Boat Cruises, Reef Tours & Charters
Take a cruise in Cairns and choose from many great locations! Explore the banks of the Daintree River, or discover great dive locations in the Great Barrier Reef! You can choose a lovely day out on the seas stopping off on different islands, snorkeling the reefs and eating gourmet picnic lunches. There's also romantic sunset and night time cruises that offer brilliant views of the sun dipping into the horizon and a delicious meal to follow.
Many of the tours offer guests the opportunity to jump on and off at different snorkelling and dive sites which is a great way to experience a lot of different reef structures and underwater wildlife. Some tours operate over a number of days and offer sleeping arrangements, all meals and great views from sunrise to sunset.
Cairns Boat Cruises
Dive, snorkel and sail the Great Barrier Reef with an award-winning company with 26 years’ experience operating personalized day tours to the Great Barrier Reef. The 80-foot (25m) catamaran sails from Cairns to two unique locations where you can choose to dive or snorkel with colorful fish, turtles and an amazing array of coral. With a choice of 27 outer Great Barrier Reef destinations your friendly crew can select the location best suited to the weather offering you the best possible Great Barrier Reef experience on the luxury purpose built catamaran! Special Offer - Book the Snorkel and Dive package by April 30, 2017 and travel within the month of May 2017 to save over 18% off our previously offered price! - Book Now!
On this 8-hour tour from Cairns, cruise out to an activity platform on the outer Great Barrier Reef for a day of exploring this natural wonder in different ways. This location is selected for its water clarity, coral quality, and diversity of marine life, which you can see while snorkeling or taking a tour by glass-bottom boat or semi-submersible vessel. Learn about the wildlife from on-board marine biologists, and choose to participate in more activities, if you wish, like scuba diving or a helicopter ride (additional expense). All ages and swimming abilities are welcome. Buffet lunch is included.
Cruise the tranquil waters of the Barren River tropical rainforest on this 45-minute onboard excursion departing from Kuranda. Your local guides share vast knowledge of the area while you discover its unique flora and fauna, keeping an eye out for freshwater crocodiles, turtles, and dozens of tropical bird species. Choose from five daily departure times.
Explore Cairns’ waterfront on a two-hour harbor cruise. You’ll glide through Cairns’ mangroves and meandering waterways, and spot saltwater crocodiles basking in the sun. With informative commentary from the crew, it’s a fun way to learn more about crocodiles and their mangrove environment. You also have the option to include lunch at one of Cairns’ best restaurants located right on the waterfront prior to boarding the cruise.
Cruise to Green Island from Cairns and find a tropical paradise on the Great Barrier Reef. You'll spend either four or five hours at Green Island, with plenty of time to snorkel or scuba dive, tour the reef on a glass-bottom boat or view coral from a semi-submersible submarine.
Explore the tropical paradise of Green Island on a half day trip from Cairns. Enjoy around two hours exploring the Great Barrier Reef island with time to snorkel and take a glass-bottom boat. You can even take an optional semi-submersible submarine tour to get close to the reef without getting wet.
Relax and unwind with a sunset cruise from Cairns along the Trinity Inlet. Be welcomed aboard with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and savory snacks. Take in the magical views as the sun sets over the mangroves, waterways and mountains. You have the option to end your cruise in style with a delicious three-course dinner at Dundee's Restaurant.
Not a confident swimmer, but want to experience the Great Barrier Reef? At Low Isles you can snorkel straight off the beach, enjoy coral viewing on a glass bottom boat, take a leisurely guided walk around the island or simply relax on the sandy beach. Do as much or as little as you like!
For the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience, grab an Ultimate 3-Day Great Barrier Reef Pass. Save money and see the reef from every angle on three cruises over seven days. Sail to Low Isles or Green Island, or explore the reef from below on a snorkel and scuba diving catamaran cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. The Ultimate 3-Day Great Barrier Reef Cruise Pass is your great value ticket to the reef.
Customize your own Great Barrier Reef experience. Choose three cruises from the following list to make up your Great Barrier Reef pass. Your pass is valid for three full-day cruises starting from the first time of use over seven consecutive days. You'll be required to enter a travel date at time of booking, this is only required as an indication and you'll be required to re-confirm your selected cruises at least 24-hours prior to first departure.
View the colorful underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef on this full-day trip from Cairns. Whether you are a snorkeler or a scuba diver, experienced or a novice, this snorkel and dive cruise from Cairns is the perfect day out on the Great Barrier Reef. Visiting three different dive sites you'll discover the abundant marine life and diversity of coral which the Great Barrier Reef is world-famous for.
Spend the day on Michaelmas Cay, a small sand island on the outer Great Barrier Reef. You'll cruise from Cairns aboard a luxury sailing catamaran, see the reef's brilliant coral and marine life from a semi-submersible submarine, try scuba diving or go on a snorkeling tour. Lunch on board is a delicious hot and cold buffet including prawns.
Make the most of your visit to the Great Barrier Reef on a full-day tour by fast boat, with five hours to enjoy two premium spots on the reef with snorkeling included. Have the option to scuba dive and take a helicopter flight in order to experience the reef from all angles. A delicious barbecue lunch keeps you energized for your adventure. Expert guides welcome both newcomers and experienced marine enthusiasts to enjoy a day on one of the most famous reefs in the world.
Hit the rails, the rainforest, the sky and the reef in an action-packed day trip from Cairns! You'll take the Kuranda Scenic Railway from Cairns, go shopping in the Kuranda Markets, ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, soar over the Great Barrier Reef on a helicopter tour, take a lunchtime cruise on the reef, then spend the afternoon swimming, snorkeling or diving before cruising back to Cairns. What a rewarding day out!
Explore the Great Barrier Reef on a half-day or full-day excursion that travels by helicopter and boat so that you can make the most of your time. Choose from three options for your tour of one of the world’s best coral reefs and enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving. Admire views of the Great Barrier Reef from your helicopter as you get a multi-angled perspective on one of the world’s top natural wonders.
Explore the reef and everything it has to offer as you start the day off with a cruise out to the Moore Reef pontoon. From there explore everything out on the reef before taking to the sky for the voyage home and a experience the beautiful reef from the air.
Explore the reef and everything it has to offer! Begin you day with a helicopter flight out to the Moore Reef pontoon where you will be greeted for lunch and snorkeling. There is no better way to explore the Great Barrier Reef.
You will cruise to the outer reef on board one of Cairns' newest reef craft, the TUSA 6, custom-built for ultimate comfort and easy access to the water. Passengers numbers are limited to just 60 to ensure plenty of space, and the friendly crew will ensure your day is fun, safe, and memorable. Two new sites are selected each day as the best for the day's conditions providing a whole new underwater adventure daily. Activities include marine interpretation presentations, guided snorkel tours, 'introductory' diving, and certified diving with up to 3 dives in the day available.
Step aboard a luxury catamaran for 2.5-hours of cruising, dining, entertainment, and panoramic mountain and city views. Throughout the evening you will cruise the calm water inlet and waterfront precinct of Cairns whilst enjoying dining, live music and (optional) dancing after dinner. Your on board chefs are proud to present an expansive hot and cold 3-course buffet made from the freshest ingredients and featuring the region's best produce including seafood.
Choose this 4-day cruise from Cairns visiting Hinchinbrook Island and returning to Cairns. Your 4-day trip offers the perfect combination of experiences to make your holiday on the Great Barrier Reef truly memorable. The itinerary has been designed to provide ample time to explore the reef through snorkeling, scuba diving and glass bottom boat tours, whilst also allowing plenty of time to discover exclusive private islands, tropical resort paradises and ancient rainforest trails. Enjoy the complete Great Barrier Reef experience as you snorkel over colorful coral gardens, stroll golden sandy beaches and wander rainforest trails. Your trip includes a secluded gourmet beach BBQ, the World Heritage-listed reef from private moorings away from the tourist crowds, be guided by an expert Marine Biologist on glass bottom boat and snorkeling tours, history and cultures of the region and early explorers, join an optional resort or certified SCUBA dive on the outer reef (payable direct).
Choose this 5-day Great Barrier Reef cruise from Cairns and visit Lizard Island and two different sections of the rarely visited Ribbon Reefs, considered to be the most colorful and pristine reefs found anywhere along the entire length of the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the wonderful fringing reefs off Lizard Island and Two Isles. Explore historic Cooktown and savor a full morning discovering spectacular Lizard Island. Snorkel over colourful coral gardens, stroll golden sandy beaches and wander rainforest trails, enjoy a secluded gourmet beach BBQ, experience the World Heritage-listed reef from the private moorings away from the tourist crowds, be guided by an expert Marine Biologist on glass bottom boat and snorkeling tours or join an optional resort or certified SCUBA dive on the outer reef (payable direct).
Swim, snorkel or dive in the pristine waters off Green Island on the Great Barrier Reef. From Cairns, sail to the island in style on a two-mast schooner and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch on board. Explore the beauty of Green Island, see the rainforest or laze on the white sandy beaches and swim amongst the magnificent coral reefs.
Explore the Great Barrier Reef aboard a sleek, luxury catamaran on this snorkel and dive cruise from Cairns! Spend six hours on the Great Barrier Reef at two different snorkel and dive sites. Cruise in style on the comfortable catamaran before taking a glass- bottom boat tour to Upolu Cay with your onboard marine naturalist, where you can either snorkel or scuba dive (see options below). Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch on board the catamaran before heading to Upolu Reef to continue snorkeling or diving, and take a guided snorkeling tour! This cruise is limited to 75 guests, ensuring quality customer service and passenger comfort.
Experience the magic of the Great Barrier Reef with exclusive access to a stunning coral reef location selected for its superior water clarity, coral quality and overall diversity of marine life, as well as the beauty of the World-Heritage listed rainforest of Kuranda.
Please note: accommodation is not included
Travel by scenic helicopter to Green Island on the Great Barrier Reef. As you fly from Cairns, take in the views of the rainforest and the magnificent colors of the Great Barrier Reef below. Spend four hours on Green Island where you can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, walking through the rainforest or exploring the reef by glass-bottom boat. Return to Cairns by high-speed catamaran.
Escape to Fitzroy Island, a tropical island on the Great Barrier Reef located only 45 minutes by high-speed ferry from Cairns. Spend your day doing as much or as little as you please; relax on the beach, swim and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef, take a glass-bottom boat tour – the choice is yours. You have the option to include only the round-trip ferry from Cairns, or to make the most of your day on Fitzroy Island, select the Activity Pass option which includes snorkeling gear, stinger suit, a glass-bottom boat tour, the use of stand-up paddle boards, paddle skis, a floating trampoline and a delicious picnic lunch.
See the sights of Cairns’ city, port and beaches on a small-group afternoon tour! You also have the option to combine the tour with a morning cruise to Green Island, where you can spend a few hours snorkeling or cruising in a glass-bottom boat. Whether exploring Cairns or relaxing on Green Island, enjoy a personalized experience on this small-group tour, limited to 21 passengers.
Explore the highlights of Cairns by combining an afternoon city tour with an evening dinner cruise on the Spirit of Cairns. Your knowledgeable, local guide will help you discover this tropical city with a visit to St Monica's theme glassed windows, Palm Cove, Lower Barron Gorge and the Flecker Botanic Gardens (afternoon tea included). Then, set sail aboard a newly refurbished, 26-metre catamaran as you cruise the calm waters of Trinity Inlet while enjoying live entertainment and a panoramic sunset (3-course buffet dinner included).
Cruise out to a moored pontoon on the Great Barrier Reef, and enjoy a day packed full of activities, both in and out of the water. Go snorkeling with the clownfish, or stay dry and take a ride in a semi-submersible vessel or glass-bottom boat. The day also includes a buffet lunch, fish-feeding presentations and use of snorkeling equipment. Plus, you have the option to splash out with an introductory or certified dive, try your hand at Seawalker Helmet Diving, or take a guided snorkel safari through the coral gardens, spotting and maybe even touching the rare marine life.