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About Great Barrier Reef Day Cruise From Cairns Including Snorkeling And Marine Biologist Presentation

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Depart Cairns on a fast catamaran, which provides a smooth 1.5-hour ride a shorter travel time than other boats, leaving you more of the day to enjoy on the outer Great Barrier Reef.

When you arrive at Marine World, begin your exploration of the UNESCO-listed reef, a complex and diverse ecosystem home to more than 1,500 species of fish, 400 types of coral, 200 types of birds, and 20 types of reptiles. Snorkel in the sheltered coral lagoon, go scuba diving with a certified dive (up to three dive sites) or introductory session (no experience necessary), or join the on-board marine biologist for a guided snorkeling safari (diving and guided snorkeling at your own expense). You can also enjoy a session with the marine biologist, who points out resident fish like "Wally," the Maori wrasse. You can even stay dry and view the marine life from the semi-submersible reef viewer, glass-bottom boat, or underwater observatory. Optional activities (own expense) include a helmet dive for a scuba-style experience up to 3 meters deep, or a scenic helicopter flight for an aerial adventure over the reef. Or, simply relax and enjoy the tropical weather on the sundeck.

Stop At:

• Reef Magic Cruises, Cairns, Queensland Australia
• Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Queensland Australia
  • Daily
  • Marine biologist presentation
  • Snorkeling equipment including mask & snorkel, fins and wetsuit/lycra suit rental.
  • Glass bottom boat tour & underwater reef viewing observatory
  • Morning and afternoon tea with tea, coffee, and filtered water throughout the day
  • Hot/cold buffet lunch
  • All taxes and fees
  • Transfers from Cairns and Northern Beaches are at an additional cost.
  • Optional activities: introductory scuba diving, helmet diving, certified scuba diving, guided snorkel tour with a marine biologist, SEABOB jet-powered snorkeling experience, and scenic reef helicopter flight
  • Prescription snorkel and dive masks are available for rental on board
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please bring a swimsuit, hat, towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, and cash or credit card for any on-board purchases
  • All diving is subject to the completion of an on-board medical questionnaire. Certain medical conditions (such as asthma, epilepsy, and high blood pressure) and medications may exclude individuals from diving. Minimum age to dive is 12 years with parent/guardian permission required for those under 18 years. Certified divers must produce their certification cards. After diving, intervals of 12-24 hours are recommended prior to flying in any type of aircraft dependent on depth of dives and total accrued dive time
  • Helicopter flights: Route flown and type of aircraft used are subject to weather, air traffic control, aircraft availability and, ultimately, the pilot's discretion. Maximum of 1 infant allowed per flight. Maximum combined passenger weight limits apply
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Prior to travelling with us, you will be required to provide, your full name, a current phone number and residential address (address of accommodation if travelling) in order to complete your activity. We are following all guidelines set out by the Queensland Government.
1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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4.6 based on 10 reviews

  • drcarlb2021 1
    07 Nov 2021

    This company, quite simply, displays little regard for OH&S protocols (or at least it didn't on the day we toured). The day we visited was quite rough with a pronounced swell overlapped with a vigorous chop. I witnessed people being loaded from the pontoon into a lurching boat from the bow, and without assistance; the children's section was being washed with dangerous swells; the gang plank from the launch to the pontoon was adrift and swinging dangerously; and when we finally cast off from the pontoon crew members were placed between the launch and pontoon stanchions. I have worked as a deckhand on fishing boats, and during the trip I was talking to an ex-RAN man and we both agreed that the standards of care were well below accepted standards. The trip was cut short, and many of the promised activities did not eventuate. No compensation only apologies and appeals to our "understanding". The crew were great people, and they deserve much better. This trip was a major disappointment, and I would advise intending travellers to look elsewhere.

  • flikspence 5
    04 Nov 2021

    Brilliant day out overall highly recommend. One thing to be mindful of is the crossing out can be very rough I have never been sea sick but was on this trip, along with most of the other guests I even took a sickness tablet when I boarded it didn’t seem to work, if you know a trick to save yourself from this then definitely do it! Pontoon was great all the snorkel equipment and seating plus a few loungers were ample, it was not a full trip so we were very lucky to have lots of space. We were travelling with a 13 year old as well and this was perfect do him to snorkel all day and come in and out the water freely onto the platform which is monitored all day by snorkel crew, have to say they did a great job looking after everyone including the non swimmers etc The reef was beautiful plenty to see, even saw a reef shark! Full of colour lots of fish and Wally the wrasse made an appearance. Staff are really helpful and look after all the guests well throughout the day including the sickness on the trip out. My partner did the introductory dive and said it was an amazing experience also. Food for lunch and cakes for afternoon tea were ample, nice selection for all. Tea and coffee available all day was a bonus and cold drinks were available to purchase onboard. Don’t forget to take towels we forgot but purchased them round corner from the wharf before boarding.

  • 54321SR 5
    03 Nov 2021

    Cannot rate this day trip highly enough! Crew were amazing! Boat was very comfortable, pontoon was awesome but the reef…..ahhhh….the reef is beyond belief! So many fish and the coral was outstanding. The “snorkel safari” was an amazing adventure too!

  • 253abim 5
    26 Oct 2021

    A perfect day all round. The staff are very professional and welcoming and the lunch provided was great also. Definitely worth the money. Thanks to everyone at reef magic was a great day.

  • TheLeaderFiles 5
    21 Oct 2021

    Superb day on the reef, largely due to the very attentive and professional crew. My 78 year old mum required assistance to navigate the stairs and gantries; a crew member would appear without prompting to aid her each time. The fast-cat and pontoon were clean and well fitted to accommodate all passengers without crowding. Assistance was readily given for all activities they offered along with great explanations of safety, reef protocols and rules. The food served had everyone going back for seconds and thirds, yummy. This was my second reef visit with Reef Magic, I highly recommend their company to any and all. Special thank you to crew member Jodie for her dedicated attention, making my mums outing stress free and very memorable, thank you ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • 722murrayh 5
    10 Oct 2021

    From the moment we stepped on board, Reef Magic was an amazing experience. Communication of boarding instructions and relevant information was perfect prior to departure. The trip out was smooth and we were kept occupied with marine and snorkeling presentations. On arrival, it was a quick process to don wetsuits and snorkeling gear so we were straight into the water. The variety of fish and coral within the Marine World area is fantastic and seeing Wally, the Maori Wrasse was spectacular. My teenage kids had a great time in and out of the water and we were all impressed by the quality of the lunch (salads, cold meats, fresh prawns and 3 hot dishes) and snacks throughout the day. I added on a drift snorkeling tour around the outer reef which was an absolute highlight of my trip. Thanks to Michelle, an expert marine biologist who made the tour so informative and interesting. A fantastic all round experience and we would definitely highly recommend a trip to Marine World with Reef Magic. If I could give 6 stars on Trip Advisor, I would!

  • Wadedives 5
    23 Sep 2021

    The crew where extremely friendly and fun!! 😃😃🤙🏼 They made the experience more enjoyable and they where very professional.

  • BlancaSky85 5
    17 Sep 2021

    If you are currently reading this review in search of a great trip out to the Great Barrier Reef, please do not hesitate to book this trip. From the moment we got onto the Reef Magic boat, the day could not have been any more perfect. The trip out to the Reef was very relaxing with free water, coffee and tea, and some morning snacks. While I am very fortunate not to get seasick, it is advisable if you do to take a tablet as it can be a bit rocky on the way over. Also if it's windy be sure to bring a jumper or small blanket as it does get a bit chilly. Once we got to the pontoon, we were ecstatic to see how large it was with ample tables, lounge chairs, and heaps of staff to assist anyway they could. The snorkeling area was massive and my friends and I spent the majority of the day in the water as it was so incredible and mesmerizing. The highlight of the day was the lunch. OMG was the food good. There were several hot options along with salad, fruit, fresh bread, prawns, and etc etc etc. I have done a whole lot of boat trips where I have left hungry and cranky due to the lack of food (snorkeling all day can be pretty exhausting) but this was not the case for Reef Magic. My friend who was vegan was even given a special vegan meal (kudos to the staff member whose name I didn't get for assisting my friend and I. She was so much help in ensuring my vegan friend had plenty to eat). Add into this the fact you got to eat the delicious food right on side of the Great Barrier Reef, we were all on cloud 9 and all fueled up for a second snorkel! They do advise letting the company know you are vegan when booking which we hadn't thought to do. All of the staff on board were excellent, all were very friendly, engaging, and really did everything in their power to ensure everyone had a fabulous day. After five hours at the reef, we were brought back on the boat for an afternoon tea! More fresh fruit and the most delicious carrot cake we've ever had (if you can't tell already this tour really prioritizes serving delicious food). Overall a 12/10 day. Amazing staff, a gorgeous pontoon and huge area for snorkeling, and delicious food to keep you full all day! If you have any doubts about choosing this tour (from the tons of other Cairns tours), please do not hesitate to choose Reef Magic as you won't be disappointed and sure won't leave hungry! Thank you all for such a magnificent day!

  • AngusR55 5
    12 Sep 2021

    Great day out on the reef. Nice to spend four or so hours at a beautiful spot of coral reef. Staff friendly and marine biologists informative and helpful. Worth getting a personal snorkelling tour around the coral. Plenty of activities to do such as glass bottom boat and submarine. Nice buffet lunch. Can’t fault it. We had a great day.

  • WorldTraveller036 5
    16 Jul 2021

    We headed out on the boat, having taking our sea sickness medicine. None of us got sick, however half the boat did, so even if you don’t think you need it, I recommend you take it! Smooth ride out and loved that there was only 90 people and felt spacious. After we arrived onto the pontoon, it was all very well organised. We collected our wet suits and snorkelling gear (all included) and went straight out. The first look into the water and I shouted “this is AMAZING!” There we’re beautiful fish everywhere, we also saw two reef sharks. We then enjoyed the glass bottom boat tour, although didn’t see too many fish. We all enjoyed the buffet lunch and meatballs and rolls were great for the kids. Morning and afternoon tea slices were delicious. We went out for more snorkelling and it was great having a photographer to take photos of you in the water (extra cost totally worth it!) Our whole family throughly enjoyed this. If you come all the way to The Great Barrier Reef, I highly recommend you doing the Outer Reef tour. All staff were friendly and helpful. Thanks for a once in a lifetime experience!!

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