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Ocean Freedom Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel & Dive Cruise, Cairns
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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
1 Spence St , 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 .

7:15 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
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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  • "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
Loved it!! Will come back again in summer!!!
Shannel_F
, Jun 2022
We definitely recommend doing this on a warmer day as conditions were pretty bad and the water visibility was low. All in all and apart from the weather, it was such a great experience, first time diving and the staff are absolutely amazing!! You can really tell they love their jobs, food was plentiful and really tasty, I don't think we stopped eating to be honest!! We saw a few things, plenty of fish, stingrays, but the visibility was low this time of year, we are thinking of doing this again in summer on a nice warm day!!! boat was great!!! if you're doing this on a cold day, recommend you bring plenty of warm clothes, dry clothes as it gets freezing !!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your review. Congratulations on your first scuba dive! Our crew truly do love what they do & especially love helping our new divers experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. It is wonderful to hear you enjoyed your experience on Ocean Freedom, despite Mother Nature not playing nicely. The weather we are currently facing is quite unseasonable for this time of year. Winter, typically, gives us warm calm days with cool nights. Sorry the conditions were not ideal on your day of travel. Hoping this leads to a great excuse to come back and visit us in the future :)
star-5
Perfect experience
Sonya_S
, Jun 2022
Perfect day out on the water. All staff were friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. We all enjoyed the snorkeling, glass bottom boat and the food.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Sonya, Great to hear you enjoyed your day out with our friendly crew. With 6 hours at the reef, there is plenty of time to enjoy all of our activities without feeling rushed. We are so glad you all had a great experience. Thank you for your review.
star-5
Once in a Lifetime Experience
Susan_Y
, Jun 2022
From the moment my daughter and I walked onto the boat we were treated very well. The crew is incredibly friendly and positive and just downright delightful. They obviously had everyone’s safety in mind but they also encouraged everyone to have a great experience while out at The Great Barrier Reef! It didn’t hurt that they also had delicious food all day long available to us sightseers. I would highly recommend this company for anyone looking to have a once in a lifetime experience!!!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Susan. We are so happy you and your daughter enjoyed your Great Barrier Reef experience with our friendly crew! Our crew enjoy sharing their passion for the reef with our guests and always aim to make it the best day possible for all. Thank you so much for your review & recommendation - both of which are greatly appreciated.
star-5
Awesome stuff. Great...
Zining_F
, Jun 2022
Awesome stuff. Great view. Recommend for couples solos and all kinds of travellers, as well as both diving experts and amateurs.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your review. We welcome all travellers of different ability levels on our reef tours & make sure each has a fantastic day. It is wonderful to hear you felt our inclusive atmosphere onboard. Hope to see you again in the future!
star-4
Awesome GBR trip!
Donna_M
, Jun 2022
The crew were amazing - very friendly and knowledgeable. They went out of their way to make everyone had a great time. I was there with my 3 year old and Ambrose took us out a couple of times with the floatation ring. Food was delicious and there was plenty to go around. There was lots of seating areas.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Donna, Great to hear you enjoyed the snorkelling with your 3yr old under the watchful eye of Ambrose ! It is such a wonderful experience to share with children. You will have to keep him coming out as he gets older over the years !
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Lots of fun
Dave_L
, Jun 2022
Staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. They loved to banter and kept it light and fun, even the scary stuff. Showed you where certain marine life were and a few facts about them. Was very enjoyable
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Dave, Wonderful to hear you had an enjoyable day and got to learn about all our beautiful marine life and felt comfortable with our caring staff throughout the day.
star-5
Best winter escape
Ian_W
, Jun 2022
The tips knowledge and insights of all the crew into this wonderful environment Swimming with a turtle Knowing the fish by name Just swimming in such pristine warm water
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your review Ian! Awesome to hear you enjoyed your winter escape with our friendly crew. Got to love winter in the tropics with minimal chill and sunny warm days. It certainly is special to swim with a turtle too! Thanks again for joining us on Ocean Freedom.
star-4
Friendly crew, great day
Peter_G
, Jun 2022
Great day, the crew were really friendly and helpful. We saw a turtle, a giant clam and lots of colourful fish. Beautiful trip back to shore on top deck, with sun setting , champagne and nibbles. Food pretty good .
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Peter, Fantastic to hear you had a great day, enjoyed our service and met our resident reef stars! We agree the flybridge is a perfect spot to relax and enjoy the setting sun. Thank you so much for your review!
star-5
Great experience
Montana_D
, May 2022
Was diving for the first time and Ambrose made it a great experience. Really friendly and fun group and the spot we were taken to at the reef was beautiful!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Congratulations on completing your first scuba dive! It is a wonderful way to experience and appreciate all the beautiful marine life the Great Barrier Reef has to offer. Great to hear Ambrose was able to help you to have such a great experience. Thank you for your review & we hope to see you again in the future.
star-5
Smaller boat, good food, respectful and casual
Timothy_T
, May 2022
Great day! Smaller boat meant we got away from crowds which was perfect - no other boats around. The team was cheerful, provided us lots of food and coffee throughout the day (drinks are available too), we’re knowledgeable about the reef and the life there, and really tried hard to make us have a great day. Thanks team!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for your review Timothy. We are so glad you enjoyed your time onboard with our small group numbers. Our crew work hard to make sure each guest has the best possible day out at the Great Barrier Reef! They truly do love looking after our guests and sharing their knowledge and passion for the reef.
star-5
Awesome day!
Vy_N
, May 2022
The staff were very friendly, funny and accomodating. Amazing experience - I really enjoyed it and highly recommend
icon Response from Host , May 2022
We welcome all of our Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom guests onboard like family. It is wonderful to hear you enjoyed the atmosphere created onboard by our crew! Thank you for your review and your recommendation - both are greatly appreciated!
star-5
A day at the reef
Claudio_D
, May 2022
Excellent crew/team. Very hardworking,knowledgeable and willing to assist. Good food provided on board. Good assistance both on board and in the water.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Our crew really do love looking after all of our guests, onboard & in the water, making sure each one makes the most of their time at the Great Barrier Reef. Thank you for joining us & for your review!
star-5
Great views of fish in two very different locations!
Raymond_B
, May 2022
All of the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful and the equipment was in good condition. Even though two of us were certified divers, we stayed with the uncertified group because the Dive Masters knew the good places to see. Be aware that the dives are only 15 to 20 minutes each, but there is a LOT of time for snorkeling.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi Raymond! Great to hear you enjoyed the tour and found the staff to be helpful and friendly. Our certified dives are 40 minutes and introductory dives 25- 30 minutes so as you joined the uncertified group that may have been the reason for shorter dive - we will check! We have 6 hrs of actual reef time so we do indeed have plenty of time for lots of in-water activities. Thank you so much for your review - much appreciated.
star-5
Best 25th wedding anniversary experience.
Ian_M
, May 2022
Awesome experience, nice boat, polite knowledgeable staff, over 4 hours of snorkeling at 2 separate sites, just outstanding. Loved it, loved it, loved it!!!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Congratulations on 25 years! From the Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom family - may you share many more years filled with happy memories together! Thank you for letting us be a part of your celebration :) We are so glad you enjoyed your day snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef with our friendly crew. Thank you for joining us!
star-5
Amazing Experience!
Daly_T
, May 2022
We just spent the day on the Ocean Freedom and it far exceeded our expectations! The team are so friendly and welcoming and just genuinely nice people. Having a smaller group setting makes it so much more personal. We were served an amazing breakfast/morning tea, delicious lunch of seafood, meats and yummy salads and 3 courses of amazing afternoon tea. The team also kindly presented us with a certificate to celebrate our honeymoon and a glass of bubbly each! Not to mention the amazing snorkelling experience. We had an amazing day and met so many lovely people 💕
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Firstly, congratulations & we hope you enjoyed the rest of your honeymoon here in Cairns. We are so glad you had an amazing experience onboard. Our crew take pride in looking after our guests. It is great to hear you enjoyed the atmosphere created onboard. Thanks again for coming out with Ocean Freedom.
star-5
What a day!
Koeby_K
, May 2022
This was such an amazing experience. The boat was really nice and the crew even better. They all went above and beyond for the guests on board, even for my partner who was starting to feel unwell. Once he began to feel better, we were ready to go snorkel however the group was further than I would like to swim to on my own. Sharn (one of the crew members) saw how nervous I was and offered to take my partner and I out and show us the coral and beautiful fish. Would 100% recommend this to anyone looking for a snorkelling tour in Cairns. You don’t have to swim in the group if you don’t want to but they send a crew member out to personally take you to certain spots worth seeing underwater water.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for your review and your recommendation. Both are very much appreciated. Awesome to hear your partner was able to overcome a bit of seasickness and you both were able to enjoy snorkelling with Sharn! Our small guest numbers and high crew to guest ratio allow our crew to make sure each guest gets to make the most out of their day. The crew really do love showing off the beautiful reef & all of its amazing inhabitants. We are so glad you guys enjoyed your day.
star-5
The delights of Great Barrier Reef
Figen_K
, May 2022
The team of Ocean Freedom will show you the delights of the Great Barrier Reef. They were friendly, helpful and full of knowledge. Ben, Ambrose, Mike and Sharn will make your trip an adventure you won't forget!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you so much for your review. Our crew truly love sharing their passion and knowledge of the reef with our guests. We are so glad your day was an adventure you will surely remember for a long time to come! Thanks again for joining us on Ocean Freedom :)
star-5
Superb
marvinodette_b
, Apr 2022
Staff and the Captain are very caring and friendly. Take the antiemetic medication right away. I will definitely come back and go with Ocean Freedom right away. Superb experience. Elite and professional staff. Abundant food
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you so much for your review - we have been operating for over 28 years and are passionate about looking after our guests and the reef so can proudly say our staff have always been our best asset and are all "hand-picked''! We would love to have you back on board another time and great you also enjoyed the food! If you are prone to travel sickness and the weather misbehaving it is best to take the medication 20 minutes before actually boarding the boat.
star-5
Wonderful reef experience
Santhosh_K
, Apr 2022
The team was super eXceptional and had a great experience doing the intro dive. Lots of time at the reef and snorkel time.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Great to hear that you enjoyed your day and also experienced your first dive with us - it truly is an unforgettable experience! With 6hrs of actual reef time it certainly does give you plenty of time to enjoy all the reef activities with no rush in the day.Thank you so much for you review.
star-5
Avoid Viator- loved the company (book directly)
Dominic_B
, Apr 2022
This review is for the Ocean Freedom only- they were great. We went on a very rough day but they made it a great time. However next time I would only book directly through the Company and not through Viator. Viator avoided all questions are extremely difficult to get hold of through customer service.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you so much for your review and so glad that we were able to make your day great despite the weather not behaving that day! We are sorry to hearing in regard to Viator and we will follow up - it is not like them and we are sure they will look into what happened their end.

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