Dive the Reef & Cape Tribulation Rainforest

Starting from: $AU425.00

Tour Overview

  • Tour: Reef & Rainforest package with a free Introductory or Certified dive
  • Package to be completed in 2 days
  • Tours not connected
  • Departure location: Cairns
  • Ideal for snorkelling & diving
  • Suitable for backpackers & couples
  • Number of passengers: Reef: 150 / Rainforest: 28
  • Reef locations (permit areas): Norman, Saxon & Hastings Reefs
  • Number of reef sites visited: 2 sites
  • Travelling time to the reef: Reef: 1hr 30min
  • Time exploring the reef: 5hrs
  • Vessel type and size: Motor Catamaran / 35 meters with 3 levels
  • Rainforest locations: Rex Lookout, Port Douglas, Smoke Cerimony, Mossman Gorge, Daintree river ferry, Alexandra Lookout, Cape Tribulation Beach.
  • Tour duration: Reef: 08:30am – 5:00pm/ Rainforest: 6:30am – 6:30pm
  • Lunch (both tours), Morning & Afternoon tea included for Reef day only
  • Coach transfers included for Cape Tribulation day only


Dive the Reef & Cape Tribulation Rainforest Package

Day 1: Reef Tour

Evolution is a $5 million dollar vessel that provides customers with a luxury, superior and personalised tour. The vessel is large, modern and fast, offering class and style of a motor yacht.

Evolution visits two outer reef sites daily and travellers spend over 5 hours in the water exploring the beautiful great barrier reef. The reef locations they can visit are Norman, Saxon & Hastings Reefs. They always choose the 2 locations with the best clarity of water for the day and where they will get a wide range of marine species. Travellers will enjoy the beautiful coral formations and the different coloured fish around.

The package deal includes free guided snorkelling tours, scuba diving lessons, onboard entertainment and a barbecue lunch. For passengers who have never snorkelled before they can have an one-on-one lesson on gear use and snorkelling techniques.

For more information about this Great Barrier Reef tour please visit our tour page below.

Evolution Reef Tour

Day 2: Cape Tribulation 4WD Tour through Bloomfield Track

This tour company offers great tours to Cape Tribulation through the Bloomfield Track, one of the most scenic short 4WD drives in Queensland.

The Bloomfield track attracts a lot of tourists every year because of its beautiful rainforest, natural swimming holes, creeks and beaches. The Bloomfield track was constructed in 1983- 1984 and led to one of Australia's most important environmental protests. Today the area has World Heritage protection.

This Cape Tribulation Tour is a personalised taking a group of maximum of 16 passengers in a custom built 4WD. Travellers spend the day in the company of a guide who talks about the flora, fauna, and history of the area, including aboriginal culture. The tour is quite educational, making the whole rainforest experience even more special.

This Cape Tribulation tour is the only one that travels to the pristine Emmagen Creek. Emmagen Creek is located 7 km north of Cape Tribulation and it is a beautiful location with many swimming holes. This is where all participants get in the water for a swim.

Other places visited include the Daintree river ferry, Alexandra Lookout, Lync Haven animal refugee, Cape Tribulation Beach and the Daintree Ice Cream Factory (if time permits).

For more information about this Cape Tribulation tour please visit our tour page below.

Cape Tribulation 4WD Tour through Bloomfield Track

What's included in the main price

  • Day 1: Reef Cruise:
  • Return cruise to the outer reef on a fast air-conditioned catamaran
  • Five hours of snorkelling or diving at two outer Great Barrier Reef locations
  • 1 introductory or certified dive included
  • Guided snorkelling tour
  • State of the art snorkel and dive equipment and flotation devices
  • Live musical entertainment
  • Delicious Aussie BBQ lunch including prawns, fish, steak, sausages, vegetarian, tropical salads and pastas.
  • Tea & coffee available
  • Exclusive, protected, sheltered reef locations
  • Large and spacious comfortable decks
  • Day 2: Rainforest:
  • Hotel pick up & drop off
  • Small personalised group
  • 4WD experience
  • 1 hour Daintree River Wildlife Cruise
  • Vehicular cable ferry crossing over the Daintree River
  • Morning tea
  • Gourmet barbecue lunch
  • National Park fees
  • Visit: Bloomfield Track, Emmagen Creek, Alexandra Range Lookout, Lync Haven Animal Refugee, Cape Tribulation Beach
  • Day 1: Reef Cruise:
  • 2nd introductory dive
  • 2nd certified dive
  • Semi-submersible
  • Scenic helicopter flight
  • Wetsuit or Stinger suit ($10.00 to be purchased on the day)
  • Digital underwater camera hire ($50.00 to be purchased on the day}
  • Hotel coach transfers
  • Day 2: Rainforest:
  • Purchase of souvenir

Tour Itinerary

Time Description
Day 1: Reef Cruise:
07:30-08:20 Check-in at the Down Under Cruise & Dive desk inside the Reef Terminal, Cairns
08:30 Boat departs Cairns Marina
Travel time is 1 hour & 30 minutes from Cairns on a fast stable motor catamaran
10:00 Boat arrives at the outer reef
Enjoy around 5 hours exploring the outer reef
15:30 Boat departs the reef
17:00 Boat arrives back in Cairns
Day 2: Rainforest:
07:00 Accommodation pick up in Cairns
Drive along the magnificent scenic coastal route along the Captain Cook Highway
First stop is at the majestic Daintree River for morning tea (tea, coffee & biscuits)
Informative guided river cruise on the Daintree River
Alexandra Range for a panoramic view of World Heritage, Wet Tropics, and Tropical Rainforest
Guided elevated national park boardwalks through the rainforest
Lync Haven (animal refuge centre) - hand feed kangaroos & get up close to some of Australia’s wildlife
Enjoy a delicious gourmet barbecue lunch with freshly prepared salads in a beautiful rainforest setting restaurant
Enjoy the spectacular lookout at Alexandra Range
Drive to Cape Tribulation and continue along the 4WD Bloomfield Track through to pristine Emmagen Creek
At Emmagen Creek. swim in crystal clear freshwaters and without the crowds of people
Enjoy a cup of traditional billy tea, made in a traditional Australian billy
Walk to Cape Tribulation Beach where 'the Rainforest meets the Reef'.
Daintree Ice Cream Factory – Home made ice cream with Daintree exotic fruit (time permitting)
Cross the Daintree river and the journey back home starts
18:30 Accommodation drop off
  • Day 1: Reef Cruise:
  • 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 for any onboard purchases
  • Motion sickness tablet is recommended to take 30 minutes prior to the boat departure
  • Dive card and log book for certified divers
  • Day 2: Rainforest:
  • Comfortable clothing & walking shoes suitable for safe track walking
  • Swim wear if getting in the water
  • Drinking water

Please Note:
All Divers: In accordance with 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.
Cape Tribulation: Level of fitness:The rainforest walk is graded easy and it can be done by anyone with any level of fitness.

Tour Prices

Rates & Tariffs

Season: 2024 - 2025 Rates Dates: 1st April 2024 - 31st March 2025 Action
Package Price (snorkelling only) $425.00 per adult
$295.00 per child
$1,280.00 per family
Package Price (1 intro or cert dive included) $505.00 per adult
$375.00 per child
$1,600.00 per family

Age: Adult age: 15 yrs + / Child age: 4 - 14 yrs old.
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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