Reef Experience Cruises

Starting from: $AU205.00

Tour Overview

  • Tour: All day on vessel
  • Departure location: Cairns (Pick up from Port Douglas available)
  • Ideal for snorkelling & diving
  • Suitable for couples & families
  • Number of passengers: 100
  • Reef locations (permit areas): Hastings, Saxon, Norman, Breaking Patches, Jorgensen Patch Reef
  • Number of reef sites visited: 2 sites
  • Tour duration: 8:00am – 4:30pm
  • Travelling time to the reef: 2 hours
  • Time exploring the reef: 6hrs
  • Vessel type and size: Motor catamaram / 20 meters with 2 levels
  • Free Introductory or Certified Dive
  • Free Guided Snorkel Tour
  • Free Glass Bottom Boat Tour
  • Free Coach Hotel Transfer from Cairns City


Reef Experience Cruises

Reef Experience is a high speed catamaran which provides a day to the Great Barrier Reef with a “all inclusive” package (introductory or certified dive, glass bottom boat tour, guided snorkel tour, hotel transfers, unlimited snorkelling, breakfast etc).

Reef Experience vessel can take up to 155 people to the outer reef but they cap the number at 100 so travellers can have plenty of space onboard, this way providing them with a more comfortable and personalised tour. Reef Experience is a local Australian family business so their reputation means a lot to them.

Reef Experience features two large air-conditioned saloon areas (decorated with table murals by local artists), a bar that sells snacks, drinks and souvenirs, a baby change room for families travelling with little ones and the vessel is disability friendly.

For snorkellers and divers Reef Experience offers 3 dive and snorkel platforms on level with the ocean, making the access into the water easy and comfortable.

Reef Experience has a selection of 5 spectacular reef locations, choosing a different reef site every day. Every morning the Captain checks the weather conditions and chooses the best two diving and snorkeling sites for the day, making sure the ones selected will provide visitors with the best visibility under water. This guarantees the best diving and snorkeling sites all year round.

Top Deck

Top Deck Club package comes with loads of added benefits, plus all the standard Reef Experience inclusions. Top Deck guests get their own personal valet for the day, providing a great level of customer service both at the reef and on the boat.This option is great for couples looking for a VIP reef day tour, group parties or for those who would benefit from the personalized in water care.

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What's included in the main price

  • Coach transfers to and from accommodations in Cairns area
  • Unlimited snorkelling at two reef locations
  • Free introductory scuba dive
  • Free certified scuba dive
  • Guided snorkel tours
  • Glass bottom boat tours
  • Breakfast bacon & egg rolls, lunch buffet and afternoon cheese, wine and biscuits
  • Marine Biology presentation
  • Tea & coffee served throughout the day
  • Sunscream is provided onboard free of charge
  • Second introductory dive
  • Second certified dive
  • Professional underwater photographs
  • Marine Biology informative snorkel tour
  • Scuba dive guide for qualified scuba divers
  • Prescription masks if required ($10.00 on the day)
  • Underwater digital camera hire ($49 on the day)
  • Hotel coach transfers for those staying outside the Cairns business area

Tour Itinerary

Time Description
07:15 - 07:50 Check-in directly to the Reef Experience vessel located at A finger, Cairns Marina
08:00 Boat departs Cairns Marina
Travel time is 1 hour & 30 minutes direct from Cairns to the reef
09:30 Boat arrives at the reef
Enjoy around 5 hours & 30 minutes exploring the outer reef
15:00 Boat departs the reef
16:30 Boat arrives back in Cairns
  • Swimmers
  • Towel
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Dry change of clothes for the trip home
  • Extra cash or a credit card (Visa, MasterCard – surcharges may apply) for any onboard purchases
  • Motion sickness tablet is recommended 30 minutes prior to the boat departing
  • Diving 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 $205.00 per adult
$125.00 per child
$535.00 per family
Top Deck Main Tour $305.00 per adult
$225.00 per child
$935.00 per family
Additional Extras Dates: 1st April 2020 - 31st March 2021
Return Coach Transfer (Northern Beaches) $22.00 per adult / $22.00 per child
Return Coach Transfer (Port Douglas) $70.00 per adult / $70.00 per child
Introductory Dive (2nd Dive) $65.00 per adult / $65.00 per child
Certified Dive (2nd Dive) $55.00 per adult / $55.00 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.

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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