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.
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:
Optional Extra Upgrades
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Check in at The Reef Fleet Terminal at 7:30am (1 Spence st Cairns)
January - December
Excludes Christmas & New Years Day
Total time on reef 5 Hours
Departs 08:15am Returns 4:30pm
Scuba Diving – minimum age 12
Scuba Diving Restrictions
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.