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Ocean Safari Great Barrier Reef Experience in Cape Tribulation provided by Ocean Safari

Ocean Safari Great Barrier Reef Experience in Cape Tribulation

Ocean Safari Great Barrier Reef Experience in Cape Tribulation
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Recommended by 98% of travelers
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
4h 30m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
25
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Call the number below and use the product code: 55308P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • Visit two reef sites
  • 2 hours exploring the underwater world and swimming with turtles
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Reef interpretation talks and eco appreciation presentations
  • Courtesy pick up and drop off
Exclusions
  • Sunsuit/wetsuits available for hire
  • Food and drinks (available to purchase)
Duration
4h 30m
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Courtesy transfers from local accommodation. Ocean Safari check-in office inside the Turtle Rock Cafe, Cape Tribulation Rd, Cape Tribulation. Tour returns to the original departure point. Check in starts from 7.30am for AM tour and 11.30am for PM tour
  • Turtle Rock Cafe, 3903 Cape Tribulation Rd, Cape Tribulation QLD 4873, Australia Departure Point: Courtesy transfers from local accommodation. Ocean Safari check-in office inside the Turtle Rock Cafe. Check in starts from 7.30am for AM tour and 11.30am for PM tour
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Group Maximum 25 travelers
  • Bring a bag including swimmers, a towel and hat, jacket during winter to protect you from wind and for warmth after snorkeling.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • 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 25 travelers
Inclusions
  • Visit two reef sites
  • 2 hours exploring the underwater world and swimming with turtles
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Reef interpretation talks and eco appreciation presentations
  • Courtesy pick up and drop off
Exclusions
  • Sunsuit/wetsuits available for hire
  • Food and drinks (available to purchase)
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Courtesy transfers from local accommodation. Ocean Safari check-in office inside the Turtle Rock Cafe, Cape Tribulation Rd, Cape Tribulation. Tour returns to the original departure point. Check in starts from 7.30am for AM tour and 11.30am for PM tour
  • Turtle Rock Cafe, 3903 Cape Tribulation Rd, Cape Tribulation QLD 4873, Australia Departure Point: Courtesy transfers from local accommodation. Ocean Safari check-in office inside the Turtle Rock Cafe. Check in starts from 7.30am for AM tour and 11.30am for PM tour
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
4h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Group Maximum 25 travelers
  • Bring a bag including swimmers, a towel and hat, jacket during winter to protect you from wind and for warmth after snorkeling.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • 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 25 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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5.0
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fluff_astrid
Sydney, Australia571 contributions
What a wonderful gem of a snorkel operation from start to finish. I highly recommend it for anyone, especially folks a bit tired of overcrowded “cattle boat”-style snorkel tours! I stumbled across this company when planning a day’s road trip up to Cape Tribulation from Port Douglas. They have two half day options, a morning and afternoon one, and small groups, so I did rainforest trekking in the morning and hopped on this tour in the afternoon. It’s a great way to experience the combination of the Daintree and Great Barrier Reef ecosystem

The crew was outstanding and it’s clear they have a well-practiced routine. They had witty jokes and informational tidbits to keep us entertained throughout the day, but were also extremely safety minded. They made sure to take care of anyone who needed a little extra help. They maximized our time in the water — I never felt rushed despite us sticking to a clear schedule, another bonus that sets this apart from the larger snorkel tours that can feel both rushed and disorganized at the same time.

The sites were also relatively healthy for the reef. We saw a variety of wildlife, and there was a marine biologist on board to help folks identify the lesser known residents.

Also, my favorite part was the boat — no fuss but comfortable, and speedy, making it out to the snorkel sites in about 30 mins time.

All in all, I definitely recommend this company and you should make time to do it if you’re stopping by Cape Trib.
Written December 23, 2021
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Thank you so much for the lovely review and for choosing to travel with us on your rainforest to reef getaway! We are so happy to hear you really enjoyed the experience and the crews balance between having a few laughs and looking after your safety! Hope to see you again someday soon! Team Ocean Safari
Written December 25, 2021
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SophieLoveOz
Ellenborough, Australia59 contributions
An experience of a lifetime! Absolutely unforgettable - no wonder it is always booked out!

We were so lucky to get a couple of cancellations for this longer for experience (it's the reason we went to Cape Trib!)

The rain the night before was torrential and I was worried about the boat ride but the bookings lady put me at ease and their whole process & patter is so refined that you feel in such safe hands from go to whoa.

Federico and Scott are the dream team for knowledge, wit, showmanship and ensuring our day was magical. Swimming with turtles is a dream come true - words cannot do justice to the wonder and awe 🤿

Of course we saw beautiful fish and amazing corals on absolutely pristine reef. The whole experience was extraordinary and we are deeply grateful to every member of the mob- great coffee and food at the cafe, always winning smiles and the certainty that everything they offer exceeds expectations every time. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Written July 2, 2022
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Thanks for the 10/10 rating Sophie! We are thrilled we were able to get you onboard for the adventure! Couldn’t be happier hearing it was a day where dreams came true and fabulous memories were made! Thanks again! Team Ocean Safari
Written July 3, 2022
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gcpaterson
Adelaide, Australia17 contributions
This was an amazing boat trip & snorkelling experience. Firstly, pick up service from local accommodation in Cape Trib, Morrison provided awesome service and is genuine nice guy wanting to make best customer experience. Snorkel Equipment & Lifejackets/Noddles provided for young ones (to help them snorkel) Wetsuits available for hire. Fede and Cole were amazing guides & boat crew, very entertaining with some good laughs, always putting customers comfort first, and laughs aside have good safety focus. Amazing trip out in big sea, up front of boat was good for thrill seekers going over waves, good music in the background. Down the back was comfortable for people who feel the motion. The snorkelling area was nice and calm/sheltered. Seen plenty of good Sealife including a turtle. A big treat on the way back, Cole spotted a mist on the water, turned boat to see amazing Whales (mum & calf), the calf was having a play, jumped out of water a few times. Was an amazing finish to a great day. Keep up the great work, one of the highlights of our trip! Many Thanks
Written July 22, 2022
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Sounds like it was a day to remember, with some extra special moments!! Thanks for sharing and for choosing to adventure with us!! Team Ocean Safari
Written July 24, 2022
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Peter M
4 contributions
From the start to the finish our guides Fede and Scotty were brilliant, funny and knowledgeable and always keen to help everyone you will not find better tour guides than these guides. This was the best snorkelling adventure my wife and I had ever been on not just because of the beauty of the reef but the whole package was brilliant, the guides helped with our to young boys 5 and 2 by encouraging them and involving them wherever possible they were super professional and uou could tell yhey really love there job. The places we went were amazing by far the prettiest I've seen in more than 5 countries, with giant clams and turtles, fish of all shapes and colours I would recommend yhis to anybody and say its definitely a must do. I will certainly be going again sometime.
Written June 3, 2022
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Thanks so much Peter!! Fede and Scott truly love sharing the incredible wonder that is the Great Barrier Reef with our guests! We couldn’t be happier knowing you and your family had a fantastic day out exploring with them! Can’t wait to see you all again! Team Ocean Safari
Written June 5, 2022
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Michael J
Hobart, Australia75 contributions
Good: This was our second reef trip after an overnight tour, but a solely snorkeling tour to (essentially) 1 spot on Mackay Reef. The snorkeling on this reef tour combined with the abundant wildlife (we saw 6 turtles and a Reef shark amongst other fish in 2 hours) were truly spectacular. While it’s hard as a tourist to attest to the quality of the reef, as a novice it was quite beautiful the location we were at. Keith was a fantastic captain, his safety briefing was that perfect balance of humorous to keep you actively listening while passing clarity for the seriousness of what you would need to do. I was particularly encouraged by the focus they had with my partner, who brushed past something on her walk to the beach which caused a slight reaction. Keith passing her a specific coloured noodle to keep an eye out was great. Scott in training got us safely from short to reef and back, and hopefully ends up half as good as Keiths speil. Mermaid Raz was fantastic, down to earth and was awesome helping me get that Turtle selfie I requested.
Annoying: We originally had an afternoon booking, that got reallocated to the morning. They mentioned the tide in telling us why it had to change, but logic suspects it was due to a week-day travel and only 12 attendees for the morning. This may be an inconvenience if you’re doing a day trip.
Tips: It’s a fantastic half day experience, though given our day prior notification I would encourage 2-3 nights in the Daintree with some flexibility. I’d encourage you to do the Croc tour & Exotic Fruit Farm tour as well.
Written June 10, 2021
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Gotta love a Keith snorkel brief, Scott’s training is in good hands! For our entire team, ensuring guest safety is paramount, and we are glad to hear that your partner felt safe during her snorkel despite the reaction she had. The underwater world is truly incredible, stoked you enjoyed every minute of your time exploring. You can always count on resident mermaid Raz to capture that perfect turtle selfie! Our team watch the weather and tides very carefully to ensure optimum conditions on the reef for our guests and on your day of travel it was deemed necessary to change the departure time for tour. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank your for travelling with us! We understand the impact changes like this can have on our guests other plans, these decisions are not made lightly and always in our guests best interests. Cheers for the feedback and we are thrilled to have topped the list of your reef adventures! Team Ocean Safari
Written June 10, 2021
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mdjtravel
Greater Sydney, Australia70 contributions
I have done a couple of reef trips in the past (out of Cairns) and the Ocean Safari trip beat them hands down.
It was casual but well organised at the same time. The small group means that it doesn’t take ages to get things done.
The short 25 minute boat trip out to the reef was great and provided ample snorkelling time.
The gear was all in great condition especially the snorkel and masks. The crew gave really good guidance on how to get the best out of the equipment and I had my best snorkelling experience as a result.
The weather was just beautiful and the water crystal clear.
We saw many wonderful things and Meri our guide was very helpful, engaging and willing to share her knowledge.
Brett the skipper was also very knowledgeable and made sure we understood what was needed for safety etc in an engaging way.
I would 1000% recommend this trip, it is so worth the extra drive to Cape Trib to be that much closer to a beautiful and far less visited reef.
Written February 10, 2020
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Wow, wow, wow!! What a recommendation! Thank you so much! Brett and Meri are both delighted to hear you had a truly memorable day exploring the underwater world of Mackay Reef. Team Ocean Safari
Written February 13, 2020
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Ruatara
Melbourne, Australia80 contributions
Looks like a fabulous experience but be warned they cancel at 48 hours notice for total bookings under 10 people.
They offer you a different day, even suggested to us we try and inconvenience other tour operators by asking them to rearrange. Wasn’t possible, so now we have to wait for refund and no communication from “accounts Dept” yet. This means you need enough money to fund another trip yourself. Almost ruined my partners surprise birthday but fortunately Nautilus Aviation really went out of their way to help.
Understood weather could be a reason to cancel but minimum numbers could be communicated earlier OR suggest take money when they confirm they are going only.
Could be very disappointing for someone who didn’t have available funds to book elsewhere at short notice.
Written March 21, 2021
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Our team are sorry to have disappointed you and your partner. Cancellations of this nature are not something that happen with any frequency and we do understand completely the impacts that cancellations have on our guests. In saying this all tours have operating minimums that need to be adhered to, ours is eight and we always wait until the last to make a call in the hope of gaining passengers should we be under numbers. We would never cancel a tour 48 hours out from departure for this reason, however if we had serious concerns about it gaining numbers, we would make guests aware of departure concerns and do everything in our power to accommodate them in the unlikely event of tour cancellation. In regards to refunds, they are authorised by our office with our accounts team the same day any departure is canceled. People who pay cash or directly with cards, in store, are refunded on the spot, those who purchase tickets online have their cancellation actioned immediately however due to the constraints of our payment gateway provider, refunds can take a few days to be returned to your account. Thanks for the feedback and again we are sorry to have disappointed. Team Ocean Safari
Written March 24, 2021
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Meg.S
Sydney, Australia24 contributions
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Absolutely a Five * experience when visiting Cape Tribulation a must do for overseas visitors, Australian Tourists and FNQ Locals alike. Safety, information and FUN were paramount. The Sand Cay, and Bommies were amazing, the fish and turtles plentiful. The vessel was clean fast and unreal.
The staff from beginning to end were super, shout outs to Nathan and Ola front office staff extremely helpful and personable and a great start to the day. Then there is Cole the Skipper on his super fast Rhib, Cole was informative, fun and hit some great waves, safety first of course lol. And who can forget Fede (aka Fred) (aka Italian Stallion ) and a real Marine Biologist we were assured LOL. Fede was happy to tow my SIL and I around the entire trip on his trusty yellow life guard float taking the time and a breath to surface and explain the difference in the corals and the fish, and of course knew all the best turtle spots. Super fun outing by everyone in our party. As FNQ / Sydney locals we will be spreading the word this is the 5* snorkel reef trip you are looking for in FNQ. Well done to a family run local business, happy to part with my hard earned with you as it was worth every cent . Meg, Glen and Leanne. #oceansafaritrib.
Written April 7, 2021
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Wow, wow, wow! Thanks for this fantastic feedback! We are delighted that you had a truly incredible time, both exploring the underwater world and when interacting with our amazing team. Thank you so much for supporting local and we hope to see you again someday! Team Ocean Safari
Written April 10, 2021
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speirssuzie
Ocean Grove, Australia4 contributions
This family run business is a buzz with clients of all ages shapes & sizes. It is efficiently run by chatty staff who are generous with their time & experience.
After they picked us up at The Beachhouse resort we checked in at Ocean safaris. We bought breakfast at the cafe. We had a fun filled amazing experience on board the ocean life raft with the captain entertaining us with funny stories. It was a 25 min fun ride out to the reef. Abundant colorful fish, coral, clams, turtles etc to be seen while snorkeling.
The ride back was just as much fun. We walked back to the office through the rainforest. After a shower we had some lunch from the cafe before they kindly drove us to Ferntree rainforest motel along with our luggage they had looked after while we were on board.
I recommend this adventure. There is also a camping ground at Ocean Safari.
Written June 25, 2021
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We couldn’t be happier knowing you had an extraordinary experience both at the reef and whilst interacting with our wonderful team! Thanks so much for supporting a family run and locally owned business and for the fantastic recommendation! Team Ocean Safari
Written June 26, 2021
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baliaquatic2020
Townsville, Australia1 contribution
For the average traveller or family wanting to experience a half day on part of our great Barrier Reef snorkeling on some great diversity of reef life at a reasonable cost whilst experiencing the fun of ocean rafting with experienced crew; this is one for you! Obviously given the various weather conditions that can occur; my experience was in much less than perfect conditions and on a sunny clear day it would be a lot more enjoyable so choose your day well if wth children fr maximum enjoyment!
All introductions & personal safety areas covered competently by raft Capt & crew member. Seating to me in these rafts is still not sufficiently padded fr rough days & you may need to stay in stern of raft fr comfort given conditions on the day! Some hiccups at check in that occurred however all in all a good 1/2 day adventure for the traveller or family.
One last point.... informed that I would receive photos of some of trip & personal photo to e-mail tho nothing has arrived!!?? Cheers 👍
Written July 14, 2020
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Cheers for the feedback on your day out with the team!! Safety of our guests is always paramount and we like to make sure our guests are fully aware of the conditions on any given day. In windy conditions seat choices are definitely important to ensure a ride suited to your needs. Our crew would have advised at check in and during boarding, the back of the vessel is more like the lounge and anywhere forward of the skipper is considered the adventure section. To obtain access to the photos we traditionally ask interested guests to email a request for the link which we then email out we are sorry for any confusion in relation to this. We do hope that you enjoyed your Mackay reef adventure with the team despite less than perfect weather conditions! Team Ocean Safari
Written July 15, 2020
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Absolutely fantastic - book with Ocean Safari!!!
We had such an amazing experience... incredible snorkelling - coral was iridescent, saw turtles, rays and all, and
kylielm2022
kylielm2022
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Awesome experience
Tour guides made this experience so much more fun! Friendly, funny and informative. The Clams were epic, so many tr
carlielawler
carlielawler
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Morning Ocean Safari snorkel on Mackay Reef
Whole trip was great from start to finish. Very organised and informative and lots of fun at the same time. Colin &
Percyistravelling
Percyistravelling
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Amazing!!
This experience was one I will never forget! The ride out was so much fun and getting to sit on the rides only enha
anaprietoc
anaprietoc
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Yes nice
It is nice place expect that I was in the kitchen around two hours and the persons behind that place they was smoki
kerrie f
kerrie f
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Amazing experience and exceptional service
We were worried about the rainy windy weather but the company kept us well informed and Scott and Fede were amazing
C2757LYpeter
C2757LYpeter
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cape trib reef visit
top crew made it fun and informative. everyone had a great time and the weather was perfect. there were drinks avai
Shell6265
Shell6265
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Beautiful Cape Tribulation
Beautiful ocean - fun staff- great trip to the Cay - perfect weather - amazing scenery and ocean life
Carol H
Carol H
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Great day out
Great staff, really cared about the reef. Had a great day and saw turtles and plenty of coral. Quick trip too.
schwarzlj
schwarzlj
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The best reef trip we’ve done in QLD
An awesome day out on Mackay Reef, snorkelling, best coral, colours and fish and marine life we’ve seen in Qld . Tu
andrewP1163NG
andrewP1163NG
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Most Excellent day!
Family inclusively of two kids (9 and 11) had an absolute ball on the day. The weather was perfect and the snorkell
rachgfnq
rachgfnq
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Awesome day out on the reef
Loved every minute. Great snorkelling with expert guidance, plenty of underwater treasures to see, absolutely stunn
749FionaM
749FionaM
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Great snorkelling in superb spot for those who are confident swimmers
This is a wonderful and adventurous trip to do if you have reasonable fitness and are confident swimmers and have d
celswims
celswims
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Ocean safari cape Tribulation snorkeling
We went on the morning session Wednesday 29/9. Awesome experience. Bear took a photo of my husband and I on the boa
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986amandap
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Best snorkel trip off Cape Tribulation
My family loved this half day snorkel trip! Teenagers 13 & 16 were right into it. Everything was great from Scotty'
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