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Reef Experience

FROM: $205
4.8 (21 Reviews)

Departure Times

Departs: 8:00am - Daily
Returns: 4:30pm - Daily

Departure Point: Marlin Jetty, Cairns

Pricing Options

$205 AUD / Person - Adult (12+) (Between: 01 Apr 2022 and 31 Mar 2023)
$125 AUD / Person - Child (4-11 years) (Between: 28 May 2022 and 01 Apr 2022)
$535 AUD / Family - Family (2A + 2C) (Between: 01 Apr 2022 and 31 Mar 2023)
$0 AUD / Person - Infant (0-3 years) (Between: 01 Apr 2022 and 31 Mar 2023)

Scuba, snorkel, and swim aboard Cairns' only all-inclusive Outer Reef day trip!

  • One free introductory or certified scuba dive included!
  • Explore two pristine Outer Reef locations by scuba or snorkel
  • Enjoy a glass bottom boat tour and marine biology presentation
  • Up to 6 hours of sun-soaked adventure, perfect for everyone

Reef Experience is Cairns' only all-inclusive tour to the Outer Great Barrier Reef, guaranteeing a day of fun under the sun for everyone aboard! Visiting two pristine Outer Reef locations, guests can experience the stunning diversity of the reef by snorkel and scuba. With up to six hours on the water, dive deep into the vibrant underwater playgrounds below by snorkelling and enjoying a free introductory or certified scuba dive. Perfect for the whole family, this teeming trip additionally includes Cairns transfers, a glass bottom boat tour, marine biology presentation, a BBQ lunch, and a cheeky glass of wine on the return journey home!

Reef Experience catamaran moored in the Outer Great Barrier Reef, Cairns


  • Option for introductory or certified scuba dive
  • Visit 2 flourishing Outer Great Barrier Reef locations
  • Up to 6 hours on the water
  • Marine Biologist presentation
  • Glass bottom boat and marine commentary (weather permitting)
  • Guided snorkel tour
  • Fresh breakfast, coffee, tea and fruits
  • Delicious BBQ lunch with tasty salads, and fresh fruit platters
  • Complimentary glass of wine with cheese and tropical fruits on the return journey
  • Complimentary transfers from Cairns accommodation

Snorkelling, Outer Great Barrier Reef Cairns

Experience the exotic reefs and dazzling lagoons of two Outer Great Barrier Reef destinations and enjoy all-inclusive water activities with Reef Experience!

Sample Itinerary

7:30 am Board the Reef Experience vessel at the Marlin Jetty, Cairns.
8:00 am Depart Cairns for the Outer Great Barrier Reef.
8:30 am Breakfast is served, followed by a Marine Biology Presentation and scuba diving and snorkelling briefing.

9:30 am

Arrive at the first reef site for snorkelling and diving, in addition to a Glass Bottom Boat Tour.
12:30 pm Buffet-style lunch is served. 
1:00 pm Arrive at the second reef site for snorkelling and diving.
3:00 pm Depart the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Refreshments are served on the journey back to Cairns.
4:30 pm Arrive back at the Marlin Jetty, Cairns.


Guests will get to visit two iconic Outer Reef locations during your day with Reef Experience. The vessel visits sites such as Hastings Reef, Norman Reef, Saxon Reef or Breaking Patches, with the captain and crew deciding the two destinations on the day of travel. Look forward to seeing amazing marine life including tropical fish, colourful corals, curious sea turtles, mesmerizing giant clams and more! 

Two people snorkelling with noodles on the Great Barrier Reef

Scuba Diving

Each guest can join in for one free dive, included in their day ticket, during their day trip! Guests must be aged 12 and up and certified divers are asked to bring along their dive cards, but introductory divers are more than welcome. This will give you a chance to really delve into the seascapes of the Great Barrier Reef and enjoy them up close for a once-in-a-lifetime experience! There is an optional second dive at your own cost at the second location for those who can't get enough of this fun sport!

Intro scuba divers

Glass Bottom Boat 

Enjoy a tour of the reef on our awesome glass bottom boat. This unique tour will give you a chance to see the reef in a new way, checking out all the attractions below from the comforts of a boat! You will also get to enjoy the commentary of the captain as you make your way along, ensuring you'll be learning about the reef as you go! This is a great option for those who can't swim, want a new point of view, or for those with small children, so you can enjoy the reef as a family!

Calm waters, Outer Great Barrier Reef

More Information

What To Bring

  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Light jacket during the cooler months

What's Included

  • 2 Outer Great Barrier Reef Locations
  • Guided Snorkel Tours - Non-swimmer snorkel tours for those who require assistance in the water
  • Buoyancy vests, noodles and wetsuits for easy flotation for all passengers
  • Stinger Suits during Stinger Season
  • Snorkelling equipment and tuition
  • FREE Certified Scuba Dive (licenced) or Resort Scuba Dive (no-experience necessary)  for everyone wh
  • Glass bottom boat tour  (Glass bottom boat tours are weather permitting)
  • Marine Biology Presentation
  • Breakfast, bacon and egg BBQ roll, Coffee, Tea and fruit platter
  • BBQ Lunch with an assortment of fresh salads
  • Cheese and fruit platters, wine or cordial with biscuits are served on the return trip to Cairns. 
  • Tea & coffee served while boat is stationary
  • Water drinking fountain
  • Bus Transfers For those staying in the Cairns City District area
  • Reef tax, fuel levy & national park fees
  • Complimentary Ginger Tablets for Seasickness (Medicated tablets available for purchase)
  • Breakfast : All
  • Lunch : All

What's Extra

  • 2nd Introductory/Resort Scuba Dive  - $65.00
  • 2nd Certified Dive - $55.00
  • Dive Guide for Certified Diver - $15.00
  • Marine Biologist Tour - $25.00
  • Prescription Masks - $10.00
  • Outer City/Northern Beaches Bus Transfers - $25.00 per person Return
  • Port Douglas Bus Transfers - $35.00 per person one way

Terms and Conditions

Your Responsibilities:

Please advise us before booking if any passengers are under 18 years old to ensure this is the appropriate trip. 

You must reconfirm all booked tours prior to travel as specified on your voucher. If applicable, notes such as dietary requirements, pick-up locations and additional fees should also be confirmed at this time. Reconfirmations cannot be actioned through Fraser Tours / Mr Travel, and must be done so directly through the Service Operator as specified on each ticket.

It is your responsibility to notify us of ticket discrepancies. Please read through the details on your voucher thoroughly to ensure all details such as passenger names, ages and dates of travel on vouchers are correct.

It is the responsibility of all passengers travelling to advise both your travel agent at the time of booking and vessel check-in agent before boarding of any medical conditions including food allergies you may suffer from.

You need to allow adequate time to check-in prior to the specified departure time. 

Prices/Extra Costs:

All prices are stated in Australian dollars and include GST. Surcharges over peak holiday seasons may apply. 

The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices and extra costs. Extra costs may include EMC fees, Stingersuit/Wetsuit Hire, Luggage Storage, Insurance, Linen Hire, National Park Fees, Fuel Levies, Dietary Fees, etc. Bonds may also apply.

We will also endeavour to communicate these extra costs with you at the time of booking, and on your ticket. However, it is your responsibility to confirm which (if any) additional costs apply with each Service Operator upon reconfirming your trip.

Travel Risk/Insurance:

It should be noted that adventure travel involves risk. Whilst we make every effort to safeguard clients, we cannot be responsible for personal injury or loss due to the actions of our clients which are beyond our control. All departures and itineraries are subject to weather. Tours may be changed or cancelled for any reason at the discretion of the Tour Operator. We highly recommend that all clients have travel insurance covering illness, injury, loss or damage to personal belongings and not being able to travel on the confirmed date of departure. You should also ensure your travel insurance will cover special circumstances including weather events preventing guests from travelling to their tour departure destination and cancelled flights due to unforeseen circumstances. 

Merchant Fees:

Please be aware operators pass on credit card merchant fees so there is a non-refundable 1% surcharge for VISA and MASTERCARD card purchases.


Terms and Conditions (including the Cancellation Policy) are subject to change. The most recent versions can be found online on the relevant product pages. 

All ticket/voucher reissues attract a $20 administration fee.

Open Date Vouchers / Gift Certificate:

Shipping Costs are in addition to the ticket price and will be added at check-out. Shipping costs are non-refundable and do not makeup part of the ticket value. 

E-Vouchers incur no shipping fees.

You have 5 years to use the value of the voucher. Seasonal Price Rises will apply if travelling out the current seasons pricing. Vouchers can be exchanged for free up to the full value of the voucher excluding credit card fees and charges.


Client Cancellations:

All cancellations forfeit 25% of the recommended retail price (RRP) - not the discounted/sale price. No-shows or client cancellations made within 30 days of departure forfeit 100% of the total ticket price. 

Transfers between tours can be made at the suppliers discretion, however, it should be noted that supplier fees may apply. Tour transfers also incur a $20 administration fee. 

It is compulsory that all cancellation requests are in writing and sent via email to admin@mr-travel.com. Cancellations attempted via online chat or phone will not be actioned.

Supplier Cancellations:

The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices, alter itineraries, apply a fuel surcharge, cancel departures, arrange alternative transport and vary itineraries and services if necessary.

All departures and itineraries are subject to weather. Tours may be changed or cancelled for any reason at the discretion of the Service Operator. If the Service Operator has to cancel the trip or activity (prior to departure) and we cannot offer a suitable alternative, then a refund will be given minus a 20% administration fee and any associated card fees. We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance, especially during the wet season.

In the unlikely event of your trip being cancelled or stood down, all guest communication is required to go through our Online Store via telephone or email. While there is a Sailing Whitsundays retail outlet located Airlie Beach, please be aware that they operate as a separate entity and are unable to access reservations made by the Mr Travel online department.


All refunds are in Australian Dollars and must be made to the card of payment. Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel is not liable for exchange rate fluctuations or fees, or any other merchant/bank fees associated with domestic and/or international transactions.

Where a full refund is applicable, there is the option to transfer the whole cost of the tour to another tour or “Credit” to avoid the administration fee. A transfer fee of $20 will apply.

You will be emailed confirmation once the refund has been processed. Once the refund has been processed, it may still take time for the banks to clear the amount. Please allow 7-10 business days for the funds to clear into Australian accounts and up to 21 business days for international accounts.


All Service Operators have the right to provide client feedback and to cancel bookings based off of feedback from other Service Operators. 

Please enjoy your travel experience in a kind and responsible manner.

Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel will treat this as any normal client cancellation and therefore the cancellation fees stated in the Client Cancellation Policy will apply.

Thank you for booking with our East-Coast travel experts here at Mr Travel / Fraser-Tours.com . If you would like any further advice, assistance in arranging accommodation, transfers or additional tours please get in touch.


Overall Rating

4.8 / 5.0

Based on 21 reviews

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Reviews by our Cairns Tours customers

Matt Hurst, 12 Aug 22
What a great trip to the reef! My first time going to the outer reef and it was so beautiful.
Harrison Murphy, 29 Jul 22
Insane value for money! Can't believe we could go for a dive for that price!
Liam Cassey, 05 Jun 22
I had such a good time. I saw loads of fish and the price was so cheap
Julie Blackmore, 29 May 22
Won't lie it wasn't the best dive I've ever done, but when you take into account the price of it you would expect MUCH worse. When you take into account the price it's honestly mad how good a trip this is. I would recommend to anyone with a really tight budget that wants to dive, if you have a little more money you can get better diving on other boats.
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