Down Under Cruise and Dive operates Evolution, a fast, large and modern catamaran that provides to their guests a luxury and superior tour with a personalised service. This brand new $5 million dollar vessel offers class and style of a motor yacht.
The catamaran is quite spacious with decks over 3 levels and the interior on the main and upper decks are large and cosy. The outdoor offers a lot of seating options away from the sun including comfortable lounges. Also, the fold-down platforms at the end of the vessel provide easy and safe access to the water to all passengers.
Visiting two outer reef sites in one day travellers spend over 5 hours in the water exploring the reef with a short travelling time. The reef locations, Norman, Saxon & Hastings Reefs, have been chosen for their good clarity of water and the their diversity of marine species. Visitors will enjoy the beautiful coral formations and the different coloured fish around.
The day package deal includes free guided snorkelling tours, scuba diving lessons, onboard entertainment and a barbecue lunch. For travellers who have never snorkelled before this is not a problem, they can have an one-on-one tuition on gear use and snorkelling techniques. This is also great for kids. Also a selection of buoyancy aids (foam noodles, life jackets and wetsuits) are available to all guests.
Extra activities include:
A scenic helicopter flight is an experience that everyone enjoys. Passengers of the Evolution boat can travel to and from the vessel by an amazing low helicopter flight where they get to see the reef from an unique angle. The reef colours are brighter from the air and there is also a chance to see some beautiful marine creatures such as stingrays, sea turtle, whales etc.
|07:30-08:20||Check-in at the Down Under Cruise & Dive desk, inside the Reef Terminal, 1 Spence Street|
|08:30||Boat departs Cairns Marina|
|Travel time is 1 hour & 30 minutes direct from Cairns to the reef|
|10:00||Boat arrives at the outer reef|
|Enjoy around 5 hours exploring the Great Barrier Reef|
|15:30||Boat departs the reef|
|17:00||Boat arrives back in Cairns|
All Divers: In accordance with the Australian diving law, ALL DIVERS must complete a medical questionnaire on board, before diving.
Flying after diving: If only one dive is undertaken then a minimum of 12 hours is recommended before flying. If more than one dive is conducted in the day, an interval of 24 hours is recommended. This is not applicable for low helicopter flights over the reef.
Introductory Divers - NOTE: Certain medical conditions may prevent you from diving (e.g. Asthma, Heart Disease), please contact our office. Min. age to dive is 12 years.
|Season: 2020 - 2021 Rates||Dates: 1st April 2020 - 31st March 2021||Action|
$185.00 per adult
$95.00 per child
$485.00 per family
|Dive Special Package (1 Certified / Intro Package)||
$235.00 per adult
$235.00 per child
|Get High Package (Cruise with Cert or Intro Dive & 10min Helicopter Flight)||$358.00 per adult|
|Additional Extras||Dates: 1st April 2020 - 31st March 2021|
|Return Coach Transfer (Cairns City)||$16.00 per adult / $16.00 per child|
|Return Coach Transfer (Northern Beaches)||$23.00 per adult / $23.00 per child|
|Second Dive (Introductory)||$45.00 per adult / $45.00 per child|
|Second Dive (Certified)||$30.00 per adult / $30.00 per child|
|Helicopter Flight (10 minutes)||$179.00 per adult / $179.00 per child|
|Semi-submersible||$10.00 per adult / $10.00 per child|
Age: Adult age: 17 yrs + / Child age: 4-16 years inclusive.
Family Price: 2 Adults & 2 Children.
Reef Tax: $20.00 is levied for all adults and children entering the Great Barrier Reef. This charge and other levies are INCLUDED in the cruise fares.
Booking fees: Tourism Cairns do not charge any booking fees.
Deposit and final payment: At Tourism Cairns clients are required to pay a deposit only at the time of booking. Final payment is to be completed 48 hours prior to departure or on the day of travel, depending on each tour operator's policy.
Cancellation by the traveller: If the tour is cancelled by the client up to 7 days prior to departure, a full refund is applicable. If the tour is cancelled by the client 7 days prior to departure, the deposit amount might be retained. If the tour is cancelled by the client 48 hours prior to departure, 100% cancellation fee may apply.
Booking amendments: If the date of a tour needs to be changed, Tourism Cairns must be notified in writing by the client up to 48 hours prior to the tour date.