We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Share
Save

Luxury Outer Great Barrier Reef Island and Reef Tour from Cairns

Highlights
  • 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
More
Luxury Outer Great Barrier Reef Island and Reef Tour from Cairns
From US$155.72
Check Availability
  • Overview
  • What to Expect
  • Important Information
  • Reviews
  • Q&A
Select Date and Travellers
Snorkel OnlyMost Popular
Outer Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Tour includes luxury catamaran cruise all equipment and two guided snorkel tours
US$155.72
One Introductory Dive
Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive includes luxury catamaran cruise and one introductory dive
US$210.04
Two Certified Dives
Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive includes luxury catamaran cruise and two certified dives
US$228.15
Show 1 more
Overview
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 (78)
1 - 5 of 78 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Amazing day at the reef

We had an absolutely amazing day snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef. The crew aboard the sea star were welcoming, friendly and had all the facts about the reef. We would definitely go again if we ever get the chance!

Thank Peter H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Great barrier reef

2 thumbs up! Loved the whole experience and would recommend the seastar and it's staff over the larger boats. The staff was friendly, helpful and very professional.

Thank Janet M
Reviewed 1 week ago
Amazing first visit to the reef

Seastar was an amazing experience all around! We did the full day tour, which brought us to two locations for snorkeling - the first being Michaelmas Cay, which was a great place for an introductory snorkel, as the water was really shallow but there were...More

Thank Tim1234321234
SeastarCruises, Public Relations Manager at Seastar Cruises Reef Day Trips, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hello! Thanks so much for taking the time to give us your feedback! We are pleased to hear you had a good day with us! We hope to see you again next time you come to Cairns. Thanks again! Seastar crew

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Highly recommend!!!

Seastar was a fantastic experience. I did my first ever scuba dive with Sven, who was a patient and excellent instructor. Both reefs we went too were nice as well, lots of fish, turtles, coral. It was a smaller (better) experience and the rest of...More

Thank Jeff S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Snorkeling and Scuba Diving on the Great Barrier Reef

We had a fantastic time with the Seastar. My only regret is I forgot my GoPro Camera. My husband said it was one of the best days of his life. The lunch was excellent. I wore a patch to help prevent sea sickness and it...More

Thank Mary T
View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Lorraine C
10 September 2018|
Answer
Response from Sophie334 | Reviewed this property |
Some people added it on the day for ours. I did snorkel and saw turtle, corals and fish. Daughter did scuba and saw giant turtle, corals, fish and ray and did second dive. I think you see quite a bit more with scuba... More
0
Votes
Hbdg
17 June 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Minimalist_Manuel | Reviewed this property |
Depart at 7:30, return at 16:30 (or a bit before)
1
Vote