Seastar Luxury Outer Great Barrier Reef Island and Reef Tour from Cairns

Seastar Luxury Outer Great Barrier Reef Island and Reef Tour from Cairns

8 hours 30 minutes Cairns City, Australia

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Travel to the Outer Great Barrier Reef on a full-day, all-inclusive cruise aboard Cairns' most popular small number (36 passenger Locally Family owned and operated) Luxury Catamaran. Dive into this remarkable underwater kingdom and experience the wonder that is the Great Barrier Reef. Visit the spectacular and celebrated destinations of Michaelmas Cay and Hastings outer Reef where you can snorkel, dive or coral view in the glass bottom boat. To ensure a truly memorable day, all equipment, snorkel guides, dive guides, glass bottom tour, morning & afternoon tea and delicious buffet lunch are included in the fare.

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Stop At: Seastar Cruises Reef Day Trips, 75 Esplande Marlin Marina, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia

Check in at 7.30 am at Cairns Marlin Marina, E finger directly on board Seastar.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Michaelmas Cay, Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia

Located 22 nautical miles (40 km) from Cairns, the same as the distance across the English Channel, and close to the outer reef systems, Michaelmas Cay is the largest of the uninhabited coral cays in the Cairns region; in fact it is huge in comparison.

Seastar is the first vessel to arrive at Michaelmas Cay. Very few tour vessels are now permitted access to this sensitive island and now there are only two which travel daily that are permitted the right to use and access the Cay.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Queensland Australia

Our second location where we stop is Hastings reef, part of the outer Great Barrier Reef.

Hastings Reef is located 30 nautical miles out from Cairns and is a typical outer reef, on most days a line of breakers marks where the deep ocean swells break onto the reef wall. The reef itself is shallow on top, with steep sides reminiscent of cliffs falling away into the surrounding water.

Duration: 2 hours


  • Luxury Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise
  • Morning & afternoon tea
  • Lunch - Buffet lunch
  • Guided Snorkel Tour at Both Michaelmas Cay and Hastings Reef
  • Mask, Snorkel and Fins
  • Wet-suit or stinger-suit (seasonal)
  • Buoyancy vest and noodle
  • On-board commentary
  • Glass bottom boat
  • Island access to world famous Michaelmas Cay
  • Random photos taken daily and Uploaded Facebook "Free Service"


  • Return Bus transfer - Cairns City Area or Northern Beaches and Outer Cairns City Area
  • Cold drinks and snacks
  • Introductory Diving and Certified Diving available as optional Extra

Departure Point

E Finger Marlin Marina, Marlin Parade, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Introductory Divers note, Some medical conditions, medications and recent operations can and may prevent you from Scuba Diving. You may require a Dive Medical to Australian Medical Standard AS4005-1.
  • 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 36 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Seastar uses recommended and the latest latest best practices for a Covid-19 safe experience


12 Reviews

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

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Jason C October 2020

Very enjoyable tour. 2 good reef sites of different aspects, friendly crews and well organised. 2 hours stay at each reef site to be very good arrangement. Strongly recommended.


Miss JM C March 2020

I am so glad I spent so much time researching who to visit GBR with. Seastar are without shadow of a doubt the best company. No, they aren’t they cheapest, but it’s a small group with lots of staff, the boat was well equipped and you get taken to the outer reef which is much quieter and the coral more intact.

They take photos of you throughout the day which are available to you for free (which is incredible!) Lunch was delicious and varied options. Was such a great day and one I’ll never forget.


Jeanie B January 2020

The trip out on the Reef with two places to snorkel was fantastic. The staff each had such a sweet considerate way of dealing with things. They also gave the opportunity to have perscription goggles which helped enhance the underwater experience even more.They went all out with the food with a nice variety of healthy options which was delightful. Stinger suits were provided for all . Photos were taken by one of them to assure all of us if our cameras didnt work that at least we would have their photos. Loved every bit of it. wanted to go out and do it again! Thank you Seastar. Keep up the good work.


Steven M January 2020

This was our second reef tour of the week and by far the best. We had great weather and a super crew that was very helpful in us achieving a wonderful scuba outing. We saw turtles, rays, tons of fish and the most coral ever. The food was good and everything was to schedule. I would do it again in a heartbeat. Highly recommended


Laurie H December 2019

This was a magnificent trip! The staff was professional and so knowledgeable about the Reef! It’s obvious, it’s their passion!
I snorkeled and dove and it was so awesome! Best trip ever! The boat was clean and the food was yummy! My almost 87 year old mom was well taken care of!


Mauricia M December 2019

A wonderful experience from booking via VIATOR until drop off / farewell by dock by Seastar Team! Great reef locations, very professional team to make sure we were guided throughout the day in a superb environment! Excellent, a must to experience The beautiful Great Barrier Reef. The experience with a smaller group is priceless; we took three different trips to visit multiple reefs, and this one was BY FAR the best experience! Archie and Sebastian - above and beyond! Thanks to Seastar for a unique experience in Cairns/Australia!


Danielle N November 2019

Had an amazing time on Seastar snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef! Staff was super friendly and accommodating. The boat was spacious and clean. The tour itself was nice and intimate, much smaller than other tours we had the options of choosing. They also take pictures throughout the entire trip and post them all online you to enjoy and download later.


Glynis G October 2019

Great crew!! Very helpful. This was the best possible tour for all levels of snorkeling ability. Our group of 6 had experienced and first time snorkeler’s. They took the time to help all- plus we were all over 50+ yrs old. Coffee and tea available all day - muffins in the morning and delicious lunch buffet. Glass bottom boat was informative and a nice touch. I would highly recommend this trip and crew. Thank you for a great day!!


Sara.taket October 2019

Really enjoyed our day. The team were very professional with safety and what to expect and also fun, lively and upbeat. Locations excellent - we snorkelled and loved both. Informative talks, fab lunch and great weather. Thanks all for a memorable trip


Jodiebob October 2019

the staff was very knowledgeable, loved their work, and they were all very kind and helpful. They were very attentive and accommodating. They dove to show us all kinds of creatures and different types of coral. They took plenty of pictures that were then put on Facebook for free for us to share with our friends. It was an absolutely wonderful day. We could use a swim vest and a noodle if we wanted to. There was a ring to hold onto to follow the staff team leader in the water. . I can't say enough, it was amazing. Thank you Seastar.


Kailing G August 2019

The tour was well run, food was good, and proper briefings were conducted. We were the only boat at Michael cay in the morning and it helped that we were a small group of 37. It was an amazing experience to snorkel and see the biodiversity underwater. We learnt a lot from Matt about the corals. And the highlight was we spotted a few whales on our way back by chance. Couldn't have asked for more.


Natalie A July 2019

Staff ran a tight ship and everything was efficient and well organised! The staff were friendly and knowledgeable, lunch was hot and plentiful. We were the first boat out to the Cay so had the space to ourselves for a while. I appreciated the beach launch for our first swim to get used to it. Loved the glass bottom boat tour to hear more about what we could see. All equipment provided, we even saw turtles! You definitely need to go, it's a great day!
Highly recommend, it was wonderful.

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

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