Far North Queensland
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  • From Cairns: Fitzroy Island Return Catamaran Transfer

    1. From Cairns: Fitzroy Island Return Catamaran Transfer

    Depart from Cairns Marina and visit Fitzroy Island, a national park covered in lush tropical rainforest and boasting granite outcrops, open woodlands, mangroves, coral beaches. Walk to the lighthouse, dine at the restaurant, or relax at the famous Nudey Beach, voted the best beach in Australia. This return catamaran transfer gives you 5 hours to explore paradise at your own pace. Check in at Cairns Marina is between 8:30 AM and 9:15 AM. Enjoy tea and coffee on board the vessel before your departure. At 9:30 AM, depart Cairns Marina for Fitzroy Island. Enjoy the ferry ride to Fitzroy Island on an air-conditioned catamaran. Travel for just 45 minutes until you are there. Arrive at Fitzroy Island at 10:15 AM. On arrival, enjoy over 5 hours on the island. With up to 5 hours free time you will be able to explore the island through self-guided rainforest walks to the summit, lighthouse, secr...

    A great day at Fitzroy Island. Couldn't believe we saw a turtle up close in the ocean. Amazing.

  • From Cairns: Fitzroy Island Full-Day Adventure Tour

    2. From Cairns: Fitzroy Island Full-Day Adventure Tour

    Fitzroy Island was once part of mainland Australia, before being separated by rising waters. Over time a fringing coral reef surrounded the island, providing a sheltered home to a variety of fish and coral species. Explore this marine wonderland on a day tour from Cairns, crossing by ferry to enjoy wilderness hiking trails and snorkeling adventures. Choose from a range of packages, including transfers for you to explore on your own, or a package including snorkel or glass-bottom boat activities. Explore the Island's 339 hectares of lush rainforest that covers 94 percent of the island and is protected and managed as a National Park. Walking trails are suitable for all levels of fitness, allowing you to explore areas of the island at your leisure. The fast catamaran departs from the Marlin Marina, with check-in at the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal. Cruise south along the calm waters of ...

    We had a great day. The crew were fantastic. Lots of fun. Def would recommend it.

  • Whitsundays Ocean Rafting Tour: Snorkel, Walk & Whitehaven

    3. Whitsundays Ocean Rafting Tour: Snorkel, Walk & Whitehaven

    Take off on the ride of your life in the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. Ride, beach, snorkel, and bushwalk as you embark on the perfect Whitehaven Beach tour, visiting both ends of the world-famous beach.

    Climb aboard the fastest day boat in the Whitsundays as you depart from Airlie Beach. The semi-rigid inflatable vessels are super fast allowing guests to experience a fun ride, adventure, and education amongst the natural beauty of the Whitsundays. Select the North Whitehaven option for an eco-adventure popular amongst avid snorkellers. This includes two different snorkel destinations, a visit to the stunning beach at Hill Inlet, and a guided National Park walk to the lookout above the silica sand of Whitehaven. Select the South Whitehaven option for more beach time. Enjoy at least two hours relaxing on the white silica sand, and a guided walk to Hill Inlet for breatht...

    Awesome experience which I rate as one of the top experiences in my life. Seeing the beautiful live coral was something else. These guys knows the spots and our team AJ and "Deray" (hope I spelt that right!) were fantastic, knowledgeable and engaging with everyone on the boat. My reluctant sullen 13y old who did not want to go had the best time ever!

  • Cairns: Full-Day Glass Bottom Boat Snorkel Tour

    4. Cairns: Full-Day Glass Bottom Boat Snorkel Tour

    Discover the lush rainforest of Green Island on this full-day snorkel tour and encounter some of the many marine animals that call the island home. Climb aboard the modern, air-conditioned catamaran "Reef Rocket" to cruise over to this idyllic part of the Great Barrier Reef, and enjoy a full-day reef tour just 45-minutes from Cairns. Snorkel and dive among the reef fish and coral gardens, or stay dry on a spectacular semi-submersible submarine or glass-bottom boat to discover the underwater life in comfort. Alternatively, simply laze on the white sandy beach and soak up the sun. These are just a few of the many activities available at Green Island. The friendly crew will help you organize your day to make the most of your time at this stunning Marine National Park.

  • From Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Cruise by Premium Catamaran

    5. From Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Cruise by Premium Catamaran

    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.

    Great reef locations. Super friendly and professional crew. Safety was always their priority. Excellent equipment. Super chill vibe, great tunes and space to relax whilst travelling to and from the reef. Thoroughly enjoyed our day. Highly recommend this activity!

  • Airlie Beach: Whitehaven Full-Day Eco-Cruise with Lunch

    6. Airlie Beach: Whitehaven Full-Day Eco-Cruise with Lunch

    After pickup from your accommodation, head to the marina in Airlie Beach by bus. Board the custom-built catamaran and enjoy fresh, homemade, gluten-free brownies as a morning snack.

    The first stop is at one of the area's many beautiful reefs to go snorkeling. Be blown away by the vivid colors, bountiful fish, and coral formations of the Great Barrier Reef's outer fringes. This spot offers a quieter way to experience the UNESCO-protected reef.

    Then, head to the second snorkeling spot on the northern tip of Hook Island. With your guide, discover the area's underwater valleys, caves, and a variety of marine life.

    Continue to Whitehaven Beach for a buffet lunch of zucchini frittatas and quiche lorraine served with cold sliced meats, cheeses, salad, and fresh bread.

    After lunch, join ...

    Was a bit rough due to weather but the crew were absolutely fabulous and made sure our safety was foremost. Would diffently do this activity again and recommend to anyone looking at doing this as well.

  • Airlie Beach: Outer Great Barrier Reef ReefWorld Pontoon

    7. Airlie Beach: Outer Great Barrier Reef ReefWorld Pontoon

    Departing from Airlie Beach, cruise through the Whitsundays on a high-speed, luxury vessel. Enjoy morning tea as you pass by deserted islands, secluded bays and beaches en route to the outer Great Barrier Reef. The vessel features spacious lounges, full air-conditioning, huge outside view decks and a duo of bars that will gladly serve you your favourite refreshment, including both alcohol and soft drinks. Arrive at the permanently-moored, spacious and innovative pontoon on the outer Great Barrier Reef. The water quality and diverse marine life is unrivalled. Meet hundreds of fish species and admire a variety of hard and soft coral. This makes for unbelievable snorkelling and diving if you wish (at an extra cost on the day). Spend the time as you please: make use of the undercover seating and tables, sun decks to top up your tan, freshwater showers and changing rooms. Visit the underwat...

    Amazing would definitely do it again definitely one of the coolest things we have ever done

  • From Cairns: Green Island Eco Adventure

    8. From Cairns: Green Island Eco Adventure

    Boasting a lush rainforest that is home to over 120 native plant species and colorful bird life, Green Island is surrounded by coral gardens and abundant marine life. The tropical island, just 45 minutes from Cairns offers the unique opportunity for a combined reef and rainforest tour. And with the choice of 3 daily departures, the Green Island eco adventure is perfect for a half or full-day experience with up to 7 hours on the beautiful Great Barrier Reef island. Your cruise includes the choice of an informative glass bottom boat coral viewing tour, or use of snorkeling equipment to snorkel directly off the sandy white beaches. Whether you’re up for adventurous activities or island relaxation, you’ll be spoilt for choice. You can explore the island’s lush rainforest with a leisurely self guided walk, see the reef from the glass bottom boat coral viewing tour, snorkel from the beach, o...

    I really enjoyed the day out to Green Island. It's a small, quiet, relaxing place to be. All the stuff of restaurants, shops, the boat are very friendly and informative. If you want to meet up with turtles, this is the place to go.

  • Cairns: Outer Great Barrier Reef Pontoon with Activities

    9. Cairns: Outer Great Barrier Reef Pontoon with Activities

    Take a cruise out from Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef. Encounter an outstanding landscape of marine life, and enjoy a choice of activities including snorkeling, a visit to the underwater observatory.

    Prior to departure from the marina, sup on some complimentary tea and coffee. Depart from Cairns’ Marlin Marina at 9:30 AM and enjoy a cruise out of the Harbour. Witness the stunning landscape before the catamaran makes its way out to open seas.

    Sail in air-conditioned comfort onboard the catamaran to the state-of-the-art activity pontoon at Moore Reef. Moore Reef is a prime location on the Outer Great Barrier Reef, abundant with soft corals and marine life. Learn about the reef and its diverse ecosystems on the outward journey with presentations given by resident marine experts. Upon arrival at the pontoon at 11:30 AM, choose from an array of activities sui...

    We had such an amazing experience, 10 out of 10, I wish I could give extra rating stars! The crew are super friendly, buffet was great, semi submersible tour is very cool! Highlight of the day was the guided snorkel tour, very knowledgeable guide, my wife doesn't swim at all and had a fantastic time! There's also an underwater photographer onboard who takes great photos!

  • Port Douglas: Outer Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise & Transfer

    10. Port Douglas: Outer Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise & Transfer

    Experience snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Snorkel at 3 incredible reefs sites and enjoy relaxing breaks in between.

    Your experience begins with a pickup from your hotel from where you will be transported to the Crystalbrook Marina. Arrive at the marina and be welcomed on board from 8:20 AM. Receive an outline of the day along with a safety briefing conducted by the crew.

    Depart the marina and venture to the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and at 10:15 AM arrive at the first reef site. Divers will be briefed while traveling to the reef. Once moored, divers are ready to go while all other guests are joined together for a snorkel briefing.

    See much of the reef’s colors and marine life, visible within just a couple of meters of the water’s surface. Snorkelling offers all swimmers, regardless ...

    Wow. Even before we were onboard we were welcomed with smiles. The safety briefing and snorkelling gear demonstration and fitting was thorough and very well presented. We were guided on how to snorkel, where to go and how to care for the reefs and coral. The first reef in particular had an large array of beautiful colours and shapes of coral as well as all sorts of tropical fish and then we snorkelled at 2 other reefs later. Just wonderful! The food and drinks were plentiful and tasty. In and out of the water there were opportunities to learn about the marine life. Everyone of the staff on board were friendly, approachable, helpful and looked like they really enjoyed their jobs. A big highlight during our travels! Thank you to all involved.

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What people are saying about Far North Queensland

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 21 reviews

Very friendly grew - small group of passengers allowed for a very comfortable full day cruising to the outer reef. Great food supplied for the full day - snorkeling was amazing - lots of colourful coral, beautiful fish, saw a giant clam. Coral Cay was amazing, would definitely do this trip again if given the chance.

unbelievable experience. Dave and Cam were our guides and they were honestly the best. Super friendly, super funny, did everything to ensure everyone was okay, fed and happy! Cannot recommend this tour enough. Thank you to Dave and Cam for the awesome experience!!

Was a bit rough due to weather but the crew were absolutely fabulous and made sure our safety was foremost. Would diffently do this activity again and recommend to anyone looking at doing this as well.

It was incredibly fun and the staff were so nice and helpful and so informative. They made sure everyone was comfortable and safe all the time. The food was delicious. So much room to sit.

We had a great day. The crew were fantastic. Lots of fun. Def would recommend it.