Great Barrier Reef Dive & Snorkel Day Tours

There are many different boat companies operating tours to the Great Barrier Reef departing Cairns and Port Douglas daily. Each tour company travels to a different part of the reef offering slightly different activities. Tourism Cairns is here to help visitors find the most suitable reef tour for them so they have an unforgettable time in the Great Barrier Reef carrying great memories forever.

Small vessels are quite popular giving clients more privacy by avoiding big crowds, the outer reef experience can be peaceful and relaxing. Or the other option is to travel to one of the big pontoons located in Cairns and Port Douglas, guests spend the day on a floating platform in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef and several activities are included for the day.

Have a look below at all tour packages available to the Great Barrier Reef departing Cairns and Port Douglas.

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

Great Adventures Outer Reef & Green Island

  • Tour: Great Adventures Platform & Green Island
  • Departure location: Cairns
  • Ideal for snorkelling
  • Suitable for families
  • Number of passengers: 400
  • Number of reef sites visited: 2 sites
  • Reef location(s): Norman Reef & Green Island
  • Tour duration: 8:30am – 5:30pm

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Starting from:
$AU258.50

Great Adventures Outer Reef Tour

  • Tour: All day on Great Adventures platform
  • Departure locations: Cairns
  • Ideal for snorkelling
  • Suitable for families
  • Number of passengers: 400
  • Number of reef sites visited: 1 site
  • Reef location(s): Norman Reef
  • Tour duration: 10:30am – 5:30pm

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Starting from:
$AU238.50

Ocean Free Sailing Tour

  • Tour: Inner Reef & Green Island
  • Departure location: Cairns
  • Ideal for snorkelling
  • Suitable for backpackers & couples
  • Number of passengers: 25
  • Reef locations (permit areas): Pinnacle reef & Green Island
  • Number of reef sites visited: 2 sites
  • Tour duration: 8:00am – 5:00pm

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Starting from:
$AU205.00

Ocean Freedom Cruises

  • Tour: Reef & Island cay
  • Departure location: Cairns
  • Ideal for snorkelling & diving
  • Suitable for backpackers & families
  • Number of passengers: 75
  • Reef locations (permit areas): Upolu reef & Upolu cay reef
  • Number of reef sites visited: 2 sites
  • Tour duration: 8:00am – 4:30pm

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Starting from:
$AU205.00

Ocean Spirit Cruises

  • Tour: Sand Cay
  • Departure location: Cairns
  • Ideal for snorkelling
  • Suitable for couples & families
  • Number of passengers: 150
  • Reef locations (permit areas): Michaelmas Cay
  • Number of reef sites visited: 1 site
  • Tour duration: 8:30am – 5:00pm

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Starting from:
$AU208.50

Passions of Paradise

  • Tour: Michaelmas sand cay & Paradise reef
  • Departure location: Cairns
  • Ideal for snorkelling
  • Suitable for couples & backpackers
  • Number of passengers: 80
  • Reef locations (permit areas): Michaelmas Cay & Paradise Reef
  • Number of reef sites visited: 2 sites
  • Tour duration: 08:30am – 5:00pm

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Starting from:
$AU174.00