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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.
You'll start at
Reef Fleet Terminal
LOT 996 Pier Point Rd, Cairns City QLD 4870, AustraliaPickup is available from Cairns or Northern Beaches. Return transfer costs are payable direct on the day of travel: Depart from Cairns hotels between 7am to 7:15am - AU$17 per person Depart from Northern Beaches hotels between 6:50am to 7:05am - AU$24 per person Pricing subject to change If hotel pickup is required, you must call to Down Under Dive to advise your hotel name and address as soon as possible.
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  • 1
    Cairns Marlin Marina
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • 2
    Norman Reef
    Stop: 3 hours -
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  • 3
    Great Barrier Reef
    Stop: 8 hours -
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You'll return to the starting point
  • Snorkeling tour to Great Barrier Reef with optional upgrades
  • Deluxe boat reaches reef in just over an hour
  • Suitable for novice snorkelers to certified divers
  • Includes two diving spots
  • Upgrades: intro or certified dive, helicopter ride, semi-submersible vessel
  • Barbecue lunch on board included
What to Expect
Make your way to the Reef Fleet Terminal and climb on board your boat with a maximum capacity of 100 people, including guides. Reach the Great Barrier Reef in just over an hour on one of the fastest boats in the area, letting you spend more time in the water. Visit two prime snorkeling locations on the reef to see its famously diverse marine life. Guides provide instruction and encouragement for nervous snorkelers and help scuba divers with their gear, ensuring that everyone has a positive experience. Those wanting to stay dry can upgrade to the guided semi-submersible tour (payable upon arrival). Spend several hours exploring the reef, including time for a buffet lunch including Australian barbecue, salads, pastas, and seafood. Return to the original departure point at the end of the tour.
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Departure Point
Reef Fleet Terminal, LOT 996 Pier Point Rd, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
8h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 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
  • 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)
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Additional Info
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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This was my husband and my first trip to the Great Barrier Reef and Down Under Cruise and Dive did not disappoint us. From the start of the day to the end, they thought of everything - scuba equipment, morning tea and coffee, underwater cameras for rent, professional
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Amazing day, staff were extremely friendly, slight mix up with photo but staff were very helpful and quick to fix the issue. Highly recommended.
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It was good snorkeling! Also did an introductory dive which went swimmingly. The reason I'm rating this 4 out of 5 stars is because it felt like there were way too many people on the boat (there was about ~160, max is 180) and the food was mediocre.
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The boat was spectacular, the staff were all amazing. Special mention from Thomas Lowth for the entertainment on the trip back to cairns (add this man on Spotify, great original songs!!!) the first dive site was Saxon reef and had everything you could want. My friend and I only
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This was the second time we’ve snorkeled off a boat like this. The staff was friendly, the pics she took under water were very pretty. It was a little frustrating with a HUGE group of passengers (80%) I’d say from another country that talked VERY loudly the whole time during
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  • Duration: 8h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Languages Offered: English, Chinese
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