Reef Experience Great Barrier Reef Tours: Exploring Nature’s Wonderland

Discover the breathtaking wonders of the Great Barrier Reef with Reef Experience Great Barrier Reef Tours! Embark on an unforgettable journey through one of the world’s most remarkable natural wonders, where vibrant coral reefs, diverse marine life, and captivating underwater landscapes await. Join us as we dive into the depths of this awe-inspiring destination and unlock the secrets of the Reef Experience Great Barrier Reef tours.

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Visiting: Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Price: Adults $225, Children $145 and families $945 (2 Adults and 2 children aged 4-11 years)

Introduction: The Magnificence of the Great Barrier Reef

Welcome to the extraordinary world of the Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Australia’s most treasured natural wonders. Stretching over 2,300 kilometres along the Queensland coastline, the Reef boasts an unparalleled ecosystem that supports an astounding array of marine life. It is a haven for divers, snorkelers, and nature enthusiasts, offering a truly immersive experience. Let Reef Experience Great Barrier Reef Tours be your guide to this remarkable underwater paradise.

Reef Experience Great Barrier Reef Tours: Your Gateway to Adventure

At Reef Experience Great Barrier Reef Tours, we are dedicated to providing an exceptional experience that combines adventure, education, and environmental stewardship. Our experienced guides and marine biologists are passionate about sharing their knowledge and love for the Reef, ensuring every guest leaves with a deeper understanding and appreciation for this fragile ecosystem.

Why Choose Reef Experience Great Barrier Reef Tours?

  1. Expert Guides: Our knowledgeable guides are certified professionals who understand the Reef’s ecology, history, and conservation efforts. They are committed to making your journey informative and memorable.
  2. Small Group Size: We believe in offering personalized experiences, which is why our tour groups are kept small. This allows for a more intimate encounter with the Reef, free from overcrowding.
  3. Sustainable Practices: Reef Experience Great Barrier Reef Tours is committed to environmental sustainability. We adhere to strict eco-friendly practices to minimize our impact on the delicate ecosystem, ensuring future generations can continue to enjoy its beauty.
  4. State-of-the-Art Facilities: Our fleet of modern vessels has state-of-the-art amenities to ensure your comfort and safety throughout the tour. From spacious lounges to state-of-the-art diving equipment, we have everything you need for a seamless adventure.

Exploring the Reef: Snorkel into an Underwater Wonderland

The Vibrant Coral Gardens of the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is renowned for its breathtaking coral gardens, teeming with abundant colourful marine life. As you descend into the crystal-clear waters, you’ll be greeted by a kaleidoscope of coral formations, each more mesmerizing than the last.

Did you know? The Great Barrier Reef is home to over 600 types of soft and hard corals, forming the largest coral reef system in the world.

Encounter Beautiful Marine Life Up Close

Prepare to be enchanted by the diverse marine life that inhabits the Great Barrier Reef. From graceful sea turtles gliding through the water to playful dolphins dancing in the waves, every moment spent underwater is an opportunity to witness nature’s wonders.

🐠Pro tip: Watch for the iconic clownfish, known for its vibrant orange colour and endearing presence. You might find Nemo!

Thrilling Dive Sites for Adventure Seekers

The Great Barrier Reef offers thrilling dive sites for those seeking an adrenaline rush. Swim alongside majestic manta rays, explore intricate cave systems, or discover hidden shipwrecks that tell tales of history and mystery.

🧜‍♀️Best Reef sites: Norman Reef, Saxon, Hastings Reef, and Breaking Patches all renowned for their spectacular coral Reef and marine life.

Snorkelling: A Window into the Underwater Realm

Snorkelling is the perfect way to explore the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef from the surface. Equipped with a mask, snorkel, and fins, you’ll have the opportunity to witness the vibrant marine life and stunning coral formations up close.

Pro tip: Practice snorkelling in shallow waters before venturing into deeper areas. This will help you build confidence and ensure a more enjoyable experience.

Reef Experience Great Barrier Reef Tours: FAQs

Q. What is the best time to visit the Great Barrier Reef?

A. The Great Barrier Reef is a year-round destination. Still, the ideal time to visit is during the Australian spring and summer (September to February), when the water is warmest and visibility is at its best.

Q. Do I need diving experience to join Reef Experience Great Barrier Reef Tours?

A..No, you don’t need any prior diving experience. Reef Experience offers introductory diving courses for beginners, allowing you to explore the underwater world under the guidance of experienced instructors.

Q. What safety measures does the staff implement during the tours?

A. The staff prioritizes safety and briefs all guests on safety protocols. Our professional guides undergo training in first aid and rescue techniques, and we equip all vessels with the necessary safety equipment.

Q. Can children participate in the tours?

A. Yes, children of all ages can join Reef Experience Great Barrier Reef Tours. We offer family-friendly activities and ensure the safety and comfort of young adventurers.

Q. What should I bring for the tour?

A. A hat, sunglasses, swimwear, a towel, and a change of clothes. If you have your snorkelling or diving equipment, feel free to bring it along. However, Reef Experience provides all the necessary gear for your convenience.

Conclusion: A Journey to Remember

Embarking on Reef Experience Great Barrier Reef Tours is more than just a vacation; it’s a transformative journey connecting you with nature’s wonders. From the vibrant coral gardens to the beautiful marine life, every moment spent exploring the Great Barrier Reef is an opportunity to create lifelong memories.

Join us at Reef Experience as we dive into the depths of this underwater wonderland, immersing ourselves in the beauty and biodiversity of the world’s largest coral reef system. Let our experienced guides lead you on an adventure that will leave you in awe of the remarkable ecosystem beneath the surface.

Book your Reef Experience Great Barrier Reef tour today and embark on a once-in-a-lifetime expedition that will open your eyes to the magic of the underwater world.

Next, head over to our How to Snorkel pages for fantastic snorkeling tips.


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.

Optional Extras

  • 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

What to bring

  • 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.

How to get there

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

Important Information

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.

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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