Scuba Diving Cairns



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Experience the Great Barrier Reef on a whole new level when you scuba dive on 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!

Cairns Reef Tour departs:

  • Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
  • Australian School Holidays 2021 - Monday to Sunday
  • From 1 May: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Check-in: from 7.15am Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns
Evolution departs: 8.00am sharp
Evolution returns: 4.30pm approximately

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Scuba Diving the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns:

Scuba diving the outer Great Barrier Reef is one of the top things to do in Cairns. Discover the marine wonderland of the outer reef, with colourful coral, fish, turtles and more! In addition to snorkelling, scuba diving is available on every full day reef tour.

Pre-book up to three dives online today for a discount or purchase them on the day onboard. We highly recommend pre-booking during busy seasons to avoid any disapointment.

Dive for the first time or join a certified group:

Catering to both dive beginners and certified divers, our scuba diving package includes our full day reef cruise, snorkelling, up to 3 introductory or certified scuba dives, full dive & safety briefing, specialised top-rated dive gear, and a fully qualified dive instructor.

For First Time Divers; after an in-depth briefing from our expert dive staff, we gear you up and jump in the water for the thrill of a lifetime as we guide you through this amazing wonderland.

For Certified Divers; either buddy up with a friend for the event or upgrade to include a PADI dive guide as we plunge into the abundance of marine life and check out the amazing ecology of the reef.


What's included?

  • Full Day Cruise onboard luxury 35-metre superyacht
  • 5 hours reef time at 2 outer reef sites
  • Introductory or Certified Scuba Dive includes 1 dive (add up to 3 dives in total)
  • Start-of-the-art dive and snorkel equipment
  • Floatation devices and safety briefings
  • Delicious hot and cold BBQ lunch including fresh fish, prawns, steak, vegetarian option and a variety of fresh salads. (special dietary catered for - contact reservations prior to travel)
  • Glass of wine and a light snack on return
  • Experienced, professional dive instructors
  • Large air-conditioned modern lounges to relax in comfort
  • Free lycra/sun-suit hire

Add optional extras:

  • Add an extra 2 Introductory or Certified Scuba Dives
  • Scenic Helicopter Flight over the reef
  • Snorkelling tour with our Marine Biologist
  • Return transfers
  • Wetsuits $10pp onboard

What to bring

  • Sunscreen & Hat
  • Travel Voucher
  • Spare Clothes
  • Swimmers and a towel
  • Cash or Credit Card for bar and souvenir purchases
  • Australian Standard Dive medical (if required)

Important information:

Helicopter: 130kg weight restrictions apply for helicopter rides.

Diving: All divers must complete a Queensland Medical Questionnaire onboard. Download it here: Divers waiver.pdf Please be aware that certain medical conditions (eg asthma, heart disease, diabetes) and/or prescription medication may prevent some people from diving. Divers over 65 years old and anyone who answers YES to any of the questions on the medical questionnaire will require a recreational dive medical prior to diving. You will not be allowed to dive until you are declared medically fit to dive. For advice please contact our office directly.

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With just one look at Evolution, you’ll understand what it means to travel in Style. Now take that experience up to the next level of service, comfort and luxury with our new and exclusive GOLD CLASS package. Start your day with a personalised transfer from your city accommodation to the Reef Fleet Terminal, ready to meet your private concierge who will be with you for the day. Located on the second floor, luxury awaits as you are invited into your GOLD CLASS lounge for a day to remember forever!



Full-Day Reef Cruise from Cairns - Snorkelling

Ride onboard EVOLUTION Cairns fastest and most luxurious vessel enjoying the best value Outer Great Barrier Reef tour. Snorkel at two outer reef sites over 5 hours reef time. Lunch and a complimentary glass of wine is included.

  • 1 x Full Day Reef Cruise
  • Snorkel at 2 unique outer reef locations
  • Snorkelling 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 3 Introductory or Certified Scuba Dive and Helicopter Scenic Flight.



Ride on EVOLUTION to the Outer Great Barrier Reef for snorkelling, sun bathing and your choice of either an Introductory dive or Certified dive. Then Get high with a 10 minutes scenic helicopter ride from our exclusive helicopter pontoon. 

  • 1 x Full Day Reef Cruise
  • 1 x 10 min Scenic Flight
  • Free hot and cold buffet lunch



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