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Make your way to the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal to board your comfortable catamaran, where coffee, tea, fruit, and muffins are served. Enjoy views from the air-conditioned cabin or the sundeck as you cruise toward Upolu Cay, approaching the shallow reef in a glass-bottom boat. Spot some of Upolu Cay’s vibrant fish and coral on a dive or snorkel, then return to the catamaran for lunch. 

The lunch menu varies, but typically includes dishes such as smoked salmon, chilled prawns, and meats served alongside fresh bread and salads. After lunch, cruise to the Wonder Wall, a dive and snorkel site on the outer edge of Upolu Reef that rises 46 feet (14 meters) from the ocean floor. Dive or try drift-snorkeling here, riding the current with a marine naturalist as you watch for corals, giant clams, turtles, and colorful fish.

After your dive or snorkel, begin the return cruise to Cairns, nibbling fruit, cheese, crackers, and cake along the way.

Locations visited
Upolu Cay
Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom
Overview
Dive or snorkel the Great Barrier Reef on a full-day cruise aboard a catamaran with outdoor decks and climate-controlled cabins. Ride a glass-bottom boat to dive or snorkel Upolu Cay, enjoy a gourmet buffet lunch, then dive or drift-snorkel the Wonder Wall, a spectacular plateau home to diverse coral and marine life. Breakfast, lunch, and equipment are provided for this unforgettable all-inclusive day of exploring the Great Barrier Reef.
Highlights
  • Snorkel or dive two Great Barrier Reef locations with vibrant fish and coral
  • Diving option available for non-certified divers
  • Indoor-outdoor spaces mean room to sunbathe or enjoy the AC
  • Includes buffet lunch, dive/snorkel equipment, and optional snorkel lesson
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Reviewed 3 days ago
A day trip more than disappointing

We went on a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef last December with Ocean Freedom. Sure the boat is nice, big, comfortable, the staff friendly but quite clueless (unless that's how they are asked to act...) 2 hours to reach the "barrier reef", first...More

1  Thank s0phie212
Reviewed 3 days ago
Well oiled machine and very friendly, energetic crew

This is a great tour that leaves Cairns early in the morning. Small pastries, fruit and tea/instant coffee on board upon arrival. There are two toilets on board, and the boat has three levels. The staff is very attentive and professional, and the snorkeling and...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
An amazing experience from start to finish

I just got back from the reef cruise and I'm exhausted, but very happy. I was with my wife and her parents, who are visiting from Colombia. They day started by cruising out of Cairns to the first reef. I was scuba diving with my...More

1  Thank Da M
Reviewed 6 days ago
Fantastic crew made this an excellent day!

We had such an enjoyable day on the Ocean Freedom cruise. Food was fantastic, the location..well it was awesome but what really made the day was the crew of the Ocean Freedom. The entire team were friendly, patient and helpful, nothing was too much trouble...More

Thank Jake B
OceanFreedom, Manager at Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hey Jake! So great to hear that you enjoyed your day - and thank you for writing us this review. Our food caters to all tastes and there is soooo much of it throughout the day to keep you all energised for 6 hours of...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Absolutely incredible experience

Had the most incredible day. In really safe hands, crew are all amazing. 2 teens did the dive, we all snorkled. We are all qiite nervous in open water bit they were all fabulous, a member of crew took us around snorkelling and 2:1 ratio...More

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OceanFreedom, Manager at Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Alice, thanks for your review!! Our crew's utmost priority is the safety of each and every guest each day on board. They provide this safety through thorough briefings, our high crew to passenger ratio, in-water assistance and guidance, and creating a fun and personable...More

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dragonfly134
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I don't remember the exact amount of people allowed but it's a reasonable number. They don't overcrowd the vessel so that everyone gets quality time at the Reef. The sail back to port is amazing. This outfit is about... More
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Pratik K
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They advise against flying the next day after a dive.
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