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Easter 2016 Cairns Great Barrier Reef

Created by Richard under Cairns Diving News on Tuesday 23rd of February 2016 Cairns-Great-Barrier-Reef-Easter-2016

EASTER UPDATE: As predicted in the below news story, many of Cairns Great Barrier Reef tour boats have already sold out over the Easter long weekend. There are limited places still available. Don’t miss out. Contact us today to reserve your place on +61 7 4041 1638 or

Easter 2016 on Cairns Great Barrier Reef will be amazing! Why? There’s so much to see and do. The heat from summer has left the air but the waters are still a warm 26 to 28 degrees Celsius, making it the perfect time to explore the reef, whether you are a diver, snorkeler or avid adventurer. Top tip, Easter is a very busy time of year in Cairns and many of the Great Barrier Reef day tour and liveaboard boats fill up and sell out well ahead of time. To ensure you get a place on the boat and trip, that best suits your needs, budget and itinerary, we strongly suggest booking in advance to avoid disappointment.

What is the best trip for you? We’ve hand-picked some favourites below, but for advice tailored to your specific needs and group, contact us directly on phone +61 7 4041 1638 or

When is Easter 2016 in Cairns and on the Great Barrier Reef

The 2016 Easter dates are as follows. Good Friday 25 March | Easter Saturday 26 March | Easter Sunday 27 March | Easter Monday 28 March 2016. Many of these dates are official public holidays around Australia.

Cairns Easter Great Barrier Reef Trips

Please note that as Cairns is a tourist hub, attracting visitors from around the world keen to explore the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, you will find all hotels and reef boats will operate throughout the entire Easter weekend and period. Indeed, as above, this is a busy time in Cairns so it’s a great idea to book ahead to reserve your place on the boat / reef trip of your choice.

Family Easter Reef Trips Cairns

Reef Magic Cruises provide a great day out for families wanting to spend Easter on the Great Barrier Reef. Their spacious, air-conditioned catamaran provides daily transfers to and from Cairns’ Marlin Marina to their Outer Great Barrier Reef pontoon. The pontoon offers guests a range of activities, which are all included in the day tour price, such as semi-submersible tours, glass bottom boat tours, an underwater observatory, fish feeding and self-guided snorkeling. The tour price includes morning and afternoon tea, as well as a hot and cold buffet lunch. Optional extras include introductory and certified diving, helmet diving and guided snorkel tours. This tour suits families of all ages and experience levels. For more information, visit the tour listing on this site or phone +61 7 4041 1638 or email

Easter Snorkel Trips Cairns

All of Cairns’ reef snorkel trips will be operational over the Easter 2016 period. Day tour boats visit a range of destinations, including tropical islands, sand cays and the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Snorkeling equipment and tuition is included in all of the reef day tour prices. For advice on the best snorkel reef trip to suit your experience, interest and budget, contact us today on phone +61 7 4041 1638 or email

Easter Dive Trips Cairns

Want to go diving on Cairns Great Barrier Reef this Easter? Great idea! The water is warm and there’s an abundance of marine life to see, for more information visit our Diving Conditions report. Cairns dive trips operate throughout the Easter period and you can choose a day tour or liveaboard option. For advice on the best dive trip to suit your experience, interest and budget, contact us today on phone +61 7 4041 1638 or email

Cairns Easter Lunch Cruise

Cairns Easter lunch cruises are being provided by Spirit of Cairns, on Sunday 27 March 2016. This cruise does not visit the Great Barrier Reef, but does provide a leisurely 2.5-hour cruise from Cairns Marlin Marina, through Trinity Inlet and across the Cairns waterfront precinct. The Spirit of Cairns Easter lunch cruise will depart Cairns at 12pm and return at 2.30pm. A hot and cold buffet lunch is included in the price. For more information or bookings, contact us today on phone +61 7 4041 1638 or email

Easter Weather in Cairns and on the Great Barrier Reef

The Easter weather looks great for diving and snorkelling on Cairns Great Barrier Reef. The air and sea temperatures are still warm and there are some passing showers to cool things down. Day time temperatures will vary between 31 – 33, while the ocean is around 28 degrees. Underwater visibility will vary, pending your reef site and location, but should be between 15 – 18 metres.

Photo is courtesy of Cairns’ best underwater photography team at Calypso Reef Imagery. Calypso provide underwater photography services on a range of Cairns Great Barrier Reef day tour boats; their amazing photographs provide the perfect souvenir of your Easter visit to the Great Barrier Reef. Calypso also hire underwater cameras from their store at Cairns’ Reef Fleet Terminal.

For more information on any of the above, please don’t hesitate to contact us +61 7 4041 1638 or email Otherwise, we hope this information was helpful and wish you all the very best for a wonderful and safe Easter 2016 in Cairns and on the Great Barrier Reef.

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