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Passions Of Paradise

The Passions of Paradise boat Cairns Australia

Two Outer Reef Sites Cruising + Sailing!

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Passions Of Paradise

Tour Type: Full Day | Operates: Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays, Mondays | Departs: 8am | Returns: 5pm | Transfers: Yes, extra


Two Outer Reef Sites Cruising + Sailing!

Scuba Diving: Yes, Certified Diving and Introductory Diving, See Price List All Snorkel Gear: Yes, Snorkel, Fins, Mask, Lycra Suit, Pool Noodles & Life Jackets
Meals Buffet Lunch: Yes, Hot and Cold Lunch Glass Bottom Boat: No
Helicopter Flights: No Semi-Submarine Tours: No
Helmet Diving: No Outer Reef: Yes Two Outer Reef Locations

Please note due to COIVD-19 at this point in time Passions Of Paradise will only operate on Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Mondays

Passions of Paradise has a brand new purpose built dive snorkel sailboat (Passions III) built March 2017. Established in 1989 Passions of Paradise are a Queensland and Australian Tourism Award winner (2009) in the category of Adventure Tourism and hold Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation through Ecotourism Australia. This is a locally owned and operated Cairns company, which is committed to providing a quality dive, snorkel and sailing experience to the Great Barrier Reef.

Guests travel to two amazing Great Barrier Reef destinations. Locations are chosen each day from a selection of over 24 moorings on the outer Great Barrier Reef some of which include Hastings reef (1770, Coral Gardens, Turtle Bommie, Stepping Stones), Norman reef, Paradise reef, Long bommie, Milne reef, Moore reef and much more! Each day Passions of Paradise will tailor the day’s itinerary to the weather conditions all on a brand new custom-designed 25m sailing catamaran.

All reef sites visited are open water reefs, with coral gardens rising from the ocean floor to just meters beneath the surface. Water entry is by stairs from the back deck of the boat. For more experienced divers, Passions have a dedicated dive tender to allow access to deeper waters. Reef locations offer a selection of drift dives, wall dives and swim throughs with the added bonus of complimentary dive guides available each day.

The Passions vessel is one of the largest commercial sailing catamarans in Australia and was purpose built to provide a fast (top speed of 16 knots), comfortable ride to the Great Barrier Reef. It has an air-conditioned interior saloon and exterior sun decks. Activities available include snorkeling, introductory and certified scuba diving (more information on these activities in the tabs below), glass bottom boat tours, swimming and sunbathing. A free 10-minute scuba diving demonstration is included in the price, as is a guided snorkel tour, all snorkeling equipment, morning and afternoon tea. Lunch is a tropical buffet of hot and cold dishes including prawns and fresh fruit. Vegetarians are catered for daily and allergies can be catered for on request. Glass bottom boat tours are available as an optional extra.


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Cruise + Snorkelling (Adult)Snorkel-$175.00$10.00$185.00
Cruise + Snorkelling (Child)Snorkel-$110.00$10.00$120.00
Cruise + Snorkelling (Family)Snorkel-$479.00$40.00$519.00
Cruise + Introductory Dive (1 Dive)Introductory Dive1$220.00$10.00$230.00
Cruise + Certified Dive (1 Dive)Certified Dive1$220.00$10.00$230.00


Check in is at the Reef Fleet Terminal at Marlin Marina, at around 7.00 am for an 8:00 am departure. Once onboard, morning tea is served including tea, coffee, and fresh muffins, as you set sail for your day of adventure on the high seas. Pending weather conditions, Passions of Paradise hold exclusive reef permits. Locations are chosen each day from a selection of over 24 moorings on the outer Great Barrier Reef, some of which include Hastings Reef (1770, Coral Gardens, Turtle Bommie, Stepping stones), Norman Reef, Paradise Reef, Long Bommie, Milne and Moore Reefs.

Snorkeling and scuba diving is available at both locations. The chef prepared hot and cold buffet lunch is served around 12:00 pm. Moving to the second site in the afternoon, guests have more time to enjoy in-water activities before Passions of Paradise calls all of its guests back on board for a final head count and prepares for its homeward journey, departing around 2.30 pm. On the trip home, Passions of Paradise provides a marine biologist presentation inside and serves a delicious cheese and fruit platter. You will arrive back into Cairns around 5:00 pm.



Passions of Paradise offers the choice between one (1) or two (2) scuba dives per day: all dives are guided by professional dive guides and all equipment is included in the dive price. There is also the option to try introductory diving (no experience necessary).

Remember to try any form of scuba diving you must be medically fit with no asthma and not be taking any prescription medication.

INTRODUCTORY DIVES: No experience necessary. Passions offer a “try before you dive” package, where you can participate in the briefings and try the equipment in the water: if you are not comfortable / enjoying the experience after a few minutes, you can end the introductory dive with no charge. A maximum of four students per instructor, diving in shallow, sheltered waters.

CERTIFIED DIVING: All certified diving on Passions of Paradise is guided: choose one or two guided dives. The first dive is at around 10.30 am the second dive just after 1:00 pm. Maximum dive depth is 18m. Diving experiences available include drift dives from the dedicated dive tender, wall dives, and swim throughs. Passions of Paradise hold exclusive reef permits. Locations are chosen each day from a selection of over 24 moorings on the outer Great Barrier Reef, some of which include Hastings Reef (1770, Coral Gardens, Turtle Bommie, Stepping stones), Norman Reef Paradise Reef, Long Bommie, Milne Reef, Moore

Paradise Reef is a hard coral reef with depths of up to 25m, excellent visibility and diverse marine life. Dive this nature’s paradise without the crowds. Norman reef has a large array of dive moorings from shallow coral gardens to deep walls and giant stepping stones that can be seen from the boat.

You will be required to show your Divers License i.e. (PADI, SSI, CMAS) and complete dive medical paperwork onboard, prior to diving. All equipment is included in the certified and introductory scuba diving price.


Passions of Paradise visits two open water reef locations every day. Snorkeling can be completed at both destinations and is suitable for anyone who can swim and is comfortable in the water. Free flotation vests are available. Snorkelling equipment (masks and fins) is provided and there is free snorkelling tuition for those new to the activity. In addition, there is a free guided snorkel tour. Lycra suits and wet suits are available for hire and are recommended during the summer months. Snorkelers may also enjoy the marine biologist guided, glass bottom boat tour (optional extra). The outer reef is the perfect place to snorkel, you’ll enjoy beautiful shallow coral gardens with many species of soft and hard corals. You can also find many different marine animals like giant clams, anemonefish, mauri wrasse, sea sponges, turtles, stingrays, starfish, schooling trevally, coral trout, puffer fish, moray eels and much more. Access to the water is from steps at the rear of the boat.

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Cairns Dive Adventures Trip Reviews

Passions of Paradise – Winter Review

Passions of Paradise delivers an amazing day tour to Cairns’ Great Barrier Reef, combining Outer Reef with Michaelmas Cay. This diversification in experience allows guests of all swimming, snorkeling and diving abilities to enjoy the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The crew is very friendly, committed to ensuring each and every guest...

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Passions of Paradise – December Diving Review

December in Cairns can be hot and stormy, but out on the Great Barrier Reef with Passions of Paradise, its picture perfect with excellent visibility, friendly crew and experienced dive masters. A great day out – enjoyed by all on board.

Introductory diving on the Great Barrier Reef with Passions of Paradise sail trip

Passions of Paradise – Introductory Diving Review

As soon as I hit the water and started breathing underwater I knew this was one of the most exiting experiences of my life, the world around you changes into a silent sea of bubbles, you feel like you have been detached from the world above. Breathing was actually easier in scuba gear than snorkelling....

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Tour Notes:

Inclusions: Two fantastic locations, Hot & cold buffet lunch, Morning & afternoon tea, Snorkelling equipment, Dive Guide, Highest quality scuba equipment, A personalised experience on a fun boat with great staff

Extras (Pay Later): The $15.00 Reef Levy is payable at the time of check-in. Second dives must also be arranged & paid for onboard. Glass bottom boat tour can be arranged on board for extra $20.00 per person. Prescription Mask can also be rented for extra $10.00 per person.

Additional Extras: If Return Coach Transfer required $18.00 per person from Cairns & $25.00 per person from the Northern Beaches is payable on the day of travel.

Please Note: To try any form of Scuba Diving you must be medically fit with no asthma and not be taking any prescription medication. Also, PADI recommends you must allow 24 hours after diving before flying in an airplane.



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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 6:00pm.