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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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Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Updated 17/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 17/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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.
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 .
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    Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom
    Stop: 9 hours
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    Upolu Cay
    Stop: 9 hours
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  • You'll end 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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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 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Norap07 wrote a review Nov 2020
Edens Landing, Australia15 contributions3 helpful votes
The whole experience was phenomenal. Absolutely wonderful crew and the boat was very clean and tidy. I loved the food that seemed readily available and the helpful crew were so knowledgeable and friendly especially the Skipper Ben. We were helped by Pale who guided us around
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Michael L wrote a review Nov 2020
Brisbane, Australia3 contributions
The reef that the company will take you to is the Upolu reef. It’s just miles away from green island, which means you spend $235 only to go to the green island...what a joke. The reef are white and dying... not worth seeing anymore.
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Response from OFreedom, Manager at Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns
Responded 1 week ago
To whom this may concern , We do not believe this to be a true review by the nature of the information and “sits” in clear stark contrast to all our reviews received on every day that we have travelled . We find it very odd that if you had found the tour to be such “a joke” that you did not present yourself directly to the crew or the office on the day of travel and voice your discontent . The pricing of the tour is, in fact, one of the most cost-effective high standard Great Barrier Reef tours in Cairns and our reef sites are not “white and dying” as can be seen by many other recent reviews. As we are sure you are clearly aware, reef tours operate in different ways – starting with a base cost and then extras of equipment hire / snorkel tours / Glass Bottom Boat tours and even food , others have different levels of inclusions and “extras” costs during the day. Our tour has all these included in the price with plenty of food served throughout the day and all snorkel equipment / Glass Bottom Boat and snorkel tours , high crew to guest ratio with top customer service and in-water assistance if required included - so in fact, when you work out the overall end of day cost, you would find the pricing not only to be extremely cost-effective but also highly competitive in what we offer. You mention comparison of “reef sites” yet we see no evidence of your name having travelled on either of our vessels so find it odd to mention specific reef sites unless having some other local knowledge – the facts of which you state, however, also incorrect. You describe the reef as “white and dying” – yet we have no current bleaching on any sites at present so there is no “white” coral . The GBB photo you have put on is over a very shallow reef area which in fact shows healthy brown soft coral. Soft and hard corals come in different colours and the vibrancy of more colourful coral seen on any day is also determined by the amount of light on the day and also the depth at which one views the coral and the use (or not) of flash photography. Different parts of the reef show different areas of reef from shallow on the GBB tour and other areas on snorkel tours and diving each with their unique types of coral coverage which our Master Reef guides would explain during tours of the different areas throughout the day. There are also, in fact many different shades of brown / olive -green in healthy very much alive coral – it is a common natural coral colour. With all due respect– we have searched all our manifests for any even similar names, the information is inaccurate and cannot find anything that may match the posting name (which seems to display as 3 different names on different pages ?) leading us to believe this may not be an honest review posted by one of our guests. If we have somehow made an incorrect assumption then clearly we need to give you another day out to accurately show you our reef areas - please feel free to come to our desk or send your full details by e-mail and the date you purport to have travelled as we would very gladly refund every penny of the price you report to have paid and give you a day out to showcase our beautiful sites.
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Carlia F wrote a review Nov 2020
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This was such an incredible day and I couldn’t recommend the Ocean Freedom tour more for solo travellers! The crew on board were so ready to help at every moment and took us on some incredible snorkelling tours of the reefs. I felt so safe the entire time. I spotted a very
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from OFreedom, General Manager at Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for your review and recommendation! We love that you felt safe & still had so much fun. Sounds like you saw plenty of amazing marine creatures, too! Hope to see you again :)
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Goc69 wrote a review Nov 2020
Wynyard80 contributions12 helpful votes
The best cruise experience on the reef. The Ocean Freedom family are outstanding and they facilitate a memorable day on the reef. Totally professional with 100% fun thrown in. Our snorkeling and diving was supurb we couldn't have been happier. We have done similar trips in
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from OFreedom, General Manager at Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thanks for this wonderful review. So glad you enjoyed your day with us! We pride ourselves on maintaining great customer service, so thank you for commenting on that. Looking forward to having you back in the future!
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Amy S wrote a review Nov 2020
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From booking, to our day on the reef, the team at Ocean Freedom provided a seamless and extremely enjoyable experience. It was so easy to book, the communication was great and the pick up from our hotel was an added bonus. Our trip out to the reef was great! We saw so much
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from OFreedom, General Manager at Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns
Responded 3 weeks ago
We’re so happy to hear that you had an enjoyable experience with us! We certainly do enjoy sharing our knowledge about the reef with everyone 😊 Thank-you for this lovely review and we hope to see you again soon
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beaumehan
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Ocean Freedom! A wonderful day out!
Just returned from a wonderful day out at the reef on Ocean Freedom, which is a locally owned family business. A v
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lachlanm403
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Perfect day, would do again.
My partner and I did the green island tour on ocean free. Everything about the day was perfect, the staff are helpf
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Chargrilledheroroll
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Exceptional experience!!!!!
I have done a few day trips to the reef on bigger boats on clearer days, but none have been as pleasurable, thank y
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hurleylo1
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Day snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef
My husband and I boarded the ocean freedom on Saturday 21/11/20. We had our 7 yr old with us on her first ever snor
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Saraveronicawest
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Amazing day on the reef
My friend and I visited Cairns over the weekend and came across this full day sailing cruise on the reef. We were b
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Companion819701
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Perfectly managed family fun day for all!
Such a wonderfully family orientated day. My 4 and 5 yo were soon part of the crew and nothing was a problem. The a
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Annalouise13girl
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Ocean Free
See Green island on the Ocean Free, small group with a fantastic crew. Could not have asked for more! What a fabulo
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902jamess902
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An Amazing Reef Experience
Awewsome : A friend and I did a Green Island and Snorkelling trip on the 6th October. As soon as we got to the boat
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jasonhI1518YU
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Wow Wow Wow. Best day on the reef!
Wow! What a great day! I went on this trip with my wife, 9yo daughter and 7yo son. It was an awesome experience. To
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TimV221
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A great day at sea sir!
What a fantastic crew! Everything was just right with plenty to eat, plenty of help to get you in to the water and
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Y2357NNjessicaw
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Amazing reef experience
My daughter and I went on ocean free yesterday and I can not recommend this tour enough. The staff were absolutley
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JanBAustralia
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Wonderful Day On the Water
This is mainly a diving excursion and though we are not divers or snorkelers we still had a fantastic day. Could n
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elizabethn288
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Far exceeded expectations!
Hands down, the best outdoor water experience I’ve ever done!!! From the moment I checked in til we returned 8 hour
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CarolynP606
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Terrific way to visit Green Island and the reef
We have visited the reef off Cairns many times, and were looking for a different experience, and were lucky enough
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lauren2492
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Such good value
There are so many different reef cruises to pick from and I’m really glad we chose this one, everything was amazing
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  • Duration: 9h
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  • Languages Offered: English
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