Great Barrier Reef Adventure Cruise

Great Barrier Reef  Adventure Cruise

Escape into a world of surprises to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Outer Great Barrier Reef. There's an abundance of activities for swimmers and non-swimmers to enjoy.

Tour Highlights

  • Great Barrier Reef Cruise
  • Snorkeling
  • Dive ( optional)
  • Semi-submersible coral reef viewing tour
  • Underwater Observatory
  • Guided Eco Reef Talk in the underwater observatory

Tour Info

Code OS-GBR
Style
  • Cruise
Duration 1 Day
Price From $231
Departures

Daily

Vehicle Cruise Ship
Suitability Open Age
Start Cairns @ 09.00 am
Finish Cairns @ 05.30 pm
Travel Insurance Required

Escape into a world of surprises to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Outer Great Barrier Reef. From the comfort of the stable reef activity platform, this is the perfect base for swimmers and non-swimmers to explore.

Snorkel and dive, visit the underwater observatory and cruise in a semi-sub, or just relax on the sundeck with a delicious buffet lunch.

Whether you choose to get wet and meet "Wally" our resident Maori Wrasse, or stay dry and explore from the comfort of the semi-submersible, you can experience the reef in so many ways and at your own pace.

** Snorkelling

Snorkel directly from the semi-submerged snorkel platforms into beautiful coral gardens. It's easy, fun and one of the best ways to experience the amazing underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. Be sure to watch the snorkelling demonstration or just ask one of our friendly crew for some tips to get the most out of your experience. Snorkel in confidence as the lifeguard safety officers are on hand to supervise.

Your snorkelling equipment - mask, snorkel, fins and buoyancy vests are all available on the platform.

If you would like to learn more about the Great Barrier Reef, you can join a guided snorkel tour as an optional activity.

** Or stay dry and discover…

Semi-submersible coral viewing tour

Semi-submersibleExplore the vibrant reef from the comfort of the air-conditioned semi-submersible coral viewing tour with informative commentary. Our friendly crew are ready to share their knowledge and passion for the Great Barrier Reef with you.

As the semi-sub meanders slowly through beautiful coral gardens, you'll experience the remarkable life below the surface.

The semi-sub tour takes approximately 25 minutes and departs every 30 minutes, or as announced, from the rear of the platform.

** Underwater Observatory

From the underwater observatory you will be able to view corals, giant clams and be mesmerised by a myriad of colourful fish and marine life before your eyes. Here you can explore at your own pace or join the Eco Reef talk with the Marine Naturalist. Be sure to check out the extensive interpretive posters in the underwater observatory too. You'll be identifying Nemos and parrotfish in no time!

From the viewing area, you can also watch divers as they descend into the water for an underwater adventure from the specially designed dive platform.

From 9.30am

Check-in at Great Adventures Reservations Counter inside the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal to obtain your boarding pass.

10:10am

Vessel boarding. Complimentary morning tea/coffee served on boarding. For your safety hot drinks are not served once the vessel is underway.

10:30am

Depart Reef Fleet Terminal for the Outer Great Barrier Reef platform via Green Island.

11:20am

Cake selection served on forward journey. During your journey to the reef, a Reef Presentation is shown on the vessel's monitors. Snorkelling demonstration by crew.

12:30pm

Arrive at the Outer Great Barrier Reef platform Reef activities commence…

Semi-submersible coral viewing tour with informative commentary departs every 30 minutes or as advised.

Snorkel directly from the platform. Collect your snorkel gear and buoyancy vests once on the platform.

Underwater observatory is open throughout the day for coral and fish viewing.

Pre-booked optional activities including introductory diving, Scuba-Doo and scenic helicopter flights commence as advised.

1.00-2.30pm

Hot and cold buffet lunch is served.

Time for more reef activities or just relax on the sundeck and take in the views!

Tea and coffee is available whilst at the platform

3:30pm

A blast on the ship's horn will signal the time when all passengers should return to the vessel ready for departure.

3:40pm

A passenger count is conducted before leaving the Reef. Crew will announce when this commences and we ask all passengers to co-operate during this very important procedure by not moving about the vessel.

3:45pm

Departure to Cairns via Green Island.

Complimentary cheese and biscuits served on homeward journey.

5:30pm

Arrive Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal.

Includes

  • Return air-conditioned fast catamaran cruise
  • Morning tea and coffee served until departure from Cairns
  • Morning tea cake selection
  • Three (3) hours at Outer Reef Activity PlatformPlatform Aerial Shot
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Use of buoyancy vests
  • Reef education presentation
  • Hot and cold buffet lunch
  • Semi-submersible coral reef viewing tour
  • Underwater Observatory
  • Guided Eco Reef Talk in the underwater observatory
  • Afternoon tea and coffee available whilst at the platform, cheese and biscuits on return journey.

Optional

  • Exciting optional activities include (additional cost)
  • Introductory scuba diving
  • Certified diving is subject to availability (booked on day of travel)
  • Scuba-doo Scooter
  • Scenic helicopter flights
  • Guided snorkel tours subject to availability (booked on day of travel)

Note

  • Departs from -  ex Cairns and Northern Beaches
  • Rates are GST inclusive and in Australia Dollars (AUD)
  • Child Rate 4-14yrs inc.
  • All tour prices are quoted ex wharf, departing from the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal. Coach transfers are available.

Coach Transfers 

Transfers from most Cairns and Northern Beaches hotels/accommodation are available. Pick up times are advised on booking confirmation.

Return Coach Transfers

Cairns City

Adult $24

Child $15

 

Northern Beaches

Adult $30

Child $15

What to Bring 

Comfortable casual clothing

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Hat
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Toiletries, 
  • Any medications 
  • Bathing costume and beach towel
  • A camera  
  • Bottle of drinking water