Full Day Reef Cruise, Great Barrier Reef



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Explore the outer Great Barrier Reef onboard award-winning superyacht, Evolution, with local reef tour operator Down Under Cruise and Dive. Experience the adventure of snorkelling, scuba diving, scenic helicopter flight or semi-submarine tours and more.

Our Cairns Great Barrier Reef Tour has again been awarded Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2021 and in 2020 was reviewed and voted Tripadvisor #5 Best Day Cruise in the World and #4 Travel Experience in Australia.

Departs: Check availability here
Check-in: 7.15am - 7.45am, Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns
Departs: 8.00am
Returns: 4.30pm

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Award-winning Full Day Reef Tour from Cairns:

$215 Adults | $130 Child | $590 Family 2 Adults, 2 Children (additional child $50)

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

The 35-metre superyacht, Evolution, departs Cairns for the outer reef, with 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. Dial-up the adventure and add a scuba dive for only $50.

Keen to see the reef, but want to stay dry? Add a 10-minute scenic helicopter flight over the reef or join one of our Semi-Submersible Tours (additional costs apply), the perfect reef activities for non-swimmers.

Join us for 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!

Day Tour Itinerary:

7:15am - 7:45am: Check-in, Reef Fleet Terminal
Evolution departs Cairns
9.45am: Arrive at reef location 1
11:30am: Enjoy a BBQ buffet lunch onboard
Evolution arrives at reef location 2
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 a total of five hours on the outer reef visiting two 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 (scuba dive additional cost). Hop in the water with your provided equipment and check out 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 on board with fresh fish, steak, a variety of salads, and prawns. We also cater for special dietary requirements.

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 the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef from above with a 10-minute scenic helicopter flight or from below on our Semi-Submersible Tour (additional costs apply).

On the return cruise back to Cairns, sit back and relax with a glass of wine and afternoon tea to celebrate the end of your day tour on the Great Barrier Reef.

What our customers say:

"It was my first time doing a Scuba dive and it was one of the best experiences of my life to date. Not only was the barrier reef and dive amazing, but it was the staff that really made the experience. They go to a great effort of remembering your name from the very start and are constantly checking in to ensure you are enjoying yourself. 10/10 would recommend and would hurry back in a heartbeat! Thank you again for a great day out and an experience I will never forget." - Katie via Google January 2021


What's included?

  • Cruise onboard luxury 35-metre superyacht, Evolution
  • 5 hours outer reef time
  • 2 unique outer reef locations
  • Unlimited snorkelling with all equipment
  • Delicious BBQ Lunch including fresh fish, prawns, steak and a variety of salads (Vegan, Vegetarian, GF, DF)
  • Tea, coffee and mini muffins
  • FREE lycra/sun-suit hire
  • FREE glass of wine and snack on return
  • PADI qualified dive instructors and Master Reef Guide
  • Spacious air-conditioned lounges and upper deck to relax in comfort

Add optional extras:

  • Up to 3 Introductory or Certified Dives
    • Pre-booked first dive: $50
    • Intro: 2nd dive $35, 3rd dive $25
    • Cert: 2nd dive $30, 3rd dive $20
  • Scenic Heli Flight $199pp pre-booked
  • Marine Biologist Snorkel Tour $35pp
  • Semi-Submersible Tour $20 Adults, $10 Child
  • Return transfers - $18pp Cairns City, $27 Northern Beaches, $89pp (min 2) Port Douglas
  • Wetsuits $10pp onboard

What to bring

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

Important information:

Helicopter: 130kg weight restrictions apply for helicopter rides.

Diving: All divers must complete a Queensland Medical Questionnaire onboard. Certified divers must show an internationally recognised scuba card. Minimum age for Introductory divers and dive courses: 12+ years and Certified divers: 10+ years. Please read the important diving safety information prior to booking.

Semi-Sub: Please note that due to safety reasons, the Semi Submarine Tour is weather permitting.

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Full-Day Reef Cruise from Cairns - Snorkelling & Scuba Diving

Experience the Great Barrier Reef on a whole new level and dive the outer Great Barrier Reef from Cairns with Down Under Cruise and Dive. Catering for both beginners and experienced certified divers, our full-day reef trip is one of the top things to do in Cairns.

Adventure awaits in 2020 onboard Cairns fastest and most luxurious reef cruise 'EVOLUTION'.

  • Full Day Reef Cruise to 2 unique outer reef locations
  • 1 x Introductory or Certified Scuba Dive is included
    • Add an additional 2 dives at discounted rates!
  • All equipment & floatation devices
  • Free lycra/sun-suit hire
  • Hot BBQ lunch
  • Tea & coffee provided
  • Glass of wine and a light snack on return

Optional add ons at check-out: up to 2 additional Introductory or Certified Scuba Dives or Helicopter Scenic Flight.



Welcome to Tropical North Queensland where the Rainforest meets the Reef – and you have two stunning World Heritage areas to explore. With Down Under Cruise and Dive and Billy Tea Safaris, you can discover both the reef and rainforest with a local company that has been operating for over 30 years. Enjoy an exciting day on the Great Barrier Reef with Down Under Cruise & Dive aboard EVOLUTION, then explore the wonders of Cape Tribulation and the famous Daintree National Park.



Enjoy an exciting day on the Great Barrier Reef with Down Under Cruise & Dive, then explore Cape Tribulation and the tropical rainforest followed by a stunning ride on Skyrail and back on the Kuranda Scenic Railway.

  • 1 x Full Day Reef Cruise
  • 1 x Cape Tribulation Day Trip- Starter Pak
  • 1 x Ticket on Skyrail and Kuranda Scenic Railway



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