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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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GlobeTrotting682294 wrote a review Feb 2020
Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois26 contributions2 helpful votes
We had reserved our trip to Green Island Great Barrier Reef with glass bottom boat and semisubmersible submarine tour through Heidi Yates of visitcairns.com . Found out on January 29 the boat operator Cat had mechanical problem. Heidi arranged our cruise and glass bottom tour
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from steph_kennelly, Manager at Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns
Responded 17 Feb 2020
Hi there, this is for the wrong company. I have noted this with TripAdvisor so it will be removed but you may want to copy and paste it to the correct company. Thanks, Steph
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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 Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns
Responded 16 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 Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns
Responded 17 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 Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns
Responded 17 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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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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