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Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns provided by Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Updated 06/17/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 06/17/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Dive or snorkel the Great Barrier Reef on a full-day cruise aboard a catamaran with outdoor decks and climate-controlled cabins. Ride a glass-bottom boat to dive or snorkel Upolu Cay, enjoy a buffet lunch, then dive or drift-snorkel the Wonder Wall, a spectacular plateau home to diverse coral and marine life. Lunch and equipment are provided for this unforgettable all-inclusive day of exploring the Great Barrier Reef.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    1 Spence St
    1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
    Starting point is at the Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom desk inside the Reef Fleet Terminal (RFT) located 1,Spence Str Cairns .
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    Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom
    Stop: 9 hours
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    Upolu Cay
    Stop: 9 hours
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  • You'll end at
    1 Spence St
    1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
    Starting point is at the Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom desk inside the Reef Fleet Terminal (RFT) located 1,Spence Str Cairns .
    See address & details
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Highlights
  • Snorkel or dive two Great Barrier Reef locations with vibrant fish and coral
  • Diving option available for non-certified divers
  • Indoor-outdoor spaces mean room to sunbathe or enjoy the AC
  • Includes buffet lunch, dive/snorkel equipment, and optional snorkel lesson
What to Expect
Make your way to the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal to board your comfortable catamaran, where coffee, tea, fruit, and muffins are served. Enjoy views from the air-conditioned cabin or the sundeck as you cruise toward Upolu Cay, approaching the shallow reef in a glass-bottom boat. Spot some of Upolu Cay’s vibrant fish and coral on a dive or snorkel, then return to the catamaran for lunch.  The lunch menu varies, but typically includes dishes such as smoked salmon, chilled prawns, and meats served alongside fresh bread and salads. After lunch, cruise to the Wonder Wall, a dive and snorkel site on the outer edge of Upolu Reef that rises 46 feet (14 meters) from the ocean floor. Dive or try drift-snorkeling here, riding the current with a marine naturalist as you watch for corals, giant clams, turtles, and colorful fish. After your dive or snorkel, begin the return cruise to Cairns, nibbling fruit, cheese, crackers, and cake along the way.
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Important Information
Departure Point
1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
Duration
9h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Luxury catamaran cruise to the Great Barrier Reef
  • Six full hours on the Great Barrier Reef with stops at two reef locations
  • Environment Management Charge (EMC) and port fees
  • Tea and coffee throughout the day
  • Buffet lunch with seafood
  • Platters of tropical fruit, cheese and crackers
  • Snorkeling instruction and in-water crew assistance if required
  • Snorkeling equipment (snorkel, marks, flippers, and buoyancy vests)
  • Wetsuits or lycra suits (depending on season)
  • Snorkeling tour with a marine naturalist
  • Freshwater showers
  • Informative Glass Bottom Boat Tour
  • Guided interpretative Adventure Drift Snorkel Tour
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Please note: All divers will be required to complete a medical questionnaire on board prior to diving. Please only book the diving options if you have no medical conditions or taking medication as some conditions/medication preclude you from diving
  • OPTIONAL Diving : x1 or x2 cert dives / x1 or x2 Intro dives
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A maximum of 75 people ensures a unique and personalized experience
  • The order in which the snorkeling and dive sites are visited may changes as it is dependent on the conditions on the day
  • Please note: All divers will be required to complete a medical questionnaire on board prior to diving. Please only book the diving options if you have no medical conditions or taking medication as some conditions/medication preclude you from diving
  • Near public transportation
  • Industry COVID-SAFE Plan in place - "Good to go" . Sanitisation stations will be available at check-in, on board as well as high-touch areas being sanitised regularly.Contact details will be required at the time of booking if not already sent. Upon arrival, questions will be asked regarding travel in the last 14 days, contact with any Covid-19 positive individuals and potential symptoms – answers to these questions may impact your ability to travel and will be at the discretion of the crew on the day.
  • Please bring own pen and drink bottle if preferred . Food will be served under strict hygiene measures.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 75 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Geoffrey H wrote a review Oct 18
Cooran4 contributions
There was a 20 knot south-eastery blowing so my expectations were low. The boat Ocean Freedom is small ( max 75) and there were only 22 guests. We spent 10am to noon, snorkelling on a deep reef (name unknown to me). It was tough going but the staff helped, making sure we were
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Nathan wrote a review Oct 6
Brisbane, Australia6 contributions
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Where to start, I guess at the start! Staff are amazing, knowledge is exceptional, as travelling alone is always so very daunting, The crew made me feel welcomed and relaxed. Best day out!
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Response from OFreedom, General Manager at Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns
Responded 1 week ago
Thank-you kindly for your review. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your day with us. All the best and enjoy the rest of your time in Cairns :)
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Catherine V wrote a review Sep 2020
Brisbane, Australia3 contributions
I was excited for this adventure to tick off my lifetime wish list and the weather for the day was predicted to be perfect. All positive indicators for my experience to achieve it’s positive status. The day’s activities were totally supervised by experienced staff who assisted
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from OFreedom, General Manager at Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank-you so much for this lovely review. We are so happy to hear that we made your day out there one to remember. 😊 We would love to see you again when you are back in Cairns! That is the beauty of living in Australia – international icons right on your doorstep 😊
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Angii B wrote a review Sep 2020
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The crew were super knowledgeable and helpful. Felt at ease and so welcomed. Only tip for travelers is, apply loads of sunscreen. I applied 4 times and still got a bit burnt!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from OFreedom, General Manager at Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns
Responded 3 weeks ago
We are so happy that you found our crew to be helpful and welcoming! We are sorry that your skin got put through the ringer, guess that's what happens when your having a good time... Next time though, feel free to help yourself to some of our sunscreen lurking around the boat ;)
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Maz wrote a review Sep 2020
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What was our favourite part? There wasn't one. It was the overall trip. Everything from the trip out, to the food ,to the reef, to the crew. Hubby not a swimmer but the crew took him under their wing and towed him around on a ring and gave him one on one tutelage on what he was
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from OFreedom, General Manager at Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns
Responded 4 weeks ago
This is such a lovely review and we cannot thank-you enough. 😊 Our crew and Perry will be over-joyed hearing these kind words. We are so happy we could make this day such an amazing and magical experience for you. Thank-you for travelling with us and we hope to see you again in the future
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See Green island on the Ocean Free, small group with a fantastic crew. Could not have asked for more! What a fabulo
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An Amazing Reef Experience
Awewsome : A friend and I did a Green Island and Snorkelling trip on the 6th October. As soon as we got to the boat
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Wow Wow Wow. Best day on the reef!
Wow! What a great day! I went on this trip with my wife, 9yo daughter and 7yo son. It was an awesome experience. To
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A great day at sea sir!
What a fantastic crew! Everything was just right with plenty to eat, plenty of help to get you in to the water and
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Amazing reef experience
My daughter and I went on ocean free yesterday and I can not recommend this tour enough. The staff were absolutley
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Wonderful Day On the Water
This is mainly a diving excursion and though we are not divers or snorkelers we still had a fantastic day. Could n
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elizabethn288
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Far exceeded expectations!
Hands down, the best outdoor water experience I’ve ever done!!! From the moment I checked in til we returned 8 hour
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CarolynP606
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Terrific way to visit Green Island and the reef
We have visited the reef off Cairns many times, and were looking for a different experience, and were lucky enough
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lauren2492
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Such good value
There are so many different reef cruises to pick from and I’m really glad we chose this one, everything was amazing
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Solo003
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Awesome Experience
The boat was very comfortable. The crew were amazing, they went above and beyond for us. Great guides when snokelli
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TheyCallMeMrT
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Great family owned reef and dive operator
We did a couple dives on ocean freedom. I think it was one of the first trips out since shutting down because of co
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jlsoltren2
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perfect day!
If I could give this trip 10 stars I would! Aside from the most perfect weather, the entire day was perfect with th
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JureV
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If only all tours would be like this one...
We arrived to Cairns with two kids (3 and 5 y.o.). I was looking for a more unique experience of a great barrier re
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coreyr861
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Great day on the water with a great crew!
We spent the day with Ocean Free on the water, the crew was fantastic and made sure everybody had a terrific day. O
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Worth every penny!
We chose this cruise because of the small number of passengers. We were not disappointed. Each of the 3 crew memb
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  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
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  • Languages Offered: English
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