Cairns Snorkelling & Diving - Only 40 Guests - 2 Reef Sites | Snorkel & Dive | T6

Tour Code: 1114

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns

Dive & Snorkel - Only 40 Guests - Two Reef Sites
  • **Due to unplanned maintenance, Tusa Reef Tours is not currently operating. Expected return date early 2025**
  • Luxury boat, purpose built & modern including spacious lounge seating and sun deck for relaxation.
  • On the day your Captain will select the best 2 reef locations amongst 27 options
  • Snorkel headset gear is fitted with underwater commentary to teach you about the reef.
  • This is a 5 star Great Barrier Reef tour for those who wish to see the best of the Great Barrier Reef. Visit 2 reef sites and be there in only 90 minutes. 
  • Guests must be 12 years and older. Meals included are breakfast, morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea. 
  • Only 40 guests onboard, it's an all-inclusive, premium Outer Great Barrier Reef tour visiting two reef locations. This is a Cairns reef tour for discerning travellers.

Included In Price

  • Small group - 40 passengers only
  • All-inclusive outer reef experience
  • Visits 2 reef locations
  • All snorkel & diving equipment provided
  • Two guided snorkelling sessions
  • Luxury boat: purpose built, modern vessel
  • Waterproof headsets for underwater commentaries
  • Delicious chef prepared meals
  • 30 years experience
  • Return accommodation transfers from Cairns city
  • Souvenir take home drink bottle
  • All food & beverages supplied incl alcoholic drinks on the return journey
  • Tea, coffee and water always available for self service
  • Environmentally friendly plant-based wetsuits
  • Taxes & marine park levy
  • Carbon offset

All-inclusive luxury Great Barrier Reef trip departing from Cairns. Small group only 40 guests. Includes certified dives, introductory dives and snorkel. Enjoy up to 3 dives on 2 amazing reef locations.

Due to unplanned maintenance, Tusa Reef Tours is not currently operating. Expected return date early 2025

What to Expect

Experience an exclusive Great Barrier Reef tour with our all-inclusive luxury day trip departing from Cairns. Limited to just 40 guests, enjoy up to three dives or snorkelling experiences at two incredible Great Barrier Reef locations, personalised service, and a host of activities both in and out of the water.

Features and Highlights

Why Our Cairns Reef Tour is Simply the Best

  • Low Guest to Crew Ratio: Ensuring personalised service.
  • Gourmet Meals: Breakfast, lunch, morning tea, afternoon tea, and drinks with a cheese platter on the return journey.
  • Quick Reef Access: Only 90 minutes to the outer reef.
  • Ample Reef Time: Spend five hours diving and snorkelling.
  • Premium Amenities: Waterproof headsets with commentary, comfortable lounge seating, and sun deck.

Diving and Snorkelling in Style

  • Certified and Introductory Dives: Up to three scuba dives at two different reef locations.
  • Expert Crew: Highly experienced and knowledgeable marine guides and instructors.
  • Luxury Vessel: Spacious, air-conditioned lounges and sun decks.

Your Day on the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns

  • 7:30 AM: Pick-up from Cairns accommodation and check-in at Cairns Marina (C Finger).
  • 8:00 AM: Enjoy a delicious breakfast onboard before departure.
  • 9:30 AM: Arrive at the first outer reef site. Diving, snorkelling, and enjoy morning tea.
  • 12:30 PM: Lunch is served on board.
  • 1:00 PM: Explore the second reef site.
  • 2:30 PM: Depart for Cairns with drinks and a cheese platter.
  • 4:00 PM: Arrive back at Cairns Marina and transfer to accommodation.


Snorkelling Tours

Begin your snorkelling tour adventure on the Great Barrier Reef with a deluxe full-day trip from Cairns. Enjoy personalised service with the lowest guest-to-crew ratio, ensuring an exceptional experience. After a full briefing from our marine guides, explore two premier snorkelling sites selected for optimal conditions. Discover vibrant fish, stunning coral formations, and majestic sea turtles.

Introductory Diving

Discover Scuba Diving

Dive into the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef with our introductory diving experience. Ideal for beginners, this dive is guided by our experienced instructors who provide comprehensive briefings and surface training. Explore the underwater world to a depth of 30 feet (10m) and encounter a vibrant array of marine life. Dive at two serene outer reef sites with top-of-the-line equipment and enjoy the comfort of our purpose-built dive vessel.

Certified Diving

Personalised Diving Experience

For certified divers, our VIP Great Barrier Reef tour offers an unparalleled diving experience. Limited to just 40 guests, enjoy the highest standards of service and the latest in sustainable dive gear. Plan up to three dives over the day with guidance from our expert PADI instructors. Explore vibrant coral gardens, reef walls, and abundant marine life at handpicked dive sites.

More VIP Great Barrier Reef Tour Experiences

For an elevated experience, explore our VIP Great Barrier Reef tour options, including the Admirals Club and Captains Club from Cairns. Enjoy personalised service, exclusive amenities, and the best of what the Great Barrier Reef has to offer. For the overnight experience choose VIP accommodation and your own personal valet. 

Join us for an unforgettable day on the Great Barrier Reef, where every detail is designed to provide you with the ultimate luxury and adventure.

Explore more Cairns reef tours and options here.

Learn more about the Great Barrier Reef.

Your Day On The Great Barrier Reef

7.30 am – Cairns accommodation pick up and check in at the Cairns Marina (C Finger).

8:00 am – Enjoy a delicious breakfast onboard before departing for the Great Barrier Reef.

9:30 am – Arrive at our first Outer Reef Site. Certified Scuba Divers have the choice of either take two short 40-minute dives or one long 60-minute dive, unguided. If you would rather guided dives then you can take two guided sessions of 40 minutes each. If you would like to try diving for the first time you can do so here with a PADI Instructor. The rest of the group can enjoy some snorkelling (two guided snorkelling sessions are available). Next, morning tea served on board before returning to the water.

12.30 pm – Lunch is served, choose between dining in or in the open air on one pf many decks.

1.00 pm – Time to get back in the water for your final session.

2.30 pm – We start making our way back to the Cairns Marina. Some drinks and a cheese platter will be served, while you contribute to 'Eye on the Reef' by sharing what you saw on the reef today.

4.00 pm – Back to the Cairns Marina, and we commence complimentary hotel drop-offs.

Cairns Snorkelling Tour

Experience the best the Great Barrier Reef has to offer.

Start your snorkelling tour adventure with us and discover the breathtaking beauty of the outer reef on our all day all-inclusive full day trip from Cairns.

Join us for a deluxe Great Barrier Reef snorkelling excursion from Cairns and immerse yourself in the serene and mesmerizing underwater world, rich with vibrant hues and diverse marine life.

Limited to a maximum of just 40 guests, our snorkelling day trip offers the highest level of service, with the lowest guest-to-crew ratios of any snorkelling trip from Cairns.

From the moment your step aboard, our highly trained and knowledgeable crew and marine guides will be on hand to ensure an exceptional day on the Great Barrier Reef and serve you a sumptuous breakfast to get you ready for the day.

Your journey to the outer reef will be a short 90-minute voyage, during which you’ll enjoy a full briefing from our Marine Guides on the activities for the day.

With up to five hours of adventure out on the reef, your captain will select the best two snorkelling sites nestled within the Outer Great Barrier Reef.

Based on the day’s conditions, we will select the most favourable locations, ensuring a breathtaking experience among an abundance of tropical fish (where you can find your own Nemo), pristine coral formations, and majestic sea turtles.

Curious to try scuba diving? Take advantage of our introductory scuba experience for the ultimate Great Barrier Reef encounter.

Designed for confident swimmers, an introductory dive will provide you with the thrill of scuba diving while under the direct supervision of one of our highly trained scuba diving instructors.

Introductory Diving

Indulge in the ultimate Great Barrier Reef day trip with our premium all-inclusive day trip from Cairns.

Enjoy our Introductory Diving experience as part of your day and treat yourself to an unforgettable experience. 

Discover the mesmerising beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, as our seasoned and knowledgeable Instructors and marine guides accompany you on this extraordinary journey.

Whether you’re a seasoned swimmer or a beginner, you can participate in the dive (subject to meeting health requirements).  

Our expert marine guides will provide comprehensive briefings, instruction, and surface training, ensuring a safe and unforgettable dive.

Immerse yourself in the underwater world and descend to a maximum depth of 30 feet (10m), where you will encounter a plethora of vibrant marine life.

Our diving expeditions visit two serene outer reef sites each day, handpicked from our private moorings based on prevailing conditions.  

With top-of-the-line diving equipment and purpose-built dive vessel, equipped with spacious dive decks and easy access platform, guarantee a comfortable dive experience.

In between dives, relax and enjoy snorkelling the reef, with snorkelling equipment included for all guests.

Relax on sun-kissed decks, enjoy air-conditioned indoor spaces, and tantalize your palate with delectable food and beverages prepared by our talented in-house chefs.

Join us and discover a whole new world beneath the waves.

Certified Diving

A Personal Experience

Limited to just 40 guests to maximise your comfort, our purpose-built dive vessel is fitted to the highest standards and equipped with the latest in modern and sustainable dive gear.

Your crew of 9 includes 8 knowledgeable marine guides and dive instructors who are readily available to see to your needs throughout the day and to help you plan your dives and activities at each of the two sites you’ll visit. 

You will be awestruck by the vibrant coral gardens, reef walls and abundance of marine life at our dive sites, with plenty of options to excite the most experienced divers as well as easily navigable routes for those new to the sport. 

Our open dive deck policy allows you to plan the dives of your choice, with up to three dives available over the day. Dive with your buddy or be guided by one of our highly experienced PADI instructors, considered amongst the best in Australia for their local knowledge and passion for the reef. 

View more Cairns reef tours and options here.

Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From


Departure Time

Departs 7.30am - Returns 4.00pm (approx)

Pickup Locations


  • Return transfers from Cairns city accommodation included
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Outer Great Barrier Reef: Norman, Saxon & Hastings reefs
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation

Wednesday - Sunday


90 minutes to the reef
5 hours on the reef

Fitness Level Required

Medium, Active


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 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
  • No shoes to be worn on boat
  • No passengers under 12 years of age permitted
Eco Certifications
Advanced Ecotourism Certified

Personal items, swimwear, towels, hat, sunscreen & warm clothing.

  • Minimum age 12
  • Children travel, same rate as adults

All cancellations must be in writing.

We understand things may change, so we have made cancellations very easy.

In every instance we always recommend you purchase travel insurance for life’s last-minute hiccups.

Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.

Operators policy:

  • Any amendment made to the Travel Date will be deemed to be a cancellation and will be subject to the charges set out in this document. 
  • Should you fail to arrive in time for our scheduled departure for any reason, you will not receive a refund of your tour costs. The vessel’s departure will not be delayed due to your late arrival. This includes factors beyond your control including medical problems, airline delays, bad weather, etc. – Competition and Consumer Act 2010.  
  • No refund or compensation will be given for any unused equipment or prepaid course or guide in the event you are unable to complete the entire tour. 

In the event you cancel your booking with us, the following charges will apply: 

​Cancellation Policy: 
Cancellations with 48 hours or more notice, will not be charged a cancellation penalty. 
Cancellations within 48 hours of departure, will incur a penalty of 100%. 

Trip Itinerary Changes
We endeavour to adhere to the advertised itinerary at all times, but we reserve the right to alter the itinerary or cut short the tour in the event of a medical emergency, inclement weather conditions, or for reasons involving passenger, crew or vessel safety, at the sole discretion of the Master of the Vessel. 

A severe storm or named cyclone in the region may delay our departure or require the trip to be cut short or cancelled. If travelling in the cyclone season (December to April) we advise (well prior the due Travel Date) the purchase of insurance that covers force majeure events (events outside the control of the parties, such as natural disasters). 

In the event that the advertised itinerary is altered, or the tour is cut short in accordance with clauses above: 

a) We will not be liable to provide a refund for your booking, or the unused portion of your booking;
b) We do not accept any liability whatsoever for any loss or out of pocket costs, howsoever caused (whether direct or indirect), because of the cancellation or change to the itinerary; and
c)  You may choose one of the following options:
Accept new arrangements that might, at our absolute discretion, be made by us; or 

Accept a replacement tour from us of equivalent standard and price that, subject to availability, might be offered by us at our absolute discretion. 

In the event of a mechanical breakdown, you accept that we will only be obliged to refund fees on a pro-rata basis and will not be responsible for alternative accommodation or tours, nor will we be liable for any other direct or indirect loss, expense, inconvenience or disappointment. 

Tusa Reef Tours reserves the right to change vessel, dive locations and price without notice. 

Medical Conditions

  • Some medical conditions may preclude a person from diving. Please check the medical conditions on our website or contact us for further details. 
  • Please note that any medicals required should be completed well before the day of departure. If in any doubt, please contact us prior to trip departure. 
  • Upon arriving at our vessel, and before commencing any dive activities, we will require all customers to complete our liability forms. All information provided must be strictly accurate. 
  • If during the tour it becomes apparent that a form has been incorrectly completed, by omission or false statement, we reserve the right to prevent any customer from undertaking any scuba diving / snorkelling activities while on board our vessel. Any decision made in this regard will be at the absolute discretion of the Dive Supervisor aboard the vessel. 

Insurance Advice
We strongly recommend that all customers purchase a Comprehensive Travel Insurance Policy that covers them for personal injury and the events, including but not limited to, your cancellation for any reason, and the cancellation or alteration to the scheduled itinerary for reasons involving weather or passenger, crew or vessel safety. 

We strongly recommend that all customers also purchase Evacuation and Medical cover for scuba diving. Scuba diving and In-water activities are not covered by all Travel Insurance Policies, and policy wordings should be read carefully. It is important to note that in the event a customer requires medical emergency services, the evacuation, medical, and vessel relocation expenses are the financial responsibility of the customer. 

Divers Alert Network (DAN)  & Dive Assure  offer comprehensive insurance packages specifically for scuba divers. 

Scuba Diving
We require all Certified Divers to present a valid Certification Card. Failure to show a Certification Card may result in the customer not being able to dive on the tour. This includes but is not limited to dive equipment that varies from standard and any specialty cards needed such as Full-Face Mask Distinctive Specialty or Nitrox. 

Our tours are subject to the risks and perils of scuba diving in changeable conditions in an open water environment. We reserve the right, for our customer’s safety and/ or the safety of our crew or other scuba divers, to prevent any customer’s participation in scuba diving if they are deemed physically or medically unfit to do so or in our sole discretion. 

No compensation is offered if you should be unable to complete all offered dives 

We strongly recommend a wait of 24 hours before flying after diving. 

You must not participate in scuba diving or snorkelling whilst under the influence of alcohol or any drugs. We shall have no liability to any customer should they participate in diving or snorkelling whilst under the influence of alcohol or any drugs. We may refuse entry to the water in the event we have reasonable grounds to expect a customer has consumed alcohol or drugs within a timeframe that could, in any way, affect their ability to scuba dive/snorkel safely. Any decision made in this regard will be at the absolute discretion of the Dive Supervisor aboard the vessel. 

If any equipment or property belonging to us is damaged or lost, we reserve the right to charge the customer responsible for making good the damage or loss. 

To participate in scuba diving/snorkelling, ALL customers are required to agree to, and sign, our liability forms relevant to the activity they will be undertaking. 

Included dive equipment used is BCD, Regulator with 1st Stage, Primary and alternate 2nd Stage, Gauges with Dive Computer, emergency signalling equipment, including a high visibility signalling device, for example, a safety sausage; and an audible signalling device (e.g., a whistle). If you are bringing your own equipment you must have at a minimum BCD, Regulator with 1st Stage, Primary and alternate 2nd Stage, Gauges and Dive Computer, emergency signalling equipment, including a high visibility signalling device, for example, a safety sausage; and an audible signalling device (e.g., a whistle). If your equipment varies from this, you must contact us prior to travel to verify suitability. 

Cairns Snorkelling & Diving - Only 40 Guests - 2 Reef Sites | Snorkel & Dive | T6

Tour Code: 1114

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns

Dive & Snorkel - Only 40 Guests - Two Reef Sites



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

Child: au$460.00
Family: au$1,840.00

Tour Code: 1114



1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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