1 Day Outer Barrier Reef Experience from  Cairns

Adults from $195

Explore the outer Great Barrier Reef on Cairns' only all-inclusive day experience.

Your all-inclusive Outer Barrier Reef Tour visits two spectacular reef locations perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving.

The specific locations are chosen each morning to ensure the best scuba diving and snorkelling locations for the day are offered.

This tour includes your choice of an introductory scuba dive, certified scuba dive or in-water assistance for non-swimmers and beginner snorkellers. (All scuba diving is subject to passing a medical questionnaire). This is a full day tour allowing plenty of time to experience the best of the Great Barrier Reef.

All snorkelling gear, dive equipment and wetsuit is included in the tour price. You will love the comfort of our newly-renovated boat.

Looking to be treated like a celebrity? Check out the 1 Day Outer Barrier Reef VIP Experience, with your breakfast served to your table, a deluxe lunch served to your private seating area in the Captain’s Wheelhouse, a personal crew member for all your in-water and onboard care, as well as a private snorkel and scuba guide!

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Departures: Daily

  Start Finish Duration
Day Tour 8:00am 4:30pm 8.5 Hours


​$100 Holiday Surcharge on Christmas Day.

Ticket Price
Adults $195
Children (4-11 yrs) $120
Family (2+2) $510
Infants (0-3) Free


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

Underwater Camera Hire Hire of a Digital Underwater Camera $59pp
Scuba Dive Additional Introductory Scuba Dive $65pp
Scuba Dive Additional Certified Scuba Dive $55pp
Hotel Transfers Pickup from Port Douglas Hotels $70pp
Hotel Transfers Pickup from Northern Beaches Hotels $22pp



Group Size: 100ppl max

  • 78ft Fast Catamaran
  • Recently Renovated (2013)


  • National Park Fees
  • Courtesy Pickup from Accommodation within the Cairns City
  • Barbecue Breakfast
  • Morning Tea
  • Buffet Lunch
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Snorkeling Gear
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tour
  • Your Choice of assisted Snorkeling for non-swimmers, Introductory Dive or Certified Dive
  • Wetsuit Hire
  • Expert Presentation

Rated: 54321 (5.0/5 based on 4 customer reviews)

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

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 Cairns City Accommodation

7:00am – 7:30am

Meet at Marina for Barbecue Breakfast and Board Vessel


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.

Choose a guided snorkeling tour included in your fare or...

See the beautiful Coral, Fish, Turtles and more, up close and personal!

Choose an introductory scuba dive or certified dive instead!

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


Enjoy a relaxing swim in the warm tropical waters!

Depart First Reef Location

Humphead Wrasse, moray eels, giant clams, anemones and living organisms are almost always seen here.

Buffet Lunch

Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch on tour!

Arrive and Second Reef Location


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


See the beautiful Coral, Fish, Turtles and more, up close and personal!

Glass Bottom Boat

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

Depart Second Reef Location


Sensational location for diving and snorkeling, home to many angelfish, lionfish and parrotfish.

Afternoon Tea

Enjoy the provided afternoon tea!

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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