Welcome to the Reef Experience in Cairns, where your Great Barrier Reef adventure begins! 🌊🐠

Are you ready for an unforgettable journey to one of Australia’s most iconic natural wonders? Look no further, because Reef Experience Cairns is here to make your dreams come true. 🌏✨

🐟 Explore the World’s Largest Living Structure

Dive into the crystal-clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef, home to a vibrant underwater world bursting with marine life. Snorkel or scuba dive and witness the breathtaking beauty of this magnificent coral wonderland.

🚤 Cruise in Comfort

Our state-of-the-art catamaran offers you a comfortable and safe voyage to the reef. Relax on spacious sun decks, soak up the sun, and enjoy the stunning views as you approach this UNESCO World Heritage site.

🐢 Encounter Marine Marvels

Get up close and personal with colourful coral formations and various marine creatures, from playful turtles to graceful rays. The reef’s diversity will leave you in awe.

🍴 Delicious Dining

Savour mouthwatering meals prepared fresh on board. Our culinary delights cater to all tastes, ensuring you stay energised and satisfied throughout your adventure.

🤩 Expert Guides

Our friendly and knowledgeable guides are passionate about the reef and its conservation. They’ll enrich your experience with fascinating insights and ensure your safety.

🤝 Partnerships that Matter

Reef Experience Cairns is proud to partner with conservation-minded operators who share our commitment to preserving this natural wonder. We prioritise sustainable tourism to protect the reef for generations to come.

🌅 Unforgettable Memories

Leave with cherished memories and a deeper appreciation for the Great Barrier Reef. We’re not just a tour but an experience of a lifetime.

So, what are you waiting for? Join us at Reef Experience Cairns and embark on a remarkable journey to the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Let’s explore, conserve, and create memories together! 🌊🐢🌞

Book your adventure today and be a part of something truly extraordinary. Your journey to the reef awaits! 🐠🌴🌏

🌟 Family-Friendly Fun

Whether travelling with family or friends or on a solo adventure, Reef Experience Cairns welcomes everyone. Our tours are designed to cater to diverse interests and age groups, making it an ideal choice for a memorable family getaway.

🌐 Easy Booking

Booking your Great Barrier Reef adventure with us is a breeze. Our user-friendly website allows you to reserve your spot with just a few clicks. We understand that planning a trip should be as enjoyable as the journey.

🌺 Underwater Beauty

Immerse yourself in the kaleidoscope of colours beneath the waves. The coral gardens are like living art, and the fish species are as varied as a painter’s palette. Don’t forget to capture these mesmerising moments with your underwater camera!

🌞 All-Weather Assurance

Worried about the weather? We’ve got you covered! Our tours run year-round, ensuring you can experience the magic of the reef no matter when you visit. Queensland’s sunshine is on our side.

👣 Eco-Friendly Commitment

At Reef Experience Cairns, we take our responsibility to protect the environment seriously. We follow sustainable practises, from waste reduction to reef conservation, to ensure the reef remains pristine for future generations.

🐚 Comprehensive Packages

Choose from a variety of packages that suit your preferences. From half-day snorkelling trips to full-day diving adventures, we have options that cater to every type of explorer.

🌊 Safety First

Your safety is our top priority. Our crew is trained to the highest standards, and we provide all necessary equipment and guidance to ensure you have a secure and enjoyable experience.

📸 Photographer’s Paradise

The Great Barrier Reef is a photographer’s dream. Capture stunning underwater photos and share your adventure with friends and family back home.

🎉 Special Occasions

Celebrating a special event? We can arrange custom experiences for weddings, birthdays, or corporate outings. Make your milestone moments even more memorable on the reef.

🛥️ Accessibility

Our vessel is designed to accommodate guests with special needs. Everyone deserves the chance to witness the natural wonder of the Great Barrier Reef.

Join us at Reef Experience Cairns for an unforgettable journey that will leave you with cherished memories and a deeper connection to Australia’s remarkable marine world. Dive into the adventure of a lifetime, and let the Great Barrier Reef enchant you.

Don’t miss this opportunity to explore, discover, and connect with nature. Book your Reef Experience Cairns tour today and get ready for an extraordinary adventure beneath the waves!

Reef Experience FAQ’s

Q. What is Reef Experience Cairns?

A. Reef Experience Cairns is a top-notch tour operator specialising in trips to the Great Barrier Reef. We offer exciting snorkelling and diving adventures, allowing you to explore this natural wonder up close.

Q. Where is Reef Experience Cairns located?

A. Our departure point is conveniently located in Cairns, making it easily accessible for visitors to start their reef journey.

Q. What can I expect during the tour?

A. Prepare for an incredible day filled with snorkelling or diving, guided reef tours, and the chance to witness the diverse marine life of the Great Barrier Reef. We also provide delicious meals and a comfortable vessel for your enjoyment.

Q. Do I need prior experience to join a tour?

A. No prior experience is necessary! Our friendly and professional team is here to assist beginners, experienced snorkelers and divers alike. We’ll make sure you’re comfortable in the water.

Q. Are there age restrictions for the tours?

A. Our tours are suitable for all ages. We welcome families, solo travellers, and groups. Children, however, must be at least 12 years old to scuba dive.

Q. What equipment do you provide?

A. We provide all the necessary snorkelling and diving equipment, including wetsuits, masks, fins, and buoyancy aids. You’re welcome to bring your gear if you prefer.

Q. How long are the tours?

A. Our tours vary in duration, from half-day to full-day adventures. You can choose the option that fits your schedule and interests.

Q. Is lunch included in the tour?

A. Yes, we provide delicious buffet-style meals made fresh on board. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated; please let us know in advance.

Q. Can I take photos during the tour?

A. Absolutely! The Great Barrier Reef is a photographer’s paradise. Don’t forget to bring your underwater camera to capture the beauty of the reef.

Q. Is there a cancellation policy?

A. Yes, we have a cancellation policy in place. Please review our terms and conditions on our website or contact our customer service team for details.

Q. How do I book a tour with Reef Experience Cairns?

A. Booking is easy! Visit our website and follow the user-friendly booking process. You can also contact our friendly team for assistance.

Q. Are there any eco-friendly practises in place?

A. Yes, we are committed to sustainable tourism and reef conservation. We follow eco-friendly practises to minimize our impact on the environment.

Q. Can I book a private tour for a special occasion?

A. Absolutely! We offer private charters for weddings, birthdays, corporate events, and more. Contact us to discuss your special event and create a customised experience.

Join us at Reef Experience Cairns for an unforgettable journey to the Great Barrier Reef. We hope these FAQs have answered your questions, but if you need further information, feel free to reach out. We can’t wait to welcome you aboard for an adventure of a lifetime!


About your day at the Great Barrier Reef

  • Up to 6 hours at two pristine Outer Great Barrier Reef Tour locations
  • Unlimited Snorkeling at morning and afternoon locations. All equipment, including wetsuit hire.
  • Scuba Diving (Certified Dive qualified OR Resort Dive no-experience necessary at the first reef location for everyone over age 12 and medically fit scuba) Medical Conditions apply.
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tour (weather permitting)
  • Pick up and Return to Cairns City Accommodation
  • Marine Biology Presentation
  • Breakfast consisting of barbecue bacon and egg rolls and also coffee, tea and fruit platters
  • Lunch delicious bbq  with an assortment of fresh salads
  • Cheese, fruit platter and complimentary wine on the return journey
  • All dietary requirements catered for. (Vegetarian/gluten-free etc.: please advise upon booking).
  • All food is locally sourced where possible and prepared fresh by the onboard Chef.
  • FREE Crew assistance for non-confident snorkelers (flotation aids available). Friendly and professional crew are ready to jump with everyone who requires assistance to have fun and experience the reef’s magic!
  • Large Sun Deck with padded loungers and air-conditioned indoor areas
  • Reef tax, fuel levy and national park fees. Unlike other operators, mandatory levies for visiting the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are included in this trip cost, so there won’t be extra charges on the day.
  • No hidden costs
  • 07:30 – Board Reef Experience boat at the Cairns Marina ‘A-Finger’ for check-in
  • 08:00 – Approximate departure and Safety Talk with snorkel briefing
  • 08:30 – Marine Biology presentation,
  • 09:00  – Scuba diving briefing
  • 09:30 – Arrive at our first spectacular reef site, snorkel and scuba diving.
  • 10:30 – Glass Bottom Boat tour (approximately 20-minute tour)
  • 12:30 – Lunch
  • 13:00 – Cruise to our second location to explore forests of coral, large sea fans and black coral trees in its shallow lagoons
  • 15:00 – Depart the Great Barrier Reef
  • 15:30 – Glass of wine, tropical fruits, cheese and biscuits
  • 16:30 – Arrive back in Cairns

Shuttle Bus

For those staying in the Cairns Business District area, bus transfers to and from your accommodation to the boat are included on your day trip.


BBQ bacon and egg rolls are served.

Your dietary requirements will be met; please advise upon booking. All food is locally sourced and prepared fresh by our onboard chef.

Marine Biology Presentation

is a great way to learn about the marine life on the Great Barrier Reef from our resident onboard expert as you journey to your first reef destination.

Free scuba dive

All scuba dive equipment hire is included in your trip along with one free scuba dive (certified or resort dive)!*
Everybody over 12 can have a go who meets medical requirements.  See the ‘Important Information’ page.

Glass bottom boat tours

are a great way to witness life beneath the waves comfortably and have it all explained by our marine experts.
(weather permitting)


Buffet style lunch is served with a wide variety of meal options with healthy salads on the side.

Your dietary requirements will be met; please advise upon booking. All food is locally sourced and prepared fresh by our onboard chef.


Unlimited morning and afternoon snorkelling at two reef locations. Non-swimmer snorkel tours are also included throughout the day for those who require assistance in the water.

Wine, cheese and crackers

Enjoy a light snack with wine on the journey back to Cairns.


Tea and coffee are served throughout the day except when the boat is moving.


A reef-friendly sunscreen is provided onboard free of charge.

Reef Levy

We include mandatory reef tax and fuel levies for visiting the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in the trip cost, so there won’t be extra hidden charges on the day.

  • Underwater Digital Camera Hire
  • Snack Bar Purchases: Soft drinks, chocolate, chips, alcohol etc.
  • Marine Biologist Guided Snorkel Tour of the reef: Snorkel with an experienced Marine Biologist and learn about the marine life you see on an educational and interactive tour
  • Great Barrier Reef souvenirs – T-shirts, hats etc
  • Dive Guides for already qualified ‘Certified’ scuba divers (dive guides included for beginner divers)
  • Prescription Mask Hire if you require stronger lenses to see (contact lenses can be worn in most circumstances)
  • Bus transfers from accommodation outside of the Cairns Business Area
  • Second Scuba Dive at our beautiful afternoon reef location
  • Cash and/or credit card for purchases
  • Swimming Clothes
  • Towel
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Proof of qualification if you’re a Certified Diver

This is a barefoot tour. Once onboard, no one wears shoes.

Reef Experience departs from
Cairns Marina: ‘A-Finger’ View map to Cairns Marlin Marina

Boarding commences at 7:30 am for check-in directly on the vessel ‘Reef Experience.’

Arrive back at Cairns Marina at approximately 4:30 pm

Where Can I Park?

Several parking stations throughout Cairns are within walking distance of the Marina.  Click here to see where

Scuba diving Information

We have a passion for showing you Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, so please make sure you understand the scuba diving laws.

Queensland, Australia, has some of the strictest scuba diving rules globally and the safest scuba diving record. We are regulated by the Queensland Government Code of Practice and comply with all regulations, including medical as is the law.

To avoid disappointment on your day of travel, we strongly recommend that all of our passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire before booking as some medical conditions, age and/or medications may prevent you from scuba diving. It is always our mission to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef experience.

Reef Experience Medical Questionnaire

We are happy to help you with any questions you may have.
Please get in touch with our office on 07 4037 2700 or email us.

Alternatively, you may like to consult your Doctor for a Dive Medical using the Australian Standard Forms ‘AS.4005.1

Flying after Scuba Diving

It would be best if you did not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours after a scuba dive for a single no decompression scuba dive.  For multiple dives, you should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive.
If Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning, you must wait 24 hours after your dive.
We recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible.


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