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From Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Cruise by Premium Catamaran

From Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Cruise by Premium Catamaran

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From US$ 149.64 per person

Set sail to 2 outer reef locations on a high-performance catamaran. Snorkel, swim, dive or just relax onboard as you spot turtles, fish, and exotic corals.

About this activity

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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit 2 diverse reef destinations in the Great Barrier Reef
  • Spot marine life: turtles or a giant wrasse on the outer reef
  • Feast from a chef-prepared lunch, including fresh tropical fruit
  • Relax on board a luxury catamaran
  • Sail back from the reef with the wind in your hair
Full description

Hop aboard a catamaran for a day trip to remember to the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel, dive, or swim in the water, enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, and take in the marine wildlife.

Meet your crew at the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal, pay the reef levy, and hop aboard the luxury catamaran. The crew will select reef locations depending on the day's conditions from Flynn and Milne reef or further north at Norman and Hastings reefs. All offer diverse reef structures teeming with exotic marine life.

Feel the wind in your hair as you set sail for the outer Great Barrier Reef. Relax with morning tea on the way, get to know the crew and learn all about the marine eco-system from a marine expert. Review snorkeling techniques with the crew during the journey.

Arrive at the first outer reef location, where you can snorkel, dive or swim in the water. You may also choose to sunbathe, or chill on the boat on the upper sun deck or the netted deck trampoline at the bow of the boat. You can avail complimentary guided tours from the staff.

A dedicated dive tender is available for experienced certified divers who want to explore deeper waters. All certified divers receive a complimentary dive guide. First-time divers will receive a free 10-minute scuba instruction in the water from qualified PADI professionals.

Savor a fresh tropical buffet lunch prepared onboard. Treat yourself to a selection of hot and cold dishes including buffet meats, salads, and tropical fruit.

Travel to the second outer reef location for the day for your choice of activity. Look out for corals, exotic marine life such as parrotfish, reef turtles and 'nemo' fish. End the day as the captain hoists the sails, and cruise back to Cairns.

Enjoy a cold drink from the bar (own expense) and relax on the boom netting. Alternatively, watch presentations about the marine life from the passionate eco-certified staff.

Includes
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • High quality snorkeling equipment
  • Full tuition and complimentary snorkel tours
  • Visit to Grand Barrier Reef
  • Visit to Outer Reef location
  • Flotation vests
  • 10-minute in-water introduction to scuba diving
  • Chef-prepared lunch (allergies catered for on request)
  • An on-board marine life presentation
  • Winter wetsuits or sunsuits in summer months
  • Prescription masks
  • Underwater camera hire with an 8GB SD card
  • Scuba dive
  • Souvenirs
  • Bottled water, snacks, and drinks from the bar
  • Hotel transfers
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • All participants who are over 16 years old must present proof of full vaccination or lawful exemption. All participants under 16 years old must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult from their household

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Participants

Date

Meeting point

Meet at the Reef Fleet Terminal. Check-in is from 7 AM to 7:45 AM for an 8 AM departure. Parking is available across the street and costs approximately AU$11 per day.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  •  All passengers must complete a QLD medical questionnaire on the boat before departure. Some medical conditions may preclude you from diving. Please contact the supplier for further information
  •  If you are doing an introductory dive you will be asked to fill out and sign a medical declaration form
  •  The minimum age for diving is 12 years old with parental consent and completion of a medical questionnaire
  •  Passengers under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent/guardian over 18 years old
  •  A moderate level of fitness is required as this is an in-water based activity
  •  All certified divers must provide proof of certification
  •  At times it may only be possible to visit 1 destination (e.g. Hastings) due to inclement weather conditions and strong winds. The skipper will decide on the way to the reef and keep everyone informed of the sailing plans
  •  An AU$10 per person reef levy is due at check-in
  •  Infant tickets are free and can be booked with the supplier
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 965 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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My now fiancé and I did the excursion today and we couldn't be more pleased and happy with the experience. EVERYTHING was excellent, the boat is beautiful, comfortable and very well maintained, they welcomed us with the best energy and made sure that we were all on board and comfortable with our equipment. The staff was wonderful! all smiling, friendly and willing to make the experience wonderful, Simon was our diving instructor and was attentive to every detail especially when I felt nauseous and nervous because it was my first dive he accompanied me and made it a wonderful experience. My fiance proposed to me in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef doing Snorkeling and the team was his accomplice to make it perfect, they even gave us a courtesy glass of Champagne to celebrate! THANKS guys you made one of the best days of my life Unforgettable! recommending them to everyone I know would be little for what they deserve.

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June 2, 2022

My partner, friend and myself joined the Passions of Paradise Great Barrier Reef cruise on Sunday, May 22. The company provided all the equipment necessary as well as amazing food suited to all dietary requirements. The boat was also extremely comfortable and offered several locations to relax with friends in or out of the sun. The staff were lovely and extremely helpful, particularly in the water where they would assist by taking fellow guests to the best spots on the reef. They also had a great music selection. During our trip, we saw turtles, dolphins and plenty of fish.

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May 24, 2022

An amazing day! What makes Passions so special? It is not the food, nor the long journey to get to the reef or even the reef itself (although it was amazing). It was the crew! We were a party of 11 ranging in age from 4 to 83 and everyone was accommodated beautifully. All of the crew were genuinely invested in making sure everyone had a great day. My son, who turned 10 on the. day we went, said it was the best day ever and I agree - best day ever!!

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May 23, 2022

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