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Cairns: Outer Reef Snorkelling Trip with Maximum 60 Guests

Product ID: 37184
For an awesome day on the Great Barrier Reef, jump on board with us. Whether you are snorkeling or diving, we will take you to the very best reef sites around Cairns and help set you up for a magical underwater adventure.
About this activity
Duration: 8 hours
Starting time 8:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

Select participants and date:



  • Visit two beautiful sites, carefully selected by the captain each day
  • Explore the beauty and underwater treasures of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Snorkel over the coral reef gardens, mesmerized by the vivid colors of the fish
  • Join the free guided snorkel tour and learn about the various fish, corals and creatures of the reef.
  • Snorkel and scuba without the crowds (the boat has a max. capacity of 120 people, but the tour size max. is 60)
Full description
Join this stunning snorkeling adventure and see some of the most beautiful underwater treasures in the world.

The skilled snorkeling guides hold more than 25 years of experience and can take you to a huge range of unique diving and snorkeling locations to explore. Each day, the Captain will carefully select two sites to visit, depending on the weather and tide conditions, and you will board Cairns' newest and most comfortable reef craft, the TUSA 6.

The snorkeling is straight off the back of TUSA 6, with the reef never more than a short swim away. First-time snorkelers will receive a little instruction and in-water assistance, and a guided snorkel tour and reef talk is inclusive in your day. In addition, you’ll be provided with top ‘diver’ quality masks and snorkels, booties and fins, and wet suits (lycra suits in the summer). 

After an approximately 90-minute trip to the outer reefs, you will arrive at your chosen destinations, where you will spend over 4 hours snorkeling over the reef tops, mesmerized by the vivid colors of the fish as they dart in and out of the corals and anemones.

At around 04:00 PM, begin the relaxing journey back to Cairn where the tour will end.
  • Cruise aboard a TUSA 6 (the boat has a max capacity of 120 passengers, but the tour has a max. size of 60 guests in order to ensure the comfort of each guest)
  • Explore 2 outer reef sites, chosen from a selection of 16 sites
  • Morning and afternoon tea, coffee, and milo (with soup in the winter)
  • Quality masks, fins, and booties
  • Top-quality scuba equipment and dive computers
  • Lycra suits for all in the warmer months (no charge)
  • 3 - 5mm shortie wetsuits all year round (no charge)
  • Free prescription mask hire
  • Free guided snorkel tour
  • Professional onboard photographer
  • Hot freshwater showers onboard
  • Fresh, healthy hot and cold lunch menu options
  • Wine and cheese during the ride home
  • Eco-presentations conducted by Reef guides
  • Assistance using your equipment and with getting in and out of the water
What’s Not Included
  • Cairns hotel return transfers are AUD 18 per person, payable on board
  • Northern Beaches hotel return transfers are AUD 25 per person, payable on board

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

T6 departs from A-Finger, Cairns Marlin Marina at 8am daily. Self check in from 07:40.

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Important information
Know before you go
Please note:
• The Tusa 6 boats limit passenger numbers to just 60, though seating allows 120, which means more space and comfort for you.
• The local guide operates with a 1:5 staff to passenger ratio. They also have access to 16 unique dive and snorkel sites, all on the outer reefs.
• Guides are now included for certified divers.
• Child age is now 4 to 16 years old
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 45 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.6 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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I had a great experience with this group! All of the crew were super nice and I feel like I learned a lot about the reef and all of the different wildlife that I saw when I snorkeled. They were very accommodating to everyone’s different skill levels with snorkeling which made the experience very pleasurable. The reef was amazing and I would definitely recommend this!

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24 May 2019

Overall we had a good time!

Was not too impressed with the first dive sight. A lot of bleached coral and not a lot of fish. The second dive sight was awesome! The Reef here was what we expected the Great Barrier Reef to be. A lot of different fish and coral. The staff did a good job. They were professional, very knowledgeable and made the dives fun and safe. Thank goodness for the sea sickness pills cause the ride was so rough.

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14 July 2018

Super nice trip

The excursion started at 8 a.m. from Cairns with a cheerful crew. On board you could spontaneously book diving and taster diving trips for an extra charge. The boat goes to 2 places on the reef and you can see the reef and its inhabitants up close while snorkeling. The crew's accompaniment was good. It was a nice trip!

7 January 2017

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Tusa Dive

Product ID: 37184