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Great Barrier Reef Day Tours

Visitors come to Cairns in Tropical North Queensland 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 2,3000 km of the Northeastern coast of Australia.

There are a variety of Great Barrier Reef tours from Cairns and Port Douglas that cater to everyone, from those who are adventurous and confident in the water to those who prefer to stay dry and observe.
I am very fortunate that The Great Barrier Reef is so accessible to me, and I travel to the reef as much as possible. I have experienced the majority of the reef tours listed on this site.

It’s important to consider how much time you have to spend at the Great Barrier Reef before choosing the boat or island tour that is right for you. You may also want to consider your swimming abilities and the type of reef experience that will make you feel most comfortable.

Please call me to discuss which Great Barrier Reef Day Tour or Island tour would suit you best. Happy to share my knowledge with you.
Ph 07 40283567 or 0412 719 389

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

Fly/Cruise Great Barrier Reef Half Day Tour

Great Barrier Reef 'Highlights' Tour. This tour is perfect for those with limited time and who still want to experience the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef. Departing Cairns at 12.40pm, enjoy a 25-minute scenic helicopter flight over the reef to meet superyacht, Evolution. Spend 1.5 hours at Hastings Reef snorkelling before cruising back to Cairns whilst enjoying a late lunch and a complimentary glass of wine.

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Adult or Child 3+yrs $389
Infant 0-2 years Free of Charge)
Price valid until 31st March 2024.

 

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Cruise - Fly Great Barrier Reef

Experience the ultimate adventure package and best value day on the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy all our full-day tour inclusions, including snorkelling, lunch, and sunbathing, or you can choose one of our optional activities, such as an Introductory or Certified Dive or Semi submersible coral viewing. At Hastings Reef, you will board a luxury Nautilus Aviation Helicopter for a 25-minute scenic flight to see the magical colours of the reef & sand cays from the air while travelling back to Cairns.

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CRUISE/FLY
Cruise to the Reef & Fly Return
25 minutes flying & 4.5 hours at the reef

Day Tour Itinerary:
7:30am Checkin at Reef Fleet Terminal 7.15am- 7.45am
8:00am Evolution departs Marlin Marina, Cairns
11:30am 3 hours snorkelling at 1st reef location and BBQ Lunch
1:00pm Evolution arrives at 2nd reef location for you to enjoy up to 2 hours snorkelling
2:45pm Depart reef on helicopter flight back to Cairns
3:15pm Arrive back in Cairns approx - arrival at Marina Point, 2 Pier Point Road,

Included in your day
5 hours snorkelling at the Outer Great Barrier Reef
25 min flight over the Great Barrier Reef and sand cays back home to Cairns
Snorkelling equipment (including prescription mask if required) & floatation devices
Free lycra/sun-suit hire
Delicious BBQ Lunch including fresh fish, prawns, steak, vegetarian options and a variety of fresh salads. (special dietary catered for - contact us prior to travel)
Tea & coffee provided
Experienced & professional dive instructors
Spacious air-conditioned modern lounges and stylish upper deck to relax in comfort.

Optional Activities
Semi Submersible coral viewing $20 Adult/$10 Child.

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Get High Great Barrier Reef Day Tour

Experience the ultimate adventure package, and best value day on the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a full day to two locations on the Outer Barrier Reef on board the luxury vessel "Evolution" including snorkelling, lunch, sun bathing, your choice of either an Introductory or Certified dive and in the afternoon, you will board a Nautilus Aviation Helicopter for a 10-minute scenic flight to see the magical colours of the Great Barrier Reef from the air!

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Adult $340.00
Child 4 -16 yrs $280.00
Infant 0-3 years FOC
Add dive $80
Rate valid to 31st March 2024

 

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Passions of Paradise Cairns

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. Visit 2 unique outer reef locations where you can dive and snorkel

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Departs Cairns: Daily
Adult $230.00  Child 4-14 yrs $140.00 Family 2A2C $630.00
Introductory dive $90.00
Certified dive $75.00 with guide
Prices valid to 31st March 2024

 

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Down Under Cruise from Cairns

Cruise onboard Cairns’ fast luxury super-yacht, Evolution, to the Outer Great Barrier Reef.
The 35-metre superyacht departs Cairns for the reef, with 5 hours spent exploring 2 spectacular and exclusive outer Great Barrier Reef locations for an adventurous, fun-filled day. Certified or Introductory Dive only $80.00, valid to 31st March 2024

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Cruise-Fly 4.5 hours on the Reef, 25-minute return scenic Helicopter Flight for $489.00 per person

Departs Daily
Adult $240 Child 4-16yrs $140
Family 2A2C $640 extra child $50.00
Valid fro 31st March 2024

 

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Green Island -Seawalker Helmet Dive Tour

Underwater helmet diving experience on the Great Barrier Reef. Immerse yourself in the marine wonderland of the Great Barrier Reef and discover the underwater world from a different perspective. It’s a fun and engaging and easy to do...

It’s unique in that you walk on the seafloor surrounded by colourful tropical fish and corals at beautiful Green Island, a 6000-year-old coral cay. There is no equipment to operate, and non-swimmers are welcome; Seawalker is accessible to almost everyone (minimum age 12 years), a dive medical will be required to be completed and you don’t even have to get your hair wet!

You will be guided down to around 5 metres, an ideal and comfortable depth to experience the reef in a stress-free environment.
Save $40.00 per person by pre-booking the Helmet Dive with your Green Island Tour.

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Adult $264.00 Child $217.00 Family $962.00
Minimum age for helmet dive is 12yrs
Prices valid to 31st March 2024

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Great Barrier Reef Day Tour to Frankland Islands from Cairns

This day is a spectacular all-inclusive river reef and island cruise experience travelling on the only commercial operator allowed to visit the totally uninhabited Frankland Island. Normanby Island is a National Park, part coral cay continental island with a stunningly healthy and vibrant surrounding coral reef community. Experience a guided snorkel tour with a vast array of tropical fish and the opportunity to swim alongside sea turtles. With the shortest open water crossing, you are there and home again in perfect timing.

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Departs Daily
Includes Cairns CBD return hotel transfers
$219.00 Adult $129.00 Child 4-16yrs
$567.00 Family 2A2C

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Sunlover Cruises from Cairns

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.

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Departs Daily
Adult $265.00 Child 4-15yrs $155.00
Family 2A2C $685.00
Prices valid to 31st March 2024

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2 Day Reef and Daintree Rainforest

Experience the very best of Cairns, visiting two world heritage sites.

Save $70.00 per adult
Day 1 - Great Barrier Reef Day Tour
Day 2 - Daintree/Cape Trib/Bloomfield Track Day tour
Tours do not need to be taken on consecutive days

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Departs Daily
Adult $390 Child (4-16yrs) $250.00
Family 2A2C $980.00
Prices valid to 31st March 2024


 

 

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Green Island & Outer Great Barrier Reef Tour from Cairns

The complete reef and island experience awaits with this exciting tour. Take a fast 45-minute catamaran ride to beautiful Green Island and enjoy 2 hours on this unique reef and rainforest coral cay. Then, you’ll depart Green Island to continue your day of adventure and discovery with 3 hours on board Great Adventures spacious activity platform moored on the majestic Outer Great Barrier Reef

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Departs Cairns Daily
Adult $304.00 Child $164.00 4-14yrs
Family 2A2C $780.00
Prices valid to 31st March 2024

 

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Ocean Spirit Cruise

Sail to the Great Barrier Reef aboard Ocean Spirit Cruises spacious catamaran to Michaelmas Cay. Snorkel or dive the pristine reef in the shallow waters of the cay. Michaelmas Cay is a National Park and a protected sanctuary for migratory seabirds.

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Sails from Cairns Daily
Adult $250 Child $130 Family $638
Prices valid to 31st March 2024

 

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Great Barrier Reef Tour with Reef Magic from Cairns

Reef Magic's NEW 2-storey all-weather pontoon is the most technologically advanced on the Great Barrier Reef, launched in April 2022.
Take a 90-minute cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef to the all-weather pontoon, which caters to all visitors. You can snorkel, scuba dive, take a scenic helicopter flight for a bird's eye view of the amazing coral formations and more. For those who want to stay dry, there’s the spacious sundeck, underwater viewing deck, glass bottom boat tour or a semi-submersible tour to view the Great Barrier Reef. Extra activities available are a guided snorkel tour (great for beginners) $40.00 or an Adventure guided snorkel tour for $50.00. Scuba diving from $89.00 or Helmet diving is $119.00

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Depart Cairns Daily -

Prices for 1st April - 23rd April
25th June - 31st October
21st December - 15th January 2024
29th March - 31st March
Adult $299.00 Child $169.00
Family 2A+2C $767.00


Prices for 24th April - 24th June
1st November - 20th December 23
16th January 2024 - 28th March
Adult $289.00 Child $149.00
Family 2A+2C $727.00

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Great Barrier Reef Day Tour with Reef Experience from Cairns

5.5 hours at two locations on the Great Barrier Reef. All-inclusive of Cairns CBD hotel transfers, breakfast, One FREE Scuba Dive, a Glass-Bottom Boat Tour, Lunch, snorkelling, and a light snack on the journey home. GREAT VALUE

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Departs Daily from Cairns
Adult $220.00 Child (4-11 years) $145.00
Family 2A+2C $595.00
Prices valid to 31st March 2024

 

 

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Dreamtime Snorkel from Cairns

Dreamtime is a unique Great Barrier Reef Tour Experience. A true cultural experience on the Great Barrier Reef. Step back into the Great Barrier Reef’s Dreamtime with Indigenous Sea Rangers  as they 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 with 2 Reef locations which may include Milln, Flynn, Hastings, Saxon, Norman & Thetford Reefs on the Great Barrier Reef. Air-conditioned lounges and a licensed bar.

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Departs Cairns daily
Adult $249 Child $149.00 4-14yrs
Family 2A2C $647.00
Prices valid until 31st March 2024

 

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Great Barrier Reef Day Tour with Ocean Freedom

Cruise to 2 unique Great Barrier Reef sites in style and speed on a 20-metre motor catamaran. Ocean Freedom is the only boat in Cairns offering a total of 6 hours on the reef, meaning there’s absolutely no rush in the day. You get to enjoy all the complimentary water activities whilst still having time to relax and enjoy a long lazy lunch. Experience an adventure drift snorkel tour with our attentive crew and jump on board for an informative glass bottom boat tour. Maximum 75 guests.

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Daily from Cairns
Adult $255.00 Child (4-14) $190.00
Family 2A2C $809.00
Prices valid to 31st March 2024
Not available 23rd October to 30th November 2023

 

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Silversonic Reef Cruise – from Port Douglas

Silversonic from Port Douglas takes you to explore three 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 and some of the best diving on the Great Barrier Reef. Hot and cold Tropical Buffet Lunch & All Equipment Included.

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Adult $289 Child $207 ex Port Douglas
Transfers from Cairns & Palm Cove
Adult $37.00 Child $32
Prices valid to 31st March 2024

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Great Barrier Reef Day Tour with Quicksilver Cruises

Quicksilver Cruises’ platform boats are inclusive for passengers of all ages and varying swimming abilities. They allow guests to comfortably experience the Great Barrier Reef at their own pace. Passengers who are travelling 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 observatory. 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.

 

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Departs Daily from Port Douglas
$298.00 Adult $156.00 Child(4-14)
$760.00 Family 2A2C
Return transfers from Cairns & Palm Cove:
$39.00 Adult $22.00 Child
$100.00 Family
Prices valid to 31st March 2024

 

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Silverswift Dive – Snorkel from Cairns

Dive – Snorkel from Cairns with Silverswift, the only Cairns-based vessel to visit 3 sites in one day; it 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.

A day with Silverswift is all about being in the water and experiencing the magical underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. It’s exciting, exotic and breathtaking!

Please note introductory & certified dives are fully booked until 31st March 2023

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Departs: Cairns 8.30am Returns 4.30pm
Adult $270.00 Child $200.00
Not available 13th November - 1st December 2023
Prices valid to 31st March 2024

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