Cairns Great Barrier Reef Tours

When it comes to the "must see" in Cairns the Great Barrier Reef is at the top of the list. The range of different boat companies operating reef tours daily in Cairns and Port Douglas is wide. Each tour company travels to a different part of the reef offering slightly different activities, this is when visitors get confused on which tour they should choose. Tourism Cairns is here to help travellers find the perfect reef tour for them so many great memories can be carried forever.

There are many different options when it comes to a day tour to the Great Barrier Reef, for example, visitors can travel on a small boat with a small number of passengers, therefore avoiding the crowds. Or travel to a big pontoon where they have a chance to get off the boat and spend the entire day on a floating platform with many different activities included (great for families).

If the idea is to explore Cairns Reef as much as possible, the best option might be to do an overnight tour where visitors sleep in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef. If you would like to learn more about overnight tours have a look at our liveaboard tours page and our sailing tours page.

Also visitors have the option to travel to an island which is part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. There are two islands off the cost of Cairns (Fitzroy Island & Green Island) and one island off the cost of Port Douglas (Low Isles). They are all beautiful locations with so many activities to offer.

While your stay in Cairns, don't forget to do an afternoon or night cruise around the Trinity Inlet. It is a special experience to do with your loved one.

Have a look below at all the Great Barrier Reef tours available daily departing the Cairns and Port Douglas region.

Fitzroy Island Ferry Transfers - Full Day - 5% OFF

  • Special - 5% OFF on itinerary 8:45am - 4:45pm
  • Fitzroy Island has so much to offer with so many activities available every day such as snorkelling, glass bottom boat, paddle skis, stand up paddle. Visitors can also do some hiking with many hiking tracks around the island.
  • Tour: Fitzroy Island return transfer (full or half day option)
  • Departure location: Cairns Marina
  • Ideal for snorkelling
  • Suitable for backpackers
  • Number of passengers: 175 passengers
  • Number of sites visited in a day: Fitzroy Island

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Starting from:
$AU88.00

Green Island Ferry Transfers - Full Day

  • Tour: Green Island Ferry Transfers - Full Day
  • Departure locations: Cairns Marina
  • Suitable for families & backpackers
  • Number of passengers: 200
  • Number of reef sites visited: 1 site
  • Reef location(s): Green Island reef:
  • Departure times from Cairns: 8:30am, 9:00am, 10:30am and 11:00am
  • Departure time from Green Island: 4:00pm or 4:30pm

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Starting from:
$AU96.00

Down Under Cruise & Dive

  • SPECIAL PRICE - 5% OFF
  • DIVE PACKAGE $265
  • Tour: All day on vessel Evolution
  • Departure location: Cairns
  • Ideal for snorkelling & diving
  • Suitable for backpackers
  • Number of passengers: 140
  • Reef locations (permit areas): Norman, Saxon & Hastings Reefs

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Starting from:
$AU228.00

Green Island Ferry Transfers - Half Day

  • Tour: Green Island Ferry Trans - Half Day
  • Departure locations: Cairns Marina
  • Suitable for families & backpackers
  • Number of passengers: 200
  • Number of reef sites visited: 1 site
  • Reef location(s): Green Island reef:
  • Departure times from Cairns: 8:30am, 10:30am, 11:00am & 1pm
  • Departure time from Green Island: 2:30pm, 4:00pm & 4:30pm

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Starting from:
$AU96.00

Sunlover Reef Cruises

  • SPECIAL - 5% OFF
  • Tour: Platform with WATERSLIDE
  • Departure location: Cairns
  • Ideal for snorkelling
  • Suitable for families
  • Number of passengers: 300
  • Number of reef sites visited: 1 site
  • Reef location(s): Moore Reef

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$AU252.00

Fitzroy Island Ferry Transfers - Half Day

  • Fitzroy Island Half Day has so much to offer with so many activities available every day such as snorkelling, glass bottom boat, paddle skis, stand up paddle. Visitors can also do some hiking with many hiking tracks around the island.
  • Tour: Fitzroy Island return transfer (half day option)
  • Departure location: Cairns Marina
  • Ideal for snorkelling
  • Suitable for families, couples and backpackers
  • Number of passengers: 175 passengers
  • Number of sites visited in a day: Fitzroy Island
  • Tour duration: Departure Cairns at 10:45am & Departure Fitzroy Island at 2:00pm.

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Starting from:
$AU89.00

Great Barrier Reef Pontoon & Fitzroy Island

  • 5% OFF - SAVE $20 PER PERSON
  • Tour: Fitzroy Island + Sunlover Cruises Platform (2 day package)
  • Tours are disconnected
  • Departure locations: Cairns
  • Ideal for snorkellers
  • Suitable for families & couples
  • Number of passengers to the reef: 400
  • Number of reef sites visited: 1 site

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Starting from:
$AU340.00

Green Island Activity Pass 1

  • *Includes snorkelling gear OR glass bottom boat tour
  • Departure locations: Cairns Marina
  • Suitable for families & backpackers
  • Number of passengers: 200
  • Number of reef sites visited: 1 site
  • Reef location(s): Green Island reef:
  • Departure times from Cairns: 8:30am or 10:30am
  • Departure time from Green Island: 2:30pm or 4:30pm

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$AU110.00

Quicksilver Outer Reef Cruises

  • Tour: Platform
  • Departure location: Port Douglas (pick up from Cairns available)
  • Ideal for snorkelling
  • Suitable for families
  • Number of passengers: 450
  • Number of reef sites visited: 1 site
  • Reef location(s): Agincourt Reef
  • Tour duration: 10:00am – 4:30pm

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Starting from:
$AU298.00

Reef Encounter – 2 Day / 1 Night Liveaboard - 5% OFF

  • ***5% OFF at the moment***
  • Tour: 2 Day / 1 Night Reef Encounter Liveaboard
  • Departure location: Cairns
  • Ideal for snorkelling & diving
  • Suitable for couples & families
  • Number of passengers: 42
  • Number of room: 9 Double suites, 10 Twin share and 1 Multi share cabin
  • Reef locations (permit areas): Hastings, Saxon, Norman, Breaking Patches, Jorgensen Patch Reef

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Starting from:
$AU515.00