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Tusa Dive T6

Tusa at the Reef

Perfect for Experienced Certified Scuba Divers, 2 Reef Sites, Roaming Reef Permit. Guided or Unguided Dives, Perfect for Photographers

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Product Name:

Tusa Dive T6

Tour Type: Full Day | Operates: Daily | Departs: 8:00am | Returns: 4.30pm | Transfers: Yes, Extra Cost


Perfect for Experienced Certified Scuba Divers, 2 Reef Sites, Roaming Reef Permit. Guided or Unguided Dives, Perfect for Photographers

Certified Scuba Diving: Yes, Extra Cost See Price List All Snorkeling Gear: Yes, Snorkel, Fins, Mask & Lycra Suit
Meals Buffet Lunch: Yes, + Morning & Afternoon Tea Guided Dives: Yes, All Dives Are Guided. Self Guided Allowed Too
Hot Showers and Toilets: Yes, Hot Freshwater Showers Introductory Diving: Yes, Extra Cost See Price List
Underwater Photographer Friendly: Yes, Camera Bucket Available Outer Reef: 2 Reef Sites, Roaming Reef Permit

Tusa Dive provides quality day trips on one of Cairns’ newest reef day boats, to guests wanting to snorkel and dive (see tabs below for more information on these activities) the Great Barrier Reef. This trip is recommended to certified scuba divers, adventurous snorkelers and those wanting to try an introductory dive on the Great Barrier Reef. Tusa has a choice of 16 different reef sites they can visit, choosing the best site on the day, to maximise your experience, pending weather and conditions. Reefs you may visit include: Saxon, Hastings, Michaelmas, Thetford, Milln, Flynn and Norman. The Tusa boat, T6, is a sleek, modern catamaran, which was launched in August 2011 and has a maximum speed of 25 knots (cruising sped 21 knots).

This custom-built vessel was designed with passenger comfort and amenities in mind and features include: air-conditioned interiors with lounge style seating, picture windows, flat-screen TVs, exterior sun decks, hot water showers and hydraulically lowered platforms, providing easy access to and from the water. Licensed to carry up to 120 guests, T6 day tour numbers are limited to just 60, ensuring maximum passenger space and comfort. Travel time to and from the reef is around 90-minutes.

Tusa Dive has Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation in recognition of their commitment to protect this amazing environment and pass on this rich heritage to future generations. All standard inclusions are catered for, including morning and afternoon tea and a delicious, healthy buffet lunch. In addition, there is a reef presentation provided during the day and an informative reef compendium available on board.


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Snorkelling (Adult)Snorkel-$220.00-$220.00
Snorkelling (Child)Snorkel-$145.00-$145.00
Snorkelling (Family) 2-Adults + 2-ChildrenSnorkel-$730.00-$730.00
Cert Diving (Adult) (1 Dives Full Dive Gear)Certified Diving1$270.00-$270.00
Cert Diving (Adult) (2 Dives Full Dive Gear)Certified Diving2$300.00-$300.00
Cert Diving (Adult) (3 Dives Full Dive Gear)Certified Diving3$320.00-$320.00
Child - Certified Diving (1 Dives Full Dive Gear)Certified Diving1$195.00-$195.00
Child - Certified Diving (2 Dives Full Dive Gear)Certified Diving2$225.00-$225.00
Child - Certified Diving (3 Dives Full Dive Gear)Certified Diving3$245.00-$245.00
Cert Diving (Adult) (3 Day Package - 9 Dives)Certified Diving9$865.00-$865.00
Introductory Diving (Adult) (1 Dive)Introductory Diving1$290.00-$290.00
Introductory Diving (Adult) (2 Dives)Introductory Diving2$345.00-$345.00
Child - Introductory Diving (1 Dive) Must be 12 Years or OlderIntroductory Diving1$215.00-$215.00


Check-in for Tusa is directly at the boat, which is moored at A-Finger at Cairns’ Marlin Marina, adjacent to the Reef Fleet Terminal. Check-in commences from 7.40am with a scheduled 8am departure time. Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits are served on arrival and detailed (trip, equipment, snorkelling and dive) briefings are provided by the crew, on the way to the reef.

Travel time is approximately 90-minutes and you arrive at your first reef site at around 9.30am. Plenty of time for snorkelling and diving before the lunch buffet is served from 12pm. During lunch, Tusa moves to its second reef location for more in-water activities. T6 departs the reef around 3pm, arriving back into Cairns at 4.30pm.



Diving the reef is our passion, but sharing it is our obsession. Tusa Dive are the diving specialists with more than 20 years experience offering diving day tours to Cairns’ Great Barrier Reef. T6 offer up to three (3) scuba dives per day, at two different reef locations. Suitable for certified scuba divers and those wanting to try an introductory dive (no experience necessary).

Tusa Dive provides their guests with top quality equipment, wetsuits and dive computers. The customer service is second to none, with the crew even helping you to put on and take off your fins, for maximum on-board comfort.

INTRODUCTORY DIVES: No experience necessary. Tusa Dive offers you the chance to complete a PADI Discover Scuba Course, with all tuition and equipment included in the introductory dive price. You must be at least 12 years of age to participate in this and detailed safety and procedure briefings are provided. Maximum dive depth is 10m and there is a ratio of four introductory divers per dive instructor. These guided dives are a great introduction to the Great Barrier Reef.

CERTIFIED DIVING: Tusa Dive provides complete tour flexibility, with a range of certified diving packages. Choose between one, two and three certified dives with full equipment hire and dive computer, or just tanks and weights. Divers can choose between guided (extra cost) and unguided diving. Guided dives are charged at $10 per person, per dive (in addition to the dive tour price). Guided dives are great for a first time visit to the Great Barrier Reef and the maximum dive depth will be 18m. Unguided divers must go with a buddy (bring your own or get matched up with someone on the boat) and will receive equipment and dive site briefings on the boat. Water entry is via the lowered in-water platform on the back deck, for maximum diver comfort. You will be required to show your Divers License and complete Dive Medical paperwork on board, prior to diving. Using the standard itinerary timings, your first dive will be around 10am, the second dive at 11.30am and the final dive around 1.30pm.


All of the Tusa Dive reef sites are open water sites, which means they are coral reefs located in the ocean (with no nearby islands, pontoons or sand cays). The reefs rise from the ocean floor to plateau just metres from the surface, making them excellent for snorkelling, especially for those that are confident / comfortable swimmers. All snorkelers are provided with ‘diver’ quality masks, snorkels, booties and fins, as well as a choice of lycra or wet suits (pending the season). Flotation devices are also provided free of charge. Each Tusa Dive day tour includes a thorough safety and environmental briefing before you enter the water and a guided snorkel tour with a professional dive master. Access to and from the water is from a submerged platform at the rear of the boat.

Customer Reviews:

Customer Tour Reviews & Feedback

Customer reviews are written by our customers using our 1 x FREE Digital Underwater Camer Hire Service.

Lifetime Dream Fulfilled!!!
By: Nikki Reid
Staff Service - 5 out of 5
Reef Quality - 4 out of 5
Vaue For Money - 5 out of 5
Overall Rating - 5 out of 5

Travelled on: 10/09/2017

I have dreamed of diving the reef for over 20 years now. I wanted to plan my trip before I left and have everything booked in so I could relax when I got to cairns. Clint was so helpful in organising the best trip for me. He was informative, friendly and really professional. I went out on the Tusa T6 for two full days of…

TUSA Dive Awesome day on the Reef!
By: Wesley M Lee TUSA Dive Boat Cairns Australia
Staff Service - 5 out of 5
Reef Quality - 5 out of 5
Vaue For Money - 5 out of 5
Overall Rating - 5 out of 5

Travelled on: 01/06/2017

My sisters and I went on a dive that we booked using Cairns Dive Adventures. The staff was friendly, knowledgeable and provided excellent advice. We would book again.

First Dive on the Great Barrier Reef!
By: Kellie and Dillon Diver entering the water on TUSA DIve
Staff Service - 5 out of 5
Reef Quality - 5 out of 5
Vaue For Money - 4 out of 5
Overall Rating - 5 out of 5

Travelled on: 28/11/2013

Amazing day on the reef! We had two intro dives and snorkelling and it was far worth it. We saw a cuttlefish and stingray, and took a photo with Nemo!

Our First Introductory dives
By: Li Introductory dives can be booked on a snorkle day trip from Cairns
Staff Service - 5 out of 5
Reef Quality - 3 out of 5
Vaue For Money - 4 out of 5
Overall Rating - 4 out of 5

Travelled on: 21/11/2013

Friendly crews, very good food, nice weather, awesome.

Excellent for seasoned divers, great for newbies
By: Christy Demers Mauri Wrasse and Scuba Diver.
Staff Service - 5 out of 5
Reef Quality - 5 out of 5
Vaue For Money - 4 out of 5
Overall Rating - 4 out of 5

Travelled on: 31/10/2013

Overall, it was a really great experience! Its probably better if you are more seasoned with better control of your breathing, and can go unguided. The guided ones are good, but we averaged 25minutes a dive :). Loved the hands on service, loved the boat. I would definitely do it again with a few more dozen dives under our belt 🙂

A Great Barrier Reef on Tusa Dive
By: Henry Snorkeling from Cairns on TUSA Dive
Staff Service - 5 out of 5
Reef Quality - 5 out of 5
Vaue For Money - 4 out of 5
Overall Rating - 5 out of 5

Travelled on: 30/10/2013

Indeed,Tusa T6 is probably the best one because of 3 reasons: 1) excellent ship condition with spacious capacity, 2) personalised customer service, and 3) expertise in training and knowledge! It is simply the BEST! Thanks for the lovely recommendation!!

Full Reviews:

Cairns Dive Adventures Trip Reviews

Rainy Day Reef Trip Review

Rainy Day on the Reef Dive Trip Review – Tusa Dive

Tusa Dive is the best Great Barrier Reef day dive trip operator in Cairns and rainy days on the Great Barrier Reef can be awesome! So don't let the weather get you down, book a berth on T6 for an amazing day on Cairns' Outer Great Barrier Reef.

Tusa Dive – Winter Diving Review

This is our diving day tour operator of choice from Cairns. It’s a dedicated dive boat (but snorkelers are well catered too as well) and one of the few to offer certified divers the choice between guided and unguided dives. This is great for experienced divers and those wanting to dive together and get some...

Tusa Dive – December Diving Review

This is undoubtedly one of Cairns’ best diving day tours to the Great Barrier Reef. The crew are friendly, professional and importantly, helpful. The equipment is well maintained and yours for the day. The boat is spacious and comfortable, providing all the features you need to enjoy the day (including freshwater showers) and the reef...

Tusa Dive T6 Review

Tusa Dive is undoubtedly one of the premium day dive operations in Cairns. The boat is modern and the staff friendly, efficient and professional. The diving and snorkelling is fantastic with great dive sites. For the certified diver, you can really see the company has a diving background and really takes care of the certified...

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Tusa Dive – Coral Spawning Review

Once a year, the over 400 different types of Great Barrier Reef corals reproduce en masse, in an event known as Coral Spawning. Coral Spawning always occurs at night, with the release of the corals’ eggs and sperm tied to the moon’s presence, light and lunar cycles. In 2011, we witnessed the magic of Coral...

Tusa Dive Trip Review

Tusa Dive – T6 Dive & Snorkel Review

T6 is Cairns’ newest and best reef day tour boat. The crew is professional and friendly, working tirelessly throughout the day to ensure all guests are comfortable and enjoying their experience on the Great Barrier Reef, whether they are swimming, snorkeling, trying an introductory dive or certified divers. The equipment is brand new, having been...

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Tour Notes:

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 aeroplane.

Inclusions: Fresh & healthy buffet style lunch, Morning tea & self-serve tea & Coffee, Quality snorkel equipment & wetsuits, Guided Snorkel tour, Reef interpretation presentation

Reef Levy: The Great Barrier Reef (Reef Tax) is included in the price.

Additional Extras: Return transfers from Cairns $15 per person & Northern Beaches $20 per person

Child Age: A child is classed from 4-16 Years Old

Introductory Diving: Everyone must be over 12 years old to try diving.



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.