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.
During the day, we visit two different Great Barrier Reef locations and show off the breathtaking beauty of this World 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.
While 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 – we cater for most dietary preferences and food allergies ). All our food is locally sourced where possible and prepared fresh by our onboard 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 it’s your first or your four hundredths, 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 snorkelers, 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 requires 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.
Afterwards, it’s time to tuck into a buffet BBQ lunch with an assortment of fresh salads. 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 heart’s content!
15:00 means it’s home time, as we start our trip back to Cairns. Relax and enjoy a glass of wine, tropical fruits, cheese and biscuits 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 dive) 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 the 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.
- 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 4:30 pm
Where Can I Park?
Several parking stations throughout Cairns are in walking distance of the Marina. Click here to see where.
Important Information for Scuba Diving
We have a passion for showing 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. The Queensland Government Code of Practice regulates us and comply with all regulations, 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 before 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.
We are 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 you may like to consult your Doctor for a Dive Medical using the Australian Standard Forms ‘AS.4005.1
Flying after Scuba DivingFor 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 of 24 hours whenever possible