Affordable Day Trip to the Outer Barrier Reef

Tour Code: 380

Departing: Cairns

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  • Watch out for Wally, the friendly resident Maori Wrasse. He’s been known to conduct a personal tour of the reef and past passengers have said they’d come back just to meet Wally again.
  • Underwater digital cameras can be hired on board but take note that introductory divers aren’t permitted to take a camera down with them due to safety restrictions. They’ll have enough to focus on!

Included In Price

  • 2 Outer Reef Locations
  • SCUBA / Snorkel Equipment
  • Wetsuit / Lycra Suit
  • Air fills for divers
  • Guided snorkel tours
  • Tropical buffet Lunch
  • Fresh chilled water
  • Tea & Coffee
  • Prescription masks (deposit required)

Our reef tour offers an affordable adventure from Cairns to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Whether you’re an experienced diver or first-timer, our crew are there to show you how to see the Great Barrier Reef in the safest and most fun ways.

You’ll have the option of up to three dives during the reef trip.

If you’d prefer to snorkel, floating above schools of colourful tropical fish as they dart among the coral formations, there’s plenty of allocated water time to do so.

Once you’ve set sail at 8.30am you’ll head to the first site, chosen by the Captain on the day with tide and wind conditions to ensure optimal visibility and variety. It’s here you’ll meet some of the underwater locals including ‘Nemo’, turtles and stingrays.

With both air-conditioned interiors and sundecks available there are plenty of spots to relax in between the water-based activity. Our boat will will venture out to the second reef site around lunch.

Later, on the way back to Cairns, there’ll be a quick stop at our liveaboard dive boat where guests who have pre-booked one or more nights on the liveaboard boat will transfer to this overnight vessel to begin their sleep on the reef dive and snorkel adventure.

Departure from Cairns

The meeting point is the ‘B’ Finger at Cairns Marlin Marina at 8.00am. Be on time as any delays will eat into valuable time trying to find Nemo and the boat won’t wait for you. The vessel will depart at 8.30am. 

Journey to the Reef

Every day the Captain will pick the two best spots for variety and optimal visibility so you can see as much of the marine life in action as possible. This selection is dependent on wind and tide conditions and with the operator being licensed for snorkelling and diving at 17 exclusive sites you can have peace of mind they have a solid pool of options to pick from. The crew wants you have an unforgettable experience.

It’ll take approximately 90 minutes to reach the first dive and snorkel site. During this time both first-time and experienced divers will be briefed. 

You’ll arrive at your destination at about 10.00am. As the divers slip into the tropical waters for the first time that day the snorkellers will receive their briefing. 


By 10.30am most people will be in the water eager to spot turtles, stingrays, or any of the many different species that call the reef home. The semi-submerged deck at the vessel’s rear makes it easy to jump in and out as you please.

Snorkelling is as easy as breathing and one of the most accessible ways of discovering what this World Heritage listed site has to offer. If you haven’t snorkelled for a while and are feeling a little nervous, or have questions you’d prefer to ask one-on-one, don’t worry, the tour guides are there to help you.

Take advantage of the free guided snorkel tours. The experienced staff will fill you in on little tidbits you may not discover on your own. 

Prescription snorkels are available for a small deposit. There are also stinger suits if you’re visiting the reef between the months of November and May. 

Experienced Divers

It’s important to note that if you choose to dive during this trip to the reef it will cost you more than if you were to only snorkel. The total price is dependent on the number of dives you elect to do – with a maximum of two dives available on this boat – and the time of year. 

As mentioned, the Captain will choose the two reef sites for the day based on wind and tide conditions. The aim is to maximise variety so divers of all levels can experience the diversity of the reef ecosystem.

Remember to bring your certification card and logbook with you onboard to show the crew.

Diving for Beginners

This Outer Great Barrier Reef tour is an ideal option for first time and non-certified divers.  After a briefing on board the vessel in which you will learn the basic priciples and communications techniques, you will be provided with all you need to enjoy your scuba experience including wetsuit, BCD, fins and mask. 

Get comfortable with your equipment on the vessel and then enter the water, heading under the surface in a group of 4 with an experienced instructor.  Once you reach depth, you will again work through some skills to ensure your safety and then begin the true underwater adventure among the corals of the Great Barrier Reef.


The Afternoon Session

At around lunch, when the tropical buffet is served, the boat will start moving to the second site. Once you’ve arrived there is more snorkelling and diving time.

The afternoon session will wrap up as the Captain needs to drop off those who are staying on the reef as part of the overnight experience aboard our liveaboard vessel.  Your boat will pull up beside the larger vessel at about 2.00 – 2.30pm.

Feel free to ask about extending your stay on the reef at the tme of booking.

Tour Languages Offered
  • English
  • Japanese
Departs From


Departure Time


Departure Instructions

Meet at ‘B’ Finger, Cairns Marlin Marina at 8.00am to board.


You will visit two reef sites of the 17 destinations SeaQuest is exclusively licensed to visit.

Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation



8 Hours approx

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Introductory Scuba Dive
  • Certified Scuba Dive
Fitness Level Required



Scuba Diving – minimum age 12


Scuba Diving Restrictions

  • Certain medical conditions and medications may preclude some people from scuba diving.
  • Participation is subject to a medical questionnaire completed on board with the tour operator
  • Minimum age for scuba diving is 12 years.
  • Flying after scuba diving: A wait of 12 hours is recommended but preferably 24 hours, if doing multiple dives, before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater.

Advanced Dive Medical Intro Dive Medical

Read more about Diving Safety on the Great Barrier Reef.

Additional Information

SeaQuest is not suitable for those with physical impairments. There are several steps to climb as passengers embark and disembark the vessel. There is no wheelchair access.

Eco Certifications
Advanced Ecotourism Certified
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Cash or credit card for reef tax, drinks & snacks on board
  • Certified divers please bring cert-card and logbook

  • To participate in the Introductory Diving or Open Water Training the minimum age in Queensland is 12 years.
  • Family Fare: 2 Adults and 2 Children

All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions  for details prior to booking.

  • Cancellations received outside of 48 hours prior to departure are subject to a 10% cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations received inside 48 hours of departure are subject to 100% cancellation.

Affordable Day Trip to the Outer Barrier Reef

Tour Code: 380

Departing: Cairns

Great Deal



Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$110.00
Family: au$540.00

Tour Code: 380



15 yrs & over

4 - 14 yrs

0 - 3 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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