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Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns

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Overview
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.
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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
Highlights
  • 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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Important Information
Departure Point
Reef Fleet Terminal, LOT 996 Pier Point Rd, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
Duration
8h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 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
Exclusions
  • 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 an amazing day! Crew and staff members were so welcoming and friendly. Great lunch and snacks too! Snorkelling was absolutely incredible! Got to see a giant turtle and the beautiful reef too! Was stunning! Definitely would recommend!
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14 years ago one of us got his Padi Open Water with Downunder Dive. We were so happy to return and see that they are as wonderful as ever. Definitely the best value for your dollar for diving in Cairns. The welcome we received from every staff member on and off the boat was as
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The entire experience of this day-long snorkeling trip was outstanding. The staff enjoy their work and have a wonderful esprit du corps that adds an upbeat energy that pervades the cruise. Everything was precisely organized: coffee and tea upon arrival on the boat, clear and
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This was an efficient well run operation with friendly staff. Recommend for people new to snorkel but for those who are more seasoned you may find it a little stifling. The food was fine but would recommend offering a free soft drink with it. One other suggestion would be to do
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Response from steph_kennelly, Manager at Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns
Responded 3 days ago
Hi there, thanks for your review. The majority of tours don't offer soft drinks and are available for purchase. We do offer complimentary water, tea, and coffee which is more common. February is a busy time in the region so a peak time for travellers, if you are interested in smaller crowds we would suggest travelling in off-peak times of the year. We have videos and information cards about the reef available and if you are interested in learning more about the reef, we also have marine biologist tours available where you can learn more about the reef and go on a guided snorkelling tour as well. I would highly recommend this to you for next time if you are keen on learning all about the Great Barrier Reef. Our marine biologists are fantastic, the perfect amount of information and entertainment :) Cheers, Steph
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One of the nicest, friendliest, most well run tours I’ve ever been on. I wish I could give Down Under Cruise & Dive an extra star! Been on a lot of tours around the world, and sometimes it’s a crapshoot trying to pick the right one. So I was blown away to find that this one
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Rasna
20
Incredible day trip!
This was an amazing day! Crew and staff members were so welcoming and friendly. Great lunch and snacks too!
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Sandra P
Canada
61
Reef was amazing but...
I’d give the second at a miss if I were to do it again. Going out to the Great Barrier Reef was amazing, not just
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Didi
62
gGreat 2 day tour
Great 2 day tour. good value for money. Crew very nice on the boat, good snorkling. Great spread for lunch.
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mlle_denise
127
Wonderful two days
14 years ago one of us got his Padi Open Water with Downunder Dive. We were so happy to return and see that they
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Steve K
Washington DC, District of Columbia
2110
Exceptional, as described below
The entire experience of this day-long snorkeling trip was outstanding. The staff love what they do, and have a
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Steve K
Washington DC, District of Columbia
2110
Outstanding day-long snorkeling/diving cruise on three-level Evolution boat
The entire experience of this day-long snorkeling trip was outstanding. The staff enjoy their work and have a
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Erik W
10
A fine day that left me wanting more.
This was an efficient well run operation with friendly staff. Recommend for people new to snorkel but for those
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elgatofuerte
Orlando, Florida
53
AMAZING tour of the GBR
One of the nicest, friendliest, most well run tours I’ve ever been on. I wish I could give Down Under Cruise &
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GlobeTrotting682294
Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois
263
Great trip
We had reserved our trip to Green Island Great Barrier Reef with glass bottom boat and semisubmersible submarine
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Lubos K
20
Affirmed my desire to be a Marine Biologist
I went on a two-day trip with Down Under back in January and it was the best time I've had in Australia. The crew
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