Cairns Snorkel Tour - Dive Tour - Optional Helicopter

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove

2nd Child Travels FREE

From

au$185.00

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

Child: au$95.00
Family: au$405.00

Tour Code: 452

Phone
1300 231 118
WhatsApp
+61 427 074 745
WeChat
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  • Almost every Outer Great Barrier Reef cruise allows you to explore the beauty of coral gardens and rare reef fish. And on this tour, you’ll be doubly entertained by an authentic Aussie BBQ, and live musical band playing your favourites! 
  • Deep below, or high above the surface, this tour offers a spectacular choice of discovering the reef up close in an introductory dive, or from a unique aerial view by scenic helicopter.

This Cairns snorkel tour to the outer Great Barrier Reef from Cairns Marlin Marina is an unforgettable way to discover marine life and enjoy a selection of abundant water activities and optional helicopter scenic flights.

On a newly built boat you will speed across dazzling waters to the world’s most colourful reef-system. Your skipper, with a choice of 12 stunning locations, will choose the first stop based on best currents, tides, visibility and overall reef conditions. 

Whilst out on the reef (or via this link) you can choose to upgrade and take a scenic helicopter flight and see the Great Barrier Reef from above and below the waters surface on a 10 minute scenic flight. 

A marine expert will share a reef presentation and some snorkelling tips to enhance your adventure. Between sea-stars and sea-turtles, blue Parrotfish and yellow Butterflyfish, coral mountains and pinnacles, your snorkelling experience will be among the greatest natural aquarium existing on our planet!

You could also learn to dive among this aquatic wonder, or see it from a whole new perspective with a semi submersible submarine tour as an optional extra that you also book whilst out on the reef.

Delight in an Aussie BBQ lunch, complete with prawns, steak, sausages and vegetarian options, as you listen to a live musical band.

You'll then move on to another, no less impressive and breathtaking coral reef system to explore.

Catch a few rays basking on the spacious deck in the sun, or simply plunge right into the undersea extravaganza again for the afternoon.

Cairns Great Barrier Reef Tour Inclusions

Jump on board the newest and fastest Great Barrier Reef tour boat in Cairns to snorkel and scuba dive two outer coral reef sites as chosen by the boats skipper each morning based on the tides, winds and currents on the day.

This Great Barrier Reef tour is the best value reef trip in Cairns and you have so many extra optional activities that you may also upgrade to enjoy.

Great Barrier Reef Tour Inclusions:

  • Snorkel 2 outer coral reef locations
  • ​Travel time to reef only 80 minutes
  • ​5 Hours of reef time
  • Use of snorkelling equipment & floatation devices
  • Barbeque lunch with meats, fish, prawns, salads, and vegetarian option available)
  • Use of lycra sun suits
  • Fruit platter, cheese and glass of wine on return home journey
  • Experienced dive instructors
  • Large air-conditioned boat lounges
  • Spacious sundecks
  • High crew to guests ratio 

Optional Extra Upgrades

  • Introductory Scuba Diving
  • Certified Scuba Diving
  • 10 Minute Scenic Helicopter Flight (To be booked whilst out on the reef or here)
  • Semi-Submersible Submarine Tour (To be booked whilst out on the reef)
  • Return Coach Transfers to Cairns and Northern Beaches Accommodation

Cairns Great Barrier Reef tour, fast boat

Cruise off on a fast boat ride from Cairns to a magical wonderland of coral kingdoms on this brand new luxury Great Barrier Reef tour vessel.

With air-conditioned cabins and sunny decks, you can enjoy the cruise in personal-choice comfort.

The boats skipper has an option of 12 spectacular mooring sites to anchor at, and will choose the most superb for you based on clear balmy waters and coral excellence.

There will be a mouth-watering Aussie BBQ lunch buffet, and complimentary wine and cheese in the afternoon.

And your entertainment isn't just a rainbow of coral formations and tropical fish, but a live on-board band playing all your favourites.

With so many exceptional activities to indulge in, a friendly crew member can help plan your morning and afternoon.

You might want to try your first ever helicopter scenic flight and introductory scuba dive.

Or see the splendour of the reef from a land-lovers submarine tour point of view.

Snorkel on the Outer Great Barrier Reef - Cairns

The winter months of July - August draw Dwarf Minke Whales, Bottlenose dolphins, and sometimes a sighting of Australia's most famous Humpback Whale, Migaloo, at the outer Great Barrier Reef.

Other drawn visitors could be a fever of manta-rays or idling dugong (sea-cow).

Yet every day will bring a breathtaking visitation of sea turtles and and an endless array of striking coloured and patterned reef fish.

You'll skim a sparkling surface over a gemstone-like habitat of coral mountains, peering in awe at beautiful anemone and fusiliers in every hue.

If you've never snorkeled before, there's one-on-one special tuition available, given by a friendly marine expert.

Embrace this undersea wonderland with both your eyes and memories.

Guided Snorkel Tour

Included in your Cairns Great Barrier Reef tour, is the opportunity to learn all about the sheer phenomena you’re swimming right amongst.

You'll hear how within the endless aquamarine, lies the oldest and most complex ecosystem in the world, and the largest living thing on our planet.

The Outer Great Barrier Reef can even be seen from space by astronauts, so don't feel silly waving up at the blue skies!

And save a few waves for the marine life below too. On this snorkelling tour, your marine expert is adept at finding and interacting with the most compelling species.

Threading throughout the startling blues and yellows of Parrot and Damselfish, you’ll see wonderful curiosities up close, in the form of sea-cucumbers and the starfish.

And as you glide over unforgettable exhibits, your guide will likewise explain what coral actually is, and how the most alluring garden in existence came into creation.

Optional Semi-Submersible Submarine Tour

You might want to interlace amidst a mesmerising land of vivid branches, vast plates, and intricate flowery coral.

And you may want to view an ethereal ray and regal sea-turtle from inches away.

Yet you may not be in the mood to get wet while doing it!

This unique semi-submersible submarine tour is a dry, air conditioned, birds-eye view of the intriguing Outer Great Barrier Reef.

Semi-submerged under the water, your custom made submarine will glide throughout a wondrous marine world of captivating colour.

Thru glass windows floor, you'll view the beauty of vivid Starfish, neon feeders and a gala of reef fish.

To accompany you on this Great Barrier Reef tour, they'll be an interactive reef presentation by the submarine boat captain.

Hear all about why the fascinating complexities of this Great Barrier Reef system and its legend as one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Book the submarine whilst out on the Great Barrier Reef.

Optional Introductory Scuba Diving

This may very well appeal to the explorer’s soul inside you, just looking for a way to try a new experience or adventure!

Drifting along the shores with a snorkel and mask is a magnificent way to view the fantasyland below the waters surface, then an introductory scuba dive allows you to glide further down within the heart of this world heritage masterpiece to see things that are just not lurking in the shallower waters above.

You could view cheeky eels darting in and out of crevices up close, and hover only centimetres away from the giant purple clam.

The giant schools of heavenly blue Maori wrasse and speckled cod could mistake you as one of their own and swim alongside for the tour.

For 30 minutes, you’ll scuba dive and explore mythical coral peaks and basins, alive with rich branch thickets and flowery clusters.

If you're hesitant about trying an introductory scuba dive, this tour offers a rare, free introductory dive lesson.

A helpful dive master will be with you every underwater breath of the way, as you coast weightlessly through the ocean.

Optional Certified Scuba Diving

Welcome to the ultimate aspiration for every certified scuba diver who dreamed of marine heaven.

Your entrancing sites for the day could include Hastings, Saxon, and Norman Reefs; all legendary destinations renowned for swim throughs, pinnacles, bommies, (coral mountains) and drop off walls close to the continental shelf.

The reason the Outer Great Barrier Reef is a far-travelled scuba dive mecca, is not just because of its awe-inspiring terrain, but the sheer plenitude of marine life you’ll find.

Tropical fish, sea-turtles and stingrays in abundance.

Dolphins and whales in the cooler months, world famous coral spawning later in the year, and such a cache of reef fish that you might find a rare rainbow Mandarin, or a settlement of Clown fish (Nemo) so vast, it will leave you breathless.

In fact we can guarantee each sighting in your world-wonder experience with stay with you for the rest of your diving days.

Optional Scenic Helicopter Flight

Spectacular as the azure Outer Great Barrier Reef is from under the surface, there's another breathtaking way to view this icon.

Fly like one of the sea-eagles you're likely to see, over a quilt of turquoise entwined with coral gems on a scenic helicopter flight.

This unforgettable 10 minute aerial adventure will fan across a miraculous discovery of marine life.

The joyful recognition of grazing sea-turtles, frolicking dolphins, and perhaps even a whale or two is the kind of helicopter scenic flight visuals that dreams are made of.

The friendly crew will jet you across to a helipad on the ocean, and a pilot will lift you to soaring new heights, and a new perspective of the marine park.

Your scenic helicopter flight will have you flying at around 500 feet above the waters surface which enables you to see the intricate lace like formations of the reef and its inhabitants.

Book the 10 minute scenic helicopter flight whilst out on the reef or book here

See our half day Fly/Cruise Great Barrier Reef tour from Cairns 

Included In Price

  • Less travel time approx 80 minutes
  • 2 stunning outer coral reef sites
  • 5 hours reef time
  • Use of high quality snorkel & dive gear
  • Hot and Cold Aussie Barbeque Lunch
  • Fruit platter,cheese and a glass of wine on return journey
  • Live entertainment on return boat journey
  • Experienced dive instructors
  • Air conditioned vessel
  • Cruise on the fastest - newest Great Barrier Reef tour boat in Cairns
  • Guided snorkel tour
Tour Languages Offered
  • Chinese
  • English
Departs From

Cairns

Departure Time

08:15 am

Departure Instructions

Check in at The Reef Fleet Terminal at 7:30am (1 Spence st Cairns)

Pickup Locations
  • Cairns
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Palm Cove
  • Transfers are an additional cost and must be pre-booked
Destinations
  • Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Hasting Reef
  • Saxon Reef
  • Norman Reef
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation

Daily

Excludes Christmas & New Years Day

Duration

Total time on reef 5 Hours
Departs 08:15am Returns 4:30pm

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Introductory Scuba Dive
  • Certified Dives
  • Semi submersible Submarine Tour
  • Upgrade to Scenic Helicopter Flights
  • Lycra sun suit / wetsuit hire
  • Digital Camera Hire
  • Guided snorkel tour with Marine Biologist
Fitness Level Required

Low, Medium

Restrictions

Scuba Diving – minimum age 12

IN-WATER RESTRICTIONS

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
  • Medical questionnaire for divers.
  • Hearing impaired passengers can be provided with written snorkelling and safety information.
Eco Certifications
Advanced Ecotourism Certified
Ecotourism Certified
  • Swimming costume
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera (charged)
  • Cash ($AUD) or credit card for additional purchases and on board snacks
  • Family Fare: 2 Adults and 2 Children
  • 2nd Child Travels Free
  • Diving available for 12 years and over.
  • Children 3 and under travel 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 for details prior to booking.

Pricing: Adult age: 17yrs+; Child age: 4-16yrs; Infants up to 3yrs. Children up to 15yrs must be accompanied by an adult. Passengers under 18yrs will require parental guardian signature. Safety: Divers 65yrs+ must provide a current ‘AS4005.1’ dive medical prior to travel. Please consider weather and wind strength before booking. Semi-submersible tours are weather permitting. Cancellations/Alterations/Refunds: No refunds for cancellations within 18 hours of departure time; 24 hours for dive courses and packaged products. Re booking fees apply for alterations made within these times. The operator reserves the right to cancel the tour, change vessel type or arrange an alternative carrier in the event of bad weather or mechanical problems. No refunds for voluntary uncompleted dives.

Cairns Snorkel Tour - Dive Tour - Optional Helicopter

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove

2nd Child Travels FREE

From

au$185.00

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

Child: au$95.00
Family: au$405.00

Tour Code: 452

Phone
1300 231 118
WhatsApp
+61 427 074 745
WeChat
BarrierReefAustralia

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