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Cairns Outer Reef

Looking for a snorkel or scuba diving trip? We are here to help you choose.

A visit to the Outer Great Barrier Reef will provide the best quality dive and snorkel sites. Cruise to 2 Outer Reef sites and snorkel or dive directly from the boat.

Pontoons (platforms) are great for families providing activities for all ages. Glass bottom boats & semi-subs, underwater observatories, kids swim enclosures and great snorkel and dive sites.

Please feel free to contact us for local, friendly and honest advice in helping you to choose the most suitable Cairns Reef Tour.

Proof of vaccination: From 17 December all passengers aged 16 years+ must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination to travel on any tour. Those unable to provide proof of vaccination upon check-in are not eligible for a refund.

Divers Den - Reef Quest - 1 Day Outer Barrier Reef


Rates from: $220

A long standing company in Cairns who offer a great day out on the Outer Barrier Reef, whilst giving you the opportunity to do up to 3 dives and unlimited snorkelling at two different locations. This is a new modern vessel "Aqua Quest" that allows up to 5 hours at the Great Barrier Reef and the snorkel and dive sites have superb coral formations and abundant colourful marine life.

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Down Under Dive - Evolution - 1 Day Outer Reef Tour


Rates from: $195

Explore the outer Great Barrier Reef onboard award-winning superyacht, Evolution, with local reef tour operator Down Under Cruise and Dive. Experience the adventure of snorkelling, scuba diving, enjoy a scenic helicopter flight or semi-submarine tour and more.

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Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel


Rates from: $229

Enjoy one of Cairns' most unique and exclusive Great Barrier Reef tours. Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel invites you to step back into the Great Barrier Reef's Dreamtime with Indigenous sea rangers on a day tour to two spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef sites, Moore Reef, Milln or Flynn Reef.

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Great Adventures - Green Island + Outer Barrier Reef Pontoon


Rates from: $292

For the complete reef and island experience in one day.  A fast 45 minute catamaran ride will take you to beautiful Green Island to enjoy two hours on this unique reef and rainforest coral cay. A day of adventure and discovery continues onto a spacious activity platform moored on the majestic Outer Great Barrier Reef.

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Great Adventures - Outer Barrier Reef Pontoon


Rates from: $270

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.

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Helicopter and Reef Pontoon Day Tour


Rates from: $541

Nautilus Aviation flies to two Pontoons from Cairns and one from Port Douglas.  Choose to do a Fly/Cruise, Cruise/Fly or Fly/Fly package.  Fly out to Sunlover or Great Adventures from Cairns, and Quicksilver Pontoon from Port Douglas.

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Helicopter and Snorkelling Day Tour


Rates from: $338

Get High Down Under

See the Reef from above and below with a full day Reef Cruise, Certified or Introductory Dive and a  10-minute scenic flight to see the reef from the air.  

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Ocean Freedom - Upolu Cay + Great Barrier Reef Trip


Rates from: $245

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.  Ocean Freedom's luxury 20m cruising cat travels at 23 knots, reducing travelling time to the Great Barrier Reef to just one hour. The order in which the 2 destinations are visited will depend on the conditions on the day. Your skipper will pick the best order of destinations, to make your experience the best possible.

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Passions of Paradise - Outer Barrier Reef


Rates from: $220

Experience the adventure of snorkelling, diving and sailing on the Great Barrier Reef on our lovely and spacious sailing vessel. The high-performance catamaran sails daily from Cairns to two Outer Barrier Reef locations where you can dive and snorkel with turtles, colourful fish and see an amazing variety of corals. 

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Reef Day Tripper - Sail - Inner Upolu Reef


Rates from: $179

This is a lovely family owned sailing vessel that carries 20 passengers maximum and visits Upolu Reef. Being a sailing vessel it is a casual day trip with a focus on socialising with other passengers, making new friends and eating great food whilst visiting the reef.

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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 touch of luxury try the upgrade to the exclusive Top Deck Club. Reef Experience cruise to the Outer Barrier Reef with snorkeling, scuba diving, glass bottom boat, 2 spectacular reef locations and lunch included.  Top Deck Club passengers also receive a personal valet, personal in-water guide, a la carte breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea and reserved seating in the Captain's Wheelhouse Top Deck Lounge.

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Reef Magic - Outer Barrier Reef Pontoon


Rates from: $279

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 snorkelling 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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Sail Ocean Free - Pinnacle Reef & Green Island


Rates from: $245

A quality sailing vessel carrying a maximum of 25 guests that travels to Pinnacle Reef and Green Island.  Our friendly attentive crew will ensure you have a personal and memorable experience.  Enjoy snorkelling off the boat, relaxing on the beach at Green Island, watch the fish feed demonstration, listen to an informative reef talk by our marine interpreter and enjoy the delicious lunch and complimentary wine on the sail home.

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Seastar Cruises - Michaelmas Cay & Hastings Reef


Rates from: $230

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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Secluded Sandy Cay Helicopter Tour


Rates from: $849

Your very own piece of paradise. Fly over the Great Barrier Reef before landing on Vlasoff Cay - a pristine sand cay.  Relax on pure white sand, beach comb for treasures, laze in crystal waters or snorkel the cay to discover the magic of the underwater world. The romantic experience is complete with gourmet picnic hamper and sparkling wine.

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Silverswift - Outer Barrier Reef


Rates from: $252

A modern 29 metre high speed catamaran and is the only Cairns reef trip to visit 3 different Outer Barrier Reef locations in the one day.  This day trip to the reef is designed for adventure-minded people who wish to revel in the thrill of diving and snorkelling without compromising their comfort.  State-of-the-art computerised ride control stytems and travel speed of 32 knots ensures you a smoother, faster ride to the Great Barrier Reef.

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


Rates from: $249

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 , 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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