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Luxury Outer Great Barrier Reef Island and Reef Tour from Cairns

  • Explore the Outer Great Barrier Reef aboard a luxury yacht
  • Plenty of time for snorkeling or, if selected, Scuba diving
  • Includes lunch, as well as morning and afternoon tea
Luxury Outer Great Barrier Reef Island and Reef Tour from Cairns
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Outer Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Tour includes luxury catamaran cruise all equipment and two guided snorkel tours
One Introductory Dive
Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive includes luxury catamaran cruise and one introductory dive
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Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive includes luxury catamaran cruise and two certified dives
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Ensure a memorable experience on the Outer Great Barrier Reef on this full-day, all-inclusive cruise aboard a catamaran. Head for Michaelmas Cay and Hastings Outer Reef and plunge into the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef by snorkeling amongst its rich marine life. If you have selected the option, you can also include an introductory or certified dive. Includes morning and afternoon tea, as well as a buffet lunch.
What to Expect

Make your way directly to Seastar on E Finger at the northern side of the Cairns Marina (adjacent to the easily visible “Salt House” restaurant). On arrival you will be welcomed by your captain before stepping aboard Seastar to meet your crew.

Check-in is on-board after which you may enjoy a coffee or tea with delicious muffins. All equipment is provided and your crew will assist you with fitting the correct size snorkel or dive equipment bringing this to you. Wet suits or stinger suits are hung on your own personal hanger.

Departing Cairns, the safety briefing explains the various safety systems and procedures on-board. A snorkel demonstration follows to ensure all are aware of the equipment, health risks of snorkelling, things to be aware of at the reef, how the day will run and where to find crew. Then the scuba briefing details in water skills.  

Arriving at the world-famous Michaelmas Cay, there is a site briefing then you gather your equipment, organise a buoyancy vest or noodle, collect your suit, then make the short ferry trip to Cairn’s largest sand cay island. Experienced or novice, the calm waters of the beach is the best location to commence your guided snorkel tour. The tour guides depart in small groups, out over shallow reef waters towing a life ring. Your guide will assist you with your equipment and although the high-quality mask and snorkel are easy to fit, novice snorkellers have more time in the shallow water to make final adjustments. Introductory divers commence their dive from Seastar under the supervision of our caring instructors. After your dive or snorkel excursion, there is ample time to revisit the reef with you snorkel buddy.

With two good hours of diving or snorkelling, you have an appetite. Feast on a delicious buffet of hot and cold dishes, including vegetarian options with plenty of salads, fresh fruits, and bread. Cold drinks are also available for purchase. When finished Seastar departs for Hastings Reef on the very outer of the Great Barrier Reef.

A very different reef to Michaelmas. Again, a site briefing is given before you re-enter the water. Snorkelling and diving commence from Seastar, the guided snorkel tours first, then diving where experienced certified divers may travel to the “Wild Side” in the tender and return dive to the Seastar. Afterwards, there is ample time to again revisit this reef with you snorkel buddy.

Confidence gained at Michaelmas Cay, snorkellers are often taken to the “Wild Side” abundant with vibrant fish and coral, deep coral canyons, giant coral formations, colourful reef fish, anemones, sea turtles, cheeky little reef sharks and deep water.

With another two good hours of snorkelling and diving, it is time to return to Seastar. While enjoying the waiting afternoon tea waiting with delicious cakes and fresh fruit, the safety head count is conducted and with all signed back on-board, Seastar returns to Cairns.

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Reviewed today via mobile
Wonderful day at the Reef

Great tour to the Michaelmas Key and Hastings Reef on not to large (meaning not to large a group which we liked a lot) but comfortable boat. The whole tour is perfectly organized, from morning tea until afternoon cake. Very tasty, varied and partly warm...More

Thank Anna S
Reviewed yesterday
Very efficient and nice crew, great day to explore the reef

We showed up at the dock slightly early, but you don't board until 730 (or stated time). There's no greeter or anything, just a little sign. There was another boat at the end of the dock that everyone seemed to be headed to, thankfully we...More

Thank azygrl
Reviewed yesterday
Perfect for all family

Went with husband who didn't want to go in water, son 11 who is an average swimmer but ASD and DD 12 and I who are good swimmers but no experience of scuba or snorkel. This offered something for everyone - Husband could do glass...More

Thank Sophie334
Reviewed yesterday
These guys are THE BEST

After much research and advice we chose the Seastar team to take us out to the reef on our 1st visit to Australia and we were not disappointed in any way! These guys are a small local company, not a huge international outfit and it...More

Thank 4_Wandering_Walkers
Reviewed 3 days ago
Great day on the reef

I did a lot of research on companies offering Great Barrier Reef snorkeling tours before I settled on Seastar and I do not regret my choice. I did not want one of the large boats or to be taken only to a platform. At 36...More

Thank 1ndrtwn
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Response from Jessica H | Reviewed this property |
You need to be at the boat by 7:30am, and you get back at 4:30pm Well worth the early start as you get to the first reef before anyone else