Great Barrier Reef: Premium Catamaran Cruise from Cairns

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Great Barrier Reef: Premium Catamaran Cruise from Cairns

From US$ 127.80 per person

Set sail to 2 exclusive, outer reef locations on a luxury, high-performance catamaran. Snorkel, swim, dive or just relax onboard! Spot turtles, colourful fish, exotic corals and more. The friendly crew are dedicated to making your trip memorable.

About this activity

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Duration: 9 hours
Starting time 8:00 AM
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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit 2 diverse reef destinations in the Great Barrier Reef
  • Spot marine life: turtles or a giant wrasse on the outer reef
  • Feast from a chef-prepared lunch, including fresh tropical fruit
  • Relax on board a luxury catamaran
  • Sail back from the reef with the wind in your hair
Full description
Meet your crew at the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal and its all aboard the luxury catamaran! The crew will select one of 24 exclusive reef locations depending on the day's conditions. Destinations will be chosen from: Flynn and Milne reef or further north at Norman and Hastings reefs. All offer diverse reef structures teeming with exotic marine life! Feel the wind in your hair as you set sail for the outer Great Barrier Reef. Relax with morning tea on the way, get to know the crew and learn all about the marine eco-system from the trained marine expert onboard. The crew will also review snorkeling techniques during the journey and prepare you for your first stop. Arrive at the first amazing outer reef location, where you can snorkel, dive or swim in the water. You may also choose to sunbathe, or chill out on the boat: on the upper sun deck or the netted deck trampoline at the bow of the boat- its up to you! Staff can provide complimentary guided tours, while a dedicated dive tender is available for the experienced certified divers who want to explore deeper waters. All certified divers receive a complimentary dive guide with the experienced crew. First-time divers will benefit from a free 10-minute scuba instruction in the water. The staff are fully trained and qualified PADI professionals who provide the utmost care and patience with beginner divers. The onboard chef will prepare a fresh tropical buffet lunch daily. Feast from a selection of hot and cold dishes including buffet meats, salads, and tropical fruit. Travel to the 2nd amazing outer reef location for the day for your choice of activity again. Look out for vibrant corals, exotic marine life such as parrotfish, reef turtles and 'nemo' fish. End the day as the captain hoists the sails, and cruise back to Cairns. Enjoy a cold drink from a fully licensed bar and relax on the boom netting. Alternatively, watch presentations about the marine life from the passionate eco-certified staff.
Includes
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • High quality snorkeling equipment
  • Full tuition and complimentary snorkel tours
  • Flotation vests
  • 10-minute in-water introduction to scuba diving
  • Chef prepared lunch (allergies catered for on request)
  • An on-board marine life presentation
  • Winter wetsuits or sunsuits in summer months
  • Prescription masks
  • Government reef levy
  • Underwater camera hire with an 8GB SD card
  • Scuba dive
  • Souvenirs
  • Bottled water, snacks and drinks from the bar
  • Reef Levy payable at check-in AU$20.00 per person
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers must fill out a travel information form

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Meeting point

Reef Fleet Terminal, Number 1 Spence Street, Cairns. Check-in is from 07:00 to 07:45 for a 08:00 departure.

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Important information

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  •  All passengers must complete a QLD medical questionnaire on the boat before departure. Some medical conditions may preclude you from diving. Please contact the supplier directly for further information
  •  If you are doing an introductory dive you will be asked to fill out and sign a medical declaration form
  •  The minimum age for diving is 12 years old with parental consent and completion of a medical questionnaire
  •  Passengers under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent/guardian over 18 years old
  •  A moderate level of fitness is required as this is an in-water based activity
  •  All certified divers must provide proof of certification
  •  Please note that at times it may only be possible to visit one destination (e.g. Hastings) due to inclement weather conditions and strong winds. The skipper will decide on the way to the reef and keep everyone informed of the sailing plans
  •  An AU$20 per person reef levy is due at check-in
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 776 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.7 / 5
  • Safety
    4.9 / 5
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It was amazing experience. My husband and I enjoyed it very well. The team was very friendly informative and they make everyone comfortable. I am a hydrophobic person. I must say the dive instructor Simon is a very patient person. All the team onboard was amazing some of the names I remember were Jarrad, Phoebe, Kristy, Russell and Simon but not only them but all of them were amazing and they are very knowledgeable about what they are doing. We got like half an hour dive. They stop at two places both of the places were stunning. I would highly recommend this group if you are going for diving and snorkelling.

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November 9, 2020

Everything was exceptional - the trip, the staff, the dive, the food. The staff were friendly, helpful and informative. The dive was A+; I'm not a huge fan of the water so huge gratitude to Simon who was patient, kind and understanding with his instructions and showed me a whole new beautiful world. I love how passionate the team was about what they do and the eco aspect about the Great Barrier Reef - props to Russell for his dry sense of humour and extensive knowledge. Shout-out to Kirsty for being so fast and efficient; and Phoebe for her bubbly and helpful personality. The Great Barrier Reef may be beautiful, but those who care for it and are able to extend their passion and knowledge to others, really elevated this trip.

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October 25, 2020

It was unforgettable. The crew who I remembered were Aida, Kristy, Jarred and Russel. They were all very good at what they do. They were nice and very helpful. The Passion 3 boat was very comfortable and spacious, lots of places to enjoy the sun and the view. The fruit at the start of the journey was a nice touch and lunch with pasta and salad, plus fresh baked bread was very nice. There was ample time to snorkel and dive. Lots of safety briefings discussed. I also appreciated the marine biologist talk at the end. The 2 dive spots were very special and we saw a variety of fish, coral and my husband who did the dive even had a glimpse of a turtle, cuttlefish and a baby hammerhead shark. All in all, the trip was so worth it. I recommend any first timers to the Great Barrier Reef to give Passions of Paradise a try. It won't disappoint.

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October 19, 2020

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