Cairns & the Tropical North

Silverswift Outer Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 10 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Dive into the spectacular underwater realm of the Great Barrier Reef on this full-day snorkel and scuba cruise from Cairns. Travel aboard a luxurious catamaran to three renowned dive sites to swim among coral gardens and tropical marine life. All experience levels are welcome, and guides are on hand to assist with your choice of snorkeling, introductory scuba diving, or certified diving. A buffet lunch plus morning and afternoon tea on the catamaran are included.
  • Full-day cruise to the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns
  • Snorkel or scuba dive from the back of the boat
  • Visit three different sites on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Beginners can snorkel or try an introductory dive
  • Experienced divers can complete up to three certified dives

What's Included

  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Lunch
  • Professional guide
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Use of dive equipment (if option selected)
  • Snorkel tour with reef guide
  • Use of Prescription masks
  • Choice of snorkeling, introductory or certified diving (option selected at time of booking)
  • Environmental Management Charge (EMC)
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Wet suit hire for snorkelers (approximately AUD $12.00)
  • Optional activities (if options not selected)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

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

Start time

08:30 am

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Customize your full-day Great Barrier Reef adventure to suit your style and preference, whether you’re an experienced diver or a novice. On the morning of your tour, make your way to Marlin Wharf in Cairns and climb aboard a luxurious 95-foot (29-meter) catamaran equipped with restrooms, fresh-water showers, and spacious sun decks. Head out into the Coral Sea and enjoy the aquatic landscape on the ride to the first of three dive sites, which may include Flynn Reef, Thetford, and Milln.

At booking, choose how you’d like to explore the reef. Slip on a snorkeling mask and fins if you prefer to stay near the surface, or go deeper with a scuba dive. Beginning divers can take one of two introductory dives, and experienced divers can complete up to three certified dives throughout the day. 

All equipment is provided, and guides are on hand to provide instruction and ensure your safety. Whatever you choose, expect to spend ample time in the water observing the reef’s famous marine life including coral formations, tropical fish, anemones, and sea turtles.

In between dives, recharge with morning and afternoon tea breaks and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch midday. Purchase a drink from the full onboard bar if you like, and soak up the tropical sun on the return trip to Cairns, where your tour concludes in the afternoon.

Note: Book early to secure your spot, and enjoy a flexible reservations policy that allows you to change the date of your tour at no additional charge once you arrive in Cairns.

Silverswift Dive & Snorkel

Your day begins as you board the boat at Marlin Wharf. The ultra modern 29 meter catamaran will be your base for the day. Throughout the day you'll visit three different locations which may include Thetford, Milln and Flynn Reef. Each stop showcases a different aspect of the beautiful Great Barrier Reef. At each site you have the choice to snorkel, dive or a combination of both. We recommend you book this reef trip on your first full available day. You then have the opportunity to be flexible and change your travel date if you wish. Your booking can be changed at no additional cost directly with the operator once you are in Cairns. Prebook and secure your booking, but relax in knowing you can make amendments at no charge.

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Great Barrier Reef

Snorkel or dive at some of the best known dive sites off Cairns such as Flynn, Milln and Thetford reefs for their abundance of marine life. The sites offer excellent wall dives, swim-throughs and overhangs, great for both novice and experienced divers. you can expect to see an abundance of fish species, hard corals such as staghorn, table, plate and boulder coral, and many species of soft corals.

5 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age for all diving activities is 12 years. Medical conditions apply and some people may require a doctor’s certificate to participate in scuba diving..
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • After a single scuba dive a wait of 12 hours is recommended before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater. If doing multiple dives an interval of 24 hours is suggested.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • All participants will be required to complete a health questionnaire onboard prior to diving. Some pre-existing medical conditions (eg asthma, heart conditions, etc) may prevent you from diving, please consult your doctor.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 90 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.

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Traveller Tips

Please note that if you do diving during 2nd location, your lunch time will be shorten.
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The Great Great Barrier Reef
Brian_K, Mar 2023
My wife and I went for an introductory scuba dive. It was fantastic! We also snorkelled twice. The reef had so much color and there were fish everywhere! The crew was very organized and efficient. We were on a large boat, which helped alleviate sea sickness. The food was quite good with several options and snacks available throughout the day including fresh fruit!
Great day out- well worth it.
Verina_F, Mar 2023
The boat was well staffed and they were all super friendly. A pretty decent spread was offered for lunch too, so you definitely won’t go hungry. Cairns delivered great weather that day so the crew took us to a reef that they don’t often get to visit so that was a bonus. In transit they also provided a talk to provide more knowledge on the reefs. Really well organized between getting the divers vs snorkelers out and back in, and we felt very safe. All equipment was provided. Bring a go pro or waterproof camera is a MUST. You’ll definitely have fun with this crew. Thank you team!!
Spectacular experience scuba diving in the GBR!
Stephanie_C, Mar 2023
What an amazing time scuba diving for the first time in the Great Barrier Reef! Unlike the previous tour that took us to green island, this tour went directly to Flynn reef so we could maximize our time at the reef. And boy was the reef spectacular. We were so much closer to all the coral and wildlife. Plus had thorough instruction and 4:1 diver to instructor guidance when doing the introductory dive. Loved it so love that we did another dive right after! Thanks to Scott and the whole crew for an amazing time! Highly recommend!!!
Introductory x2 dives. Brillant experience
Stephen_M, Feb 2023
Brillant trip with great staff. Did two introductory dives. Highly recomend doing the second dive as the first one more consintated on skills and getting used to the equipment. You still see loads on the first dive but you just have a lot of freedom on the second dive which is amazing and you can bring a camera on the second dive.
Professional team! Unforgettable REEF
Stacey_M, Jan 2023
The reef was breathtaking- the service from the silverswift staff was absolutely impeccable- would highly recommend this tour group!
Two great dives
Stephen_N, Jan 2023
Well organized ship. We did 2 dives, both were great. Thank you to Kento for being a great dive master. I was surprised that the lunch provided was really tasty. Thanks
Awesome day of snorkeling despite some weather
Justine_E, Jan 2023
It was a rough day at sea for some, but we were fine. The crew did a great job caring for passengers who didn't fair so well. The current around the reef was strong, but life jackets and lycra suits were provided in addition to other snorkel gear. Even though there was weather forecasted, the trip went as planned. They took us to some great locations to see abundant coral and sea life. The marine biologists gave a great presentation and optional guided tour. Lunch and snacks aboard were extraordinary.
One in a lifetime experience
Elle_A, Jan 2023
Fantastic dive. Definitely the best dive day we've done in our lives thanks to the natural beauty of the reef and the knowledgeable staff. If we ever come to Cairns again, we will repeat this dive day!
Pleasurable Day on the Water
Sheryl_W, Dec 2022
Crew was very professional and, as others noted, they truly cared about the well-being and enjoyment of all. The food was excellent with a wide variety.
No refund for best effort to make tour
Rick_G, Dec 2022
Not able to make tour because of Australia border patrol not allowing us off the ship in time. So would not refund or hold the boat for 15 minutes late.
Great day snorkelling the reef
Annita_G, Dec 2022
Really enjoyed this day out. Great boat, staff and catering. Really loved the snorkelling. They provide a full body lycra suit which offers protection from stingers and much needed protection from the sun.
Amazing Scuba Diving Experience!
Juan_C, Dec 2022
My wife and I have a great experience with the Silverswift crew! Not only is the reef incredible but the staff service and overall experience Silverswift offers is absolutely remarkable. We did the 2 introductory dives. Both diving locations were amazing and the guides (Ashley and Isao) were great! Would recommend 100%!!
Sammeer_M, Dec 2022
snorkelling was the first time experience for us in the middle of the sea. Came to see the new wold under the sea It was beautiful & unforgettable life time experience.
Great trip for any age .
moirajparker, Oct 2022
As pensioners to see a boat full of youngsters I was worried we were on the wrong trip . I could not have been more wrong . The whole trip was amazing. Great snorkel sites , easy to access in and out of sea . Fabulous lunch and all round wonderful trip.
Excellent experience
Cassie_P, Oct 2022
Brilliant overall experience will definitely be booking again. Crew was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable.
One of the best experiences to visit the Great Barrier Reef.
Candida_V, Oct 2022
It was fast, comfortable, with all the services you can expect on this kind of expeditions. The spots for snorkelling were great and very profesional staff. The food was very good too.
Fantastic tropicalFish experience
John_R, Oct 2022
Fantastic swimming with tropical fish and coral. We’ll instructed and safe experience. I’m glad I took my motion sickness tablets, it can get choppy
Great day on the water
Georgia_M, Oct 2022
Great friendly staff who were very helpful. There was a great selection of food for the buffet lunch. My diving instructor Paul was very knowledgeable and a legend!
Coolest thing I’ve ever done!
Matthew_O, Oct 2022
Sing the Great Barrier Reef was incredible! And the staff at Quicksilver were incredibly kind and diligent to keep everyone safe. I was very comfortable the whole time. Food was great too!
Great trip!
Julia_L, Sept 2022
Great experience! Would highly recommend. One of us did 3 snorkels, the other did 1 intro dive and 2 snorkels. The crew picked great sites and we felt safe and secure in their hands. Customer service off the boat (Thank you Joel and Gaby!) was also fantastic. Generous lunch. Would recommend taking motion sickness medication before getting on the boat.