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2 Day Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation Deluxe tour

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Day 1: Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling

Stop At: Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Queensland Australia
Evolution departs Cairns daily offering a fast, comfortable and affordable cruise, with five hours spent visiting two spectacular Outer Great Barrier Reef Destinations- Hastings Reef, Saxon Reef or Norman Reef.

Evolution is a large 35-metre catamaran which provides a superior ride in all weather conditions, cruising at up to 30 knots. It is the newest and most luxurious vessel in Cairns with seating inside and out and a large sundeck. Professional, friendly and attentive staff ensures a safe and enjoyable fun filled experience.

• Passenger numbers approximately 180
• Travel to the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef with minimal travel time
• Visit 2 reef locations in one day
• Large air-conditioned modern lounges to relax in comfort
• Full length sundeck
• Delicious Aussie BBQ lunch including steak, fish, prawns and a variety of tropical salads (vegetarians are catered for)
• Complimentary tea and coffee
• Complimentary wine, fruit and cheese platter
• Live Australian Music Entertainer for the journey home
• Five hours to explore the outer reef
• Up to three certified or introductory dives available per day
• Guided snorkelling tour – Free and upgraded version available
• Free scuba diving lesson - available on board
• Fully equipped vessel with state-of-the-art snorkel and dive equipment


Down Under Cruise & Dive caters for everyone with or without snorkel experience. With professional Dive masters, FREE dedicated snorkel guides and flotation devices, you'll feel safe in the water whatever your experience level.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch: • Delicious Aussie BBQ lunch including steak, fish, prawns and a variety of tropical salads (vegetarians are catered for
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 2: Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest

Stop At: Cape Tribulation Beach, Cape Tribulation, Queensland Australia
Enjoy an unforgettable day of fun, discovery and adventure exploring the majestic rainforests, pristine rivers and white sandy beaches of the World Heritage Listed Cape Tribulation and Daintree National Parks with our professional, friendly and experienced guide. Cape Tribulation is the only place in the world where two-world heritage listed regions live alongside each other.

After being picked up from your accommodation, we drive north along one of the most renowned scenic coastal roads in Australia’s towards the World Heritage Listed Cape Tribulation and Daintree National Parks.

Enjoy free time to soak up the village atmosphere in Port Douglas (Starter Pak) or experience the award-winning Wildlife Habitat (Deluxe Pak only) where you have a chance to see kangaroo's and Koala's or observe up close a huge range of unique Australian animals, birds, fauna and flora in three different environments.

Experience a guided rainforest walk at Mossman Gorge. See the crystal-clear waters of the Mossman River cascade over spectacular boulders.

Indulge in a chef prepared lunch at Cape Tribulation Beach House (Deluxe Pak only) and enjoy free time at Cape Tribulation Beach with its spectacular views.

We return to the Daintree River, where we enjoy a 1-hour river cruise - you can spot crocodiles, birds and other wildlife that inhabit this magical area. Learn about the mangroves that line the banks, some of which reach amazing heights and learn of their importance as our ocean’s fish nurseries. Enjoy the wonders of this spectacular World Heritage listed national park.

Duration: 11 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch: • Chef prepared lunch at the Cape Trib Beach House
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Traveler pickup is offered
Day 1: you have to go to the Reef Fleet Terminal @ 7:15am to check-in for the Reef Cruise. Transfers are an additional cost for this tour.

Day 2: We pick up from all major hotels and hostels in the Cairns, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas.
Departure Time
6:30 AM
2 days
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 2x Lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Great Barrier Reef
  • Entry/Admission - Cape Tribulation Beach
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • 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 20 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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Popular mentions
The entire experience of the day-long snorkeling trip was outstanding. The staff enjoy their work, and have a wonderful esprit de corps that pervades the cruise. Everything was precisely organized: coffee and tea upon arrival on the boat, the clear and detailed boat and safety
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The great barrier reef snorkeling in two different areas turned to be interesting and enjoyable. The MV Evolution seemed to be far better than boat from other companies that we have looked into. It was big, fast and well equipped. The crew was very nice and even performed live
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Happy to have this experience! We enjoyed diving and snorkeling by the reef. Thank you, Down Under Dive Team! Cape tribulation and Daintree rainforest guide was very informative and interesting to listen to. Thank you, Mat!
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Great Barrier Reef trip was great. Very well organised and plenty of time for snorkeling even with small kids. Cape Tribulation trip wasn't great as we spent a long time in the bus and had very little time wherever we stopped.
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This was my first time visiting Cairns and Down Under Dive did not disappoint. The online booking and day-of check-in process is seamless. The dive masters were informative and fun. The dive locations are great and you get to see a lot of different fish. I do wish there was more
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Response from steph_kennelly, Manager at 2 Day Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation Deluxe tour
Responded 25 Aug 2019
Thank you for your great feedback! Our two-day package is the best way to do both the reef and rainforest. We will pass your kind words onto our team. We look forward to seeing you again in the future! Steph :)
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About the operator
By: Down Under Cruise & Dive
1,566 reviews
Certificate of Excellence
Cairns day reef cruise
Exceeded our expectations, staff were excellent, especially Tommy T-bone and mature age guy originally from
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Great diving experience, but instructor not the best
I did the PADI 4-day open water dive course with Down Under Diving, and it was amazing. The experience of scuba
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Amazing Best day in Australia
They planned everything well and made sure everyone was well taken care off. Highly recommend this trip to anyone
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Chicago, IL
Great Barrier Reef family experience
Our family had an experienced and introductory scuba excursion along with snorkelers. The staff was very organized
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Steve K
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Exceptional, as described below
The entire experience of the day-long snorkeling trip was outstanding. The staff enjoy their work, and have a
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Corals, sharks, turtles and rays
Can't say enough good things about this trip. Staff are really friendly, cheerful, informative and take great care
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Bucket List Scuba Dive
Walking up to the largest and fanciest boat at the dock set the trip off to a great start. Everyone in the crew
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Thomastown, Australia
Awesome 2 days
We booked this 2 days trip.. we had really good fun and awesome time. First day we went to great barrier reef, did
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Montrose, Australia
Say cheese with the turtles
From booking right through to leaving the boat at the end, not a single fault or complaint can be made.
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Jochem v
Great snorkeling your!
I really enjoyed this snorkeling trip. The boat was spacious, the staff was very friendly and professional and we
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Calgary, Canada
First time diving
Great experience with the Down Under Cruise & Dive Excursion. I was booked on the introduction dive experience.
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The HIGHLIGHT of our trip to Australia!
I cannot say enough good things about this excursion! The boat, the staff, organization, onboarding & equipment,
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What a great time everything was amazing food was great staff are helpful the boat was nice an clean can’t fault
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Hirakata, Japan
Great diving with friendly and professional support staff.
This was an excellent diving trip. As a certified diver but with only about 20 dives, I recommend the folks at
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Highlight of our trip to Cairns
We had a great time on this day. In spite of the fact that it was thundering and lightening, the crew took us out
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