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Ocean Freedom Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel & Dive Cruise, Cairns
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Overview

Spend a day on the Great Barrier Reef at two different snorkel and dive sites on this luxury catamaran cruise from Cairns. Travel in style aboard a fast, comfortable catamaran to the outer edge Upolu Reef. Take an Adventure Snorkel & Glass Bottom Boat Tour through the highly protected no-fishing zone sites in the Marine Park. Refuel with a buffet lunch on board the catamaran before heading to your next destination, Upolu Cay reef. Enjoy the shallow azure blue waters surrounding this natural Coral Cay with both snorkeling or diving on offer. Be mesmerised by coral teeming with colourful fish.
  • Cruise to the Great Barrier Reef by luxury, fast catamaran from Cairns
  • Choose to snorkel or dive at two locations in highly protected Marine Park zones
  • Learn about the reef on a glass-bottom boat coral-viewing tour
  • Take a snorkeling tour led by a marine naturalist or master reef guide
  • Delicious buffet lunch, snacks and beverages included
  • Top-quality snorkeling and diving gear included
  • Cruise is limited to a maximum of 75 passengers
  • 6-hours actual reef time
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Luxury fast stylish catamaran cruise to the Great Barrier Reef
Six full hours on the Great Barrier Reef with stops at two uniquely different reef locations
Environment Management Charge (EMC) and port fees
Tea and coffee throughout the day
Large smorgasbord lunch with seafood
Platters of tropical fruit, cheese and crackers
Snorkeling instruction and in-water crew assistance if required
Snorkeling equipment (snorkel, marks, flippers, and buoyancy vests)
Wetsuits or lycra suits (depending on season)
Snorkeling tour with a marine naturalist
Freshwater showers
Informative Glass Bottom Boat Tour
Guided interpretative Adventure Drift Snorkel Tour
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Pre-book diving if no medical conditions /taking medication - some may preclude you from diving
OPTIONAL Diving : x1 or x2 cert dives / x1 or x2 Intro dives

Departure Point

1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Starting point is at the Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom desk inside the Reef Fleet Terminal (RFT) located 1,Spence Str Cairns .

Departure Time

7:15 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your own way to the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal where you board your deluxe 65-foot (20-meter) catamaran.

Enjoy coffee, tea, and light snacks prior to departure, then relax on the outdoor sundeck or air-conditioned interior as your vessel cruises to Upolu Cay. Receive a safety briefing from the expert crew to prepare for the day ahead.

Explore Upolu Cay and take a glass-bottom boat from the catamaran to Upolu Cay, located on the Great Barrier Reef. Hop in the sheltered turquoise water to snorkel or scuba dive among an astounding array of coral, colorful fish, and other sea creatures.

Cruise to the next destination while enjoying a delicious buffet lunch with dishes such as smoked salmon, chilled prawns, cold chicken and other meats, accompanied by salad and fresh bread.

Arrive at the outer edge of Upolu Reef at a site known as the Wonder Wall. From the ocean floor, the Wonder Wall extends 46 feet (14 meters) high, reaching to just below the water's surface. Both snorkelers and divers can explore and marvel at the variety of marine life, including hard and soft corals, reef fish, giant clams and turtles. With an expert guide, take an informative tour and drift snorkel around the site.

Cruise back to Cairns snacking on a selection of tropical fruit, cheese, crackers, and cakes.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom
After check-in board the vessel, grab a coffee or tea, a Danish pastry, fresh fruit & settle in. After just over an hour we arrive at our first Great Barrier Reef destination - the beautiful "Wonder Wall " on the outer edge of Upolu reef. Snorkel, SCUBA (extra) this stunning reef site teaming with fish and marine life. Experience an informative complimentary Glass Bottom Boat & Adventure Drift Snorkel tour with our very attentive guides. After a morning of activities enjoy a large scrumptious lunch as we cruise to Upolu Cay. Snorkel this "coral garden" tropical oasis - look out for turtles & sting rays! When conditions allow you can even land on this glistening white coral Cay! Enjoy six hours of snorkelling, relaxing between these 2 uniquely different reef sites. After a magical day we return to Cairns serving fresh fruit, cheese and crackers and cake arriving back in Cairns by around 4.15 pm . We are thrilled to now have you as part of our ever growing Ocean Freedom family!
Duration: 9 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Great Barrier Reef
Our Marine Guides will enthrall you on a reef and marine life discovery on an a highly informative and engaging Adventure Snorkel Tour and Glass Bottom Boat Tour at our two unique Upolu Reef sites - "Wonder Wall" on the Outer Edge Upolu Reef and our "Aquarium" coral garden reef site amongst the beautiful shallow, azure coloured waters of Upolu Cay Reef. These sites are in Marine Park highly protected zones where no fishing is allowed, hence the abundance of fish and marine life. Come and find your favourite Hollywood Nemo character! With 6 hrs of actual un-rushed reef time you have plenty of time to do both complimentary activities and continue exploring yourself under the guidance of our attentive crew!
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Upolu Cay
Ocean Freedom travels to two Great Barrier Reef sites - "Wonder Wall" on the Outer Edge of Upolu reef (a truly magnificent snorkel and dive site) and Upolu Cay Reef - a beautiful shallow turquoise coral garden site. Upolu Cay site is truly magnificent - picture a coral garden reef with lots of colourful reef fish darting in and out of the staghorn coral as you snorkel in these crystal clear shallow waters surrounding Upolu Cay. Look out for turtles popping to the surface for a breath of air, stingrays eagerly scouring the bottom for food. Sometimes you can stand thigh deep on the Cay in the middle of the ocean, other days we can land on this glistening white beautiful coral cay - each day a little mystery of nature but always we have the stunning turquoise waters to snorkel in and around this magnificent Great Barrier Reef area. Make sure you have your camera ready for this truly picturesque site!
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A maximum of 75 people ensures a unique and personalized experience
  • The order in which the snorkeling and dive sites are visited may changes as it is dependent on the conditions on the day
  • Please note: All divers will be required to complete a medical questionnaire on board prior to diving. Please only book the diving options if you have no medical conditions or taking medication as some conditions/medication preclude you from diving
  • Near public transportation
  • Industry COVID-SAFE Plan in place - "Good to go" . Sanitisation stations will be available at check-in, on board as well as high-touch areas being sanitised regularly.Contact details will be required at the time of booking if not already sent. Upon arrival, questions will be asked regarding travel in the last 14 days, contact with any Covid-19 positive individuals and potential symptoms – answers to these questions may impact your ability to travel and will be at the discretion of the crew on the day.
  • Please bring own pen and drink bottle if preferred . Food will be served under strict hygiene measures.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 75 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Cairns Premier Reef & Island Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Ocean Freedom Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel & Dive Cruise, Cairns ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Ocean Freedom Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel & Dive Cruise, Cairns .
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Ocean Freedom Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel & Dive Cruise, Cairns ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Ocean Freedom Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel & Dive Cruise, Cairns .
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Ocean Freedom Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel & Dive Cruise, Cairns ?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Ocean Freedom Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel & Dive Cruise, Cairns .

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Traveler Tips


  • "Don't hesitate to go with them - worth every penny and more!!" See review
  • "Not only does this cruise offer both snorkeling and SCUBA diving to see the reef and its marine life, but they also have a glass-bottom boat." See review

Reviews

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star-5
The Ocean Freedom staff...
Joseph_D
, Jan 2022
The Ocean Freedom staff really looked after us and it was an amazing experience - heaps of time on the reef!
star-5
Amazing!
David_W
, Jan 2022
Such a great day, the family had an awesome time!!! All the staff were really friendly and accomodating!!! Highly recommend trip!!
star-5
Great staff. Super friendly. Amazing experience!
Majed_B
, Jan 2022
The staff was super friendly and welcoming. They felt like regular friends who wanna get together and have a good time. It was my first time going for a snorkelling trip but the staff makes you feel safe. Really informative as well. The trip was amazing and the water was so clear. You could see everything in the reef. I really recommend this company to anyone thinking to see the Great Barrier Reef. It was by far the best experience I had in Cairns.
star-5
Lovely tour
Paula_C
, Jan 2022
Thanks to the crew for their energy Food was delicious. We saw a big turtle and a lot of different fishes, sea stars and octopus Highly recommended
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Hi Paula - great to hear - even an octopus came out to play - that was special! Thank you for your review and recommendation.
star-3
Lovely crew, too crowded.
Ollie_H
, Jan 2022
Lovely crew who were friendly and organised. The boat however was very crowded and given the current covid situation there was not enough space to social distance appropriately - I don’t think there was even enough seats for the amount of people on board to sit in the shade. We booked Ocean Freedom thinking it was a smaller premiere boat that would have less people but that was not the case. The day was very slow and we sat around a lot waiting for the next thing. Reef was great, we felt safe and had plenty of time to explore. The snorkels were dumped in a cleaning solution between reefs and the second time wearing one our mouths were full of the disgusting taste of soap, our faces were slimy with it and tongues went tingly - it really ruined the second reef experience for us. Food was alright.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
HI Ollie, Thank you for your review. We are legally surveyed to carry 105 pax but chose to cap it at 75. On your day we had 72 pax. We do actually have enough under cover seating (back deck, saloon and upper deck ) for 75 and then of course lots more space on bow and flybridge for those preferring those areas but guests do sometimes gravitate to the same areas- so we are sorry you found it to feel "crowded". Also all areas are "open" with plenty of fresh air around - the only enclosed area being the skipper's wheelhouse - all staff and pax are double vaccinated and it is known in QLD if any guest feels they cannot maintain adequate social distance in an outdoor venue that the guest can don their face mask - so we are working within all our industry and our own safety requirements - but do sincerely apologise if you didn't feel comfortable as that certainly would not be our intention. As with many operators and businesses we are operating with half our staff and "enlisting" some previous staff members and others who do not normally work for us in order to operate the vessel safely and not cancel the tour which would disappoint a lot of guests. So this may have been the reason the "flow" was a little disrupted but with 6 hrs of actual reef time we are very happy to see that you still felt safe, reported the reef to be great and lots of time to explore as that is extremely important to us. Cleaning procedures are stringent and all masks and snorkel following the sanitising soak would have been rinsed in fresh water - we have never had a comment such as yours before and am sure it is a one off but will absolutely ensure that the rinsing procedure is further reviewed with all staff. I am unsure if you reported to staff on the day as they certainly would have acted on this immediately to ensure you enjoyed your second reef experience. Once again thank you for voicing your concerns - we are sincerely trying our best to operate our tours in very challenging times the best we can to ensure a safe and enjoyable Great Barrier Reef Tour and are very proud of all the staff we have engaged to do this - we hope we have addressed your concerns as all reviews are taken very seriously.
star-5
Best cruise
Bahareh_P
, Jan 2022
Very helpful and responsible staff. All kinds of drinks were accessible. A bit busy inside the cabin.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for your review! Great to hear you found our staff to be helpful and responsible.
star-5
Great day all round
Ian_M
, Jan 2022
Seeing the reef was great and so was the staff. They always friendly and helpful. I have said what I want to say.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you Ian - great to hear you enjoyed the reef and found our staff to be friendly and helpful.
star-4
Good day out
Felycia_V
, Dec 2021
It’s amazing day out and it’s good for introductory diver. The only thing is because of the time, second dive is a bit rush.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Hi Felycia! Thank you for the review - apologies if you felt rushed for your 2nd dive - we are doing our absolute best during these challenging times to give everyone the best reef experience possible! Great to hear though you had an amazing day and dive.
star-5
Excellent Great Barrier Reef tour
Syed_H
, Dec 2021
Enjoyed the whole trip with friendly and experienced staff. Plenty of food and very friendly staff. That was a memoriable day.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you Syed - so glad we were able to give you a truly memorable Great Barrier Reef experience !
star-5
Amazing Experience! Highly recommend!
Neha_N
, Dec 2021
The cruise and snorkelling experience was certainly an amazing experience for my family and I. We had the best crew on board and each and every crew member was friendly and helpful. They also served really good morning tea, lunch and afternoon snacks. Loved our experience so much! Some of us weren’t good swimmers, the crew on board made sure we had experienced the Great Barrier Reef by jumping in the water with us and making sure we were comfortable in the water. It was overall a beautiful experience. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you Neha for your "highly recommended" review :) Our crew love to look after guests and show off the Great Barrier Reef - excellent to hear you had such an amazing experience!

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