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From Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Cruise by Premium Catamaran

From Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Cruise by Premium Catamaran

From US$ 131.26 per person

Set sail to 2 outer reef locations on a high-performance catamaran. Snorkel, swim, dive or just relax onboard as you spot turtles, fish, and exotic corals.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
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Experience

The experience
  • 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 hop aboard the luxury catamaran. The crew will select reef locations depending on the day's conditions 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 a marine expert. Review snorkeling techniques with the crew during the journey.

Arrive at the first outer reef location, where you can snorkel, dive or swim in the water. You may also choose to sunbathe, or chill on the boat on the upper sun deck or the netted deck trampoline at the bow of the boat. You can avail complimentary guided tours from the staff.

A dedicated dive tender is available for experienced certified divers who want to explore deeper waters. All certified divers receive a complimentary dive guide. First-time divers will receive a free 10-minute scuba instruction in the water from qualified PADI professionals.

Savor a fresh tropical buffet lunch prepared by the onboard chef. Treat yourself to a selection of hot and cold dishes including buffet meats, salads, and tropical fruit.

Travel to the second outer reef location for the day for your choice of activity. Look out for 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 the 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
  • 10 AUS reef levy per person, payable at check-in for all travel until June 2022, after which the levy will increase to $20 AUS per person
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You 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

Know before you go

  •  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$10 per person reef levy is due at check-in
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 913 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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Beautiful day out, staff are really nice and helpful. Just FYI the price does not include soft drink or alcoholic beverages, same with snacks you have to pay for them separately too. The lunch was average, wish they had more variety. Other than that it was a great day out.

September 24, 2021

I booked in for this tour the day before setting sail and I was blown away! The entire crew were welcoming and friendly from check in to the leaving the vessel. They really do care about making each sail exceptional for every passenger. And the two reefs we stopped at were amazingly beautiful. Some of the crew jumped in and helped point out the wildlife and were very knowledgeable!! 100% would sail again with Passions of Paradise.

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August 1, 2021

Had the best experience out on the reef! Couldn’t of gotten a better crew, such awesome passionate people who made everything fun. Tried scuba diving for the first time, was quite nervous to begin with but knew I was in great hands and loved it. Recommend this so highly! Will definitely be looking at this tour company for future travels.

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July 12, 2021

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