Passions of Paradise Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns by Luxury Catamaran

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Passions of Paradise Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns by Luxury Catamaran
from AUD $214.50
Dive, snorkel and sail the Great Barrier Reef with an award-winning company with 30 years’ experience operating personalized day tours to the Great Barrier Reef. The 80-foot catamaran sails from Cairns to two unique locations where you can choose to dive or snorkel with colorful fish, turtles and an amazing array of coral. With a choice of 27 outer Great Barrier Reef destinations your friendly crew can select the location best suited to the weather offering you the best possible Great Barrier Reef experience on a luxury purpose built catamaran!
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In Brief

Cairns City, Australia
9 hours
364 days per year,excluding New Years Day Jan 1st
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Queensland Australia

Passions of Paradise have access to over 26 destinations on the outer Great Barrier Reef. Each day you will visit 2 of these locations chosen for their suitability to the weather conditions. Snorkel or dive with our experienced crew and view an underwater world teeming with marine life and spectacular coral reefs.

Duration: 5 hours


  • A stylish fast modern catamaran visiting two exclusive outer reef locations
  • Morning tea/coffee & mini muffins
  • Lunch - Hot and cold chef prepared buffet lunch
  • Snacks - Afternoon tea/coffee, fresh fruit, cheese & crackers
  • Complimentary Snorkel tour and tuition
  • 10 minute in water introduction to Scuba Diving
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • A marine naturalist presentation
  • All marine park fees and levies
  • Winter Wet Suits or Summer Sun Suits
  • Prescription Masks
  • $20 p/p Reef levy included in price


  • Underwater Camera hire: AU$60 with an 8GB micro SD card or AU$40 with your own card
  • Soft drinks and alcohol available at the bar (cash and credit cards accepted)
  • Return transfers; Cairns City $18p/p. Cairns Northern Beaches $25p/p - Must be booked in advance
  • Carbon offset - Offset your carbon foot print for only $1p/p

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Departure Point

1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please bring swim wear, towels, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat!
  • Check in will commence at 7.00am at the Reef Fleet Terminal for an 8am departure
  • Please note: prescription medication and certain medical conditions will preclude you from scuba diving in Queensland without a Queensland Dive Medical. These conditions include, but are not limited to, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, heart problems, lung problems, ear problems, high or low blood pressure, current cough, cold or flu, chronic sinus conditions, fainting or seizures, plus the use of prescription medication including those used for the treatment of anxiety and depression. Please contact us directly to discuss your suitability for diving.
  • The minimum age for scuba diving in Queensland is 12 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Scuba Diving in Queensland; prescription medication and certain medical conditions will preclude you from scuba diving in Queensland without a Queensland Dive Medical. These conditions include, but are not limited to, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, heart problems, lung problems, ear problems, high or low blood pressure, current cough, cold or flu, chronic sinus conditions, fainting or seizures, plus the use of prescription medication including those used for the treatment of anxiety and depression.
  • 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 100 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 4.96 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Started out the day with muffins, some briefings then off to the most amazing and incredible sites ever right in front of our faces. The staff was great watching out for us all day! Thank you for an awesome experience!!
• Submitted 29 Nov 2019
The crew was proffesional and super friendly. Lunch and snacks were better than expected. Made 2 certified dives with a girl named Pheobe. She was great!
• Submitted 27 Nov 2019
This tour was absolutely awesome with a great crew looking after us. My partner and I opted to do the introductory scuba dive and it was such an amazing experience. Where better to try scuba diving than the Great Barrier Reef? Our instructor Jess was superb and we felt very safe under the water with her supervision. Thanks so much! The boat was very relaxing with plenty of places to sit and the lunch was very good. Highly recommend. Couldn't have wished for a better time spent at the reef 😊
• Submitted 17 Sep 2019
The staff of the Passions of Paradise treated us with such good care. From the moment we sailed off, through the time in the water and the even the lunch was first class experience. We went with teens on our trip and these guys made everyone feel special. Great attention to service and safety in the water.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
So glad we booked with them. Check in was easy and quick, no long lines like some of the bargain tours. I would guess about 80+ passengers and plenty of space to move around and be comfortable. Equipment was good, food was delicious and the crew exceptional! We had really great weather and the snorkeling sites where wonderful. The crew really tried to give everyone a great experience. They are one of the last locally owned operations, buy local, book with passions of paradise!
• Submitted 09 Jan 2019
Fantastic trip from booking in , coffee n muffins, friendly helpful staff, great tasty lunch with plenty of choice of salad and hot food and great snorkeling on barrier reef. A perfect day out cruising and snorkeling with friendly and helpful crew
• Submitted 05 Dec 2018
The boat was comfortable and the food delicious. I also participated in the Discover Scuba which was a cool feature to have on the boat, definitely a once in a lifetime experience. I saw lots of cool wildlife and felt well taken care of by the crew and safe at all times. Thanks for the experience!
• Submitted 30 Nov 2018
We just completed a day tour of the Great Barrier Reef with Paradise Tours! This was a fantastic day! They serve tea, coffee, muffins and fresh fruit on the ride out and it hit the spot as it was just a bit chilly. They also offer it on the way back to port and both tea times are included in the cost of the tour. The boat is comfortable and had varied seating to meet everyone's needs. It is a well run tour and the crew is wonderful. They are very safety conscience but make sure you are having fun at the same time! We went to 2 reefs and it exceeded our expectations! The included lunch was amazing! It is the only reef tour per the crew that has an onboard chef and he is very talented. They served food for every dietary need - meat, vegetarian and vegan dishes and each one was delish! Although we did not do the dive only regret we recommend participating in the dive option. We had to rent wet suits due to it being windy and a bit chilly but the cost was very affordable 8 AUD- So glad we did that. The crew is fun, very passionate and knowledgable about the Reef and the life there. There is a presentation about the Reef and all the life that abounds on the trip back to port. They do collect for various Reef and Marine life charities as well as the Rainforest but there is no pressure. Highly recommend this tour..... Note - If you have any medical issues, or have had any recent surgery, contact the tour directly -- they will let you know if they need a doctor's letter giving you the OK to dive! So highly recommended!
• Submitted 09 Sep 2018
Absolutely amazing experience!! Very friendly staff, nice catamaran, good for first timers because they assign instructors to lead those who are not very good with swimming
• Submitted 01 May 2018
AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME! That sums up this trip! I have a son who is allergic to nuts, so as soon as I stepped on board the boat, I asked to speak to the chef to make him aware of our issue. I did not want to be miles away from a hospital in case the worst should occur. The chef had planned to put nuts in a salad I think and as soon as I mentioned that my son had a nut allergy, he went straight back to the kitchen to pack up the nuts with a note on them not to be used due to an allergy. He then came back and we talked a bit more about other pre-packaged items that would be served that might contain nuts. I SUPER appreciated the attention to detail from not only the chef but from all the crew members!
• Submitted 26 Mar 2018
We seriously loved this opportunity to take in the Great Barrier Reef and snorkel at two sites for a total of three hours. My wife was first in, last out at each of the snorkel sites. I was able to do the glass bottom boat for the second site and loved it along with the guided explanations of the reef. Along with the rainforest trip the Great Barrier Reef is a must see activity in Cairns.
• Submitted 27 Feb 2018
Super excursion!!!! I highly recommend this trip with the Passions of Paradise Crew. They were fantastic, friendly, courteous, helpful and went above and beyond to make our trip successful. We saw amazing reef vies when snorkeling. Our guide would stop and tell us what we were seeing. We saw shark, clams, puffer fish, parrot fish, and clown fish yes, Nemo to name a few. They even fed us snacks and a delicious lunch. It was one of the best experiences of our lives!!!! Thank you Passions Crew!
• Submitted 31 Jan 2018
Great crew, very well organized, overall a very relaxing day! As a snorkeler I felt like I got to see a lot of the reef.
• Submitted 07 Jan 2018
Awesome day
• Submitted 28 Aug 2017
The trip to Barrier Reef was a great experience! Seeing all the wildlife with corals, fish and turtles produced unforgettable memories. The crew took very well care of us! They gave us interesting and sound infos about marine life, good food, snorkeling or diving equipment and made everybody feel save and welcome. Everything was well organized, thus we could relaxe and enjoy the trip. If you plan to head out to Barrier reef starting in Cairns: take this team!
• Submitted 05 Apr 2017
Had such an amazing time. Snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef was probably the best experience in my life. The whole staff was friendly, witty and helpful. Lunch was delicious! I recommend everyone must do this adventure!
• Submitted 17 Jan 2017
What a great experience! I was so happy to have chosen Passions of Paradise as they are a local company that gives back to the earth! They are conscious about waste and carbon footprints! The staff is amazing, knowledgable and super friendly. They go out of their way to make you feel welcome by learning your name and as you exit the catamaran after the excursion, the entire staff is waiting to shake your hand, I felt like a celebrity! The food was great and the snorkeling was easy and fun! My friend saw a green sea turtle and a black tip shark! I wasn't as lucky but got some great pics and videos on the go pro! I HIGHLY recommend this tour and ESPECIALLY this company, Passions of Paradise!
• Submitted 13 Jan 2017
Brilliant. Crew were amazing. Food was good. Reef was beautiful. Sailing was a special extra
• Submitted 29 Dec 2016
The crew was amazingly personable and knowledgeable and took the time to get to meet everyone on-board. We had a wonderful day snorkeling, and they helped make our trip to the Great Barrier Reef the most amazing part of our trip to Australia.
• Submitted 13 Dec 2016
I cannot say enough good things about our time with this excursion. The catamaran was beautiful and provided a very enjoyable ride out to the reefs. All the staff were extremely friendly and attentive, and I definitely got the most of the experience because of them. The food provided for lunch was very good as well. Our dive instructor Simon was an excellent teacher it was my first time with scuba diving and was extremely knowledgeable about the reefs and native wildlife. This was probably the most amazing trip I've ever taken and I'll never forget it, highly HIGHLY recommend this trip for anyone looking to get the most of their GBR experience! Worth every penny!
• Submitted 13 Nov 2016
The staff was amazing and actually learned our names...not an easy feat for 40-50 guests. Had a wonderful day snorkeling the reef!
• Submitted 28 Aug 2016
Amazing!! Adventurous trip to great snorkelling and diving spots on the reef! Highly recommend taking the intro scuba option, instructors are very thorough and we even spotted a reef shark and a turtle (so close I could have touched it!). They also allow you to take your camera under!
• Submitted 06 Jun 2016
Best day ever! GREAT crew - makes you feel like your a guest and go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. Very thorough for introductory snorkelers and scuba which was me. Lunch over delivered - very good! Lovely boat and good size group - not too big. Michaelmas Cay was my favourite - I wish we had more time there vs. Paradise Reef, but overall a perfect day!
• Submitted 06 Apr 2016
If you come to the great barrier reef, you really have to snorkel at some is absolutely breathtaking! This particular tour is on a very nice catamaran and the crew is friendly and knowledgeable. Do be aware that this trip serves A LOT of people!
• Submitted 04 Oct 2017

In Brief

Cairns City, Australia
9 hours
364 days per year,excluding New Years Day Jan 1st

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