Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns

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Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns
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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

Location:
Cairns City, Australia
Country:
Australia
Duration:
8 hours 30 minutes
Operates:
Daily
Highlights:
Instant Confirmation
Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
Snorkel gear included
Free snacks included
Buffet lunch included
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Itinerary
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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

Inclusions

  • 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

Exclusions

  • 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

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
Had a great time! The Reef was beautiful. The lunch spread was awesome (was expecting just little snacks, but there was tons of choices). The crew was very friendly and helpful. My only suggestion- take something to prevent motion sickness before hand!!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
My family and I were in Cairns and opted to take the day tour and had a splendid time. Great staff, punctual service and detailed guidance! Would definitely suggest and vouch for the tour and operators. Great going, folks!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Friendly staff, loved the snorkelling, great new equipment would definitely recommend. The catamaran was amazing views all day with entertainment on the way back. Lots of clean ammenities and plenty of extras
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
A great trip, well-organised and plenty of time at both of the Barrier Reef stops. My only regret is that I didn't pay the extra to scuba dive instead of just snorkelling.
• Submitted 01 Apr 2019
This was a great company to visit the GBR with! All gear was provided and the boat was large and comfortable. The guides were terrific and very knowledgable about the reef life and animals. Very positive and upbeat attitudes by all of the staff. Loved it! Only downside was the weather was a bit choppy and my husband and son were seasick...but the crew went out of their way to help make them more comfortable.
• Submitted 28 Mar 2019
No snorkeling experience Crew was very patient and professional Personally guided me with a life preserver Fantastic experience Many thanks to Phil who swam with me holding on to the life preserver Unforgettable memories for me and my wife
• Submitted 14 Jan 2019
Absolutely wonderful experience. Full of fun and happy staff who give you their best to make your experience seeing the Great Barrier Reef something you will never forget. A beautiful experience highly recommended.
• Submitted 04 Jan 2019
The Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns from absolutely fantastic !The ship was wonderful, the crew attentive and knowledgeable and the sights unbelievable!!Highly recommend
• Submitted 11 Dec 2018
from the moment we were welcomed onto the boat we had the most amazing day! The staff were friendly, fun and helpful whist still being professional and ensuring safety at all times. The snorkelling was out of this world-everything we hoped and more!!we had 21/2 hours at each island which was plenty of time. The food and drink was lovely and plentiful and Tommy’s singing on the way back brought it to a perfect end! Would highly recommend! Thank you Down Under Dives and Viator.
• Submitted 11 Dec 2018
The tour company employees were very friendly and professional and the trip was so much fun for all, whether they snorkeled or not.
• Submitted 23 Nov 2018
What an eye opening experience! I dove and snorkeled, and it's hard to say which I preferred. The number and color of different fish was practically unlimited, only matched by the variety of reef. And according to my dive instructor, it wasn't even a good day!I was very pleased with the staff of Down Under tours, and would highly recommend them to anyone interested in taking a trip.
• Submitted 23 Nov 2018
Great trip. Everything was good. Plenty of food and help from staff. Only issue is that they charge for wetsuits.
• Submitted 06 Sep 2018

In Brief

Location:
Cairns City, Australia
Country:
Australia
Duration:
8 hours 30 minutes
Operates:
Daily
Highlights:
Instant Confirmation
Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
Snorkel gear included
Free snacks included
Buffet lunch included

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