HELMET DIVE OR INTRO DIVE- GLASS BOTTOM BOAT
- UNDERWATER OBSERVATORY
- MARINE TOUCH TANK
- BUFFET LUNCH
- SNORKEL GEAR
Snorkel-Dive-Heli- 10 min scenic Heli flight
- 1x Certified or Intro Dive
- Glass Bottom Boat tour
- Snorkel gear
- Guided Snorkel tour
- Aussie BBQ Lunch
- 5 hours on the reef
- 2 different reef locations
- Glass of wine and cheese platter on return
- Live on-board entertainment on journey home
Sunlover Reef Cruises
- Underwater Observatory, Snorkel
- 15yrs and younger at child prices
|Based on 110 ratings|
Sunlover Cruises offers children including 15 yrs at child prices. Family specials also apply. This outer Great Barrier Reef pontoon experience includes a semi-submarine tour and underwater observatory as well as all standard inclusions such as snorkel gear and lunch. You will have four hours to explore the outer reef and experience the many activities available...more info
Reef, Kuranda, Cape Trib
- EVOLUTION- 2 OUTER REEFS
- Excellent Value | Best Attractions
|Based on 349 ratings|
This 3 Day - Reef, Kuranda Train & Skyrail and Cape Trib and Daintree Rainforest Package ensures you will visit the best attractions in the region. It provides excellent value for money and is a very popular touring package option. Now with the brand new, just launched 'Evolution' vessel .....more info
Quicksilver Reef Day Tour
- Stunning Reef Location
- Great For All Ages!
|Based on 235 ratings|
Quicksilver takes you to Agincourt Reef, a magnificent ribbon reef where you can snorkel, dive or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a Quicksilver semi-sub. Watch the fish feeding from Quicksilver's unique underwater observatory, or fly in a helicopter over the reef. ...more info
Evolution Reef Cruise
- 2 spectacular locations
- Children up to 16 at child rate
|Based on 188 ratings|
BRAND NEW! Evolution offers the ultimate passenger experience. Fun, memorable reef experience to the true outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy 5 hours at 2 spectacular reef locations. Ample comfortable and safe access to the water. Children up to 16 years are charged at childrens rates. All of our rates include EMC levy. ...more info
Get High Up Top & Dive Down Under
- 2 Reef Sites | Intro Dive*
- 10 min Scenic Heli flight
|Based on 82 ratings|
See the Great Barrier Reef from every possible angle! The Get High Up Top & Dive Down Under combo includes an Outer Reef Cruise & Snorkel onboard Evolution , choose from a Certified or Introductory Dive and exhilirating 10 minute outer reef scenic helicopter flight!...more info
- Comfortable New Dive Vessel
- Max 60 pax | 2 Outer Reefs
|Based on 29 ratings|
TUSA Dive's latest custom-built reef craft and is designed for ultimate comfort and easy diving and snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef. TUSA Dive have access to more than 15 sites on the outer reefs from Cairns, and visit 2 sites daily, selected as the optimum sites for the day’s conditions...more info
- Best Value, Best Fun!
- Boom Netting is a must!
|Based on 64 ratings|
Compass Cruises Outer Barrier Reef trip is a great day for young travellers on a budget, and is very popular with backpackers that visit Cairns. This trip offers 5 hours on the reef at two different locations - Hastings Reef and Breaking Patches near Michaelmas Reef. ...more info
Reef Magic Cruises
- Semi Sub & Glass bottom Boat
- 5 hours at Reef | FREE Wi-Fi
|Based on 385 ratings|
Reef Magic guests have exclusive access to the all-season Marine World activity platform located on a premium section of beautiful Moore Reef. Enjoy a fun filled 5 hours at the Great Barrier Reef including a Semi Submersible tour, all snorkelling equipment, a Marine Biologist presentation, Glass Bottom Boat tour, Underwater Observatory and a delicious buffet lunch......more info
- Personalised day, small numbers
- Visit Upolu Reef
|Based on 43 ratings|
Reef Daytripper is a small sailing catamaran that offers sailing, snorkelling and diving adventures on the Great Barrier Reef. Small passenger numbers (max 20) ensures a relaxing day...more info
Reef Experience - All inclusive!
- Free Breakfast, City transfers, levies &
- Intro or Cert dive or Guided Snorkel
|Based on 121 ratings|
Reef Experience is the only all-inclusive Outer Reef trip. This cruise includes return Cairns hotel transfers as well as a guided snorkel or introductory or certified dive, breakfast, two outer reef sites and a glass bottom boat tour, a glass of wine and cheese and crackers on the return journey and more.....more info
2 Day Sunlover + Skyrail & Train
- Sunlover Moore Reef Pontoon
- Kuranda Train & Skyrail
|Based on 4 ratings|
The 2 Day - Outer Reef Pontoon & Kuranda Train & Skyrail combines the full day Sunlover Outer Moore Reef Pontoon with Semi-Submarine and a day tour covering Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway, Kuranda Village. ...more info
Great Adventures Island & Reef
- 2 hour Green Island Stopover
- 3 hours at Barrier Reef platform
|Based on 88 ratings|
Great Adventures provides an excellent day combining beautiful Green Island and the Outer Barrier Reef. There are many activities available for people of all ages and excellent underwater dive options that are perfect for non-swimmers! ...more info
- 3 Spectacular Reef Sites
- Snorkelling & Certified Diving
|Based on 48 ratings|
Enjoy the freedom of snorkelling and scuba diving at the very best outer reef sites on the Great Barrier Reef... Poseidon visits 3 reef sites daily and departs from Port Douglas. Transfers from Cairns and Northern Beaches are available. The Ultimate Reef Adventure! ...more info
Passions Of Paradise
- Michaelmas Cay and Paradise Reef
- FREE Guided Snorkel Tour
|Based on 100 ratings|
Passions of Paradise visits two very special reef locations on the Great Barrier Reef; Michaelmas Cay and Paradise Reef. The sleek, modern, 25 metre maxi-sailing catamaran will ensure you travel in style and comfort without the large crowds...more info
Green Island & Reef with Heli
- Heli, Green Island & Reef
- Snorkel, Semi-Submarine, Lunch
|Based on 8 ratings|
Great Adventures Green Island & Outer Barrier Reef Pontoon: A scenic heli flight is the most exhilarating and unique way of experiencing a birds eye view of the magnificent Great Barrier Reef. Heli Flight components can be included on your flight to Green Island, on your flight to the Reef or on your flight home. An exciting and memorable 'aerial experience' combined with snorkelling, lunch, semi-submarine and some of the most spectacular reef scenery in this beautiful region...more info
Silverswift - 3 Sites in 1 Day
- Exotic & breathtaking Outer Reef
- 5 hours at Reef | Free Wi-Fi
|Based on 38 ratings|
Silverswift is the only Cairns-based vessel to visit 3 sites in one day, and is also the fastest! Taking a maximum of 80 passengers this trip takes less people. A free guided snorkel tour and lifeguard supervision. Designed with everything you need to experience an underwater world of colourful marine life in safety and comfort. Ideal for experienced divers and enthusiastic snorkellers. ...more info
2 Day Reef Magic & Kuranda
- Marine World + Semi-Sub
- Train + Skyrail + Wildlife Parks
|Based on 4 ratings|
2 Day Cairns Highlights including Reef Magic, Kuranda Train & Skyrail & Rainforestation. Perfect for families! 2 Day Reef & Rainforest Adventure Combo includes a full day with Reef Magic Marine World Outer Barrier Reef Cruise including Semi-Submarine, Glass Bottom boat tour & unlimited snorkelling, followed by a daytrip to Kuranda including the Kuranda Train, Skyrail, Butterfly Sanctuary and Rainforestation Nature Park with Aboriginal dance show, Boomerang throwing, Didgeridoo, Koalas, Snakes, lunch both days and more......more info
- Magnificent Heli Flight
- Coral Viewing & Snorkelling
|Based on 8 ratings|
Experience nature's finest from the air with Quicksilver Helicopters. Be exhilarated as you fly over the vivid blue waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Agincourt Reef is consistently showing the best clarity and you will experience superb coral gardens on this spectacular reef. ...more info
Great Adventures Pontoon
- Outer Barrier Reef platform
- 10:30am departure
|Based on 27 ratings|
Great Adventures provides an excellent day at the Outer Barrier Reef. There are many activities available for people of all ages and excellent underwater dive options that are perfect for non-swimmers! The Reef Prince vessel will transport you to your outer reef destination in luxurious comfort....more info
Ocean Spirit Cairns
- Luxury Sailing | Seabird sanctuary
- Semi-Submersible | Unique Reef
|Based on 46 ratings|
Ocean Spirit Cruises: Set sail aboard our 32 metre luxury sailing catarmaran, for a day with a wide range of activities in a unique reef environment. Michaelmas Cay is a protected seabird sanctuary. ( A haven for nature lovers). This trip includes a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, cheese and crackers on the homeward journey ...more info
Great Barrier Reef Cruises
No visit to Cairns would be complete without a trip to the Great Barrier Reef. Cairns is the gateway to this remarkable natural attraction, and one of the most highly visited regions of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area due to its close proximity to spectacular outer edge reefs, the beautiful coral cays, idyllic tropical islands and the multitude of tourism experiences that are on offer. From half day trips to full day multi-adventures, amazing diving experiences to relaxed island getaways, swimmers/non-swimmers, young and old, there are opportunities for everyone to marvel at the magnificence of the Great Barrier Reef.
Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is so accessible with many sections rising in rich, colourful beauty to just a few metres below the surface. The tropical waters and protected reefs provide perfect conditions to novice snorkellers. Snorkelling is great fun, easy to learn and accessible to anyone young or old - it's an enjoyable way to get the whole family involved! Snorkelling requires no special training, only the ability to swim and to breathe through the snorkel.
Equipment is provided onboard your reef cruise with most day trips offering full instruction and an included guided tour. You don't have to swim too far to view the coral as in most cases the reef is right there as soon as you push off into the water. Sometimes large resting buoys are placed short distances from each other so you can snorkel from float to float and rest when you need to. Or if you are still a little apprehensive some companies offer life jackets and 'noodle' floats designed to give you extra buoyancy, and all you have to do is kick and gaze at the underwater world. You will witness just as much snorkelling as you would scuba diving, with spectacular shallow coral gardens hiding just under the surface.
Scuba Diving the Great Barrier Reef
Scuba Diving offers an awesome oppotunity to explore further into an underwater world teeming with exotic marinelife, bommies, coral canyons, walls and much more. From the novice to the most experienced diver, there are reef trips that will accommodate your level of experience. Choose from a one day outer reef adventure or take part in an extended dive expedition.
Introductory Diving is suitable for beginners and requires no previous scuba experience. Conducted in small groups under the supervision of an experienced Dive Instructor, introductory diving gives beginners an unforgettable Great Barrier Reef experience without having to complete a full scuba diving course. The only requirements are that you are over 12 years, pass the on-board medical questionnaire and participate in a 30 minute dive brief. A highly skilled dive instructor will take you step by step through the whole experience, from the dive briefing lecture, the equipment and the dive, to ensure a safe, comfortable and memorable experience. Your dive experience will generally last around 30 minutes underwater and on completion you will receive a certificate as a memento of your underwater adventure.
Certified Divers will be excited by the range of experiences and magnificent Great Barrier Reef locations to choose from, no two dives are ever the same. Drift and wall dives, bommie and pinnacle, coral gardens and swim throughs are just some of the amazing experiences to expect.
The outer reefs are great for beginner divers. The maximum depth is generally 20 metres. Some of the best dives on the Great Barrier Reef are in less then 18 metres of water. This tends to be where the reef is at its most colourful and full of life. Most day trips offer the opportunity to explore up to 3 reef locations in a day, each site offers a new experience, selected for its unique variety of marine life and corals. Certified dives last approximately 40 minutes or more.
For experienced divers a live aboard trip to the Cod Hole and Coral Sea is a must. The Cod Hole lies at the top of the Ribbon Reefs, and is home to a family of resident Potato Cod (Groper). These diver friendly fish will amaze you with their sheer size and seeming eagerness to pose for camera. 120 miles offshore lies isolated reef systems and crystal clear waters of Australia's Coral Sea. Here 3,000 ft walls emerge from the ocean depths and the water is so astoundingly clear that divers appear suspended in air.
Water temperatures range from 22 to 28 degrees celsius, allowing comfortable diving all year round.
A pontoon is a large stable platform situated at the reef, where a whole multitude of reef activities and adventures take place from. Pontoon based reef trips are ideal for swimmers and non-swimmers, families with young children and people prone to sea sickness. Families love them because they're roomy, there's handy facilities onboard, and there are many activities to keep the kids amused for hours. They provide comfort and stability for all weather and wind conditions.
There are many activites for young and old including semi submersible tours, glass bottom boat tours, introductory diving, sea walker helmet diving, helicopter flights and more. All pontoons feature an underwater observatory built into the structure, which is a little like being in an aquarium but seeing the fish and coral in their natural habitat. Younger children will love the kids swim area which is fully enclosed and safe. Snorkel platforms provide easy entry into the water, and with fish and corals located directly below, you don't need to swim too far to experience the Great Barrier Reef. All equipment is supplied including lifevests and floatation devices, there are also snorkel rest stations so you can hold on, rest and enjoy the magic of the underwater world.
Fast Catamaran Trips
Cairns is the closest gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and fast catamarans make it even more accessible with travel time on average taking just 90 minutes to the most northern outer edge. Faster travel time allows you to maximise your day with more time for snorkelling and diving. Most Outer Great Barrier Reef tour operators visit two or more reef locations and all water activities take place directly from the boat, either snorkeling or scuba diving.
Reef locations are selected on the day according to weather conditions, to provide passengers with the upmost comfort, and best experiences in terms of visual impact, ecological diversity and the challenge of discovery. All equipment and lunch is provided. To learn more about the marine life around you, make sure you join a guided snorkel tour. As coral relies on sunlight for growth, some of the best snorkelling is in the shallow areas around the reef top. Your marine interpreter will guide you over shallow coral gardens, pointing out fish and marine life, corals and areas of interest along the way.
Take life at a slower pace on a luxury sailing cruise. Reef sailing cruises allow for plenty of in water activities as well as time for relaxation. Passenger numbers range from 20 up to 150 depending on the trip you choose. Generally the inner reefs and islands are visited on the day cruises that make for a calm and comfortable experience. Strong winds mean exciting performance and less travelling time, calm winds mean a spacious comfortable platform to soak up the sun. Many trips limit their daily guests to ensure a personalised and unforgettable Great Barrier Reef experience, with maximum comfort and space.
Destinations visited include Michaelmas and Upolu Cay, Green Island and other inner reef areas. Ocean Free is Cairns' only sailing tour to offer a reef and island destination in a day, visiting their exclusive reef mooring at Green Island. Reef Daytripper is the smallest sailing operator taking just 20 passengers, which would normally only be available on a privately owned yacht. Meanwhile Ocean Spirit Cruises and Passions of Paradise offer trips to Michaelmas Cay, an exclusive reef location. The cay is a protected seabird sanctuary and plays host to over 20,000 migratory seabirds - one of the most important nesting sites in the Southern Hemisphere.
To really get a complete grasp of the sheer magnitude of the Great Barrier Reef, there's only one way to see it and that’s by helicopter. Excursions include anything from a 10 minute scenic flight from an outer reef pontoon, to a 30 minute or 60 minute reef and rainforest spectacular. You can even combine a heli flight with an outer reef cruise and view the reef from above and below in a day!
A ten minute heli flight whilst at the Great Barrier Reef is exciting, you will find yourself immediately immersed in the wonderful sights that appear in every direction as soon as you take off and climb up and away.
Island Day Trips
Island day trips provide a one-stop tropical experience. With the convenience of being just a shot 45 minute ferry journey, you can spend the day snorkelling the fringing coral reefs, strolling through National Park rainforest walking tracks, sea kayaking, scuba diving or simply just relaxing on a sandy beach. Green Island is an easy day trip from Cairns and offers the flexibility of frequent ferry transfers, perfect for visitors with limited time. Once on the island the day is yours to do as much or as little as you please. With a range of optional activities, you can tailor the day to suit your own requirements. In comparison Fitzroy Island National Park features a rugged, diverse landscape of granite outcrops, open woodlands, rainforest, mangroves and coral beaches. 97 percent of the four square kilometre continental island is National Park, covered in tropical rainforest. Laid back and low key, Fitzroy Island is loved by the locals and visitors alike. It is a destination to enjoy in relaxed simplicity.
Glass Bottom Boat Tours
Glass Bottom Boat tours are perfect for those who want to experience the reef without getting wet. Ideal for non-swimmers, families with young children and those who would like to see the reef from another perspective. It does provide a similar experience to snorkelling as you hover over beautiful coral gardens, giant clams, and schools of colourful reef fish. Glass bottom boat tours are fully guided to give you the best reef experience. Common things you’ll see are sea turtles, star fish, giant clams, hard and soft varieties of coral, small reef sharks, and all manner of strange and exotic creatures.
Green Island Adventures
Wavedancer Low Isles
Semi Submersible Tours
Semi Submersible Tours allow you to get close to the action without getting wet. They are ideal for the non-swimmer. Semi submersible tours cruise slowly through the colourful coral gardens giving passengers, seated just one metre underwater, the opportunity to experience a snorkellers-eye view of the marine life without getting wet. Through large viewing windows you are able to view the spectacular coral formations and the masses of brilliantly coloured fish. The semi-sub experience takes approximately 25 minutes and generally includes an informed commentary on the marine life observed during the journey by a marine naturalist, and an overview of the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.
The Seawalker helmet "dive" has been designed to introduce people to the excitement of the underwater world, even without any prior dive knowledge or experience.Breathing fresh air delivered from the surface into your helmet, you will walk underwater bringing you up close and personal with some of the animals that make the Great Barrier Reef so special. This activity is a great options for non-swimmers, children or older people not sure about trying scuba diving or snorkelling. It can even be a great experience for people with minor disabilities. You do need to pass a small medical questionnaire to be able to participate and some medical restrictions apply. The minimum age is 12 years. Unlike traditional scuba diving, Seawalker enables you to breathe through your nose and mouth as you would above water. Seawalker also allows you to keep your face and hair dry, you can even wear glasses or contact lenses while you experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef with your Seawalker Guide.
Travelling with Children
Visiting the reef for the day is an exciting excursion for kids, and in turn very rewarding for parents to watch their children interact and gain knowledge of this truly educational experience. Pontoon based reef trips are ideal for families with young children, there are many activities to choose from to keep the kids amused for hours. Families with older children however will love the Outer Reef as the snorkelling is fantastic and the variety of marine life is unsurpassed. You can also expect all islands and cays to have ample facilities for children, lots of sand to play with and in some cases an abundance of extra activities and attractions. Green Island is an easy day trip from Cairns and offers the flexibility of frequent ferry transfers. Once on the island the day is yours to do as much or as little as you please.
Travelling with a Disability
Having a disability does not restrict access or experiences of the Great Barrier Reef. There are many cruises that can cater for people with limited mobility. The best option is to take a pontoon trip. Generally the catamarans that travel to an outer reef pontoon are larger with wider aisles, have a designated seating area, ramp facilities from vessel to platform, and a wheelchair access toilet. Access to the water, coral viewing vessels, underwater observatory and sundeck may require stairs to be negotiated and a carer to be present. The snorkelling platforms are situated right on the waterline and there are bench seats on the snorkelling platform where you can put on your fins, mask and snorkel before entering the water. For guests confined to a wheelchair, a specially designed water powered lift allows for easy access into the snorkel pool. It is recommended to call and talk through the level of disability so that we can suggest suitability.
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