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Seastar Cruises Reef Day Trips

75 Esplande | Marlin Marina, Cairns, Queensland 4870 , Australia
+61 7 4041 6218
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Ranked #2 of 117 activities in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Boat Tours
Owner description: Seastar Cruises premium reef cruise combines the outer Great Barrier Reef with a coral cay island. In only 1 1/4 hours the fast air-conditioned... more » Owner description: Seastar Cruises premium reef cruise combines the outer Great Barrier Reef with a coral cay island. In only 1 1/4 hours the fast air-conditioned Seastar 1 can take you from Cairns to magnificent Michaelmas Cay, the largest of the local uninhabited coral cays. Cruising past Green Island, Upolu cay and Oyster reef Seastar is the first boat to arrive. After an enjoyable time here it is a short 20 minute cruise to the splendid Hastings Reef sitting on the very outer edge. This is where the corals thrive, well out from the coast away from the influence the rivers and streams, adjacent to the clear waters of the Pacific Ocean. You will have 2 1/2 hours at each location. Plenty of time to go snorkeling, do a introductory dive, relax on the beach of the Island or join a tour in the Glass Bottom Boat at Hastings Reef. The day cruise on Seastar inlcudes Morning/Afternoon tea, high quality snorkel equipment, Wetsuit or Lycra suit (depending on the time of year), Glass Bottom Boat Tour, Hot & Cold Buffet Lunch, Reef Interpretation & Guided Snorkel Tours on each spot. « less
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

If you want to see the Great Barrier Reef you have no choice but to take a long boat ride on what can be quite choppy waters. If you do this, you might as well do it with a company that makes the trip as comfortable as possible and gives you ample time to enjoy the marine life. Seastar offers... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

The experience was absolutely amazing, since the first moment the staff was kind and helpful and always trying that our experience could be the best. The staff knows exactly their job and always tries to motivate people about the trip. Morning and Afternoon coffee, lunch and pictures were an ideal complement to the experience of knowing the reef. One thing... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Just got back from a fabulous day out on the Reef. From the moment we got on board (with a hot coffee and fresh muffin) the day was excellent. All of the staff were professional in their knowledge and briefings but also alot of fun and enthusiasm. It was overcast abd raining when we left but lovely and sunny out... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The previous reviewer here must have been smoking coral. It was a bit rough on Saturday when myself and my two kids (11 and 14) went out on the boat but we had an excellent time, and this is/was by no means my first snorkelling trip. My son started blowing chunks into the bag at one point, and I followed... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We visited the reef with Seastar in July 2014 and had a fantastic time. The crew is young, enthusiastic and took excellent care of us. The boat and all equipment was first class and they had us out to the reef in no time. Our safety was paramount with special care for the first timers. Thanks to all of the... More

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I had a great day out on the Great Barrier Reef with Seastar. It was my first trip to Cairns and I didn't really know which parts of the reef were the best to visit, but the crew on Seastar took us to two beautiful spots in the outer reef (Michaelmas Cay and Hastings Reef), both of which were beautiful... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We were recommended to go to the Barrier Reef on the Seastar by Red Mill House in Daintree where we were staying because of our love of photographing birds. This cruise did not disappoint because we went to Michaelmas Cay and saw the breeding colonies of Brown Booby's, Crested Terns, Common Noddy's and Frigate birds. While on the island one... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I tried 3 different boats in Cairns (Seastar, Ocean Freedom, Silversonic) and Seastar stood head and shoulders above the others for having the most friendly and enthusiastic crew. Always willing to bend over backwards (even after Peter was violated by a sick child :) ), these guys run a humble but professional boat. Emma made my first dive experience a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

A visit to Cairns would not be complete without a trip to the great Barrier reef & we did this with Seastar cruises day tour to the reef & we were not disappointed ! The catamaran is sturdy & does not wobble a lot which was helpful for people like me who get sea sick easily. All the staff were... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I just returned from a seastar cruises to the Great Barrier Reef and had a fantastic day. I loved that the group size was small so we didn't feel crowded. The crew were so nice and helpful and made the trip a blast. Don't worry about taking underwater cameras if you didn't plan ahead as the crew... More

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