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Ocean Spirit Cruises

Set sail to Michaelmas Cay on the Great Barrier Reef aboard Ocean Spirit's comfortable sailing catamaran. Snorkel or dive the fringing reef and view from the comfort of a glass bottom boat. Enjoy the crystal clear waters with easy access off 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.

Ocean Spirit is a high standard operator with Climate Action and Advanced Ecotourism Certification. From the wind in her sails to eco friendly practices - theirs is a gentle footprint on our Iconic Great Barrier Reef.

Adult $268|Child $138|Family $674
Departs daily 8.30am - 5pm 
Sail to Michaelmas Cay on the Great Barrier Reef aboard Ocean Spirit Cruises spacious catamaran. Snorkel or dive the pristine reef in the shallow waters of the cay or view the reef from a glass bottom boat. Michaelmas Cay is a National Park and a protected sanctuary for hundreds of migratory seabirds.

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Reef Magic Pontoon

Great Barrier Reef Tour with Reef Magic from Cairns

From Adult $299|Child $149|Family $747
Seasonal rates apply.

Departs daily 9am - 5pm
The all-weather Reef Magic Pontoon is the newest and most technologically advanced pontoon on the Great Barrier Reef and is designed for a sustainable future. A 90-minute cruise takes you to this all-inclusive pontoon for snorkelling, scuba diving, helicopter flights, and more. Stay dry with a sundeck, and view the coral from the  underwater observatory, glass-bottom boat, or semi-submersible tour.

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The all-weather Reef Magic Pontoon is the newest and most technologically advanced pontoon on the Great Barrier Reef and is designed and built for a sustainable future. At over 1003 sqm, with a capacity of 450 guests, with numbers kept to a maximum of 250, guests can escape the crowd and enjoy the reef. With loads of activities for all ages, you can snorkel in the sheltered coral lagoon, join our Marine Biologists on a Guided Snorkel Safari and optional extras of certified diving, introductory diving or Sea Trek Helmet Diving.

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Silverswift Dive – Snorkel from Cairns

Silverswift Dive • Snorkel from Cairns

Adult $284|Child $210
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 locations from a choice of 19 exclusive sites at Flynn, Pellowe, Milln and/or Thetford Reefs. Enjoy 5 hours of  fun with unlimited snorkelling.

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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 19 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!

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Silversonic Reef Cruise – from Port Douglas

Adult $302|Child $218
Departs daily Port Douglas 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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. Includes Port Douglas hotel transfers, hot and cold Tropical Buffet Lunch & all snorkelling and dive equipment included.

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A day with Silversonic is all about being in the water and experiencing the magical underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. It's exciting, exotic and breathtaking!
You'll be able to snorkel and dive 3 uniquely different and ecologically diverse sites, each chosen to suit the day's conditions.  In between water activities, relax on the sun decks or in the air-conditioned lounges and enjoy a delicious lunch for hungry adventurers.
Silversonic is an Advanced Eco Certified operator  with exclusive permits to 35 exclusive Ribbon Reef Sites. During the months of May to September our tropical waters present the added bonus of sighting whales as they migrate north to mate and give birth. Silversonic has one of the few permits from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority that allows guests to swim with Dwarf Minke whales if encountered.

 

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Passions of Paradise Cairns

Adult $260.00| Child $160|Family $740
Departs Cairns daily 8.00 am - 5.00 pm
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. This is one of the most popular Cairns reef tours and is normally fully booked in advance!

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Ocean Free - Pinnace Reef 1km off Green Island

Green Island Sailing Day Tour

Adult $279|Child $220
Departs Daily 8.00 am - 5.00 pm
Renown as the most exclusive, personal, customer-oriented Great Barrier Reef tour in Cairns with only 25 lucky guests. Join this amazing personalised team on the 16.5 meter sailing schooner 'Ocean Free' for a day to remember on the Great Barrier Reef. Ocean Free sails you to Pinnacle Reef, an exclusive reef site located in the highly protected Marine Park zone just off Green Island offering excellent coral coverage and vibrant marine life.

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Join this amazing personalised team on the 16.5 meter sailing schooner 'Ocean Free' for a day to remember on the Great Barrier Reef. Renown as the most exclusive, personal, customer-oriented Great Barrier Reef tour in Cairns with only 25 lucky guests..

Green Island is a truly tropical haven situated 26 km from Cairns on The Great Barrier Reef. Ocean Free sails you to Pinnacle Reef, an exclusive reef site located in the highly protected Marine Park zone just off Green Island offering excellent coral coverage and vibrant marine life. It's protected waters are the perfect location to discover the reef snorkelling or scuba diving.

Experience the best of both worlds – the spectacular marine life on your private Great Barrier Reef site and then get taken straight to Green Island beach where you can explore the tropical island or just relax in the cool, crystal clear, shallow waters.

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. At the end of your day hoist the sails and enjoy a sail home (engines off - wind permitting)

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2 Day Reef and Daintree Rainforest

Adult $425| Child 4-16 yrs $295| Family 2A+2C 4-16yrs $1280
Departs daily
Experience the very best of Cairns Reef and Daintree Rainforest Tours. This 2 day reef and rainforest package offers great value to visit our two amazing World Heritage National Parks - The Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest during your stay in Cairns. Tours do not need to be taken consecutively.  

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Day 1 -Great Barrier Reef Tour
Departs Daily
Check-in from 7.15am - 7.45am at The Reef Fleet Terminal
Departs 8am | Returns 4.30pm

Great Barrier Reef Tour onboard 'Evolution'

Join the luxurious and spacious yacht, Evolution, to the Outer Great Barrier Reef for your snorkelling experience. The 35-metre vessel, Evolution departs Cairns with  5 hours spent exploring two spectacular and exclusive outer Great Barrier Reef locations for an adventure-filled day!

In the afternoon, you have the option to add additional reef activities. Join us on the Semi-Submersible Tour, learning about the reef with our marine biologist, or add a scuba dive or a scenic helicopter flight over the reef. Finally, you'll cruise back to Cairns while enjoying a free glass of wine and a snack while you reflect on your day on the Great Barrier Reef.​

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Day 2- Daintree Rainforest Tour

Due to the impact of severe tropical cyclone Jasper and the associated flooding & road closures, there have been some itinerary changes to ensure you still have a great time in the Daintree Rainforest.

Includes pick up & drop off from your Cairns, Northern Beaches or Port Douglas accommodation.

Group size is kept to under 17 passengers for a personalized experience. Explore the oldest Rainforest in the World, an essential bucket list experience!

Journey north on the scenic coastal drive to the Daintree Rainforest with spectacular views of the Coral Sea coastline. Embark an informative one hour River Cruise on the mighty Daintree River where you spot and learn about estuarine crocodiles, mangrove forests and endemic wildlife as you unwind in nature's embrace. Light refreshment of tea/coffee and biscuits provided. Your experienced Guide will give an information commentary on the rich local flora/fauna and cultural significance of the area as you drive through the ancient Daintree Rainforest. Get sand on your feet as you join a guided beach walk where the "Rainforest meets the Reef".  Savour a delicious lunch at a local restaurant amidst the unique backdrop of the Daintree Forest (please advise in advance of ay special dietary requirements) followed by a stop for a a delicious tropical fruit ice-cream enroute to the Daintree Ferry.
Your last stop is at the famous Mossman Gorge for a guided rainforest walk on a selection of trails and elevated boardwalks (easy grade) with time for an invigorating freshwater swim (subject to river conditions) before heading back to your hotel.

A forest so spectacular, Sir David Attenborough called it “the most extraordinary place on Earth.”

  • Scenic Coastal Drive: Capture breathtaking views as we journey to the Daintree Rainforest.
  • Daintree River Cruise: Spot crocodiles and native wildlife during a serene river cruise.
  • Guided Rainforest Walk: Immerse yourself in the wonders of the Daintree with a knowledgeable guide.
  • Lunch at Cape Tribulation: Enjoy a delicious meal at a local cafe.
  • Ice-cream Stop: Indulge in exotic homemade ice cream before heading home.

 

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