FREE Guided Snorkel TourIncluded:
* Ultra modern Catamaran
* 3 of the best reef locations
* Unique smooth ride
* 5 hours of actual reef time
* Focaccia's, muffins on boarding
* Afternoon tea, cheese platter
* Hot & Cold buffet lunch
1/2 DAY ACTIONGet active with deep rainforest downhill single track mountain biking. Must be in good health and able to ride a bike.
WILDLIFE HABITAT & JUNGLE SURF*Wildlife Habitat tour
*Daintree River Cruise
*Jungle Canopy Surfing
Travel between now and 31/March/2017
DELUXE PACKAGE- Mossman Gorge
- Chef prepared lunch
- 1 hour Daintree River Cruise
- Wildlife Habitat Sanctuary
Ocean Spirit Michaelmas Cay
- Luxury Sailing | Seabird sanctuary
- Semi-Submersible | Unique Reef
|Based on 45 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
2 day Evolution & Cape Trib
- Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
- Daintree River Cruise & Cape Trib
|Based on 24 ratings|
This 2 Day Reef & Rainforest Package includes a superb Outer Barrier Reef trip aboard Evolution with free snorkel tours. The Cape Tribulation & Daintree Rainforest Safari includes entry into the Rainforest Habitat where you can hand feed kangaroos...more info
- No swimming experience required
- Meet some fascinating marine life
|Based on 6 ratings|
Scuba Doo is easy, fun, safe and is an exciting activity to view the reef! Suitable for non-swimmers, it offer fantastic enjoyment for the whole family. The air tank is already fixed to the Scuba-Doo, you simply sit and drive...more info
- Visit 3 reef locations
- 5 hours at the reef
|Based on 45 ratings|
Silversonic is a super smooth and fast ultra modern catamaran. Explore three excellent outer edge reef locations at Agincourt ribbon reef in superb style and purpose designed dive & snorkel facilities. This trip departs Port Douglas daily with transfers available....more info
2 Day Sunlover & Fitzroy Is Combo
- Sunlover Moore Reef Cruise
- Fitzroy Island Day Package
|Based on 5 ratings|
This 2 Day - Reef & Island Combo combines Sunlover Outer Reef Pontoon & a day on Fitzroy Island. Unforgettable outer reef cruise to Moore Reef with Semi-Submarine tour followed by a day relaxing on a tropical island...more info
Sailaway Low Isles Coral Cay
- Snorkel, Glass Bottom Boat, Gourmet Lunch
- Perfect for all ages-5 hrs Low Isles
|Based on 88 ratings|
Sailaway IV is a luxury catamaran, carrying small numbers. Sail to the Low Isles, a beautiful secluded small coral cay island on the Great Barrier Reef complete with blue lagoon, white sandy beaches and coconut palms. Enjoy personalised attention, freshly brewed coffee and muffins in the morning, a gourmet lunch and afternoon tea. All snorkelling equipment, glass bottom boat and courtesy Port Douglas transfers included. ...more info
Calypso Snorkel & Dive
- Port Douglas hotel transfers
- Guided snorkel tour
|Based on 20 ratings|
Calypso travels daily from Port Douglas to the outer Great Barrier Reef, visiting three spectacular sites, each showcasing the diversity of marine life. Catering for domestic and international guests, apprehensive snorkellers to the avid diver, the team on Calypso will ensure a safe and memorable day for all...more info
- Boutique Floating Hotel
- Cabins with Ensuites
|Based on 26 ratings|
Reef Encounter # No 1 on Trip Advisor - Specialty accommodation! The best value liveaboard dive and snorkel trips ex. Cairns. This luxury catamaran is designed for the utmost stability and comfort at sea. Reef Encounter is air-conditioned throughout with spacious decks, large dining and recreation areas. The Stateroom Cabins have double or twin beds, all with ensuites...more info
Green Island Scenic Flights
- Spectacular scenic heli flights
- Snorkelling & Glass bottom boat
|Based on 1 ratings|
Great Adventures Green Island Scenic heli flights: Take to the sky over Cairns and enjoy an incredible scenic flight to Green Island, where you are met by the wonders of the rainforest and the underwater world. Or take a scenic short flight from Green Island. ...more info
Sandy Cay Brunch - Romantic!
- Private tropical paradise
- Relax, Swim, Snorkel, Indulge
|Based on 1 ratings|
Solitary Sand Cay - Your very own desert island in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef. Perfect for marriage proposals, anniversaries or a very special treat because life is for living!...more info
Heli & Outer Reef Pontoon
- Spectacular scenic heli flight
- Semi-Submarine, Snorkel, Lunch
|Based on 2 ratings|
Great Adventures Outer Barrier Reef Pontoon Heli Flights: Combine a stunning reef scenic flight with a day out on the reef where you can relax, snorkel and dive the most unique marine environment on the planet. Options include late starts and earlier returns from the reef depending on your schedule...more info
Scenic Heli Flight & Reef
- 25 minute spectacular flight
- Outer Barrier Reef snorkelling day
|Based on 23 ratings|
Nautilus Aviation & Evolution: Combine your reef cruise with an exhilerating helicopter flight. Your helicopter flight over picturesque reef systems and virtually untouched sand cays on your way to or from the reef. Evolution is a quick luxury cruiser. Two stunning outer reef destinations are visited each day. Depending on your choice of tour you may visit one or two reefs. Lunch, snorkelling and coral viewing is included. Half day Fly/Cruise tours depart at 12.30pm and return at approx 5:00pm...more info
Double Island Kayaking
- Single & Double Kayaks
- Half Day & Sunrise Tours
|Based on 9 ratings|
Palm Cove Watersports offers a Sea Kayaking tour twice daily which circumnavigates Double Island. There is time on the island for snorkelling and relaxing before kayaking back to beautiful Palm Cove Beach. Local wildlife you may see while seakayaking includes moviestars, turtles, dolphins and if you're lucky, Manta rays...more info
- Small numbers | Beautiful reefs!
- Guided snorkel | Glass bottom boat inc.
|Based on 15 ratings|
Seastar premimum reef cruises combine the Outer Reef and a Coral Cay island in one day. Always the first to arrive at Michaelmas Cay, the largest of the local uninhabited coral cays you will have time to explore and practice snorkelling. After spending some time here it is only 20 minutes cruising to Hastings Reef adjacent to the clear waters of the Pacific Ocean. This Outer Great Barrier Reef site is where the corals thrive. ...more info
Ultimate 3 Day Reef Pass
- 3 Reef Tours for Price of 2
- Cairns and Port Douglas
|Based on 3 ratings|
The 3 Day Ultimate Reef Pass is designed to help you fully experience the sheer magnitude and diversity of the Great Barrier Reef. One trip to the Great Barrier Reef is an awakening. Fully immerse yourself in three different reef experiences, and, it is quite simply, an extraordinary adventure of a lifetime. With the 3 Day Ultimate Reef Pass you’ll be able to select any 3 different Great Barrier Reef experiences with Quicksilver and Great Adventures from Cairns or Port Douglas....more info
- Visit 2 reef locations
- Snorkel & Dive the Outer Edge
|Based on 46 ratings|
SeaQuest offers fantastic value for money and gives you the opportunity to enjoy unlimited snorkelling or to take up to 3 scuba dives at 2 different reef locations. This purpose built vessel allows you to experience the best of the Great Barrier Reef...more info
2 Day Sunlover Rainforestation & Kuranda Combo
- The best of the reef and rainforest
- Famous Train & Skyrail
|Based on 2 ratings|
The 2 Day - Outer Reef Pontoon & Kuranda Train & Skyrail & Nature Park Package combines the full day Sunlover Outer Moore Reef Pontoon with Semi-Submarine and a day tour covering Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway, Kuranda Village and Rainforestation Nature Park. ...more info
Green Island & Cairns City Sights
- Morning Green Island
- Afternoon Cairns City Sights
Cairns Big Day Out: Combine a half day Green Island Reef Cruise with an afternoon visiting the city sights of Cairns including the Botanical Gardens, St Monicas Cathedral and the Palm Cove jetty. ...more info
2 Day Sunlover & Rafting Combo
- 4 Hours at the reef
- 5 Hours of rafting
2 Day Sunlover Cruises Outer Barrier Reef & Tully River Full Day Rafting combo For a memorable trip to their Outer Barrier Reef pontoon (floating platform) at Moore Reef, and enjoy the many activities available. Then they next day enjoy an exhilarating full day Tully River Rafting with Raging Thunder....more info
3 Day Cod Hole
- Departs Every Monday
- Scenic flight from Lizard Island
|Based on 5 ratings|
At 37 metres, the Spirit of Freedom is Australia's largest live-aboard dive vessel. Featuring a large sun deck, lounge and bar, dining saloon and a huge dive deck. The perfect vessel to enjoy a liveaboard cruise to the Cod Hole in luxury and comfort...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.
CAIRNS ULTIMATE GETAWAY-3 Nights at Pullman Cairns International
-Kuranda Train & Skyrail
-3 Nights Green Island Resort
-Full Breakfast Daily for 2
-Sunset Drinks nightly
-Outer Barrier Reef Tour
-Tropical Island Paradise
ALL INCLUSIVE PACKAGE*6 Nights Mantra Trilogy
*Outer Reef Trip
*Hartley's Crocodile Park
*Kuranda Train & Skyrail
Temp: 31.1 °C
Wind: 28 kt SE
Pressure: 1010.8 hpa
Rain: 0.2mm since 9am
Forecast: 24 - 31 °C (Showers)
4 NIGHT PACKAGE- THE HOTEL CAIRNS
- FULL BREAKFAST DAILY
- GREEN ISLAND DAY TRIP
- GLASS BOTTOM BOAT OR SNORKEL
- KURANDA TRAIN & SKYRAIL
Snorkel-Dive-Heli- 10 min. Reef scenic Heli flight
- Glass Bottom Boat tour
- Snorkelling gear
- Aussie BBQ Lunch
- 5 hours on the reef
- Cert or Intro Dive
BEACHFRONT RESORT- STAY 7 PAY 5
- STAY 4 PAY 3
65% chance of seeing a Cassowary* Great for all ages
* Slow & gentle
* Kuranda Train
* Return hotel transfers
SENSATIONAL !- 3 Nights Island Suite
- Flexible ferry transfers
- Buffet Breakfast daily
- Snorkelling gear
- Glass bottom boat tour
- Sunset Beach Drinks
- Outer Barrier Reef trip
Travel between now and 31/March/2017
7 NIGHT FAMILY FUN-GREEN ISLAND DAY TRIP
-SNORKEL OR GLASS BOTTOM BOAT
-KURANDA TRAIN & SKYRAIL
-FULLY EQUIPPED GYM
-SPA & SAUNA
Travel between now and 31/March/2018