To book your Great Barrier Reef liveaboard cruise, first choose the tour type – a standard reef cruise or luxury reef cruise – plus the dates of travel that you would like to stay, then add-on the activities that each person wants during the booking process – such as snorkeling or scuba diving. Read More

Note: Snorkelers and Scuba Divers can travel together on all of the Cairns Liveaboard tours advertised

Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard Tours…

Discover the Great Barrier Reef on a Liveaboard Snorkel Tour

Snorkeling on one of the seven wonders of the natural world as well as sleeping on the Great Barrier Reef is an unforgettable experience that’s quite unique! Imagine floating gently over the coral reef and marvelling at the wonders you see. Encounter colourful shimmering corals and swim among schools of tropical fish, bringing an underwater paradise to life.

Click here for ‘General Information’ on why to choose a liveaboard tour, and other commonly asked liveaboard tour questions…

How many opportunities are there to snorkel on my Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard Tour?

Our liveaboard snorkel tours offer five snorkeling sessions for every full day you stay. Depending on the length of your stay onboard, you will be introduced to a number of different Outer Barrier Reefs and snorkeling locations. There is plenty of time to snorkel, relax, try a glass bottom boat tour and maybe even try a beginners ‘Resort Scuba Dive’ – it’s up to you!

Luxury Reef Liveaboard Snorkel Tours

Liveaboard snorkel tour packages come as either standard ‘Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard’ trips or ‘Luxury Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard’ trips.

On a ‘Luxury Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard’ tour you have your very own personal crew member assigned to your booking party for the duration of your stay. This crew member looks after all your needs both in and out of the water. Your guide will point out the breathtaking creatures that otherwise may be missed and can enhance your experience with fun descriptions – it’s the VIP way to snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef!

Snorkeling with an experienced crew member means you get to see all the prime spots at whatever pace suits you, so whether you’re an experienced snorkeler who wishes to be shown to the very best snorkel spots, or you’re new and would benefit from personal in water attention, your liveaboard stay is tailored to your requirements.

Read more about Luxury Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard tours…

Family Snorkel Liveaboard Tours

Our liveaboard snorkel tours are suitable for all ages and abilities. Family’s often travel together to experience the Great Barrier Reef, and liveaboard cruises offer flexibility with times and activities that suit the whole family. Equipment sizes range from toddler upwards, and cot hire and children roll-away beds can be added to cabins during your online booking process.

Families may either book a standard ‘Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard’ tour or a ‘Luxury Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard’ tour, depending on personal preference.

With all reef liveaboard tours, all child minding and supervision remains solely the responsibility of parents/guardians – Great Barrier Reef cruise operators offer no child minding facilities.

Which Great Barrier Reef sites are visited and how deep are they?

Liveaboard tours have the option of visiting many different reef areas across a multitude of the best outer Great Barrier Reefs. The places visited will be decided by your boat’s Captain each day – to provide the best conditions based on the current weather, time of year and other circumstances.

As the coral on the Great Barrier Reef needs sunlight to survive and grow, the majority of good snorkel and dive locations are found in relatively shallow areas.

Snorkelling area depths range from 1 – 12 metres deep (3 – 40 feet). Liveaboard reef sites have an average depth range of 1-25 metres deep (3 – 80 feet).

Who will I be snorkelling with and is assistance provided?

You will be given a snorkel safety briefing at the start of your liveaboard cruise which explains the areas that are safe for snorkelling and other important information relevant to your trip, while crew members are always on the boat to point out the best areas for snorkelling at each destination. All snorkelling activities are overseen by a snorkel ‘lookout’ (lifeguard) from the boat.

While experienced snorkelers are free to explore the vast diversity of marine life, it is preferred that you always snorkel as a buddy team or around other guests, for your own safety. Flotation aids such as snorkelling life jackets and noodles are available for anyone who wishes to use them. Assisted snorkel tours for non-swimmers are available with a crew member upon request, for anyone requiring in-water assistance.

Vessels always park in easy distance of spectacular snorkeling lagoons and have easy entrance platforms and stairs into the water.

If snorkelers require private snorkelling tours, they must book their trip with ‘Luxury Liveaboard’ accommodation – which includes a personal crew member solely assigned to your booking party for the duration of your stay

Do I need to bring my own equipment and are flotation aids provided?

Snorkelling equipment is included in your liveaboard tour cost, when you book your snorkelling package. Mask, snorkel, fins and flotation devices are provided. While equipment is included, you’re welcome to bring any personal snorkel equipment if you wish to. Optional extras are wetsuit hire if you require one, and prescription lens masks are also available for hire. (Stinger suits are included during the stinger season).

Can I decide later if I would like to try scuba diving?

Yes.* If you’re not sure whether you would like to go scuba diving during your liveaboard stay, please book one of our snorkel packages and then try our free scuba dive demonstration on-board and see if you are comfortable underwater.* If you are, you can upgrade to one of our resort dive packages. Finding the best way to for you to experience Great Barrier Reef is what we’re all about!

*Please note that age, health and medical restrictions apply for scuba diving in Australia – if you are considering trying scuba diving, please ensure you have read the information pages, or contact us to avoid disappointment on your trip
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