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Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling 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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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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    Cairns Marlin Marina
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    7:15am Check in at the Down Under Cruise and Dive Desk.
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You'll end 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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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
Reef Fleet Terminal, LOT 996 Pier Point Rd, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
Duration
8h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 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
  • Live entertainer and on-board Marine Biologist
  • Complimentary scuba diving lesson (if required)
  • Lycra Sun Suite
  • 5 hours reef time at 2 stunning reef sites
  • Entry/Admission - Cairns Marlin Marina
Exclusions
  • Wetsuit Hire(AU$10 per person)
  • Reef tax and fuel levy payable direct (AU$20 per person)
  • Introductory or Certified Scuba Dive (AU$50 per person)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Semi-submersible tour ($10 on the day)
  • 10 Minute Heli-Scenic Flight over the Great Barrier Reef (from AUD $194 per person)
  • Guide Snorkel Tour with a Marine Biologist (AUD $25 per person)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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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Ivana R wrote a review Feb 2020
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Do one thing everyday that scares you, I told myself. WELL. I got jipped and my brain's the culprit. Let me tell you, I was freaking out. Going up and down the ladder in the water being a dumbass, I was close to skipping the whole experience. That's where Josh came in. He was
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from steph_kennelly, Manager at Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns
Responded 15 Feb 2020
Ivana, reading this response has our whole team jumping out of our chairs with excitement! Wait... I think I even see our Managing Director doing a cartwheel. Thank you so much for making our Monday by sharing your experience. I would love to share this on social media, as this is the best thing I have read, ever. We are so glad that you had a great time with Josh and I have passed on your feedback and your request for other services ;-) Thank you again for brightening our day and we are so happy to hear you had the best time!! Hope to see you again soon, Steph and the team at DUCD
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Lorena L wrote a review Feb 2020
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Hands down one of the best tours ive been to in the whole globe, it was well equipped, well staffed and we had the best day. Best of all the people on board are a mixture of ages and not a typical backpacker crowd
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Jenni Dee wrote a review Feb 2020
Chania, Greece41 contributions8 helpful votes
It’s a great trip, definitely recommend everyone go to the reef as it is an experience of a lifetime. The helicopter ride was definitely the highlight of the trip. The staff were young and cheerful and that was fun. There were two reef stops and the option to be sort of dragged
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Response from steph_kennelly, Manager at Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns
Responded 16 Feb 2020
Hi there, thanks for your review and feedback. I wanted to clarify a few things in your review. Reef Fleet Check-In starts from 7.15am, and I have never heard of our staff being late to check-in. Our boat opens for our boat crew to set up at 7am so in the rare chance someone running late to the check-in counter, we would have rushed a boat crew member up from the boat to handle check-in. Our extra costs are listed on all of our marketing materials, website and also on our online travel agent listings, so there should have been no confusion of additional costs for additional activities outside of the standard reef cruise price. We set things up this way so that our customers can pick and choose their activities and design their own day. This is something we receive great feedback on, as we have lots of different activities to choose from and one of only two outer Great Barrier Reef operators with multiple non-swimming activities available (semi-submersible and helicopter flights). The semi-sub is only $10 per person so fantastic value for money option. Our two reef sites are as big as football fields so extremely large and we also have the largest back deck to enter the water of any reef operator in Cairns. I am sorry to hear that you felt it was congested on the day. The food is served in-doors in our air-conditioned lounge, however, once you have your food you are welcome to move around our 3-levels to choose the best spot for you! The boat was designed to provide multiple seating options, indoors, outdoors and multiple deck space. Kind regards, Steph
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WebUserUnknown wrote a review Feb 2020
Long Beach, California8 contributions
The crew is very professional. The dive is great. Activities are mostly well-organised. However, I experienced a difficulty of combining scuba diving, helicopter ride, and the sub. By the time I was done with the first two. the latter wasn't available. Also, the helicopter
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Response from steph_kennelly, Manager at Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns
Responded 16 Feb 2020
Hi there, our crew makes every effort to ensure our guests can participate in every activity they want to. If you wanted to do the semi-sub next time, just let our friendly crew know and they would have been more than happy to move you into an earlier Helicopter group so that you have time to do the semi-sub too! The helicopters have 6 seats, so yes, during busy periods a couple of people may be in the middle seat. In saying this, the middle seat is only one seat away from a window and with helicopters having 180-degree views, you are still incredibly close to the window with amazing scenic views! I will follow up on your comments about the lunch as our hot and cold buffet BBQ lunch is something we always receive great feedback on. We are glad to hear that our crew was great and you had an enjoyable dive! Kind regards, Steph, Down Under Cruise and Dive
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Outbackking wrote a review Feb 2020
Cairns, Australia4 contributions6 helpful votes
The welcome of the crew was warm and friendly The dive brief was very thourough. helpfull team everywhere you turn to assist and guide me to where i need to go. The lunch was delisious with steak fish and fresh local prawns..5 variety salads to meet everybodys needs. ie
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Excellent staff & great day out
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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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They make a good experience better
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Incredibly Beautiful and Amazing!! MUST BOOK!
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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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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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  • Duration: 8h 30m
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  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English, Chinese
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