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Ribbon Reef Explorer – CANCELLED

Please note that Ribbon Reef Explorer ceased operations as of 25 December 2015. Ribbon Reef trips can still be booked on Spirit of Freedom and Mike Ball Dive Expeditions. Contact us for more info.


Skedaddle provide Cairns half day snorkel tours to the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy 2 hours snorkelling time on the reef, with all equipment and guides included. Great value.

Cairns Half Day Snorkel Tours
Fitzroy Island Ferries

Fitzroy Island Resort Ferries have convenient departure and return times from Cairns to Fitzroy Island, making this great for a full day tour of the Island. Depart Cairns 8:00am, 11:00am and 1:30pm.

Cairns Whale Watching Tours

Cairns Whale Watching Tours operate seasonally, between July and September. These half day tours depart at 9.30am and return at 1pm. Up to 99% success rate at seeing whales. If unlucky, can go for free on next available tour.

Great Adventures: Green Island – Half Day

There are three (3) departure and return times for the half day tours, which means this trip can be accommodated into most itineraries.

Great Adventures: Green Island – Full Day

Great Adventures offer two departure (8.30am - 10.30am) and return times (2.30pm - 4.30pm) for their full day tours. Flexible option, suitable for families.

Big Cat Green Island – Half Day

Half day tours from Cairns to Green Island. Morning (9am) and afternoon (12.45pm) departures. Up to 2 hours to explore Green Island. Rainforest walks, swimming and snorkelling from the beach.

Green Island
Fitzroy Island & Sea Kayaking – Cancelled

The only Cairns Great Barrier Reef day tour that includes sea kayaking. Fitzroy Island day tour. Up to 7 hours on the island, including 3-hour guided sea kayaking tour (no experience necessary).

Sea Kayaking - Fitzroy Island
Frankland Islands

This dive and snorkel reef day tour departs from Deeral, which is 40-minutes south of Cairns, and visits the Frankland Islands group which is surrounded by fringing reefs.

The Frankland Islands Group of Islands.
Coral Spawning Night Trip – Tusa Dive

Coral spawning only happens over a few short days each year. Usually in November and December of each year. If you are coming to Cairns in these months check with us regarding when Coral Spawning is planned to happen.

Big Cat Green Island – Full Day

Green Island day tours run by a locally owned and operated company. Departs at 9am and returns at 5pm. Plenty of time to explore Green Island's rainforest, sandy beaches and fringing reefs. Great value.

Big Cat Green Island Cruises
Deep Sea Divers Den: Sea Quest

Value for money Great Barrier Reef day tour. Visits 2 reef sites. Perfect for snorkellers, certified divers and those wanting to try an introductory dive. Buffet lunch included.

Down Under Dive: Evolution

Well priced Great Barrier Reef day tour, including BBQ lunch. 5 hours on the reef at 2 reef sites. Free guided snorkelling tours, introductory and certified diving. Brand new boat (December 2015).

Down Under Dive Evolution
Passions Of Paradise

Australian Tourism Award Winner. Daily dive / snorkel trips to Paradise Reef on 25m brand new sailing catamaran. Free scuba demonstration & guided snorkel tour. Hot / cold buffet lunch.

The Passions of Paradise boat Cairns Australia
Deep Sea Divers Den: Reef Quest

Value for money Great Barrier Reef day tour. Visits 2 reef sites. Perfect for snorkellers, certified divers and those wanting to try an introductory dive. Buffet lunch included. New boat (Dec 2015).

Low Isles Wavedancer

Low Isles is an unspoilt coral cay, which is just a one hour sail from Port Douglas. A great day tour for families and non-swimmers. Not suitable for scuba divers.

Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel Cruises

Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel offers a great value for money option for people to join a large stable boat that spends 5 hours at a beautiful reef location. Free guided snorkel tour, glass bottom boat tour and marine presentation.

Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel Boat at the Great Barrier Reef.
Ocean Free Sailing Reef Cruise

Unique Cairns to Green Island sailing day tour. Max number of guests = 35. Snorkelling & diving plus time on Green Island. Buffet lunch + morning and afternoon tea included. Friendly crew.

Scuba diving Green Island
Seastar Cruises

Seastar provides daily dive and snorkel tours to Michaelmas Cay and Hastings Reef. Up to 5 hours at the reef and 2 guided snorkel tours included.

Reef Experience

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.

Fully inclusive Great Barrier Reef day tours with Reef Experience
Sunlover Cruises

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.

Lady enjoying the water-slide at Moore Reef.
Tusa Dive T6

Tusa Dive provide quality Great Barrier Reef snorkel / dive day tours on one of Cairns' newest reef day boats, T6. Up to 5 hours on the reef, visiting 2 locations. Great service - all meals included.

Tusa at the Reef
Ocean Freedom

Locally owned & operated. 5 star service. Up to 6 hours snorkel / dive time at 2 Great Barrier Reef locations. Best reef tour lunch in town. Friendly crew, glass bottom boat tour & much more.

Ocean Freedom the quickest Great Barrier Reef day tour dive in Cairns
Silverswift Dive & Snorkel

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.

Silverswift At The Reef
Ocean Spirit Cruises – Michaelmas Cay

Ocean Spirit Cruises provide a luxury sailing catamaran to Michaelmas Cay. This trip is suited to swimmers, snorkelers and families. Often Sea Turtles are seen from the beach. All meals included.

M.V. Reef Kist – Cairns Dive Centre (Island Diver)

Great value one of Cairns cheapest day boats to the Great Barrier Reef. Full day snorkeling visiting 2 x Reef Locations. Includes lunch and all snorkel gear.

Cairns Dive Centre
Quicksilver Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruises

The Ultimate Great Barrier Reef Cruise - Quicksilver Cruises provides the only Port Douglas Great Barrier Reef pontoon tour, departing Marina Mirage daily. Can snorkel and dive, Semi-Submarines & Underwater Observatory.

Poseidon Snorkel and Dive

Poseidon provides daily tours from Port Douglas to the Agincourt Ribbon Reefs, visiting three (3) separate reef sites. Suitable for divers and snorkelers.

Aqua Quest Dive Port Douglas

Aqua Quest provides daily reef tours departing from Port Douglas and visiting Agincourt Reef, St Crispin Reef, and Opal Reef. Nitrox available on board.

Reef Magic – Marine World

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.

Reef Magic Outer Reef Scuba Diving
Great Adventures: Outer Reef

Leaves later than most (10am) and provides up to 3 hours at their outer reef pontoon. Enjoy the sun deck, underwater observatory, semi-submersible and many optional extras.

Great Adventures
Silversonic – Port Douglas

Silversonic provides daily reef tours departing from Port Douglas and visiting the ribbon reefs at Agincourt Reef. 5 hours at reef and up to 3 dives.

Great Adventures: Green Island & Great Barrier Reef

This is the only Cairns day tour to combine time on Green Island with a visit to a Great Barrier Reef pontoon. Best of both worlds. Suitable for snorkellers and divers.

Great Adventures Green Island & Reef Package
Coral Sea Dreaming

Low number, overnight sailing adventures from Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef for divers and snorkelers. Max 12 guests. 3 Crew.

Deep Sea Divers Den – Liveaboard

Liveaboard dive / snorkel trips that depart Cairns daily. Can be booked in 2-3-4 day options. Maximum of 30 overnight guests. Includes all meals and accommodation.

Reef Encounter – Liveaboard Trips

Reef Encounter offers 2-3-4 day trips from Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef. Suitable for snorkelers and divers: options for all budgets and itineraries.

Sunlover Arlington Reef Half Day Tour

Great day tour for people of all ages. Visit Arlington Reef Pontoon see the Outer Great Barrier Reef in half a day. Includes Snorkeling, Underwater Observitory and BBQ Lunch.

Cairns Dive Centre – Liveaboard Trips

Stay at sea. Can be booked as 2-3-4 day Great Barrier Reef trips, including transfers, accommodation, linen, meals and dive / snorkel equipment. Daily departures.

Deep Sea Divers Den: PADI Open Water Dive Course

Become a certified Open Water scuba diver today! Courses start daily and can be booked in a range of options (budget & liveaboard) to suit your itinerary & budget. Min 4 day course.

Sea Quest: 2 Day Open Water Referral

Sea Quest offers a 2 day referral dive course on a comfortable 24-metre catamaran departing Cairns for the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Offering a total of four(4) dives.

Dive Training Onboard
Deep Sea Divers Den: Advanced Open Water Course

Take your scuba diving skills to the next level with an Advanced Open Water Course. Liveaboard trips in 2 day / 1 night and 3 day / 2 night packages, includes most things.

Pro Dive Cairns: PADI Open Water Dive Course

Learn to dive with one of Cairns' most respected PADI Dive Instruction Centres. 4 and 5 day courses, allowing you to tailor your course to suit your budget & itinerary. PADI Open Water Certification.

Newly Certified Divers
Down Under Dive: Advanced Open Water Course

Down Under Cruise & Dive offer a 2-Day PADI Advanced Dive Course. Enjoy two 1-day trips on the reef! Starts Tuesdays and Fridays only! All dives are on the Reef!

Pro Dive – Liveaboard

Watch the sun set and wake up on the Great Barrier Reef on this 3 day / 2 night trip from Cairns. Suitable for divers and snorkellers. Twin share and double cabins. Includes meals and accommodation.

Pro Dive Cairns liveaboard scuba dive vessel - ScubaPro
Pro Dive Cairns: 3 Day 2 Night Ocean Referral

Pro Dive Cairns Ocean Referral Course offers nine (9) dives in total on the Great Barrier Reef. Book today to complete your PADI Gold Open Water Certification.

Newly Certified Divers
Pro Dive: Advanced Open Water

Get your PADI Advanced Open Water Certification on this 3 day / 2 night trip. Must already have Open Water Dive License. Includes accommodation, training, meals and more.

Cairns Dive Centre: Advanced Dive Course

Take it to the next level with a PADI Advance Dive Course. 2-Day/1-Night Course - must have Open Water Certification. Most things included.

SSI Advanced Diver Course on the Great Barrier Reef
Cairns Dive Centre: PADI Open Water Dive Course

Learn to dive in Cairns and get a PADI Open Water Dive License. Courses can be booked in 4-5-6 day options, so you can tailor to suit budget & itinerary.

Lion Fish Fitzroy Island Jetty
Quicksilver Dive – Learn to Dive Port Douglas

Quicksilver Dive are the newest learn to dive company in Port Douglas. A state of the art dive training centre and day boats visiting the Agincourt Ribbon Reefs!

Divers practicing skills in swimming pool.
CAIRNS DIVE CENTRE: Rescue Dive Course

This PADI Rescue Dive Course course is subject to availability and operates on demand. Please contact us for start dates and pricing.

SSI Diver Rescue Course with Cairns Dive Centre
Cairns Dive Centre: 2 or 3 Day PADI Liveaboard Referral Course

Cairns Dive Centre offer PADI Referral Liveaboard courses with either with five (5) or eight (8) dives in total. Book today to become Certified on the Great Barrier Reef.

Diver Training
Spirit of Freedom – Cod Hole Trip

The Cod Hole is a ‘must see’ for any certified diver! Spirit of Freedom offers outstanding customer service on these 4 day / 3 night trips. Departs Monday. Up to 11 dives. Cairns-Lizard Island flight.

Spirit of Freedom at the Cod Hole on the Great Barrier Reef
Mike Ball – Spoilsport: Cod Hole

Visit the world famous Cod Hole, on the Great Barrier Reef's Ribbon Reefs with Mike Ball. 4 day / 3 night trip. Departs Monday. Up to 12 dives. Includes scenic flight Cairns - Lizard Island.

Ocean Quest – Minke Whale Dive Expeditions

Limited Season – Dwarf Minke Whale Trips – June and July 2019. Departs Cairns on a Friday and returns Tuesday. Up to 16 dives on Outer Great Barrier Reef and Ribbon Reefs.

Cairns Minke Whale Dive Trips
Spirit of Freedom – Coral Sea Trip

If you want adventure diving with 1,000m wall drop offs, amazing visibility & more reef sharks than you can poke a stick at, this is the trip for you! 4 day / 4 night. Departs Thursdays. Up to 15 dives.

Cairns best scuba diving trip to the Cold Hole and Ribbon Reefs
Mike Ball – Spoilsport: Coral Sea Dive Expedition

The Coral Sea is a shark lovers paradise! Advanced divers will enjoy 1,000m wall drop offs and amazing visibility on this 4 day / 4 night trip. Departs Thursday. Up to 14 dives. Incl Cairns - Lizard Island flight.

Sharks on the Coral Sea, near the Great Barrier Reef
Mike Ball – Spoilsport: Cod Hole & Coral Sea Trip (7-Nights)

A scuba divers paradise! 7 day / 7 night trip exploring Great Barrier Reef's Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea. Departs Thursday. Up to 26 dives. Advanced certification required.

Grey Whaler Reef Shark
Spirit of Freedom – Cod Hole & Coral Sea Trip

The ultimate liveaboard dive trip from Cairns! 7 day / 7 night adventure includes Great Barrier Reef's Ribbon Reefs (Cod Hole) and Coral Sea (shark diving). Departs Mondays. Up to 26 certified dives.

Scuba Diving with Grey Whaler Sharks in the Coral Sea
Spirit Of Freedom – Far Northern Scuba Diving Expeditions

Spirit of Freedom offer Far Northern Scuba Diving Expeditions into the remote Northern regions of the Great Barrier Reef. 7-Day Liveaboards depart Cairns on Mondays Return on Mondays!

Large ref seafans.

Do you need help choosing?

Can't decide? We have personally been on every Cairns reef and diving trip. We can help you choose the best tour, to suit your experience and budget.

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