Great Barrier Reef Tours

Cairns Great Barrier Reef

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One reason many visitors come to Tropical North Queensland is to experience the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. This Great wonder of the world is a breathtaking aquatic park with 2900 individual reefs and 900 islands that span over 23,000 kilometres of the Northeastern coast of Australia. There are a variety of Great Barrier Reef tours that cater to everyone; from those who are adventurous and confident in the water, to those who prefer to stay dry and observe.

Some tours visit the Agincourt Reef. Here, special reefs known as ‘ribbons’ run parallel to the Continental Shelf. Adjacent to the Coral Sea trench, these ribbon reefs are recognised as the most pristine eco-systems in the reef’s environment, encouraging rich coral growth and supporting spectacular marine life.

The Agincourt Reef

Meanwhile, it takes longer to travel to the Outer Reef, which is why other dayboats prefer to visit the Inner and Mid Reefs, instead. It’s important to consider how much time you have to spend at the Great Barrier Reef before choosing the boat tour that is right for you. You may also want to consider your swimming abilities and the type of aquatic experience that will make you feel most comfortable. 

Finally, keep in mind that your visit may be impacted by visibility and weather conditions, and on a clear sunny day you’ll have the best viewing experience! 

Due to Covid19 all boat tours to the Great Barrier Reef have been updated for their days of operation for 2021


Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel from Cairns

Depart Wednesday & Saturday
$249 per adult $119.00 per child (4-14yrs) Family 2 ad 2 ch $617.00

Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel is a unique Great Barrier Experience. Step back into the Great Barrier Reef’s Dreamtime with Indigenous sea rangers who recount the Dreamtime stories of the local people and help you gain a deeper cultural understanding of the diverse ecosystems that make up the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy up to 5 hours of fun with unlimited snorkelling and diving 2 Reef locations on the Great Barrier Reef. Air conditioned lounges and a licensed bar.

Quicksilver Platform Boat

Departs Daily from Port Douglas except Christmas day $264.00 Adult $136.00 Child (4-14) Family 2 ad 2 ch $671.00
Transfers available from Cairns $33.00 Adult $16.50 Child.

Quicksilver Cruises’ platform boats are inclusive for passengers of all ages and varying abilities. They allow guests to comfortably experience the Great Barrier Reef at their own pace. Passengers who are traveling with small children, have limited mobility or don’t want to get into the water at all can still experience the Great Barrier Reef in a semi-sub and underwater observatories. They also have a large, stable platform on a spacious, modern catamaran. Located on the very edge of the Continental Shelf, Quicksilver is the outermost and only activity platform at the Agincourt ribbon reefs, where water visibility is at its best.

Passions of Paradise Cairns

Departs Cairns: Sunday, Monday, Thursdays, Fridays
$185.00 per adult $130.00 per child (4-14yrs) Family 2 ad 2 ch $519.00

A multi award winning Great Barrier Reef Tour from Cairns. This Great Barrier Reef Tour is another of my favourites as a local. Why? Passions of Paradise is a true local family business operating since 1987. In 2017 they built Passions III at 30 meters, it is one of the fastest and largest sailing catamarans in Australia. Built to travel at 14 to 15 knots, Passions III can access the furthermost outer reef locations.

Ocean Spirit Cruises

Ocean Spirit Cruises from Cairns

Not operating in 2021

Set sail aboard the 32 meter luxury sailing catamaran. Enjoy a wide range of activities to experience at Michaelmas Cay’s picturesque environment. Snorkel, cruise in the semi-sumersible or just relax and enjoy a leisurely day on the Great Barrier Reef.

Silversonic – Departing Port Douglas

Departs daily (except Christmas Day) Adult $254.00 Child $182.00

Silversonic takes you to explore 3 stunning and exclusive outer edge locations at the renowned Agincourt ribbon reefs in superb style and comfort. Spend 5 hours at the reef enjoying unlimited snorkelling.

Sunlover Pontoon

Sunlover Cruises from Cairns

Departs Cairns Tuesday, Thursday, Saturdays 0930am – 5.00pm
 Adult $199.00 Child (4-15yrs) $109.00

Sunlover Cruises to the Great Barrier Reef and to the double story Moore Reef Marine Base. Anchored 54kms from Cairns at Moore Reef, the base has been custom built for all ages to explore and enjoy the wonders of the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef. Recently refurbished and now features an upper-level sun deck and where you can experience the Sunlover Sunslide, a 30 metre spiral descent into the tropical waters. Perfect day for families with hours of fun for everyone.

Silverswift – Departing Cairns

Depart Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday for 2021….Special valid to 30th June 2021 Adult $189.00 $174.00 per child (4-14yrs) Normally $234.00 per adult from 1st July 2021

Silverswift is the only Cairns based vessel to visit 3 sites in one day, and is also the fastest! You’ll be whisked away to visit 3 spectacular outer reef sites at Flynn, Pellowe, Milln and/or Thetford Reefs. Enjoy 5 hours of fun with unlimited snorkelling, hot freshwater showers, change rooms, air conditioned lounges and a licensed bar.