Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns

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Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns
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Enjoy the most customer-oriented Great Barrier Reef tour aboard a fast travelling sleek, luxury catamaran from Cairns! Snorkel and dive 2 very different and unique Great Barrier Reef Sites . "Wonder Wall" on the outer edge Upolu Reef and Upolu Cay reef area - an aquarium style coral garden with the most beautiful clear blue azure waters . Spend six hours (more than any other reef tour) to snorkel or scuba dive (see options below) these Marine Park protected areas . Absolutely no rush in the day .Enjoy complimentary Glass- Bottom Boat tour and Adventure Drift Snorkel tours with your onboard marine naturalist, . This cruise is limited to 75 guests, ensuring quality customer service and passenger comfort.
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In Brief

Location:
Cairns City, Australia
Country:
Australia
Duration:
9 hours
Operates:
Daily
Highlights:
All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
Lunch included
Snorkel gear included
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Your Great Barrier Reef adventure begins with check-in at the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal. Once on board the luxury 65-foot (20-meter) catamaran, enjoy coffee, tea, fruit and muffins prior to departure.

As you cruise to Upolu Cay, relax in the air-conditioned interior deck or on the outdoor sundeck. The crew will provide a safety briefing, and if you choose the introductory or certified scuba diving option, you’ll also fill out your paperwork.

Your first stop is Upolu Cay, a naturally formed coral cay situated 19 miles (30 km) from Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef. The cay's protected shallow waters make it the perfect location to explore the reef, for both snorkelers and scuba divers. Drop anchor and take a glass-bottom boat tour from the catamaran to Upolu Cay. Then jump in the stunning turquoise water for your snorkeling adventure or your introductory or certified dive among an array of coral, reef fish, and starfish.

After working up an appetite, enjoy a delicious buffet lunch on board while cruising from Upolu Cay to Upolu Reef. Feast on smoked salmon, chilled prawns, cold chicken and other meats, accompanied by salad and fresh bread.

You’ll soon arrive at the amazing dive and snorkel site known as the ‘Wonder Wall,’ located on the outer edge of Upolu Reef. Rising 46 feet (14 meters) from the ocean floor, the ‘Wonder Wall’ plateaus just below the water's surface, making it a perfect spot for both snorkelers and divers. Be amazed by the many different types of hard and soft coral, giant clams, turtles and reef fish of all shapes and sizes. Learn more about the reef on an informative drift snorkel tour with a marine naturalist.

After a full six hours exploring the Great Barrier Reef, cruise back to Cairns as the crew serves a selection of tropical fruit, cheese, crackers and a decadent cake platter.

Inclusions

  • Luxury catamaran cruise to the Great Barrier Reef
  • Six full hours on the Great Barrier Reef with stops at two reef locations
  • Environment Management Charge (EMC) and port fees
  • Tea and coffee throughout the day
  • Buffet 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

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • 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
  • OPTIONAL Diving : x1 or x2 cert dives / x1 or x2 Intro dives

Departure Point

Reef Fleet Terminal, LOT 996 Pier Point Rd, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • 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
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 75 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

First time snorkelling, the staff did an outstanding job to calm me so I could fully appreciate the amazing coral reefs. We were provided with breakfast, lunch and snacks at no extra costs. The ratio of customers and staff was exceptional and allowed for small group dives. One Freedom provided the best activity I experienced on five continents.
• Submitted 05 Dec 2019
A friend and I were looking for a trip out to the reef that wasn't SO full of people that we would feel like a number. We managed to find that in this trip. The crew was extremely friendly and competent, I never felt like we were unattended at all. We thoroughly enjoyed both spots that were chosen. We'd do it again in a minute!
• Submitted 05 Dec 2019
I was impressed with this tour of the Great Barrier Reef. We snorkeled in two locations while other scuba dived. The boat was very comfortable and they served lots of food all day long. The best part of this tour is how safety conscious the crew was. There were six certified dive masters and they rotated watching everyone in the water from the boat. Nice lunch and treats during the entire tour. Highly recommend.
• Submitted 13 Nov 2019
From the minute we stepped on board the crew worked to make our experience the best! It is the only thing that they can control when dealing with a nature tour like the Great Barrier Reef. They were fun and energetic the whole time all while serving the probably 50 some patrons. I’d go with Ocean Freedom again with no hesitation!
• Submitted 08 Nov 2019
This was a fantastic way to experience the GBR. The staff were friendly, the food was great, and the limited number on the boat (we had only 43) made the experience less stressful those large vessels with hundreds of people. While it might be OK on the boat, when you get in the water you end up knocking into people all the time. A smaller group limits that unpleasantry. The crew was really encouraging, ensuring people were comfortable and SAFE throughout the excursion.
• Submitted 06 Nov 2019
Would do again. Highly knowledgeable, funnyCrew members made sure everyone was properly suited up and saw everything close up, despite snorkeling instead of diving.
• Submitted 28 Oct 2019
When we were ready to board our host and vessel owner said we were in good hands. The staff on the Ocean Freedom were fabulous. They made certain everyone was comfortable, well fed, had the right equipment and provided whatever assistance we would need to have a great day. We were so impressed by how attentive the crew was and how well they worked as a team.
• Submitted 28 Oct 2019
This day tour was unreal. We were lucky to have great conditions on the day, but the spots we visited were perfect for snorkelling. The crew were awesome too (special shout out to Captain Scott, and Lou for looking after my Dad!), all very attentive and personable. The lunch spread was top notch, which just rounded out a great day. Would do again 100%.
• Submitted 21 Oct 2019
Great Barrier reef was so fantastic and enhanced by the absolutely wonderful staff. They did a wonderful job of taking us to spots were you could see so many things. Taking care of us while we were swimming. Absolutely wonderful experience.
• Submitted 16 Oct 2019
Thanks to the great crew for a fantastic day on the great barrier reef. Crew knowledgeable and service 10/10.
• Submitted 15 Oct 2019
We did both diving and snorkeling and both were amazing. The staff were super helpful and made snorkeling super easy that people who couldn't swim could easily do it. I loved our trip and would definitely do it again if we are back in Cairns again.
• Submitted 14 Oct 2019
This trip was absolutely fantastic, saw an amazing amount of the GBR, and the crew is awesome. Also, the food provided was really tasty!!
• Submitted 01 Oct 2019
My wife and I wry much enjoyed the cruise and snorkeling at both stops. Special thanks to Ezekiel and Gianna for guiding us to the best spots to see fish including Clownfish and a turtle. Kate did a great job at the food and drinks bar. Our captain Paul was knowledgeable and kept us informed all throughout the cruise. This is ‘The’ cruise to be on ..... Thank you!
• Submitted 02 Sep 2019
The highlight was the helpful and fun loving crew and ratio of crew to passengers. Also, this company limits the number of passengers which nicely resulted in there being ample room to sit and move around. The boat was modern, fast and handled the rough water very well. The day we went out, wind was gusting at 25-30 km. Per the advice of the crew, we purchased and took motion sickness pills before leaving the dock and it worked. A few folks didn't and they were miserable. Food was good and plentiful and presented buffet style. Unfortunately for us the rough seas stirred up the sediment and reduced visibility, but that wasn't anything the crew could control. All in all, a very memorable day.
• Submitted 25 Jul 2019
It was a great trip. The crew was amazing. They were helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. The food was excellent. We went two very different areas of the reef which made it even more interesting.
• Submitted 08 Jul 2019
the crew, the food and the agenda are outstanding. probably one of the best Viator tours I have experienced
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
My wife loves to snorkel, but I am disabled and had to give up snorkeling some time ago. But I still went with her on this Great Barrier Reef cruise, and I am so glad I did! 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. Their glass-bottom boat seats at least 20 people and the view of the reef is very good. Although there are not large numbers of reef fish, I saw more than most of the snorkelers. I even saw two giant clams and a barracuda. Snorkelers should be aware that there are a lot fewer reef fish to be seen here than they may be used to seeing in places like Hawaii.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
We had an amazing time on our snorkeling excursion! Though we went on a rather rough and rainy day, we enjoyed every minute of the trip. The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful, offering information and guidance throughout the day. The lunch served was also quite lovely. I would recommend to anyone.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
This was a grand adventure! The crew was enthusiastic and friendly. They ensured everyone, from beginners to experts, had what they need to enjoy the snorkeling and diving. They were knowledgeable about the fish and the reef; showing people were to look and explaining the natural order of things. There was plenty of delicious food to be enjoyed throughout the day. Coffee, tea and water were available all day, other beverages were reasonably priced.There was not much to be scene on the glass bottom boat, but the guide provided lots of information and answered everyone's questions.
• Submitted 30 Nov 2018
Great visit to Great Barrier Reef. Staff was great and very helpful. Highly recommend this excursion and this provider.
• Submitted 26 Nov 2018
What an amazing day we spent with this crew!!! They were all so personable (especially Jen and Dave and the pilot) knowledgeable and just plain fun to be with. Loved the lunch, endless snacks and glass bottom boat. I also loved that they guided you when snorkelling. I would have missed a lot if they didn't have this service. Don't hesitate to go with them - worth every penny and more!! Love it!!!
• Submitted 07 Nov 2018
Had a wonderful time visiting the Great Barrier Reef!!! The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. Managed the crowd very well and maintained an inclusive environment.
• Submitted 08 Oct 2018
They were professional, fun and took really good care of us. The sea was a little rough but we still got to experience everything.
• Submitted 10 Jul 2018
Fantastic crew, great location for our dives. Just right for beginning or experienced divers or snorkelers.
• Submitted 30 May 2018

In Brief

Location:
Cairns City, Australia
Country:
Australia
Duration:
9 hours
Operates:
Daily
Highlights:
All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
Lunch included
Snorkel gear included

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