Full Day Reef Cruise



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Cruise from Cairns onboard the fastest, award-winning luxury vessel, EVOLUTION, for the best value reef tours to the Outer Great Barrier Reef for an adventure-filled experience.

Our full-day reef cruise from Cairns has been reviewed and voted #5 in the Top 10 Day Cruises in the WORLD and #4 Top 10 Travel Experiences in Australia in the 2020 Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Awards!

Departing: Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays
Check-in: from 7.15am - 8.00am Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns.
Boat departs: 8.15am sharp
Boat returns: 4.30pm approximately

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Locals can enjoy up to a massive 50% OFF on our Full Day Reef Tour (snorkel only). And if you have friends and family visiting, we want to treat them to 20% OFF our snorkel rate when they travel with you! Book this deal online now: https://downundercruiseanddive.com.au/locals-rates.php

Award-winning Great Barrier Reef Tours from Cairns:

Cruise onboard Cairns' fastest, most luxurious super-yacht, Evolution, to the Outer Great Barrier Reef for an affordable and comfortable reef experience.

The 35-metre superyacht, Evolution, departs Cairns for the reef daily, with a record 5 hours spent exploring 2 spectacular and exclusive outer Great Barrier Reef locations for an adventure-filled day! Experience the adventure of snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef, scuba dive, or book a semi-submarine tour or a 10-minute scenic helicopter flight over the reef.

Enjoy a personalised day on the Great Barrier Reef with our friendly and professional crew. As a locally owned and operated company for over 30 years, Down Under Cruise and Dive provides an unforgettable Cairns reef tour with the perfect mix of professionalism, service and fun!


7:30am: Check-in at the Reef Fleet Terminal - 1 Spence St, Cairns
Evolution departs Cairns for the first reef location
Enjoy a BBQ buffet lunch onboard
Evolution arrives at the second reef location
Evolution departs for Cairns
Evolution arrives back in Cairns

Your day on the Great Barrier Reef:

Your Great Barrier Reef day tour begins by boarding award-winning superyacht Evolution and being met by our professional and expert dive crew who will make sure you are comfortable and ready for an adventure-filled day.

Relax onboard your 35-metre luxury superyacht for the day, as you cruise from Cairns to two exclusive outer Great Barrier Reef sites. Guests enjoy the longest amount of time on the reef in a day tour, with a total of five hours on the outer reef visiting stunning and diverse reefs such as Norman, Saxon and Hastings. These locations are chosen for their exceptional coral density and prolific marine life.

Upon arrival at your first reef location, either Saxon or Norman Reef, it’s time to snorkel and dive! Hop in the water with your provided equipment and discover the underwater world full of multicoloured fish, coral, and other marine life. Instruction is provided for beginners, and your knowledgeable dive crew are on hand to encourage and help you if need.

During your time on the reef, you will enjoy a BBQ lunch prepared onboard with fresh fish, steak, a variety of salads, and prawns.

At the second reef location, North Hastings Reef, you can snorkel or dive again. If you prefer to stay dry, you can still check out this World Heritage-listed underwater world on semi-submersible tour with live commentary by our marine biologist (additional cost) or from above with a 10-minute scenic helicopter ride (additional cost).

On the return cruise back to Cairns, sit back and relax as you snack on cheese and biscuits with a glass of wine to celebrate the end of your day tour on the Great Barrier Reef.

Please note: due to COVID-19, there are some temporary changes. Please visit our FAQs page for more information.

Optional activities on the reef:

  • Up to 3 Introductory Dives or Certified Dives
  • Scenic Helicopter Flight over the reef - non-swimming activity
  • Semi-Submersible Coral Viewing Tour - non-swimming activity
  • Snorkelling tour with our Marine Biologist
  • Return transfers

Reef sites:

Evolution visits 2 exclusive outer Great Barrier Reef sites, chosen on the day for the abundance of marine life and water clarity. You'll enjoy 5 hours reef time during the full day cruise.

What's included?

  • 5 hours reef time at the outer reef
  • Snorkel at 2 unique outer reef locations
  • Snorkelling equipment & floatation devices
  • Free lycra/sun-suit hire
  • Hot BBQ lunch* including hot meats, fish, prawns & a variety of fresh salads. (vegetarian options available)*
  • Tea & coffee provided*
  • Glass of wine, cheese, and biscuits on return*
  • Live musical entertainment on return*
  • Experienced & professional dive instructors
  • Spacious air-conditioned modern lounges and stylish upper deck to relax in comfort
  • Reef Levy included

Add on:

  • Up to 3 Introductory or Certified Dives
  • Scenic Helicopter Flight over the reef
  • Semi-Submersible Coral Viewing Tour
  • Snorkelling tour with our Marine Biologist
  • Return transfers

*NOTE: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have made some temporary changes. Please see our FAQs page for all changes.

What to bring

  • Sunscreen & Hat
  • Travel voucher
  • Change of Clothes
  • Swimmers and a towel
  • Cash or Credit Card for bar and souvenir purchases

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