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Great Barrier Reef: Premium Catamaran Cruise from Cairns

Product ID: 65125
Eco-certified
Set sail to 2 exclusive, outer reef locations on a luxury, high-performance catamaran. Snorkel, swim, dive or just relax onboard! Spot turtles, colourful fish, exotic corals and more. The friendly crew are dedicated to making your trip memorable.

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About this ticket
Duration: 9 hours
Starting time 8:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Instructor
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit 2 diverse reef destinations in the Great Barrier Reef
  • Spot marine life: turtles or a giant wrasse on the outer reef
  • Feast from a chef-prepared lunch, including fresh tropical fruit
  • Relax on board a luxury catamaran
  • Sail back from the reef with the wind in your hair
Full description
Meet your crew at the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal and its all aboard the luxury catamaran! The crew will select one of 24 exclusive reef locations depending on the day's conditions. Destinations will be chosen from: Flynn and Milne reef or further north at Norman and Hastings reefs. All offer diverse reef structures teeming with exotic marine life! Feel the wind in your hair as you set sail for the outer Great Barrier Reef. Relax with morning tea on the way, get to know the crew and learn all about the marine eco-system from the trained marine expert onboard. The crew will also review snorkeling techniques during the journey and prepare you for your first stop.

Arrive at the first amazing outer reef location, where you can snorkel, dive or swim in the water. You may also choose to sunbathe, or chill out on the boat: on the upper sun deck or the netted deck trampoline at the bow of the boat- its up to you! Staff can provide complimentary guided tours, while a dedicated dive tender is available for the experienced certified divers who want to explore deeper waters. All certified divers receive a complimentary dive guide with the experienced crew. First-time divers will benefit from a free 10-minute scuba instruction in the water. The staff are fully trained and qualified PADI professionals who provide the utmost care and patience with beginner divers.

The onboard chef will prepare a fresh tropical buffet lunch daily. Feast from a selection of hot and cold dishes including buffet meats, salads, and tropical fruit. Travel to the 2nd amazing outer reef location for the day for your choice of activity again. Look out for vibrant corals, exotic marine life such as parrotfish, reef turtles and 'nemo' fish. End the day as the captain hoists the sails, and cruise back to Cairns. Enjoy a cold drink from a fully licensed bar and relax on the boom netting. Alternatively, watch presentations about the marine life from the passionate eco-certified staff.
Includes
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • High quality snorkeling equipment
  • Full tuition and complimentary snorkel tours
  • Flotation vests
  • 10-minute in-water introduction to scuba diving
  • Chef prepared lunch (allergies catered for on request)
  • An on-board marine life presentation
  • Winter wetsuits or sunsuits in summer months
  • Prescription masks
What’s Not Included
  • Government reef levy
  • Underwater camera hire with an 8GB SD card
  • Scuba dive
  • Souvenirs
  • Bottled water, snacks and drinks from the bar
  • Reef Levy payable at check-in AU$20.00 per person

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Reef Fleet Terminal, Number 1 Spence Street, Cairns. Check-in is from 07:00 to 07:45 for a 08:00 departure.

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Important information
Know before you go
• All passengers must complete a QLD medical questionnaire on the boat before departure. Some medical conditions may preclude you from diving. Please contact the supplier directly for further information
• If you are doing an introductory dive you will be asked to fill out and sign a medical declaration form
• The minimum age for diving is 12 years old with parental consent and completion of a medical questionnaire
• Passengers under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent/guardian over 18 years old
• A moderate level of fitness is required as this is an in-water based activity
• All certified divers must provide proof of certification
• Please note that at times it may only be possible to visit one destination (e.g. Hastings) due to inclement weather conditions and strong winds. The skipper will decide on the way to the reef and keep everyone informed of the sailing plans
• An AU$20 per person reef levy is due at check-in
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 745 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.7 / 5
  • Safety
    4.9 / 5
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When I planned to take a boat trip to the Great Barrier Reef, I was overwhelmed at all of the different companies that were offered. I am so glad I went with this company because it was worth every penny. The water was a little rough going out but each crew member was so kind in helping those who weren't feeling well and accomodating to them when they couldn't be present for all of the snorkeling and diving debriefings. When deciding whether or not to dive, I highly recommend it, although you could probably have a good time as well with just snorkeling. They were attentive to each passenger whether they were diving or just snorkeling. The food was incredible! Fresh fruit in the morning and afternoon, and a very healthy array of lunch items. They also had coffee/tea available in the morning and afternoon. Highly recommend! The crew was so special to this trip!

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March 19, 2020

Despite the rain, our snorkeling tour took place as planned. The entire group including the crew was around 100 people. The crew spread a good mood and independently trained the divers and snorkelers while driving to the first of two stops, which took about two hours. The equipment including swimming suit was provided for the snorkelers. If you were unsure about snorkeling, you got a "foam belt" tied around your waist to be able to swim horizontally better in the water. In total you could snorkel around 1.5 h - 2 h. Lunch was served between the stops, which consisted of salads and pasta. On the way back there was a lecture about the Great Barrier Reef. It was a great experience not to be missed. Note: There is no changing room. If you also have health restrictions, you should inform yourself beforehand whether the excursion is possible.

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March 2, 2020

A wonderful trip made even more special by a friendly and funny crew. The tour set of on time and there was plenty of room on the boat to move around and sit inside or out. the tea and coffee is a nice touch and lunch was very good. We felt they took safety very seriously and there were plenty of crew members to assist you both on the boat and in the water if needed. Thin, whole body suits were provided to prevent any stings etc although they are tough to get in and out of (at our age - LOL) We had some rain on the first dive/snorkel but the second was much clearer with an abundance of stunning sea life to view. Would definately recommend this operator to our friends.

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March 1, 2020

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