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Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns provided by Down Under Cruise & Dive

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Overview
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.
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1 Spence St
1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, AustraliaCheck-in from 7.15am until 8am. Vessel departs at 8.15am sharp. New paperless check-in procedure. Please make your way directly to the boat, Evolution, Marlin Marina, 1 Spence Street, A-Finger, Gate 5. Return transfers are available for an additional cost. You must contact Down Under Dive to book.
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    Cairns Marlin Marina
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    Check-in from 7.15am until 8am. Vessel departs at 8.15am sharp. New paperless check-in procedure. Please make your way directly to the boat, Evolution, at Marlin Marina, 1 Spence Street, A-Finger, Gate 5.
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You'll end at
1 Spence St
1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, AustraliaCheck-in from 7.15am until 8am. Vessel departs at 8.15am sharp. New paperless check-in procedure. Please make your way directly to the boat, Evolution, Marlin Marina, 1 Spence Street, A-Finger, Gate 5. Return transfers are available for an additional cost. You must contact Down Under Dive to book.
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Highlights
  • Snorkeling tour to Great Barrier Reef with optional upgrades
  • Includes two diving spots suitable for novice snorkelers to certified divers
  • 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
1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
Duration
8h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Lunch including prawns, fish, steak, salads and pastas; vegetarian options are available
  • Cruise onboard the fastest, most luxurious catamaran visiting two exclusive outer reef locations
  • 5 hours reef time
  • Use of SCUBA equipment
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Up to 3 Introductory or Certified Scuba Dives (if selected)
  • Lycra/sun suit hire
  • Glass of wine on return journey
  • 10-minute Scenic Flight (if selected)
  • Entry/Admission - Cairns Marlin Marina
Exclusions
  • $20 per person reef levy (to be paid direct prior to travel)
  • Private transportation
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Check-in is from 7.15am to 8am. Please make your way directly to the boat, Evolution, Marlin Marina, 1 Spence Street, A-Finger, Gate 5.
  • All intending divers over the age of 65 years must provide a current Diving Medical certificate.
  • Children aged and under 12 years (introductory) and 10 years (certified divers) 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 additional fee. Please contact the operator to check first.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Reef levy must be paid prior to travel
  • 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 130 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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Rasna wrote a review Feb 2020
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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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Date of experience: February 2020
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mlle_denise wrote a review Feb 2020
berlin15 contributions8 helpful votes
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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Date of experience: February 2020
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Steve K wrote a review Feb 2020
Washington DC, District of Columbia61 contributions11 helpful votes
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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Date of experience: January 2020
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Erik W wrote a review Feb 2020
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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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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from steph_kennelly, Manager at Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns
Responded 19 Feb 2020
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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elgatofuerte wrote a review Feb 2020
Orlando, Florida12 contributions3 helpful votes
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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cgrick
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Unsafe and Unsanitary
The EVOLUTION is a new, modern catamaran. We did a day trip from Cairns and it was the worst excursion we have eve
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WanderbugAussie
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Excellent staff & great day out
10 out of 10 to the amazing staff who do such a great job. It is you guys who make the reef trip such a good experi
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Kat2113
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Two out of three ain't bad
Far North Queensland is beautiful. And the three day pass was good value. The trip to the reef was amazing and th
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Melroy P
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They make a good experience better
The Evolution is a swanky catamaran, and fairly new. The crew well trained and a cheerful lot. The guy who gave the
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3LauranK
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The Best Reef Experience!
My partner and I signed up to do the 4 day PADI open water course and after our days on the reef immediately signed
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Pmac1973
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Amazing trip
Had a magnificent time on the great barrier reef tour. Sally and Eddie were amazing and very helpful while the phot
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Sarah W
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Great staff! Great dives.
First, boat is very clean (including bathrooms). Staff is friendly and attentive. Dive masters are great. Even if
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zimkim
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Amazing 3 Days
We flew to Cairns from Sydney to enjoy the 3 day trip outlined by Viator as a SuperSaver. Aside from the extreme he
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jrpetts
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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 t
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DiQLD
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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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Steve K
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Exceptional, as described below
The entire experience of this day-long snorkeling trip was outstanding. The staff love what they do, and have a won
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108bradenb
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Advance scuba ticket
I did my Advanced Scuba ticket through Down Under Cruise and Dive. The instructor Dan was great and kept things nic
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DianaPotoku
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Incredibly Beautiful and Amazing!! MUST BOOK!
I've spent the most amazing time in those 4 days with downunderdiveandcruise on my Open Water Diving Course. My Div
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bikkies73
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Amazing
What a day. From the minute we stepped on the boat to the minute we left we can not fault them. My husband had open
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Lyonsaj
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Highly recommend
I booked this with my wife for our honeymoon and I would highly recommend. We booked the captain's gold club lounge
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