Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns

Great Barrier Reef 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

Check-in from 7.15 am at the Ocean Freedom desk located inside the Reef Fleet terminal, 1 Spence Str Cairns . After check-in, our friendly staff will direct you to the boat located on A Finger no 5 for boarding from 7.30 am .

On boarding , store your bags and then grab a coffee or tea with a Danish pastry and fresh fruit and settle in while the rest of the guests board .

If you have chosen the optional diving you will fill out a diving medical questionnaire onboard. Please ask our dive staff any questions you may have.

After a head count the boat departs the dock at 8.00am . Listen to the safety brief as you depart the marina and start to get excited as your journey to the Great Barrier Reef begins ! On the way our helpful staff will give out snorkel equipment - again please be sure to ask any questions you may have . If diving you will also be briefed on the journey out .

After just over an hour we arrive at our first Great Barrier Reef destination - the beautiful "Wonder Wall " - located on the outer edge of Upolu reef . Once moored our crew will conduct a snorkel brief showing you how and where to snorkel, where the Look Out is located and provide you with any assistance you require .

Experience an informative complimentary Glass Bottom Boat Tour and a complimentary Adventure Drift Snorkel tour with our very attentive snorkel guides ( all top snorkel equipment included) .

After a full morning of in-water activities or just relaxing sit back and enjoy a large smorgasbord lunch with smoked salmon, prawns , mixed meat, chicken platter , 3 different salads and assorted breads as we cruise to our second Great Barrier Reef site - Upolu Cay Reef .
Snorkel this "coral garden" tropical blue oasis - look out for turtles and sting rays ! At times when conditions allow you can actually land on a small sandy cay but at all times you will have the shallow crystal clear turquoise waters to snorkel in .

With only just over an hour to arrive at this first reef site and only 10 minutes travel time to the second reef site - Ocean Freedom offers six hours between both sites to enjoy all the activities and relax with no rush in the day.

After a magical day we start our journey back to Cairns serving fresh fruit, cheese and crackers and cake whilst you chat to fellow travellers or just relax and take in the views - arriving back in Cairns by 4.15- 4.30 pm - well in time for a sunset drink on the esplanade !

We bid you Bon Voyage and are thrilled to now have you as part of our ever growing Ocean Free + Freedom family .

If you loved the day and our customer service why not join also us on our sister boat Ocean Free - we are always happy to see you again !

Duration: 9 hours

Stop At: Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Queensland Australia

Cairns Premier Reef & Island tours operate 2 personal , low guest number Great Barrier Reef Tours (www.cairnspremierreefislandtours.com)

Ocean Free Green Island + Great Barrier Reef sailing tour

Ocean Freedom Luxury Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive


Duration: 9 hours

Stop At: Upolu Cay, Great Barrier Reef, Green Island, Queensland 4871 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 .

Please note the title says Upolu Cay Green Island - this is incorrect . Upolu Cay is not at Green Island . Our sister ship Ocean Free travels to Green Island area

Duration: 9 hours

Included

  • Luxury catamaran cruise to the Great Barrier Reef
  • Six full hours on the Great Barrier Reef with stops at two reef locations
  • Environment Management Charge (EMC) and port fees
  • Tea and coffee throughout the day
  • Buffet 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

Excluded

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • 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
  • 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

4.7

165 Reviews

Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews

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Sonia July 2021

I went to Opulu Cay on Friday 10th July with my autistic daughter on Ocean Freedom. We both were still quite tired as recovering from illness but really happy to look at coral and fish on a high visibility and low wind, half cloudy, half sunny day. The service was excellent. I had help with my wetsuit, with my underwater camera, flippers and most importantly with my daughter so that we both could make the most of the day. Big thank you to Matteo from Uruguay on Ocean Freedom who made this the perfect first snorkelling experience for my 10 year old daughter and so I could make the best of the day, too.

Tim July 2021

The crew were just as awesome as the experience of diving on the GBR. We had a great day out on the reef and were very impressed by the service.

Fiona June 2021

Excellent staff and site selection. All equipment in excellent condition
Would recommend for solo or family

Sian June 2021

We had an awesome day out on the reef. The crew were so friendly and helpful. Food was plentiful and delicious. Chris was particularly helpful while snorkelling and made it all so easy. He even grabbed a sea cucumber for us to touch. The fish and coral were amazing. Cassie took us out in the glass bottom boat and we saw a sea turtle swim by. The boat was great and very comfortable and i would highly recommend this tour company and trip.

Colin M April 2021

Fantastic staff who were so attentive to all our needs. Food was sensational and plentiful and timing of activities spot on. Weather and tides were not altogether favourable but staff still made the experience worthwhile.

Miranda April 2021

This tour was the highlight of our holiday! The staff were so friendly and helpful, very passionate about the reef and what they do. The reef itself was stunning! We saw turtles, sharks, rays and so many fish! The guided tours were very informative and relaxing. The food was great and drinks weren't overpriced. We did two trips out to the reef (first with another company and second with these Guys) and honestly wouldn't go with any other group now. They will make you feel safe whilst giving you an experience you'll never forget! Cannot wait to come back!! Thanks again team!

Patricia C April 2021

Great day on the reef. Well organized. Very safe procedures. Outstanding crew. Very nice
food. Excellent choice for the inexperienced diver or snorkeller. They have their own glass bottomed boat and a small resue craft on standby.

jonathan.swinghammer February 2021

The cruise was very well managed with the staff being very good about explaining everything about the day and running the activities safely. They were very friendly and helpful about any questions as well.

The real attraction is the reef and it is spectacular. You have lots of time to see it and explore on your own and with help. The food was pretty good too. Sometimes tours like this have pretty spotty food and this was good.

One of the guides whose name I can't recall was particularly amazing. She took my daughter around solo towards the end when everyone else had tired themselves out and were on the boat resting. My daughter got a private tour around the reef and saw some amazing things and she was absolutely thrilled. Thank you to the crew, you were incredible!

Michele R February 2021

Great crew, very accomodating and knowledgable. They kept the food flowing so never hungry. Seeing their friendly giant trevally was the highlight.

Wenwen W February 2021

really good family run business. Great food options, attentive/friendly staff, and you get a good 6hrs on the reef snorkeling or diving. The only suggestion I would make is to have more food options before lunch is served, I was very hungry in the morning!

Tracy February 2021

Absolutely lovely staff, beautiful diving sites, a lot information. Janna took my daughter to a guided snorkelling tour, my daughter finally started looking into water and start enjoying snorkelling.

Kristin D August 2020

Absolutely amazing!!!
The crew was so friendly and personable. Great hospitality and beautiful boat!

Not to mention the beautiful Reef. If you are in between this your and another one, pick this one! You won’t be disappointed.

Thanks Ocean Freedom! You guys nailed it!

Sandra B March 2020

My granddaughter and I took this tour and it was fabulous. I have never been able to successfully snorkel even in calm waters. Lou worked with me for hours and by the end of the day I was snorkeling by myself and got to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef. The crew Ben, Chris, Rose and especially about were the best. The food was very good and there was plenty of it. I would highly recommend this cruise especially if you don’t want the commercialized experience many of the other tours do with lots of boats etc. the places we visited at the reef were private and no one else was around. The staff pointed out fish, coral, sting rays etc and explained everything thoroughly. Highly highly recommend for the young 11 or old 64

Amelia O March 2020

The whole thing was AWESOME. The crew was very professional, knowledgable, and helpful. They anticipated everyone's questions and the whole thing was organized with efficiency. Plus (and this is a BIG plus) every single one of them absolutely adores their job. This was SO important to helping the guests feel free to enjoy themselves. I loved it. The places we went to were great for viewing the reef, and the boat was in great condition (super clean and comfortable ride). Plus, they kept feeding us which was surprisingly necessary (you get so tired just from snorkeling lol). Overall, it was a brilliant experience. 10/10 would do it again.

Uh, plus Skipper Paul was so charming and handsome. Could not get enough of his quips ;)

anita.m.gaston March 2020

Wonderful, memorable snorkeling experience. Captain Paul, Portia, Sophie, and the rest of the crew were great - very helpful, engaging, and the perfect hosts. I was initially concerned about the jellyfish but the crew put me immediately at ease as they got us into our stinger suits. We went to two sites and saw lots of fish, clams, starfish, a turtle, and other sea life. Can't overstate how helpful and delightful the crew was. A wonderful time which I highly recommend!

Elizabeth C March 2020

The dives were great, all of the crew and dive instructors were amazing! Well worth it! There was breakfast, fruit, lunch, and so many post dive snacks. Can't say how much I would recommend! We saw several turtles and rays, sadly I missed the Reef Shark, but others on my trip saw it. If you are torn between the dive and snorkle, I can tell you it is well worth the upgrade! On my dives we were able to get up close to the turtles, rays, and clown fish, something that most of the snorklers missed.

Lavanya L March 2020

Great experience enjoyed a lot , well timed and good team
Food was good well taken care everyone should try

Jim W March 2020

From beginning to end, the crew was exceptional in assisting those of us that had never snorkeled previously. Members of the crew were in the water and we took advantage of the offer to be pulled around by holding on to a life preserver while watching below as the different coral and fish were identified. The lunch was good and fruit and pastries were available throughout.

Lawrence B March 2020

Crew was outstanding, knowledgeable with a great crew to guest ratio. Good instructions to new and experienced customers alike. The two dive and snorkeling spots were great. Tropical fish of all shapes and sizes. Nice variety of coral. Very good breakfast snacks and lunch buffet. Wore the recommended wet suits. Also did the glass bottom boat excursion. I would do this again and highly recommend the ocean princess to others!

Bernard L March 2020

The skipper, Pascal and his crew were awesome. Always helpful, and server with a smile. I am planning to return with my wife and definitely going to do it again and perhaps the sail boat as well.

David M February 2020

My bucket list has one item less thanks to Ocean Freedom, although it rained and rained the guys made us feel welcome, very relaxed and enjoy an experience of a lifetime, something that will stay with us forever. Our sincere thanks to a great crew.

Sandra S February 2020

The experience was a highlight of the trip. The crew was helpful and informative. The luncheon was very tasty. Would recommend that you go out to the first stop for snorkeling to see the coral reef. The second one was more the experience of standing on a sandbar in the middle of the Reef.

Roger M February 2020

The BEST!!! We did this cruise on Feb. 8th, 2020 and the experience was perfect! I learned to scuba dive the first time in my life and the instructor talked me and my husband through the while way because I wanted to quit a few times and he calmed me down and helped me through. I am so excited I scuba dived in the Great Barrier Reef!! All four crew members were fantastic and the snorkeling was great with the guide. The food was great. Everyone on the boat we spoke with on the trip raved about them also. There was 22 people on the excursion, so not too many. We were on the reef for several hours. We have been traveling for 2 months and this was the excursion we have done!!
A big thank you to the crew especially the Argentinian scuba instructor!

Milan J January 2020

The reef itself was something unbelievable and we feel so grateful for seeing it...The crew elevated the experience by 1000%

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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