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Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns

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From USD 153.36

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


Experience one of the wonders of the natural world up close and personal on this snorkeling and diving cruise on the Great Barrier Reef. Climb aboard a 35 meter superyacht in Cairns and set sail for the open sea. Reach the Barrier Reef and explore the colorful world underneath the water, and snorkel or dive for a closer look. Travel to 2 different locations on the reef to see more of this special place
  • Lunch on board the boat is included in the ticket price of this 5 hour tour
  • Learn about the marine life you encounter from the knowledgeable and friendly crew
  • Full training and safety instructions are given on every trip
  • Hire of the snorkeling, diving and safety gear is included in the tour price
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What's Included

  • BBQ lunch prepared onboard with fresh fish, prawns, steak, salads (Veg, GF, DF & Vegan options)
  • Cruise onboard the fastest, most luxurious superyacht
  • 5 hours reef time at 2 spectacular outer reef locations
  • Use of Scuba equipment
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Up to 3 Introductory or Certified Scuba Dives (if selected)
  • Free lycra/stinger suit hire
  • Glass of wine and a snack on return journey
  • 10-minute Scenic Flight (if selected)
  • Relax in comfort in spacious air-conditioned modern lounges and stylish upper deck
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Private transportation

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

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

    Check-in is from 7.15am to 7.45am at Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns. Evolution departs 8.00am sharp. Return transfers are available for an additional cost. You must contact Down Under Dive to book.

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, unless booked within 4 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Check-in is from 7.15am at Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns. Please make your way to the Down Under Cruise and Dive counter to check-in. Boat departs 8.00am sharp.
  • All divers are required to complete a Medical Questionnaire. In our commitment to the safety of our guests, divers over 65 years (or 45 years for PADI dive courses) must have a medical clearance with a physician the confirms they are Fit To Dive. This can be provided by your own GP before you leave for your holiday. Please be aware that certain medical conditions (e.g. asthma, heart disease, diabetes) and/or prescription medication may prevent some people from diving.
  • Children aged and under 12 years (introductory) and 10 years (certified divers) are not permitted to participate in onboard diving activities as per Queensland Australian Law.
  • Children under the age of 18 must be in the immediate company of a parent or legal guardian.
  • For Certified Diving, evidence of dive certification is required from all divers wishing to participate in a certified dive.
  • Diving within 24 hours before your flight is not permitted.
  • Due to comfort, weight and balance of the aircraft, the weight limit for helicopters is 130kg. Please contact the supplier directly for further information.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Special dietary requirements must be confirmed at least 24 hours prior to travel directly with the tour operator. Vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free options are available.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 124 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 good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • 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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Traveller Tips

If you are doing a introductory dive you are not allowed to bring a camera with you.
Don't make the mistake of forgetting to take seasickness medication!!
You are NOT allowed to scuba dive if have epilepsy, Diabetes, or a Seizure Disorder.
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The Great Barrier Reef…..checked off our bucket list!
Randall_B, Feb 2023
We thought it would be a mess dealing with 140 people. They proved us wrong! The staff on the boat were wonderful! Everything organized, the introduction was done with humor, and the efficiency of serving lunch, etc was superb! And the Great Barrier Reef was spectacular! Prettiest we have ever snorkeled (or dove). Good range of ages……we were among the older ones. It was a great day. Thank you!
Highlight of my trip to Cairns!
Melissa_C, Feb 2023
The crew were so helpful and fun. The ship was great and everything went just perfectly. Highly recommend!
Great company to visit the Great Barrier Reef with
Rebecca_R, Jan 2023
We went on this cruise in January 2023. It’s a well-run operation and the guides are very friendly. What to expect: Other than the lunch and wine the profile mentions, they provided tea/coffee, and had other beverages and snacks for purchase. There is a significant indoor area where you can keep belongings without worrying about them getting wet. They provided wet suits to use when snorkeling but did not provide towels.
Too Many People!
suevanden2, Jan 2023
It took us an hour just to get in the water the first snorkel! However, The staff was awesome & friendly! The food was pretty good!
Discover one wonder of the world
Hector_R, Jan 2023
Great way to discover one of wonders of the world. All the crew of the ship were very nice and always keen to help and support in all the activities. The ship is gteat with all the required elements to have a confortable and fun trip.
Outstanding experience...
Mary_C, Jan 2023
Outstanding experience from beginning to end! Entire crew was top notch...friendly, helpful...amazing! Snorkeling was available for every age and skill level!
Sonia_A, Jan 2023
I tried to scuba dive once and failed. I tried again with the encouragement of the crew. Shay and the Frenchmen on board were the most helpful and patient. I was able to dive successfully!
Reef fun!
Angela_G, Jan 2023
Perfect day. Excellent staff who sincerely cared for the crew, were knowledgeable and fun, and well organized. Loved the snorkeling and diving. The heli trip was spectacular. Highly recommend and would absolutely do again. Highlight of our travels!!!
Great GBR Experience!
Michelle_M, Jan 2023
Such an awesome experience! The boat was very nice and spacious. Plenty of shade while still enjoying the views. We stopped in two spots. Both were gorgeous and different! Saw so many fish, even an eel. Was hoping to see some turtles or larger fish, but that's ok! The crew was fun and helpful. The lunch was also very well prepared! Would highly recommend.
A Must Do Experience
Adrian_M, Jan 2023
A great day out. Friendly, well organised staff. The weather was perfect, so lots to see in crystal clear waters. Highly recommended.
Great Barrier Reef
Georgina_P, Jan 2023
We had an amazing day out on the Great Barrier Reef. The staff were lovely. The two highlights of the trip were the scuba driving and the snorkelling. I would highly recommend.
Excellent experience!
Andrew_M, Jan 2023
The staff were amazing. Facilities were excellent. Really enjoyed it. Staff very patient and knowledgeable. Thanks to the crew!
Was well above my...
Michael_R, Jan 2023
Was well above my expectations. Still coming down from the high of the experience. Once in a lifetime opportunity.
Casey_V, Jan 2023
Wonderful trip, so well organised with the friendliest crew. Very good being able to explore 2 parts of the reef. Was a wonderful day and would highly recommend!
Ann_T, Jan 2023
Amazing snorkelling and friendly and well organised team and tour! Great photos to keep also…highly recommend.
Best Snorkeling Experience!
barbara_b, Jan 2023
The Captain and Crew aboard the Evolution were ALL truly amazing! Safety was clearly a priority from boarding the vessel to disembarkation! Health measures were in place and I felt comfortable eating and drinking! FUN: We were taken to awesome reefs to snorkel and the fish were amazing as well! This experience was by far the best snorkeling I have ever had and I'm 65 years young!
An experience not to miss
Johnny_K, Jan 2023
Was an amazing experience dive down under crew were friendly and funny , bbq lunch was delicious and helicopter charter flight and transition back to snorkelling was spectacular 👌😍
Professional in all...
Robert_M, Jan 2023
Professional in all area's. Felt really safe and well looked after. A great experience. Well done !.I would recommend to anyone.
Loved it.. Friendly and...
Scott_S, Jan 2023
Loved it.. Friendly and helpful staff from Down under Tours 👍. Great day out on the reef with my family. Kids had a great day.
Cinzia_C, Jan 2023
A wonderful experience and memories made with my family. The crew were amazing, fun and professional. Thank you