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Down Under Cruise and Dive

Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise to 2 Reef Locations

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  • 5 hours reef time
  • Visit 2 stunning reef sites
  • Delicious hot BBQ Aussie lunch
  • Fully licensed bar onboard
  • Cairns most luxurious vessel
  • FREE glass of wine & light snack on return journey
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Explore the best of the Great Barrier Reef both in & above the water with this great value full day cruise package from Cairns, visiting several great Outer Reef sites throughout the course of the day! Featuring a comprehensive tour itinerary, you'll get to see all the vivid, colourful, World Heritage beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, and have the chance to view it up close for yourself with included use of all the state-of-the-art snorkel and scuba equipment included in the price. Join your friendly crew aboard a comfortable, modern and spacious craft for an adventure that's as beautiful as it is educational - take in all the marine life, coral, fish and stunning colours at several exclusive mooring locations hand-picked for their beauty.

Relax on board the vessel in these amazing surroundings and enjoy a freshly prepared, Aussie-style barbecue lunch with fresh steak and seafood, snack on tasty cheese platters, enjoy a drink and much more. Featuring 5 hours' worth of snorkelling or diving, it's a full-fledged Great Barrier Reef extravaganza all for a single great price. If you're wanting to see the reef in a day, then book this Great Barrier Reef dive and snorkel package from Cairns online today!


  • Over 5 hours at two outer Great Barrier Reef locations
  • Snorkel equipment and flotation devices
  • Free lycra/sun-suit hire
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Glass of wine and a light snack on the return journey
  • Experienced, professional dive instructors providing full diving and snorkelling tuition and safety briefings
  • Delicious Aussie BBQ lunch including prawns, fish, steak, sausages, vegetarian, and a variety of salads (GF, DF, Vegan options available)


  • Hotel pick ups and drop offs (Return transfer for Cairns CBD Accommodation is $18/pp, for Beaches/ Outer City Accommodation is $25/pp, for Port Douglas Accommodation is $82/pp minimum 2 passengers required)


  • Introductory and certified scuba diving
  • Semi-Submersible Tour - temporarily unavailable due to COVID-19
  • Guided snorkel tours with a Marine Biologist
  • Scenic helicopter flight
  • All extras are available for purchase on the day of the cruise


  • Visit 2 outer reef locations
  • Cruise onboard 35-meter luxury superyacht with 3 decks
  • Locations vary depending on the day, however, they generally travel to one of the two outer reef locations in the morning (Norman Reef or Saxon Reef) then make their way to North Hastings Reef in the afternoon
  • 5 hours of snorkelling
  • Semi submersible boat tour (optional extra)
  • Hot BBQ lunch
  • State of the art high speed vessel
  • Spacious sundecks for sunbathing
  • Large modern lounges to relax on
  • Fully licensed bar onboard


  • Tours depart daily from the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal at 8.00am and return approximately 4.30pm. Check-in commences from 7.15am and closes at 7.45am. Once your booking is confirmed, you will receive a confirmation tour voucher with complete tour operator details. You will be required to contact the tour operator a minimum of 48hrs prior to your day of travel to reconfirm your tour and the tour departure point

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.)

Additional Information

  • Certain medical conditions and medications may exclude some people from scuba diving. If you are concerned about any medical conditions, please consult your doctor
  • A person with heart trouble, a current cold or congestion, epilepsy, asthma, a severe medical problem, or who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, should not dive
  • Divers 65yrs and over must provide a current AS4005-1 dive medical prior to travel
  • All divers will need to fill in a Medical Questionnaire prior to scuba diving

Booking Information

  • It is highly recommended to reconfirm your booking on arrival in Cairns and confirm your hotel pick up departure and pick up time if required. For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details are included on your tour voucher
  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on the day of the tour. Vouchers presented on a mobile device are also accepted
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control. We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
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5 stars 74% (41)
4 stars 22% (12)
3 stars 4% (2)
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Monica Rodrigues de Barros 3 months ago
Loved everything, from the food to the boa to the excellent staff. They know what they do and they humour us. I would repeat it again. 100 /100. The weather wasn't great but still, we were able to enjoy it to the fullest... live it and love it! You won't regret it.
Tean is great, the food is good and the team is very involved with the travellers

Loved everything, from the food to the boa to the excellent staff. They know what they do and they humour us. I would repeat it again. 100 /100. The weather wasn't great but still, we were able to enjoy it to the fullest... live it and love it! You won't regret it.

Monica Rodrigues de Barros 3 months ago
Fantastic experience snorkelling on the reef. Well organised and wonderful professional staff.

Excellent 10/10. Well organised, professional staff, food AOK, well timed, would have liked to start 1hr later, as most things start so early and one gets tired getting up so early. If you had daylight saving getting back at 5:30 would make a difference. Loved every and would recommend to all

Jude Rafferty 1 year ago
Great way to spend a day in Cairns! Absolutely worth it

Great way to spend the day. The whole team on the boat were welcoming, friendly and could answer any questions. The boat had enough space for everyone to be there. The reef locations were beautiful and we had plenty of time in each location. You had the option to explore on your own or there were guided tours available. Our favourite day of the holiday

Emma Wilcock 1 year ago
It was nice experience. Lovely crew. Comfy cruise. We enjoyed it. Nice food. Weather was perfect and warm.

10/10 experience. It was a nice experience. Lovely crew. Comfy cruise. We enjoyed it. Nice food. We got to see the shark and swim with it. Weather was perfect and warm. Cruise was clean. Got to enjoy sitting outside while moving. Air-con inside. Unforgettable day.

Alhasan Saad 1 year ago
Is the Reef still one of the Wonders of the World?

Enjoyed our day out on the water. Crew and facilities were great. Weather was fine, a bit of a swell but not a problem for most passengers. However questioning whether it is still worth spending a day of holiday travelling all the way out to the Reef now that so much of it is dead. It was nice snorkeling around, still some beautiful fish and observing the old coral formations. But also a bit like visiting an old ruin rather than a vibrant living beauty.. On balance pleased we took this trip.

Gideon Thomas 1 year ago
Reef trip from Cairns - two great reefs to snorkel. Choppy, rainy weather did not spoil the experience.

A well planned Great Barrier Reef trip. Super buffet and drinks provided. Awful weather on our trip meant many people were seasick and snorkelling was less enjoyable. One bucket list item ticked in our once- in-a-lifetime Australia family holiday. The reefs were remarkably varied in structure and colours. Probably better reefs than Maldives, Jamaica, Cayman Islands and Egypt.

Mark Fox 1 year ago
Fantastic day, beautiful boat and helpful and professional staff. 5 star experience.

Fantastic day, beautiful boat and helpful and professional staff. 5 star experience. We managed to see 2 fantastic reefs, snorkelling was amazing, lunch was tasty and surprisingly high-end food, good size steaks, reef fish, prawns and heaps of salads and pastas. Even the vegan and veggie options were lovely.

Paul Knight 2 years ago
Nice and easy half day trip—glass bottom boat was really great

Green Island Half Day Cruise. A good way to introduce you to the reef, before heading out for a full day. Would recommend this experience. The glass bottom boat was great as our skipper was really experienced and knew where to take the boat.

Paul Knight 2 years ago
Friendly staff, great food, safety was first priority and the boat was clean, spacious and comfortable.

There are so many boat companies running out of Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef for snorkelling and diving. We chose the evolution “down under cruise and dive”. From passenger check-in, boarding the boat to arriving at the reef and the return trip back to Cairns there are no complaints from me. The friendliness of staff and the atmosphere on the boat was amazing. There are plenty of comfortable seats with tables to sit at and relax and enjoy lunch. Lunch was a buffet self serve steak, fish, prawns and soft drink or alcohol which was all included. They take the safety of their passengers seriously with multiple head counts, safety demonstrations and constantly asking if you are okay or have any questions. All gear is included in price such as, mask and snorkel, stinger suit which is optional but they did say it’s recommended for the odd jellyfish or too being the tropics and floatation devices.

Matthew Wangmann 2 years ago
Staff were attentive and supportive! Everything you need is on board.

This was my first snorkelling cruise and it was so much fun, to say the least. I went with my partner, (who is a non swimmer) and we both had an amazing time on the cruise. Staff are really informative and helpful, as someone who gets sea sick, they had motion sickness tablets available on board, which made the day even more delightful! Everything is included and additional items are available for purchase, staff supplied us with all necessary snorkelling gear and stinger suits to prevent sun burn and jellyfish stings! My partner was provided a life jacket and even had a staff member in the water provide a guided snorkel for him so he didn’t miss out. The food was sooo yummy and they encourage you to go for seconds, thirds and even fourths! No shortage on the food, you can eat as much as you please. With the tea and coffee facilities, they were able to provide non diary milk at no extra costs and had muffins ready upon arrival. This cruise was great and I would definitely recommend! They really cater for all and anyone can enjoy the experience.

Mandalena Millaras 2 years ago
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Shikeera Down Under Cruise and Dive

Welcome aboard Evolution, Cairns most luxurious outer Great Barrier Reef cruise! Join us for snorkelling, scuba diving and so much more. Big enough to take you to the edge, small enough to make it personal!.

If you have never tried diving, take advantage of the discounted diving package options. You will be able to experience scuba diving for not much more than the standard tour price.
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