What’s better – paid for snorkel tours or snorkelling from the beach?

This is a tricky one and it all depends. Snorkel tours are definitely worth it! You will see the best corals on the offshore reefs, which are accessed on paid for snorkel tours. The downside, these must be booked in advance and operate at preset times throughout the day. Snorkelling from the beach, under the jetty, is good for marine life but there is not as much coral. On the upside, you can do this at any time during the day. If this was your only time / chance to snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef, then we strongly suggest taking a paid for snorkel tour.



An avid scuba diver based in Cairns Australia. Enjoys liveaboards and day boat diving from both Cairns and Port Douglas.
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Cairns Underwater Camera Hire Service

Spend over $550.00 AUD on your Great Barrier Reef tour with us and receive the latest Digital Underwater Camera Hire. Take amazing High-Resolution images and 1080 HD Video. Only when you book online thru our website. 

Not available for any tours to the Islands as fine white sand damages the seals on the cameras and makes them leak!

You need to come into our shop located on the Cairns Esplanade the day before departure to pick up the camera before 5:30 pm. You also need to supply your own SD Camera Card and drop the camera off back at our shop before 5:30pm.


Please Remember there is no other way to collect our cameras! All passengers must come into our shop the day before departure day before 5:30 pm.