Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns

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Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns
from AUD $181.50
Make the most of your visit to the Great Barrier Reef on a full-day tour by fast boat, with five hours to enjoy two premium spots on the reef with snorkeling included. Have the option to scuba dive and take a helicopter flight in order to experience the reef from all angles. A delicious barbecue lunch keeps you energized for your adventure. Expert guides welcome both newcomers and experienced marine enthusiasts to enjoy a day on one of the most famous reefs in the world.
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In Brief

Cairns City, Australia
8 hours 30 minutes
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Cairns Marlin Marina, 1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

7:15am Check in at the Down Under Cruise and Dive Desk.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Norman Reef, Queensland Australia

Your Great Barrier Reef experience begins in the morning with one of the fastest trips to the reef from the Cairns mainland, covering the distance in a little over an hour. After checking in, step aboard your deluxe boat, which holds a maximum of 100 people, including expert guides who make sure that you are comfortable throughout the day.

When you arrive at the reef, head to two prime locations to take in colorful schools of fish and coral gardens. 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.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Queensland Australia

Marvel at the incredible richness and diversity of marine life as you snorkel at two prime sites on the Great Barrier Reef. If you prefer to stay dry, sit back and enjoy the new semi-submersible tour (payable on the day) with full commentary provided.

Spend five hours at the Great Barrier Reef, with an excellent buffet lunch served on the boat. The spread features an Australian barbecue with fresh fish, steak, and sausages, plus a selection of pastas, salads, and prawns.

Duration: 8 hours


  • Guided snorkel tour
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Buffet lunch including prawns, fish, steak, sausages, salads and pastas; vegetarian options are also available
  • Snacks including biscuits, cheese and fruit platter
  • Tea and coffee
  • Live entertainer and on-board Marine Biologist
  • Complimentary scuba diving lesson (if required)
  • Introductory or certified dive (if option selected)
  • 10-minute helicopter flight (if option selected)
  • Entry/Admission - Cairns Marlin Marina


  • Wetsuit and stinger suit rental (AU$10 per person)
  • Reef tax and fuel levy payable direct (AU$20 per person)
  • Additional dives payable direct (AU$65 per person)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Semi-submersible tour ($10 on the day)

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 8 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Must check-in at the Reef Fleet Terminal by 7:15am
  • All intending divers over the age of 65 years must provide a current Diving Medical certificate
  • Children aged 12 years and under 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 (240 pounds) 110kg will be required to pay an extra 50% of an additional seat. Passengers are allowed a weight variance of up to 10% over original recorded weight. Should this variance be found to be more than 10%, your local operator reserves the right to charge an additional fee.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 180 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

Fantastic trip great value for money. Really helpful staff - especially for first time snorkellers who were a bit nervous! Great buffet and refreshments
• Submitted 13 Feb 2020
The staff were really friendly and made for a safe, fun experience at the reef. I did an introductory dive and snorkeled around, and we saw a turtle, cuttlefish, clownfish, and a bunch of other fish I couldn't name.
• Submitted 27 Jan 2020
Staff was great! Super organized, friendly, and helpful. Waves made us seasick but besides for that it was all great
• Submitted 23 Jan 2020
This tour was fantastic, it definitely exceeded my expectations! The buffet lunch was great, the snacks provided also excellent! The boat itself was great, especially for the conditions on the water during the entire excursion. Highly recommended if you want to experience bnot super crowded regions of the GBR!
• Submitted 20 Jan 2020
Our group raved about this tour. THE best boat ever. Absolute perfection. The boat was ideal for snorkeling. The lunch was OFF THE CHART delicious!
• Submitted 07 Jan 2020
Cannot day enough good things about this tour! The staff are amazing, the boat was huge and clean and the entire day was great from start to finish. We chose to do the introductory dive and we highly recommend it. I was absolutely terrified at first when doing it but the staff made sure I was comfortable and they did a great job of training before we went in.
• Submitted 30 Dec 2019
Everything was great! The team of professionals knows their business well. Good lunch, good places for snorkeling, equipment rental - all at the highest level!
• Submitted 30 Dec 2019
The experience was great overall. But you have to know some thing that will cost extra. If you are doing a introductory dive you are not allowed to bring a camera with you. If you do a second dive you will be allowed to take a camera and the dive will be short of solo with a guide. Extra dives cost more money and they will offer you some extra little tours out on the reef. They are pretty worthwhile. Crew was also really relaxed and fast with helping you out.
• Submitted 24 Dec 2019
Great trip snorkeling at reef. The boat ride was short at 1 .5 hours. The food was good on the boat and everyone was friendly. The 10 minute helicopter ride over the reef was spectacular.
• Submitted 23 Dec 2019
Very well organized day trip to visit two beautiful locations for Great Barrier Reef! Snorkeling was fantastic! Crew very organized and helpful! Lunch was excellent and smiles by staff a super plus! Super recommended!
• Submitted 05 Dec 2019
Great Cruise- they provide everything you need for a dive. The crew is very accommodating and courteous. They have a great sense of humor and patience with everyone. Thanks for making our day a memorable one.
• Submitted 04 Dec 2019
It's the reef, and it was spectacular, just as you'd expect. Two snorkelling opportunities, and so much to see.
• Submitted 25 Nov 2019
We had so much fun! It's been on my bucket list to dive the reef since I was old enough to know what a reef was. The crew was absolutely wonderful and made it a truly incredible experience, the diving instruction was great and the ship was comfortable. We were fortunate enough to see a large grouper, a white tipped reef shark and lots of varieties of clownfish and even a cuttlefish! The snorkeling was amazing too if you weren't too keen on diving. I wouldn't have traded this experience for anything!
• Submitted 05 Nov 2019
Great day snorkeling the Great Barrie Reef. The crew were very friendly and helpful throughout, The trip was a bit choppy but still the sights at the Great Barrier Reef were well worth it. There are lots of options like scuba, a helicopter and sub tour. Lunch was delicious. I would strongly suggest taking preventive measures for sea sickness even if you think you'll be ok. Other than that, the tour was fantastic
• Submitted 04 Nov 2019
Very organised and professional reef cruise. Staff are very friendly and helpful. When to snorkel, ended up having a scuba diver. I was fantastic, reef not what it once was. But excellent day
• Submitted 21 Oct 2019
Amazing full day of snorkeling and fantastic lunch that included steak and prawns plus great live music by Tommy.
• Submitted 18 Oct 2019
Very impressed with staff. Went out of the way to show us a great time. Very helpful to non-swimmers by leading us to reefs with aide of a float. Lunch was excellent and filling. Again, went out of the way for vegetarians. Stunning views of reefs from two spots. Thoroughly enjoyed the adventure!
• Submitted 17 Oct 2019
What an incredible experience. A great outing with family or friends. The tour is well organized and they think of just about everything. The only frustration for us was the lack of time to look at the photos taken by staff, and to purchase those we wanted before we docked. There were a limited number of ipads circulated for guests to view hundreds of photos of our day. More screens and more staff to take orders, would improve the process.
• Submitted 14 Oct 2019
My husband and I have never took a dive course before however diving the Great Barrier Reef was and has been on our bucket list for many years. I must say that the Down Under crew were amazing @ orchestrating such a great time for everyone! Side note: it’s the nicest boat in the harbor. Well kept and clean vessel. Daniel was our intro dive instructor and he did a great job calming me and my husband ensuring that we succeeded @ our first dive! The reef was beautiful, happy to have seen it with my husband! The lunch was sub par, i’d Advise you to bring snacks. Participate in as many photos and have great memories to bring back home, along with professional photos of the reef. The ship had 137 people the day we went and it never felt crowded. The options are plentiful, you can dive, snorkel, take a helicopter tour, or even do a semi-submarine. We just did an intro dive @ first stop, and snorkeled the second. Loved seeing it both ways. Other crew members to mention that provided excellent service were Cedrick and Tom. Thank you all for making our experience one to remember!
• Submitted 10 Oct 2019
Great, accommodating staff, knowledgeable and made the trip comfortable. We very much enjoyed it, in spite of a bit of sea sickness!!! The reef was spectacular as we saw a variety of fish, and a giant sea turtle came right up to us! Would HIGHLY recommend
• Submitted 27 Sep 2019
Out of so many options available to see the Great Barrier reef we chose Down Under with the Heli tour. Wonderful experience, plenty of time to snorkel, crew was hard working and really nice, heli tour was ok if you haven't done a heli ride before. If you're not a swimmer you can still snorkel on a guided tour with one of the crew members. Only recommendation would be to cater some food options for little kids. Lunch was just OK, our 4 and 9 year old didn't really eat anything for hours on the boat, but they enjoyed the snorkeling. If the food was a little better along with some options for kids, it would have been perfect. Photos are expensive as usual.
• Submitted 09 Sep 2019
I had a wonderful time on the boat and had a very memorable snorkeling trip. There were a lot of people on the boat and not a lot of people realized they should've taken seasickness medication. I went to my doctor and got a prescription patch and I was good for the entire day as I had put it on the night before for maximum effectiveness. Don't make the mistake of forgetting to take seasickness medication!! A lot of time was spent on the boat for people who were beginning scuba and scuba time--I personally would not recommend scubaing here unless you were already certified and very comfortable with it otherwise too much time on the reef is lost. Since I have asthma and flew in the night before I chose to just snorkel and it was still magical. I also chose to do the helicopter flight which if you are new to helicopters is a perfect choice. SO MANY COLORFUL FISH. Wow! And a sea turtle at the second diving location--WOW! A perfect day. Thank you so much for the fun. They need to get some 3X and 4X wetsuits for the heavier travelers for stinger season. Many people, especially in their later years, are going to be that size.
• Submitted 26 Aug 2019
Had a fun day. However, Scuba diving Introductory would have been better if they allotted more time to practice before the real diving especially for first timers. It didn't work well for me due to some difficulty and the group had to leave me. But overall it was good. Snorkeling was fun. Instructors were very clear with the orientations. It was a sunny, safe, fun-filled, coral reef adventure .
• Submitted 18 Jul 2019
The weather started off cloudy and rainy, and the water was choppy, but by the time we made it to the second site, the sun had come out and the waters calmed. The crew made the entire experience enjoyable from start to finish, though. I’d definitely book this cruise again!
• Submitted 08 Jul 2019

In Brief

Cairns City, Australia
8 hours 30 minutes

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