Scuba & Snorkeling in Cairns

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Scuba & Snorkeling in Cairns

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  • Alex M
    London, UK4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My partner and I did the 4 day PADI Open Water diving course with Divers Den and it was the best experience ever. We had a great time in the pool, in a safe and friendly environment to learn all the skills. Lewis was a great teacher - very supportive and calm! Then we spent 2 days on Ocean Quest Liveaboard completing our open water dives on the Great Barrier Reef. Despite the conditions being less than ideal, we had a great time practicing diving under the supervision of Hannie. She was super enthusiastic and motivating, making sure we were safe and doing a good job! Best experience so far and can’t wait to come back for more time diving on the liveaboard!! Thank you very much Divers Den!!
    Written April 16, 2024
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  • Siri L
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved it! The snorkeling and scuba Diving was so good and the crew was amazing. Loved that it was a small group. I would 100% recommend!
    Written March 15, 2024
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  • holidays1111
    Bundaberg, Australia77 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Got on board the Reef Rocket at 1pm for a half day trip to Green Island where we spent some of our time on the glass bottom boat watching some amazing sea life and coral. Went for a swim and a stroll later before getting back on board the Reef Rocket for the crossing back to Cairns. Got back at 5pm, all went too fast.
    Written December 3, 2023
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  • Minh N
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The views were amazing as well as the scenery. Only downside is the weather was too hot. We really should have gone during winter or dry season.
    Written March 5, 2024
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  • Quest58548485814
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Had a great experience dive with the instructor Takuya!!! This was my first tine to dive into the ocean and he is so patient to take care of me and my partner while taught us snokeling skills !! Best instructor!! Definitely deserves 5 stars!! And all the crew members!!
    Written April 4, 2024
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  • Alice R
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    There are so many GBR tour options and we picked this one for its focus on sustainability and cultural tradition regarding the reef. I’m glad we did because I think those points made this boat trip even more special. Having information and demonstrations from both marine biologists and indigenous cultural guides was interesting and enlightening.
    The actual snorkel experience was also amazing, the two reef areas were vibrant and full of life, and you could tell all the staff cared so much about it and ensuring that everyone had an enjoyable and respectful time.
    The refreshments provided were tasty and high quality, and all the staff were so friendly and welcoming.
    Written April 16, 2024
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  • Lucy S
    London, UK13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What an amazing experience, we absolutely LOVED our day with Tusa, and would highly recommend! We chose Tusa as they are one of the only operators in the area with a roving licence, enabling them to pick the best locations each day. We were looked after impeccably by all the crew, who all knew SO MUCH about the marine life and absolutely loved sharing all their knowledge with us. We snorkelled for well over 2.5 hours in total, and Sandra was the perfect guide, helping us along the way, teaching us about everything we saw and making sure we were comfortable. I could never have imagined we would have seen so many incredible fish and coral varieties, it was just the best day. The boat was stunning and so special and comfortable, and all our food and drinks were prepared fabulously by Juliet. Thank you all so much!!
    Written April 7, 2024
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  • Annette S
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant diving with a terrific young crew who were very attentive to our needs. Gear was good quality. Lunch was tasty.
    Written June 9, 2023
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  • Kylie M
    Sydney, Australia8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really enjoyed this day out on the reef. The staff were very professional, knowledgeable and friendly. It was a smaller group of people so if you don't like crowds, over commercialised and touristy this is for you. We saw a shark, turtles and plenty of fish!
    Written April 18, 2024
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  • llandella C
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruse was an excellent tour. The island itself is beautiful, and when we got there for the day there was enough time to walk all the way around the island before our glass bottom boat tour, which I thought was really well timed. The glass bottom boat tour is an absolute must! It's so different to snorkeling, I saw so many different fish that I didn't see during the snorkel tour. I would definitely recommend doing both if you want to see as much flora and fauna as possible on your trip to the reef. The staff were lovely, very helpful and informative, especially the woman that did the snorkel tour, she was amazing. The included buffet lunch was delicious and the bar on the island served lovely drinks as well. Over all an incredible day, well worth the money.
    Written June 15, 2023
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  • Robin S
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We did our open water PADI course with down under dive. The 4 day course includes everything and more to become a great diver. Our amazing instructors Franky and Freddy did a great job teaching, finding the perfect mix of fun and engaging learning, while also maintaining a professional atmosphere. Even tough our two days out on the reef were accompanied with some very rough conditions, all the crew, Frankie and everyone else involved made the best of it and we had a lovely time.

    We leave Cairns with our certificate and a bag full of new great memories.

    Thanks Frankie and Freddie plus all of the crew for this unforgettable time!

    Robin&Alle
    Written March 13, 2024
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  • New Travel Journeys
    Queensland, Australia139 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great full day cruise, with catamaran return transfer direct from Cairns marina. Easy booking service, checkin and launch. Although the onboard boat staff appear busy, your needs are met.

    The tour included a glass bottom boat tour of the surrounding reef, showing huge tropical fish, live coral, large clams, turtles, reef sharks and marine life.

    We took our own snorkel equipment and stinger suits, the on-site life guard was very helpful, informative and friendly. This way, you can enjoy and experience everything the island has to offer. The island team are great, providing exceptional professional service. You can snorkel directly from shore and will instantly see huge tropical fish, memo and turtles.

    The resort had great amenities, and will make a perfect mid year tropical island getaway.

    As the island is teaming with birds, you’re greated at the jetty with bird life, the rooms and accommodation is further away and relaxing.

    The crocodile enclosures and show is fabulous, the family team are passionate and love their crocodiles as their treasured family. The passion for the crocodiles is high and genuine. Well worth the small entry fee. The kids and adults alike loved the personalised crocodile feeding tour.

    The natural rainforest on the island is in pristine condition and easy to walk along the timber boardwalks.

    This is a great way to easily experiencing and enjoy Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, without seasickness and hassle.

    The scenic Green Island is surrounded by Cairns city and nearby mountains and islands.

    A great day trip and holiday destination.
    Written December 28, 2020
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  • Melinda J
    41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Allie is an amazing SUP teacher. We had never done this before and she was so patient with us and encouraging. We got to paddle around a calm cove of Fitzroy Island. Afterwards she had a snack for us of granola bars, crackers and yummy beetroot pesto. We were supplied with snorkeling equipment all day. The snorkeling was fabulous and she also gave us an hour of kayaking. It was an amazing day. There is a restaurant where you can get lunch and jugs available to fill your water bottles. I definitely recommend doing this excursion. Allie is my favorite Aussie I have met. We really enjoyed getting to one her.
    Written February 15, 2024
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