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From Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Tour

Activity provider: Divers Den

From Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Tour

Activity provider: Divers Den
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From US$ 135.75 per person

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An award-winning, luxury vessel with up to 80 passengers only will whisk you out to the reef. Visit 2 pristine outer Great Barrier Reef locations and go snorkeling, enjoy a tasty picnic lunch, and learn from a friendly and multi-lingual crew.

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Duration 8 hours
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  • Experience a comfortable day on the reef on a modern vessel
  • Dive or snorkel at 2 exclusive outer reef locations
  • Enjoy a delicious pre-packed picnic lunch
Full description

Explore the stunning biodiversity of the outer Great Barrier Reef on this diving and snorkeling tour from Cairns. Sail on s boat 3 sun decks, 2 air-conditioned indoor saloons, a spacious dive deck, and a sunken platform for easy water access. Have drinks and a packed lunch.

Depart Cairns in the morning for the outer reef on this 8-hour tour. Whether you are a snorkeler, first-time SCUBA diver, or already certified diver, join a once in a lifetime adventure aboard a luxury day trip to the great barrier reef. Enjoy a light morning tea and a delicious pre-packed picnic lunch. Complimentary tea, coffee, and chilled water are served throughout the day (snacks, soft and alcoholic beverages are also available for purchase).

Discover the Great Barrier Reef in the easiest way possible: with a snorkel - it is as simple as breathing. If you have never snorkeled before, don't worry, a briefing is held on board, explaining how to put and use the snorkeling gear. The private reef locations are approximately 70 kilometers (about 43 miles) offshore, these unique sites offer superb coral formations and an abundance of coral and marine life including inquisitive Nemos, Turtles, Stingrays and Wally the friendly Maori Wrasse. Visit 2 different reef locations daily, these are chosen en-route considering weather and sea conditions to ensure the best in-water experience. Visit either Normank, Saxon or Hastings Reef.

  • Cruise on a luxury catamaran
  • Morning tea or coffee
  • 4 hours on the outer reef at 2 exclusive snorkel and dive locations
  • Detailed snorkel and dive briefings
  • Guided snorkeling tours
  • Scuba diving (if option selected)
  • Use of dive/snorkel equipment, including masks, snorkels, fins, and flotation devices
  • Use of wet and stinger suits
  • Prescription mask (optional)
  • Fresh pre-packed picnic lunch
  • Hot freshwater showers
  • Environmental Management Charge and levies ($20 per person, to be paid on board)
  • Snacks
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Certified diver guides
  • Photos
  • Digital camera hire
  • Souvenirs
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 may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  • If under 18 years and traveling alone, you will need a signed form by a parent/guardian. Only ages 16 and up are permitted to travel without a guardian (but must have a signed form).
  • Please bring your Environmental Management Charge and levies of $20 per person, to be paid on board the vessel
  • Certified divers: please bring cert-card and logbook. You will also be asked to fill out and sign an Advice to Divers Form. Medical Standards differ from country to country, and certain medication / medical conditions may preclude you from diving in Australia.
  • If you are doing an introductory dive on AquaQuest, you will be asked to fill out and sign a medical declaration form and this can be found on the Divers Den website
  • Lunch will be a fresh tropical buffet with hot and cold options. Please specify any special dietary requirements or restrictions at the time of booking so that these can be catered to
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 281 reviews

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This is a well-staffed boat with a strong beginner scuba program. During the ride to our dive sites, there were paperwork and classes for intro and advanced scuba clients. We were among just a handful of snorkel clients, but got a class on safety and rules for the water activities. They handed out necessary equipment. Including full coverage rash guards to protect against jellyfish stings. Once we got to the first dive site, there was assistance into the water as needed. The staff was everywhere to help you, including in the water with brightly colored rings. They offered information about the fish and coral formations. After an ample lunch that addressed vegetarian and vegan diets, we moved to another, deeper site just a few hundred yards away. Safety, sun protection, and environment were continually addressed. No one was allowed in the water after they started drinking. The boat had about 80 passengers and 20 staff. The snorkeling views were colorful and clear. Wonderful!

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November 25, 2022

Diving on the Great Barrier Reef is a dream for almost every diver. Incredibly great diving area. Equipment is completely provided. Masks prescription available. However, no nitrox. Around AU$20. A guide can be booked for a fee. Mario was great. The return on board will be checked very carefully. Entire crew very nice and helpful. The food is a bit hmm though.

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October 8, 2022

Efficient organization, very helpful staff, my wife does not swim well she was accompanied by a girl from the organization (thanks again Cindy) and she was able to enjoy the dive anyway. The sea conditions were difficult but we always felt safe following the directions of the boys who went into the water with us. The wonderful reef, a fascinating underwater world, at the end of the first dive you can't wait to go back to snorkeling on the second daily dive.

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August 27, 2022

Product ID: 133161