Embark on an Ocean Safari in Cape Tribulation

Discover the Enchanting Marine World in Cape Tribulation Through an Exciting Ocean Safari Adventure

Join us on an exhilarating journey as we explore the vibrant marine life, encounter majestic sea creatures, and create unforgettable memories. Read on to learn more about this extraordinary adventure!

Introduction: A Gateway to Underwater Marvels

Cape Tribulation is in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest in Australia and is renowned for its lush greenery, diverse wildlife, and captivating ocean safari experiences. Nestled between the Great Barrier Reef and the ancient rainforest, this tropical paradise offers a unique opportunity to discover the hidden treasures of the marine world. Embark on an ocean safari and prepare to be awestruck by the vibrant colours, the teeming marine life, and the surreal beauty beneath the azure waters. Let’s dive in!

Ocean Safari, Cape Tribulation: A Thrilling Encounter with Marine Splendor

Immerse yourself in the wonders of the ocean safari, Cape Tribulation, as you set sail on an extraordinary adventure. Whether you’re an avid snorkeler or a first-time explorer, this experience promises an encounter with nature. Let’s delve deeper into what makes the ocean safari in Cape Tribulation an absolute must-do!

 Ocean Safari Tropical Voyage

Step aboard a purpose-built safari vessel specially designed to navigate the crystal-clear waters of Cape Tribulation. Feel the salty breeze caress your face as the boat sets sail, embarking on a journey that will unravel the ocean’s mysteries.

Discovering the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a mesmerising underwater wonderland with abundant marine life. On your ocean safari in Cape Tribulation, you’ll have the opportunity to explore this magnificent ecosystem and witness its diverse inhabitants up close.

Snorkelling Adventures

Strap on your snorkel gear and prepare to plunge into an underwater paradise. As you dip beneath the surface, a world of kaleidoscopic coral reefs, dancing schools of fish, and graceful sea turtles await. Glide effortlessly through the water, marvelling at the coral formations’ vibrant colours and intricate patterns.

Close Encounters with Marine Giants

Keep your eyes peeled for encounters with some of the ocean’s gentle giants. Spotting majestic humpback whales or playful dolphins frolicking in the waves is a sight that will leave you speechless. Witness their awe-inspiring presence and feel a profound connection with these magnificent creatures.

Exploring the Rainforest Fringes

While the ocean safari focuses on the wonders beneath the sea, it also offers a unique opportunity to explore the fringes of the rainforest. Marvel at seeing the dense foliage that meets the reef.

Professional Guidance and Safety

Rest assured, your Ocean Safari in Cape Tribulation is guided by experienced professionals who prioritise your safety while ensuring a fantastic adventure. They possess an in-depth knowledge of the marine environment and are passionate about sharing their insights with you.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Is snorkeling experience necessary to enjoy the ocean safari in Cape Tribulation?

A: Not at all! The ocean safari is suitable for all skill levels, including beginners. Our experienced guides will provide proper instructions on snorkeling techniques, ensuring you feel comfortable and confident in the water.

Q: What can I expect to see during the ocean safari in Cape Tribulation?

A: The marine life in Cape Tribulation is incredibly diverse. You may see a kaleidoscope of colourful coral reefs, schools of tropical fish, sea, and, if you’re lucky, majestic humpback whales or playful dolphins. Each encounter is unique and offers a glimpse into the wonders of the underwater world.

Q: Are there any age restrictions for participating in the ocean safari?

A: While there are no strict age restrictions, it’s recommended that children be at least five years old to ensure their comfort and safety during this trip. Please consult with our team if you have any specific concerns or requirements.


Q: What should I bring with me on the ocean safari?

A: It’s advisable to bring swimwear, a towel, sunscreen, a hat, and a reusable water bottle. Snorkelling equipment will be provided.  Don’t forget your camera or underwater camera to capture the special moments!

Q: Can I book the ocean safari in advance?

A: Absolutely! It’s recommended to book your ocean safari in Cape Tribulation in advance to secure your spot. You can easily make a book online by simply hitting the book now button on this page or contact our team directly for assistance.

A Journey into Oceanic Marvels

Embarking on an ocean safari is an adventure that will etch memories in your heart, from the vibrant coral reefs to the amazing marine creatures.  Whether you’re a seasoned snorkeler or a first-time visitor, the ocean safari in Cape Tribulation offers an experience that will leave you in awe of the marine world’s wonders.

So, pack your swimmers, grab your sense of adventure, and dive into the extraordinary. Let the ocean safari in Cape Tribulation be your gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.

This tour also operates in the afternoon from 11.30 am to 4.30 pm. Book HERE.


Ocean Safari highlights

  • Visit two reef sites, Mackay Cay and Undine Reefs
  • 2 hours exploring the underwater world and swimming with turtles
  • All snorkelling equipment
  • Personalised snorkel instruction
  • Reef interpretation and eco presentations
  • Courtesy bus transfers


  • Morning Check-in 7.45 am
  • Returns at 12.30 pm

After a fast 25-minute ride, you are ready to snorkel to fabulous locations at Mackay Reef. On most days, the rainforest can be seen along the mainland beach whilst snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef alongside sea turtles, which are found in abundance swimming over reefs full of colourful coral, along with myriads of tropical fish, eagle rays, giant clams and starfish.

Too early? This tour also runs an afternoon tour from 11.30 am to 4.30 pm. Book HERE.

Currently, for travel between 30 March and 31st May 2024, this tour is only running once a day, from 9am and returns at 2pm. To book, click HERE.


  • Visit two reef sites, Mackay and Undine Reefs
  • 2 hours exploring the underwater world and swimming with turtles
  • All snorkelling equipment
  • Personalised snorkel instruction
  • Reef interpretation and eco presentations
  • Courtesy bus transfers

Optional Extras

  • Sunsuit/Wetsuit Hire
  •  Prescription Mask Hire
  •  Water
  •  Soft Drinks/Juice
  •  Beer/Cider
  •  Chocolate

What to bring

  • Swimmers
  • Towel, hat and shoes
  • A jacket during winter to protect you from wind and for warmth after snorkelling
  • Waterproof camera
  • Snacks

How to get there

Tours depart daily. Check-in and meeting point is The Turtle Rock Café, Cape Tribulation Rd, Cape Tribulation at 7.30 am for the morning tour. Courtesy transfers are available from local accommodation houses – please let us know where you are staying at the time of booking.

Important Information

Ocean Safari booking information

  • Cape Tribulation is in Tropical North Queensland, 110km north of Cairns
  • Ocean Safari office is in the Turtle Cafe, situated 400m from the beach
  • Ocean Safari does not provide lunch
  • Private charter rates available upon request

Please note: The ocean safari in Cape Tribulation is subject to weather conditions and availability. Prices and schedules may vary. Checking with the tour operator for the most up-to-date information is always recommended.

*QLD Public Holiday surcharges of $20 per adult, $10 per child, and $50 per family apply. This will be paid directly to Ocean Safari on the day of travel.


Tour Features

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