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Glass Bottom Boat Tours

Want to experience the Great Barrier Reef but are a non-swimmer or do not want to snorkel or dive? Then please peruse the options below that have additional coral viewing tour options such glass bottom boats, semi-submersible boats or even an underwater observatory! These tours are great for groups travelling with varying swimming abilities or reef activity requirements. Especially good for families travelling with either young children or the elderly.

Please take note that this list of tours does contain both Cairns and Port Douglas based departures and a mixture of half day, full day and liveboard trips.

*Frankland Islands Tour


Rates from: $219

ALL INCLUSIVE SPECIAL:  $199 ADULT / $115 CHILD / $513 FAMILY RATE

ALL INCLUSIVE SPECIAL + INTRO/ CERT DIVE $260.00/ADULT 

*Includes free Cairns bus transfers, guided island walk, semi-sub OR adventure snorkel, levies.  

Valid until 31st March 2020.

You can be part of a select few when you cruise in our new catamaran to this uninhabited & pristine island south of Cairns.  Snorkel, dive and explore the island with our friendly crew and only 100 guests maximum.

Cairns' best kept secret - you won't be disappointed!

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BIG CAT - Green Island


Rates from: $99

SPECIALS

Option 1: Free Northern Beaches return hotel transfers

Option2: FREE UPGRADE to include BOTH the snorkel equipment & glass bottom boat tour

*Valid until 31st March 2020 - Specials can not be combined and must be requested at time of booking.

Green Island is a beautiful coral cay on the inner part of the Great Barrier Reef with unique island rainforests, surrounded by white sandy beaches & coral reefs with a variety of marine life. Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises is locally owned and operated and offers you the choice of full day or half day cruises.

 

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Calypso Half Day Low Isles Reef Tour ex Port Douglas


Rates from: $199

MARCH SPECIAL - 10% discount off ticket prices 

*Must be requested at ime of booking

A comfortable and luxurious half day reef trip departing Port Douglas. This vessel reaches the Low Isles in only 30 minutes allowing time for up to 2 and a half hours to enjoy snorkelling bliss and a glass bottom boat tour for those wanting to stay dry.  Maximum 23 people.

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Coral Expeditions - 3 Nights Cairns - Pelorus Islands - Cairns


Rates from: $1557.5

Suspending Operations From 23rd March Until Further Notice

This is local quality cruising at its best. Designed for those wanting to see and access into locations that other commercial vessels do not go, for example Pelorus Island and Nathan Reef, and if the weather is permitting this is also the only commercial vessel that can go through the Hinchinbrook Channel. This 3 night expedition with a maximum of 44 guests is sure to delight.

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Coral Expeditions - 4 Nights Cairns-Lizard Island-Cairns


Rates from: $2014.5

Suspending Operations From 23rd March Until Further Notice

This is local quality cruising at its best. Designed for those wanting to see and access the infamous northern Ribbon Reefs north of Cairns and Port Douglas as well as the exclusive reef off Lizard Island. This 4 night expedition with a maximum of 44 guests is sure to delight those wanting more emphasis on snorkelling, relaxation and luxury. Diving is available although the trip is not focussed on diving.

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Coral Expeditions - 7 Nights Cairns-Pelorus Is-Lizard Is-Cairns


Rates from: $3229.5

Suspending Operations From 23rd March Until Further Notice

This is local quality cruising at its best. the southern itinerary is designed for those wanting to see and access into locations that other commercial vessels do not go, for example Pelorus Island and Nathan Reef, and if the weather is permitting this is also the only commercial vessel that can go through the Hinchinbrook Channel. The northern itinerary is designed for those wanting to see and access the infamous northern Ribbon Reefs north of Cairns and Port Douglas as well as the exclusive reef off Lizard Island. This 7 night expedition with a maximum of 44 guests is sure to delight those wanting more emphasis on snorkelling, relaxation and luxury.

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Fitzroy Island Adventures (ex RT)


Rates from: $79

FREE Northern Beaches return hotel bus transfers

BOOK FULL OR HALF DAY FERRY TRANSFER & RECEIVE FREE SNORKEL GEAR, FREE GLASS BOTTOM BOAT (MUST BE REQUESTED AT TIME OF BOOKING) & FREE BEACH HIRE (SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY)

*Must be requested at ime of booking

Valid until 31st March 2020 - only one special can be applied per booking

Fitzroy Island is located only 45 mintute from Cairns by fast catamaran. Fitzroy Island is one of 600 "Continental" or "High" islands on the Great Barrier Reef which means it used to be part of the mainland before rising waters separated this tranquil paradise.

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Fitzroy Island Ferry


Rates from: $82

NOT OPERATING UNTIL APRIL 2020

This vessel is owned by Fitzroy Island and acts as the transfer service for those wanting to visit the island. They do give the option to hire snorkel gear and/or do a glass bottom boat tour whilst on the island.

Departs the mainland at: 0800 - 1100 - 1330 (it takes approximately 45 minutes to get to the island).

Leaves the island at: 0930 - 1215 - 1700 (it takes approximately 45 minutes to get to the island).

During the months of Feb & March - the 11.00am departing Cairns and 12.15pm departing Fitzroy Island will only be operating on Saturdays and Sundays (not midweek).

 

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Great Adventures - Green Island


Rates from: $88

SPEICALS

Option 1: KIDS TRAVEL FREE (1 child per each paying adult) - only valid on FERRY ONLY or ECO ADVENTURE

Option2: FREE UPGRADE from ECO ADVENTURE to DISCOVERY PACKAGE

*Valid until 31st March 2020 - Specials can not be combined and must be requested at time of booking.

This company provides three daily departure times to Green Island.  A Green Island visit is perfect for holiday makers with limited time offering a half day experience, or if you prefer spend all day - up to 7 hours on a tropical island paradise!  With a range of exciting optional activities, Green Island has something for everyone. 

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Great Adventures - Outer Barrier Reef Pontoon


Rates from: $259

Please ask about our Current Super Special!

The beauty of the Great Barrier Reef is yours to experience when you cruise to our mulit-level reef activity platform. Situated on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef, our spacious platform features undercover seating and tables to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, full bar facilities, a swimming enclosure for children, change rooms with freshwater showers, sundeck, and scuba diving facilities with a semi-submerged platform.

Discover what the Outer Barrier Reef has to offer from our exciting Great Barrier Adventures Pontoon.  Helicopter scenic flights are available.

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Ocean Freedom - Upolu Cay + Great Barrier Reef Trip


Rates from: $235

Upolu Cay is a naturally formed coral cay situated 30 kilometers from Cairns on the Inner Great Barrier Reef and is the perfect location with protected, shallow waters from which to explore the reef snorkeling & scuba diving. The crew take you to Upolu Cay in less than an hour and is the first Great Barrier Reef tour to arrive at Upolu Cay, you will have over one hour to explore the Cay and surrounding reef uninterrupted.  

At the second reef site, the amazing "Wonder Wall" on the Outer Edge of Upolu Reef, view many different types of hard and soft coral in addition to fans, giant clams, turtles, a huge diversity and abundance of reef fish of all sizes, nemos everywhere! 

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Ocean Spirit - Michaelmas Cay


Rates from: $226

Please ask about our Super Special!

Set sail aboard the beautiful 32 metre sailing catamaran, Ocean Spirit, to experience Michaelmas Cay’s unique reef environment - a pristine sand cay surrounded by fringing reef and a protected sanctuary for migratory seabirds. Your cruise will combine motor and sailing, depending on the day’s conditions.

Be active and enjoy all the included activities – snorkel in the cay’s protected shallow waters, cruise in the semi-sub for a diver’s view of the reef, watch the fish feeding presentation and observe the island bird life. Throughout the day, the “beach buggy shuttle” will transfer you between Ocean Spirit and the beach. To protect this renowned bird sanctuary, access on the cay is limited to the roped beach area. If you prefer a more leisurely day on the Great Barrier Reef, relax on the beach or onboard Ocean Spirit’s spacious decks. The choice is yours

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Quicksilver - Outer Barrier Reef Pontoon


Rates from: $273

Please ask about our Super Special!

This large stable catamaran departs Port Douglas and travels to an Outer Barrier Reef Pontoon located at Agincourt Reef.  The pontoon provides activities such as snorkelling, diving, semi-submersible coral viewing tours, buffet lunch, scenic helicopter flights and underwater observatory.  With a late morning departure of 10.00am, this is a great trip for families or those travelling with young children or the elderly.

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RE VIP TOP DECK CLUB - Liveaboard Dive and Snorkel Trip


Rates from: $835

This is a 35 metre catamaran with 21 cabins and accommodates up to 42 guests.  With daily departures via our transfer boat, we can offer flexible itineraries from a single night to multinight trips.  This trip is suitable for snorkellers and divers alike, with access to 15 reef locations ensuring you will visit an array of Outer Reef sites during your liveaboard trip.  The VIP TOP DECK CLUB will provide you with the ultimate personalised service during your Great Barrier Reef live aboard trip.

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Reef Encounter - Liveaboard Dive and Snorkel Trip


Rates from: $410

This is a 35 metre catamaran with 21 cabins and accommodates up to 42 guests.  With daily departures via our transfer boat, we can offer flexible itineraries from a single night to multinight trips.  The boat is suitable for snorkellers and divers alike, with access to 15 reef locations ensuring you will visit an array of Outer Reef sites during your liveaboard trip.

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Reef Experience - Outer Barrier Reef


Rates from: $205

A great value day tour to the Great Barrier Reef.  Their "all inclusive" price provides guests with breakfast, lunch, fruit platters, tea/coffee, snorkelling equipment, unlimited snorkelling at 2 reef locations directly off the rear of the vessel in the open ocean, guided snorkel tour, up to 5 hours at the reef, scuba dive (intro or certified) including all dive equipment, wetsuits/lycra suits, glass bottom boat tour, marine biology presentation, glass of wine,cheese and crackers on return journey, taxes and levies, and bus transfers to and from Cairns City based hotels.

 

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Reef Experience - TOP DECK CLUB - Outer Barrier Reef


Rates from: $305

For those looking for a journey to the reef with a touch of luxury and extra service, an upgrade to the exclusive Top Deck Club is just the thing.

Your day trip commences with boarding at 7:30am at the Marlin Jetty in Cairns for a delicious breakfast. We then cruise to the Great Barrier Reef, where we spend up to 6 hours snorkeling, scuba diving and visiting 2 spectacular reef locations with lunch also included. You can also partake in the glass bottom boat tour with full commentary and onboard enjoy the Marine Biologist presentation about the reef, coral and marine life.

Top Deck Club passengers also receive a personal valet, personal in-water guide, a la carte breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea and access to reserved seating in the Captain's Wheelhouse Top Deck Lounge.

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Reef Magic Cruises - Outer Barrier Reef Pontoon


Rates from: $239

MARCH SPECIAL - FREE Northern Beaches return hotel bus transfers - valid until 31st March 2020

*Must be requested at time of booking

This trip offers a full 5 hours to dive and snorkel at a fantastic outer Barrier Reef platform. Suitable for any individual, family or group looking for great value for money during their ultimate outer reef diving or snorkeling experience. The day includes access to the glass bottom boat tours and semi-submersible tours which depart from the platform multiple times throughout the day. The vessel is an air-conditioned fast and stable catamaran with a fully licensed bar, comfortable seating and spacious outer decks. 

 

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Sailaway - Full Day Low Isles Tour


Rates from: $290

SPECIAL - Book this tour and receive a free Sailaway Sunset Sail (worth $68.25pp)

Must travel in February or March 2020 and be organised at time of booking.

Enjoy a full day cruise to Low Ilsles from Port Douglas with an 8.30am departure and returning at 4.00pm Includes snorkelling equipment, snorkelling instruction with in-water assistance, guided snorkel tour with Marine Guide, sailing,  glass bottom boat tour with commentary, 4.5 hours at Low Isles, Heritage Walk, morning/afternoon tea, tropical buffet lunch and courtesy buis tranmsfers within Port Douglas.  

 

 

 

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Sailaway - Half Day Low Isles Tour


Rates from: $290

NOT OPERATING UNTIL 31ST MARCH AND WILL BE REVIEWED AT THAT TIME

Enjoy an afternoon cruise from Port Douglas with 1.00pm departure and returning at 6.30pm on this half day Low Isles trip.  Includes snorkelling, sailing, island exploring, glass bottom boat tour and afternoon tea with a Sunset Sail back to Port Douglas.

This company ensures your enjoyment with small numbers of guests (maximum of 33 guests), excellent service and personal attention from our helpful friendly crew.

The primary market for this tour is targeted for adults (minimum age is 13 years).

 

 

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Seastar Cruises - Michaelmas Cay & Hastings Reef


Rates from: $215

MARCH SPECIAL: Free Introductory Dive - Save $75pp

*Must request at time of booking

Travelling with 36 passengers maximum, is a twin hulled wave piercer catamaran that visits 2 sites and provides a personalised small group tour to the Great Barrier Reef. This company is licensed to visit Michaelmas Cay and Hastings reef.  Included in your day is snorkelling equipment, guided snorkel tours, wet suits/lycra suits, prescription mask, glass bottom boat tour, morning/afternoon tea and tropical lunch. Introductory diving and certified diving are available for an addional cost.

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Sunlover By Starlight - Overnight on Pontoon


Rates from: $599

NOT OPERATING UNTIL 1ST MAY 2020

Cairns only sleep on-board a pontoon on the Great Barrier Reef! Experience a totally unique overnight stay on the reef without the risk of getting seasick...how perfect.  Your stay is at the Moore Reef platform/pontoon which is located 26 nautical miles off the coast of Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef.  Day trips to the platform operate 7 days a week, but for a lucky few, you can book to stay and "camp" on the platform. One of the very few companies who allow guest to sleep under the stars.  An intimate, personalised experience catering to no more than 18 overnight guests. 

Enjoy 2 full days on the Outer Barrier Reef with all the exciting "day trip" inclusions. However, from 3.30pm on day one until 11am the next day, your small group will experience the reef exclusively to yourselves. You have the freedom to choose from purely relaxing on the pontoon or extend your snorkelling time in the water. During the late afternoon you will feel completely spoilt when eating your evening dinner and watching the glorious sunset with a select few people. As darkness decends the stars sparkles and all night you can gaze upon them from your swag tent. Morning welcomes a glorious sunrise over the Great Barrier Reef with a sumptuous breakfast served. Before the day visitors arrive, you can join your reef hosts for a private and exclusive snorkel tour, as well as a glass bottom boat tour.

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Sunlover Reef Cruises - Outer Barrier Reef Pontoon (Moore Reef)


Rates from: $239

SPEICALS

Option 1: Kids Special - Pay only $50 each for up to two kids when you buy an adult ticket

Option 2: Add On Guided Snorkel Safari or Diving Speical - 50% off for Guided Snorkel Safari, Introductory Dive, Certified Dive or Helmet Dive

Option 3: Student Rate - $179pp (must be between 16-25yrs with student ID) - this special offer can be combined with Option 2.

Other specials can not be combined and must be requested at time of booking. Condtions apply.

A fantastic day on the Great Barrier Reef suitable for all types of people with different requirements, especially good for groups and families with younger children. This company offers four (4) hours at the pontoon. A large twin hulled catamaran moors against a fixed pontoon (not floating), from the pontoon there is easy access into the water that has a large roped off snorkelling area with rest stations to hang on to. This pontoon offers a glass bottom boat and semi submersible, waterslide, guided snorkel tours, certified diving, introductory diving, helicopter tours and helmet diving. There is a touch tank presentation to experience the amazing feel of the 'safe' underwater marine life.

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Wavedancer - Low Isles Sailing


Rates from: $217

SPEICAL:  KIDS TRAVEL FREE (1 free child ticket per each paying adult) - still must pay the $7.00pp EMC levy at check in

*Valid until 31st March 2020.  Must be requested at time of booking.

 

This is a fantastic family friendly sailing yacht, and is one of only 3 vessels with permission to visit the unique Low Isles for a day of snorkelling pleasure.  Spend the day snorkelling from the boat, or from the shores of this turtle breeding coral cay, or even indulge in a short glass bottom boat tour to hear the great commentary of the beautiful marine life you will be viewing. All equipment is provided for your snorkel experience with sizes to suit all ages, morning/afternoon tea is readily available and lunch is a smorgasbord of delights in plentiful quantity.

 

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