Award-winning Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Cairns

The one the locals choose to travel with!

Why choose us?

Map of Australia to represent being a locally owned and operated company for 30 years


Down Under Cruise & Dive are a locally owned & operated company taking locals & tourists to the Outer Great Barrier Reef for over 30 years!

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Ausmarine 2016 Best Tourist/Dive Boat Award Logo


35-metre luxury superyacht, Evolution, was awarded the 2016 Ausmarine Best Tourist & Dive Boat in Australia. Discover the reef onboard the best boat.

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Tripadvisor Travelers Choice 2023


Awarded #5 Day Cruise in the World by Tripadvisor 2020. 4.5 stars based on +2,000 Tripadvisor reviews and 4.8 stars based on +1,300 Google reviews.

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Down Under Cruise and Dive is a PADI Certified Dive Centre offering PADI Dive Courses in Cairns


Our PADI Approved Dive Courses ensure that your training is accepted internationally so you can dive anywhere in the world!

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Snorkel and dive at two outer reef locations

Departing Cairns, our 35-metre luxury superyacht, Evolution, provides an unforgettable day on the Great Barrier Reef. Experience two Outer Great Barrier Reef locations (Hastings Reef, Saxon Reef or Norman Reef) on our full-day cruise, with up to 5 hours snorkelling or scuba diving. Dial up the adventure with a scenic helicopter flight, marine biology tour or explore the Great Barrier Reef by Semi-Submarine. There is something for all adventure seekers and all ages.

Cruise onboard Cairns' best reef tour

Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef so it would come as no surprise that the Great Barrier Reef is the #1 reason people travel to Cairns. Down Under Cruise and Dive is one of the only Cairns reef tour operators that are still locally owned and operated. During our 30 years of operation, our outstanding customer service, commitment to eco-tourism and exceptional reef tour has helped us win many awards. Join us for an unforgettable, personalised day on the Great Barrier Reef.

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The best snorkelling at the best outer reefs. We have selected our outer reef locations for their variety to provide the best experience for both beginners and experienced snorkelers. Family fun for all ages.


We cater for beginners to advanced certified divers. Scuba dive up to 3 times during the cruise at 2 Outer Reef Locations. Guided dives are also available as an add on for certified divers.


City, Beaches and Palm Cove return transfers available


Hire onboard to stay warm and protected

What our customers say

Down Under Dive's Evolution - Extraordinary Experience!

"The seamless operation during Covid times was flawless. My husband and I have done numerous reef trips in our glorious back yard, but this was by far the best. Evolution is a perfectly designed vessel for this type of experience, manned by outstanding staff, who give all guests an unforgettable day. I could not fault any part of the trip, from the food, professionalism, diving, weather and the relaxing attitude of the staff. There's a reason why they are in the top 5 in the world - an absolutely fabulous day out. This company has perfected the reef experience - not to take away from other operators in Cairns & Port Douglas, but this was just a cut above the rest. We loved it!" - NancyFNQ via Tripadvisor

Down Under Cruise and Dive are a Citizen of the Great Barrier Reef Logo
Advanced Eco-Certified Eco-Tourism Tour Operator in Cairns
Map of Australia as Down Under Cruise and Dive is locally owned and operated
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Tripadvisor Travellers Choice Award 2021 Logo
Ausmarine 2016 Best Tourist Dive Boat Award Logo
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