Great Barrier Reef

Visible from space, covering roughly the same area as Italy and home to more than 5000 species of marine creatures, the Great Barrier Reef is a must-see attraction for all travellers to Australia. The lively city of Cairns is a gateway for tours to explore the inner and outer reef, with our Great Barrier Reef tours departing daily from Marlin Marina. Whether you want to snorkel, scuba dive or stay dry and view the colourful coral gardens from a glass-bottom boat, we offer several tour options for travellers looking to discover this astonishing world under the sea.

Best Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling and Scuba Diving Day Tours

For a full day out on the outer Great Barrier Reef, exploring the colourful corals and saying ‘g’day’ to the local marine life, look no further than one of our day tours from Cairns. Our staff onboard are highly experienced and will provide you with all the information you need to enjoy your day out on the reef. Don’t worry if you have never snorkelled before! Our crew will offer you a comprehensive demonstration of the equipment and we have floating devices on hand for those who are unsure in the water.

With several tour options available, all including snorkelling and lunch, we’re certain to have a Great Barrier Reef cruise that’s just what you are looking for. For the cheap and cheerful option, our 1 Day Great Barrier Reef tour takes you to snorkel at two different reef sites. To travel in style, join our Premium Snorkelling tour and laze on the sun deck aboard our chic catamaran as we sail out to two reef sites, with diving upgrades available. Our Pontoon Adventure offers an action-packed day of thrilling experiences in and out of the water such as fish feeding, a semi-submersible and more!

For travellers wanting to explore further below the water’s surface, our Great Barrier Reef Deluxe Cruise includes one certified or beginner scuba dive. Even if you have never dived before, you can enjoy the unique perspective of the reef from up to eight metres under the water. This tour visits two of four reef sites, allowing the captain to select on the day the best location to make the most of the conditions. Including Cairns hotel pickup, glass-bottom boat and much more, this is the best value reef trip there is!

Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard Day Trips from Cairns

While a one day tour will give you a taste of the colourful world below the surface, staying overnight on our two or three day liveaboard tours offers the chance to truly appreciate the incredible wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. On these snorkelling tours, we take you to a number of reef sites where you can explore the fascinating underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. Upgrade to a beginner dive, with no experience needed, or certified dive package to explore deep underwater. Double or twin rooms are available, with a chef preparing fresh meals every day. It’s the ultimate Great Barrier Reef tour experience.

Inner Great Barrier Reef Tours

Not just made of coral, the Great Barrier Reef also comprises 600 islands – and you can explore two of them on day trips from Cairns! Join our Fitzroy Island or Green Island day trips to spend a day relaxing and exploring these incredible tropical islands located less than an hour from Cairns. Covered in lush rainforest and offering top snorkelling opportunities just off the beach, these islands are the perfect tropical escape!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best tours to the Great Barrier Reef?

What are the differences between the Great Barrier Reef Tours?

The main differences between the Great Barrier Reef Tours are the boat you will travel on and the inclusions. Check the tour pages for more information about what’s included or read more here about which tour might be best for you.

What should I bring on my Great Barrier Reef Tour?

The only things you need to bring on tour are your bathers, towel and whatever else you would normally bring on a day out.