Cairns & the Tropical North

Seastar Luxury Outer Great Barrier Reef Island and Reef Tour from Cairns

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From USD 162.36

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


Ensure a memorable experience on the Outer Great Barrier Reef on this full-day, all-inclusive cruise aboard a catamaran. Head for Michaelmas Cay and Hastings Outer Reef and plunge into the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef by snorkeling amongst its rich marine life. If you have selected the option, you can also include an introductory or certified dive. Includes morning and afternoon tea, as well as a buffet lunch.
  • Explore the Outer Great Barrier Reef aboard a luxury yacht
  • Plenty of time for snorkeling or, if selected, scuba diving
  • Includes lunch, as well as morning and afternoon tea
  • Snorkel or dive in confidence under the close supervision of your guides

What's Included

  • Luxury Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise
  • Morning & afternoon tea
  • Lunch
  • Guided Snorkel Tour at Both Michaelmas Cay and Hastings Reef
  • Mask, Snorkel and Fins
  • Wet-suit or stinger-suit (seasonal)
  • Buoyancy vest and noodle
  • On-board commentary
  • Glass bottom boat
  • Island access to world famous Michaelmas Cay
  • Random photos taken daily and Uploaded Facebook "Free Service"
  • Return Bus transfer - Cairns City Area or Northern Beaches and Outer Cairns City Area
  • Cold drinks and snacks
  • Introductory Diving and Certified Diving available as optional Extra

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • E Finger Marlin Marina
    Marlin Parade, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

    Departure Point: Check in 7.30 am E Finger Cairns Marlin Marina on board Seastar Return at approx 4.15 pm

Start time

Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your experience.

Opening hours

  • 3/29/2022 - 4/14/2024

    Monday - Sunday : 07:30 am - 05:00 pm

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Introductory Divers note, Some medical conditions, medications and recent operations can and may prevent you from Scuba Diving. You may require a Dive Medical to Australian Medical Standard AS4005-1.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 36 travellers
Operated by Seastar Cruises

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

No, they aren’t they cheapest, but it’s a small group with lots of staff, the boat was well equipped and you get taken to the outer reef which is much quieter and the coral more intact.
The experience with a smaller group is priceless; we took three different trips to visit multiple reefs, and this one was BY FAR the best experience!
Coffee and tea available all day - muffins in the morning and delicious lunch buffet.
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One of a kind crew and experience
Ian_B, Mar 2023
An amazing crew and the experience exceeded my expectations. Booked this on the fly and it didn’t disappoint
Awesome day out
Anne_S, Feb 2023
This was the best day out! The day at sea was choppy only because of the weather, but felt so confident with the staff on boat as they were with you the whole time assuring you. All of them were so professional. So well organised with the equipment, food and beverages. This is a fabulous day out and I would highly recommend it. I did the snorkel one. The underwater world was awesome! It’s like another world.
Being immersed under the sea is peaceful, relaxing and calming.
Persia_B, Feb 2023
For someone who is terrified of the ocean (especially if I cannot see the bottom) I am super proud of myself for going scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef with Seastar Cairns tour group. I had only booked the snorkelling component of the tour, but was somehow, by some miracle convinced to join the scuba group. I honestly could not have done it without the encouragement of my guide/scuba instructor Kaila who was absolutely amazing, both professionally and informative, not to mention super patient with me. My first hiccup was my goggles, as they kept filling up with water. Finally after the fourth attempt, we found a perfect pair to fit my rather odd shaped face. By this time, I had already started to panic and I could feel my breathing getting quite rapid (my heart rate was around 75-80bpm which is verrrry high for me (I am usually around 35-45bpm). But, with some smooth talking and encouragement from my other group member, we proceeded down into the depths. Words cannot describe just how stunning the depths are. You will see stuff you may never have thought existed! I saw a reef shark and every size of fish imaginable. Weirdly enough, I kept looking around in a 360 degree motion (on high shark alert). Once I managed to get to I think 14 metres, I started playing a song inside my head to distract myself from my fears. It actually worked. To be frank, I think a few bad experiences accumulated overtime in my head and I have never dealt with it. Certainly not until recently. As my mother always taught me 'face your fears'. Exposure therapy has certainly worked for me in this case. I am back in Hobart now and have since bought a wetsuit + snorkel gear for some more adventures under the sea! Thank you to all the Seastar Cairns Crew 🙌 Highly recommend this tour. It is perfectly priced with so much included and loads of staff to give you a intimate experience. Persia Shakari (35) Hobart, Tasmania
Excellent experience!
Claudia_L, Feb 2023
Snorkling at Hastings Reef was spectacular, Michaelmas Cay birds were awesome! Boat was efficiently run - felt safe and well informed. Would highly recommend.
Fantastic trip
Viren_T, Jan 2023
We had such an amazing time. All of the staff were friendly and knowledgeable, and went above and beyond to make sure we were having a wonderful time. The day itself was planned well and there was a comfortable amount of people on the boat, it didnt feel too crowded. You have lots of time to snorkel in 2 locations for over 2 hours. You can also try scuba diving (even with no experiance) for an additional fee which was definitely worth the money, the diving instructor Tim was brilliant. Overall would highly recommend.
Great day out on the GBR!
Gabrielle_C, Jan 2023
I had a great day with Seastar Cruisers exploring the Great Barrier Reef. The crew were awesome and very professional. They were informative and took great reef tours for a nervous snorkeler. The glass boat tour was also a great addition. They provided morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea which was a bonus! Highly recommend.
Nice experience
Clara_A, Jan 2023
The crew members are very friendly. The Great Barrier Reef is amazing and the snorkel is also very nice!
Magic moments and stunning views
Michaela_H, Jan 2023
It was a fantastic day at the outer great Barrier reef with a gently and funny Crew. The most impressive moment was for us the possibility to go scuba diving for the first time in our lives. Magic unforgetten moments…🥰
Taylor_R, Dec 2022
Amazing crew and experience. The areas we went snorkelling were beautiful. Saw a turtle. Definitely recommend.
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Lauryn_M, Nov 2022
Overall Seastar provided a good experience I enjoyed, including knowledgeable crew, great locations and good food. Despite this, there is definitely room for improvement to be noted. Specific members of the staff prioritized flirting with a group of girls on board. This included making plans for later that evening as well as giving them their phone numbers (upon request from the girls) in front of the majority of other guests on board. I found this to be incredibly unprofessional. Additionally, there were one too many jokes made during the safety briefings. I personally had no fears regarding the experiences but feel as though if someone is fearful of boats or sharks etc the commentary would leave them feeling very unsafe. I think all of these behaviours are fixable moving forward and would then feel as though I could recommend the company to friends/family.
Fun at the reef.
James_P, Nov 2022
Snorkelling and blue feet boobie birds. Good view of the coral reefs. Weather turned out great for day of cruise.
We had a great day out...
Catherine_O, Nov 2022
We had a great day out with Seastar crew despite the rough conditions. Checkin was quick and efficient. Staff were enthusiastic, informative & attentive & keen for everyone to enjoy their experience on the reef. We visited Michaelmas Cay & Hastings reef, both sites were amazing and quite different to each other. A nice touch that crew took photos throughout day and shared them with passengers. We would definitely recommend this trip.
Fantastic day on the reef
Emily_D, Oct 2022
We had such an amazing day! All the crew on board were amazing and the food was delicious! Would do it again for sure
Great Barrier Reef Experience
Ken_G, Sept 2022
A complete package of enjoyment. Diligent attention and service from a very friendly team. Excellent catering. An item to put on the bucket list.
Spectacular day. The...
Shari_B, Aug 2022
Spectacular day. The staff was great and ensured that everyone had a great time. Plenty of time to snorkel or dive and the views were amazing.
Best day EVER
Jane_H, June 2022
Snorkelling the barrier reef - the staff - the whole day filled with the most amazing experiences - made one of the best days I have ever had with my Grandson - too awesome for mere words!
Loved IT!
Lily_T, June 2022
What a beautiful day out on the reef. The team helped us out and guided us around the corals! They even got my son off the boat and he had an AMAZING time! THANK YOU
A great time!
Ashley_H, June 2022
The crew and the experience was amazing! Among the plentiful fish and coral we saw a 2m shark and turtles! Would 100% rebook a tour with Seastar
Wesley_S, Nov 2021
The outer reef snorkeling colours and sea life were amazing. The staff were friendly. The boat could do with some maintenance
Amazing experience
Summagh, June 2021
Everyone in the crew was so friendly, helpful and full of life. We were also aloud the freedom to go off in the snorkelling zones ourselves and still feel safe to do so having heaps of crew on the boat watching over us. This was the best experience. The group of people snorkelling was kept to a smaller amount which made it a lot more fun.