Great Barrier Reef Tour Cairns,  the Best way to see the Reef

Join us on board our high speed Catamaran “Reef Experience” for an unforgettable day visiting 2 pristine Outer Great Barrier Reef tour locations and discover the breath-taking wonder of this World Heritage environment.

Reef Experience is Cairn’s only ALL inclusive Great Barrier Reef tour which also offers a FREE Scuba Dive and Glass-bottom boat tour.

Catering for all levels in Swimming, Snorkeling and and Scuba Diving, everyone will find the perfect way to experience the Great Barrier Reef.

Experienced Swimmer or Snorkeller? Our crew will show you to the best patches of coral and can tell you where to find the marine marvels that call the reef their home.

Never Snorkelled before or can’t Swim? Our friendly and professional Crew are always ready to jump in and assist everybody who needs help to ensure that you are comfortable with your equipment and introduce you to some of our friendly fish!   We are passionate about our guests having fun and experiencing the magic of our Great Barrier Reef Tour. 

A day on the Great Barrier Reef Tour will be one of the most memorable days in your life.

Tour Itinerary

  • 07:30 – Board Reef Experience boat at the Cairns Marina ‘A-Finger’ for check-in View map to Cairns Marlin Marina
  • 08:00 – Approximate departure & Safety Talk with snorkel briefing
  • 08:30 – Marine Biology presentation, followed by 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 to explore forests of coral, large sea fans & black coral trees in it’s shallow lagoons
  • 15:00 – Depart the Great Barrier Reef
  • 15:30 – Glass of wine, tropical fruits, cheese & biscuits
  • 16:30 – Arrive back in Cairns

Tour Highlights & Inclusions

  • Up to 6 hours at two pristine Outer Great Barrier Reef Tour locations
  • Unlimited Snorkeling at morning and afternoon locations. All equipment INCLUDING wetsuit hire
  • FREE Scuba Dive* (Certified Dive qualified OR Resort Dive no-experience necessary at the first reef location for everyone over age 12 and medically fit to scuba) Medical Conditions do apply – click here for more information
  • FREE Glass Bottom Boat Tour (weather permitting)
  • FREE Pick up and Return to Cairns City Accommodation
  • FREE Marine Biology Presentation
  • Breakfast consisting of barbecue bacon & egg rolls, coffee, tea and fruit platters
  • Delicious Buffet BBQ lunch with an assortment of fresh salads
  • Cheese & fruit platter & complimentary wine on return journey
  • All dietary requirements catered for. (Vegetarian/gluten free etc: please advise upon booking).
  • All food is locally sourced where possible and prepared fresh by on-board Chef
  • FREE Crew assistance for non-confident snorkelers (flotation aids available). Friendly and professional crew are ready to jump with everyone who require assistance to have fun and experience the magic of the reef!
  • Large Sun Deck with padded loungers and air conditioned indoor areas
  • Reef tax, fuel levy & national park fees. Unlike other operators, mandatory levies for visiting the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are included in this trip cost so there won’t be extra charges on the day
  • No hidden costs!

Optional Extras

  • Underwater Digital Camera Hire
  • Snack Bar Purchases: Soft drinks, chocolate, chips, alcohol etc.
  • Marine Biologist Guided Snorkel Tour of the reef: Snorkel with an experienced Marine Biologist and 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

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

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

To avoid disappointment on your day of travel we strongly recommend that all of our passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire prior to booking as 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 at [email protected]

Or 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 after a scuba dive.  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 24 hours whenever possible

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53 Reviews for “Great Barrier Reef Tour, Reef Experience”

  1. Julia W
    5

    This was easily one of the best days ever. I booked online after reading really good reviews about it and was not disappointed! The crew were amazing, instructions were always clear, they clearly wanted everyone to have a good time. It was very well run! My favorite part was filming the biggest Parrot fish I have ever seen! Thank you

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  2. The Meszazos Family
    5

    The crew were really great, sweet, and kind. Helped my sister when she didn't feel well. I liked especially the ocean biologist . Very enthusiastic and knew so much! The beautiful Reef was my favorite part of the day. We loved everything. Thank you Reef Experience

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  3. Kentaro (Japan)
    5

    Crew were very helpful, cheering and encouraging me for scuba diving for the first time! Thanks for such a great diving opportunity with excellent guest service. This diving experience has encouraged me to take open ocean license. :)

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  4. Puneet
    0

    Amazing. Very friendly crew. Being a non-swimmer, they helped me along for both scuba and snorkel. Would definitely recommend to my friends and family. Thanks for the amazing experience, especially Missy & Fonsy (sorry don't know spellings).

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  5. Sirima
    5

    Amy was an angel. She was so amazing and we swam all over the reef to see the fish. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the reef. Thank you so much. I will bring my family next time!

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  6. Carol
    5

    The crew worked really hard. Great help and support couldn't have done it without them. Exceeded expectations. Thanks especially to Steph. Unforgettable experience. Thank you to all the crew who were great.

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  7. Silvia W
    5

    The crew was great! Lovely and caring. We loved being able to see a turtle! Definitely a highlight of my trip to Australia. You guys rock!

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  8. Thomas G
    5

    The crew were absolutely fantastic! Very welcoming, funny, and full of information. We loved scuba diving and getting back into it. Thanks for taking my fear away! Will recommend to everybody. What a great day!

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  9. Rachael
    5

    Amazing! Couldn't have asked for more help with being a nervous swimmer, thanks to Nicole, Pablo, and Brittany. Thank you so much for your help and a fab day!

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  10. Kurt M
    5

    The website was so easy for us to understand. The pictures on Facebook were great! We had a perfect day for weather.

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  11. Howard
    5

    FANDABBYDOZY!! 21 days in OZ, this was our best trip!

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  12. Rebecca (UK)
    5

    FANTASTIC 10/10 Had an amazing day! Thank you!

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  13. Caroline (UK)
    5

    Fantastic, super friendly and helpful and so funny! Thank you all! :) Thank you for a really incredible day, the reef and the weather were beautiful but all the staff made it even better, thank you!

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  14. Amolak
    5

    This was our first time on the Reef and it was BRILLIANT! We loved all of it, the whole day, the snorkeling and scuba diving. We completely enjoyed the day, bit thank you to the whole crew!

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  15. Sarah
    5

    Excellent value for money. The crew were awesome, very accommodating for my 2 year old. We loved the second reef swim. The staff are absolutely amazing, friendly to my toddler, such an awesome day!

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  16. Michelle
    5

    We found Reef Experience online looking for a trip to see the beautiful reef, and were amazed with the reviews. The tour was excellent and amazing as well as the crew. The whole day was perfect! Thank you all for making my birthday trip the best, much love to all, Michelle

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  17. Kaycee
    5

    We booked Reef Experience to snorkel the reef and it was amazing! the crew were very friendly and entertaining. They definitely have this day down to a science. Seeing the marine life at the reef it was definitely the best part of the day. We absolutely loved it! very nicely organised.

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  18. Rachel
    5

    This trip is the best value! Crew were amazing! couldn't have asked for more help with being a nervous swimmer. Thanks to Nicole, Pablo + Brittany. Snorkeling was the best! thank you so much for your help and a fabulous day!

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  19. Giulia A.
    5

    We really wanted to see the Reef and it was fantatic. We loved the coral, the fish, snorkeling and scuba diving! The crew were perfect, friendly people and helped everyone with every little problem. Perfect tour! amazing experience.

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  20. Tina
    5

    Great for value, very friendly, well informed and enthusiastic. Niki was amazing, helping me through my nerves about diving. The best part of it all was scuba diving. I was nervous at first but the crew encouraged me and I loved it. It was a great day. I couldn't have asked for anything more :) Thank you!

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  21. Aaron
    5

    Our friends recommended this trip. Great value for money! Super helpful crew, friendly and amazing with non-swimmers. We loved all of it. This has been so far the best part of our trip!

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  22. Ida
    5

    Wonderful! Very service minded and helpful. They had everything under control. We don't have a single bad thing to say. The destination, food and crew were all great! We would recommend to everyone :)

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  23. Patricia
    5

    Very Friendly! The crew has good know-how! Was a perfect tour!

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  24. Arnold
    5

    Shinee was just phenomenal. Went above and beyond her duties to make our experience. Just superb, will definitely return! The best part was snorkelling/scuba diving... then wine! The crew were lovely, they made the experience pleasurable and memorable.

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  25. Swone
    5

    I'm impressed by the hospitality, smile, and competency. From leaving the port to arriving back everything was perfect. All the best and compliments to entire crew!

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  26. Kaylinn
    5

    The crew were very nice and approachable. Seeing the oyster and sea turtle while scuba diving were the best part of the day. I has a wonderful time and was so happy to spend the day with Reef Experience.

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  27. Qin
    5

    The crew were awesome! They were super helpful & friendly! We had a great day! My biggest concern was safety as my family has inexperienced swimmers. Sam made sure we were taken care of and we had so much fun! Thank you so much for this great experience. GBR is amazing and you guys made sure our day delightful. Especially thanks for encouraging my family to participate and take care of them. Really appreciate it.

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  28. Alex
    5

    So great! Amazing food and wine too! Wonderful! The crew were great! So helpful & friendly. Oscar, Will, and Nathan were particularly great! The best part was diving & snorkelling.

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  29. Wendy, Chris and Charlotte B.
    5

    This trip was a surprise gift from my daughter. The crew were fantastic, great fun and professional. The best part of my day was the scuba diving and the food! I love love Loved my day! Would not hesitate to recommend.

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  30. Abbey R.
    5

    We booked Reef Experience because it seemed good value for money. The crew on board were amazing, very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. Our favourite part of the trip was the first snorkel dive sight we visited. Absolutely astonishing! The food was amazing, really enjoyable day. I would 100% recommend to friends and family. The staff were so good! Thank you!

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  31. Caplan (UK)
    5

    Awesome. Shinee and the rest of the crew were always helpful and encouraging. I loved learning to scuba dive and snorkel. Top Deck experience is absolutely brilliant.

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  32. Katja (South Africa)
    5

    Amazing! The crew were so kind and answered all questions. The best part was exploring the Great Barrier Reef and identifying the different wildlife. This trip was absolutely amazing! I would do it over and over again :)

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  33. Dan (UK)
    5

    The crew are great, helpful & wonderful! The best part of the day was seeing sea turtles!! Great day, amazing trip, really good food!

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  34. Roisin (Ireland)
    5

    The crew were excellent. The best part of my day was my scuba dive with Meg. She was a great guide and excellent help throughout the day. We didn't want for anything, highlight of our honeymoon.

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  35. Alex K.
    5

    The crew were 5 star, awesome, amazing, couldn't be any better. Our favorite part of the day was everything about it. Our Top Deck package was fantastic and made our experience so special. Thank you!!

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  36. Nicole M
    5

    The service was wonderful, the weather amazing, the crew outstanding. We loved scuba diving and the glass bottom boat! A great family outing and great service from from the inital booking.

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  37. Diana S
    5

    Excellent tour, good food, great crew...GREAT!!! The best part was Shinee showing us and guiding us to the best places.

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  38. Wendy (Australia)
    5

    Amazingly friendly and very accommodating when one member of our party needed help snorkeling. Keep up the good work! We will bring more of our overseas friends on your tour! Thank you team.

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  39. Danielle
    5

    Amazing! Vey helpful and very informative. The best part of the day was scuba diving. Staff couldn't have done a better job. I was so nervous about diving and they made me feel so at ease! Amazing experience.

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  40. Wayne
    5

    Very attentive and safety conscious. The dives were wonderful. Food was good and plentiful. Wine and cheese a nice touch. From the 7:00 am shuttle bus to the end of the day, service was excellent. Overall it was a great experience and great value. They even sent out a dingy to retrieve a patron's hat overboard.

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  41. Dan
    5

    Brilliant. Very helpful on first dive. Food was delicious and staff extremely nice, would totally recommend Reed Experience to everybody

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  42. Paula
    5

    The best part of my day was the glass bottom boat tour where we spotted a turtle, and the marine biologist talk. It was a great experience, thank you for recommending travel sickness pills - we all enjoyed the easy hospitality of the whole day. Food was very well done. Thank you for allowing us to enjoy the reef, along with our 5 year old!

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  43. Dora G
    5

    AMAZING!!! The best part was being able to jump in with scuba gear into the arms of a stranger, yet highly professional instructor. I can hardly swim and still felt so comfortable and safe!! Thank you Jackson so much!!!!

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  44. Aidan B
    5

    Getting into the water and snorkeling is the best part of the day. The crew are awesome, always checking on us. Thanks heaps to the team - really made the day great.

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  45. Emma R
    5

    The crew were great - very helpful and friendly. We did 2 guided certified dives with Ethan. Initially nervous, but great way to get back into it. Food was excellent - I expected it to be basic, but it was lovely, especially the salads.

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  46. Jacqueline L
    5

    This tour was really good fun! The best part was SCUBA diving for the first time. The crew were really great as well, made me feel calm and comfortable.

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  47. Jonathan S
    5

    Great day, enjoyed by the whole family. The crew were excellent. The best part of the reef was trying the dive and snorkeling on the reef.

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  48. Trevor
    5

    Love of the ocean and sea life made me book Reef Experience. Friendly crew, relaxed and not over behaving, have a casual but fun experience. I swam with a TURTLE!!! Both swim points were unique and different. Highly recommend, a must do day. Food fabulous. Great value for money.

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  49. Sally S
    5

    All the crew were very helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. I really enjoyed the experience and the way the crew cared for everyone. My daughter (12) hadn't dived before and they were extremely gentle with her. Thank you.

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  50. Srijana
    5

    Reef Experience looked like a good deal! Crew was very helpful and excellent. The best part of the day was the overall experience. I enjoyed every bit of the day. Great crew, good food, helpful. 5 star experience.

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  51. Lona
    5

    Awesome experience swimming with fish! Great food, great crew. Had a great time!

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  52. Viv
    5

    Friendly, helpful, informative - made us all feel safe and able to have fun!! Learning how to snorkel was amazing! Memories for life! Excellent, well organised day. Thank you to all the crew!

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  53. Chris
    5

    The crew were supportive, informative, professional and fun. Couldn't pick a "best part of the day" - all was good; it was an excellent experience!

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