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Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns

  • 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
Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns
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5 hrs on the Outer Great Barrier Reef, visiting 2 sites. Free time for snorkeling and swimming. Includes buffet lunch, snorkel gear.
One Introductory Dive
5 hrs on the Outer Great Barrier Reef, visiting 2 sites. Includes 1 introductory dive, buffet lunch, snorkel & dive gear.
Snorkeling and Heli Flight
5 hrs on the Outer Great Barrier Reef including a 10-minute scenic helicopter flight and free time to snorkel
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Optional upgrades for a semi-submersible vessel, a helicopter ride, or novice to advanced scuba diving provide a customizable experience on this  Great Barrier Reef excursion. Stick with the original tour for world-class snorkeling at a UNESCO-listed reef and an Australian BBQ lunch. Plus, traveling by super-fast boat gives you more time to spend on the reef. Regardless of your snorkeling ability, guides are on hand to provide encouragement.
What to Expect
Make your way to the Reef Fleet Terminal by 7:30am, 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). See the Itinerary section for further details on the activities offered.

Spend five 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.
Reviews (705)
1 - 5 of 142 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago
A recommended adventure

My partner and I went on this adventure with Down Under Cruise & Dive. The whole experience was great, the staff is on top of things and attentive to your every need. They give you a short snorkeling training plus they are at hand on...More

1  Thank Francisco V
Reviewed 5 days ago
We saw a shark!!!

We had an great time snorkeling with the guidance of the marine biologist. My dad and I are not strong swimmers, but she took us around the reef and showed us the fascinating coral life. We also saw a shark circle and grab its pray...More

Thank vairakangal
Reviewed 6 days ago
Good option to visit great barrier reef

I do not like organized excursions, but in this case it's almost inevitable (unless you have money to pay a boat for you alone). The company fulfills everything promised. The boat is very good, the food is good too, the material is good and the...More

1  Thank Ramusa2017
Reviewed 1 week ago
Well organised machine!

From the moment we boarded this boat they wherever friendly and organised.Nothing was too much for them -they even supplied sunscreen.Great food for lunch and entertainment on our return journey to cairns.

Thank ManlyParadise
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Amazing Diving Experien

We booked 3 dives with Down Unser Cruise and Dive and had the best day of our Australia trip. The staff were lovely and made sure everyone was looked after. The boat was spacious and modern, the food was great, lots of snacks and free...More

Thank endafeli
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Charles L
12 October 2018|
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Response from kitajenn8709 | Reviewed this property |
Yes it’s about 1.5 hours to the first reef. They sold sea sickness pills on board as the water was very choppy the day I went. I ended up sitting out back with the sea breeze which kept me from getting sick every time the... More
Charles L
12 October 2018|
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Response from Cavsoldier | Reviewed this property |
The December weather will be very hot, the water may be a bit choppy but the actual area where you will snorkel or dive is very shallow and easy to get around in. the trip really isnt bad. it takes about one hour to get out... More
26 September 2018|
Response from Dave M | Reviewed this property |
They break up the snorkeling and dive spots, thus an hour in the water each time. Most dive boats you are on the boat the whole time, but larger boats and time goes by fast. One dive boat has a barge and shuttle to... More