A Cairns Great Barrier Reef Tour is probably the number one reason to Visit Cairns. It's the Worlds Biggest Reef - it would be a shame to be so close and not experience it, wouldn't it? Here at Visit Cairns we pride ourselves on matching the right Great Barrier Reef Tour to the individual. There's basically 3 different kinds of Great Barrier Reef tours from Cairns.
These cruises spend the whole day onboard the boat, except when snorkelling, diving, or having a Glass Bottom Boat ride that is. They're perfect if you plan on doing lots of snorkelling. They're not so good for non or poor swimmers. You will snorkel directly from the boat and generally not be able to touch the bottom. A crew member will be stationed to watch all snorkellers in the water.
Island Cruises from Cairns are great for families or mixed groups. To snorkel you enter the water directly from the beach - this is perfect for poor swimmers or young kids. Green Island and Fitzroy Island have resorts on them so offer a bit more for the non swimmer. The Franklands, Low Isles, Michelmas and Upolo Cays are natural islands, and while very beautiful are totally undeveloped.
Pontoons are permanently moored at the very edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Think of them as an artificial island. They offer a stable roomy platform for the days activities. They are great for families, people worried about seasickness or mixed need groups. While the snorkelling does take place in deep water most pontoons have floats strategically placed as rest stops for snorkellers. A stagff member is also on permanent watch duty.
Some of our Most Popular Great Barrier Reef Tours
Green Island Full Day Tour
5 full hours on Green Island. Choice of Snorkelling or Glass Bottom Boat Ride. Lunch and Semi Submarine options available. Great Family Packages, Great Family Destination
Prices from $77 per adult.
Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Pontoon
2 hours at Green Island and 3 hours at an outer reef pontoon. All in one fun filled day. Includes lunch, snorkelling, semi -sub ride and underwater observatory.
Prices from $216 per adult.
Swift Reef Cruise - Snorkel/Scuba Dive
3 Spectacular Great Barrier Reef locations, 5 Hours at the Reef, Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, Introductory Diving, Tropical Buffet Lunch, Snorkel Tour.
Prices from $175 per adult.
Passions of Paradise - Snorkel / Sail / Dive
2 Great Reef locations in the one day, Michaelmas Cay & Paradise Reef, Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, Glass Bottom Boat, Buffet Lunch, Exciting sail home.
Prices from $139 per adult.