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Reef Experience

Full Day | Operates: Daily | Departs: 7.30am | Transfers available: Yes, included for Cairns city (outer city & beaches are extra)

Reef Experience provides one of the only fully inclusive Cairns Great Barrier Reef day tours. Australian owned and family operated, this is promoted as being the ‘best value guaranteed’ day tour. We will leave that to you to decide, but there are a lot of inclusions in the ticket price, such as: hotel transfers from Cairns; up to 6 hours on the reef at 2 unique destinations; free certified scuba dive, or introductory dive; all equipment and lycra / wet suits; marine biologist reef presentation; all meals including a BBQ breakfast; and much, much more.

Reef Experience is licensed to visit four reef locations, including Breaking Patches and Hastings, Norman and Saxon Reefs. The crew will pick the best two on the day, to suit the conditions and maximise your experience.

The Reef Experience day tour boat has large indoor and outdoor areas, providing guests with the choice of air-conditioned comfort or exterior sun decks with comfortable sun lounges. This high speed catamaran joined the Cairns day tour reef fleet in 2008 and offers guests the chance to snorkel or scuba dive (for more information on these activities, please see below tabs) on the Great Barrier Reef.

The licensed on-board bar sells drinks and snacks throughout the day and guest amenities include separate dive and snorkel platforms, toilets and a baby change room. Glass bottom boat tours are provided, weather permitting.

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Fully inclusive Great Barrier Reef day tours with Reef Experience

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Rate Option # Dives Price Pay Later Total Price
Snorkelling (Adult) - Includes a Cert or Intro Dive Snorkeling 1 $185.00 - $185.00
Snorkelling (Child) Snorkeling - $110.00 - $110.00
Snorkelling (Family) Snorkeling 2 $480.00 - $480.00
Cert Diving (2 Dives) Certified Diving 2 $230.00 - $230.00
Introductory Diving (2 Dives) Introductory Diving 2 $240.00 - $240.00

Inclusions: 6 hours on the Great Barrier Reef at 2 outer reef locations, Guided Snorkel & Introductory or Certified Dive, Glass bottom boat tour & commentary, Guided Snorkel, Westsuit Hire, Boomnetting, High quality Snorkel and Dive equipments, Tropical breakfast & Smorgasbord lunch, Morning tea & coffee, Wine & cheese platter on return, Cairns City bus transfers.

Extras: Return transfers from Outer City & Northern Beaches accommodation $20 per person payable on the day of travel.

Prices are shown in Australian dollars and include GST. Prices subject to change without notice.

Board Reef Experience at Cairns’ Marlin Marina at 7.30am and enjoy a BBQ breakfast, cooked as you head out into the glittering waters of the Coral Sea to begin your day. At 9.30am the information and safety part of your day begins with a reef video presentation and safety orientation, as well as snorkel and dive briefings. Arriving at your first reef destination at 10.30am you have plenty of time to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef before lunch. Choose between snorkelling, swimming or your free scuba dive, before enjoying the glass bottom boat tour at 1.45pm. Lunch is a BBQ style lunch, serving chicken,steak, sausages and noodles or rice, 5 different salads and bread. (The menu varies), It is served as you move to your second reef destination, which is usually Breaking Patches, the breeding ground of Tina the Turtle and her family. It’s also renowned for forest staghorn coral, large sea fans and black coral trees.

Reef Experience cruises back to Cairns at dolphin speed, so keep an eye out, as they often join in riding the surf. Complimentary wine, cheese and tropical fruit is served during your return journey, which will see you arriving into Cairns around 4.30pm.

Reef Experience includes one (1) scuba dive in their standard tour price, with the option to book a second dive if you wish. Scuba diving is offered to certified divers and those wanting to try an introductory dive, with no previous experience necessary.

INTRODUCTORY DIVES: One (1) introductory or resort dive is offered to all guests who want to try scuba diving for the first time. No previous experience is necessary and all equipment and training is included in the ticket price. The minimum age to participate is 12 years old and all introductory dives are guided by professional dive crew. Second dives are available at additional cost.

CERTIFIED DIVING: One (1) unguided certified dive (including equipment and dive site briefing) is included in the standard Reef Experience ticket price. Guided dives are available at an extra cost of $10 per diver. All certified divers can choose to upgrade to a second dive (guided or unguided) at a second reef location: this is charged in addition to the standard ticket price. There is no solo diving and you can dive unguided with your buddy, or if travelling alone, will be paired up with another diver onboard. You will be required to show your dive license and preferably your log book. Medical paperwork will need to be completed on the boat.

Reef Experience offers unlimited snorkelling at two different reef locations. All equipment, including lycra or wet suits, is included in the ticket price. To those new to the activity, snorkelling tuition is provided onboard. Water entry is via submerged stairs and platform and the reef is a short swim from Reef Experience. Snorkel guides are available during the day for your in-water comfort (free of charge), or book a guided marine biology snorkel tour, to learn more about the reef environment, at extra cost. Floatation devices are provided to all snorkelers free of charge. This day tour is recommended to people who are comfortable swimming in the open ocean.

REEF EXPERIENCE – DIVE & SNORKEL REVIEW - Reviewed by Julie on the Friday 1st of November 2013

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This is a great value for money trip that is suitable for snorkelers and divers. The complimentary introductory dive (no experience needed) lasts 20-minutes while certified divers will enjoy the one (1) free cert dive, which is guided or unguided, with the option to book a second dive to maximise their experience. The BBQ breakfast and lunch is a nice touch, as is the complimentary cold drink (wine or fruit juice) at the end of the day. The reef sites were first class and the crew friendly and professional. A great day out from Cairns.... read full review



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