Silverswift Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns

Silverswift Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns

10 hours Cairns City, Australia

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View the colorful underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef on this full-day trip from Cairns. Whether you are a snorkeler or a scuba diver, experienced or a novice, this snorkel and dive cruise from Cairns is the perfect day out on the Great Barrier Reef. Visiting three different dive sites you'll discover the abundant marine life and diversity of coral which the Great Barrier Reef is world-famous for. This experience is best suited to people who are confident in the water.
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Stop At: Silverswift Dive & Snorkel, 1 Spence St Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia

Snorkel or dive at some of the best known dive sites off Cairns such as Flynn, Milln and Thetford reefs for their abundance of marine life. The sites offer excellent wall dives, swim-throughs and overhangs, great for both novice and experienced divers. you can expect to see an abundance of fish species, hard corals such as staghorn, table, plate and boulder coral, and many species of soft corals.

Your day begins as you board the boat at Marlin Wharf. The ultra modern 29 meter catamaran will be your base for the day. Throughout the day you'll visit three different locations which may include Thetford, Milln and Flynn Reef. Each stop showcases a different aspect of the beautiful Great Barrier Reef. At each site you have the choice to snorkel, dive or a combination of both.

If you have never tried scuba diving you can choose to do one or two introductory dives, or you may prefer to stick to snorkeling and explore all three sites from the surface. A crew member will take those interested on a guided snorkel tour at one of the reef locations. Certified divers can choose to partake in up to three certified dives. Whatever you choose, your Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise includes up to five hours in the water.

The friendly crew will be happy to answer any questions you have throughout the day. The boat features full bar facilities, fresh water showers and expansive sun-decks overlooking the Coral Sea. A tropical buffet lunch will be served between sites, along with morning and afternoon tea.

We recommend you book this reef trip on your first full available day. You then have the opportunity to be flexible and change your travel date if you wish. Your booking can be changed at no additional cost directly with the operator once you are in Cairns. Prebook and secure your booking, but relax in knowing you can make amendments at no charge.

Duration: 10 hours


  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Lunch - Buffet lunch
  • Professional guide
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Use of dive equipment (if option selected)
  • Snorkel tour with reef guide
  • Use of Prescription masks
  • Choice of snorkeling, introductory or certified diving (option selected at time of booking)
  • Environmental Management Charge (EMC)
  • Entry/Admission - Silverswift Dive & Snorkel


  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Wet suit hire for snorkelers (approximately AUD $12.00)
  • Optional activities (if options not selected)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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
  • Minimum age for all diving activities is 12 years however some people may require a doctor’s certificate
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • After a single scuba dive a wait of 12 hours is recommended before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater. If doing multiple dives an interval of 24 hours is suggested.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • All participants will be required to complete a health questionnaire prior to diving. Some pre-existing medical conditions (eg asthma, heart conditions, etc) may prevent you from diving, please consult your doctor
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 90 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons


72 Reviews

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Jamie July 2021

Snorkelling on the 3 different reefs was amazing. The reef, the fish, the helpful staff meant it was a a great day on board and in the water. Lunch and snacks provided kept you well fuelled and energised to make the most of the experience.

Daniela W June 2021

Great diving with Pedro - saw so much such as rays, reef sharks, abt 10 barracudas, cods, wrasse, trigger fishes etc. lots of swim through, healthy marine life and many giant clams. A real delight when one is time poor. Staff was very helpful and equipment was in good condition.

John M March 2020

The Best . Extremely efficient. Best Dive Guides .
Wonderful Diving on the Outer Barrier Reef
Thanks, John

Jean Pierre G February 2020

Fantastic despite so-so weather. The crew took good care of customers especially if you dive. Special thanks to Marcos and Eve.

Emma L February 2020

I loved this trip! We were about 30 people (low season), had stinger suites on because of stinger season, didn't see any stingers tho. Beautiful clean boat. High quality tour :) good food buffe on board. So worth it!

Usha S February 2020

Our tour was very well organized. The tour leader was very informative and helpful to get us set up for the snorkeling into the ocean. He told us what to look for. Showed what fish varieties we might see and what kind of corals to look for. Morning and afternoon tea was adequate and lunch buffet was very good. Highly recommend it!

Gabriel O December 2019

Everything was perfect
Thank you to all team for taking cate of all of us. We learn a lot about the reef and the sites where perfect. Lots of fish and spectacular corals.

Chloe November 2019

My sister and I planned our trip to Cairns specifically for a visit to the Great Barrier Reef and we were not disappointed! From booking to disembarking the boat, Silverswift took great care of us and made the process incredibly easy, very laidback, yet professional. We booked to scuba dive 2 introductory dives, but after enjoying those two dives, the crew allowed us to dive again at the third site for just under $50USD. Our instructor Taku was phenomenal, yet all other members of the crew were just as attentive and kind as our personal dive instructor! From the crew members serving our snacks/lunch/tea to the lifeguards and photographer that closely monitored our dive and experience on the boat, we cannot imagine coming back to Cairns without a reef trip with Silverswift.

Daphne Ho November 2019

The tour was very well organised and the guides are very knowledgeable and caring e.g my friend got sea sick and the other friend soaked her phone in the sea water. The staff really taking you a very good care on everything. Food was good and we had wonderful snorkelling tour in GBR. Thank you

Wayne H August 2019

100% amazing crew , food , boat and reef .
Will go back to silver swift next time . Everyone helpful and professional.
3 amazing sites to snorkel.

Wai Kin M May 2019

Very nice boat.
This is the only tour do 3 outer reef locations.
Good breakfast and lunch.
Friendly staff.
Please note that if you do diving during 2nd location, your lunch time will be shorten.

Utsah S March 2019

The tour was amazing. Isa was brilliant. Extremely calm and patient with everyone. Dave was super too.

Paul B July 2018

The crew on the Silver Swift were outstanding. Fun time. They made both the beginning diving and snorkeling instruction easy.

Sue T March 2018

Wonderful trip. We never felt crowded, the staff was super friendly. The entire day was well organized. The lunch and snacks were very good as well.

Philip R February 2018

A friend recommended this trip so we booked it and would do this again in a heartbeat. Everything was supplied, the food was amazing on board and most importantly SAFETY was awesome. After every stop there was a head count and they meant business when counting the passengers. Nobody could move around the boat while the count was being done. That made my wife and I feel very safe. I would recommend this trip for families. The staff really showed concern for their guests. I was very impressed.

wpjones1 February 2018

This is a must. Great experience - we did the walk that took us up in daylight but going dark coming down so we saw the city lighting up - just beautiful. Our guide was knowledgable and fun - would highly recommend .

Alfordkm February 2018

We went out with a great boat and the staff did a wonderful job. I did not sign up for a dive, just the snorkeling trip. The trip was considered extreme snorkeling that day as the ocean had lots of high waves. In advance we were warned about this with the option of not going. We decided to go ahead as we had only the one day to take advantage of this trip. The first stop was too difficult for me to snorkel but the next stops were fine. The waves were not as big at the last two stops so I had the opportunity to spend as much time as I wanted in the water. It was a beautiful day and I would highly recommend the trip.

Michelle K January 2018

Very organized tour! There were a lot of people on that boat - some experienced and first open water divers and some snorkelers. I am certified but went with my family so I just did snorkeling. Knowing all the stuff involved with diving though, it was amazing how they directed everyone and got everyone to and from where they had to be at all times. We had a total of 3 stops and each site was amazing. Lunch was good and very organized. It was a great way to spend the day.

Tom G December 2017

An experience for a lifetime. The reefs weren't that colourfull and sea-life not as plentifull as we hoped, but as an experience it was unforgettable. The crew was super and the possibility to visit 3 places 2 x scuba and 1 x snorkel was perfect for us who had never scubadived before. I'm glad we read earlier reviews about this trip, before we booked it!

Hawksfan May 2017

Awesome experience!! It was a little overcast the day we went out, but the crew did a great job picking dive locations with great views of coral and sea life! The dive master was very diligent to ensure safety, and the guides were very helpful no matter how experienced each diver was. Definitely a bucket list success!

Merry W May 2017

Bucket list experience - totally a must do in Cairns - just trust me on this - and if they say you need the motion sickness meds - take them. One of the best highlights of any vacation I have ever had. Staff is fantastic!

kelstinkids March 2017

Amazing. Great tour company.

Carrie-Ann B February 2017

The trip was expertly guided by friendly and professional tour/snorkel/diving instructors. They explained everything clearly, ran the entire day's activities on time, and emphasized safety. The day was gloriously sunny, the water warm, the setting beautiful, and the Great Barrier Reef was simply unforgettable. Two teas and a tasty buffet lunch included in the cost. We LOVED every minute of the three snorkel dives on this wonderful trip!! Highly recommended and great value for the cost.

Dmitri I January 2017

Just no words can describe the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, highly recommend to anyone to take a trip to see it.

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

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