The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef and home to an amazing diversity of animal life. There are a large number of tour operators that depart from Cairns depending on what you want to do.

Cairns is the Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the outer barrier reef from Cairns is only a comfortable 90 minute boat ride or a 30 minute helicopter flight. If you want to see a tropical island then Green Island is only a 45 minute boat ride and Fitzroy Island is not much farther and then you have beautiful Frankland Island just south of Cairns.


Cairns Dive School

Cairns Dive School is locally owned & operated PADI Dive Centre. Offering Privately Guided Trips perfect for families with young divers, photographers, videographers, certified and introductory divers that want to experience the reef together. Also available | PADI Dive Courses | Day trips | Live aboard trips
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Cairns Dive School | Phone: +61 4 7802 6469 -  Website

Tusa Dive
Prices: Snorkelling only: Adult - $195.00, Child (4-14yrs) - $120.00. Day trip 1 Introductory dive: $265.00. 2 Certified dives: $255.00
Phone: (07) 4047 9100 | Website

Seastar Cruises

Seastar Cruises is 100% Australian owned & locally operated - ECO Tourism certified
Full day trip: $180/adult, $115/child (All Prices include Levy / Reef Tax).
Seastar Cruises Cairns - 75 Esplanade - Cairns - Phone: +61 7 4041 6218 -  Website

Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom

Website : Phone +61 7 40521111. Local family owned and operated. Advanced Eco-Certifed product.

Sunlover Reef Cruises 

Full day trip: $180/adult, $65/child or $425/family of 4.  Phone 1800 810 or check for special online deals at

  Reef Experience

$185.00 includes breakfast, lunch afternoon tea, fast catamaran to the Outer Barrier Reef. Marine Biologist Reef Presentation, Local Family Owned and Operated. Phone (07) 4051 5777 / Website

Compass Cruises trip to the Outer Barrier Reef price is $99.00 includes levies, trip includes snorkelling equipment, lunch, afternoon tea, boomnetting, 2 spectacular reef locations Local Family Owned and Operated. Phone (07) 4051 5777 / Website

Reef Encounter

Liveaboard vessel, Great  Barrier Reef Cairns, with daily departures, chef prepared meals, staterooms with ensuites, scuba diving and snorkeling packages w or tel 61 7 4031 9911

Cairns Tour Advice & Booking Centre:  Travel Agency based on the Cairns Esplanade for over 10 years. Cairns Information, custom itiniraries & bookings for reef day trips, snorkeling, diving and liveaboards to Cairns best reef systems. 103-The Esplanade, Cairns. View all the reef options here - | FREECALL: 1800 833 304 lists all the Cairns Great Barrier Reef options,  in an easy to navigate menu categories. Call 07 4055 9698 or click here to visit their site has great information about the reefs of Cairns for the website click here   or call 07 4031 9911

Vagabond Dive 'N Sail is a 65' cruising yacht set up for diving, sailing and entertaining for a maximum of 11 guests operating out of Cairns.  The trip is two days and one night which is spent aboard the boat out on the reef.  Phone: (07) 4059 0477 |

Diversion Dive Travel is a specialised dive travel agency based in Cairns. Their website has been online since 1994 and has up to date information. Phone: Aust. 1800 607 913 | Website has a complete index of all the dive operators in Cairns, organized so you can search and find the trip that suits you best.  An online booking service allows for one-stop browsing and booking.  Phone: USA 1-800-207-2353, Aust. 1-800-101-319, UK 0-800-234-6949 | Website  

Ocean Spirit Cruises operate daily cruises to Michaelmas Cay. There are instructors to give you training in scuba diving and snorkelling. If you don't like the idea of going under water, you can go on a semi-submersible coral viewing tour and enjoy the live commentary by the qualified marine biologists on board.

Phone: 07 4044 9944 | Website

Reef Cruise can help you choose the best Great Barrier Reef option to cater for all ages and all experiences

  Reef Cruise or call +61 7 4037  2700


Reef Magic Semi-submersible tours, an underwater observatory, all snorkelling equipment included and offer scenic helipcopter flights and diving (not included in price).
Prices: Snorkelling only: Adult - $165, Child (4-14yrs) - $85, Family (2A & 2C) - $415. Introductory dive: $80 (additional).
Phone: (07) 4031 1588 | Website

Passions of Paradise is a modern catamaran that goes to the reef and Michaelmas Cay. This company recently won the Australian Tourism Award for Adventure Tourism. Traveling to two unique uncrowded destinations you can be sure of a personalized high quality experience.
Prices: Snorkelling only: Adult - $139, Child (4-14yrs) - $89, Family (2A & 2C) - $409. Introductory or Certified dive: $70 (additional). These prices include $10 reef levy.  
Phone: (07) 4041 1600 | Website

Great Adventures tours cruising daily from Cairns to Green Island and the outer reef. Diving, Scuba-doo scooter and helicopter tours are optional extras.
Phone: (07) 4044 9944 | Website

Silverswift  dive and snorkel catamaran. Three reef sites daily at either Flynn, Milln, Thetford or Pellowe Reefs from Cairns. This trip caters for certified divers, introductory divers and snorkellers.  Advanced Ecotourism Certified. (Sistership in Port Douglas is Silversonic)
Contact: Phone - (07) 4044 9944 | Website

Pro Dive Cairns Catering to divers of all experience levels. 3D/2N liveaboard trips to the outer reef, as well as expeditions from 3-7 days in various combinations visiting other famous GBR sites such as Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs and the Coral Sea. Outer Reef . Dive courses are available from introductory diving to professional level training, and run in conjunction with the liveaboard trips, check the website for further information.
Phone: (07) 4031 5255 |

Ocean Quest  This is a live aboard vessel and  is incredebly spacious. She moves around Norman, Saxon & Hastings Reefs; and visits three sights a day. There are daily transfers to and from the vessel every day so you can stay for as little as one night or as many as you fancy. A great boat for both divers and snorklers.

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