Explore the Great Barrier Reef with Cairns Reef Tours

Unforgettable Adventures on the Great Barrier Reef

Discover the Great Barrier Reef’s breathtaking beauty and vibrant marine life with Cairns Reef Tours. Offering a wide range of excursions tailored to all adventurers, Cairns Reef Tours provides an exceptional experience combining luxury, excitement, and exploration. Whether diving into the depths, snorkelling along the surface, or simply relaxing on a luxurious catamaran, Cairns Reef Tours ensures a memorable journey to one of the world’s most iconic natural wonders.

Why Choose Cairns Reef Tours?

Diverse Tour Options: Cairns Reef Tours offers a variety of reef experiences, catering to all interests and skill levels. From introductory and certified diving to snorkeling, scenic helicopter flights, and luxury sailing, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

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State-of-the-Art Vessels: Travel to the reef aboard modern, high-speed catamarans designed for comfort and stability. With spacious sun decks, air-conditioned lounges, and a range of onboard amenities, your journey to the reef will be as enjoyable as the destination.

Professional and Friendly Crew: Our experienced and knowledgeable crew are dedicated to providing exceptional service and ensuring your day on the reef is both safe and enjoyable. From dive instructors to marine biologists, our team is passionate about sharing their knowledge and love for the reef.

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Highlights of Cairns Reef Tours

Snorkeling Adventures

Discover the Reef from the Surface Snorkeling with Cairns Reef Tours offers an incredible way to explore the Great Barrier Reef’s vibrant underwater world. With clear, shallow waters and guided snorkelling tours, you’ll get up close to colourful coral formations and diverse marine life.

  • Guided Snorkeling: Learn about the reef’s ecosystem and marine species from knowledgeable guides.
  • High-Quality Equipment: Snorkelling gear is provided, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable experience.
  • Marine Life Encounters: Spot various marine species, including tropical fish, sea turtles, and more.

Scuba Diving

Dive into the Depths For those looking to explore beneath the surface. Cairns Reef Tours offers both introductory and certified scuba diving experiences. Under the guidance of professional dive instructors, discover the breathtaking beauty of the reef’s underwater world.

  • Introductory Diving: Perfect for beginners, our introductory dive courses include comprehensive training and guided dives.
  • Certified Diving: Experienced divers can explore deeper dive sites and encounter a wide range of marine life.
  • High-Quality Equipment: All diving gear is provided, ensuring a safe and enjoyable dive.

Scenic Helicopter Flights

Aerial Views of the Reef Take your Great Barrier Reef adventure to new heights with a scenic helicopter flight. Soar above the turquoise waters and coral formations and enjoy breathtaking aerial views of this natural wonder.

  • Panoramic Views: Capture stunning photos from your aerial vantage point.
  • Iconic Landmarks: Fly over famous reef sites and scenic islands.
  • Flexible Flight Durations: Choose from various flight durations to suit your schedule.

Luxury Sailing

Enjoy the Serenity of Sailing. Experience the tranquilly and beauty of the Great Barrier Reef aboard a luxurious sailing catamaran. Feel the gentle sea breeze, enjoy the stunning views, and relax on the spacious sun decks.

  • Smooth Sailing: The catamaran provides a smooth and stable ride, making for a relaxing journey.
  • Scenic Views: Enjoy panoramic views of the Coral Sea and the surrounding islands.
  • Comfortable Seating: Spacious sun decks and air-conditioned lounges offer plenty of comfortable seating options.

Semi-submersible and Glass-Bottom Boat Tours

See the Reef Without Getting Wet Explore the reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible or glass-bottom boat. These tours provide a unique perspective of the underwater world, with large windows offering clear views of the coral and marine life.

  • Semi-Submersible Tours: Board our semi-submersible vessel and experience the reef from below the surface. Enjoy informative commentary and see the vibrant marine life in its natural habitat.
  • Glass-Bottom Boat Tours: For those who prefer to stay above water, our glass-bottom boat tours offer a fantastic way to view the reef’s beauty. Watch as colourful fish and corals pass beneath you.
  • Family-Friendly: Ideal for families and those who prefer to stay dry.
  • Informative Commentary: Learn about the reef’s ecosystem from knowledgeable guides.
  • Comfortable Viewing: Enjoy the beauty of the reef in air-conditioned comfort.

Marine Biologist Presentations

Learn from the Experts. Marine biologists from Cairns Reef Tours can enhance your reef experience by giving presentations and leading guided tours. Gain deeper insights into the reef’s ecosystem, marine life, and conservation efforts.

  • Educational Talks: Attend informative presentations about the reef’s flora and fauna.
  • Guided Tours: Explore the reef with a marine biologist guide, learning about the species and behaviours you encounter.
  • Conservation Efforts: Understand the initiatives to protect and preserve the Great Barrier Reef.

Additional Features

Luxurious Facilities: Enjoy the luxurious facilities onboard our catamarans, including spacious sun decks, air-conditioned lounges, and a fully equipped bar. Relax and take in the stunning views of the reef and ocean.

Delicious Meals: Savour a gourmet buffet lunch featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Morning and afternoon tea are also provided, ensuring you’re well-fueled for a day of exploration and adventure.

Photography and Videos: Capture your reef adventure with professional photography and video services on board. Take home stunning images and videos of your underwater experience to share with friends and family.

Cairns Reef Tours FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions About Cairns Reef Tours

Planning your adventure to the Great Barrier Reef? Here are some frequently asked questions to help you prepare for your trip with Cairns Reef Tours.


Q: What are the operating hours for Cairns Reef Tours?

A: Our tours typically depart early in the morning around 7:30 AM and return in the late afternoon around 4:30 PM. Exact times may vary depending on the specific tour and weather conditions

Q: Where do the tours depart from?

A: Most of our tours depart from the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal, located at 1 Spence Street, Cairns. Please check your booking confirmation for specific departure details.

Q: What should I bring on the tour?

A: We recommend bringing a swimsuit, towel, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a change of clothes. If you are prone to seasickness, consider bringing medication. Don’t forget your camera or GoPro to capture the stunning underwater scenery!

Snorkeling and Diving

Q: Do I need any prior experience to snorkel or dive?

A: No prior experience is needed for snorkelling. No prior certification is required for introductory diving as our experienced instructors will provide all necessary training. Certified divers should bring their certification cards.

Q: Is the snorkeling and diving gear provided?

A: Yes, high-quality snorkelling and diving gear is provided on all tours. This includes masks, snorkels, fins, wetsuits, and dive tanks. You are welcome to bring your gear if you prefer.

Q: What marine life can I expect to see?

A: The Great Barrier Reef is home to a diverse range of marine life, including colorful coral formations, tropical fish, sea turtles, reef sharks, and more. Each reef site offers unique opportunities to see different species.

Health and Safety

Q: Are the tours suitable for children?

A: Yes, our tours are family-friendly and suitable for children. We offer life jackets and flotation devices for children and less confident swimmers. However, children under 12 must always be in the company of an adult.

Q: What if I have a medical condition?

A: If you have a medical condition, it’s essential to inform us when booking. Some medical conditions may require a doctor’s clearance to participate in diving activities. Our crew is trained to handle medical emergencies and will ensure your safety throughout the tour.

Q: What safety measures are in place on the tours?

A: Safety is our top priority. Our vessels have safety equipment, including life jackets, first aid kits, and emergency oxygen. Our crew members are trained in first aid and emergency response. Safety briefings are provided at the start of each tour.

Booking and Payment

Q: How do I book a tour?

A: Book a tour online at CairnsAustralia.com or contact our customer service team for assistance. Booking is recommended to secure your spot.

Q: What payment methods are accepted?

A: We accept major credit cards, including Visa and MasterCard. We also have an option for bank transfers to save money on fees.

Onboard Experience

Q: Are meals provided on the tour?

A: A gourmet buffet lunch featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients is provided. Morning and afternoon tea are also included. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available upon request.

Q: Is there a bar onboard?

A: Yes, our vessels are equipped with a fully licenced bar offering a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Drinks can be purchased throughout the day.

Q: Are there facilities to shower and change clothes?

A: Our vessels have fresh water showers and changing rooms for your convenience.

Special Features

Q: Do you offer semi-submersible and glass-bottom boat tours?

A: Yes, we offer semi-submersible and glass-bottom boat tours, providing a unique way to experience the reef’s vibrant marine life without getting wet.

Q: Are there marine biologist presentations?

A: Yes, our tours often include presentations by marine biologists who provide fascinating insights into the reef’s ecosystem, marine life, and conservation efforts.

Q: Can I purchase photos or videos of my trip?

A: Yes, professional photography and video services are available on board. You can purchase high-quality images and videos of your underwater experience to share with friends and family.

Contact Us

Q: How can I contact Cairns Reef Tours for more information?

A: For more information or assistance, please visit our website at CairnsAustralia.com or contact our friendly customer service team via phone or email.

Plan Your Cairns Reef Tour Today

Ready to explore the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef with Cairns Reef Tours? Plan your day trip today and embark on an adventure filled with breathtaking beauty, vibrant marine life, and luxurious comfort. Whether snorkelling, scuba diving, or enjoying the many amenities onboard, Cairns Reef Tours promises a magical journey.

Contact Us: For more information about Cairns Reef Tours and to book your adventure, visit CairnsAustralia.com or contact our friendly customer service team.

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