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AquaQuest Outer Reef Day Trip - Snorkel & Dive options

Cairns, Australia

Spend the day snorkelling in the unforgettable outer Great Barrier Reef with diverse fish, colourful coral, turtles and more

Start & End Time
Start & End Time8am - 4.30pm
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-OffNot included
Minimum Age
Minimum AgeNo min age, but restrictions on age to snorkel
Meals
MealsLunch, morning tea, afternoon tea
Start & End Location
Start & End LocationB Finger Cairns Marlin Marina
Eco Tour
Eco Tour

AquaQuest Outer Reef Day Trip - Snorkel & Dive options Highlights

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

  • Visit two snorkelling/Dive locations on the outer Great Barrier Reef

  • Five hours at the outer reef

  • All snorkelling equipment: wetsuit/lycra suit and prescription masks

  • Guided snorkel tours

  • Fresh tropical buffet lunch with hot and cold options, water, tea and coffee

  • In depth briefing and equipment tuition, hot water showers

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where do AquaQuest go?

AquaQuest visit the Outer Great Barrier Reef. The outer reefs are the sections furthest from the coast.

These reefs have fewer crowds and benefit from flowing nutrients distributed by the vast Coral Sea. Here, good climate conditions and clear water bring out the best in the coral colours and the incredibly diverse marine life

With more than 18 sites from Cairns, AquaQuest has the most choice of outer reef locations of all the local operators. On our day trips we visit two sites per day, based on weather and visibility conditions, to ensure you have the best possible dive or snorkel experience.

As long as you’re comfortable in the water, you should be able to snorkel or even do an intro dive. Before you enter the water you will fill out a form that includes information on your level of competence in the water and any medical conditions. Depending on your response, we may require that you use a flotation device while snorkelling.

Our friendly instructors will talk you through using all the equipment. If you’re unsure, feel free to contact us to discuss.

Child snorkel age is 4-14. Please see below for learn to dive age restrictions. There is no minimum age restriction for travelling on vessels when accompanied by a parent or guardian, but children must remain supervised at all times if they are not undertaking a course.

AquaQuest can accommodate people who don’t wish to snorkel or dive. Each of our vessels has outdoor viewing decks and air-conditioned spaces indoors.

You can hire an Olympus TG5 camera

All our vessels are catamarans, which offer greater stability and a smoother ride than monohull vessels.

If you are prone to motion sickness, we recommend buying natural ginger tablets, available at all local chemists. We also have some available for sale on board.

Box jellyfish live in the warmer coastal areas sheltered by the Great Barrier Reef, and are most numerous between November and May. We provide protective lycra suits during these months to protect all snorkellers and divers.

The maximum depth for recreational diving is 18m if you hold the standard PADI Open Water Diver Certification (or equivalent), and 30m if you hold the PADI Advanced Open Water certification (or equivalent).

Some of the best dives on the Great Barrier Reef can be done in less than 15m of water, where stronger light can result in an even better view of the abundant marine life.

All divers are asked to complete a medical questionnaire on board. You don’t require a medical if you answer no to everything. If you answer yes to any questions, a further medical may be required. You will also be asked to fill out a general disclaimer which differs from company to company.

You’ll need to bring your certification card. If you have lost your card, please contact the issuing agency.

Certified divers should bring their logbooks to log their dives on board the vessel, and so our dive supervisors can assess their experience.

No, solo diving is not allowed. You’ll need a dive buddy or a guide with you at all times.

Whenever possible, the Dive Supervisor will buddy you with someone of equal experience.

Regulations state that for a single, no decompression dive, you should not fly or go to altitude for at least 12 hours. For multiple dives you should not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours.

We recommend waiting at least 24 hours after diving before going to altitude or flying. These are guidelines only – there is no guarantee that following these recommendations will prevent decompression sickness. Currently there are no guidelines regarding diving after flying.

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A Refundable Booking is available at checkout. This will provide 100% refund for one of the many reasons included via our terms - including adverse weather, sickness or delays with transport.

All customer cancellation & refund requests are also subject to our website’s own refund conditions.

Pickup Locations

    Tour Option 3 Intro Dives

    • 08:00 - 00 Checkin On Vessel AquaQuest B Finger Cairns Marlin Marina @ 8:00 AM
    • 08:00 - Agincourt Beachfront Appartments - Adult $34 Child $25 @ 7:05 AM
    • 08:00 - Alamanda Palm Cove - Adult $34 Child $25 @ 6:50 AM
    • 08:00 - Alassio On The Beach Palm Cove - Adult $34 Child $25 @ 6:45 AM
    • 08:00 - Amaroo Resort - Meet @ Corner of Trinity Beach Road & Anderson Street - Adult $34 Child $25 @ 7:10 AM

    Tour Option Snorkelling option

    • 08:00 - 00 Checkin On Vessel AquaQuest B Finger Cairns Marlin Marina @ 8:00 AM
    • 08:00 - Agincourt Beachfront Appartments - Adult $34 Child $25 @ 7:05 AM
    • 08:00 - Alamanda Palm Cove - Adult $34 Child $25 @ 6:50 AM
    • 08:00 - Alassio On The Beach Palm Cove - Adult $34 Child $25 @ 6:45 AM
    • 08:00 - Amaroo Resort - Meet @ Corner of Trinity Beach Road & Anderson Street - Adult $34 Child $25 @ 7:10 AM

    Tour Option 1 x Intro Dive

    • 08:00 - 00 Checkin On Vessel AquaQuest B Finger Cairns Marlin Marina @ 8:00 AM
    • 08:00 - Agincourt Beachfront Appartments - Adult $34 Child $25 @ 7:05 AM
    • 08:00 - Alamanda Palm Cove - Adult $34 Child $25 @ 6:50 AM
    • 08:00 - Alassio On The Beach Palm Cove - Adult $34 Child $25 @ 6:45 AM
    • 08:00 - Amaroo Resort - Meet @ Corner of Trinity Beach Road & Anderson Street - Adult $34 Child $25 @ 7:10 AM

    Tour Option 2 x Intro Dives

    • 08:00 - 00 Checkin On Vessel AquaQuest B Finger Cairns Marlin Marina @ 8:00 AM
    • 08:00 - Agincourt Beachfront Appartments - Adult $34 Child $25 @ 7:05 AM
    • 08:00 - Alamanda Palm Cove - Adult $34 Child $25 @ 6:50 AM
    • 08:00 - Alassio On The Beach Palm Cove - Adult $34 Child $25 @ 6:45 AM
    • 08:00 - Amaroo Resort - Meet @ Corner of Trinity Beach Road & Anderson Street - Adult $34 Child $25 @ 7:10 AM

    Tour Option 2 Certified Dives

    • 08:00 - 00 Checkin On Vessel AquaQuest B Finger Cairns Marlin Marina @ 8:00 AM
    • 08:00 - Agincourt Beachfront Appartments - Adult $34 Child $25 @ 7:05 AM
    • 08:00 - Alamanda Palm Cove - Adult $34 Child $25 @ 6:50 AM
    • 08:00 - Alassio On The Beach Palm Cove - Adult $34 Child $25 @ 6:45 AM
    • 08:00 - Amaroo Resort - Meet @ Corner of Trinity Beach Road & Anderson Street - Adult $34 Child $25 @ 7:10 AM

    Tour Option 3 Certified Dives

    • 08:00 - 00 Checkin On Vessel AquaQuest B Finger Cairns Marlin Marina @ 8:00 AM
    • 08:00 - Agincourt Beachfront Appartments - Adult $34 Child $25 @ 7:05 AM
    • 08:00 - Alamanda Palm Cove - Adult $34 Child $25 @ 6:50 AM
    • 08:00 - Alassio On The Beach Palm Cove - Adult $34 Child $25 @ 6:45 AM
    • 08:00 - Amaroo Resort - Meet @ Corner of Trinity Beach Road & Anderson Street - Adult $34 Child $25 @ 7:10 AM

Tour Operator

Divers Den
B Finger, Cairns Marina
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