Great Barrier Reef Tour 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 that the reef has to offer, 

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 Snorkelling 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

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

  1. Chris

    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!

  2. Viv

    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!

  3. Lona

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

  4. Srijana

    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.

  5. Sally S

    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.

  6. Trevor

    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.

  7. Jonathan S

    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.

  8. Jacqueline L

    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.

  9. Emma R

    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.

  10. Aidan B

    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.

  11. Dora G

    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!!!!

  12. Paula

    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!

  13. Dan

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

  14. Wayne

    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.

  15. Danielle

    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.

  16. Wendy (Australia)

    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.

  17. Diana S

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

  18. Nicole M

    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.

  19. Alex K.

    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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