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Sail to Uplulo Cay with Reef Day Tripper

Small Personalised Day Trip to the Reef with Maximum Passanger Numbers Capped at 20 People!

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Tour Type: Full Day | Operates: Daily | Departs: 7:45am | Returns: 4:45pm | Transfers: No


Small Personalised Day Trip to the Reef with Maximum Passanger Numbers Capped at 20 People!

Scuba Diving: Yes, Optional Extra See Price List All Snorkel Gear: Yes, Snorkel, Fins, Mask and Life Jackets
Meals: Hot and Cold Lunch First Time Introductory Diving: Yes, Optional Extra See Price List
Helicopter Flights: No Semi-Submarines: No
Helmet Diving: No Reef Sites: Yes Two Sites

Reef Daytripper limits its daily guest numbers to just 20 people, making this one of the smallest and most intimate scuba diving day tours operating from Cairns. Enjoy morning tea and coffee as you make your way to our private moorings at your Great Barrier Reef destination, Upolu Cay. Although your certified dive is in addition to the standard ticket price, this is not unusual with Cairns dive day tour boats. Introductory and safety briefings are provided on board, before you arrive at nature’s playground on the Great Barrier Reef. You have just under four hours to enjoy and explore the coral gardens of the Cay, so pace yourself to maximise your day.

Highlights & Inclusions

  • 1st Certified Scuba Dive $65 on top of ticket price
  • Must complete a dive medical on board
  • Just under 4 hours at the reef
  • Upolu Cay dive destination
  • Guided dive tours
  • Small numbers: 20 guests per trip
  • Informative reef introduction & presentation
  • Tropical buffet lunch

Reef Daytripper provides scuba diving day tours to Upolu Cay on the Great Barrier Reef daily. Taking just a maximum of 20 guests per trip, Reef Daytripper provides the experience and service you would normally only enjoy on a private sailing yacht and enjoys private moorings at Upolu Cay. On your morning journey, enjoy tea and coffee as the friendly crew provides reef interpretation and safety briefings. On arrival, choose between diving, snorkeling or swimming. Upolu Cay is surrounded by shallow, protected, crystal clear waters and the experienced Reef Daytripper crew will show you their private dive and snorkel locations. During the day, you will have two sites to explore and just under four hours at the Great Barrier Reef. Onboard, you can choose to relax in the shaded bow nets of the boat or help out with hands-on sailing in the afternoon. All equipment, reef education, and a guided tour is included in the ticket price, as is a tropical buffet lunch, wine, cheese and fruit platter. Please note, vegetarians can be catered for but this must be pre-booked, so please let them know at the time of booking. Cheese, biscuits and fruit platters are served during the homeward journey.


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Adult (Snorkel)Snorkel-$134.00$15.00$149.00
Child (Snorkel)Snorkel-$95.00$15.00$110.00
Family (Snorkel)Snorkel-$405.00$15.00$465.00
Adult (1-Certified Dives)Certified Dive1$199.00$15.00$214.00
Adult (1-Introductory Dive)Introductory Dive1$204.00$15.00$219.00


Check-in is directly on the boat which is located at D-Finger Marlina Marina. The check-in time is 7:30 am for a 7:45 am departure. The boat returns to the Marina at approximately 4:45 pm.

Enjoy a relaxed sailing journey to the reef with a small personalized crew and low passenger numbers. (Maximum passengers 20 people!). Morning tea and coffee is served on the boat with the vessel traveling for just over 1.5 hours to arrive at the beautiful Upolo reef.

Enjoy unlimited snorkeling or just relaxing and sunbathing on the deck. Lunch is served around 12 noon it is delicious tropical buffet-style lunch with a complimentary fruit platter.

With 4 hours relaxing, snorkeling, and or scuba diving (optional extra) it is time to return back to Cairns. On the return journey back to Cairns Marlin Marina enjoy a selection of cheese and crackers with a glass of wine!





Reef Day Tripper is perfect for couples or people who really want to get away from the crowds. Certified divers (Those with a PADI Open Water Diver License) can book the optional extra 1 x, Certified Dive. All dive gear and dive guides are included. One of the best things about this day boat is the dives have no time limit! Divers can take all the time they need to acclimatize to the conditions and really soak up there time diving the Great Barrier Reef!

Introductory first-time scuba diving is also available on this small personalized boat. All dive gear, dive guide, and onsite training are provided. If you ever wanted to try scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, a first-time introductory dive is a great way to experience this activity. Please note some medical conditions may prevent you from diving.

Please note everyone must be medically fit with no asthma and not be taking any prescription medication to try diving. PADI recommends allowing up to 24 hours after diving before flying in an airplane. You will be required to fill out a dive medical questionnaire on the day of your tour.


With small passenger numbers a wonderful sailing journey out to Upolo reef. Reef Day Tripper offers a relaxed low-stress day of easy snorkeling from the back of the boat. All snorkel gear is provided and it is very easy to get in and out of the water from the back of the boat.

With a small friendly crew, no questions go unanswered. The staff will jump in the water with you and show you their favorite reef patches. Take your time there is no rush on this tour.

With 4 hours at the reef the boat will try to visit two reefs sites on the day, pending weather and other safety factors. All snorkel gear is included but lycra suits and wetsuits are at additional cost to hire if you wish to wear one.

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Tour Notes:

Please Note: Remember to try any form os scuba diving everyone must be medically fit with no asthma and not be taking any prescription medication. PADI recommends allowing up to 24 hours after diving before flying in an airplane.

Inclusions: Return cruise from Cairns Marlin Marina, Morning & afternoon teas, Tropical lunch, All snorkeling equipment, Snorkel tour with a Reef Guide, Small groups, personalized service, unlimited dive time with a low carbon footprint.

Certified Divers: If you book this option it includes full dive gear like a snorkel, fins, mask, wetsuit, BCD, Regs, Dive Computer and all dives are guided by professional dive instructors.

Extras (Pay Later): The $15.00 (In the table above) reef tax per person is payable at the time of check-in (Includes Environment Management Charge + Administration Fee).



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.

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.