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1 Day Reef Daytripper Upolo Reef Sailing Adventure from  Cairns

Adults from $149

Yes with conditions

  • At the direction of staff at all times
  • Requires a flight plan including purpose
  • Prior arrangement required

Sail to the Great Barrier Reef’s Upolu Reef, discover the marine world by snorkelling and diving, and enjoy a tropical buffet lunch.

This small group, eco-friendly tour will take you to the Upolu Reef and let you snorkel and dive in the aqua sea amongst coral gardens brimming with life.

  • Small-group day-trip to the Upolu Reef from Cairns
  • Snorkel and dive in two secluded lagoons (diving at additional cost)
  • Enjoy interesting presentation and trivia by the crew
  • Spot dolphins and whales
  • Enjoy delectable meals including tropical buffet

The day begins with a short trip to the reef on a luxurious catamaran. Once it docks, you can step into the warm, inviting sea to snorkel or dive. The reef boasts an abundance of life from reef fish and giant clams to dolphins and whales.

The friendly crew will enhance the experience with interesting trivia about the majestic Reef and offer guided snorkelling and diving tours as well as dive lessons for beginners. After four hours exploring two secluded lagoons, head back to shore, enjoying fresh tropical fruits and complimentary wine and cheese on the way.

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Departures: Daily

  Start Finish Duration
Day Tour 8:00am 5:00pm 9 Hours


NOTE: Pricing valid for travel between 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021. Pricing below includes Reef Levy.

Ticket Price
Adults $149
Children (0-14 yrs) $110
Family (2+2) $465


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

Hotel Transfers Cairns City Hotel Transfers $12pp Adult/Child
Hotel Transfers Northern Beaches Hotel Transfers $22pp Adult/Child
Scuba Dive Introductory Scuba Dive $70pp (12+ Only)
Scuba Dive Certified Scuba Dive $65pp (12+ Only)



Group Size: 20ppl max


  • Morning Tea
  • Tropical Buffet Lunch
  • Wine, Cheese and Tropical Fruit served on return journey
  • Snorkeling Gear
  • Experienced Tour Guide
  • Guided Snorkelling Tour
  • Up to 2 scuba dives for certified and first-time divers (additional cost).

Rated: 43210 (4.9/5 based on 17 customer reviews)

54321 This was our first trip to the Great Barrier Reef and we weren’t disappointed. The snorkelling and scuba diving was amazing and all lead by an amazingly attentive crew. The trip was outstanding, excellent value for money and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Thanks to the team for a day we will never forget. Jason, Reuben and Charlie.
Jason Davies — 17 January, 2019

54321 It was our first experience in snorkeling. The snorkelling guide was really helpful. The small group was great, the size of the boat was comfortable, the service provided by the skipper and his crew was amazing. I recommend this tour to anyone interested in doing a reef tour. Thanks again! ”
Louis — 10 November, 2018

54321 We were lucky with the conditions and even luckier with service provided by the captain and his crew. Highly recommend this experience. Thanks heaps.
Glenn Blackney — 21 October, 2018

43211 Let me spot the good things first: the reef sites we visited were very nice and we saw a lot of fishes. Snorkeling instructions were clear and I felt save st any time. The less convincing things: the friendliness of the crew varied. The skipper didn’t engage much and was busy with his smartphone. The snorkeling guide was very engaged, while the others acted more on demand. The food was OK, but we had better on other trips. A Wet suit cam with an additional charged of 6$. A bit unexpected if I look at the inclusions. My overall rating is between 3 and 4.
Jochen — 16 August, 2018

54321 Fantastic from start to finish. Thank you guys. The snorkeling instructor was clear and concise. I’m 65 years old and found my first time great fun. Loved the blue starfish and the barracouta.
Maree Denman — 13 August, 2018

54321 Excellent experience with attentive, knowledgable crew. Diving instructors gave exacting, careful direction with emphasis on safety! A beautiful day and memorable experience on the GBR! Thank you to the captain and his delightful crew.
Kathleen McRae — 3 August, 2018

54321 I’m a local and this has been by far the best day reef trip I’ve experienced. The skipper Paul and staff natalie and Kevin made us feel comfortable and the group size is intimate making the experience more personalised. Much more freedom encountering the reef whilst the crew were proactive in preserving the reef. Thank u
allison bryde — 22 June, 2018

54321 Had an amazing time yesterday! Very friendly staff, Paul (owner/skipper), Natalie and Kevin really made us feel welcome and made sure we had a great time! Would definitely recommend to anyone interested in doing a reef tour in cairns as it’s a small inimate group and you get above and beyond for the price you pay.
Lori Swincer — 22 June, 2018

54321 Our experience was amazing, the crew were friendly and fun until the serious business of organising the snorkelling and the scuba dives. We felt well instructed, and wonderfully looked after and we saw amazing things. The small group size meant that we saw more whilst staying very safe.
Nancy — 19 February, 2018

54321 I really enjoyed the tour. The small group was great, the size of the boat was comfortable, the crew was really helpful. I had an extremely relaxing and fun day. Thanks again!
Jennifer — 12 January, 2018

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54321 This was a very well organized and well run trip. The crew helped make our snorkeling experience pleasant and were very interesting to talk to too. Food was good. We liked the fact that this was a small, cosy group.
Amanda & Andrzej — 31 October, 2017

43211 Crew were very welcoming snorkling food and the efficient of the crew was great …one of our family members was running late they were great waiting for him to arrive with minimum fuss. Really got value for yr money
roz savaidis — 27 June, 2017

54321 Had a great trip out to the Reef! Nice small group, lovely sailing and lots of time for snorkelling and even diving with a very nice crew.
Nathalie — 29 April, 2017

54321 AWESOME!!! Small intimate group with wonderful guides, supreme views and excllent food and drink. As advertised plus the bonus of a technicolor reef and Aussie hospitality!
JJ Kent — 12 March, 2017

54321 Fantastic day. Great crew. A must inclusion for a great holiday especially for families. Fabulous with kids of all ages. So a totally enjoyable memorable day no matter what age group. Can not thank the crew enough for their hospitality and care they gave the kids. Sad the day had to end.
Rosa — 21 January, 2017

54321 Great day out and great value. Plenty to see on the reef and we could even have a beer on the way home!
Chis O’Shea — 3 March, 2015

54321 My bf and I had such a good time – the snorkeling was fantastic, and we had such a fun day. My bf did a dive and loved it. The wine & cheese ended a perfect day!
Susan Higgins — 9 September, 2014


The below itinerary can change due to tides and weather.

Day 1

Meet at the Marlin Marina and board vessel


Hotel pickups are available for an extra cost

Morning Tea

Served onboard.

Visit your first location at Upolo Reef


Ideal reef for introductory diver and snorkelling due to its shallow depths


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


Enjoy a relaxing swim in the warm tropical waters!

Tropical Buffet Lunch

Tropical Buffet Lunch will be served in this stunning location.

Visit your second location at Upolo Reef

Ideal reef for introductory diver and snorkelling due to its shallow depths


Feel the wind in your face as you sail the reefs and islands!

Join a Guided Snorkelling Tour

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

Depart Upolo Reef and sail back to Cairns


Ideal reef for introductory diver and snorkelling due to its shallow depths

Return to Cairns and Disembark Vessel


hotel dropoff is available for an extra cost

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