Water activity

From Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Tour

Activity provider: Divers Den
Water activity

From Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Tour

Activity provider: Divers Den
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From US$ 160.41 per person

Likely to sell out

An award-winning, luxury vessel with up to 80 passengers only will whisk you out to the reef. Visit 2 pristine outer Great Barrier Reef locations and go snorkeling, enjoy a tasty picnic lunch, and learn from a friendly and multi-lingual crew.

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Duration 8 hours
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  • Experience a comfortable day on the reef on a modern vessel
  • Dive or snorkel at 2 exclusive outer reef locations
  • Enjoy a delicious pre-packed picnic lunch
Full description

Explore the stunning biodiversity of the outer Great Barrier Reef on this diving and snorkeling tour from Cairns. Sail on s boat 3 sun decks, 2 air-conditioned indoor saloons, a spacious dive deck, and a sunken platform for easy water access. Have drinks and a packed lunch.

Depart Cairns in the morning for the outer reef on this 8-hour tour. Whether you are a snorkeler, first-time SCUBA diver, or already certified diver, join a once in a lifetime adventure aboard a luxury day trip to the great barrier reef. Enjoy a light morning tea and a delicious pre-packed picnic lunch. Complimentary tea, coffee, and chilled water are served throughout the day (snacks, soft and alcoholic beverages are also available for purchase).

Discover the Great Barrier Reef in the easiest way possible: with a snorkel - it is as simple as breathing. If you have never snorkeled before, don't worry, a briefing is held on board, explaining how to put and use the snorkeling gear. The private reef locations are approximately 70 kilometers (about 43 miles) offshore, these unique sites offer superb coral formations and an abundance of coral and marine life including inquisitive Nemos, Turtles, Stingrays and Wally the friendly Maori Wrasse. Visit 2 different reef locations daily, these are chosen en-route considering weather and sea conditions to ensure the best in-water experience. Visit either Normank, Saxon or Hastings Reef.

  • Cruise on a luxury catamaran
  • Morning tea or coffee
  • 5 hours on the outer reef at 2 exclusive snorkel and dive locations
  • Detailed snorkel and dive briefings
  • Guided snorkeling tours
  • Scuba diving (if option selected)
  • Use of dive/snorkel equipment, including masks, snorkels, fins, and flotation devices
  • Use of wet and stinger suits
  • Prescription mask (optional)
  • Fresh pre-packed picnic lunch
  • Hot freshwater showers
  • Snacks
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Certified diver guides
  • Photos
  • Digital camera hire
  • Souvenirs

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  • If under 18 years and traveling alone, you will need a signed form by a parent/guardian. Only ages 16 and up are permitted to travel without a guardian (but must have a signed form).
  • Certified divers: please bring cert-card and logbook. You will also be asked to fill out and sign an Advice to Divers Form. Medical Standards differ from country to country, and certain medication / medical conditions may preclude you from diving in Australia.
  • If you are doing an introductory dive on AquaQuest, you will be asked to fill out and sign a medical declaration form and this can be found on the Divers Den website
  • Lunch will be a fresh tropical buffet with hot and cold options. Please specify any special dietary requirements or restrictions at the time of booking so that these can be catered to
Customer reviews

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4.6 /5

based on 363 reviews

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We were able to add on one dive on the day and absolutely loved it! I was very nervous but Pedro was great at making me feel at ease. The snorkelling was incredible and the reef was breathtaking. One of the best experiences we have ever had. The lunch also had some great options

March 30, 2023

Hello all travelers! The team / boat / however you called it was Diversden and they are the best! Chose it please! the guides are super dedicated especially Jannine (sorry if I type your name wrong) from New York. She really took my mom under her wing, she managed to give my mom the best experience of snorkeling at Great Barrier Reef. I will write more about her in the "what did you enjoy the most". Anyway for you who worried because you are not a good swimmer etc, don't worry, just do it ! (like a Nike slogan haha) Before all the corals gone away, as long as you have Diversden as your guide, you are in safe side! Downside is the picture price is quiet expensive I took package for 2 people for 79 AUD, but its once in a lifetime things so prepare your money! haha Enjoy!

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March 26, 2023

Great crew, great boat, cool experience!! I went for 3 dives: Great in terms of variety of beautiful, healthy corals; in terms of fishes and sea life not mind blowing, but still nice. And there were no other boats on the sites, so not crowded at all 👌🏼 Really recommended in terms of safety and relaxed vibes. If you dive, there are two things to know: the price for adding a guide during the dive went up to 20$ per person per dive. And if you take a guide, be aware that they mix levels, i.e. if you‘re advanced you won‘t go as deep (max was 17 meters) to accommodate the OW divers as well. Not a problem, but good to be aware of. Enjoy your experience 😊

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February 5, 2023

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