Cairns Reef Information, learn how to choose a Great Barrier Reef dive & Snorkel Cruise from Cairns with the detailed explanation below.
If you would like to visit the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns the best reef info tips we can give you is to book onto one of the outer reef dive & snorkel boats. Why? the day boats and pontoons for that matter travel much further offshore to what is known as the outer reef systems. This is where you find the bright colorful soft and hard coral reef systems.
Outer Reef Pontoon
Dive with Turtles
The other option is if you are not really good at swimming, perhaps you have young children or elderly family members in your group please choose a floating pontoon.
The three floating pontoons from Cairns are Sunlover Reef Cruises, Great Adventures Green Island & Outer Barrier Reef Pontoon, and Reef Magic Cruises.
Pontoons offer fantastic value for money when you look at all the inclusions offered. For example, you get to enjoy all the snorkeling equipment, hot cooked buffet lunch, semi-submarines, glass-bottom boats, and underwater observatories.
All of these activities allow you to get up close and view the reef without getting wet in the water.
A quick side note is the beautiful islands of Green Island, Fitzroy Island, Frankland Islands, and Low Isles but please keep in mind there is not a lot of coral located around the islands.
The Islands do offer a wonderful day at the beach with crystal clear water and sometimes you can find sea turtles but in general, they are not the best location for seeing large coral reefs with bright beautiful colors, for this you really do need to travel much further offshore to the large coral gardens, this is the true Great Barrier Reef experience.
Cairns Reef Info Tours:
Great day tour for people of all ages. Visit Outer Reef Pontoon at Moore Reef, with lots of inclusions: snorkelling, glass bottom boat and semi-sub tours, underwater observatory and more.
Only Cairns Great Barrier Reef day tour to visit 3 different reef sites in one day! Part of the Quicksilver Cruises fleet. Comfortable, high speed catamaran. Up to 5 hours at the reef.
Up to 5 hours at the reef. Outer Great Barrier Reef pontoon with fabulous coral gardens. Meet Wally! Lots of inclusions: snorkelling, glass bottom boat, semi-sub, underwater observatory and more.
Cairns’ only fully inclusive day tour, including: city transfers, trip to Great Barrier Reef, 6 hours on reef, 2 reef locations, meals, free scuba dive, marine biologist presentation & equipment.
Swim with Turtles
Find Nemo Diving
We have created a video below to try answer the most common questions we receive from travellers wanting to find out how to choose a Great Barrier Reef dive snorkel tour Cairns.
The Great Barrier Reef is home to so many species of soft and hard corals. You can expect to find Nemo (Anemonefish), glassfish, cuttlefish, moray eels, sea turtles, white tip and blacktip reef sharks, and many more.
Visit Nemo at Home
Sail to Green Island
Cairns Reef Boats
Passions of Paradise
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FREE UNDERWATER CAMERA HIRE*
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.
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.