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Sailing back to Cairns under full sail was the highlight of the trip.

Fantastic friendly crew took us out on the boat to near Green Island. For me the snorkelling was disappointing, the reef is in trouble and there were not as many fish around as I remembered. The crew explained the impact of the weather on the reef but without being political, simply explaining recent weather patterns effects. This was not helped by the fact I detest the cold and the water was not as worm as I was expecting, but that was my issue. The journey out and the service provided were excellent. The boat was small and not overcrowded. We had perfect weather to enjoy the journey both ways. Green Island was undergoing renovation so not overly welcoming, but walking through the national park was refreshing and enjoyable. Lunch was excellent. Plenty of food for the people on board. Cold meats and salad, with plenty of prawns and smoked salmon, a range of other meats and a full range of salads. Overall an excellent experience, that makes me concerned for the future of the reef.

Fabio was an excellent instructor & helped everyone a lot

Fabio is the lead rescue diver on the ship. I am very lucky and happy he was because I needed him my day out to see. You see, when I was 15 years old I drowned in a lake. I was determined to overcome my fear of the water. I put on my life jacket, got into the Pacific Ocean and just as quickly started crying and turned around for the ship. At that point, Fabio was summoned to assist me. He calmed me down, suited up, and somehow got me back into the water. He used a ring which I held onto and he securely held the outsides of my arms. Slowly, he convinced me to look into the water... it was quite beautiful under the water. We stayed in the water for a little while. After lunch he convinced me easily to go back into the water. We made it 100 meters from the ship. I saw the reef and fish. Everything was wonderful. I never could have done it without help from Fabio... by far the best rescue diver who luckily didn’t have to dive to rescue me. Respectfully Kim I Carney NJ-USA

Best Great Barrier Reef experience! Do this!

We researched several tours for the Great Barrier Reef and were so glad we found this one. There were only 11 of us on the tour and 3 crew members. We all got to know each other and had a really personalized experience. Cassie, Chris and Pasqual (the crew) were awesome. Always checking with us to make sure we were enjoying ourselves. The snorkeling was the best. Our ‘stinger suits’ gave us peace of mind, although they probably weren’t needed. The food was really good too. Ale sure you book with this tour for the time of your life.

Great experience snorkeling on Great Barrier Reef

It was a good look at the reef and the fish etc. The reef wasn’t as colourful as I expected. The crew were very friendly and helpful. The staff organised us well for great experience. It was a bit cold at times, especially with breeze blowing and when we got wet from snorkeling. There were a lot of people on the boat. It was tricky at times with lack of space to sit, eat and waiting for others. The sea was rougher than I expected but the large boat handled it well.

Amazing experience and friendly, informative crew

It was our first time snorkelling and my girlfriend is not confident swimmer. The crew however made the experience extremely enjoyable and the snorkelling tours at both sites from two different crew members were very informative. We still were able to experience how amazing the reef even though we were only snorkelling. The morning tea, lunch and afternoon cheese were all great too. I would highly recommend booking your trip with Ocean Freedom!