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Cairns: Outer Edges of The Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight

Cairns: Outer Edges of The Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight

Take in the full spectacle of the Great Barrier Reef from the sky during a scenic flight from Cairns. Onboard a fixed-wing plane, see up to 140 kilometers of the Outer Barrier as well as many inner islands, reefs, and sand isles. Within 10 minutes of departing Cairns, the real adventure begins, as you get wonderful photo opportunities over Green Island, Oyster Reef, Vlasoff Cay, Upolo Reef, Pixie Reef, and Arlington Reef. Sit back in air-conditioned comfort as you glide through the sky. Take in the spectacular hues of green and blue from your window seat while listening to the pilot's informative commentary about the sights below. Get a chance to spot marine life with manta rays, green turtles, dugongs, sharks, and, if in season, whales, in clear view from the aircraft. Once your journey comes to an end, fly right back to Cairns.

From Cairns: Full-Day Green Island Cruise

From Cairns: Full-Day Green Island Cruise

Climb aboard a modern catamaran to sail into Green Island National Park on a beach and snorkeling cruise from Cairns. Discover a hidden gem in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef and explore its coral reefs with snorkeling gear. Choose to enjoy a buffet lunch and go on a semi-submarine tour. Make your way to the harbor to meet your friendly crew for the day and climb onto your catamaran. Relax in the sun as you set sail towards the Great Barrier Reef. Experience picturesque views of the ocean as you arrive at Green Island National Park. Stroll around the island and explore its tranquil beaches. Find a stop to relax and go for a dip in the ocean. Get access to snorkeling gear and take a peek into the region's thriving marine life. You can also opt to go on a semi-submarine or a glass-bottom boat tour to discover the colorful coral reef and fish in comfort.

From Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Cruise by Premium Catamaran

From Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Cruise by Premium Catamaran

Hop aboard a catamaran for a day trip to remember to the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel, dive, or swim in the water, enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, and take in the marine wildlife. Meet your crew at the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal, pay the reef levy, 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 clear and concise scuba instruction in the water from qualified PADI professionals. Savor a fresh tropical buffet lunch prepared onboard. 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 (own expense) and relax on the boom netting. Alternatively, watch presentations about the marine life from the passionate eco-certified staff.

From Airlie Beach: Whitsundays Scenic Flight with Pickup

From Airlie Beach: Whitsundays Scenic Flight with Pickup

Delight in a 60-minute scenic flight over the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy the big window views from your comfortable fixed-wing aircraft, and learn all about the area with your experienced pilot's expert commentary. After pickup from your accommodation in Airlie Beach, head to the nearby airport for take-off. Unlike flights offered by other companies in the area, the local partner is able to take-off from much closer to Airlie Beach, saving you the long 40-minute travel time. Once up in the air, marvel at the best bird's-eye views of the 74 Whitsunday Islands. Fly over Whitehaven Beach and picture postcard Hill Inlet before heading out to the Great Barrier Reef and experiencing one of the most photographed reef locations Heart Reef. After you land, transfer back to your accommodation in Airlie Beach.

Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling or Dive Tour and Lunch

Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling or Dive Tour and Lunch

Experience the Great Barrier Reef on a magical day trip from Cairns, with Divers Den. Spend 5 hours discovering the marine wonderland of the outer Great Barrier Reef visiting two stunning dive sites. These are expertly chosen from our exclusive moorings to bring you the best quality conditions and diverse marine life, from colourful corals to inquisitive Nemos, turtles, stingrays and giant Māori Wrasse. During your Great Barrier Reef Day trip, enjoy our large sun decks, air-conditioned indoor spaces and hot freshwater showers. After a morning spent exploring the reef, enjoy a generous buffet lunch with a range of hot and cold foods, salads, rolls and tropical fruit to refuel for the afternoon.

From Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling Trip with Lunch

From Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling Trip with Lunch

On Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel, enjoy a total of five hours of water activities split between two unique sites showcasing a variety of colourful corals and marine life on The Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel over stunning coral gardens where anemones, sea whips, clams and plate corals are home to clownfish, angelfish and batfish. Large schools of giant trevally, red bass and sweetlip congregate between the bommies, while turtles, cuttlefish, rays, and sharks are frequently seen. Admire the beauty of the reef on a boat tour, where your experienced guide will explain the natural history of the reef, as well as its importance to the indigenous tribes of the region. Guides will recount the stories of the Gimuy Walubara Yidinji, Gunggandji, Mandingalbay, and Yirrganydji people to help you gain a deeper cultural understanding of this diverse ecosystem. Enjoy morning and afternoon tea, as well as a delicious buffet lunch to keep you fuelled throughout the day.

Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Cruise & Scenic Helicopter Flight

Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Cruise & Scenic Helicopter Flight

Join this fast, comfortable cruise to visit two spectacular Outer Great Barrier Reef destinations. Travel on 'Evolution'- a brand new, purpose-built, state of the art, 35-meter (120ft) superyacht, providing a superior ride in all weather conditions. Visit exclusive, protected locations on the pristine Outer Great Barrier Reef with superior reef quality. Professional, friendly and attentive staff ensure a safe and enjoyable fun-filled experience. This vessel is the most stylish and luxurious reef vessel available in Cairns. Depart the marina and travel to the true outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the journey. Choose from an abundance of seating inside air-conditioned, modern lounges or outside on full-length sundecks for sunbathing. Spend time snorkeling and spotting diverse marine wildlife, coral gardens, and much more below the surface. For lunch, enjoy a delicious Aussie BBQ including steak, fish, prawns, and tropical salads (vegetarians are catered for.) At the second reef site, take to the skies for your 10-minute Scenic Helicopter Flight to and from the exclusive Heli-Pontoon. Have your camera ready as you lift off from the helipad for an incredible scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef. Appreciate from the air, the sheer size of the reef system as you search for marine life in their natural habitat. Be amazed at the colours and beauty of the coral gardens before touching back down to re-join the crew onboard the vessel. A complimentary glass of wine and a light snack is served on the return journey back to Cairns.

Great Barrier Reef Snorkel & Dive Full-Day Adventure

Great Barrier Reef Snorkel & Dive Full-Day Adventure

Climb aboard the Silverswift luxury catamaran, custom-designed for the thrill of diving and snorkeling, and enjoy a day of fun and adventure on the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Perfect for adventure-minded people, you’ll enjoy 5 hours of aquatic fun for unlimited snorkeling, up to 3 certified dives, and introductory diving. This is the fastest dive trip from Cairns to the outer reef, giving you more time to play. It is also the only day dive trip from Cairns that visits 3 sites in one day. Explore spectacular coral formations and underwater gardens awash with vibrantly colored marine creatures, as you visit the outer reef sites of Flynn, Pellowe, Milln and/or Thetford Reefs. Snorkel briefs are conducted at each site and a guided snorkel tour is included in your day. Introductory diving is available for those with no prior experience, and you’ll have an expert dive instructor by your side to guide you through an unforgettable adventure. Certified divers can experience up to 3 dives at 3 different sites, with all dives guided to maximize your experience. On board, your friendly crew will encourage you to relax and enjoy the vessel’s comforts, including a delicious hot and cold tropical buffet lunch. Silverswift also features spacious sundeck areas, hot freshwater showers, change rooms and a licensed bar. The large dive and snorkel platform provides easy water access for all water activities. With a state-of-the-art ride control system, a smooth journey is ensured, even when travelling at up to 32 knots.

From Cairns: Green Island Half-Day Morning Cruise

From Cairns: Green Island Half-Day Morning Cruise

Discover the lush rainforest of Green Island on this half-day tour and encounter some of the many marine animals that call the island home. Climb aboard the modern, air-conditioned 24-meter 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.

Cairns: Outer Great Barrier Reef Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Cairns: Outer Great Barrier Reef Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef by superyacht with time to snorkel and explore this world-famous National Park. Upon boarding enjoy tea, coffee and morning tea. Then it's time to visit some of the most beautiful spots in the Outer Great Barrier Reef. This full-day tour stops at 2 spectacular Outer Great Barrier Reef destinations for snorkelling with equipment and lessons provided. Feel free to jump in the water and explore this natural wonder up close. Sit down for a delicious barbeque lunch with prawns, fish, steak, salads and bread before making your way to the second reef location. Jump back into the water to explore another Outer Reef Site before the cruise back to Cairns with a complimentary glass of wine, cheese and biscuits. Enjoy a seamless experience with knowledgeable staff to ensure a safe and fun-filled tour.

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