Ocean Free Sailing Tour

Starting from: $AU220.00

Tour Overview

  • 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
  • Travelling time to the reef: 2 hours
  • Time exploring the reef: 4hrs and 30min
  • Vessel type and size: Sailing vessel / 16 meters


Ocean Free Cruises

Ocean Free is a beautiful 16 metre sailing vessel that carries a small group of passengers with the maximum 25 people. Ocean Free sails to their exclusive location Pinnacle reef, which is only one kilometer off Green Island. Also, visitors get the opportunity to visit the beautiful Green Island coral cay in the afternoon If they wish.

At Pinnacle reef the "bommies" (coral outcrops) are located only one metre under the water surface making it easy for viewing the exotic reef life. Turtles and reef sharks (totally harmless) are common sights. Snorkelling activity is unlimited so visitors can spend as much time in the water as they like.

Also, included in the price is snorkelling lessons, in-water assistance, snorkel equipment (including comfortable snorkel jackets) and great smorgasbord lunch.

Extra activities include:

  • Introductory diving (for clients who never dived before)
  • Certified diving (qualified divers)
  • Other activities on Green Island

After lunch Ocean Free transfers visitors from their vessel straight to Green Island beach where they are able to explore this unique location. The choices for activities on Green Island are snorkelling, bush walking or just relax on their beautiful beaches.

On the way home Ocean Free sails back to Cairns powered by the wind. Refreshments including tropical fruit platters, cheese, biscuits, baked cakes and a glass of wine are all included in the day package.

What's included in the main price

  • 16 metre sailing vessel transfers to & from the reef
  • Morning tea (with danish pastries and fresh fruit)
  • Afternoon tea (with a glass of wine)
  • 4 hours and 30 minutes exploring the Great Barrier Reef
  • Tropical smorgasbord lunch including seafood
  • Snorkelling tuition and tours
  • Use of all snorkeling equipment
  • Scuba diving demonstration
  • Certified dive
  • Introductory dive
  • Underwater cameras
  • Hotel coach transfers

Tour Itinerary

Time Description
07:00-07:50 Check-in at the Ocean Free desk inside the Reef Terminal, Cairns Marina
08:00 Boat departs Cairns Marina
Travel time is 2 hours direct from Cairns to Pinnacle Reef
10:00 Boat arrives on the reef
Enjoy around 4 hours & 30 minutes exploring Pinnacle Reef & Green Island
15:00 Boat departs the reef
17:00 Boat arrives back in Cairns
  • Beach clothes and accessories such as swimmers, towel, hat, sunglasses & sunscreen
  • Dry change of clothes for the trip home
  • Extra cash or a credit card (Visa, MasterCard – surcharges apply) for any onboard purchases
  • Motion sickness tablet is recommended to take 30 minutes prior to the boat departing
  • Dive card and log book for certified divers

Please Note:
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.

Tour Prices

Rates & Tariffs

Season: 2020 - 2021 Rates Dates: 1st April 2020 - 31st March 2021 Action
Main Tour (Snorkelling) $220.00 per adult
$135.00 per child
$647.00 per family
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
Introductory Dive (1st Dive) $105.00 per adult / $105.00 per child
Introductory Dive (2nd Dive) $50.00 per adult / $50.00 per child
Certified Dive (1st Dive) $70.00 per adult / $70.00 per child
Certified Dive (2nd Dive) $35.00 per adult / $35.00 per child

Age: Adult age: 15 yrs + / Child age: 4-14 years inclusive.
Family Price: 2 Adults & 2 Children.
Reef Tax: $10.00 is levied for all adults and children entering the Great Barrier Reef. This charge and other levies are INCLUDED in the cruise fares.

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Ocean Freedom Cruises

Visit a beautiful cay in the Great Barrier Reef.

Ocean Freedom is a fast 20 metre luxury cruiser that travels to two reef destinations, Upolu Cay and the outer edge of Upolu Reef. They offer free glass bottom boat tour, snorkelling tour with a Marine Naturalist and guide for certified divers.

  • Maximum 75 passengers
  • Upolu reef & Upolu cay reef
  • 6 hours exploring the Great Barrier Reef

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.

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