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

Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns

Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns
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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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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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Call the number below and use the product code: 5364FREEDOM
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
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
Exclusions
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
Duration
9h
Departure details
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 .
Additional information
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 experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 75 travellers
Inclusions
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
Exclusions
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 details
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 .
Duration
9h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
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 experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 75 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    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 .
    See address & details
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    Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom
    Stop: 9 hours
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    Upolu Cay
    Stop: 2 hours
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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398 reviews
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Average
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Happijac
Brisbane, Australia22 contributions
Swell Day Out
Sep 2021
Awesome day of snorkelling out on the Upolu Reef, on the other side of Green Island. The staff were just brilliant and funny and the food was great - and PLENTY of it.
Unfortunately on the day we went there was a 1.5-2.5m swell in the water and 25 knot winds so it was not the best day to dive or snorkel. Sadly we were also unable to go on the glass bottom boat. But the weather is out of the company's control.
That being said, the crew did everything within their power to give us a good day and we all had a great time anyway.
Big thank you to Pascal, our Captain, for keeping us all safe and sound.
Only 24 of us on board due to the downturn in tourism but to be honest (and just a bit selfish), it was great as there was plenty of room to spread out and more than enough food for everyone, including lots of fresh prawns for the seafood lovers.
Would definitely recommend this cruise - the boat and the staff and awesome.
Written 16 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Taryn A
Thank you so much for your review - we pride ourselves in ensuring the best day possible in any conditions we may find ourselves in, so it is greatly appreciated that you noticed this! We will pass onto Pascale and crew and don't worry you can be a little "selfish" in these days - we are grateful you chose to travel with us and recommend us:) Hopefully we may see you again in the future - each reef day is different but you can always be assured of our crew service!
Written 18 September 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

HelenIBrisbane
Brisbane, Australia33 contributions
Found my new passion
Aug 2021
My son and I did the introductory SCUBA dive. It was my first time doing both snorkelling and SCUBA and I was a little apprehensive. I don't know why as the team at Ocean Freedom were the best. They were all so friendly and supportive and their safety protocols were very reassuring. We completed the first snorkel experience and while I thoroughly enjoyed my first views of underwater life on The Great Barrier Reef, it was nothing compared to the sheer overwhelming amazingness of my first SCUBA dive. WOW- I love, love, love the feeling of becoming one with the reef and all its inhabitants!!! Our guide for the first SCUBA dive was so reassuring and made us feel so safe and best of all he found us a turtle which was top of my wish list. After gaining confidence from the 1st dive, we elected to not hold on to our instructor for our 2nd dive. This was so liberating but so reassuring as our guide was super close and pointed out so many things that we might otherwise have missed. Thank you Ocean Freedom for the most fantastic experience.
Written 22 August 2021
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OFreedom
That is so great to hear! Well done on your first ever SCUBA dive, we agree, there is nothing more special than joining the incredible marine life below the surface. Safety is always our priority, with our instructors taking just 2 divers at a time, but not at the cost of fun of course! Thank you for your review.
Written 27 August 2021
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Jeremy Heffernan
Melbourne, Australia18 contributions
The most hrs out on the Reef - Ex Cairns
Jul 2021
Having been to the reef many times and addicted to it, one thing matters. Contact time on the actual reef and Ocean Freedom offer you the most amount of time out there bar none. We had nearly 6hrs. By comparison we went with a bigger company on a slower boat that went further to the outer reaches of the reef and had just 3 hrs (we didn't even bother with lunch as we felt well ripped off). Its a smaller faster boat and you don't feel like a number. My son did his first ever resort (introductory) dive with Liam and loved it so much he was able to do a second dive in the afternoon - again, I don't know of many other operators that offer this.

I also had two younger daughters, one felt comfortable with a ring in the drink, the other was happy to go on the glass bottom boat - again, not overloaded with people. Not a fan of the water? They will run you over to a cay where you can sit on small beach and still enjoy the gift that is the GBR.

Having been on 75% of the other tours over the last ten years - this mob offers the best experience that I have ever had off Cairns and enjoyment the entire family will never forget.
Written 23 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
OFreedom
Wow - Thank you for the review Jeremy! We are happy to have offered such a wonderful experience. Our Ocean Freedom cruise offers a great relaxed day on the reef with 6 hours of free snorkel time at two separate locations. This is why we are proud of our smaller numbers and high crew to passenger ratio to ensure the experience is more personable and friendly and our crew can adapt to each person needs. It is wonderful to know your son enjoyed his dive with Liam so much, and we are so happy to have created great memories for all the family- that’s truly our passion !
Written 1 August 2021
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Vicki B
1 contribution
Definitely recommend
Jul 2021 • Couples
Although the water was quite rough we had a pretty good trip
More protected once on the reef.
Staff were very informative, friendly and helpful.
We had a guided snorkel with a naturalist showing us were certain fish and species were hiding
Plenty to eat supplied on board and drinks could be purchased (water free)
Written 21 July 2021
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OFreedom
Thanks for the review Vicki. We pride ourselves on having friendly and well educated staff to ensure a wonderful trip despite not pristine weather conditions. Our crew are very knowledgeable about our sites and love to give the best guided tours for anyone interested in seeing the sea life and learning about them!
Written 1 August 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

FrenchSonia
Camberwell, Australia31 contributions
Outstanding support
Ocean Freedom staff are both very aware of safety protocols as well as supportive to ensure all can make the most of their time on the reef.
The crew took us to two beautiful locations incl Opulu. Matteo helped with a flotation ring to take us around the reef for quite some time in both locations, as I developed a foot cramp in the first location and needed assistance to get around and help my 10 year old on her first time snorkelling the reef in the first and second location.
Whilst the boat and some of the wetsuits on both staff and customers (particularly for the younger ones) could use an upgrade in comparison to such companies as Ocean Spirit, the staff really made the difference and worked very hard.
Ben, the skipper, was very responsible and guided his crew, ever developing their skills further.
Food included prawns, smoked salmon, cold meat platter, three salads, cold chicken and bread/ focaccia slices with butter.
There were also danishes for morning tea and three different slices for afternoon tea (carrot cake, choc cake and a mixed colour cake).
Written 10 July 2021
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OFreedom
Thank you for your review. We pride our self on our safety procedures to ensure all our passengers feel safe throughout the whole trip, along with our beautiful locations throughout the Upolu Reef. I am glad that Mateo was still able to make your trip worth it even with a foot cramp.
Written 25 July 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

David C
2 contributions
Great day out
Jul 2021 • Couples
This experience came highly recommended by friends and they were spot on. From the assistance with check-in through to the farewell the staff were engaging and made it a great day out. The weather was far from the best on the day we went but we thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Highly recommended
Written 9 July 2021
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OFreedom
Thank you for writing this review David. We pride ourselves on giving great customer service throughout the whole day from check-in to departures so really appreciate you commenting on this. We are also glad we were able to give you a great day even with the weather not behaving!
Written 25 July 2021
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Clare G
Aspendale, Australia3 contributions
Wonderful experience
Jul 2021 • Family
Wonderful experience, the crew were fantastic especially Jen! Loved every minute of this brilliant tour, including seeing the amazing fish and some turtles. Would highly recommend this one.
Written 7 July 2021
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OFreedom
Thank you for the review. Great to hear our crew were as amazing as ever and, will be sure to pass on to Jen that she was especially fantastic and you had a wonderful time on the reef!
Written 18 July 2021
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Ahmed M
1 contribution
Outstanding
Jul 2021 • Family
( A very special thank to JEN )
From the service Desk to the boat these people use outstanding team work. They work like a machine with excellent organisation and preparation, multitasking whenever need.The captain and crews are very helpful and they treated everyone equally, they never let anyone down.
The food was delicious and refreshing, you could eat as much as you want.
If you want to go for snorkelling and diving these are the best people to visit.
Special thank to Dive instructor JEN for all the help and
experience that she gave to me. I had an amazing time with her on my first dive to Great Barrier Reef (From IVA my Daughter)
Written 4 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you so much for your review! We will be sure to let Jen and the crew know how much you enjoyed your day! Congratulations on completing your first dive what an achievement! :)
Written 6 July 2021
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Helen M
1 contribution
Fantastic reef trip
Fantastic trip. Very well organised and catered for everyone's needs. High staff to passenger ratio. Answered all our questions. Food was great too.
Written 2 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you very much for the review Helen :)
Written 6 July 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

leighjwil1
Coffs Harbour, Australia12 contributions
Totally worth it for a great reef snorkeling experience
The day was really well organised and catered for everything we needed. We have been out on reef tours before but found this company we’re really helpful with fantastic staff ratios so they could take the time to look after passengers needs, even those who don’t swim or aren’t confident in the water. It was a little more expensive than other options but totally worth it as you spent heaps of time in the water with guided snorkel tours at different locations and drifting along the coral edges. The crew were super friendly and helpful and nothing was too hard. We saw them go out of their way for everyone to have a great time, just like they were looking after their own family and friends. Would definitely recommend to others
Written 23 June 2021
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Thank you so much for the review! So nice to hear how well you were looked after, we are so glad you had a wonderful day out there :)
Written 6 July 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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hayleyg113
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A tick for my bucket list.
What a day!! One the the best experiences to date. Fantastic crew and Skipper along with Noah the work experience l
Suzy1zt
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Best day on and in the water.
These guys rock. Knowledgeable and passionate. Fun and professional. Enthusiastic and attentive. Diving and snorkel
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Best ever tour.
About Ocean Free. We went on the Green Island tour today with Ben, Chris and Malcom crewing the beautiful Ocean Fre
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Outstanding Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling & Sailing Experience
This cruise and snorkel of the Great Barrier Reef was simply outstanding. We have been with other larger providers
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Worth the money
Pascal,Sophie and Chris did an amazing job of looking after us, the scuba-diving was awesome and the proper sailing
Glenys C
Glenys C
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Awsome
Returned to sail for the second time. The first time very friendly helpful staff, made you feel welcome and made o
melissajean78
melissajean78
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Best Day Out on the reef
Most magical day!! Hired a go pro and saw so many beautiful fish and swam with Turtles. The location was absolutely
Traveller0105
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Incredible tour with a great crew
To snorkel in the GBR was one of the items on my bucket list, and after an incredible day, I am pleased that we cho
tammyzan
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Best Day Out
We had a fabulous day trip. The staff Pascale, Chris and Sophie were amazing start to finish. The snorkeling was aw
Abby1706
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What a trip
I was lucky enough to experience both a trip on Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom and wow, what an amazing couple of day
Lucymadden01
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A Fun and Beautiful Experience
We booked this trip very last minute but we ended up having an amazing experience! The crew were fantastic and very
terrib818
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Best day ever
Very comfortable yacht with more than enough room for each passenger. It’s a really nice paced relaxing day with pl
Jane E
Jane E
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Sailing great, Green Island not so good
Great crew, comfortable boat nice lunch and good snorkeling. Green island leaves a lot to be desired. I think I w
em_be53
em_be53
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Fantastic experience
We went out on the Ocean Free, on the first good day of weather in a while. There were 15 guests on board, which wa
MarkNRobyn
MarkNRobyn
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Great Trip
Really good service and good value. Boat crew very friendly and extremely helpful. We motored all the way out (not
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