Great Barrier Reef 1-Day Tour From Cairns

From: $255.00

  • Departs Cairns
  • Two distinct locations on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Snorkel & Dive equipment included
  • Spend five hours at the Reef
  • Morning, afternoon tea & lunch are included
  • Enjoy a guided snorkel tour




Great Barrier Reef AquaQuest is a 90-minute boat ride from Cairns that takes you to the outer Great Barrier Reef’s marine paradise. We’ll be at the reef for five hours, visiting two spectacular dive spots. These are professionally selected from our private moorings on the Norman Saxon and Hastings reefs to deliver you the highest quality conditions and diverse marine life, including colourful corals, curious Nemos, turtles, stingrays, and enormous Maori Wrasse.

Great Barrier Reef Departures

  • Departs Cairns 8.30 am
  • Returns 4.30 pm

Your travel itinerary

  • ReefQuest departure/Return Location: B-finger Marlin Marina Cairns
  • Duration: 8.30 to 4.30 pm please check in between 7.45 and 8 am
  • We’ll visit two sites on the outer Great Barrier Reef, selecting the best options on the day to show you the most colourful and diverse sights in these warm, clear waters.
  • Five hours at the outer reef What an amazing experience!
  • Up to three dive/snorkel sessions at two distinct locations
  • Enjoy our big sun decks, air-conditioned inside spaces, and hot, fresh water showers throughout your Great Barrier Reef day cruise.
  • A fresh tropical buffet lunch with hot and cold options
  • Choose from snorkeling, indroductory dives, and certified dives at checkout.
  • So, what are you waiting for?  Join us on ReefQuest to learn more about the Great Barrier Reef.

Looking for more great adventures? Check out our Ningaloo Reef page The Ningaloo reef in Western Australia stretches roughly 300 kilometres from the Muiron islands in the north to Carnavron’s Red Bluff.  Towns such as Exmouth and Coral Bay are popular spots to stay and check out what the reef has to offer.

Perhaps the biggest draw card is the Whale shark population. 300 to 500 of these amazing creatures congregate on the reef each year. Doing a day trip to dive/swim with the Whale sharks is an unforgettable experience.

Important info before travel

  • Up to three dive/snorkel sessions at two distinct locations
  • Snorkeling and scuba equipment, air fills, tuition and briefingsWetsuits/lycra suits
  • Free prescription masks
  • Guided snorkel tours
  • Pre-packed picnic lunch
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Fresh, chilled drinking water
  • Tea and coffee
  • Hot, fresh water showers

  • Introductory diving: 12 years or over
  • Open Water dive courses: 10 years or over, but must be accompanied by guardians and a private instructor if under 12 years. If the diver is under 12 years we must be informed before the course starts.
  • You must be aged 18 or over to travel unaccompanied on our day or overnight trips. Anyone younger than this must be supervised by an adult at all times.
  • Please note that snorkeling is not suitable for children under 4 years old

Regulations state that for a single, no-decompression dive, you should not fly or go to altitude for at least 12 hours. For multiple dives, you should not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours.

We recommend waiting at least 24 hours after diving before going to altitude or flying. These are guidelines only – there is no guarantee that following these recommendations will prevent decompression sickness. Currently there are no guidelines regarding diving after flying.

Altitude is defined as 300m/1000ft above sea level. Certain other tourist attractions around Cairns and Tropical North Queensland involve travelling to altitude. These include the Atherton Tablelands and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, so we recommend a gap between booking these experiences and any dive course or trip.

Our overnight experience diving usually finishes by midday and our day trips by 2pm, which makes it easier to plan some down time between diving and flying/going to altitude.

All divers are asked to complete a medical questionnaire on board. You don’t require a medical if you answer no to everything. If you answer yes to any questions, further medical attention may be required. You will also be asked to fill out a general disclaimer, which differs from company to company.

  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Certcard and logbook for certified diving
  • Reusable water bottle

In the event you cancel your booking with us, the following charges will apply:

  • Group cancellations will be subject to group terms and conditions (see below).
  • Any amendment made to a travel date will be deemed to be a cancellation and will be subject to the charges set out in this document.
  • Should you fail to load in time for our scheduled departure for any reason, you will not receive a refund of your tour costs. The vessel’s departure will not be delayed due to your late arrival. This includes factors beyond your control, including medical problems, airline delays, bad weather, etc. (Competition and Consumer Act 2010).
  • No refund or compensation will be given for any unused equipment, prepaid or pre-booked courses, or guides in the event you are unable to complete the entire tour.

Trip-specific Cancellation Fees

Cairns Outer Reef Day Trips and Outer Reef Liveaboard Trips

  • More than 24 hours before course or trip commencement date: No Charge
  • Within 24 hours of course or trip commencement: Full course or trip fee

Minke Whale Expeditions

  • A 20% deposit of the full trip fee is due within 7 days of booking to secure places.
  • All trip fees are required to be paid in full 30 days before the trip commencement date.
  • Bookings made within 30 days must be paid in full at the time of booking.
  • Cancellation within 60 days and more than 22 days before the trip commencement date: 20% cancellation fee
  • Cancellation within 21 days of trip commencement: No refund