Reef Experience, Great Barrier Reef Family Tour

We have added all the touches to make this the best tour for your family.

Boarding for our Great Barrier Reef tour starts at 7:30 am at the Cairns Marlin Marina on Finger A.

We know we get you out of bed early,  Which is why we start our day with fresh fruit and bacon and egg burgers and yes we do have some great options for vegetarians,

The best way to see the Great Barrier Reef is to get in the water.


Experience it either snorkelling or scuba diving, and that is why our Great Barrier Reef tour includes both options.   

Our Great Barrier Reef Crew will get in the water with you to assist you to swim if you need assistance.

Included in our Great Barrier Reef family tour for everyone 12 years and over is scuba diving.

Certified Scuba Diving

We offer scuba diving for people who are certified divers there is one scuba dive included in this package.  There is also the option to go scuba diving at our second reef location for an additional charge.

Introductory Scuba Diving

Don’t have a scuba diving certificate? That is no problem when you choose Reef Experience as your Great Barrier Reef tours.  We can have you interacting with all the brightly coloured fish and coral, we do offer introductory diving, and yes there is one of those included in your tour.

Your first introductory scuba dive will last for about 20 minutes.

If you love your first introductory scuba dive, you can decide to do a second introductory dive at our second reef location for an additional cost.

The second introductory dive tends to be more enjoyable as people usually are more relaxed in the water.  The second dive lasts around thirty minutes.  You can be sure to see a beautiful reef life.

Cairns’ only ALL inclusive trip to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.   

Our Great Barrier Reef Tour Inclusions

    • Round trip bus transfers from Cairns city accommodation
    • Unlimited snorkelling at 2 Spectacular outer barrier reef locations
    • All snorkel/ scuba diving equipment including wetsuit, lycra suit and floatation devices
    • Up to 5 1/2 hours on the reef
    • Glass bottom boat tour and commentary (weather permitting)
    • Friendly crew assistance/instruction for non-confident swimmers
    • Marine Biologist Presentation
    • BBQ Bacon and Egg breakfast roll
    • Delicious BBQ lunch with fresh salads all made onboard
    • Fresh fruit platters
    • A glass of wine, cheese and crackers on the return journey
    • Tea and coffee all day (while the vessel is stationary)
    • All reef tax and levies

We visit two spectacular outer barrier reef locations teeming with brightly coloured tropical fish and coral

The day is packed with family-friendly activities, therefore giving Mum and Dad a chance to relax! There’s something for everyone in the family, from grandparents to toddlers.

Great Barrier Reef for Kids

Meet the Captain

Reef Experience offers Great Barrier Reef activities for the kids on board meet the skipper and have a drive of the boat and a certificate to show your friends.

Marine Biologist Presentation

On the way to the Great Barrier Reef, our Marine Biologist will give a presentation about the  Great Barrier Reef.  You will learn interesting facts including how the reef was formed, what kind of marine life we will see and some great information on how important it is to make sure we all look after the Great Barrier Reef and some tips on what you can do to make sure that reef is alive forever.

Our Great Barrier Reef activity books are free onboard and lots of fun.

Great Barrier Reef for kids
Great Barrier Reef kids

Kids over 12 can try an introductory scuba dive that is sure to make all kids smile.

A Great Family Outing at an Unbeatable Price!

Our family tour package is for two adults and two children (age 4-11 years). Three years old and under travel free of charge.

When kids are 12 years and over they can do the introductory scuba dive, so it costs a little more.

Not a confident swimmer?

Great Barrier Reef for families
Great Barrier Reef for families

Our crew are the best on the Great Barrier Reef and if you are not a confident swimmer or even if you cannot swim our team will pop in the water with you and help you to swim so that you can see the best of the reef.

Reef Friendly Sunscreen

Reef Experience has free reef-safe sunscreen for all of our guests.

We guarantee no hidden costs!

Have you seen our Top Deck Club Family Package it comes with your valet, and a private area on board and a few other great options?

See more Great Barrier Reef tours. 

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Great Barrier Reef Tour, Reef Experience

All Inclusive Day Tour

Best value outer Great Barrier Reef tour! Snorkel, scuba dive & glass bottom boat the Barrier Reef with Cairns' only all inclusive reef tour! Visit two pristine locations and enjoy up to 6 hours in natures paradise - Reef Experience is our NUMBER 1 day trip in Cairns. An unbeatable outer reef tour...


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  • 10 October 2017: It was a Blast! Loved it!
  • 6 October 2017: Great day out on the reef
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9 Reviews for “Great Barrier Reef Family Tour”

  1. Family Day Tour review by Paul Epton

    My son and grandchildren had a wonderful time as I did. The staff were cheerful and friendly and the meal was very good. I have told everyone about my trip to the reef with Reef Experience and recommend it to everyone

  2. Reef Experience Family Tour review by Angela

    Thank you everyone, we had an amazing time. The crew were excellent! informative, great energy and welcoming! the 2nd reef we visited was huge and full of unique fish! Absolutely beautiful. We will definitely book with you again in the future! <3

  3. Reef Experience Family Tour review by Patti J.

    I am a certified diver and waited years for this experience. The crew were FANTASTIC! as well as the food, the diving with all different types of fish and coral. I would specially thank Terry for the best dives I have ever had. Thank you ever so much to all the crew. Hard to top this!!

  4. Reef Experience Family Tour review by Alan

    I booked one day reef tour to the Outer Great Barrier Reef with boat called Reef Experience, I like fish. Amazing crew! Mackensea was brilliant. She was just great, so thank you! I love all my day! Just want to say thanks for an amazing experience, had an amazing day. So thanks.

  5. Reef Experience Family Tour review by Natalie F.

    We first saw the Reef Experience add online and the great experience and opportunity to scuba dive. The crew were truly amazing, very friendly and made me feel confident and safe on my dives, and also my favourite part of the day. Keep up the great work and thank you for an experience of a lifetime!

  6. Reef Experience Family Tour review by Keith H

    The crew was outstanding! I loved getting to go scuba diving. The whole experience was first rate, excellent, value. I definitely recommend!

  7. Reef Experience Family Tour review by Chris C

    The crew was amazing. Very friendly and knowledgeable and ensured we got the most out of the day. The best part of the day is snorkelling. This tour is amazing - please keep doing what you're doing. You've made this an unforgettable experience!

  8. Reef Experience Family Tour review by Billie

    Great!!! Crew were very helpful for our nine year old. Food and snorkel were fantastic!!!

  9. Family Day Tour review by Mieneke Bron

    The BRON family had an awesome Day on the Reef. We recommend everybody to experience this great event in so great nature with super specialised people. Scuba diving, snorkling, learning, enjoying, food and drinks ... All wonderfull. Thank You!


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