Learn the secrets of the Great Barrier Reef from Down Under Cruise and Dive's marine biologists and then explore the coral gardens on a guided snorkel tour.
This is the perfect addition to your reef day tour if you are interested in learning more about the Great Barrier Reef.
Duration: 20 minutes
How to book: book and pay onboard Evolution on the day
Join our passionate and professional marine biologists for a guided snorkel tour around one of Australia's most beautiful reef locations, The Great Barrier Reef! The guided snorkel tour takes approximately 20 minutes, bringing you up close and personal with the extraordinary marine life and colourful coral.
For beginners, this is a great way to learn the art of snorkelling and feel comfortable in the water.
For more experienced snorkellers this is an interactive tour that will put you on the path to explore the key coral formations and marine creatures - setting you up for a great day of exploration at your own pace. You will learn all about the flora and fauna within the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem.
"I can’t speak more highly of your marine biologists. I joined the guided tour with my students with your Marine Biologist Alistair. He is a rock star, very knowledgeable and engaging."
- Mr Matthew Finster, Science Department, Trinity Bay High School
Our team of dedicated Marine Biologists are actively engaged in conservation work on the Great Barrier Reef. Their weekly tasks include collation of data via observational surveys as part of the Eye on the Reef program with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
Emily Daley, Marine Biologist and PADI Dive Master
Emily is a fantastic member of the Down Under Cruise and Dive team, working with our customers every day and providing interpretation through guided snorkel and diving tours - as well as presenting to our growing education and conference group market.
Emily's qualifications include PADI Dive Master, Masters degree in Marine Science (specialising in Dwarf Minke Whales), Volunteering with the Minke Whale Project in 2016 and continue to work for the project as a casual research assistant, works and has worked with and volunteered for Cairns Turtle Hospital, Mon Repos Turtle Center, Global Fin Print and the Florida Aquarium.
Emily is passionate about being able to communicate the current challenges facing the Great Barrier Reef and provide her knowledge on one of the most complex ecosystems on Earth.
Phil Scott, Marine Biologist and PADI Dive Instructor
Phil graduated from James Cook University with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Marine Biology. Phil joined the Down Under Cruise and Dive team in August 2018, working onboard Evolution as a marine biologist and PADI Dive instructor. Phil runs the snorkel tours, showing visitors our reef sites though engaging educational tours in the water and also through speeches on the semi-submersible vessel.
Phil also conducts our Cairns Educational Tours for high school groups onboard Evolution, with who we involve in data collection through the coral-watch program run by the University of Queensland. He is also involved in the Eye On the Reef tourism weekly program, where data is collected weekly from our dive sites.
Phil is passionate about helping people fall in love with the reef like he has, and to ignite passion in others through high-quality education so that we can maximise the chances of a functioning reef system in future uncertain times.
Alistair Chegwidden, Master Reef Guide, Marine Biologist, Deck Supervisor
Alistair Chegwidden has worked for Down Under Cruise and Dive for over seven years in various leadership roles, including his current role as Deck Supervisor. As a key member of our leadership team onboard Evolution, Alistair ensures the smooth running of our snorkelling, diving and other activities including the scenic helicopter flights, Gold Class VIP area and himself guides divers and snorkellers throughout the day. Alistair's qualifications include: BSc Aquaculture from JCU, a master <24m and a MEDll certification.
Alistair was recently named 1 of the 19 incredible master reef guides that have just spent a week on Heron Island sharing scientific knowledge and storytelling techniques!
He joined the Down Under Cruise and Dive team 7 years ago as part of our Trainee Divemaster internship program and has grown over the years into a very valued part of the team! We are so very proud of Alistair, Evolution's first very own master reef guide. So, when you are exploring our beautiful Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, have a chat with Alistair, who is more than happy to answer any reef and marine questions you may have.
What is a Master Reef Guide?
Master Reef Guides are recognised as the world’s leading reef guides, interpreters and storytellers sharing the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. These reef ambassadors can provide up-to-date information on the Reef, share stories of the magical World Heritage Area, and explain what you can do to make a difference. The Master Reef Guide program is delivered by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators and Tourism and Events Queensland and is the first of its kind for the Reef.
Content: Great Barrier Marine Park Authority.