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Cairns Dreamtime Dive And Snorkel

Cairns, Australia

Spend a full day exploring the stunning underwater world of the outer Great Barrier Reef on this dive and snorkel tour

DurationApprox. 8 Hours
Start & End Time
Start & End Time9am to 5pm
Minimum Age
Minimum AgeAll ages
Start & End Location
Start & End LocationCairns

Cairns Dreamtime Dive And Snorkel Highlights

  • Get up to 10% cash back per person when you book with us!

  • Return cruise from Cairns to two, outer Great Barrier Reef sites

  • Indigenous Welcome to Country and acknowledgement

  • Indigenous sea rangers to guide you throughout the tour

  • Interesting and informative marine biologist presentation

  • Live entertainment

  • Use of snorkelling equipment, wetsuits or lycra suits and personal flotation devices

  • Morning tea, buffet lunch, afternoon tea, coffee and water provided

What to Expect

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the boat ride to the reef?

The fast, stable motor catamaran delivers you to the Outer Reef in only 90 minutes leaving more of your day to enjoy the reef.

You will have approximately 5 hours to explore the reefs, which is up to 2 hours longer than similar cruises. You can snorkel just off the boat, join a guided snorkel tour, try an introductory scuba dive, enjoy lunch and still have time to relax on the deck with a cool drink! You have time to do as much or as little as you like without the rush. Most guests will have travelled a long way to visit the Great Barrier Reef and with so much to see and do it is not something you want to hurry.

Unfortunately, we don’t offer a coach transfer service, however, the Reef Fleet Terminal is in close walking distance from most accommodation outlets in Cairns. Some hotels may offer a courtesy coach service.

No, all activities can be organised and booked once on board. You may wish to speak to the friendly crew prior to selecting activities so activities can be suggested that are best suited to your swimming ability (or lack of). Pre-booking optional activities guarantees availability and also help with crewing the boat with the right number of staff required for each activity. Cancellations by The Supplier of any pre-booked activities are always subject to a full refund.

Milln, Flynn & Thetford Reef are in Gunggandji Sea Country and are home to some of the best snorkelling and diving on the reef! You don’t want to miss getting in the water here.

Other magnificent reef sites that could be visited are in Yirrganydji Sea Country. These include Norman, Saxon and Hastings Reef.

Both Flynn Reef and Milln Reef sites are highly regarded as some of the best quality coral reef locations in the region. Tropical cyclones and storms or higher than average summer temperatures can affect the extent of bleaching but are a natural part of the reef life-cycle.

In poor weather, you can move your booking without charge to the next most suitable day, subject to availability. In the rare event The Supplier deems the weather too bad to travel and you are unable to reschedule, a full refund will be provided.

The boat has sheltered areas throughout for your comfort.

While certain species of jelly fish can be found in tropical waters at any time of year, the majority are harmless to man. Official ‘Stinger season’ in Cairns is from November to May when water temperatures suit the few species of concern.

While incidents involving serious stings are extremely rare our crew are trained to recognize sting types and apply appropriate first aid assistance if required. To greatly reduce your chances of an encounter with a jellyfish protective lycra suits are available for free and come in a range of sizes from XS to XXL. The lycra suits are also excellent sun protection.

Hopefully not. This depends largely on the individual. Travelling on the fast, stable catamaran ensures the smoothest possible ride. If conditions are forecast 15 knots or below it will generally be smooth going.

At 20 knots and above it can get a little bumpy at times however the skippers are skilled in picking the best route to our destination. If you are prone to other common forms of motion sickness such as travelling in a car or plane you may wish to take precautions. There are both natural ginger tablets as well as medicated Travel-Calm onboard, however these are a preventative, not a cure, so should be taken approximately 30 minutes prior to departure for maximum benefit.

Yes! Sharks form a vital part of the worlds marine ecosystem. Most are shy and quite harmless such as the common white tip reef sharks which only grow to approximately 5ft and are very timid. An encounter with a reef shark is a magical experience but enjoy it quickly as they will generally swim off in the opposite direction if they feel they are being watched or if you get to close

Unfortunately, we are not able to hire or lend towels. The best idea is to bring one from your hotel or accommodation.

Hat, towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, something to swim in, a dry change of clothes, cash or credit card for optional activities and onboard purchases such as souvenirs, professional photos from our on-board photographer or a drink from the bar.

There are toilets on the boat accessible at all times throughout the day. Fresh water rinse showers and bathrooms are available.

There is snorkelling equipment in both adult and child sizes. Fins range from children’s size 1-3 to Adults 11-13 and masks are in adult and child fittings. Wet suits and lycra suits are also available in sizes ranging from XS to XXL. Swim vests are also available in most sizes for those wanting some extra flotation while snorkelling.

No, parents are responsible for supervising their children at all times. The friendly crew can help organise the timing of your activities so that one parent is always free to attend to the children.

No. While theft is very rare on board, The Supplier suggests valuables are better off left in your hotel room or with the concierge rather than brought to the reef.

The Outer Reef Wall is a renowned dive location for dive enthusiasts and keen snorkellers and reaches depths of over 30m.

There is ramp access from the wharf to the vessel. However, passengers are required to negotiate at least one set of stairs on the vessel depending on tides and loading position so the assistance of a carer is highly recommended.

The Suppliers does not have a wheelchair-accessible toilet or shower, unfortunately. Access to the water and sundeck all require stairs to be negotiated and would require a carer to be present if the customer can not walk unassisted.

The best idea is to give The Supplier a call and talk through the level of disability to determine suitability.

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Dreamtime Dive and Snorkel
Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel Wharf, Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia