Cairns Dive & Snorkel Tour |Great Barrier Reef Tour | 3 Reefs

Tour Code: 116

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove

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  • Visit 3 outer reef sites in the one day from Cairns on a fast catamaran. Small group dive and snorkel tours. 
  • Our boat is great in all weather as it is a modern catamaran that has stabilers fitted to reduce rocking motion in bad weather on the Great Barrier Reef.    
  • This high quality boat is fitted with stabilisers to ensure a smooth ride over rough seas to prevent sea-sickness 

Included In Price

  • Return Fast Boat Cruise from Cairns to the outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Morning and afternoon teas
  • Hot and cold tropical smorgasbord lunch
  • Snorkel equipment (mask, snorkel & fins) and instruction provided. Snorkel brief at each site
  • Qualified lifeguards on hand
  • Equipment for divers provided, including wetsuits. All dives are guided
  • Guided snorkel tour
  • Prescription masks available at no extra cost
  • Lycra suit
  • Reef Interpretation
  • Snorkel brief at each site
  • Hot freshwater showers

A High quality Great Barrier Reef tour operator offers a spacious, custom-designed luxury catamaran for transporting only 85 guests to 3 different reef locations on the Great Barrier Reef. Multi award winning marine tour operator guarantees a great day on the reef.

Cruise to the Great Barrier Reef with one of Australia's most awarded marine tour operators in our high speed, custom-designed catamaranand spend 5 hours exploring 3 coral reef sites.

This Cairns reef tour has a wide choice of pristine reefs to choose from (Flynn, Milln, Thetford and Pellowe reefs) allowing only the best dive and snorkel sites to be selected according to the reef conditions on the day. Each coral site will be chosen for its natural beauty, marine life diversity and the challenge of discovery for you.

Full instruction is given for snorkelling and there is also a marine biology presentation. By the time you enter the water you will feel relaxed, confident and knowledgeable and able to enjoy and understand more fully the amazing underwater world that you will be experiencing.

If you wish to learn how to scuba dive for the first time, then you can be taken out by one of the experienced diving instructors. Guided scuba dive trips for certified divers are also offered on this tour and is one of the more popular tours for experienced scuba divers.

For the less active, you can sunbathe on the spacious deck under the tropical sun, enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch and sip drinks from the licensed bar. With a maximum of 85 guests and 1 member of staff for every 8 people you will be travelling on a small, friendly tour that will ensure you enjoy your day above and below the water. 

Pick Up

All transfers are extra to the cost of the tour so speak to your Tour Specialist if you would like transfers to be arranged.

Snorkel/Dive Vessel

Your custom-designed tour vessel is a modern,  spacious, high speed 29 metre catamaran that has its passenger’s comfort and enjoyment as a priority.

It is the only dive and snorkel vessel that has a special computerised control system to ensure that everyone’s journey, even in choppier conditions, is smooth and comfortable. At a cruising speed of 32 knots you’ll also get there faster than any other boats heading to the outer Great Barrier Reef.

With expansive sundecks, air-conditioned lounges and a licensed bar, your vessel is an integral part of the enjoyment to your day.  

The reefs you will visit

Having a vast number of stunning locations to choose from will ensure that every site you stop at offers different types of snorkel and dive experiences, according to the conditions on the day. You will stop at three amazing sites where you can choose to snorkel or dive (extra cost).

The outer Great Barrier Reef sites that your vessel can visit are Flynn, Milln, Thetford and Pellowe reefs:


Milln Reef

The best-known sites are Swimming Pools, Petaj Mooring, Three Sisters and Whale bommie
Resident turtles
White tip reef sharks
Diagonally banded sweetlips, nudibranch, barracudas
Bull rays
Large gorgonian fan corals

Thetford Reef

The best know sites - Cathedral and Blue Lagoon
Giant clams, butterfly fish, rabbit fish, damsel
Angelfish and pipe fish
Wrasse, red bass, spangled emperor, gold fusiliers and sergeant majors
Anemone fish
Christmas tree worms
Pelagic fish – tuna, trevally, mackerel
Gorgonian fans
Blue and gold fusiliers and sergeant majors

Flynn Reef:

The best-known sites are Gordon’s Mooring and Tracey’s bommie
Most well known for staghorn, table and boulder corals
Staghorn thickets, fan corals and giant clams
Batfish, clownfish, cod, trout, fusiliers, angelfish, butterfly fish, basslets and white tip reef sharks
Octopus, moray eels, lionfish, barracuda and nudibranch
Wrasse, parrotfish, butterfly fish and rabbit fish


This tour is ideal for snorkelers, whether beginners or more experienced. A full briefing on safety and how to use the equipment will be given before your activity. Your tour includes the use of buoyancy devices (buoyancy vests and noodles) and there will be experienced guides in the water to help with anyone who is feeling less confident in the water. If you would like to go on a marine eco tour and learn more about the fish life you are seeing then you can join a guided tour.

An expansive stepped hydraulic snorkelling platform and two sets of ladders at the back of the boat, allows for easy access for snorkelers to enter the water and for ease of exiting.

Reef Education and Guided Eco Reef Talk

On your journey to the Great Barrier Reef there will be an eco presentation on the marine life you will see on your day on the reef. You will learn about what coral is and how they make the Great Barrier Reef and the different characteristics of the fish you will see. This presentation will help to bring your day alive as you will understand more about the amazing underwater world that you are immersing yourself in.

Introductory Scuba Diving

If you have never been diving and wonder what it feels like to have a fish-eyed view of the underwater world then you can go on an introductory scuba dive. You will have a full briefing beforehand given by an experienced diving instructor. After a short theory presentation and some basic skills underwater you will be taken on a thirty minute shallow dive (maximum 12m/36ft) 

You will never forget your first experience of breathing underwater on your first scuba dive. Prepared to be amazed as you swim past intricate coral formations, shoals of rainbow coloured fish and giant clams. You might even come eye to eye with a sauntering turtle.  Just be careful scuba diving can be an addictive activity and you might just get hooked!

Scuba Diving

If you are a certified diver then diving on the Great Barrier Reef is the mecca of the diving world!  On this trip you will be able to dive up to three spectacular dive sites. The magnificent dive sites offer drift dives, wall dives, bommies (coral mountains), pinnacles, swim throughs and coral gardens.

All dives will be led by an experienced instructor who will ensure that everyone is safe and comfortable, to ensure maximum pleasure on all dives. The diving is ideal for novice to experienced divers as the conditions are clear and calm. Your maximum depth as a novice will be 12m (39ft). You won’t freeze anything off either, as the water temperature ranges from 22-29 Celsius (70-85 Fahrenheit).

Tour Languages Offered
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
Departs From


Departure Time


Departure Instructions

Check in at the Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns from 7:30am - Arrives back in Cairns at 4:30pm

Pickup Locations
  • Cairns
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Palm Cove

Flynn Reef, Pellowe Reef, Milln Reef and/or Thetford Reefs

Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation


Does not operate Christmas Day


5 hours to explore the Great Barrier Reef at 3 different sites
Return cruise approx 1.5 hours each way

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Introductory Scuba Diving.
  • Certified Scuba Diving
  • Wetsuits available for hire onboard for snorkellers
Fitness Level Required

Medium, Active


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 after one dive, 18 hour after 2 dives and at least 24 hours after 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

Certain medical conditions and medications may preclude some people from scuba diving. 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.

Eco Certifications
Eco Advanced Tourism

Your camera,Swimming costume and beach towel, Hat, sunscreen and shirt for sun protection, Cash for drinks at the bar. Credit card for shopping and additional dives, Underwater cameras available for purchase or hire

Customer Reviews

Average Rating

Jackie S

Reviewed on July 14, 2018

Great trip! a little rough on the water traveling back and forth, but nothing specific you can do about that. Well trained and helpful dive staff. Dive equipment worked well. Sight locations were great.

Natalie S

Reviewed on November 21, 2017

A great day visiting the Reef, great location. Yummy buffet lunch, weather was a bit choppy but the staff were ready to help out with any sea sickness victims.

Response From Barrier Reef Australia

Thanks Natalie, it's great to hear you enjoyed your Outer Barrier Reef experience. Silverswift is a fantastic option for guests looking to try a dive and see the best reef sites to suit the conditions on the day. Thanks for booking with The Tour Specialists.

The minimum age for diving is 12 years. Child price applies to children age 4 to 14. Infants 0 to 3 free of charge

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

Operator's Cancellation policy:

For cancellations after 4pm on the day prior to travel a 100% cancellation fee will apply.

For cancellations between 12 midday and 6pm on the day prior to travel a 50% cancellation fee will apply.

For cancellations before 12 midday on the day prior to travel no cancellation fee will apply.

On rare occasions, services can be subject to the effect of weather or unforeseen circumstances. 

Should a cruise not operate for any reason passengers will be offered an alternative day of travel or a refund will be authorised.

  • Cancellations received within 36 hours of departure are subject to 50% cancellation
  • Cancellations received within 24 hours of departure are subject to 100% cancellation fees.

Cairns Dive & Snorkel Tour |Great Barrier Reef Tour | 3 Reefs

Tour Code: 116

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove

Fast Boat - See More Sights



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

Child: au$181.00
Family: au$774.00

Tour Code: 116



15 yrs & over

4 - 14 yrs

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1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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