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Seastar Luxury Outer Great Barrier Reef Island and Reef Tour from Cairns

  • Explore the Outer Great Barrier Reef aboard a luxury yacht
  • Plenty of time for snorkeling or, if selected, Scuba diving
  • Includes lunch, as well as morning and afternoon tea
Seastar Luxury Outer Great Barrier Reef Island and Reef Tour from Cairns
From US$157.03
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Outer Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Tour includes luxury catamaran cruise all equipment and two guided snorkel tours
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Ensure a memorable experience on the Outer Great Barrier Reef on this full-day, all-inclusive cruise aboard a catamaran. Head for Michaelmas Cay and Hastings Outer Reef and plunge into the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef by snorkeling amongst its rich marine life. If you have selected the option, you can also include an introductory or certified dive. Includes morning and afternoon tea, as well as a buffet lunch.
What to Expect

Make your way directly to Seastar on E Finger at the northern side of the Cairns Marina (adjacent to the easily visible “Salt House” restaurant). On arrival you will be welcomed by your captain before stepping aboard Seastar to meet your crew.

Check-in is on-board after which you may enjoy a coffee or tea with delicious muffins. All equipment is provided and your crew will assist you with fitting the correct size snorkel or dive equipment bringing this to you. Wet suits or stinger suits are hung on your own personal hanger.

Departing Cairns, the safety briefing explains the various safety systems and procedures on-board. A snorkel demonstration follows to ensure all are aware of the equipment, health risks of snorkelling, things to be aware of at the reef, how the day will run and where to find crew. Then the scuba briefing details in water skills.  

Arriving at the world-famous Michaelmas Cay, there is a site briefing then you gather your equipment, organise a buoyancy vest or noodle, collect your suit, then make the short ferry trip to Cairn’s largest sand cay island. Experienced or novice, the calm waters of the beach is the best location to commence your guided snorkel tour. The tour guides depart in small groups, out over shallow reef waters towing a life ring. Your guide will assist you with your equipment and although the high-quality mask and snorkel are easy to fit, novice snorkellers have more time in the shallow water to make final adjustments. Introductory divers commence their dive from Seastar under the supervision of our caring instructors. After your dive or snorkel excursion, there is ample time to revisit the reef with you snorkel buddy.

With two good hours of diving or snorkelling, you have an appetite. Feast on a delicious buffet of hot and cold dishes, including vegetarian options with plenty of salads, fresh fruits, and bread. Cold drinks are also available for purchase. When finished Seastar departs for Hastings Reef on the very outer of the Great Barrier Reef.

A very different reef to Michaelmas. Again, a site briefing is given before you re-enter the water. Snorkelling and diving commence from Seastar, the guided snorkel tours first, then diving where experienced certified divers may travel to the “Wild Side” in the tender and return dive to the Seastar. Afterwards, there is ample time to again revisit this reef with you snorkel buddy.

Confidence gained at Michaelmas Cay, snorkellers are often taken to the “Wild Side” abundant with vibrant fish and coral, deep coral canyons, giant coral formations, colourful reef fish, anemones, sea turtles, cheeky little reef sharks and deep water.

With another two good hours of snorkelling and diving, it is time to return to Seastar. While enjoying the waiting afternoon tea waiting with delicious cakes and fresh fruit, the safety head count is conducted and with all signed back on-board, Seastar returns to Cairns.

Reviews (103)
1 - 5 of 104 reviews
Reviewed today
One of the best days spent in Cairns

Staff was enthusiastic, efficient, and knowledgeable. Small boat...I think the tour capacity is 30, so the experience feels a bit more personal than others I have been on. Another plus is the fact that the boat stops at places where the 30 on the boat...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Teresa R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Great way to spend a day at the GBR

Seastar was a great way to see the Great Barrier Reef while in Cairns. You check in with them at the marina at 7:30AM. They assign you an individual safety number for the duration of the day so you can pick the right stinger suit,...More

Thank StephenN1694
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Near Miss W/ Turtle - but otherwise very good

Hi, I was on a trip last week and witnessed a near accident with a sea turtle. We were still a bit of a distance from our first stop, but not too far, and the boat was going very very fast. The people who saw...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank daisygldavidson
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
BEST Snorkling in Michaelmas Cay!!

Loved this snorkeling trip. They only take out small numbers of 30 or less and our day there were only 12 of us. They did a great job taking we snorkelers on guided snorkel to best areas and they are always taking pictures that are...More

Thank Angela H
SeastarCruises, Public Relations Manager at Seastar Cruises Reef Day Trips, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Angela, Thanks so much for your feedback. We are glad to hear that your experience with us was satisfying and pleasant. Seastar Team

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Amazing Crew, Beautiful Reef!

My favorite part about this trip was the fact that the boat was not huge and each trip has a cap on the number of people that are taken out (36 maximum). Because of this, the crew got to know everyone quite well during our...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank teamusa11111
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4 December 2018|
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Response from Velvet K | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can snorkel and/or dive at both locations. Several people in our group chose to dive at both stops while others chose to snorkel only at the second stop. Have a great time. The crew is awesome!
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25 November 2018|
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Response from D7499FGaudreyh | Reviewed this property |
Yes. You can dive. Make sure you look at the medical questions. We were unable to dive because I can't clear my ears and my son had childhood asthma. If you had asthma but are clear now, you need to have a medical... More
12 November 2018|
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Response from bexandy | Reviewed this property |
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