Cairns & the Tropical North

Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns

Cairns City, Australia
Likely to Sell Out

From USD 158.71

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Get more than four hours to explore the outer Great Barrier Reef on this full-day tour, which offers snorkeling or diving experiences from two different reef locations. You can choose between different options for this experience based on your snorkeling or diving levels. While out on the water, keep an eye out for wildlife, including fish, rays, and turtles.
  • Snorkel gear included
  • Lunch included
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment

What's Included

  • Guided snorkel tours
  • Snorkel equipment including Wetsuit / Stinger suit
  • Refreshments: Fresh chilled water, Tea and Coffee
  • Prescription masks (deposit required)
  • Lunch
  • Introductory SCUBA
  • Additional food and beverage items available for purchase
  • Certified Diving

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Cairns Marlin Marina
    1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

    Cairns Marina - B Finger

Start time

08:00 am

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 18 years
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of customer on cruise ship
  • Evidence of dive certification is required from all divers wishing to participate in a certified dive
  • Diving within 24 hours of flying is not recommended. All participants will be required to complete a health questionnaire prior to diving. Some pre-existing medical conditions (eg asthma, heart conditions, etc) may prevent you from diving, please consult your doctor
  • Please bring hat, towel, swimsuit, sunscreen, sunglasses and AU$20 per person to pay for the Reef Tax on checkin
  • Certified Divers please bring Cert-Card & Logbook
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Featured review
Had a great time snorkelling Great Barrier Reef! Loved that we went to two locations highly recommend!


1,087 reviews
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Great Barrier Reef
Ashleigh_P, Apr 2023
Had a great time snorkelling Great Barrier Reef! Loved that we went to two locations highly recommend!
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Thank you for sharing your feedback with us - we are happy to receive a 5-star rating from you. Glad to hear you've enjoyed your time with us on AquaQuest, our dayboat going out to the Great Barrier Reef. We do visit two reef locations to offer our guests a diverse snorkel and dive experience. We hope we can welcome you back on board again in the near future.
The staff were great making for a excellent day
Sharon_S, Mar 2023
The reef with so many different fish was amazing. The staff were so experienced and helpful making for a wonderful day out
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Hi Sharon_S, We are glad to hear you had a wonderful day out with us on the Great Barrier Reef! The reef has lots of natural wonders to offer and is truly a special place. We hope we can welcome you back on board again in the future.
Great staff
Vicki_D, Mar 2023
We thoroughly enjoyed our time on the great barrier reef yesterday. The water was clear, and water like glass. We saw a stingray, white tipped shark, black tipped shark, and a turtle. Great trip!
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Hi Vicki_D, thank you for leaving us a fantastic 5-star review! Great to hear you got to see lots of wildlife on your trip out to the Great Barrier Reef!
The crew was amazing…....
Paula_B, Feb 2023
The crew was amazing…. accommodating, friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. I got very sick on board due to rough seas and torrential rain. They tended to me a others immediately and never let me feel awkward. I did recover and snorkeled Beautiful! They all love what they do and their energy is contagious. Have already recommended to others. I loved that we got to do 2 stops
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Hi Paula_B, thank you for your fantastic review. Glad to hear you felt better after a while being seasick on board. Thank you for recommending the snorkel trip to fellow travellers, our crew is very passionate about what they are doing and love to share this with their guests on board!
Everything about this...
Kelli_K, Jan 2023
Everything about this excursion was great. The staff was very friendly and helpful, they were organized and I felt safe during the dives. The food was average, but that's not what I went on the trip for. Do this, it's worth it!! Take advantage of staff showing you the cool stuff on the reef!!
Avoid this company if coming from a cruise ship. You will pay a lot for absolutely nothing.
RobbieLee_M, Dec 2022
We were cruise ship passengers and made it known in our booking request well in advance of the event. The ship arrived well in time and was docked meters from the meeting point. Australian immigration held up the ship passengers so no one could walk off. Diver's Den must be aware of this possibility which is unexpected by a tourist. When we went to the shop, they said "We never accept cruise ship passengers and Viator should not have booked you." (Passing the buck.) They should have read the comments section of the booking request and refused our booking if this is the case instead of blaming Viator. It should also be stated that they do not take cruise ship passengers in their advertising information. Belinda, with boss present, said they would honor a refund if requested within 24 hours which was done, and then they refused to honor their word. That is not honorable behavior from a business that you must trust since they take you to a potentially dangerous situation. They are happy to take your money and provide no services, nor store credit, nor goods and will look you in the eye and lie directly to your face. Cruise ship passengers are a great way to boost the bottom line without expending effort. Viator will advertise for a company that has figured out how to get this additional easy income from unsuspecting tourists and will not help you. This was an expensive lesson.
Great cruise experience
Kara_M, Oct 2022
Fabulous day exploring Hastings and Saxon reefs. Terrific crew, amazing day out on GBR for a family of 2 snorkellers and a certified junior open water scuba diver!
Staff were super friendly and very patient with everyone on the boat. Food was great with lots of variety.
Renee_D, July 2022
A trip that was booked two years ago and constantly cancelled due to covid and weather events. Seeing the reef in general was an amazing experience that we had been patiently waiting for.
Doing the intro dive &...
Zo_F, July 2022
Doing the intro dive & getting up close to the reef was amazing, the staff were so kind & welcoming.
Great trip. Great experience
Paul_T, July 2022
Great crew Very organised & helpful Food good Snorkelling excellent even though sea was a bit choppy Really enjoyed our trip & experience of the great barrier reef
The crew members are so friendly...
Ruiyao S, July 2017
The crew members are so friendly. Some of them speak Japanese and Chinese, so don't worry if you don't understand the English briefing. BTW, you may need to prepare some seasickness pills in case you feel uncomfortable on the ship.
JIYOON_L, Apr 2023
서양인들 위주이고 한국인은 저희 부부만 있었고 일본인 부부 한커플 보았습니다. 픽업장소에서 b finger 를 못찾아서 두리번 거리고 있으니 (a finger 를 바라보고 섰을때 왼쪽으로 가야함) 안내해주시는 분이 와서 도와주셨어요. 거의 풀북이라 앉을자리가 남는데가 없으니 일찍 자리 잡으시고 선미쪽 3열은 프리다이버들 설명해줄때 비켜줘야하니 가쪽에 앉으시거나 카페 바로앞열 좋을것같아요~ 카페가 바라보는 방향으로 배가 가니까 정방향 역방향 생각하시면 됩니다. 밥먹으러 들어올때 몸 말리고 들어와야해서 비치타올이나 수건 챙겨오세요! 선크림은 배안에 대왕용량으로 있고 큰 물수조 있으니 물통가져와서 떠놓고 마시면 편할것같아요 (물론 컵도 있음). 투어는 엄청 만족했고 물고기랑 형형색색의 살아있는 산호가 많아요! 거북이를 못본게 아쉽네요. 직원들도 엄청 친절하고 강추드립니다!
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are glad to read you've enjoyed your trip to the Great Barrier Reef with us and you got to see many corals and fish. Thank you also for sharing your experience with fellow travellers. We hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in Cairns.
Buena actividad
Carme_S, Dec 2022
Buena experiencia de snorkel. Disfrutando del mar de coral con la familia. Ideal para pasar un dia de excursion

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