1 Day Outer Barrier Reef Experience from  Cairns

Adults from $205

Snorkel, dive or take a glass-bottomed boat tour at two beautiful Great Barrier Reef locations, feast on a sumptuous breakfast and lunch and enjoy the company of expert crew.

Set off to an exciting Great Barrier Reef experience, which includes snorkelling at two beautiful spots, a glass-bottomed boat tour, introductory and certified dives and a presentation by a marine biologist.

  • Snorkelling, introductory and certified dives at two Outer Barrier Reef spots
  • Glass-bottomed boat tour
  • Delicious, freshly prepared breakfast and lunch
  • Friendly, knowledgeable and professional crew
  • Marine biologist presentation

Set out from Cairns aboard a comfortable vessel to the outer Barrier Reef, meet your crew and learn more about the reef from a marine biologist on the way. Enjoy an energising breakfast which includes bacon and egg barbeque rolls, fruit platters, coffee and tea.

At the first reef location, don your gear and jump into the sparkling waters to snorkel over coral gardens, schools of fish and giant clams. Get closer to the sea-bed by embarking on a certified dive or join the crew for an introductory, guided dive. You'll also be welcomed onto a glass-bottomed boat for a guided, informative tour.

Head back on-board to feast on a delectable BBQ lunch while revelling in the tranquillity and beauty of the reef.

At the second reef location, spend some more time snorkelling or diving in shallow lagoons to discover sea fans, coral trees and an abundance of life.

As you head back to Cairns with a collection of wonderful memories, sip on a glass of wine paired with fruits, cheese and biscuits.

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Departures: Daily

  Start Finish Duration
1 Day Outer Barrier Reef Experience from Cairns 8:00am 4:30pm 8.5 Hours


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Ticket Price
Adults $205
Children (4-11 yrs) $125
Family (2+2) $535
Infants (0-3) Free


Book your Extras now so you don’t miss out!

Hotel Transfers Pickup from Port Douglas Hotels $70 per person
Hotel Transfers Pickup from Outer Cairns / Northern Beaches Hotels $22 per person



Group Size: 100ppl max


  • Up to 6 hours at two pristine Outer Great Barrier Reef locations
  • Unlimited snorkeling at morning and afternoon locations. All equipment including wetsuit hire.
  • Your Choice of assisted Snorkeling for non-swimmers, Introductory Dive or Certified Dive
  • Marine Biology Presentation
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tour
  • Courtesy Pickup from Accommodation within the Cairns City
  • Barbecue Breakfast including bacon & egg rolls, coffee, tea and fruit platters
  • Morning Tea
  • Buffet BBQ Lunch with an assortment of fresh salads
  • Cheese and fruit platter & complimentary wine on return journey
  • Wetsuit Hire
  • National Park Fees

Rated: 43210 (4.5/5 based on 13 customer reviews)

54321 What an amazing experience right from the first greeting as we lined up to get on the boat until we left. Amazing food, wonderful friendly, helpful, efficient crew members, funny and entertaining, serious when necessary. Snorkelling was an absolute pleasure at two amazing sights. Our marine biologist shared interesting and entertaining facts about the reef. Our photographer was very efficient and personable. Amazing shots! We felt safe and special the entire time.
Allison — 14 November, 2019

54321 Brilliant experience with very helpful crew, especially Emily from Newcastle UK who took time to give me the confidence to actually get into the water – so grateful as I would have regretted not seeing the reef first hand.
Lorri — 29 July, 2019

54321 Awesome Tour! Supercool crew, very comfortable boat and so many great experiences. I went snorkeling, diving and on the glasbottom boat and just had an incredible time. I felt safe and in good hands.
Laura Schliebitz — 15 March, 2019

54321 Amazing experience!!!!! Awesome crew!!!!! I would like to repeat again!!!!! Thanks for everything!
Marta Ramos — 12 February, 2019

54321 I quickly flew to Cairns for this tour, as I was on day 12/16 in Aus and hadnt even hit the water yet! Totally worth it – snorkelling was great, staff was friendly, food was good. I took the tour on a Sunday so boat wasn’t completely full which was a plus. On a side note they supply reef-safe sunscreen as well, which I apparently did not use nearly enough of. I would totally recommend this tour, and booking through reeffree.
Justin — 13 January, 2019

54321 I started out a bundle of nerves when it came to scuba diving, but because the staff were so awesome and reassuring I didnt have to miss out. They were knowledgeable, patient and friendly. The marine biologist gave us insightful knowledge about the reef and marine life. The photos the photographer took were amazing. They cater for experienced divers too but if youre a beginner scuba diver and snorkeler you should definitely choose reef experience.
Renae — 3 August, 2018

14321 Unfortunatly the wearher wasn’t good but that’s not the matter of the review. Food was really something that you wouldn’t eat. The boat was not cleaned The staff….. better don’t talk about them
Giulia — 17 May, 2018

32121 Unfortunately I wasn’t left overly impressed by this tour. After spending a fair amount of money on a tour that stated to have basically everything included, I ended up paying an extra $50 for a snorkelling tour in which others could tag along behind anyway. Also I didn’t do the intro scuba dive as I had a child with me and couldn’t leave her alone. I think there should be different options in pricing depending on what you’re able to get out of the tour
Melissa Walsh — 19 January, 2018

54321 Amazing! All the crew was so friendly, everything was perfect, great breakfast, great BBQ lunch! Amazing experience! great tour! Totally recommended! Espectacular! Toda la tripulación súper amable, todo estuvo perfecto, buen desayuno, excelente BBQ al almuerzo, una experiencia increíble! Súper recomendado!
Laura — 14 December, 2017

54321 A great day with wonderful friendly hosts. We went to two reefs and saw unbelievable fish and coral. As a staffer it was a great experience and everything went off perfectly with the bus pickup,return and great to be out there. Thanks!!!
Mike — 1 November, 2017

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54321 Wow! What a great tour. Very professionally run and great value. We had as much time in the water as we wanted and were amazed by the diversity of the sections of reef we visited. The beginners dive was also great fun. This is a must do tour!
Matt&Christina; — 22 November, 2016

54321 Totally was not expecting this!! What a great tour…and so many things included! We were not expecting the deep sea dive, or the free drinks at the end of the day! Unbelievable value for the amount of time and experience. The lunch buffet was delish!! That was included too! We were blown away by the organization and overall experience. Definitely a package to rave about for first time barrier reefers! lol
Mike&Mary; — 8 November, 2016

54321 Great start to the day with brekky. Diving was awesome, saw turtles! Staff were cool. Thanks guys.
Gary Klein — 9 September, 2014


The below itinerary can change due to tides and weather.

Day 1

Pickup from Northern Beaches and Outer Cairns Accommodation

6:15am – 7:00am

(Extra $22pp)

Pickup from Port Douglas Accommodation


(Extra $70pp)

Pickup from Cairns City Accommodation

7:00am – 7:30am


Meet at Marina for Barbecue Breakfast and Board Vessel for 8am Departure


Morning Tea

Enjoy the provided morning tea!

Arrive at First Reef Location


Snorkeling and Scuba Demonstration & Reef Presentation. Reef chosen may be a choice of Norman, Saxon, Hastings or Breaking Patches Reefs.

Glass Bottom Boat

Want to see the Reef and not get wet? Glass Bottom Boats are awesome fun for all ages!


Snorkel amongst the beautiful corals, fishes, turtles and more, up close and personal.

Scuba Dive

See the reef up close and personal with a Scuba Dive!


Enjoy a relaxing swim in the warm tropical waters!

Buffet Lunch


Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch on tour!

Second Reef Location

1:00pm – 3:00pm

Reef chosen may be a choice of Norman, Saxon, Hastings or Breaking Patches Reefs.

Afternoon Tea


Glass of wine, tropical fruits, cheese and biscuits

Return to Cairns Marina


Dropoff at Cairns City Accommodation

4:45pm – 5:15pm

Dropoff at Outer Cairns and Northern Beaches Accommodation

5:15pm – 6:00pm

(Extra $22pp)

Tour Map

Our Tour Review

The Good

This tour is popular with adventure snorkelers and first-time scuba divers looking for value for money and loads of inclusions. Breakfast, lunch, tea, coffee, drinking water, snorkeling gear, scuba diving, wetsuits, and bus transfers from and to your Cairns city hotel are all included. The large, fast, stable catamaran takes only 90 minutes to get to the outer Great Barrier Reef.

Things to Consider

Introductory scuba divers need to be medically fit for scuba diving.

Non-swimmers who want to get in the water and snorkel will be assisted by the friendly crew, or may consider alternative trips that visit an activity pontoon.

Our Recommendation

This tour is perfect for the young and young-at-heart adventure travellers who want a value-for-money day trip with lots of inclusions.

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