If you don’t have the time to do a live aboard trip, or simply don’t wish to stay overnight on the reef, you may wish to book a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef.
For the certified diver, we offer dive guides for the inexperienced. Alternatively we can find you a buddy if you don’t have one and wish to dive unguided.
You may want to just snorkel or try an introductory scuba dive. An introductory scuba dive (also called Discover Scuba Diving) offers you the opportunity to explore the underwater world with a scuba dive instructor. The program is very easy and requires no previous experience.
There are a variety of choices regarding day trips. Some trips cater specifically for divers, others for families and have fixed pontoons they moor up to at the Reef. Others are slower sailing boats that have less passengers, and offer a more relaxing day, and great snorkelling, but may not be suitable for the experienced diver. So if not sure, please feel free to contact us for some friendly advice.
This trip is now operating daily
Reef Experience is one of the fastest catamarans departing Cairns daily, giving guests more time to discover two unspoilt outer Barrier Reef locations. Everyone will find a perfect way to experience arguably the most spectacular aquatic environment in the world, with friendly & attentive staff offering a free guided snorkel, introductory or certified dive.
Trips depart daily from Marlin Marina, and Reef Experience also operates as a transfers vessel to the over night boat – Reef Encounter. transfers are via the day trip vessel Reef Experience.More Info
This trip is operating Friday to Sunday for now (but from 3rd December – 12th Jan will run Thurs to Sunday)
AquaQuest is a brand new custom built luxury dive and snorkel vessel introduced in July 2017. Taking only 60 passengers, she is fully equipped with the most modern and state of the art facilities including Nitrox. In other words passengers receive an unrivalled comfort with the best experience available as we visit some of the best dive and snorkel locations on the Outer Great Barrier Normal, Saxon and Hastings ReefsMore Info
This trip is now operating daily
Want small groups and a relaxed day snorkelling and maybe trying a dive? Then this is the boat for you.
Taking a maximum of 20 people out to the Great Barrier Reef, Reef Daytripper is a beautifully kept sailing catamaran that was built in 1998. It measures 12 m x 7.5m and is very spacious inside and out.
It visits Upolu Reef which is a very beautiful location which lies at the very edge of the Outer Barrier Reef.More Info
Evolution is running Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays during Covid restrictions
“Evolution”, operated by Down Under Cruise and Dive, and is an ultra modern, high speed, reef day tour boat, that arrived into Cairns on 2015. The three-level, custom designed and built catamaran takes up to 140 people but has tons of room and options for private saloon areas. 5 hours at 2 spectacular locations with up to 3 dives and snorkel times available.More Info
Due to Covid-19 Restrictions this trip is running limited trips each week
Silverswift allows up to 80 guests to spend 5 hours at 3 different locations. A 29m high speed luxury catamaran whose prices includes transfers, all equipment, morning and afternoon tea and buffet lunch.More Info
Due to Covid-19 Restrictions this trip is running limited service.
Reef Magic is a 22m catamaran catering for upto 140 passengers. At the Reef it moors up against a 45 X 12m double deck pontoon -“Marine World”. The pontoon offers stability and a firm base to enjoy a number of activities such as diving, snorkelling, underwater observation area, helicopter pad for scenic flights,or transfers as well as much more. Great for families and with a dedicated childrens swimming area, its a great option.More Info
Due to Covid-19 Restrictions this trip is currently not running
Tusa Dive is one of the premium day dive trips to the Great Barrier Reef. Departing daily from Cairns, the MV Tusa T6 is the newest edition to the company and is an ultra modern, custom built 24.5 metre “state-of-the-art” dive vessel. Special features include hydraulically lowered water level platforms, huge dive deck, and internal and external lounge style seating throughout. Also has 2 x Fresh Water Showers 3 x Toilets!More Info
Due to Covid-19 restrictions this trip is currently not running
Reef Quest is a brand new boat fresh off the slip and will offer passengers luxury and comfort while travelling to some of the very best sites available on the Outer Great Barrier Reef in only 90 minutes. Purpose built for diving and snorkelling, ReefQuest boasts a huge dive deck fully equipped with brand new dive gear of the highest standards.More Info
Due to Covid 19 restrictions this trip is running but with reduced numbers
Silversonic allows up to 80 guests to spend 5 hours at 3 different Ribbon Reef locations. A 29m high speed luxury catamaran whose prices includes transfers, all equipment, morning and afternoon tea and buffet lunch.More Info
This trip is running but with a reduced schedule due to Covid restrictions
Take the fastest trip to the historic S.S. Yongala wreck, voted as one of the Top 10 Dives in the World. Yongala Dive will take you to wreck in 30 minutes. The artifacts, marine life and variety of corals that cover the wreck are spectacular. It’s a dive experience you will remember for the rest of your life!More Info