Exclusive Great Barrier Reef Day Tour
Every aspect of your day is taken care of from the moment you step onboard. Our knowledgeable staff are there to guide you and provide a 5-star experience. With a maximum of only 40 guests per trip and a high staff-to-guest ratio, we take care of everything, so all you need to do is go create unforgettable memories. Perfect for divers of all levels, or those looking to try diving for the first time. Our Marine Guides and instructors will assist you with getting the most out of your reef trip, both safely and sustainably. You will enjoy unlimited snorkelling and a sumptuous selection of meals paired with complimentary beverages throughout the day. Experience a guided snorkel tour with our cutting-edge technology using our exclusive waterproof bone-conducting headsets for a unique audio commentary as you explore the wonders of The Great Barrier Reef.
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
This tour is restricted exclusively to ages 12 and over, ensuring an optimal experience for our guests
Departs Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun 8am - 4pm
Premium small group Outer Reef Day Tour with focus on exclusivity and sustainability. Fully inclusive of all meals, drinks, diving, snorkelling and premium equipment. From the moment you step onboard, every aspect of your day is taken care of. Our knowledgeable staff are there to guide you and provide a 5-star experience.
Indulge in Exquisite Chef-Prepared Buffet lunch with local produce
All-Inclusive Meals, Including Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, and Afternoon Tea
Enjoy a Wide Range of Beverages, including Alcoholic Drinks on the Return Journey
Open dive deck” for all activities - All snorkelling and scuba diving
Choice of tank size - Enjoy up to 3 dives on 2 stunning outer reef sites
Private dive guide
Waterproof, Bone Conducting Headsets for Underwater Commentary
Take Home a Tusa Reef Tours Drink Bottle
Environmentally friendly plant-based wetsuits and all dive/ snorkel equipment
Taxes and Marine Park Levy Included
Cairns CBD hotel transfers
Water bottle (you are able to refill on board)
Change of clothes
Frankland Islands Reef Cruise
Departs daily 7am - 5pm
**Not available 15th January - 12th March 24
Enjoy an all-inclusive River, Reef, and Island Cruise, the sole operator permitted on the pristine uninhibited Frankland Island. Snorkel off Normanby Island's National Park beach, swim with sea turtles, and have a quick and convenient journey with the shortest open water crossing. Photo Credit: Tourism Tropical North Queensland
The only Cairns reef, rainforest and river experience. Explore and enjoy this natural paradise, no big crowds, full of marine life. Enjoy the opportunity to have this hidden gem all to yourself! Frankland Islands Reef Cruises is an exclusive Cairns Great Barrier Reef day tour. It starts with a rainforest river cruise, followed by the shortest open water crossing of any of the Cairns day tour boats, to put you right on the Great Barrier Reef.
Our destination is Normanby Island in the beautiful Frankland Islands National Park island group. Surrounded by vibrant fringing reefs, it’s home to many species of marine life, including turtles, octopuses and the ever-popular anemone clownfish, Nemo, to name a few. You have up to 4 hours to explore and enjoy this natural paradise, above and below the water.
If you’ve never snorkelled before, don’t worry – our crew will give you all the instruction and briefing you need. Flotation devices are available so you can float along with ease and enjoy the sights as you explore the reef. Experienced instructors, including our Master Reef Guides, guide both snorkel tours. They know where to find all the best marine life, from turtles and fish to giant clams and impressive corals. Want to stay dry, and view the Great Barrier Reef on the Semi-Submersible tour? You will be amazed at what you will see. Discover the pristine coral reefs without getting your feet wet from the comfort of our semi-submarine. Take a guided tour of the reefs surrounding the islands and learn about the incredible ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef. Get up close and personal with fish, turtles and the diverse range of corals.
Down Under Cruise from Cairns
Departs daily 8.00am - 4.30pm
Join this amazing Cairns reef tour, and travel onboard the spacious super-yacht, Evolution, to the Outer Great Barrier Reef for your snorkelling and/or diving experience. The 35-metre 'Evolution', departs Cairns exploring 2 spectacular and exclusive outer Great Barrier Reef locations for an adventure-filled day! Optional extras available.
Departing Cairns with a record 5 hours spent exploring 2 spectacular and exclusive outer Great Barrier Reef locations for an adventure-filled day! Evolution caters to both dive beginners and certified divers. Scuba diving packages include full dive & safety briefing & specialised top-rated dive gear. Introductory divers are guided by a fully qualified dive instructor with a ratio of 4 divers per instructor. Certified divers can book a guided dive as an optional extra. Join us on the Semi-Submersible Tour, learning about the reef with our marine biologist or adding a scenic helicopter flight over the reef and enjoy a BBQ buffet lunch onboard. Finally, you'll cruise back to Cairns while enjoying a complimentary glass of wine and a snack while you reflect on your day on the Great Barrier Reef.
Ocean Spirit Cruise
Departs daily 8.30am - 5pm
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.
Set sail to Michaelmas Cay on the Great Barrier Reef aboard Ocean Spirit's comfortable sailing catamaran. Snorkel or dive the fringing reef and enjoy the spectacular white sand beach and observe the myriad of seabirds that call this protected sanctuary home. Michaelmas Cay is a major natural seabird habitat and one of the most important in the Southern Hemisphere. It is home to at least 23 species of seabirds. Many breeds find this island an ideal nesting habitat and is one of the most significant bird sanctuaries on the Great Barrier Reef.
Reef • Island • Moore & Fitzroy Island
Sat, Sun, Tue, Thu
Departs Cairns 8.00am - 5.00pm
New tour for 2024! Experience the ultimate Great Barrier Reef adventure combining 2 hours at Moore Reef pontoon + 3 hour Fitzroy Island stop over in a day! Moore reef has all of our standard inclusions, including semi-submersible, glass bottom boat including time at Fitzroy Island to relax & unwind including lunch.
Join us for a unique outer reef tour where the Sunlover catamaran docks alongside a floating pontoon stationed in a natural lagoon fringed with beautiful coral. Whether you’re an adventure seeker, family traveller, experienced diver or on your first trip to the Great Barrier Reef, our expert team will deliver a unique reef tour experience for you. Experience the ultimate adventure combining 2 hours at Moore Reef pontoon on the Outer Barrier Reef + Fitzroy Island stop over in a day! Moore reef has all of our standard inclusions with time at Fitzroy Island to relax & unwind including lunch.
Great Barrier Reef Day Tour with Ocean Freedom
Departs daily 8.00 am - 4.30 pm
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.
Maximum 75 guests, extremely personal tour - Outstanding customer service. All guests are assessed for their snorkelling and diving abilities and are appropriately assisted in ensuring that all can experience and enjoy the Great Barrier Reef.
Experience two different Great Barrier Reef locations – “Wonder Wall” on the outer edge of Upolu reef and a beautiful turquoise aquarium-like coral garden “Upolu Cay Reef”. This fast, sleek motor CAT takes just over an hour to get to the reef.
This tour is great for those who want a very small, personal, customer-oriented Great Barrier Reef tour with absolutely no rush in the day! Enjoy 6hrs of actual reef time between the two destinations. Plenty of time to do all the in-water activities, enjoy your lunch and relax!
If you’ve never dived and wish to try it, we have introductory dives - guaranteed 2 divers to one instructor! (the usual ratio is 4:1) If you are a certified diver, you can enjoy the wonders of the reef with our experienced complimentary guides.
Silverswift Dive • Snorkel from Cairns
Departs daily Cairns 8:30 - 4.30 pm
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.
Be whisked away to visit three spectacular outer reef sites at Flynn, Pellow, Milln and/or Thetford Reefs.
Silverswift is the only Cairns-based vessel to visit three sites in one day and is also the fastest! Enjoy 5 hours of fun with unlimited snorkelling, hot freshwater showers, change rooms, air-conditioned lounges and a licensed bar.
You will have the opportunity to explore spectacular coral formations and underwater gardens awash with vibrantly coloured marine creatures as you visit three different outer reef sites. Locations vary with the day’s diving and snorkelling conditions; however, each site is chosen for visual impact and ecological diversity.
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! With our exclusive permits and remote sites, you’ll be able to dive and snorkel 3 uniquely different and ecologically diverse sites, each chosen to suit the day’s conditions. In between water activities, relax on the sundecks or in the air-conditioned lounges, and enjoy a delicious lunch for hungry adventurers!