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Tusa Dive T6

Full Day | Operates: Daily | Departs: 8am | Transfers available: Yes, extra

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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Rate Option # Dives Price Taxes Total Deposit
Snorkelling (Adult) Snorkeling - $220.00 - $220.00 $55.00
Snorkelling (Child) Snorkeling - $145.00 - $145.00 $36.25
Snorkelling (Family) 2-Adults + 2-Children 4-16 Years Snorkeling - $730.00 - $730.00 $182.50
Cert Diving (Adult) (1 Dives Full Dive Gear) Certified Diving 1 $270.00 - $270.00 $67.50
Cert Diving (Adult) (2 Dives Full Dive Gear) Certified Diving 2 $300.00 - $300.00 $75.00
Cert Diving (Adult) (3 Dives Full Dive Gear) Certified Diving 3 $320.00 - $320.00 $80.00
Child - Certified Diving (1 Dives Full Dive Gear) Certified Diving 1 $195.00 - $195.00 $48.75
Child - Certified Diving (2 Dives Full Dive Gear) Certified Diving 2 $225.00 - $225.00 $56.25
Child - Certified Diving (3 Dives Full Dive Gear) Certified Diving 3 $245.00 - $245.00 $61.25
Introductory Diving (Adult) (1 Dive) Introductory Diving 1 $290.00 - $290.00 $72.50
Introductory Diving (Adult) (2 Dives) Introductory Diving 2 $345.00 - $345.00 $86.25
Child - Introductory Diving (1 Dive) Must be 12 Years or Older Introductory Diving 1 $215.00 - $215.00 $53.75
Cert Diving (3 Day Package - 9 Dives) Certified Diving 9 $960.00 - $960.00 $240.00
Cert Diving (3 Day Package - 9 Dives) Tanks & Weights Only Certified Diving 9 $870.00 - $870.00 $217.50

TUSA Dive will be out of the water on boat maintenance starting – 11/08/2020 and Finishing – 2/09/2020


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.

Child – Certified Diving: (10 – 16 Years Old) Must be accompanied by an Adult and have there Open Water Dive Certification or Scuba Diver Certification. They will also need to be guided by the onboard dive instructor.

Child – Introductory Diving: (12 – 16 Years Old) Must be accompanied by an Adult and be medically fit with no asthma and not be taking any prescription medication.

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

Extras (Pay Later): An additional $10 per person per day is payable on board on the day of travel. The reef levy is comprised of $3.50 Environment Management Charge, $1.10 port charge, and $5.40 administrative fees and GST. Return transfers from Cairns $15 per person & Northern Beaches $20 per person

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

Prices are shown in Australian dollars and include GST. Prices subject to change without notice.

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.

RAINY DAY ON THE REEF DIVE TRIP REVIEW – TUSA DIVE - Reviewed by Julie on the Wednesday 6th of April 2016

Rainy Day Reef Trip Review

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.... read full review

TUSA DIVE – WINTER DIVING REVIEW - Reviewed by Julie on the Wednesday 20th of August 2014

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 great underwater photographs. The boat and its equipment are well maintained, the Skipper and crew friendly and professional: nothing bad to say here. A great day on the Great Barrier Reef with a great operator. ... read full review

TUSA DIVE – DECEMBER DIVING REVIEW - Reviewed by Julie on the Tuesday 10th of December 2013

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 sites were amazing. There was plenty of time to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef, as well as just relax and soak up the ambience of the day. Even though the boat was at full capacity we never felt rushed or crowded and on speaking with other guests, everyone had a wonderful day.... read full review

TUSA DIVE T6 REVIEW - Reviewed by Julie on the Tuesday 18th of September 2012

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 divers on board. That being said, all of the snorkelers and introductory divers had a fantastic day out on the reef as well. All in all, this was a memorable and magnificent day tour to Cairns’ Great Barrier Reef.... read full review

TUSA DIVE – CORAL SPAWNING REVIEW - Reviewed by Julie on the Thursday 17th of November 2011

Staghorn Corals spawning en masse

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 Spawning for the first time, with Cairns operator Tusa Dive. It was amazing! Diving amongst the thousands of pink eggs which floated through the water, like bubbles rising in a flute of champagne.... read full review

TUSA DIVE – T6 DIVE & SNORKEL REVIEW - Reviewed by Julie on the Monday 22nd of August 2011

Tusa Dive Trip 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 brought on board when the boat was launched on 10 August 2011. Service is with a smile and lunch is delicious and healthy. This is an excellent Cairns Great Barrier Reef day tour with an Advanced Ecotourism certified operator.... read full review

TUSA DIVE – FEBRUARY DAY DIVE REVIEW - Reviewed by Julie on the Monday 21st of February 2011

Hawkesbill Turtle at Saxon Reef off Cairns

Tusa Dive is a very professional day tour operator which is committed to teaching its guests about the Great Barrier Reef and some of the interesting creatures that call it home. T5 is a stylish, comfortable, fast and well-appointed vessel, equipped with modern, well maintained snorkel and dive equipment. The friendly crew look after all the ‘details’, including helping you to put on and take off your fins in the water! This trip is excellent for snorkelers, introductory and certified divers and is good value for money.... read full review

TUSA DIVE T6 - Reviewed by Julie on the Thursday 1st of January 1970

Tusa at the Reef

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Lifetime Dream Fulfilled!!! - Nikki Reid

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 diving. The crew were friendly professional and so helpful. Because I did a repeat day of diving they took the boat to a different location for the second day so I got to experience a total of 4 different reef locations. I went guided and the experience was sensational. From playing with a turtle on day one to experiencing the incredible coral and marine life of magic wall on day two. Even the lunch we were served on the boat was delicious and fresh. I am definitely coming back to dive the reef again one day and wouldn't hesitate to use Clint and Cairns dive adventures for my next booking. ... travelled on 10/09/2017

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TUSA Dive Awesome day on the Reef! - Wesley M Lee

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. ... travelled on 01/06/2017

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First Dive on the Great Barrier Reef! - Kellie and Dillon

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! ... travelled on 28/11/2013

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Our First Introductory dives - Li

Friendly crews, very good food, nice weather, awesome. ... travelled on 21/11/2013

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Excellent for seasoned divers, great for newbies - Christy Demers

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 :) ... travelled on 31/10/2013

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A Great Barrier Reef on Tusa Dive - Henry

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!! ... travelled on 30/10/2013

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An experience of a life time with Tusa Dive T6 and Cairns Dive Adventures. - Christopher Moore

We were met by the friendliest of crew and with a focus on safety, given the freedom to explore Hastings reef in detail. An amazing day with good food and atmosphere. Thank you Tusa Dive T6 Crew. Booked the trip through Cairns Dive Adventures which included the free hire of an underwater camera. Thank you Anna for your great service and information. ... travelled on 15/09/2013

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Amazing trip! - Peter

Fantastic service - we asked for information while we were in Canada. Anna went above and beyond, sending us suggestions and photos. We had an amazing adventure - the guides were terrific and knowledgeable. We are definitely thankful we came to Cairns Dive Adventures. Richard and Anna are personable and fun and threw in a free underwater camera for us to use! ... travelled on 08/08/2013

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