Great Barrier Reef Tour Cairns,  the Best way to see the Reef

The Best way to see the Reef is with Reef Experience!

A 90 minute catamaran ride from Cairns will transport you to the vivid underwater world that is the Great Barrier Reef. Our all-inclusive day trip gives you the chance to snorkel, scuba dive, relax, eat, drink, and see the reef from a glass bottom boat all for one price.

Over the course of the day, we visit two different Great Barrier Reef locations and show off the breathtaking beauty of this Wold Heritage listed wonder to swimmers and non-swimmers alike.

Our Amazing Itinerary

Get ready for an early start as boarding begins at 7:30 for an 8:00 departure from the Cairns Marina.

Whilst on our 90 minute trip out to the reef, we get you ready to jump straight in the water with a safety talk and snorkel briefing. Once your head is full of information, we fill your bellies with a delicious BBQ breakfast roll prepared on board (don’t worry, vegetarians – all dietary preferences and food allergies are catered to). In fact, all our food is locally sourced where possible and prepared fresh by our on-board chef.

As Reef Experience sails closer to the first reef site, our knowledgeable marine biologist begins to introduce you to the mesmerising species we hope to encounter underwater. And if you’re doing a scuba dive? Whether its your first or your four hundredth, we make sure you know the ropes with a detailed scuba dive briefing.

Around 9:30, we arrive at our first spectacular reef site, where snorkellers, scuba divers, and swimmers jump in the water and interact with the vivid tropical marine life. Our passengers usually see schools of tropical fish, giant clams, brilliant coral and more.

Our friendly and professional crew is there ready to help non-confident snorkelers and jump with everyone who require assistance to have fun and experience the magic of the reef!

Before lunch, we set out on a glass bottom boat tour, letting you glide across the tops of the beautiful coral formations and families of sea turtles without getting your feet wet.

Then its time to tuck into a buffet BBQ lunch with an assortment of fresh salads and relax on the sun deck or in the air-conditioned saloon as we cruise to the second reef location. Once there, its time to snorkel and dive again to your hearts content!

15:00 means it’s home time, as we start our trip back to Cairns. A glass of wine, tropical fruits, cheese and biscuits are served as we sit back, relax, and enjoy the rest of the journey before arriving back in Cairns at around 16:30.

(The Long List of) INCLUSIONS

  • Unlimited snorkelling and all snorkelling equipment, including stinger suits
  • Scuba Dive* (Certified Dive qualified OR Resort Dive no-experience necessary at the first reef location for everyone over age 12 and medically fit to scuba) Medical Conditions do apply – click here for more information
  • Free glass bottom boat tour (weather permitting)
  • Pick up and return to Cairns city accommodation
  • Breakfast of BBQ bacon and egg rolls, coffee, tea and fruit platters
  • Buffet lunch with an assortment of fresh salads
  • Cheese and fruit platter with complimentary wine on return journey
  • Flotation aids for anyone who finds them necessary
  • Up to 6 hours at two pristine Outer Barrier Reef locations
  • Reef tax, fuel levy & national park fees.

Optional Extras

  • Second scuba dive
  • Underwater digital camera hire
  • Snack bar purchases such as soft drinks, snacks and alcohol
  • Guided snorkel tours and dives
  • Prescription masks
  • Souvenirs such as t-shirts, hats, etc.

What to Bring

  • Cash and/or credit card for purchases
  • Swimming Clothes, Towel, Hat, Sunglasses, Sun Cream
  • Proof of qualification if you’re a Certified Diver

How to Get There

Reef Experience departs from
Cairns Marina: ‘A-Finger’ View map to Cairns Marlin Marina

Boarding commences at 7:30 am for check-in, directly on the vessel ‘Reef Experience’

Arrive back to Cairns Marina at approximately 4:30pm

Important Information for Scuba Diving

We have a passion to show you Australia’s Great Barrier Reef so please make sure you understand the scuba diving laws.

Queensland, Australia has some of the strictest scuba diving rules in the world  but also the safest scuba diving record.   We are regulated by the Queensland Government Code of Practice and comply with all rules including medical as is the law.

To avoid disappointment on your day of travel we strongly recommend that all of our passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire prior to booking as some medical conditions, age and / or medications may prevent you from scuba diving.   It is always our mission to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef experience.

Reef Experience Medical Questionnaire

We are very happy to help you with any questions you may have.   Please Contact our office on 07 4037 2700 or email us at [email protected]

Or alternatively, you may like to consult your own Doctor for a Dive Medical using the Australian Standard Forms ‘AS.4005.1

Flying after Scuba Diving

For a single no decompression scuba dive, you should not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours after a scuba dive.  For multiple dives you should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive. If Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning you must wait 24 hours after your dive. We recommend waiting a minimum 24 hours whenever possible


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9 Reviews for “Great Barrier Reef Tour, Reef Experience”

  1. Kate + Erith Davies

    Attentive, friendly, and very professional crew. Snorkelling with Georgia (marine biologist) was the best part of my day. The food was great and overall it was a very well explained trip.

  2. Cody

    Amazing day! Did both intro scubas and had 2 separate instructors who were both incredible! Food was great! Loved seeing FRANK!

  3. James

    Everyone was a legend, all very chilled. Swimming with turtles was the best. Definitely would recommend.

  4. Koorin

    I have the biggest love for the ocean, and this tour offered a lovely day out. The crew were so good! Thanks for helping out - thanks "Mac" for being my last minute dive buddy! :) Great opportunity to sneak in a quick dive! Thank you. The food was great, staff attitude was great. Super lovely day out seeing the reef! :) Thank you!

  5. Shika

    Amazing, really friendly & nice. Snorkeling was amazing (& lunch). Great value for money, would definitely recommend!

  6. Lucie

    Fantastic! Thanks to everyone. Shark sighting, introduction to diving, marine biology snorkel - absolutely loved the day. Food was great as well. Thank you!

  7. Vipin

    Excellent. Crew are great. You guys are doing a great job. Very professional and well balanced. Quite interactive tour. Staff were great. Chef doing a great job. Food was excellent and well presented in a great way. Terrific experience.

  8. Beth

    Super friendly. Felt very comfortable as I was a little nervous about getting in the water. They weren't pushy and were very knowledgeable - snorkeling/the hospo on the boat was great! Great crew, great food beverages, awesome day on the reef.

  9. Katherine

    Phenomenal - helpful, kind, patient, funny, attractive, knowledgeable, passionate, safety-conscious crew. Intro dives and an overall great ambience set by the crew were a the best part of the day. And ok the food! Way better than expected! Thank you! Also, wine & cheese?! What a lovely finish to the day. Bravo.


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