Great Barrier Reef Tours - Cairns – VIP Captains Club - Unique Reef Trip

Tour Code: 457

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Port Douglas

Exclusive VIP Captains Club - Own Personal Valet - Free Dive & More
  • The biggest highlight is the VIP Captains Club and the free inclusions of a scuba dive, free coach transfers in Cairns, chef prepared meals in the VIP cabin, and the wonderful valet who will be attending you all day
  • Your very own private concierge service onboard and express check-in will make you feel like a true VIP for your day on the reef. You will be treated like a celebrity all day long.
  • Why do your own selfies when you have a personal guide who can take all your photos underwater? Underwater digital cameras are available to hire onboard. You might even get photobombed by a passing turtle!
  • If you loved the dive at the first site then it’s possible to do it all again on the second site (extra cost).  This is especially good for first time divers. Your second dive you will be so much more relaxed now you know what to expect. You’ll finish your day feeling that you are a real dive pro!

Included In Price

  • Dedicated personal Valet service for the day
  • Private snorkel or dive guide
  • A la carte breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea & Fresh Fruit Platters
  • Plunger coffee, tea & chocolates, Australian sparkling wine & cheese platter on return
  • Access to the exclusive Captain's Wheelhouse Top Deck Lounge
  • Cairns City return transfers (ex: hotel in Cairns to Reef Experience)
  • Unlimited Snorkeling
  • Introductory dive or certified dive
  • Marine Biologist Presentation
  • BBQ breakfast roll & tropical BBQ smorgasbord lunch & Fresh Fruit Platters
  • Morning tea & coffee, wine & cheese platter on return
  • Wetsuit hire, lycra suit and flotation devices
  • Up to 5 ½ hours on the Great Barrier Reef at 2 Outer Reef locations (weather permitting)
  • Reef tax/fuel levy/administration fees

Cairns only VIP Dive & Snorkel Tour, Captains Club with personal Valet, Free scuba dive, personal services all day whilst on our Great Barrier Reef tours.

What to Expect

Experience a unique and exclusive Great Barrier Reef tour from Cairns with our VIP Captains Club option. From the moment you board, your personal valet will take care of all your needs, ensuring a day filled with luxury and adventure. Settle into the Captains Club Wheelhouse, enjoy a chef-prepared breakfast, and get ready for an unforgettable day on the Outer Great Barrier Reef.

This is one of only Cairns VIP Diving & Snorkelling Tours - Captains Club

VIP Great Barrier Reef Tour - Captains Club

Our Captains Club Lounge is a fully air-conditioned space catering to only 8 VIP guests each day, ensuring a personalized and intimate experience. Your personal valet will guide you through all activities, from snorkelling and diving to relaxing in the lounge.

Features and Highlights

Exclusive Captains Club Lounge

  • Personal Valet: Dedicated service throughout the day.
  • Luxury Amenities: Mini bar, Nespresso coffee machine, TV, and audio system.
  • Private Lounge: Air-conditioned comfort with panoramic views.

Snorkelling and Diving

  • Two Coral Reef Locations: Snorkelling at two stunning outer reef sites.
  • Guided Snorkelling Tours: Led by marine biologists.
  • Snorkelling Equipment: Fins, masks, prescription masks, and flotation devices provided.

Dining and Refreshments

  • BBQ Breakfast: Chef-prepared breakfast on arrival.
  • Deluxe Lunch: BBQ with steak, fish, prawns, and salads.
  • Afternoon Tea: Cheese and fruit platter with a glass of bubbles.

Additional Activities

  • Free Scuba Diving: Introductory or certified diving options.
  • Semi-Submersible Submarine Tours: Available as a complimentary option (weather permitting).

Great Barrier Reef Tour Itinerary

  • 7:30 AM: Departure from Cairns Marlin Marina on a luxury high-speed catamaran.
  • 9:00 AM: Arrive at the first coral reef site. Enjoy snorkelling, diving, or other activities.
  • 12:00 PM: Deluxe BBQ lunch served by your personal valet.
  • 1:00 PM: Move to the second coral reef site for more exploration.
  • 3:00 PM: Afternoon tea with cheese and fruit platter.
  • 4:30 PM: Return to Cairns Marlin Marina.

Marine Biology Presentation

  • Learn about the diverse marine life on the Great Barrier Reef from our onboard marine biologist. Discover fascinating facts and stories about the reef's inhabitants, enhancing your underwater experience.

Great Barrier Reef Tour Dive & Snorkelling Sites

  • Depending on weather conditions, the captain will select the best sites for the day from the following:
Hastings Reef
  • A year-round favourite with smooth waters and great visibility. Known for its coral gardens and abundant fish life.
Breaking Patches
  • Located off Michaelmas Cay, this site is a turtle haven with resident turtles and a variety of marine life.
Saxon Reef
  • A vibrant site with cuttlefish, humpback whales (seasonal), and diverse marine life. Known for "Magic Mooring" and "Turtle Bommie."
Norman Reef
  • A pristine, less-visited site with an abundance of soft and hard corals and resident humphead Maori wrasse.
Jorgensen Patch
  • An isolated reef system with walls, overhangs, caves, and diverse marine life, including white tip sharks.

Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling Tour

  • Your personal guide will assist you in the water, ensuring a safe and enjoyable snorkelling experience. Discover a vibrant underwater world filled with colourful fish, corals, and possibly even a passing turtle.

Introductory Scuba Dive

  • Never dived before. No problem! Your personal instructor will guide you through an introductory dive, exploring the Great Barrier Reef's spectacular underwater world. Experience the thrill of scuba diving with one-on-one assistance.

Certified Scuba Dive

  • Certified divers will enjoy exploring world-renowned sites with our knowledgeable dive guides. Discover the diverse marine life and stunning coral formations that make the Great Barrier Reef a top diving destination.

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Marine Biology Presentation

On your way out to the Great Barrier Reef and the stunning sights on this World Heritage site, you can attend a marine biologist presentation that will enlighten you on the marine life you will be seeing on this magical day.

You won’t believe the interesting and entertaining stories that the life on the reef can offer. 

With one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world with 133 varieties of rays and sharks, 1625 types of fish and over 2900 separate reef corals, this is truly an amazing place.

You will learn about quirky fish behaviour, how fish change sex, how they love a clean and how Nemo (clown fish) can live amongst poisonous tentacles in their anemone home.

Being able to understand and learn about the fascinating life on the Great Barrier Reef will enhance your visit and help in giving you a fully immersive experience. 

Great Barrier Reef Tour Dive & Snorkel Sites

Depending on the Cairns weather and conditions on the day, this will dictate the best Great Barrier reef sites to visit on your reef tour. 

The boat Captain has a host of exclusive coral reef sites to choose from to ensure that you get the best conditions for your day and will choose from the below to ensure all guests have the most comfortable ride and experience on this Great Barrier Reef tour. 

Hastings Reef

Hastings Reef is a popular site as it is a fantastic all weather reef that offers year-round great protection. 

In these sheltered waters, the snorkelling and diving conditions are perfect having smooth waters and great visibility. 

The sites on this reef are called, quite aptly, “coral gardens”, compass mooring” and “the fishbowl”. 

So you’ll certainly be assured of wonderful coral formations with plenty of colourful fish life. 

Breaking Patches

This site is named “breaking patches’ as it is indeed just that – a patch of breakaway coral located just off of Michaelmas Cay.

This area is a turtle haven for partying turtles and this reef even has a resident turtle called ‘Gus’. 

As for all the reefs in this area, ‘breaking patches’ hosts a plethora of marine life.

In the sands beneath you might just spot a blue spotted ray, or see the massive shells of the giant clams along with all shapes, colours and sizes of cruising fish.

Saxon Reef

This dive site can be a hive of marine life activity. On the right day, there is so much life you really won’t know where to look. 

Cuttlefish families reside here, so you can watch them change colours as they move over the reef.

 You might even be lucky enough in the right season to see passing cruising humpback whales (July-Sept). 

They visit Cairns regularly for a holiday to relax, mate and Mother their calves after making their 8,000 km journey from Antarctica.

The sites on this reef ‘magic mooring’, ‘twin peaks’ and ‘turtle bommie’ describe the magic of the sights you will see. 

Norman Reef

Norman reef is the most northerly site out of the reef locations. 

In calm conditions this site is a real treat, ut can be affected by weather conditions, so is not visited as regularly as the other sites. 

Due to little activity and visitors, this is a pristine site that offers an abundance of soft and hard corals. 

A real coral garden that resembles a film set on a sci-fi movie. 

It even has a resident called ‘Frank’ – a large humphead Maori wrasse that might just come and say hello to you as you snorkel or dive here. 

Jorgensen Patch 

This is another patch reef like ‘breaking patches’ – an isolated reef system on the Great Barrier Reef. 

At this site, you will find walls, overhangs, small caves, swim-throughs and gullies. 

So there is wonderful topography to swim over and dive through at this site. 

The overhangs and shaded caves harbour a wide range of marine life. 

Shoals of fusiliers and damselfish hover over the coral heads as spotted rays lie camouflaged in the sandy bottom. 

This is also a highway for cruising white tip sharks (don’t worry, they are more scared of you than you of them).

Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Tour

You will have your own personal guide to act as your assistant and help in the water whilst you snorkel.

Putting your face into the water as you peer through your mask will unravel a whole new amazing underwater world. 

You really won’t want to look up as a mosaic of colourful fish twinkle beneath you.

Beautifully coloured angel and butterfly fish go about their business.

You might even see a nonchalant passing turtle grazing as it makes its lazy way across the reef.

Your personal tour guide will give you a full briefing before your snorkelling activity and will be giving you personal help and assistance in the water.

Having your own personal tour guide is a good way of feeling more confident and secure. 

They will literally be on hand if you should need their assistance.

All snorkel equipment – fins, masks, prescription masks and flotation devices are included in your VIP all inclusive Great Barrier Reef tour. 

Introductory Scuba Dive

If you have never scuba dived before and are wondering just how it feels to be like a fish, then you can go for an introductory scuba dive. 

Your personal instructor and guide will be with you the whole time to assist and help.

You will receive a full briefing by your personal instructor before the dive and after a few rudimentary exercises, you will be ready to give scuba diving a go for the first time.

You will descend slowly down a line as you enter the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. 

The conditions you are diving in are simply spectacular.

The waters on the Great Barrier Reef are some of the clearest in the world and also the most sheltered from currents and winds. 

This makes it an ideal location to experience the amazing joys of scuba diving.

It will initially feel rather strange to be breathing underwater, but as soon as you swim amongst the amazing fish life and coral gardens, you will start to be less nervous and more enraptured by the beauty of this new under water world.

You will be seeing the most amazing sights, swim with a passing sauntering turtle, see Nemo (clown fish) in their anemone home, jazzily coloured angelfish and bright yellow and blacks of the butterfly fish.

 You’ll be so busy taking in this whole new world you won’t want to come up!

What’s great is that if you love this experience and want to do it all again, you can!

Your personal instructor will change your tanks and prepare your equipment ready for your second dive at the next dive site (additional cost). 

Certified Scuba Dive

If you are a certified scuba diver then you will know that the Great Barrier Reef is one of the top locations in the world to dive.

See for yourself why this is such an iconic location.

You can leave your 8mm wetsuits, semi-dries and dry suits in storage at home as you experience diving in the tropical waters of the Coral Sea on the Great Barrier Reef. 

All equipment is provided. Don’t worry about the condition of the equipment, all BCD’s and regulators are serviced by law every six months.

After your personal dive guide briefs you about the dive, you will be taken on an underwater exploration on one of the amazing reef sites on the Great Barrier Reef.

On your dive, you will be swimming through one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world.

Your dive guide knows the dive sites better than the back of their hands. 

Their knowledge of the marine life, where it hides and how to find it will ensure that you will be privy to the ‘secret’ places that they know.

Encounter grazing turtles, colour-changing cuttlefish and smaller critters like nudibranch and Christmas tree worms.

What’s great about this tour is that after seeing this remarkable underwater world you can do it all again on the second dive (at an extra cost)!

See another unique VIP Great Barrier Reef tour from Cairns The Admirals Club VIP Great Barrier Reef tour and our VIP Captains Club Liveaboard dive tour.

Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From


Departure Time


Departure Instructions
  • Boarding at 7.30am for an 8.00am departure
  • Arrive back in Cairns at 4.30pm
Pickup Locations
  • Cairns
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Port Douglas
  • Complimentary transfers from Cairns CBD properties
  • Transfers from Outer Cairns, Northern Beaches & Port Douglas available at additional cost (subject to availability)
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Hastings Reef
  • Breaking Patches
  • Saxon Reef
  • Norman Reef
  • Jorgensen Patch
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation


$100 surcharge applies to Christmas Day departures - payable onboard the day of travel
A Surcharge of $50 per person applies to all other Queensland public holidays listed below - payable onboard the day of travel:
26 December 2023 – Boxing Day
01 January 2024 – New Year's Day
29, 30 & 31 March and 01 April 2024 – Easter


8.5 hours

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Return transfers from Outer Cairns, Northern Beaches or Port Douglas - need to be prebooked (subject to availability)
  • Additional Introductory Dive
  • Additional Certified Dive
Fitness Level Required

Low, Medium

  • Scuba Diving – minimum age 12
  • Dive medical forms to be completed prior to all diving

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

Please note this tour requires a minimum of 2 guests

  • Swimming costume
  • Towel
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Rash vest for sun protection
  • Dive certification for certified Scuba divers
  • Cash or credit card for additional purchases such as drinks, lycra suit hire and souvenirs
  • Camera (charged)
  • Sunscreen 30+

  • Family Fare: 2 Adults and 2 Children (4-11 years old)
  • Children under the age of 4 travel free of charge

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:

  • 20% cancellation fee 30 days or more before departure
  • 50% cancellation fee if within 30 days before departure
  • 100% cancellation fee within 14 days before departure
  • Schedules are subject to change without notice.
  • No reimbursement will be offered if persons choose not to complete the tour as booked in its entirety once the tour has commenced (i.e. non-completed scuba dive due to medicals, non-completed optional extras, etc.)
  • Travel Insurance is highly recommended.

Queensland, Australia has some of the strictest scuba diving rules in the world but also the safest scuba diving record.
We have a passion at Reef Experience to show Australia's Great Barrier Reef, so please ensure your guests understand the scuba diving laws. We are regulated by the Queensland Government Code of Practice and comply with all rules, including medical, as is the law.
To avoid disappointment on your day of travel we strongly recommend that all of our passengers complete our Dive Medical Questionnaire before booking, as some medical conditions, age and/or medications may prevent you from scuba diving.
The minimum age for introductory scuba diving is 12 years old, and 10 years old for certified junior divers.

We recommended leaving a minimum of 24 hours after their last scuba dive before flying or travelling to high altitude. Guests can fly and then dive on the same day - but not dive and then fly.

Great Barrier Reef Tours - Cairns – VIP Captains Club - Unique Reef Trip

Tour Code: 457

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Port Douglas

Exclusive VIP Captains Club - Own Personal Valet - Free Dive & More



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

Child: au$225.00
Family: au$1,165.00

Tour Code: 457



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