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.

Sunlover Platform Overnight Tour

  • Tour: Overnight stay at Sunlover Platform
  • Departure location: Cairns Marina
  • Ideal for snorkelling
  • Suitable for couples & families
  • Number of passengers: 18 guests
  • Number of reef sites visited: 1 site
  • Reef location(s): Moore Reef
  • Tour duration: 9:30am on day 1 – 5:30pm on day 2

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Starting from:
$AU499.00

Big Cat Green Island Cruises - Full day

  • Tour: Full day Green Island Tour
  • Departure locations: Cairns Marina
  • Ideal for snorkelling
  • 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: 9:00am or 11:00am

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Starting from:
$AU94.00

Big Cat Green Island Cruises - Half day

  • Tour: Half day Green Island Tour
  • Departure locations: Cairns Marina
  • Ideal for snorkelling
  • 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: 9:00am or 1:00pm

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Starting from:
$AU94.00

Cairns Dinner Cruise

  • Tour: Cairns Dinner Cruise
  • Departure location: Cairns
  • Suitable for couples, families & friends
  • Number of passengers: 40
  • Tour duration: 6:30pm – 9:00pm
  • Operates: Tuesday to Saturday
  • Travelling time to the reef: 2hrs 30min
  • Vessel type and size: 30m sailing catamaran

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Starting from:
$AU95.00

Cairns Sunset Harbour Cruise

  • Tour: 90 minutes Cairns Inlet & Harbour Cruise
  • Departure locations: Cairns Marina
  • Suitable for families & couples
  • Number of passengers: 60
  • Tour Duration: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
  • Time exploring the inlet : 1 hour & 30 minutes
  • Vessel type and size: 25m catamaran with 2 levels
  • Welcome drink on boarding

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Starting from:
$AU46.00

Calypso Snorkel & Dive Cruises

  • Tour: Calypso vessel
  • Departure location: Port Douglas (pick up available from Cairns)
  • Ideal for snorkelling & diving
  • Suitable for backpackers & families
  • Number of passengers: 90
  • Reef locations (permit areas): 30 stunning & exclusive reef sites at Agincourt Reef
  • Number of reef sites visited: 3 sites
  • Tour duration: 08:45am – 4:45pm

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Starting from:
$AU236.50

Compass Cruises

  • Tour: All day on vessel Compass
  • Departure location: Cairns
  • Ideal for snorkelling & diving
  • Suitable for backpackers
  • Number of passengers: 100
  • Reef locations (permit areas): Hastings Reefs, Breaking Patches & Jorgensen Patch
  • Number of reef sites visited: 2 sites
  • Tour duration: 08:00am – 5:30pm

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Starting from:
$AU109.00

Down Under Cruise & Dive

  • DIVE PACKAGE $209.00
  • 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
  • Number of reef sites visited: 2 sites

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Starting from:
$AU175.00

Fitzroy Island & Sunlover Cruises

  • Tour: Fitzroy Island + Sunlover Cruises Platform
  • Package has to be completed in 1 day
  • Tours are connected
  • 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:
$AU239.00

Fitzroy Island Activity Pass 1

  • Tour: Fitzroy Island Activity Pass 1
  • Departure location: Cairns Marina
  • Ideal for snorkelling
  • Suitable for families & backpackers
  • Number of passengers: 175 passengers
  • Number of sites visited in a day: Fitzroy Island
  • Tour duration: 09:00am – 5:15pm
  • Travelling time to the reef: 45min to the Island

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Starting from:
$AU108.00