Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns

Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns

9 hours Cairns City, Australia

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Enjoy the most customer-oriented Great Barrier Reef tour aboard a fast travelling sleek, luxury catamaran from Cairns! Snorkel and dive 2 very different and unique Great Barrier Reef Sites . "Wonder Wall" on the outer edge Upolu Reef and Upolu Cay reef area - an aquarium style coral garden with the most beautiful clear blue azure waters . Spend six hours (more than any other reef tour) to snorkel or scuba dive (see options below) these Marine Park protected areas . Absolutely no rush in the day .Enjoy complimentary Glass- Bottom Boat tour and Adventure Drift Snorkel tours with your onboard marine naturalist, . This cruise is limited to 75 guests, ensuring quality customer service and passenger comfort.
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Stop At: Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom, Marlin Marina, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia

After check-in board the vessel, grab a coffee or tea, a Danish pastry, fresh fruit & settle in. After just over an hour we arrive at our first Great Barrier Reef destination - the beautiful "Wonder Wall " on the outer edge of Upolu reef. Snorkel, SCUBA (extra) this stunning reef site teaming with fish and marine life. Experience an informative complimentary Glass Bottom Boat & Adventure Drift Snorkel tour with our very attentive guides. After a morning of activities enjoy a large scrumptious lunch as we cruise to Upolu Cay. Snorkel this "coral garden" tropical oasis - look out for turtles & sting rays! When conditions allow you can even land on this glistening white coral Cay! Enjoy six hours of snorkelling, relaxing between these 2 uniquely different reef sites. After a magical day we return to Cairns serving fresh fruit, cheese and crackers and cake arriving back in Cairns by around 4.15 pm . We are thrilled to now have you as part of our ever growing Ocean Freedom family!

Duration: 9 hours

Stop At: Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Queensland Australia

Our Marine Guides will enthrall you on a reef and marine life discovery on an a highly informative and engaging Adventure Snorkel Tour and Glass Bottom Boat Tour at our two unique Upolu Reef sites - "Wonder Wall" on the Outer Edge Upolu Reef and our "Aquarium" coral garden reef site amongst the beautiful shallow, azure coloured waters of Upolu Cay Reef. These sites are in Marine Park highly protected zones where no fishing is allowed, hence the abundance of fish and marine life. Come and find your favourite Hollywood Nemo character! With 6 hrs of actual un-rushed reef time you have plenty of time to do both complimentary activities and continue exploring yourself under the guidance of our attentive crew!

Duration: 6 hours

Stop At: Upolu Cay, 4805, Australia

Ocean Freedom travels to two Great Barrier Reef sites - "Wonder Wall" on the Outer Edge of Upolu reef (a truly magnificent snorkel and dive site) and Upolu Cay Reef - a beautiful shallow turquoise coral garden site.

Upolu Cay site is truly magnificent - picture a coral garden reef with lots of colourful reef fish darting in and out of the staghorn coral as you snorkel in these crystal clear shallow waters surrounding Upolu Cay. Look out for turtles popping to the surface for a breath of air, stingrays eagerly scouring the bottom for food. Sometimes you can stand thigh deep on the Cay in the middle of the ocean, other days we can land on this glistening white beautiful coral cay - each day a little mystery of nature but always we have the stunning turquoise waters to snorkel in and around this magnificent Great Barrier Reef area.

Make sure you have your camera ready for this truly picturesque site!

Duration: 2 hours


  • Luxury fast stylish catamaran cruise to the Great Barrier Reef
  • Six full hours on the Great Barrier Reef with stops at two uniquely different reef locations
  • Environment Management Charge (EMC) and port fees
  • Tea and coffee throughout the day
  • Large smorgasbord lunch with seafood
  • Platters of tropical fruit, cheese and crackers
  • Snorkeling instruction and in-water crew assistance if required
  • Snorkeling equipment (snorkel, marks, flippers, and buoyancy vests)
  • Wetsuits or lycra suits (depending on season)
  • Snorkeling tour with a marine naturalist
  • Freshwater showers
  • Informative Glass Bottom Boat Tour
  • Guided interpretative Adventure Drift Snorkel Tour


  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Pre-book diving if no medical conditions /taking medication - some may preclude you from diving
  • OPTIONAL Diving : x1 or x2 cert dives / x1 or x2 Intro dives

Departure Point

1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A maximum of 75 people ensures a unique and personalized experience
  • The order in which the snorkeling and dive sites are visited may changes as it is dependent on the conditions on the day
  • Please note: All divers will be required to complete a medical questionnaire on board prior to diving. Please only book the diving options if you have no medical conditions or taking medication as some conditions/medication preclude you from diving
  • Near public transportation
  • Industry COVID-SAFE Plan in place - "Good to go" . Sanitisation stations will be available at check-in, on board as well as high-touch areas being sanitised regularly.Contact details will be required at the time of booking if not already sent. Upon arrival, questions will be asked regarding travel in the last 14 days, contact with any Covid-19 positive individuals and potential symptoms – answers to these questions may impact your ability to travel and will be at the discretion of the crew on the day.
  • Please bring own pen and drink bottle if preferred . Food will be served under strict hygiene measures.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 75 travelers
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons


627 Reviews

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Kathryn_B November 2021

Beautiful experience with excellent crew. Great food, attentive support and all round wonderful experience.

jackbK956RB November 2021

The guided scuba dive was the quickest and easiest way to experience scuba diving the reef. Amazing staff.

Natalie_T November 2021

Absolutely amazing crew, very informative and made the whole day memorable. Water was amazing and snorkelling was very enjoyable.

dtownerr November 2021

AMAZING day and experience on the reef with the crew from Ocean Freedom. The check-in is easy and hassle free and upon boarding the vessel there is a selection of pastries, fruit and tea and coffee to share. The boat itself is incredibly comfortable and the trip out to the reef was quick and ‘smooth sailing’. Accompanying my husband and I on our reef trip were our two children, aged 10 and 12. Our 12-year-old is a little nervous in the water and uncomfortable with some of the snorkelling equipment. The staff were great at towing him around on a ring so he could share in the enjoyment of the reef in a way he felt safe and comfortable with - shout out to Liam and Palle for this. Both reef locations were a hub for varying marine life including turtles, porcupine stingrays, giant clams and heaps of fish species. We were lucky that the water was clear and conditions meant we had great clarity. The option of participating in the glass bottom boat tour was also fantastic - especially for those not as comfortable in the water. Ash gave a really informative and interesting presentation about the reef and it was great to hear all the positive things happening about coral preservation and regeneration. Food throughout the day was excellent and abundant - no one can leave saying they weren't well feed. Shout out also to the skipper Ben and the other staff for a great, safe and enjoyable day. Highly recommend this tour, and really appreciate the added thought and attention to ensuring kids and adults alike are able to enjoy the day.

erink385 November 2021

I enjoyed this cruise, I went on a day where the water was a bit choppy but I still had fun. They give us good snorkelling equipment so no blisters from the flippers. The boat ride was 1 hour to first location and 1-1:30 hours back. The second location was beautiful. I saw a sting ray and 2 sea turtles in the second location. The tour guides are absolutely amazing, they were really friendly and made me feel comfortable as a solo travelers. One of the your guides (don't remember the name but had a beard and piercings on the 2/11/21) gave me a life changing tip that eating helps ward of sea sickness which actually worked! They give us plenty of food through out the day. Im giving 4/5 because I got a low tour number which was great but I know if this tour was at full capacity (75 customers) I don't think I would have enjoyed this as much, but these are normal numbers for tours like this.

luca_b October 2021

Chris and the team were absolutely brilliant and they made the whole experience to remember. The Great Barrier Reef snorkelling was amazing and we have seen so many fishes and corals.We were also lucky enough to spend some time on a sand cay in the middle of the ocean.Divers were lucky enough to meet reef sharks and also for us snorkelling was amazing(we met Nemo). We have been feeding fishes and we have seen a barracuda from close distance. For those considering food the most important part of the experience, that was excellent too throughout the day:breakfast with danishes and fruit,coffees,teas,a generous buffet lunch with seafood and chicken and also snacks,fruit,cheese platters beer drinks(pay reasonable extra). I tried to review as much as I could because I can’t stress enough how good this tour was.Absolutely amazing and recommended to anyone,the crew will look after you for every need and I can easily say that in 10 years living in Australia,this was,by far,the best tour we took part on!

NCTravelling October 2021

We were visiting Cairns during a quiet time with all the border closures so we were fortunate enough to get onto the Ocean Freedom with only 20 other passengers. My husband was the only Scuba Diver so he received 2 one on one dives, which he really enjoyed. I’m not a huge snorkeler, but a staff member joined me in the water to make sure I felt comfortable which was so lovely of them. All good is included, and there is plenty! Facilities are all incredibly clean and the boat is very spacious. Staff were also incredibly competent and knowledgeable and we would absolutely recommend using them as opposed to one of the bigger boats, for a more personal experience.

RubyFrankH October 2021

Which dive/snorkel cruise to choose from? We were so lucky one of our friends recommended ocean freedom! It was fabulous, friendly staff, amazing locations, great viewing and informative glass bottom boat, small group. Could not have asked for better.

Cath_D October 2021

The very best tour company to travel to the reef with. Friendly crew with attention to giving everyone a good day out with safety a top priority. Special thx to Matt, Chris, "Pete" & skipper Ben. It was a beautiful day.... can't recommend enough
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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