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Seastar Luxury Outer Great Barrier Reef Island and Reef Tour from Cairns

From US$154.40
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
Highlights
  • Explore the Outer Great Barrier Reef aboard a luxury yacht
  • Plenty of time for snorkeling or, if selected, Scuba diving
  • Includes lunch, as well as morning and afternoon tea
  • Snorkel or dive in confidence under the close supervision of your guides
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Overview
Ensure a memorable experience on the Outer Great Barrier Reef on this full-day, all-inclusive cruise aboard a catamaran. Head for Michaelmas Cay and Hastings Outer Reef and plunge into the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef by snorkeling amongst its rich marine life. If you have selected the option, you can also include an introductory or certified dive. Includes morning and afternoon tea, as well as a buffet lunch.
What to Expect
Make your way directly to Seastar on E Finger at the northern side of the Cairns Marina (adjacent to the easily visible “Salt House” restaurant). On arrival you will be welcomed by your captain before stepping aboard Seastar to meet your crew.
Check-in is on-board after which you may enjoy a coffee or tea with delicious muffins. All equipment is provided and your crew will assist you with fitting the correct size snorkel or dive equipment bringing this to you. Wet suits or stinger suits are hung on your own personal hanger.
Departing Cairns, the safety briefing explains the various safety systems and procedures on-board. A snorkel demonstration follows to ensure all are aware of the equipment, health risks of snorkelling, things to be aware of at the reef, how the day will run and where to find crew. Then the scuba briefing details in water skills.  
Arriving at the world-famous Michaelmas Cay, there is a site briefing then you gather your equipment, organise a buoyancy vest or noodle, collect your suit, then make the short ferry trip to Cairn’s largest sand cay island. Experienced or novice, the calm waters of the beach is the best location to commence your guided snorkel tour. The tour guides depart in small groups, out over shallow reef waters towing a life ring. Your guide will assist you with your equipment and although the high-quality mask and snorkel are easy to fit, novice snorkellers have more time in the shallow water to make final adjustments. Introductory divers commence their dive from Seastar under the supervision of our caring instructors. After your dive or snorkel excursion, there is ample time to revisit the reef with you snorkel buddy.
With two good hours of diving or snorkelling, you have an appetite. Feast on a delicious buffet of hot and cold dishes, including vegetarian options with plenty of salads, fresh fruits, and bread. Cold drinks are also available for purchase. When finished Seastar departs for Hastings Reef on the very outer of the Great Barrier Reef.
A very different reef to Michaelmas. Again, a site briefing is given before you re-enter the water. Snorkelling and diving commence from Seastar, the guided snorkel tours first, then diving where experienced certified divers may travel to the “Wild Side” in the tender and return dive to the Seastar. Afterwards, there is ample time to again revisit this reef with you snorkel buddy.
Confidence gained at Michaelmas Cay, snorkellers are often taken to the “Wild Side” abundant with vibrant fish and coral, deep coral canyons, giant coral formations, colourful reef fish, anemones, sea turtles, cheeky little reef sharks and deep water.
With another two good hours of snorkelling and diving, it is time to return to Seastar. While enjoying the waiting afternoon tea waiting with delicious cakes and fresh fruit, the safety head count is conducted and with all signed back on-board, Seastar returns to Cairns.
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Polite, helpful, informative, and hospitable. The best reef trip I've done and i've been going out the reef every year for 20 years.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank StuyJ
Reviewed 3 days ago

I booked with Seastar as they offer smaller groups, and so glad I did. The crew were fabulous, really good fun, very knowledgeable and made every attempt to ensure everyone had a good time and were well looked after. First stop was Michaelmas Cay, where...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Karramar
Reviewed 4 days ago

This tour is absolutely fabulous! The tour is a small group so you are well guided and cared for. The tour is run by a group of amzing crew who is professional, knowledgeable and very passionate about the reef, super friendly and attentive which made...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank fabchoo
Reviewed 5 days ago

We had a brilliant day with sea star crew. They were very helpful and professional. From the very first moment onboard all the staff were friendly and went above and beyond to make sure everyone was comfortable, safe, well fed, and happy. There was an...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Orla B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

If one goes for a tour to the great barrier reef , then this has to be it. They take just 36 people with them and truly devote themselves to their service. The take you first to Michalamas Cay and then to the more outer...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Monish F
20 June 2019|
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Response from arachne7 | Reviewed this property |
You should be able to take a camera with you. I chose not to use mine since the crew took photos throughout the day and then posts them on their Facebook page.
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Monish F
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Response from X8547FEdougm | Reviewed this property |
You can easily do an intro dive at the first site then snorkel at the second site. Someone did this the day we went. Have fun!
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