming with colourful fish.
  • Cruise to the Great Barrier Reef by luxury, fast catamaran from Cairns
  • Choose to snorkel or dive at two locations in highly protected Marine Park zones
  • Learn about the reef on a glass-bottom boat coral-viewing tour
  • Take a snorkeling tour led by a marine naturalist or master reef guide
  • Delicious buffet lunch, snacks and beverages included
  • Top-quality snorkeling and diving gear included
  • Cruise is limited to a maximum of 75 passengers
  • 6-hours actual reef time
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Luxury fast stylish catamaran cruise to the Great Barrier Reef
Six full hours on the Great Barrier Reef with stops at two uniquely different reef locations
Environment Management Charge (EMC) and port fees
Tea and coffee throughout the day
Large smorgasbord lunch with seafood
Platters of tropical fruit, cheese and crackers
Snorkeling instruction and in-water crew assistance if required
Snorkeling equipment (snorkel, marks, flippers, and buoyancy vests)
Wetsuits or lycra suits (depending on season)
Snorkeling tour with a marine naturalist
Freshwater showers
Informative Glass Bottom Boat Tour
Guided interpretative Adventure Drift Snorkel Tour
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Pre-book diving if no medical conditions /taking medication - some may preclude you from diving
OPTIONAL Diving : x1 or x2 cert dives / x1 or x2 Intro dives

Departure Point

1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Starting point is at the Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom desk inside the Reef Fleet Terminal (RFT) located 1,Spence Str Cairns .

Departure Time

Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
Two Certified Dives
4/1/2020 - 3/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:07:15 AM - 04:30 PM
Two Introductory Dives
4/1/2020 - 3/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:07:15 AM - 04:30 PM
Snorkel only Family Pack
4/1/2020 - 3/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:07:15 AM - 04:30 PM
One Certified Dive
4/1/2020 - 3/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:07:15 AM - 04:30 PM
One Introductory Dive
4/1/2020 - 3/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:07:15 AM - 04:30 PM
Snorkel only
4/1/2020 - 3/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:07:15 AM - 04:30 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.

Explore Upolu Cay and take a glass-bottom boat from the catamaran to Upolu Cay, located on the Great Barrier Reef. Hop in the sheltered turquoise water to snorkel or scuba dive among an astounding array of coral, colorful fish, and other sea creatures.

Cruise to the next destination 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 snacking on a selection of tropical fruit, cheese, crackers, and cakes.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom
After check-in board the vessel, grab a coffee or tea, a Danish pastry, fresh fruit & settle in. After just over an hour we arrive at our first Great Barrier Reef destination - the beautiful "Wonder Wall " on the outer edge of Upolu reef. Snorkel, SCUBA (extra) this stunning reef site teaming with fish and marine life. Experience an informative complimentary Glass Bottom Boat & Adventure Drift Snorkel tour with our very attentive guides. After a morning of activities enjoy a large scrumptious lunch as we cruise to Upolu Cay. Snorkel this "coral garden" tropical oasis - look out for turtles & sting rays! When conditions allow you can even land on this glistening white coral Cay! Enjoy six hours of snorkelling, relaxing between these 2 uniquely different reef sites. After a magical day we return to Cairns serving fresh fruit, cheese and crackers and cake arriving back in Cairns by around 4.15 pm . We are thrilled to now have you as part of our ever growing Ocean Freedom family!
Duration: 9 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Great Barrier Reef
Our Marine Guides will enthrall you on a reef and marine life discovery on an a highly informative and engaging Adventure Snorkel Tour and Glass Bottom Boat Tour at our two unique Upolu Reef sites - "Wonder Wall" on the Outer Edge Upolu Reef and our "Aquarium" coral garden reef site amongst the beautiful shallow, azure coloured waters of Upolu Cay Reef. These sites are in Marine Park highly protected zones where no fishing is allowed, hence the abundance of fish and marine life. Come and find your favourite Hollywood Nemo character! With 6 hrs of actual un-rushed reef time you have plenty of time to do both complimentary activities and continue exploring yourself under the guidance of our attentive crew!
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Upolu Cay
Ocean Freedom travels to two Great Barrier Reef sites - "Wonder Wall" on the Outer Edge of Upolu reef (a truly magnificent snorkel and dive site) and Upolu Cay Reef - a beautiful shallow turquoise coral garden site. Upolu Cay site is truly magnificent - picture a coral garden reef with lots of colourful reef fish darting in and out of the staghorn coral as you snorkel in these crystal clear shallow waters surrounding Upolu Cay. Look out for turtles popping to the surface for a breath of air, stingrays eagerly scouring the bottom for food. Sometimes you can stand thigh deep on the Cay in the middle of the ocean, other days we can land on this glistening white beautiful coral cay - each day a little mystery of nature but always we have the stunning turquoise waters to snorkel in and around this magnificent Great Barrier Reef area. Make sure you have your camera ready for this truly picturesque site!
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A maximum of 75 people ensures a unique and personalized experience
  • The order in which the snorkeling and dive sites are visited may changes as it is dependent on the conditions on the day
  • Please note: All divers will be required to complete a medical questionnaire on board prior to diving. Please only book the diving options if you have no medical conditions or taking medication as some conditions/medication preclude you from diving
  • Near public transportation
  • Industry COVID-SAFE Plan in place - "Good to go" . Sanitisation stations will be available at check-in, on board as well as high-touch areas being sanitised regularly.Contact details will be required at the time of booking if not already sent. Upon arrival, questions will be asked regarding travel in the last 14 days, contact with any Covid-19 positive individuals and potential symptoms – answers to these questions may impact your ability to travel and will be at the discretion of the crew on the day.
  • Please bring own pen and drink bottle if preferred . Food will be served under strict hygiene measures.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 75 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Cairns Premier Reef & Island Tours

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 sanitization during Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns .
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns .
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns ?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns .
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns ?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 75 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns .

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Traveler Tips


  • "Don't hesitate to go with them - worth every penny and more!!" See review
  • "Not only does this cruise offer both snorkeling and SCUBA diving to see the reef and its marine life, but they also have a glass-bottom boat." See review

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Mesmerising!
Sanchita_S
, Aug 2021
This was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. The trip was amazing with great tour guides - Ben, Chris, Mateo, Sophie and Antoinella. Ben and Chris were very knowledgeable and shared a lot of great info and facts about the reef. We were travelling with an infant and were made to feel very comfortable in the Catamaran. The food served was great and the boat was clean and luxurious.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Wonderful to hear that the crew helped you and your family enjoy your day at the Great Barrier Reef - we will certainly let them know :) Hope to see you again.
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Great day
Victor_G
, Jul 2021
Awesome crew despite the windy weather it added to the positive experience We had fund along with meeting new people Reef snorkeling was an adventure Thanks for a great day
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks Victor for the review. No worries! We’re glad to hear our crew helped you have a great day on the reef meeting new people and snorkelling, despite the wind!
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Stringly recommend, even for families with very young kids.
Venkata_A
, Jul 2021
Very individualized approach. Friendly staff. Fantastic value for money. Ignored the old looking boat which is not a luxury oriented as it says on the advert. Great snorkeling, diving and glass bottom boat. experience- that matters most.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you for writing this review. It is wonderful to hear that you had such an amazing experience out on the reef with us. We focus on giving our passengers a personal experience to ensure you have the best experience out on our Upolu reef location.
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Ocean Freedom for best service
Sonia_Z
, Jul 2021
I went to Opulu Cay on Friday 10th July with my autistic daughter on Ocean Freedom. We both were still quite tired as recovering from illness but really happy to look at coral and fish on a high visibility and low wind, half cloudy, half sunny day. The service was excellent. I had help with my wetsuit, with my underwater camera, flippers and most importantly with my daughter so that we both could make the most of the day. Big thank you to Matteo from Uruguay on Ocean Freedom who made this the perfect first snorkelling experience for my 10 year old daughter and so I could make the best of the day, too.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you for writing this review Sonia. It is great to hear that yourself and your daughter were able to bounce back from your illness and experience the reef. I will be sure to tell Mateo about your snorkelling experience with him. Hopefully, we can see you again soon when you are both feeling a lot better.
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Snorkelling at The Great Barrier Reef
Aparna_T
, Jul 2021
Loved the entire experience of snorkelling in the ocean to see the corals. The staff were super friendly and took great care of us. They loved what they did. Will definitely recommend them to others,
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you for the review Aparna! Great to know you loved our reef experience and the crew were as helpful and friendly as always, will be sure to let them know.
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The way to do the reef
Tim_R
, Jul 2021
The crew were just as awesome as the experience of diving on the GBR. We had a great day out on the reef and were very impressed by the service.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks for the review Tim, and wonderful to hear your diving experience on the reef was awesome and you enjoyed our service!
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Fabulous.
Amanda_M
, Jul 2021
Wow! What a great day. Safe, friendly, experienced. Nothing was too much to ask and there was a relaxed vibe. All the dive team were lovely. Would go again tomorrow if we could.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Aw, absolutely lovely to read. Thank you for the review Amanda! As a locally owned business our staff and crew are like family; relaxed and friendly but still well versed in the job and able to help with anything. We would be more than happy for you to visit again!
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Best Experience of the Reef!!!
Jennifer_M
, Jul 2021
The best experience for my family, first time in The Great Barrier Reef. The boat was very clean, in compliance with the COVID precautions. The crews are very nice, helpful, attentive and well knowledgeable. The food is a wide variety, sumptuous and delicious, too much for everyone. Highly recommended. We thank you for this great experience.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you Jennifer for your review! During any operational time it is always important to maintain a clean boat and clean equipment and all procedures were reassessed during present times to ensure we were COVID compliant so we really appreciate hearing that you felt comfortable on the day – that is important to us. We provide a high crew to passengers ratio to make certain all your needs are met and plenty of food options for everyone to enjoy.
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Awesome experience & value for money
Gayle_J
, Jun 2021
Great value for money …friendly & knowledgeable staff, clean boat & facilities - awesome reef experience. Thankyou for a wonderful day!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you so much for writing this review Gayle. We are so happy you had such an amazing tour with us and hopefully we see you again in the future.
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Day trip reef
Fiona_L
, Jun 2021
Excellent staff and site selection. All equipment in excellent condition Would recommend for solo or family
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you very much :)
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