Cairns Snorkelling Tour - Aboriginal Experience

Tour Code: 689

Departing: Cairns

Aboriginal Guided Reef Tour
  • Snorkeling and scuba diving on 2 Outer Great Barrier Reef sites from Cairns
  • Upgrade your Great Barrier Reef tour from Cairns: Book an introductory dive or certified dives 
  • This is the onIy Aboriginal Cultural Great Barrier Reef tour in Australia. Enjoy and Indigenous welcome & acknowledgment and learn about how the reef and its resources are vital to life
  • Enjoy listening to the Great Barrier Reef creation story from the Dreamtime told by local indigenous Aborignal rangers as you cruise out to the reef
  • Spend around 5 hours on the outer Great Barrier Reef just off Cairns exploring two very different coral reef sites. Morning and afternoon tea and lunch is also included as is all your snorkel gear

Included In Price

  • 5 hours on the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Aborignal Indigenous welcome and acknowledgment 
  • Great Barrier Reef creation story
  • Snorkel two premium outer Great Barrier Reef sites
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Marine Biologist presentation
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Wet and lycra suits
  • Freshly prepared buffet lunch
  • Small Boat Service - Big Boat Comfort
  • Open sun deck lounge area

The first Great Barrier Reef tour of its kind in Cairns and Australia. A touch of Australian Aboriginal Culture integrated in to an all-day outer reef tour. You will explore 2 premium reef sites over a 5-hour period while learning about the diverse ecosystem from the Aboriginal Rangers on board.

This distinct cultural Great Barrier Reef tour departs daily out of Cairns and travels to 2 outer Great Barrier Reef dive and snorkel sites, Moore & Miln Reefs.

It is a full day Great Barrier Reef tour with a duration of 8.5 hours on a snorkel only boat which can cater for up to 65 passengers.

Most suitable for snorkellers however, there is also a glass bottom boat tour for non-swimmers included.  

During the day a sumptuous hot and cold buffet lunch is served as well as morning & afternoon tea.

Our Aboriginal Cultural Great Barrier Reef tour departs Cairns Marlin Marina at 8.00am and returns by 4.30pm.

Cairns Great Barrier Reef Tour Itinerary

7.30am: Check-In at the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal

8.00am: Depart Cairns Marlin Marina

9.30am: Arrive at the first outer Great Barrier Reef site

3.00pm: Depart the second Great Barrier Reef site

4.30pm: Arrive at Cairns Marlin Marina

First Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Site – Moore Reef

2hrs to snorkel and/or scuba dive, and take a glass bottom boat tour.

Scenic helicopter flights are also available at the first site. 

Second Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Site – Miln Reef

3hrs to eat lunch, snorkel and/or dive. Guided Snorkel Safari is available at this site.

Alternatively, you can relax on the top deck on one of the sun lounges. 

On the return to Cairns

Enjoy afternoon tea before boat journey back to Cairns.  Indigenous rangers will be happy to answer any questions about their Dreamtime stories and Aboriginal culture.

Optional Extra Activities

  • In-Water Optional Extra Activities   

Try scuba diving for the first time with and introductory scuba dive or if you are certified then book a few dives for your time out on the Great Barrier Reef

Combo Packages

Look at our combo package deals and book one to make your day on this Great Barrier Reef tour extra special 

 See more Great Barrier Reef tours from Cairns 

Tour Languages Offered
  • Chinese
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
Departs From


Departure Time

Boarding commences at 8.15am with final boarding at 8.45am from Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal. Our vessel departs Cairns Marlin Jetty at 09:00 arriving at the first reef by 10:30, leaving the reef at 15:30 and arriving back in Cairns by 17:00.

  • Great Barrier Reef
  • 2 premium Outer Barrier Reef sites: Moore & Milln Reefs
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation



8 hours (approx) 5 Hours Reef Time

Available for Purchase / Hire

Guided snorkel safari

Fitness Level Required

Low, 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.

  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sun protection
  • Hat & Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Cash ($AUD) or credit card (Visa, MasterCard) for snacks and drinks and any additional onboard purchases.

Customer Reviews

Average Rating

Alexander P

Reviewed on May 24, 2019

Absolutely Amazing! Highly recommend doing the intro Scuba Diving as well!

Response From Barrier Reef Australia

Alexander thank you very much for your kind review of you Great Barrier Reef tour from Cairns. Trying a scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef for the first time is certainly very exciting.

  • Child price applies to children 4 to 14
  • Minimum age for introductory scuba diving is 12

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:

  • A cancellation fee of 100% will apply if less than 24 hours notice is given prior to departure.
  • Some services may be cancelled or modified as a result of weather/tidal conditions or other unforeseen circumstances.
  • In the rare event that Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel needs to cancel, the guest will be provided with an alternate day of travel, offered another Reef Unlimited product, or a full refund.

Cairns Snorkelling Tour - Aboriginal Experience

Tour Code: 689

Departing: Cairns

Aboriginal Guided Reef Tour



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

Child: au$169.00
Family: au$577.00

Tour Code: 689



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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