Explore the outer Great Barrier Reef onboard award-winning superyacht, Evolution, with local reef tour operator Down Under Cruise and Dive. Experience the adventure of snorkelling, scuba diving, enjoy a scenic helicopter flight or semi-submarine tour and more.
Our Cairns Great Barrier Reef Tour has been reviewed and voted #5 Best Day Cruise in the World and #4 Travel Experience in Australia by Tripadvisor 2020!
Departs: 7 days per week. For the most up to date availability, click the Book Now button.
Check-in: 7.15am - 7.45am
Check-in location: Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns
Evolution departs: 8.00am sharp
Evolution returns: 4.30pm approximately
Cruise onboard Cairns' fastest, most luxurious super-yacht, Evolution, to the Outer Great Barrier Reef for an affordable and comfortable reef tour from Cairns.
The 35-metre superyacht, Evolution, departs Cairns for the reef, with a record 5 hours spent exploring 2 spectacular and exclusive outer Great Barrier Reef locations for an adventure-filled day. Experience the adventure of snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef, scuba dive, or book a semi-submarine tour or a 10-minute scenic helicopter flight over the reef.
Enjoy a personalised day on the Great Barrier Reef with our friendly and professional crew. As a locally owned and operated company for over 30 years, Down Under Cruise and Dive provides an unforgettable Cairns reef tour with the perfect mix of professionalism, service and fun!
7:15 - 7:45am: Check-in at the Reef Fleet Terminal - 1 Spence St, Cairns
8.00am: Evolution departs Cairns for the first reef location
11:30am: Enjoy a BBQ buffet lunch onboard
1:00pm: Evolution arrives at the second reef location
3:00pm: Evolution departs for Cairns
4:30pm: Evolution arrives back in Cairns
Snorkel + 1 Introductory or Scertified Scuba Dive:
Please note: Child age for Introductory Diving is 12 years old and 10 years old for Certified Diving.
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Your Great Barrier Reef day tour begins by boarding award-winning superyacht Evolution and being met by our professional and expert dive crew who will make sure you are comfortable and ready for an adventure-filled day.
Relax onboard your 35-metre luxury superyacht for the day, as you cruise from Cairns to two exclusive outer Great Barrier Reef sites. Guests enjoy the longest amount of time on the reef in a day tour, with a total of five hours on the outer reef visiting stunning and diverse reefs such as Norman, Saxon and Hastings. These locations are chosen for their exceptional coral density and prolific marine life.
Upon arrival at your first reef location, either Saxon or Norman Reef, it’s time to snorkel and dive! Hop in the water with your provided equipment and discover the underwater world full of multicoloured fish, coral, and other marine life. Instruction is provided for beginners, and your knowledgeable dive crew are on hand to encourage and help you if need.
During your time on the reef, you will enjoy a BBQ lunch prepared onboard with fresh fish, steak, a variety of salads, and prawns.
At the second reef location, North Hastings Reef, you can snorkel or dive again. If you prefer to stay dry, you can still check out this World Heritage-listed underwater world on semi-submersible tour with live commentary by our marine biologist (additional cost) or from above with a 10-minute scenic helicopter ride (additional cost).
On the return cruise back to Cairns, sit back and relax as you snack on cheese and biscuits with a glass of wine to celebrate the end of your day tour on the Great Barrier Reef.
"It was my first time doing a Scuba dive and it was one of the best experiences of my life to date. Not only was the barrier reef and dive amazing, but it was the staff that really made the experience. They go to a great effort of remembering your name from the very start and are constantly checking in to ensure you are enjoying yourself. 10/10 would recommend and would hurry back in a heartbeat! Thank you again for a great day out and an experience I will never forget." - Katie via Google January 2021
Helicopter: 130kg weight restrictions apply for helicopter rides.
Diving: All divers must complete a Queensland Medical Questionnaire onboard. Download it here: Divers waiver.pdf Please be aware that certain medical conditions (eg asthma, heart disease, diabetes) and/or prescription medication may prevent some people from diving. Divers over 65 years old and anyone who answers YES to any of the questions on the medical questionnaire will require a recreational dive medical prior to diving. You will not be allowed to dive until you are declared medically fit to dive. For advice please contact our office directly.