Great Barrier Reef Tour the Best way to see the Reef

Join us on board our high speed Catamaran “Reef Experience” for an unforgettable day visiting 2 pristine Outer Great Barrier Reef tour locations and discover the breath-taking wonder of this World Heritage environment.

Reef Experience is Cairn’s only ALL inclusive Great Barrier Reef tour which also offers a FREE Scuba Dive and Glass-bottom boat tour.

Catering for all levels in Swimming, Snorkeling and and Scuba Diving, everyone will find the perfect way to experience the Great Barrier Reef.

Experienced Swimmer or Snorkeller? Our crew will show you to the best patches of coral and can tell you where to find the marine marvels that call the reef their home.

Never Snorkelled before or can’t Swim? Our friendly and professional Crew are always ready to jump in and assist everybody who needs help to ensure that you are comfortable with your equipment and introduce you to some of our friendly fish!   We are passionate about our guests having fun and experiencing the magic that the reef has to offer, 

A day on the Great Barrier Reef Tour will be one of the most memorable days in your life.

Tour Itinerary

  • 07:30 – Board Reef Experience boat at the Cairns Marina ‘A-Finger’ for check-in View map to Cairns Marlin Marina
  • 08:00 – Approximate departure & Safety Talk with snorkel briefing
  • 08:30 – Marine Biology presentation, followed by detailed scuba dive briefing for those participating
  • 09:30 – Arrive at our first spectacular reef site, snorkel & dive with thousands of vivid tropical fish, giant clams plus more
  • 10:30 – Glass Bottom Boat Tour (approximately 20 minute tour)
  • 12:30 – Lunch
  • 13:00 – Cruise to our second location to explore forests of coral, large sea fans & black coral trees in it’s shallow lagoons
  • 15:00 – Depart the Great Barrier Reef
  • 15:30 – Glass of wine, tropical fruits, cheese & biscuits
  • 16:30 – Arrive back in Cairns

Tour Highlights & Inclusions

  • Up to 6 hours at two pristine Outer Great Barrier Reef Tour locations
  • Unlimited Snorkelling at morning and afternoon locations. All equipment INCLUDING wetsuit hire
  • FREE Scuba Dive* (Certified Dive qualified OR Resort Dive no-experience necessary at the first reef location for everyone over age 12 and medically fit to scuba) Medical Conditions do apply – click here for more information
  • FREE Glass Bottom Boat Tour (weather permitting)
  • FREE Pick up and Return to Cairns City Accommodation
  • FREE Marine Biology Presentation
  • Breakfast consisting of barbecue bacon & egg rolls, coffee, tea and fruit platters
  • Delicious Buffet BBQ lunch with an assortment of fresh salads
  • Cheese & fruit platter & complimentary wine on return journey
  • All dietary requirements catered for. (Vegetarian/gluten free etc: please advise upon booking).
  • All food is locally sourced where possible and prepared fresh by on-board Chef
  • FREE Crew assistance for non-confident snorkelers (flotation aids available). Friendly and professional crew are ready to jump with everyone who require assistance to have fun and experience the magic of the reef!
  • Large Sun Deck with padded loungers and air conditioned indoor areas
  • Reef tax, fuel levy & national park fees. Unlike other operators, mandatory levies for visiting the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are included in this trip cost so there won’t be extra charges on the day
  • No hidden costs!

Optional Extras

  • Underwater Digital Camera Hire
  • Snack Bar Purchases: Soft drinks, chocolate, chips, alcohol etc.
  • Marine Biologist Guided Snorkel Tour of the reef: Snorkel with an experienced Marine Biologist and learn about the marine life you see on an educational and interactive tour
  • Great Barrier Reef souvenirs – T-shirts, hats etc
  • Dive Guides for already qualified ‘Certified’ scuba divers (dive guides included for beginner divers)
  • Prescription Mask Hire if you require stronger lenses to see (contact lenses can be worn in most circumstances)
  • Bus transfers from accommodation outside of the Cairns Business Area
  • Second Scuba Dive at our beautiful afternoon reef location

What to Bring

  • Cash and/or credit card for purchases
  • Swimming Clothes, Towel, Hat, Sunglasses, Sun Cream
  • Proof of qualification if you’re a Certified Diver

How to get there

Reef Experience departs from Cairns Marina: ‘A-Finger’ View map to Cairns Marlin Marina

Boarding commences at 7:30 am for check-in, directly on the vessel ‘Reef Experience’

Arrive back to Cairns Marina at approximately 4:30pm

Important Information for Scuba Diving

We have a passion to show you Australia’s Great Barrier Reef so please make sure you understand the scuba diving laws.

Queensland, Australia has some of the strictest scuba diving rules in the world  but also the safest scuba diving record.   We are regulated by the Queensland Government Code of Practice and comply with all rules including medical as is the law.

To avoid disappointment on your day of travel we strongly recommend that all of our passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire prior to booking as some medical conditions, age and / or medications may prevent you from scuba diving.   It is always our mission to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef experience.

Reef Experience Medical Questionnaire

We are very happy to help you with any questions you may have.   Please Contact our office on 07 4037 2700 or email us at tourdesk@reeftrip.com

Or alternatively, you may like to consult your own Doctor for a Dive Medical using the Australian Standard Forms ‘AS.4005.1

Flying after Scuba Diving

For a single no decompression scuba dive, you should not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours after a scuba dive.  For multiple dives you should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive. If Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning you must wait 24 hours after your dive. We recommend waiting a minimum 24 hours whenever possible

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  • 6 July 2018: Excellent snorkeling experience!
  • 5 July 2018: Dive the Great Barrier Reef
  • 3 July 2018: Most un-ideal weather, still had a blast.
  • 1 July 2018: Amazing Experience
  • 1 July 2018: TOP DECK REEF EXPERIENCE
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43 Reviews for “Great Barrier Reef Tour, Reef Experience”

  1. Reef Day Tour review by Jill
    5

    I booked Reef Experience because of the good reviews and best value, quality tour, good for non swimmers and weak swimmers. Crew was patient, attentive, friendly, safe. The best part of my trip was learning to snorkel, trying diving for the first time, seeing reef. Thank you so much for an amazing, once in a lifetime expeience. Keep providing quality, friendly tours!

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  2. Reef Day Tour review by Jayne
    5

    I booked Reef Experience through recommendations. Crew was very friendly, helpful and attentive. I am a poor, nervous swimmer, so having me to help was brilliant when snorkeling. Fantastic. The best part of the day was snorkeling on the reef. I would recommend this. The boat was very nice.

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  3. Reef Day Tour review by Shikha
    5

    I chose Reef Experience because I wanted to experience the reef. All crew members were excelent and helpful. I saw the acture reef first time and natural beauty inside the water. I had a personal instructor Shinee, she was really helpful and caring. If she would not be helpful we would not be able to see the reef experience.

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  4. Great Barrier Reef Tour, Reef Experience review by Chris
    5

    The crew were supportive, informative, professional and fun. Couldn't pick a "best part of the day" - all was good; it was an excellent experience!

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  5. Reef Day Tour review by Sue McGee
    0

    Fantastic crew, great vessel, really good gear, all round wonderful experience and would highly recommend !!

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  6. Reef Day Tour review by Courtney
    5

    Everyone was very friendly. Shinee looked after out every need. She was knowledgeable and patient. Food was amazing.I would recommend this to my friends.

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  7. Reef Day Tour review by Larry
    5

    Michael was amazing. Great guy, made me feel welcome and safe. Shinee was nice & helpful. The Barramundi, fabulous - good chef. Top deck experience really made us feel special. Memorable experience!

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  8. Reef Day Tour review by Linda
    5

    Would thoroughly recommend to anyone wanting to experience the reef. The crew are very approachable, helpful, happy and knowledgeable.

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  9. Reef Day Tour review by Daisy
    5

    Equipment was very good. Everything was very well organised. Had a great day, thank you :)

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  10. Reef Day Tour review by Chelcy
    5

    Will be recommending this company/tour to my family coming in the summer! Thank you all for the amazing experience.

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  11. Reef Day Tour review by Diane Baines
    5

    Had an amazing day on the reef with reef experience. The crew were amazing and were able to cater for everyone’s ability from non swimmer to qualifelied diver, with patience, care and humour! The team provided great food and were on hand all day to help or answer any queries we had. A fantastic experience and I would happily book with them again and have no hesitation in highly recommending them.

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  12. Reef Day Tour review by Natasha
    5

    I relied heavily on internet reviews when deciding what tour company to go with for a day out on the barrier reef. Reef Experience did not disappoint. It's quite a large boat, but takes a lot of passengers so expect to sit with strangers throughout the day. They served plenty of food; bacon and egg rolls for breakfast, sausages/chicken/steak and salads for lunch and tea and coffee whenever the boat was stopped. The staff are very safety focused and that really makes you feel comfortable on board and out in the reef. I Scuba Dived for the first time ever, and I was very nervous but with the patience from Scuba Instructor Benat, I felt very at ease and had a wonderful experience. The glass bottom boat was a great way to get a different view of the reef and I would definitely recommend. Everyone really seemed to love their job and it was really lovely to be a part of that for a day. There's plenty of extras you can opt for; hire an underwater camera, buy professional underwater photos, marine biology tour, extra scuba diving so expect to spend a little more money if you want some of those extras. Photos were a little pricey, but no different to any other tourist attraction you would go to. I purchased $45 worth of photos but it was so worth it, to have fantastic images of a wonderful experience.

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  13. Reef Day Tour review by Martin
    5

    I booked Reef Experience because I read lots of positive comments. The Crew was Epic. The best part of the trip was second dive. Thanks to all the crew, you guys are cool! Good experience, I will recommend you for sure.

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  14. Reef Day Tour review by Nicky
    5

    I booked Reef Experience as I wanted to experience the Great Barrier Reef with my friends. Crew were cheerful, super helpful and informative. Completely approachable and had good sense of humor. The highlight of the trip was seeing two sharks and a turtle on our marine life tour with Michelle. Michelle was amazing. She was full of knowledge and facts and did her best to make our time happy and enjoyable.

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  15. Reef Day Tour review by Amanda
    5

    I booked Reef Experience because we heard amazing reviews!!! The crew was unreal. Everyone was great energy and are very helpful and happy. Tylah was awesome with scuba diving. The highlight of the tour was my second scuba dive and seeing shark, turtle and nemo!!! Food was great, service was great, banker was great. Such a good day !!!

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  16. Reef Day Tour review by Alice
    5

    The best part of the tour was snorkeling. Crew was very pleasant. I had fantastic time, the crew were enjoyable and attentive to all the passengers. full of positive energy - professional !!!

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  17. Reef Day Tour review by Lauren
    5

    Very friendly, approachable, supportive and skilled crew. Diving and marine biology tour was very interesting and informative.

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  18. Reef Day Tour review by Patrick
    5

    Amazing experience with very professional staff

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  19. Great Barrier Reef Tour, Reef Experience review by Leah
    5

    "The crew were great! The best part of the day was snorkeling. The staff were helpful, great, friendly and we will be back"

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  20. Great Barrier Reef Tour, Reef Experience review by Michael
    5

    "The crew were excellent. Friendly and obliging. The best part of the day was snorkeling. We had a fantastic day!"

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  21. Great Barrier Reef Tour, Reef Experience review by Colt & Rachel
    5

    "The crew were very good; both friendly and helpful! The best part of the day was the intro scuba dive. The staff made things easy and fun! The lunch was also very good, we would definitely recommend this tour to others."

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  22. Great Barrier Reef Tour, Reef Experience review by Chelsea & Brittney
    5

    "The crew were amazing & friendly. The best part of the day was scuba diving!"

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  23. Great Barrier Reef Tour, Reef Experience review by Juan
    5

    "The crew were attentive, approachable, and knowledgeable. The best part of the day was the marine bio tour and the length of time you have to snorkel!"

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  24. Great Barrier Reef Tour, Reef Experience review by Hayley
    5

    “The crew were very helpful and friendly, knowledgeable and professional. The best part of the day was Scuba diving for the first time”

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  25. Great Barrier Reef Tour, Reef Experience review by Sheridan
    5

    The crew were Amazing! So friendly. Had a blast! Scuba diving was the best part of my day. Loved this experience! Thank you!"

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  26. Great Barrier Reef Tour, Reef Experience review by Andreas
    5

    "Crew were excellent, best people, helpful, excellent job, what else?? :) Dive for first time and snorkelling. It's so fantastic! So CONTINUE best crew :D "

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  27. Reef Day Tour review by Jing-Yu Huang
    5

    Scuba!!!! I can't believe that I finished it! It was so fantastic! I really appreciate the crew. This is the most beautiful memories!"

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  28. Reef Day Tour review by Chelsea
    5

    Excellent crew. Harry and Michelle were very knowledgeable and very attentive to their customers on the biology tour/snorkel. There was a crew member with a dark beard who outdid them all though--he was so calm and kind. Amazing work! The first snorkel was the best (cuz it was new--the whole thing was amazing!) The customer service and extremely attentive staff were out of this world. I had two small panic moments and both were immediately noticed and addressed before I could say anything. I felt so safe THANK YOU!

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  29. Great Barrier Reef Tour, Reef Experience review by Jolanta
    5

    "Amazing crew especially Kera for helping me so much in the water. Snorkelling was awesome"

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  30. Great Barrier Reef Tour, Reef Experience review by Patrick
    5

    "Awesome and great, Fan Dabby Dosy. Learning to dive for the first time was the best part of the day"

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  31. Great Barrier Reef Tour, Reef Experience review by Kelly
    5

    "fantastic crew! everyone was calm and low key reassuring and encouraging. They made everything great. I snorkelled in the reef being surrounded by fish. I only see in aquariums".

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  32. Great Barrier Reef Tour, Reef Experience review by Haley
    5

    "very helpful, friendly, knowledgeable and professional crew. I was able to Scuba dive for the first time"

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  33. Great Barrier Reef Tour, Reef Experience review by Joshua
    5

    "Crew were very pleasant! professional. Scuba diving was the best thing. Thank you so much for such a wonderful experience"

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  34. Great Barrier Reef Tour, Reef Experience review by Milly Keid
    5

    "Really friendly crew, always helpful and informative. The snorkelling and glass bottom boat tour were the best part of the day. Thank you for an enjoyable trip"

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  35. Great Barrier Reef Tour, Reef Experience review by Mariah Goecker
    5

    "Friendly crew. Snorkelling the reef! I was the last one out of the water. This is one of the best experiences of my life"

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  36. Reef Day Tour review by Rajiv
    5

    The crew were very helpful, hospitable. Glass bottom boat to reef was the best. All the crew were very caring and considerate, Kera was particularly very caring.

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  37. Reef Day Tour review by Sam
    5

    The crew was excellent. The Introductory dive was the best. Instructor was very patient with everyone. Keep up the great work

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  38. Reef Day Tour review by Lesley & Troy Jennings
    5

    The crew were great and helpful and funny. The scuba diving with Kaz was the best. This was value for money - we wanted something that included scuba diving at no additional charge.

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  39. Reef Day Tour review by Carol Atkins
    0

    Had the best day on the reef. Amazing staff, so friendly and helpful.

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  40. Reef Day Tour review by peter jan ekroth
    0

    Awesome staff and a great trip. Couldny have a better day out on the sea. Great wiews and a wonderful day. Thanks to all of you who made my day unbelievable

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  41. Great Barrier Reef Tour, Reef Experience review by Lucy Davies
    0

    I chose Reef Experience because of value – one all inclusive price whilst the other companies visiting the Great Barrier Reef start with a trip price and then add reef levies, bus transfers, diving, wetsuit, glass bottom boat etc and people end up paying a lot more for less. Reef Experience exceeded all my expectations! Everything is provided – even the sunscreen. Reef Experience’s crews’ passion for the reef is by far their best asset. My partner can’t swim well and the crew got in the water and assisted him see the Great Barrier Reef. The marine biologist was knowledgeable and my highlight was giving scuba diving a try! I would recommend this tour! Lucy, England.

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  42. Great Barrier Reef Tour, Reef Experience review by Kelly Harris
    5

    Best reef cruise in Cairns!!! Lovely staff, great food, and no hidden costs. I wasn't sure about a scuba dive but after all the information given by the staff they got me so excited. As it is all inclusive I was able to give it a shot and I loved it!!

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  43. Great Barrier Reef Tour, Reef Experience review by Fleycheryl
    5

    Staff were very attentive to the need for medication given the ride out to the reef was predicted to be rough. I took advice to take meds the night before and in the morning and was blissfully able to enjoy. Those who were ill were so well looked after that they were able to recover and enjoy the dives. The lunch was great - and nice to have us vegetarians catered for - they kept it separate so food wasn't stolen by those hungry meat eaters. I was very appreciated by all of this. Best reef experience ever!!

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