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Swim, Snorkel, Explore package based at the Cairns Hides Hotel in the heart of the city. Experience the natural beauty of North Queensland on a budget.


  • 3 nights Superior ensuite 
  • Breakfast daily
  • Great Barrier Reef daytrip
  • Free guided snorkel tour
  • Kuranda Scenic Train
  • Skyrail

Day One:
Check in at Hides Hotel:

Hides Hotel offers affordable 3.5 star accommodation right in the heart of the Cairns City, just a stone’s throw from restaurants, shopping, bars and the esplanade.

The Heritage listed building originally constructed in 1885 was faithfully restored in 1997 and maintains the colonial charm with wide colonial verandahs that overlook City Place.

Room Features- Superior Room:

  • Ensuite bathroom with shower
  • Air conditioning & ceiling fans
  • IDD/STD Telephone
  • Mini fridge
  • Television
  • Room Safe
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Hairdryer
  • Queen or twin bedding

Hotel Features:

  • FREE Light breakfast: (served 6:30am - 8:30am)
    - Cereal (Cornflakes, Just Right, Coco Pops, Nutri Grain, Weet Bix )
    - Hard boiled eggs
    - Breads for Toasting (White, Wholemeal, Multi Grain, Fruit Loaf)
    - Jams & Condiments (Strawberry Jam, Honey, Marmalade, Vegemite, etc.)
    - Coffee, Tea Selection, Juice (Apple and Orange)
  • 24 hour reception
  • 24 hour internet cafe and Wireless internet (charges apply)
  • Swimming pool
  • Limited undercover free car parking (*The entrance to the car park is off Grafton St. If you require a carpark please book one when making reservation)
  • Guest laundry (coin operated)
  • Lift

Hides Hotel is located right in the centre of town making it an ideal base for your holiday. You'll find some of the best shopping and restaurants right at your door. It is only a short walk to the Casino, Reef Terminal, Esplanade & Railway Station and Supermarket.

Day Two: Evolution Outer Barrier Reef Trip:

Be one of the first guests on the new $5 million catamaran - Evolution!!    

Evolution offers the ultimate passenger experience with the class and style of a motor yacht. 

This ultra-spacious and comfortable vessel features seating and decks over 3 levels.  Large well glazed interior spaces on the main and upper deck  include a mix of booth configuration seating. 

The upper deck also has a VIP room.   Private use of this room for up to 6 guests for the day is available - Please ask us for this special rate when booking!  

Enjoy oversized outdoor decks in the sunshine with sun lounges.  A choice of outdoor seating areas fitted with comfortable lounges and well protected from the sun. 

Fold-down platforms encircle the aft end of the vessel providing ample comfortable and safe access to the water.  

Evolution is quick, taking only 80 minutes to get to the Outer Reef.  With less travel time, you’ll spend more time at the Reef!

Evolution travels to two different reef destinations.  Norman & Saxon in the morning and Hastings Reef in the afternoon.  There are no islands and no pontoons.  The Outer Reef is spectacular! 

Reef sites are chosen on the day to ensure the best protection and underwater visibility according to weather conditions. Expect to see spectacular coral formations and masses of brilliantly coloured fish.

What makes it Great?

  • FREE Guided Snorkel Tour
  • 5 Hours on the Outer Barrier Reef
  • Aussie BBQ lunch
  • Live on-board entertainment on return journey
  • Maximum 150 passengers - plenty of space
  • VIP Room option


  • Check-in at the Reef Fleet Terminal Cairns, from 07:30am at the Down Under Cruise & Dive counter
  • Boarding commences at 08:00am for an 08:20am departure
  • This trip returns to Cairns at approx. 4:45pm.
  • Hotel Transfers are not included but can be booked for an additional fee

Trip Inclusions:

  • 5 hours spent visiting 2 outer reef locations
  • Snorkelling gear and flotation devices
  • FREE guided snorkelling tours
  • FREE 10 min scuba dive demonstration - (charges apply if you proceed)
  • Aussie BBQ lunch including steak, fish, prawns, sausages and tropical salads (vegetarians are catered for)
  • FREE tea, coffee and biscuits, complimentary glass of wine, cheese and fruit platter on return journey
  • Environmental Management Charge $20

VIP Room Inclusions:

  • Priority check in and boarding
  • Maximum 6 people
  • Dedicated staff member attending to your needs
  • Comfortable lounge seating
  • Internal fridge facilities
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Cupboards for storage
  • Relax in the comfort of your own room
  • TV screen, saloon sound quality audio and PA system

Your day:

  • 7.30am Check-in at Reef Fleet Terminal, commence boarding at 8:00am
  • 8.20am Departs Daily
  • 9:50am Approximate arrive Norman OR Saxon Reef
  • 3 hours to play, Snorkel Tour, sunbathe & relax, Aussie BBQ Lunch is served
  • 12: 20pm Depart for Hastings Reef
  • 12:30pm Arrive Hastings Reef
  • 2 hours to play, Snorkel
  • 4:45pm Returns back into Cairns

Additional Costs:

  • Hotel transfers
  • Semi-Submersible tour $10 if pre-booked 
  • Intro/Certified Diving
  • Certified Dive Guide
  • Wetsuits for Snorkelers and Intro Divers $10 (included for cert divers)
  • Lycra Suits $10
  • On-board purchases - drinks, snacks, underwater camera
  • Heli ride at Hastings Reef
  • Heli flights
    To experience the reef from a different perspective, why not take a Helicopter flight over Hastings Reef ! This is available from the Outer Reef Heli pad on the day, due to limited seats please pre book your flight. Click here for Get High Up Top & Dive Down Under combo.


  • Be aware snorkelling & diving may be a strenuous activity - All snorkelling & diving are subject to completion of on-board medical questionnaire /declaration.
  • A history of asthma, diabetes, ear, epilepsy, heart, pregnancy, recent operations and other medical conditions and medications may preclude a passenger from diving. Please discuss existing medical conditions with staff prior to travel. Or if in doubt, please visit your local dive doctor to get a medical clearance.
  • Diving minimum age is 12 years and maximum age is 65 years
  • Certified divers must show an internationally recognised scuba card.
  • In the interests of safety we recommend no flying within 24hours of last dive.
  • All trips/dives are weather permitting at captains/drivers discretion- No refund for incomplete dives.
  • Should a trip be cancelled passengers will be offered an alternative day of travel or a full refund
  • Semi sub will operate subject to weather conditions.

What to Bring:

  • Sunscreen & Hat
  • Change of clothes
  • Swimmers and towel
  • Cash or credit card
  • Scuba Certification for Cert divers

Day Three: Kuranda Train & Skyrail

  • Coach pick-up from bus stop near Hides
  • 09:45am Train to Kuranda
  • Arrives in Kuranda at approx 11:15am
  • Free time to explore the Village
  • Return via Skyrail at 3pm
  • Arrive in Cairns at 4:45pm - Return hotel transfer

Kuranda Scenic Rail: At Freshwater Station, board the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail for your journey to Kuranda. The Journey takes 1 1/2 hours from Freshwater station.

Kuranda Village: Free time is allowed to explore this quaint village, including the Heritage Markets which operate daily.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway: At your scheduled time, board Skyrail for your journey to Caravonica Lakes. There are 2 stops enroute to explore Barron Falls and Red Peak Rainforest Boardwalks. The Journey takes 1hr.15mins


Gold Class Kuranda Scenic Rail:
Gold Class has provided a premium experience, giving you the extra comfort and little bit of luxury, and a most memorable experience

  • 9.55am departure from Freshwater Station to Kuranda
  • 3.30pm departure from Kuranda to Cairns
  • Dedicated personalised Gold Class attendant
  • Individual seating, lounge-style chairs (24 seats in each carriage over 4 carriages)
  • Ambient, historical décor, including timber look flooring, historical photographs and cedar interior
  • Gift pack including Kuranda Scenic Railway badge, pen, postcard and postage
  • Souvenir trip guide available in 9 languages
  • Optional exclusive tour of the Heritage-Listed Signal Cabin at Kuranda station
    - Conducted 15 minutes after arrival for morning trains
    - Conducted 30 minutes prior to departure for afternoon trains
  • Food & beverage offerings will focus on Queensland and local Tablelands produce such as:
    o Gallo Dairyland Cheese
    o Skybury Coffee
    o Wondaree Macadamias
    o Mango to Go (100% pure mango "ice-cream" style treat)
    o Freshly baked muffins with local fruit
    o Sirromet Wines
    o Great Northern Brewing Company Super Crisp Lager

Kuranda Wildlife Experience includes entry to the Kuranda Koala Gardens, Birdworld and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. You will have access to all three attractions at a great saving off the normal admission price! Alternatively, you can book entry only to each attraction.

Day Four: Check-out of Hides Hotel. End of package.