Reef Cruises and Great Barrier Reef Trips

THERE ARE SOME VERY GOOD SPECIALS FOR REEF TRIPS AND LEARN TO SCUBA DIVE COURSES FOR SOME MONTHS

Cairns and Port Douglas are the most popular places along the east coast to get to the Great Barrier Reef. There are many reef trips going to the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns and Port Douglas, and here is the information on the different types of reef trips, so you can chose and book the right barrier reef tour for you, at the best available price.

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Live aboard snorkel and dive trips - Sleep a night or more at the reef

A Snorkelling or scuba diving day trip to the reef

Great Barrier Reef Pontoon tours - a great reef experience for all ages and abilities
Great Barrier Reef Island cruises - a shorter trip to the reef, and costs less

Helicopter reef trips - Fly by helicopter to or from the reef
Great Barrier Reef Sailing cruises - 1, 2 or 3 day trips sailing the reef


Great Barrier Reef Tour Specials of the month

Save $100 per adult on an over night snorkel or scuba dive excursion to the Great Barrier Reef Now $395 per adult snorkeller and $445 per adult scuba diver. Quad/Twin share cabin with shared bathroom.

Learn to Scuba Dive Course Specials:
Save hundreds on some courses if commencing this month!

Two Outer Reefs, Snorkel, Glass bottom Boat, Scuba Dive, and Helicopter Tour Special!
Snorkel and No Scuba Dive + Helicopter Ride $249
Snorkel and 1 Scuba Dive + Helicopter Ride $287
Click here for more info and bookings.

2 Day 1 Night Reef Tour. The All Year Low-Cost tour!
$340 per adult for snorkelling or $460 including up to 7 Scuba dives (all inclusive price). Valid until 31 March 2014.

Great Barrier Reef Pontoon Cruise Special:
Seniors can save $18! Normal Price $190, Discount price = $172.00.

Snorkel, Glass bottom boat and Intro Dive Special:
$159 for snorkelling and glass bottom boat tour (Save $20)
$189 including an introductory scuba dive, snorkelling and glass bottom boat tour. (Save $25)
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Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Tour All Inclusive Special:
$185 per adult, including snorkelling, a scuba dive, breakfast, lunch afternoon tea, wetsuits, glass bottom boat tour, return hotel transfers, all reef taxes and levies. (Valid until 31 Mar 2014)
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Green Island Reef Cruise:
$84 including a glass bottom boat coral viewing tour or snorkelling gear hire.
Full Day or Half Day options available.
Click here for more info and bookings. These prices are all inclusive.

Cairns Live aboard Trips to the Great Barrier Reef

Cairns live aboard is the option whereby you can turn your reef cruise into an overnight reef trip and “live aboard”. These types of reef trips can vary from one night to seven nights in length. This is a popular way for snorkelers and scuba divers to see the best of the Great Barrier Reef. You can see more reef and more pristine reefs if you go on a Cairns live aboard compared to a day trip to the reef. On a Cairns live aboard reef trip you should be willing and able to either snorkel or scuba dive, because that is the main purpose of the trip.
Prices start from: $340 per person.
Click here to see the full menu of Cairns live aboard reef tours


Cairns Helicopter Tours to the Reef

Helicopter reef trips suit people who want to see the most amount of reef in as short a time as possible. There are scenic flights to the reef from Cairns which are 30 minutes in length, and there are half day trips to the reef which leave after lunch, allow time for snorkelling or scuba diving, and you can cruise back to Cairns from the reef that same day. It takes around 15 – 20 minutes to fly each way from Cairns to the reef. There is various times at which you can fly to and from the reef each day.
Full day Reef Excursions including a helicopter tour start from: $287 per person. Click here to see the menu of tours available

Cairns Snorkelling and Scuba Diving Trips to the Reef

A one day snorkelling or scuba diving trip to the reef is overall the most popular type of Cairns reef trip. This involves taking a fast catamaran or a sailing trip generally to an outer reef location, (some times up to three sites in a day) and snorkelling or scuba diving from the back of the boat. On this type of reef trip you should be willing and able to either snorkel or scuba dive, because that is the main purpose of the trip. All outer reef cruises take the whole day because the trip to the reef by boat takes around one and a half hours each way. The reef cruises generally depart at between 7.30am – 8.30am and return between 4.30pm – 5.30pm.
Prices start from: $130 per person.
Click here to see the full menu of Snorkelling and Scuba Diving One Day Reef Trips


Cairns Great Barrier Reef Pontoon Tours

The Great Barrier Reef Pontoon tours are ideal for people who want to see the reef but perhaps someone travelling in their group is unable or unwilling to snorkel or scuba dive. From the pontoons, one can see the reef through an under water observatory, semi submarine coral viewing tour, glass bottom boat tour, snorkelling or scuba diving and in some cases, by under water helmet diving or an under water motorised bike. The pontoon tours depart daily from Cairns at between 9am – 10.30am (which is later than the outer reef cruises) and they each visit their very own floating, multi-level pontoon at the Great Barrier Reef, and return at around 5pm.
Prices start from: $190 per person.
Click here to see the full menu of Great Barrier Reef Pontoon Tours.


Great Barrier Reef Island Cruises

Great Barrier Reef Island cruises are ideal for people who want a shorter boat ride to the reef, and are also ideal for people who want to see the reef but perhaps someone travelling in their group is unable or unwilling to snorkel or scuba dive. The islands on the reef off the coast of Cairns are easily accessed, with regular departures and cruise itself generally taking less than an hour’s travel time. The advantages of island tours is that the cruise is shorter and you can get off the boat onto solid ground if you are feeling sea sick, and in the case of Green Island trips there is a choice of departure times, and once you get to the island, there is an under water observatory, semi submarine coral viewing tour, glass bottom boat tour there are optional helicopter, sea plane and under water helmet diving tours available. The disadvantages of island tours is that you are only seeing a glimpse of what the Great Barrier Reef is all about. The islands are all located on the inner reefs of Cairns and you are likely to see a better variety of corals and marine life at the outer reefs.
Island ferry prices start from $69 per person.
Click here to see the full menu of Great Barreir Reef Island Cruises