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Ocean Freedom Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel & Dive Cruise, Cairns
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Spend a day on the Great Barrier Reef at two different snorkel and dive sites on this luxury catamaran cruise from Cairns. Travel in style aboard a fast, comfortable catamaran to the outer edge Upolu Reef. Take an Adventure Snorkel & Glass Bottom Boat Tour through the highly protected no-fishing zone sites in the Marine Park. Refuel with a buffet lunch on board the catamaran before heading to your next destination, Upolu Cay reef. Enjoy the shallow azure blue waters surrounding this natural Coral Cay with both snorkeling or diving on offer. Be mesmerised by coral teeming with colourful fish.
  • Cruise to the Great Barrier Reef by luxury, fast catamaran from Cairns
  • Choose to snorkel or dive at two locations in highly protected Marine Park zones
  • Learn about the reef on a glass-bottom boat coral-viewing tour
  • Take a snorkeling tour led by a marine naturalist or master reef guide
  • Delicious buffet lunch, snacks and beverages included
  • Top-quality snorkeling and diving gear included
  • Cruise is limited to a maximum of 75 passengers
  • 6-hours actual reef time
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Luxury fast stylish catamaran cruise to the Great Barrier Reef
Six full hours on the Great Barrier Reef with stops at two uniquely different reef locations
Environment Management Charge (EMC) and port fees
Tea and coffee throughout the day
Large smorgasbord lunch with seafood
Platters of tropical fruit, cheese and crackers
Snorkeling instruction and in-water crew assistance if required
Snorkeling equipment (snorkel, marks, flippers, and buoyancy vests)
Wetsuits or lycra suits (depending on season)
Snorkeling tour with a marine naturalist
Freshwater showers
Informative Glass Bottom Boat Tour
Guided interpretative Adventure Drift Snorkel Tour
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Pre-book diving if no medical conditions /taking medication - some may preclude you from diving
OPTIONAL Diving : x1 or x2 cert dives / x1 or x2 Intro dives
1 Spence St , 1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Starting point is at the Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom desk inside the Reef Fleet Terminal (RFT) located 1,Spence Str Cairns .

7:15 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Make your own way to the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal where you board your deluxe 65-foot (20-meter) catamaran.

Enjoy coffee, tea, and light snacks prior to departure, then relax on the outdoor sundeck or air-conditioned interior as your vessel cruises to Upolu Cay. Receive a safety briefing from the expert crew to prepare for the day ahead.

Explore Upolu Cay and take a glass-bottom boat from the catamaran to Upolu Cay, located on the Great Barrier Reef. Hop in the sheltered turquoise water to snorkel or scuba dive among an astounding array of coral, colorful fish, and other sea creatures.

Cruise to the next destination while enjoying a delicious buffet lunch with dishes such as smoked salmon, chilled prawns, cold chicken and other meats, accompanied by salad and fresh bread.

Arrive at the outer edge of Upolu Reef at a site known as the Wonder Wall. From the ocean floor, the Wonder Wall extends 46 feet (14 meters) high, reaching to just below the water's surface. Both snorkelers and divers can explore and marvel at the variety of marine life, including hard and soft corals, reef fish, giant clams and turtles. With an expert guide, take an informative tour and drift snorkel around the site.

Cruise back to Cairns snacking on a selection of tropical fruit, cheese, crackers, and cakes.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom
After check-in board the vessel, grab a coffee or tea, a Danish pastry, fresh fruit & settle in. After just over an hour we arrive at our first Great Barrier Reef destination - the beautiful "Wonder Wall " on the outer edge of Upolu reef. Snorkel, SCUBA (extra) this stunning reef site teaming with fish and marine life. Experience an informative complimentary Glass Bottom Boat & Adventure Drift Snorkel tour with our very attentive guides. After a morning of activities enjoy a large scrumptious lunch as we cruise to Upolu Cay. Snorkel this "coral garden" tropical oasis - look out for turtles & sting rays! When conditions allow you can even land on this glistening white coral Cay! Enjoy six hours of snorkelling, relaxing between these 2 uniquely different reef sites. After a magical day we return to Cairns serving fresh fruit, cheese and crackers and cake arriving back in Cairns by around 4.15 pm . We are thrilled to now have you as part of our ever growing Ocean Freedom family!
Duration: 9 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Great Barrier Reef
Our Marine Guides will enthrall you on a reef and marine life discovery on an a highly informative and engaging Adventure Snorkel Tour and Glass Bottom Boat Tour at our two unique Upolu Reef sites - "Wonder Wall" on the Outer Edge Upolu Reef and our "Aquarium" coral garden reef site amongst the beautiful shallow, azure coloured waters of Upolu Cay Reef. These sites are in Marine Park highly protected zones where no fishing is allowed, hence the abundance of fish and marine life. Come and find your favourite Hollywood Nemo character! With 6 hrs of actual un-rushed reef time you have plenty of time to do both complimentary activities and continue exploring yourself under the guidance of our attentive crew!
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Upolu Cay
Ocean Freedom travels to two Great Barrier Reef sites - "Wonder Wall" on the Outer Edge of Upolu reef (a truly magnificent snorkel and dive site) and Upolu Cay Reef - a beautiful shallow turquoise coral garden site. Upolu Cay site is truly magnificent - picture a coral garden reef with lots of colourful reef fish darting in and out of the staghorn coral as you snorkel in these crystal clear shallow waters surrounding Upolu Cay. Look out for turtles popping to the surface for a breath of air, stingrays eagerly scouring the bottom for food. Sometimes you can stand thigh deep on the Cay in the middle of the ocean, other days we can land on this glistening white beautiful coral cay - each day a little mystery of nature but always we have the stunning turquoise waters to snorkel in and around this magnificent Great Barrier Reef area. Make sure you have your camera ready for this truly picturesque site!
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A maximum of 75 people ensures a unique and personalized experience
  • The order in which the snorkeling and dive sites are visited may changes as it is dependent on the conditions on the day
  • Please note: All divers will be required to complete a medical questionnaire on board prior to diving. Please only book the diving options if you have no medical conditions or taking medication as some conditions/medication preclude you from diving
  • Near public transportation
  • Industry COVID-SAFE Plan in place - "Good to go" . Sanitisation stations will be available at check-in, on board as well as high-touch areas being sanitised regularly.Contact details will be required at the time of booking if not already sent. Upon arrival, questions will be asked regarding travel in the last 14 days, contact with any Covid-19 positive individuals and potential symptoms – answers to these questions may impact your ability to travel and will be at the discretion of the crew on the day.
  • Please bring own pen and drink bottle if preferred . Food will be served under strict hygiene measures.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 75 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Cairns Premier Reef & Island Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Ocean Freedom Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel & Dive Cruise, Cairns ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Ocean Freedom Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel & Dive Cruise, Cairns .
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Ocean Freedom Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel & Dive Cruise, Cairns ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Ocean Freedom Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel & Dive Cruise, Cairns .
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Ocean Freedom Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel & Dive Cruise, Cairns ?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Ocean Freedom Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel & Dive Cruise, Cairns .

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  • "Don't hesitate to go with them - worth every penny and more!!" See review
  • "Not only does this cruise offer both snorkeling and SCUBA diving to see the reef and its marine life, but they also have a glass-bottom boat." See review

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star-5
Had a fantastic time....
Steven_R
, Aug 2022
Had a fantastic time. This is a bucket list type trip to spend the day in the GBR. Had a great time in the water learning about the area. We saw sharks, turtles, rays, so many varieties of fish while snorkeling and then saw some whales on the boat ride. The crew was personable and friendly and did a great job to ensure everyone was safe and had an amazing trip.
star-5
Super friendly staff
Chi_Z
, Aug 2022
Was out the in perfect weather by chance but you can always count on the excellent crew. We had a blast.
star-5
Awesome!
Jamieson_B
, Aug 2022
Great crew members! Very helpful, fun and caring. Differently recommended this tour to anyone! The best
star-5
super helpful amazing time!
Kayla_W
, Aug 2022
absolutely amazing, the staff were so knowledgable and entertaining. super helpful people! they catered for my dietary requirements Wirth eased and when I couldn't do the scuba dive due to may asthma they offered me snorkel instead and gave me a partial refund. the guy chased up all information I needed and made sure I was happy and satisfied throughout the process. would 110% recommend! amazing day!
star-5
Simply wonderful
Sidra_A
, Aug 2022
Simply wonderful experience. The guides were competent and servicemindef. There was plenty of food for lunch with cheese and special meals for dietary restrictions and even pastries för breakfasts. We were taken care of and got extra support if and when we felt unsure. Managed to also spot turtle, stingray, Giant trevally and many more. I highly recommend this tour. My only request for improvement is the type of sunscreen that is used when in the water and that it should be more reef friendly. Apart from that I thank the guides for a truly wonderful experience, without them it wouldn't be as great as it was.
star-5
Awesome experience!
Pailin_L
, Aug 2022
Crew was friendly and helpful! Breakfast, lunch and snacks were provided as part of the tour. I did 2 cert dives and the dive master was super professional. We saw turtles, stingrays and many many fishes! Awesome experience :) also saw a whale breach from the boat!
star-5
Awesome tour for my...
Shannon_B
, Aug 2022
Awesome tour for my family! Captain Perry and his entire crew went above and beyond to ensure everyone's safety throughout the day. The reef was beautiful and we had a perfect day out snorkeling. Highly recommend for anyone who is interested in exploring the reef!
star-5
Amazing intro diving with best instructor
Kevin_L
, Jul 2022
I had such an amazing time snorkeling and diving with Ocean Freedom!!! It was my first time ever doing a scuba diving experience, and I had an absolute blast. One of the best things I’ve ever done in my life hands down. Shout out to Etienne, my diving instructor, for the experience of a life time. He was so accommodating, friendly, and knowledgable!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you for your review. We are so glad you had an amazing time onboard with our friendly crew. Congratulations on your first scuba dive Kevin! It truly is an amazing way to be able to appreciate all the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. Etienne is one of our newer members of our growing Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom family and his passion for diving and great care he takes of our guests has proven him to be a great addition for sure. We hope to see you again in the future to blow some more bubbles!
star-4
Great learning experience and a very enjoyable day
Stan_S
, Jul 2022
The guided snorkeling tour. Watching the amazing fish live on the Great Reef. The crew was very knowledgeable and practised Health and Safety.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Our Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom crew are hand-picked for their focus on customer service and passion for the Great Barrier Reef. It is wonderful to hear you enjoyed learning from our crew while seeing first hand the beautiful marine life of the reef. As the health & safety of our guests is always our number one priority, it is great that you felt this onboard. Thank you again for joining us and for your review.
star-5
Fabulous day with a very...
jasna_h
, Jul 2022
Fabulous day with a very friendly and helpful crew. Very clean onboard and a lovely lunch, cheese and biscuits, fruit and pastries. Highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
We are so glad to hear you had a fabulous day out with our friendly crew :) Thank you for your review and your recommendation Jasna - both of which are greatly appreciated!
star-5
👍 🤿🤿🤿
Laszlo_M
, Jul 2022
👍👍👍Great staff! Amazing food! Excellent experience 👍👍👍Great staff! Amazing food! Excellent experience 👍👍👍
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
We are so happy you had an excellent experience with our crew! They truly do love looking after our guests and sharing their passion for the Great Barrier Reef! Thank you for joining us & for your review.
star-5
Above and beyond!
Kevin_F
, Jul 2022
To start, I'm mobility challenged. That's important to my review because I was stressed how it would affect my experience, and what I could do. The staff and crew were, to put it simply, amazing. I cannot thank them enough, or say enough positive, about how they helped me make the day amazing. The water was a bit choppy and the boat was certainly swaying one side to another. Each time I went for some tea a crew member offered to carry my mug to my seat. When it came time to snorkel, a crew member helped me in, out, and at each step in between. I cannot say thank you enough! I often worry that my situation is an undo burden on others, and offered to go back to the boat because I knew I was adding extra work. The response was always, "You paid for a good experience and you should have that." I did indeed. Thank you.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for your review Kevin. Our Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom crew welcome all guests onboard like family, and look after them as such. You never need worry about asking for assistance as the crew is there to make your day the best possible. They are hand-picked for their hospitality and love for the reef. We are so glad you enjoyed your time onboard and were able to appreciate the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. I will be sure to pass your thanks along to our crew. Thank you again for joining us.
star-5
Once in a lifetime experience
Joanne_M
, Jul 2022
Crew so lovely and friendly going above and beyond to ensure we had a enjoyable trip, food delicious too! Would do it all over again if I could.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Joanne! Thank you very much for your review. Our crew truly love looking after our guests and always do their best to ensure everyone has the best day possible. We are so glad you had a great day at the Great Barrier Reef!
star-5
The best part of our trip
Anneliese_M
, Jul 2022
The crew made our rainy day worth it. They were so friendly and accommodating. The actual snorkel adventure was out of this world. We say sting rays, turtles, fish the size of me, beautiful coral, starfish, squid, and more. This is the last family owned and operated Great Barrier Reef your in Cairns. Great experience.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Annelie, So glad our crew made your rainy reef day worth it! That caring service is very important to us and wonderful to hear our "reef residents" also all came out to meet and greet you :) Thank you so much for you review and we are honoured to be called the best part of your trip! Hope to see you again.
star-5
Snorkeling
Brett_L
, Jul 2022
Excellent snorkeling trip. Great crew and a wonderful time. Fun for many different experience levels.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Brett, Thank you for your review. Very happy to hear you enjoyed the snorkelling and our "Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom" hospitality! Hope to see you again sometime :)
star-5
Loved it!! Will come back again in summer!!!
Shannel_F
, Jun 2022
We definitely recommend doing this on a warmer day as conditions were pretty bad and the water visibility was low. All in all and apart from the weather, it was such a great experience, first time diving and the staff are absolutely amazing!! You can really tell they love their jobs, food was plentiful and really tasty, I don't think we stopped eating to be honest!! We saw a few things, plenty of fish, stingrays, but the visibility was low this time of year, we are thinking of doing this again in summer on a nice warm day!!! boat was great!!! if you're doing this on a cold day, recommend you bring plenty of warm clothes, dry clothes as it gets freezing !!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your review. Congratulations on your first scuba dive! Our crew truly do love what they do & especially love helping our new divers experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. It is wonderful to hear you enjoyed your experience on Ocean Freedom, despite Mother Nature not playing nicely. The weather we are currently facing is quite unseasonable for this time of year. Winter, typically, gives us warm calm days with cool nights. Sorry the conditions were not ideal on your day of travel. Hoping this leads to a great excuse to come back and visit us in the future :)
star-5
Perfect experience
Sonya_S
, Jun 2022
Perfect day out on the water. All staff were friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. We all enjoyed the snorkeling, glass bottom boat and the food.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Sonya, Great to hear you enjoyed your day out with our friendly crew. With 6 hours at the reef, there is plenty of time to enjoy all of our activities without feeling rushed. We are so glad you all had a great experience. Thank you for your review.
star-5
Once in a Lifetime Experience
Susan_Y
, Jun 2022
From the moment my daughter and I walked onto the boat we were treated very well. The crew is incredibly friendly and positive and just downright delightful. They obviously had everyone’s safety in mind but they also encouraged everyone to have a great experience while out at The Great Barrier Reef! It didn’t hurt that they also had delicious food all day long available to us sightseers. I would highly recommend this company for anyone looking to have a once in a lifetime experience!!!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Susan. We are so happy you and your daughter enjoyed your Great Barrier Reef experience with our friendly crew! Our crew enjoy sharing their passion for the reef with our guests and always aim to make it the best day possible for all. Thank you so much for your review & recommendation - both of which are greatly appreciated.
star-5
Awesome stuff. Great...
Zining_F
, Jun 2022
Awesome stuff. Great view. Recommend for couples solos and all kinds of travellers, as well as both diving experts and amateurs.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your review. We welcome all travellers of different ability levels on our reef tours & make sure each has a fantastic day. It is wonderful to hear you felt our inclusive atmosphere onboard. Hope to see you again in the future!
star-4
Awesome GBR trip!
Donna_M
, Jun 2022
The crew were amazing - very friendly and knowledgeable. They went out of their way to make everyone had a great time. I was there with my 3 year old and Ambrose took us out a couple of times with the floatation ring. Food was delicious and there was plenty to go around. There was lots of seating areas.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Donna, Great to hear you enjoyed the snorkelling with your 3yr old under the watchful eye of Ambrose ! It is such a wonderful experience to share with children. You will have to keep him coming out as he gets older over the years !
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