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Down Under Cruise and Dive

Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise to 2 Reef Locations

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  • 5 hours reef time
  • Visit 2 stunning reef sites
  • Delicious hot BBQ Aussie lunch
  • Fully licensed bar onboard
  • Cairns most luxurious vessel
  • FREE glass of wine & light snack on return journey
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Explore the best of the Great Barrier Reef both in & above the water with this great value full day cruise package from Cairns, visiting several great Outer Reef sites throughout the course of the day! Featuring a comprehensive tour itinerary, you'll get to see all the vivid, colourful, World Heritage beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, and have the chance to view it up close for yourself with included use of all the state-of-the-art snorkel and scuba equipment included in the price. Join your friendly crew aboard a comfortable, modern and spacious craft for an adventure that's as beautiful as it is educational - take in all the marine life, coral, fish and stunning colours at several exclusive mooring locations hand-picked for their beauty.

Relax on board the vessel in these amazing surroundings and enjoy a freshly prepared, Aussie-style barbecue lunch with fresh steak and seafood, snack on tasty cheese platters, enjoy a drink and much more. Featuring 5 hours' worth of snorkelling or diving, it's a full-fledged Great Barrier Reef extravaganza all for a single great price. If you're wanting to see the reef in a day, then book this Great Barrier Reef dive and snorkel package from Cairns online today!


  • Over 5 hours at two outer Great Barrier Reef locations
  • Snorkel equipment and flotation devices
  • Free lycra/sun-suit hire
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Glass of wine and a light snack on the return journey
  • Experienced, professional dive instructors providing full diving and snorkelling tuition and safety briefings
  • Delicious Aussie BBQ lunch including prawns, fish, steak, sausages, vegetarian, and a variety of salads (GF, DF, Vegan options available)


  • Hotel pick ups and drop offs (Return transfer for Cairns CBD Accommodation is $18/pp, for Beaches/ Outer City Accommodation is $25/pp, for Port Douglas Accommodation is $82/pp minimum 2 passengers required)


  • Introductory and certified scuba diving
  • Semi-Submersible Tour - temporarily unavailable due to COVID-19
  • Guided snorkel tours with a Marine Biologist
  • Scenic helicopter flight
  • All extras are available for purchase on the day of the cruise


  • Visit 2 outer reef locations
  • Cruise onboard 35-meter luxury superyacht with 3 decks
  • Locations vary depending on the day, however, they generally travel to one of the two outer reef locations in the morning (Norman Reef or Saxon Reef) then make their way to North Hastings Reef in the afternoon
  • 5 hours of snorkelling
  • Semi submersible boat tour (optional extra)
  • Hot BBQ lunch
  • State of the art high speed vessel
  • Spacious sundecks for sunbathing
  • Large modern lounges to relax on
  • Fully licensed bar onboard


  • Tours depart daily from the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal at 8.00am and return approximately 4.30pm. Check-in commences from 7.15am and closes at 7.45am. Once your booking is confirmed, you will receive a confirmation tour voucher with complete tour operator details. You will be required to contact the tour operator a minimum of 48hrs prior to your day of travel to reconfirm your tour and the tour departure point

What To Bring

  • Sunscreen, hat, change of clothes
  • Swimmers and a towel
  • Cash or Credit Card for additional purchases (Soft Drinks, Chocolates, Underwater Cameras, T-shirts etc.)

Additional Information

  • Certain medical conditions and medications may exclude some people from scuba diving. If you are concerned about any medical conditions, please consult your doctor
  • A person with heart trouble, a current cold or congestion, epilepsy, asthma, a severe medical problem, or who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, should not dive
  • Divers 65yrs and over must provide a current AS4005-1 dive medical prior to travel
  • All divers will need to fill in a Medical Questionnaire prior to scuba diving

Booking Information

  • It is highly recommended to reconfirm your booking on arrival in Cairns and confirm your hotel pick up departure and pick up time if required. For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details are included on your tour voucher
  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on the day of the tour. Vouchers presented on a mobile device are also accepted
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control. We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
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Paul Knight 3 months ago
Fantastic day, beautiful boat and helpful and professional staff. 5 star experience. We managed to see 2 fantastic reefs, snorkelling was amazing, lunch was tasty and surprisingly high-end food, good size steaks, reef fish, prawns and heaps of salads and pastas. Even the vegan and veggie options were lovely.
Fantastic day, beautiful boat and helpful and professional staff. 5 star experience.
Paul Knight 3 months ago

Fantastic day, beautiful boat and helpful and professional staff. 5 star experience. We managed to see 2 fantastic reefs, snorkelling was amazing, lunch was tasty and surprisingly high-end food, good size steaks, reef fish, prawns and heaps of salads and pastas. Even the vegan and veggie options were lovely.

Nice and easy half day trip—glass bottom boat was really great
Paul Knight 3 months ago

Green Island Half Day Cruise. A good way to introduce you to the reef, before heading out for a full day. Would recommend this experience. The glass bottom boat was great as our skipper was really experienced and knew where to take the boat.

Friendly staff, great food, safety was first priority and the boat was clean, spacious and comfortable.
Matthew Wangmann 4 months ago

There are so many boat companies running out of Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef for snorkelling and diving. We chose the evolution “down under cruise and dive”. From passenger check-in, boarding the boat to arriving at the reef and the return trip back to Cairns there are no complaints from me. The friendliness of staff and the atmosphere on the boat was amazing. There are plenty of comfortable seats with tables to sit at and relax and enjoy lunch. Lunch was a buffet self serve steak, fish, prawns and soft drink or alcohol which was all included. They take the safety of their passengers seriously with multiple head counts, safety demonstrations and constantly asking if you are okay or have any questions. All gear is included in price such as, mask and snorkel, stinger suit which is optional but they did say it’s recommended for the odd jellyfish or too being the tropics and floatation devices.

Staff were attentive and supportive! Everything you need is on board.
Mandalena Millaras 5 months ago

This was my first snorkelling cruise and it was so much fun, to say the least. I went with my partner, (who is a non swimmer) and we both had an amazing time on the cruise. Staff are really informative and helpful, as someone who gets sea sick, they had motion sickness tablets available on board, which made the day even more delightful! Everything is included and additional items are available for purchase, staff supplied us with all necessary snorkelling gear and stinger suits to prevent sun burn and jellyfish stings! My partner was provided a life jacket and even had a staff member in the water provide a guided snorkel for him so he didn’t miss out. The food was sooo yummy and they encourage you to go for seconds, thirds and even fourths! No shortage on the food, you can eat as much as you please. With the tea and coffee facilities, they were able to provide non diary milk at no extra costs and had muffins ready upon arrival. This cruise was great and I would definitely recommend! They really cater for all and anyone can enjoy the experience.

Beautiful boat, reef and experience. The must do when in Cairns. Evolution was stunning.
Emma Wood 9 months ago

Great trip to outer reefs, we had calm seas the water was clear, saw turtles and lots of fish and coral, lunch was thumbs up. Boat was big and comfortable. Would highly recommend to all age groups. Easy booking and check in process, early morning, we were on the way just after 8am.

An amazing and awesome day trip for me and my bestie.
Annabelle Caramba 1 year ago

Our second day in Cairns was very memorable. After a hearty breakfast, my bestie and I proceeded to the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal. The staff of Down Under Cruise and Dive were very accommodating from check-in to boarding. Onboard the Evolution, we were greeted, briefed and assisted by a friendly and energetic crew. Though the day was cloudy, the outer Great Barrier Reef locations were breathtaking. Snorkelling was fun and thrilling. The instruction was provided for us and the crew were on hand to encourage and help us. We enjoyed a BBQ lunch prepared on board with fresh fish, steak, prawns and salads. We would have given it 5 stars if not for the missed opportunities to take good photos and videos with the underwater camera.

Nice cruise! A really good trip, good food and snorkel with turtles a big a fish and a little shark.
Paola Ojeda 1 year ago

The staff was very friendly. If you are certified diving can do 3 dives in different places. Beautiful for a snorkel as well. Clean toilets and everything. Totally recommend.

We loved the whole experience
Ren Drewniak 2 years ago

We loved the whole experience! The crew were fantastic, the snorkelling was wonderful. The BBQ lunch was delicious. We hired an underwater camera from the crew & were able to capture some great moments! Thanks for a great day on the Great Barrier Reef.

It was the best I would say
Deepti Benitta 2 years ago

It was the best I would say. The team is really good at organising the visit to the Great Barrier Reef. They are well organised. They took us to two reef locations. It was out of the world experience. If you are non swimmer they take extra care to make sure you are fine.

The best day out!
Jessica Galea 2 years ago

The best day out! Incredible vessel, extremely organised crew, beautiful locations and excellent safety protocols. We had the opportunity to swim with many kinds of reef fish and even a turtle! The team also took breathtaking photographs, which we have shared with family and friends. A must trip!

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Shikeera Down Under Cruise and Dive

Welcome aboard Evolution, Cairns most luxurious outer Great Barrier Reef cruise! Join us for snorkelling, scuba diving and so much more. Big enough to take you to the edge, small enough to make it personal!.

If you have never tried diving, take advantage of the discounted diving package options. You will be able to experience scuba diving for not much more than the standard tour price.
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