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Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns provided by Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom

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Overview
Dive or snorkel the Great Barrier Reef on a full-day cruise aboard a catamaran with outdoor decks and climate-controlled cabins. Ride a glass-bottom boat to dive or snorkel Upolu Cay, enjoy a buffet lunch, then dive or drift-snorkel the Wonder Wall, a spectacular plateau home to diverse coral and marine life. Lunch and equipment are provided for this unforgettable all-inclusive day of exploring the Great Barrier Reef.
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You'll start at
1 Spence St
1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, AustraliaStarting point is at the Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom desk inside the Reef Fleet Terminal (RFT) located 1,Spence Str Cairns .
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    Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom
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    Great Barrier Reef
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    Upolu Cay
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You'll end at
1 Spence St
1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, AustraliaStarting point is at the Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom desk inside the Reef Fleet Terminal (RFT) located 1,Spence Str Cairns .
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Highlights
  • Snorkel or dive two Great Barrier Reef locations with vibrant fish and coral
  • Diving option available for non-certified divers
  • Indoor-outdoor spaces mean room to sunbathe or enjoy the AC
  • Includes buffet lunch, dive/snorkel equipment, and optional snorkel lesson
What to Expect
Make your way to the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal to board your comfortable catamaran, where coffee, tea, fruit, and muffins are served. Enjoy views from the air-conditioned cabin or the sundeck as you cruise toward Upolu Cay, approaching the shallow reef in a glass-bottom boat. Spot some of Upolu Cay’s vibrant fish and coral on a dive or snorkel, then return to the catamaran for lunch.  The lunch menu varies, but typically includes dishes such as smoked salmon, chilled prawns, and meats served alongside fresh bread and salads. After lunch, cruise to the Wonder Wall, a dive and snorkel site on the outer edge of Upolu Reef that rises 46 feet (14 meters) from the ocean floor. Dive or try drift-snorkeling here, riding the current with a marine naturalist as you watch for corals, giant clams, turtles, and colorful fish. After your dive or snorkel, begin the return cruise to Cairns, nibbling fruit, cheese, crackers, and cake along the way.
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Important Information
Departure Point
1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
Duration
9h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Luxury catamaran cruise to the Great Barrier Reef
  • Six full hours on the Great Barrier Reef with stops at two reef locations
  • Environment Management Charge (EMC) and port fees
  • Tea and coffee throughout the day
  • Buffet 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
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • 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
  • OPTIONAL Diving : x1 or x2 cert dives / x1 or x2 Intro dives
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 75 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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David wrote a review Jun 2020
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
Scuba dive (which costed extra) lasted about a total of 10 minutes, the dive instructors thought it was 'cool' and 'ok' to touch things such as sea slugs, the english owner, terry i think his name was? Absolute idiot!! Would not recommend
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from OFreedom, Manager at Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns
Responded 4 weeks ago
Hi David, thank you for your review however we are concerned with what you have mentioned. Our Introductory dive is 25 - 30 minutes, we would not have taken anyone down for only 10 minutes unless it was at your request to abort the dive and then you would not have been charged for the dive. We note that you say you travelled almost a year ago so find it a little odd to open an account and report this now. We have checked all our records for July and cannot find a day when Perry was on the boat with a 'David' who dived on the day so cannot work out on what day you could be reporting on. We are an eco-certified operation and have strict guidelines under our qualified marine biologists and master reef guide so we can assure you there would not have been anything touched that was detrimental to any marine life. We take all reviews seriously and you can clearly see this goes against the grain of all our review and we cannot find any records (and we have gone through all our manifests and dive logs) that could relate to such a day. We cannot understand your comments and why you would also wait a year to write this. Please if would like to discuss this further with you, please email us or phone +61 7 4052 1111 so we can resolve this for you.
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Anthony I wrote a review Mar 2020
6 contributions1 helpful vote
This was an incredible cruise day at sea. I was amongst my group of 8, some of which went diving and others snorkeling. Both experiences, from all accounts were fantastic. Thr crew was amazing!! They were very hands on, in the water with us, snorkeling with us, pointing
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from OFreedom, General Manager at Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns
Responded 21 Mar 2020
Lovely to hear this feedback 😊 We’re glad that your whole group felt looked after during all activities across the day – and maybe next time you can add the dive! Thank you for your recommendation.
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Molokai Marcia wrote a review Mar 2020
3 contributions2 helpful votes
Ocean Freedom was recommended by my Australian seatmate on flight over. I could not have asked for more than I got on this cruise. Crew was friendly, helpful, patient, and knowledgable. Safety was obviously a priority. We went to two different snorkeling sites and they even
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from OFreedom, General Manager at Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns
Responded 21 Mar 2020
Thank you for your review, so glad you enjoyed your trip. Safety is always our priority, closely followed by making sure each guest’s expectations of the day are met and exceeded 😊
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kmyers88 wrote a review Mar 2020
Ham Lake, Minnesota46 contributions7 helpful votes
There are several Great Barrier Reef tour options you could go on, all are probably fine and will show you spectacular parts of the reef. However, Skipper Paul and his crew are what makes this one the best. They were very attentive, fun, helpful and cheery. I felt like we were
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from OFreedom, General Manager at Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns
Responded 21 Mar 2020
Wow, lovely to hear this was the highlight of your trip to Australia! Yes, at maximum capacity we still only take 75 guests although we are surveyed to hold 109, to keep it comfortable for all on board 😊 Glad you enjoyed our snorkel tours and yummy foo. Thank you for your review.
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smg382016 wrote a review Mar 2020
Perth, Australia1 contribution
Fantastic Experience from Start to End. We went out with Ocean freedom on 29th Feb 20. When inquiring about booking the Crew/Owner were soo helpful explaining they do 2 to 1 into scuba diver/instructor experience, and as a weak swimmer they made me feel at ease even at this
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from OFreedom, General Manager at Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns
Responded 6 Mar 2020
Wow, thank you for such a lovely detailed review! Great job on overcoming your nerves and enjoying your very first SCUBA dives, a wonderful achievement. Our crew are dedicated to ensuring all guests enjoy their day no matter their experience level, and will always be there to help. Thanks again for the recommendation, we hope to see you in the future.
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perfect day!
If I could give this trip 10 stars I would! Aside from the most perfect weather, the entire day was perfect with th
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If only all tours would be like this one...
We arrived to Cairns with two kids (3 and 5 y.o.). I was looking for a more unique experience of a great barrier re
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coreyr861
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Great day on the water with a great crew!
We spent the day with Ocean Free on the water, the crew was fantastic and made sure everybody had a terrific day. O
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Trail794165
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Worth every penny!
We chose this cruise because of the small number of passengers. We were not disappointed. Each of the 3 crew memb
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137quintyd
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A must see in Australia with a must do tour!
This was one of the best tours I have done, the great barrier reef is a must see of course but with this tour you w
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Melissasamson1998
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Amazing Day
Hey everyone! You have to do a scuba diving with Ocean Free! The team is just AMAZING, the landscape is AMAZING, e
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SpeedyTraveller6789
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Great Small Family Owned Tour
My husband and I have never snorkled before and found that a small group experience was the way to go. The crew, Pa
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Kezzam68
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Great day out on the reef
We joined ocean freedom to upulo and wonderwall reef. From the beginning everything was great. Excellent and well m
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Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise from Cairns
The crew Pascal, Chris and Yadda were personable, attentive and punctual. My wife is not a snorkeler. Yadda helped
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katherinelienert
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Absolutely fabulous reef experience.
So, what can I say, best ever day on the reef, loved it. Let's get sensible, I have heath issues, they took care of
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cynnessaw
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Best Crew, Best experience!
Smaller group definitely the way to go..., more personalized attention for newer snorkelers and divers....Our Capta
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bkk33
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Small group diving at it's best!
If you're into crowded boats and fast paced diving, this is not the trip for you. But if you're into a friendly, mo
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alextD8724OW
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Not to be missed
Best tour activity ever, with a great crew (Paul, Chris, Yana, Portia) who were fantastic guiding us along and maki
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BWCinCary
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Beautiful day
We had a really nice day with captain Dan, Lou and P. They are a fun, informal crew that just wants you to have a g
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tomz399
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This is the way to see the reef!
We chose a smaller tour to see the reef and we are so glad we did! It was a beautiful day with only 8 guests and ou
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  • Duration: 9h
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  • Languages Offered: English
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