On your Great Barrier Reef tour you'll glide across the water from Cairns on our new luxury boat to the Outer Great Barrier Reef.
Swim around in the aqua waters with a snorkel, or explore the corals and reef fish down deeper on an optional introductory scuba dive.
We will have around five hours visiting two spectacular reefs either Hastings, Saxons or Norman Reef, each one offering a different view of corals and marine life.
Lunch is an Aussie BBQ buffet with steak, sausages, fish and prawns with yummy salads. Afternoon tea includes a glass of wine with a cheese and fruit platter.
On the return journey, there will be some musical entertainment to liven up the journey back to Cairns.
And why not take the opportunity to gain a new, yet no less dazzling perspective of this incredible reef with a glass bottom boat tour (weather permitting) or upgrade to a scenic helicopter flight package which includes a 10 minute scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef.
You'll coast along a scenic route through mountains to reach the idyllic town of Port Douglas with a stop at the Wildlife Habitat where you can get up close to a Kangaroo and Koala and see lots of other Native Australian Wildlife. (This is optional)
After a short visit, you’ll then move on to the mystical beauty of Mossman Gorge. Your expert guide will lead you to an ancient emerald wonderland that will have you in awe.
Great Barrier Reef Tour
Free time in Port Douglas
BYO lunch or purchase from restaurant
Swim in the resort pool
Cape Tribulation Beach walk
Daintree River Wildlife Cruise
Great Barrier Reef Tour
Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat Entry
Set menu lunch in the Restaurant
Cape Tribulation Beach walk
Daintree River wildlife cruise
The Outer Great Barrier Reef provides a natural treasure of brilliantly-hued coral formations and a trove of tropical fish.
The magic of this reef is in its promise to produce a spectacular sight at any given time.
After a busy morning snorkelling and scuba diving, you can enjoy a delicious BBQ buffet lunch, with live entertainment onboard.
During the months of June to September keep an eye out for the mighty humpback whales that pass through the Great Barrier Reef on their annual migration.
A marine naturalist will lead you on a snorkel tour of discovery while pointing out sea creatures and sharing knowledge about the reef.
Your snorkel guide will show you curiosities such as vivid starfish, sea-cucumbers and crustaceans.
You’ll be thrilled by your own sightings of a giant shoal of blue Maori Wrasse (dogfish) and other marine life as they circle around you and pass you by.
This snorkel tour is both riveting and helpful for those who are not the most confident swimmers, or for those who just adore facts about corals, turtles, rays, giant clams and all the other incredible reef fish below you.
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Clear, calm conditions will make your first ever introductory scuba dive the perfect experience on the Great Barrier Reef.
A helpful dive instructor will share all the skills you need with a brief exhibition to have you exploring the depths of the reef in no time!
Your boat's skipper will have chosen between three coral reefs, based on their coral quality, diving ease and the weather and ocean conditions.
An introductory dive on Saxon, Hastings, or Norman reefs are all equally incredible dive choices, each renowned for its magnificent underwater towers, boulders, and bommies (coral mountains).
While diving at around 7 - 10 metres you will see the colours of vivid branch thickets and flowery gardens of corals and the fish and marine life that hide amongst them.
Some reef fish you will encounter are blue parrotfish, teal damsels, butter-yellow angels, and giant magenta clams.
Please note: You must be medically fit to scuba dive
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The Outer Great Barrier Reef is a destination almost unparalleled as a diving destination.
Regardless of experience, the nature of this reef has found many a certified diver inspired.
You'll be amazed by the stunning density of sea-stars, giant clams, and neon feeders on the ocean floor, as well as the array of unique reef fish.
On your 30-minute tour, you'll encounter swim-throughs and vast drop-offs that line the magical continental shelf and meet an arrange of unique marine life including grazing sea turtles, a flowing ray, the vivid orange of darting clownfish colonies and an icy-blue Maori Wrasse or ginormous Sunfish.
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On this unique underwater tour, you can take a break from the water and not miss a moment of the reef!
This tour is also great for non-swimmers and young children.
On an optional upgrade to the semi-submersible submarine tour, you'll explore this underwater sanctuary like it’s your very own air-conditioned aquarium.
Your submarine will glide through and around the coral gardens that display rich red branch thickets and flowery clusters.
You might even find yourself on display as giant speckled cod or cute Blue Tang (Dory) peer back through the glass at you!
This is a fascinating interactive tour that has an accompanying reef presentation.
So as you discover the surrounding marine world, you'll also learn some fascinating facts about the reef's inhabitants.
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Have you ever imagined flying through fluffy white clouds and endless blue sky, across a panorama of natural colour, with a birds-eye view?
On an optional upgrade scenic helicopter flight, you can make that fantasy a reality!
With a 10-minute scenic flight above the Outer Great Barrier Reef, you'll gain a new perspective of the beautiful habitat from below.
Among a patchwork of red, green, pink and yellow coral formations, you'll spot the vivid shadows of grazing sea turtles, and perhaps a pod of leaping dolphins or a Minke whale breaking the waves.
This rare aerial view of the reef is the ultimate way to view the vastness and beauty of the reef.
Book your helicopter flight upgrade package here.
On a scenic coastal highway, through roads cut into forest-covered mountains, you'll travel the panoramic route to beautiful Port Douglas on a spacious air-conditioned bus.
This tropical town is home to the Wildlife Habitat, one of the upgrade options you may want to explore.
In this eco-friendly sanctuary, you'll have the opportunity to meet mammoth pythons and giant regal crocodiles.
Among flitting birds of paradise, you can also feed a kangaroo, pat a wallaby, and cuddle a gorgeous koala.
Why not have your picture taken with this furry creature as you share a moment?
For those who like to adventure on their own, you can take a stroll around this enchanting little coastal town and discover unique shops and cafes.
Along the next exciting stride of your day, you'll pass a landscape of cane-fields and even the Alps of the Great Dividing Range, on your way to Mossman Gorge.
On this informative and exhilarating tour, you'll discover walkways across flowing rapids and lush hidden water holes, and learn the ancient Dreamtime fables of the Kuku Yalanji people.
Hear fascinating tales of how Indigenous fruits and plants were used for medicinal purposes; and how the Kuku Yalanji people perceive the overlooking mountain as a protector that only allows good spirits into the Daintree Rainforest.
Welcome to paradise, the Daintree Rainforest of Tropical North Queensland!
The sheer magnificence of this area will astound you. Named by Captain Cook, who found Cape Tribulation 'an amazing labyrinth', this evergreen wonderland is indeed amazing.
Shaped like an amphitheatre, the basin is enclosed by a semi-circle of majestic mountains.
With the forest’s humidity and misty habitat, this is an ideal ecosystem for growing rare tropical fruit, and acting as a haven for marsupials, reptiles, and over 450 species of birds – 13 of which are unknown in any other part of the world.
Keep your eyes peeled, you could spot a Cassowary; a 1.5 - 2-metre ostrich-like creature with rainbow markings.
The Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation is also known for its secluded beaches and unique village atmosphere.
See our 2 Day Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest Combo Package Tour.
On the last part of your Daintree Rainforest tour, you'll be entering the only place on the entire planet that boasts two World Heritage sites, side by side! Surrounded by goliath trees, you'll learn how some are well over 120 years old and how the rainforest is estimated between 100 – 180 million years old.
Under a canopy of towering fronds, you’ll board a cruise along the Daintree River.
Meandering down the stream, you’ll have a front-row seat to spot some of the natural wonders of the rainforest, including the glistening golden-orb spider, and of course, the Saltwater crocodile – a mysterious creature that can live for over a century and can grow to seven metres in length.
January - December
Excludes Christmas & New Years Day
Day 1 Departs Cairns for the Outer Reef at 8.15am, returns to Cairns at 4.30pm and allows 5 hours at the Outer Reef
Day 2 Departs Cairns at 7.00am and returns approx 6.30pm
Scuba Diving – minimum age 12
Scuba Diving Restrictions
Yes.. It was fun
Response From Barrier Reef Australia
Thank you, we are glad we were able to help you have a fun day exploring the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest!
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: 13yrs+; Child age: 4-12yrs; 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.