Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Day Tour

Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and get a FREE scuba dive!

Cairns, Australia
6 hrs
Start time
7:30 am
Minimum age
Fitness level
FromAUD $175
Child (4-16): AUD $100
Levy $20
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What's Included

  • Five hours of snorkelling or diving at two outer Great Barrier Reef locations.
  • FREE guided snorkelling tours.
  • FREE scuba diving trial (about 5 minutes)
  • State of the art snorkel and dive equipment and flotation devices (Wetsuits are not included)
  • Live musical entertainment.
  • Delicious Aussie BBQ lunch including prawns, fish, steak, sausages, vegetarian, tropical salads and pastas.
  • Exclusive protected sheltered reef locations.

What's excluded

  • $20 Levy per person (to be paid on arrival)
  • Wetsuits $10/person (as they are not essential for scuba diving)
  • $70/person for the whole scuba dive lesson (it's up to you to do it or not)




Down Under Cruise and Dive is located in Australia's Far Tropical North Queensland in the township of Cairns, the gateway to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and Daintree National Parks. 

EVOLUTION departs Cairns daily offering a fast, comfortable and affordable cruise, with five hours spent visiting two spectacular Outer Great Barrier Reef destinations. This large modern vessel provides a superior ride in all weather conditions, no big crowds and exclusive, protected Reef locations. Professional, friendly and attentive staff ensure a safe and enjoyable fun filled experience.

Which reefs do we go to?
We have 12 exclusive moorings at six reef locations.


Locations are chosen each day based on weather conditions and water clarity so as to ensure the best experience for all activities.

Generally, we travel to one of our two outer reef locations in the morning (Norman Reef or Saxon Reef) then make our way to North Hastings Reef in the afternoon to conduct Helicopter Flights and our Semi-Submersible tour.


The best snorkelling at the best reefs
We have selected our outer reef locations for their variety and bottom contours, so to provide the best experience for both beginners, experienced snorkelers and children of all ages.


Our staff keep a constant watch over the snorkelling sites making sure all passengers can enjoy the amazing wildlife in perfect safety. Our snorkel supervisors are all experienced Divemasters and provide in-depth briefings on safety procedures and site orientation, so you know where to find all the 'cool stuff'.


For the beginners, we offer one-on-one tuition on gear use and snorkelling techniques, a selection of buoyancy aids (foam noodles, life jackets) and FREE snorkel guides are available all day long to guide you through the natural maze of beautiful coral and fishes.

The wetsuits are not included in the gear as they are not essential, the water is pretty warm. If you want to a wetsuit, it's an extra $10 to be paid on the boat.

For First Time Divers; after an in-depth briefing from our expert dive staff, we gear you up and jump in the water, after a few minutes (around 5 minutes) you will have the choice to keep diving, and you will be charged an extra $70 for the thrill of a lifetime as we guide you through this amazing wonderland. Or you can choose to stop there, and you will be free of charge.

For Certified Divers; either buddy up with a friend or join our guides as we push the limits and explore the amazing ecology of the reef.
In the afternoon there's a choice of a ride on our Semi-submersible boat tour (weather dependent and costs $10 pre-booked or pay on board), more snorkelling or diving, or just laze around on our massive sun-deck.
Upon request and availability, you can go on a Helicopter Scenic Tour for an additional $145 per person. 
Finally, cruise back to Cairns while enjoying our on-board entertainer as he sings and performs his famous didgeridoo show.

What to bring:

  • Sunscreen, hat, change of clothes.
  • Swimmers and a towel.
  • Cash or Credit Card for additional purchases (Soft Drinks, Chocolates, Underwater Cameras, T-shirts, etc.).

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Terms & Conditions:

Divers 65 years and over must provide a current "AS4005.1" dive medical prior to travel.
Please consider weather and wind strength before booking.
Adult 17 years and over, Child 4-16 years, Infant up to 3 years. Passengers under 8 years will require parental/guardian signature, children up to 15 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Cancellation Policy:

In the event that a booking is cancelled, the following fees will apply:

  • Cancellations or changes made more than 18 hours before departure: no fee
  • Cancellations or changes within 48 hours of departure: 100% of the cost
  • No refunds for voluntary uncompleted dives

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Down Under Cruise & Dive
287 Draper Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia


FromAUD $175
Child (4-16): AUD $100
Levy $20
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