Reef Quest Cruises

Starting from: $AU200.00

Tour Overview

  • DIVE SPECIAL: Free Intro/Cert dive (Save $70.00)
  • Tour: All day on vessel
  • Departure location: Cairns
  • Ideal for snorkelling & diving
  • Suitable for backpackers
  • Number of passengers: 80
  • Reef locations (permit areas): Norman, Saxon, Hastings Reefs
  • Number of reef sites visited: 2 sites
  • Tour duration: 8:30am – 4:30pm
  • Travelling time to the reef: 1hr 30min
  • Time exploring the reef: 5hrs & 30min
  • Vessel type and size: Motor Catamaran / 24 meters with 3 levels
  • Free Guided Snorkel Tour


Reef Quest Cruises

Reef Quest is the newest addition to the Deep Sea Divers Den fleet and has been purpose built to provide snorkellers and divers with a fantastic day exploring the Outer Great Barrier Reef.

The focus of Reef Quest is on comfort and experience. Licensed to carry 125 passengers they actually limit day tour numbers to just 80 guests, ensuring there are plenty of space to relax across the two levels of air-conditioned interior and three exterior sun decks.

This tour caters to snorkellers and divers of all experience levels, including those ones who never dived before (introductory divers). Clients enjoy up to 5 hours on the Outer Great Barrier Reef which means plenty of time to spend exploring the reef.

Deep Sea Divers Den has a permit to visit 17 moorings on the Outer Great Barrier Reef. The exact destinations will be chosen on the day of travel depending on weather conditions and visibility of the water. They will choose the best locations to maximise the experience on the day.

Free guided snorkel tour, free use of snorkel equipment and lycra (stinger) or wet suits, morning tea and a tropical buffet lunch are all included in the main price of the trip. Travel time to and from the reef is approximately 90 minutes.

Extra activities include:

  • Introductory diving (for clients who never dived before)
  • Certified diving (qualified divers)

What's included in the main price

  • Return fast air-conditioned catamaran from Cairns to the outer reef
  • Free guided snorkel tour
  • Unlimited snorkelling
  • All diving equipment
  • Tropical Buffet lunch
  • Fresh chilled water
  • Tea and coffee
  • 2 dive locations
  • Prescription masks
  • Introductory dive
  • Certified dive
  • Dive guide
  • Digital camera

Tour Itinerary

Time Description
07:30-07:50 Check-in directly to the Reef Quest vessel located at C Finger, Cairns Marina
08:30 Boat departs Cairns Marina
Travel time is 1 hour & 30 minutes direct from Cairns on a fast stable motor catamaran
10:00 Boat arrives at the Great Barrier Reef
Enjoy around 5 hours exploring the outer reef
15:00 Boat departs the Reef
16:30 Boat arrives back in Cairns
  • Swimmers, towel, hat, sunglasses, sun screen, 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: 2018 - 2019 Rates Dates: 1st April 2018 - 31st March 2019 Action
Main Tour (Snorkelling) $200.00 per adult
$150.00 per child
$638.00 per family
Intro Dive Special (Free Intro Dive) $200.00 per adult
$200.00 per child
Certified Dive (2 Dives) $270.00 per adult
$270.00 per child
Additional Extras Dates: 1st April 2018 - 31st March 2019
Bus Transfer (Northern Beaches) $20.00 per adult / $20.00 per child

Age: Adult age: 12 yrs + / Child age: 3-11 years inclusive.
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.

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