Great Barrier Reef Cruise From Cairns

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Cruise out to a moored pontoon on the Great Barrier Reef, and enjoy a day packed full of activities, both in and out of the water. Go snorkeling with the clownfish, or stay dry and take a ride in a semi-submersible vessel or glass-bottom boat. The day also includes a buffet lunch, fish-feeding presentations and use of snorkeling equipment. Plus, you have the option to splash out with an introductory or certified dive, try your hand at Seawalker Helmet Diving, or take a guided snorkel safari through the coral gardens, spotting and maybe even touching the rare marine life.


  • Buffet lunch included
  • Family friendly
  • Free snacks included
  • Snorkel gear included

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After checking in at the Reef Fleet Terminal, set off for your day on the Great Barrier Reef. Traveling by fast air-conditioned catamaran, cruise to a spacious pontoon moored on the outer reef. While cruising, listen a professional presentation by a marine naturalist about the varied wildlife you’re about to see, and receive a safety briefing and snorkeling instruction.

Once on the pontoon, it’s up to you how you’d like to spend your day on the Great Barrier Reef. You can stay dry and see the clams, giant starfish, clownfish, anemone corals and much more on a guided reef tour in a glass-bottom boat or a semi-submersible vessel, then watch a fish-feeding presentation. Or take a walk on the underwater platform on a Seawalker Helmet Dive for the excitement of scuba diving without getting wet. There’s also a touch tank on board, giving you the opportunity to experience the Great Barrier Reef’s unique marine life up close.

If you want to take the plunge, all the essential equipment is provided for snorkeling. While experiencing this colorful underwater world of reef corals, keep a look out for Dolla, the resident green sea turtle, or Wally, the resident hump-headed Maori wrasse. Watch for manta rays and even whales in the winter months (June to August), and don’t miss the colorful clownfish of Nemo City.

You also have the option to include additional activities (at additional cost). You’ll feel at home in the water on a guided Seawalker Helmet Diving adventure -- no diving experience is necessary, and groups are limited to six participants to ensure a safe, personalized experience. And if you’re interested in scuba diving, here’s your chance! Take an introductory dive with a group of if you’re a learner, or enjoy a certified dive if you’re experienced.

Your pontoon base on the Great Barrier Reef is fully equipped with showers, change rooms and free Wi-Fi. Morning and afternoon tea are served on board, as well as a full buffet lunch, including delicious seafood and tropical fruit. You can also purchase soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, snacks and ice cream from the bar on board. Wet suits and Lycra sun suits are available to rent for protection from jellyfish and other stinging species, as well as sunburn (jellyfish season is November to May).

After spending approximately four hours at the pontoon, relax on the return cruise to Cairns after a fun-filled day in and out of the water on the Great Barrier Reef.

Inclusions for Great Barrier Reef Cruise From Cairns

  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Buffet lunch
  • Use of snorkeling equipment
  • Glass-bottom boat and semi-submersible rides
  • Seawalker helmet dive (if option selected)
  • Introductory dive (if option selected)
  • Environmental Management Charge (EMC) 

Exclusions for Great Barrier Reef Cruise From Cairns

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Optional activities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Minimum age is 12 years for an introductory dive or sea walk

Diving and sea walk passengers must pass a simple medical check on board

Please ensure you bring your dive certification for certified dives

All certified dives are subject to an on board medical checklist

Maximum ONE Certified Dive per person

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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52 reviews by the users

  • Loved this tour and going to the Reef, it was the highlight of my trip. The staff were really great with setting us up with our gear and really enjoyed when one of them snorkeled with us and showed us Nemo and the Sea Turtle and gave us information on the area and fish that were there and about saving the ocean. We lucked out on the weather as it had rained for the previous 3 days.

  • I can now say that I snorkeled on the Great Barrier Reef, but that is all. If you have snorkeled anywhere in the Caribbean or Hawaii, it is the same fish swimming in the same kind of coral. It is a great experience for people who have never seen a reef before, but not really for someone who has experience snorkeling. The lunch buffet was great and there was plenty of food.

  • Trip out to the reef and back can get quite bouncy. Barf bags ready which quite a few people had to use. Snorkelling was good but wish the area could have been larger. Very nice buffet lunch. Helpful staff

  • Going to the Great Barrier Reef was a highlight of out Australian trip. The boat that took us to the reef was conveniently located from the peer where out cruise ship as docked, about a fifteen minute walk. The staff was very helpful, and my wife really enjoyed being abler to snorkel with no time constraint. I gag so made use of the glass bottom boat and semi-sub to view the wonderment and beauty of the reef. The lunch was excellent as well.

  • Une super journée !
    une équipe accueillante et très professionnelle pour toutes les activités.
    Le buffet du midi est très bon.
    Pas le temps de s'ennuyer

  • An experience that we will never forget. It was well worth our time and money. We enjoyed it very much. There was so much beauty to be seen.

  • Loved it

  • Amazing Experience

  • This crew did their best to make sure it was a good experience no matter your swimming abilities for everyone. My husband and I did some snorkelling and an introductory scuba dive. We ended up being the only two divers with our instructor Vance who gave us an incredible experience. We got some amazing pictures. We also did a glass bottom boat tour of the reef. I don't know how much more you could pack in one day. I tend to have motion sickness and was advised by a local pharmascist to take non-drowsy travel calm. This proved to be a very smart move as there were a lot of people on board who were sick on the way out to the reef. The staff were amazing in helping these individuals. Highly recommend travel calm half hour before going out and before coming back.

  • Very long tour that showed the great barrier reef through snorkeling, submarine, and views from the boat. Just be prepared for a packed cruise!

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