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 breathtaking aquatic park destination consists of 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.

There are 3 main geographic areas determined by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. They are described as the Inner, Mid and Outer Reef. In general, reefs that are farther from the mainland are less affected by urban development. These Outer Reef locations will generally provide the highest visibility and greatest marine biodiversity.

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! 

***All boat tours to the Great Barrier Reef depart daily except for Christmas Day***


Silverswift – Departing Cairns

Depart Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday for August 2020
Daily (except Christmas Day) $234.00 per adult $174.00 per child (4-14yrs)

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.

Frankland Islands Reef Cruise

$189.00 adult $119.00 Child (4-14)
$189.00 adult $119.00 Child (4-14)

This day is an all inclusive river reef and island cruise experience travelling on the only commercial operator allowed to visit the totally uninhibited Franklin island. Normanby Island is a National Park, part coral cay continental island with a healthy and vibrant surrounding coral reef community. You can literally snorkel straight off the beach, with a vast array of tropical fish and the opportunity to swim along side sea turtles. With the shortest open water crossing you are there and home again in perfect timing.

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.

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.

Green Island Cairns

Green Island Cruise – from Cairns with Great Adventures

Departing Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday (except Christmas Day)

Surrounded by white sand beaches and the beautiful coral gardens of the Great Barrier Reef, Green Island is an idyllic coral cay located only 15 nautical miles offshore from Cairns. It offers the best elements of the tropics in one destination: beautiful island beaches, shady emerald rainforest and a world-renowned coral reef. Travelling with Big Cat Island Reef Cruises, your day can be as active or relaxing as you want. Choose between resting on the beach or indulging in some of the many activities available. Suitable for all ages, couples and families.

Ocean Spirit Cruises

Ocean Spirit Cruises from Cairns

$219 per adult $112 per child Departs Tuesday, Friday and Sunday in August 2020

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.