Cairns: Great Barrier Reef and Cape Tribulation 2-Day Tour

4.6 / 5

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Cairns: Great Barrier Reef and Cape Tribulation 2-Day Tour

From US$ 150.58 per person

Discover the best of Queensland's majestic beauty on a 2-day reef and rainforest tour. Snorkel at 2 locations in the Outer Great Barrier Reef and see stunning coral gardens. Then, visit Cape Tribulation.

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Duration 2 days
Starting time 7:00 AM
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  • Snorkel at 2 spectacular Outer Great Barrier Reef locations
  • Go to the Cape Tribulation rainforest
  • Take a coastal drive along the Captain Hook Highway to Port Douglas
  • Encounter native Australian wildlife
Full description
Get back to nature with 2 fantastic day trips from Cairns, and experience the splendor of Queensland by land and water. Swim and snorkel with the fish at exclusive locations of the Outer Great Barrier Reef, and then take rainforest walks and a crocodile cruise up the Daintree River to see native Australian wildlife in their natural habitats. Day 1: Reef Tour Climb aboard the state-of-the-art “Evolution” and explore some of the most beautiful spots in the Outer Great Barrier Reef on a 5-hour trip. Cruise at up to 30 knots on a vessel with comfortable seating for up to 140 passengers and spend less time traveling and more time with the fish! Go to 2 spectacular Outer Great Barrier Reef locations and benefit from snorkel equipment and lessons for your convenience. Jump in the water and explore this amazing natural wonder up close! Head off for the second reef location, where you can take a semi-submersible tour (extra option) and get a whole new perspective of the underwater world. Access exclusive, protected reef locations away from the crowds and benefit from the services of friendly and attentive staff for a safe and fun-filled experience. Day 2: Rainforest Tour Following free pick-up from your hotel, discover the best of Cairns and Cape Tribulation on a spectacular coastal drive along the Captain Cook Highway to Port Douglas. Take a guided rainforest walk at Mossman Gorge and see the crystal-clear waters of the Mossman River cascade over boulder formations in the lush rainforest. Cross the Daintree River by ferry and then journey deep into Daintree National Park en route to Cape Tribulation. Kick back and relax under the rainforest overlooking the reef or enjoy a walk at the historical beach location. Then, return towards Cairns via the majestic Daintree River. Take a 1-hour crocodile cruise up the river and see native wildlife at play in their natural habitat. Learn about the mangrove forests that can reach amazing heights along the banks of the river and hear about their importance as ocean fish nurseries.
  • Snorkel equipment and lesson (Reef Tour)
  • Complimentary tea, coffee, fruit, and cheese platter on the return journey (Reef Tour)
  • Live Australian musical entertainer on the return journey (Reef Tour)
  • Complimentary round-trip hotel transfers (Rainforest Tour)
  • Guide (Rainforest Tour)
  • Mossman Gorge and national park entrance fee (Rainforest Tour)
  • Daintree River ferry crossing (Rainforest Tour)
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users
    COVID-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All required protective equipment is provided
    • 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, 1 Spence Street, Cairns (reef tour).

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Passport or ID card
    • Sunglasses
    • Sun hat

    Not allowed

    • Luggage or large bags

    Know before you go

    • Please note that a AU$20 per person EMC/fuel levy must be paid upon check-in at the Reef Fleet Terminal on the day of travel
    • Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes
    • Bring a hat and sunscreen, your swimming costume and a towel
    • Remember to bring your camera and cash or bank card to make any purchases on the day
    • All divers must complete a Medical Questionnaire. Please be aware that certain medical conditions (eg asthma, heart disease, diabetes) and/or prescription medication may preclude some people from diving
    • Due to ongoing COVID-19 preventative measures, the following are temporarily unavailable: semi-submarine, live music, ice cream stop, wallabies visit, tropical fruit tasting, billy tea, and damper. Mossman gorge will be replaced by an elevated rainforest boardwalk tour through the Daintree. BBQ lunch is replaced with lunch at the Cape Tribulation Beach House Restaurant
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.6 / 5

    based on 14 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      5.0 / 5
    • Transportation
      5.0 / 5
    • Value for money
      4.6 / 5
    • Safety
      5 / 5
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    Day 2 couldn't keep up with day 1

    The snorkeling on the reef was impressive, we also went with the semi-submarine and received a lot of valuable information from our guide here. The two reefs were colorful and full of life, the crew was always helpful and very well organized. The food tasted good too. The second day was very lengthy, a lot of time on the bus, the habitat at the very beginning and the crocodile sighting on the cruise were the highlights on a very long day.

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    November 17, 2018

    Totally amazing!

    The first trip out out on the catamaran was beautiful. It was a stunning vessel with lots of toilets and modern comfy inside, bar and barbecue lunch area. All of the staff were really friendly and helpful. We had a guilded tour at the first reef and learnt so much! The lady showed us all the hot spots for fish and let’s us hold a sea cucumber. Would definitely recommend if you haven’t been before as I actually knew what I was looking at after she has showed us around. The second day was also amazing with the bus trip, scenic tour, stop at the wildlife habitat, beach and river cruise! The only thing I would say was there just wasn’t enough time at each stop. We were only in Cairns for 3 days and this was the perfect trip to see as much as possible. I would definitely do this trip again in the future.

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    September 17, 2018

    Loved it! Went to two locations, Norman Reef and then Hastings Reef. Saw a couple sharks at Norman Reef which was amazing (they paid us no mind and swam away- stayed in the deeper water), and lots of fish. We preferred Hastings Reef as it was more shallow, and some of the fish were very inquisitive, swimming right up to us for GREAT photos. The boat, Evolution was wonderful. Very smooth trip out and back. The staff were all very friendly. Lunch was great, and the trip back was great too. Tom’s singing (and jokes earlier) were great. We did the Marine Biologist tour which was very informative (and she dove down with our cameras for some excellent pics we couldn’t get on our own). Also did the semi-submersible tour and got to see some things (Nemo!) we didn’t see snorkeling. Everything was excellent. HIGHLY recommend this tour/company, and would ABSOLUTELY refer them/use them again if we ever get the chance! Thank you!

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    March 3, 2018

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