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Down Under Cruise & Dive Reef Cruise
From $220pp

Down Under Cruise and Dive offer arguably one of the best all-round reef cruise day tours in Cairns.

Boasting two different Great Barrier Reef sites in one day, this reef cruise will let you snorkel with a combination of classic reefy marine life and tons of wonderful coral. If you’re lucky, you might get to snap a selfie with a turtle! Now, while this tour is a through and through reef trip, it offers more than what initially meets the eye. If snorkelling and the option to add a scuba dive isn’t enough to tantalise your tastebuds, then for those wanting a little something more, this could be for you.

A friendly, experienced crew of marine loving ocean experts will guide you out to the reef, keeping you happy in the water and entertained on deck. Live music, buffet lunch, and a platter of cheese, wine, and crackers on your way home make for the best accompaniment to one seriously epic day. Book this tour and you’ll board the 35-metre three tiered luxury super yacht (one of the newest boats in Cairns). Coming fully equipped with air-conditioned cabins, fresh water showers, and on deck sun lounges, you might forget that you got all that for well under 200 bucks.

Go VIP with the Gold Package and/or book an additional flight in a helicopter over the Great Barrier Reef. As you can see, there is something for everyone. This trip really is a true all-rounder. Epic bang for your buck and a guaranteed good time.

Trip Intinerary

Down Under Cruise & Dive Itinerary

Check-in at the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal
Boat departs Cairns for the reef
Arrive at the first reef, either Saxon Reef or Norman Reef (Approx. 3 hours here)
BBQ lunch & a selection of salads
Travel to the second reef site, Hastings Reef (Approx. 2 hours here)
Here, there are scenic helicopter flights and semi submersible boat trips available at an extra cost
Depart reef back to Cairns
Afternoon tea and onboard entertainment provided
Arrive back at Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal


$20 reef tax and fuel levy paid on check-in
Underwater camera: $30
Extra dives at brochure price
Optional wetsuit hire for snorkelers and intro divers: $10

Tour Type & Availability

Tour Inclusions Price

Evolution Cruise with Snorkel

1 Full Day Reef Trip with Snorkelling & BBQ lunch


Evolution Cruise with 1 x Intro Dive

1 Full Day Reef Trip with 1 x Intro Dive & BBQ lunch


Evolution Cruise with 2 x Intro Dive

1 Full Day Reef Trip with 2 x Intro Dives & BBQ lunch


Evolution Cruise with 1 x Certified Dive

1 Full Day Reef Trip with 1 x Certified Dive & BBQ lunch


Evolution Cruise with 2 x Certified Dive

1 Full Day Reef Trip with 2 x Certified Dives & BBQ lunch


Inclusions & Extras


  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Introductory and Certified Diving (Optional Extra)
  • x2 Outer Reef Sites
  • Approximately 5 Hours Of Snorkelling Or Diving
  • BBQ lunch included
  • Onboard Entertainment
  • Afternoon Tea & Coffee

Not Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Touching Aquatic Life

What to bring

  • Hat, Sunscreen, Sunglasses, and Towel
  • Waterproof Camera or Underwater Camera
  • Extra Money For Onboard Purchases
  • Swimming Attire
  • A Dry Change Of Clothes
  • Warm Clothes
  • Certification Card (Certified Divers)

Pick Ups & Departures

Pickups available in Cairns city $17 return and Northern beaches $24 return per person. Once booking is confirmed please call your agent to arrange.

Supplier Terms & Conditions

Customers can cancel their trip up to 18 hours before travel for a full refund (2 pm the day prior to travel) or up to 24 hours prior to day 1 for Multi-Day Package Bookings. If you cancel within the 18-hour period (or 24-hour period for packages) before travel, no refund will be issued. Rebooking fees of $50 also apply.

From the 17 December, if you are 16 years and older and proof of vaccination is not provided, you will be unable to participate in our tours.

In the instance that your preferred date of travel is cancelled by us, we will rebook you on the next available date we are departing at no additional cost to you. For more information on booking changes and other options contact our Reservations team via email: [email protected] or phone: 07 4052 8300.

Please consider the weather and wind strength before booking. The operator reserves the right to cancel the tour, change vessel type, or arrange an alternative carrier in the event of bad weather or mechanical problems. No refunds for voluntary uncompleted dives.

If you booked through a third-party travel agent, please contact your agent directly regarding your refund or rebooking request first. Please read the agents Terms & Conditions carefully before booking with a third party. Their specific Terms and Conditions are out of our control and may differ from our Terms and Conditions.

From 17 December 2021, all guests 16 years and over, must be fully vaccinated when attending our tour and must provide Proof of Vaccination before boarding as per the QLD State Government Health Guidelines via the QLD check-in app or digital/printed vaccination certificate with photo ID or copy of your Immunisation history statement with photo ID. If proof of vaccination is not provided, you will be unable to participate in our tours. If you are required to get a COVID test and are still waiting for your test results on the day of travel, you will be unable to participate in our tours.

During current COVID restrictions, passengers will be allocated seats when boarding. As per current QLD restrictions from 2nd January 2022, masks are mandatory in all indoor settings. This means passengers and all crew are required to wear masks on all tours. Please bring your own mask. If you forget, we do have masks available, please see a crew member.

In the event that you need to cancel due to Government mandated changes to travel restrictions and you are forced to cancel your tour which is outside of your control, you can cancel and rebook at no additional cost to you. *T&C’s apply, please contact Reservations. Temporary changes have been made to ensure the safety of all of guests. Prices have been reduced to reflect the changes to the itinerary. View COVID-19 Requirements and Changes here.

All prices are listed and charged in Australian Dollars (AUD).

Child Policy:
Child: 4 – 16 years
Infants: up to 3 years FOC
Introductory Diver: Minimum age 12
Certified Diver: Minimum age 10 and must dive with parent, guardian or private guide.
PADI Dive Course: Minimum age 12
Passengers 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Please consider weather and wind strength before booking Semi-Submarine tours and Helicopter scenic flights are weather permitting. 130kg Helicopter flight weight restrictions apply.

Important Dive Information:
All divers must complete a Queensland Medical Questionnaire.

Introductory and Certified Divers Medical Declaration
Dive Courses Medical Statement
Certified divers must show an internationally recognised scuba card.

Minimum age for Introductory divers and dive courses: 12+ years and Certified divers: 10+ years.

Please keep in mind that all divers are required to complete a medical questionnaire. In our commitment to the safety of our guests, divers over 65 years (or 45 years for PADI dive courses) must have a medical clearance with a physician the confirms they are Fit To Dive. This can be provided by your own GP before you leave for your holiday.

Please be aware that certain medical conditions (e.g. asthma, heart disease, diabetes) and/or prescription medication may prevent some people from diving. Please review our Introductory and Certified Diver Medical Declaration prior to travel. The purpose of this Medical Declaration is to find out if you should be examined by a physician before participating in recreational diving. A positive response to a question does not necessarily disqualify you from diving. A positive response means there is a pre-existing condition that may affect your safety while diving and you must seek the advice of a physician.

Scuba diving can be strenuous under certain conditions. Your respiratory and circulatory systems must be in good health. All body spaces must be normal and healthy. Please review our Introductory and Certified Diver Medical Declaration prior to travel.

In the interests of safety, we recommend no flying within 24hours of the last dive. You will not be allowed to dive until you are declared medically fit to dive. For advice please contact our office directly.

Check-in and departure:
Passengers are required to check in at Dive Under Cruise and Dive reception desk inside the Reef Fleet Terminal from 7:15am.

Check-in location: Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal, Marlin Marina, 1 Spence Street, Cairns
Check-in time: 7:15am-7:45am daily
Boat departure time: 8:00am sharp
Boat return time: 4:30pm daily
The $20 per person levy includes fuel and administration charges inclusive of GST.

Gift Vouchers:
A gift voucher will expire 3 years from purchase date. If you purchase a gift card with the locals special, there will only be a specific short period of time they will be able to use this voucher as this is a special rate for a set period of time. You are more than welcome to purchase a gift card as a local with an expiry of 3 years at the current retail rate.To redeem your gift voucher, please phone our reservations team on (07) 4052 8300 or email Reservations to confirm your preferred date of travel. Please quote the voucher confirmation number on the gift voucher when booking. Please note that no further discounts apply, and the voucher is not redeemable for cash. Strictly subject to availability and cannot be redeemed during Easter, Christmas, public holidays, long weekends, Chinese New Year, Golden Week and school holidays periods.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to reconfirm my bookings?

All bookings must be reconfirmed 48 hours in advance by contacting your tour provider directly using the contact information listed on your tour voucher.

What should I do if my trip is cancelled due to bad weather?

You may either re-schedule directly with the supplier or you can email our support team on [email protected] and include your voucher number, name of product you booked, planned departure date and your contact details. Once you’ve emailed us, you can drop us a line at +61 2 5633 1149.

Do you book tours with flexible dates? If so, how long are they valid for?

Yes, we do have open dated/flexible tickets available. Most tour vouchers are valid for 12 months from date of purchase, however please be aware that you may be subject to supplier price fluctuations. All ticket validity is specified on the tour voucher. If you are unsure of the validity of your voucher, just ask one of our wonderful staff.

What do I do if I need help with an existing booking?

If you need help with an existing booking please email us at [email protected], if your enquiry is urgent please follow up your email with a quick call on +61 2 5633 1149 so we can help you.

Do I need travel insurance?

We endorse the recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade that all travellers take out travel insurance. If you already have travel insurance, please understand that it is your responsibility to ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all of the adventure style travel you have booked with us.

World Nomads travel insurance policies offer coverage for more than 150 activities. Get a quote, make a claim, or buy or extend your policy while on the road.

Do you offer payment plans?

Absolutely, we understand that paying off a big trip in one go isn’t always that easy. We offer flexible payment plans to suit all types of travellers with zero interest or fee’s (minimum $100AUD deposit required).

How do I know if my trip is BYO?

Most tour vouchers will specify if your trip is BYO however we recommend asking your tour provider if your trip is BYO when you reconfirm your booking 48 hours prior to departure.

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