Reef Rafting and Rainforest

With this 3 day Great Barrier Reef Rafting and Rainforest package, you will experience the trip of a lifetime! Nowhere else in the world can you visit 2 world heritage listed sites located right next to each other.

Day 1 – Reef Experience

A trip to Cairns is not complete without a visit to the Great Barrier Reef!

Join us on board our high-speed Catamaran “Reef Experience”. You will have an unforgettable day. Visit 2 pristine Outer Great Barrier Reef locations. Discover the breathtaking wonder of the Great Barrier Reef.

Reef Experience is Cairns’ only ALL inclusive Great Barrier Reef tour. We also offer a FREE Scuba Dive and Glass-bottom boat tour.

Furthermore, we cater to all levels of swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. Everyone will find the perfect way to experience the Great Barrier Reef. The best start to your Reef Rafting and Rainforest package!

Your day at the Great Barrier Reef

Reef Tour Itinerary

  • 07:30 – Board Reef Experience boat at the Cairns Marina ‘A-Finger’ for check-in
  • 08:00 – Approximate departure & Safety Talk with snorkel briefing
  • 08:30 – Marine Biology presentation. Followed by a detailed scuba dive briefing for those participating
  • 09:30 – Arrive at our first spectacular reef site. Snorkel & dive with thousands of vivid tropical fish, giant clams plus more
  • 10:30 – Glass Bottom Boat Tour (approximately 20 minute tour)
  • 12:30 – Lunch
  • 13:00 – Cruise to our second location. Explore forests of coral, large sea fans & black coral trees in its shallow lagoons
  • 15:00 – Depart the Great Barrier Reef
  • 15:30 – Glass of wine, tropical fruits, cheese & biscuits
  • 16:30 – Arrive back in Cairns

Reef Day Highlights & Inclusions

SO MUCH Included!

  • Up to 5 hours at two Outer Great Barrier Reef locations
  • Unlimited snorkeling
  • All snorkel & scuba equipment INCLUDING wetsuit
  • FREE Scuba Dive Medical Conditions do apply – see below
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tour (weather permitting)
  • Return shuttle to Cairns City Accommodation
  • Marine Biology Presentation
  • Breakfast & lunch provided
  • Complimentary glass of wine on return journey
  • Dietary requirements catered for (please advise upon booking).
  • Crew assistance for inexperienced snorkelers/swimmers
  • Flotation aids
  • Large Sun Deck and air-conditioned indoor areas
  • Reef tax, fuel levy & national park fees.

Optional Extras

  • Underwater Digital Camera Hire
  • Snack Bar Purchases
  • Marine Biologist Guided Snorkel Tour of the reef: Snorkel with an experienced Marine Biologist. Learn about the marine life you see on an educational and interactive tour.
  • Great Barrier Reef souvenirs – T-shirts, hats etc.
  • Dive Guides for already qualified ‘Certified’ scuba divers. (Dive guides included for beginner divers).
  • Prescription Mask Hire if you require stronger lenses to see. (Contact lenses can be worn in most circumstances).
  • Bus transfers from accommodation outside of the Cairns Business Area
  • Second Scuba Dive at our beautiful afternoon reef location

What to Bring

  • Cash and/or credit card for purchases
  • Swimming Clothes, Towel, Hat, Sunglasses, Sun Cream
  • Proof of qualification if you’re a Certified Diver

How to get there

Reef Experience departs from Cairns Marina: ‘A-Finger’ View map to Cairns Marlin Marina

Boarding commences at 7:30 am for check-in, directly on the vessel ‘Reef Experience’.

Arrive back to Cairns Marina at approximately 4:30pm.

Important Information for Scuba Diving

Your Safety Is Our First Priority

We have a passion to show you Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.  Please make sure you understand the scuba diving laws.

Queensland, Australia has some of the strictest scuba diving rules in the world.  It also has the safest scuba diving record.  We are regulated by the Queensland Government Code of Practice. We comply with all rules including medical as is the law.

To avoid disappointment on your day of travel we strongly recommend that you complete our dive medical questionnaire prior to booking.  Some medical conditions, age and / or medications may prevent you from scuba diving.   It is always our mission to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef experience.

Reef Experience Medical Questionnaire

We are very happy to help you with any questions you may have.  Please contact our office on 07 4037 2700 or email us

Alternatively, you may like to consult your own Doctor for a Dive Medical using the Australian Standard Forms ‘AS.4005.1

Flying after Scuba Diving

For a single no-decompression scuba dive, you should not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours.  For multiple dives, you should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive. If Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning you must wait 24 hours after your dive. We recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible.

Day 2 – Tully River Whitewater Rafting

Tully River is Australia’s most famous White Water Rafting adventure. An action-packed experience filled with fun, thrills, and spills. A day you will never forget!

Whitewater rafting on the Tully River is an extreme five-hour adventure. Set in a beautiful rainforest. Enjoy rafting on grade 3 and 4 rapids surrounded by the beauty of the rainforest.

Your day on the Tully River

Rafting Highlights and Inclusions

  • Rafting through World Heritage Rainforest
  • Grade 3 and 4 rapids
  • Riverside BBQ Lunch[/toggle
  • 06:10 – Pickups from Northern Beaches accommodation
  • 06:30 – Pickups from Cairns accommodation commence
  • 07:00 – Depart Cairns
  • 07:30 – Pickups from Mission Beach accommodation
  • 08:00 – Depart Mission Beach
  • 08:30 – Arrive at Rafters Cafe for morning tea and coffee
  • 09:00 – Depart Rafters Cafe & Bar
  • 09:45 – Arrive at top of the Tully River for a safety demonstration. You will be supplied with safety equipment
  • 10:00 – Start rafting & brave the first few rapids,
  • 12:15 –  Arrive at Ponytail Falls for  BBQ lunch
  • 12:45 – Start afternoon rafting
  • 15:00 – Time change into dry clothes
  • 15:45 –  Arrive at Rafters Cafe & Bar.
  • 17:00 – Return to Mission Beach accommodation
  • 18:30 – Return to Cairns accommodation (approx.)
  • 19:15 – Return to Northern Beaches accommodation 

What to Bring

  • Your ticket
  • Cash or card for National Park Levy
  • A hat that can be worn under your safety helmet
  • Water resistant 15 + sunscreen
  • Swimming costume
  • Towel
  • Secured footwear is mandatory. Lace-up shoes or sandals that will get wet
  • Some money for photos and souvenirs
  • Change of clothes

Additional Information

  • Minimum age is 13 years
  • Under 18 year old must travel with a guardian or parent
  • Rafting is not suitable for anyone who is pregnant

Day 3 – Daintree Rainforest Tour

Did you know, the Daintree Rainforest is the largest tropical rainforest in Australia? It is also the oldest living rainforest on the planet!

The Daintree Rainforest is a part of the Wet Tropics of Queensland. The only place in the world where two World Heritage Listed places meet.

Visit the Daintree Rainforest, and learn about the extraordinary diversity the oldest living rainforest in the entire world has to offer.

Your day in the Daintree Rainforest

Daintree Tour Inclusions

  • Informative Accredited/ Naturalist Guides
  • Small group (max 13) offering unrivaled, friendly and personalized service
  • Air Conditioned comfortable vehicle
  • Morning tea
  • A delicious lunch at the Daintree Tea House
  • Exotic tropical fruit tasting
  • National Park Fees & Permits

Daintree Tour Itinerary

  • Scenic drive along one of the nicest coastal drives in Australia
  • Rex Lookout. Stunning Mountain and Ocean Views!
  • Spectacular Mossman Gorge
  • Port Douglas. Flag Staff Hill lookout
  • Morning Tea at Mossman Gorge
  • Daintree Tea House for lunch
  • Exotic tropical fruit tasting
  • Daintree River Cruise. Spotting crocodiles and other wildlife on one of the most diverse river systems in the world
  • Alexandra Lookout. Breathtaking views towards the Great Dividing Range, Daintree River mouth, Snapper Island & Low Isles on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Cape Tribulation. Kulki Lookout and Cape Tribulation beach. “Where the rainforest meets the reef”
  • Guided Rainforest walks. Discover the complex functions of a tropical mangrove, shaded by it’s canopy of enormous fan palms.
  • Daintree Ice Cream Company. Optional and popular local stop (Own Expense).
  • Cross Mighty Daintree River by cable ferry

What to Bring

  • Camera
  • Comfortable clothing and footwear
  • Water
  • Insect Repellent & Sunscreen
  • Wet weather gear
  • Swimmers
  • Cash for optional purchases
  • Towel

Additional Information

*Please note seasonal weather conditions and operational requirements may cause a variation in the Reef Rafting and Rainforest tour itinerary.



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