Dreamtime | Great Barrier Reef Experience

Duration | 9 hours
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Experience the Reef from Cairns with Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel. Step back into the Great Barrier Reef’s Dreamtime with First Nation Cultural Guides on a day tour to two spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef sites. Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel is a unique reef educational Great Barrier Reef experience incorporating the world’s oldest living culture and the stories Traditional Owners have passed down over tens of thousands of years. 

Tour Features

  • Unique cultural reef experience
  • Only 65 passengers maximum
  • Two reef locations
  • All snorkelling equipment (mask, snorkel, fins)
  • Tropical buffet lunch
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Freshly prepared buffet lunch 
  • Personal floatation devices
  • Indigenous welcome and acknowledgment
  • Great Barrier Reefpresentation with our marine biologist
  • Fresh water showers
  • Wet suit or lycra suit

Your day on the outer Great Barrier Reef has five hours of water activities split between two unique sites showcasing a variety of colourful corals and marine life.  Snorkel and dive over stunning coral gardens where anemones, sea whips, clams and plate corals are home to clown fish, angel fish and batfish.  Large schools of giant trevally, red bass and sweetlip congregate between the bommies, while turtles, cuttlefish, rays and sharks are frequently seen. 

Cruise directly to the outer reef where you will spend two hours exploring the underwater world by snorkelling or diving. 

Then cruise to our second site for a further three hours of in-water activities. Enjoy a relaxing five hours exploring two premium outer reef sites and gain a deeper cultural understanding of this diverse ecosystem. 

Your Day with Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel
08:15  Check-in at the Dreamtime vessel 
09:00  Depart Cairns Marlin Jetty. 
10:30  Arrive at your first private Outer Reef location.
15:30  Depart outer reef returning to Cairns
17:00  Arrive back in Cairns

Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel Family Pricing
We offer special rates for families. All of our family rates are based on the following: 

  • Infants (3 Years & Under) travel free
  • Children (4 - 14 years) Half Price
  • Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) 1 Child travels free

Daily Departure Times
Check-in for your day on Dreamtime Dive & snorkel at the Dreamtime vessel at the Cairns Marlin Marina, 1 Spence Street.




The crew were very accommodating, entertaining and informative with a relaxed style. They showcased the beauty of the reef in a variety of ways which allowed tourists of all abilities to enjoy the reef. A great day had by all.


Mothers with Teens

Yesterday we had a great day on Dreamtime Snorkel & Dive. The crew were friendly, relaxed and entertaining. We all enjoyed hearing the young indigenous people sharing their cultural stories, explaining their shields, their didgeridoos and clap sticks, performing dances. The boat was quite new and the number of guests was small. The first reef was pretty, with drop-offs. The second reef was an expansive coral garden. Here there was extremely pretty and healthy coral of all colours including dusty pinks with matching lavender and pink striped fish, and an abundance of other vibrant fish. It was 17 knots and high tide so the conditions weren't ideal but we had a super day. Lunch was delicious! Wetsuits, lycra suits all included. Snorkel gear in good condition. Thank you Dreamtime Snorkel and dive! Two mothers and three teenage boys.


Mark A

The weather conditions were not fantastic the day we went out. The staff were honest before we left which allowed for people to prepare for a slower trip out. The staff on board we all friendly and happy to help out.


Tegan Rundle

The boat trip and staff were fantastic. It was educational with the marine biologist on board and in the water pointing out the coral and fish.

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Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel departs Cairns daily from the Reef Fleet Terminal at 9am and returns at 5pm. Check-in starts at 8.15am at the Reef Magic Cruises counter inside the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal.