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

From US$155.52
  • 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
  • Snorkel or dive in confidence under the close supervision of your guides
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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.
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Fantastic tour company, intimate tour

The boat is smaller than other companies and one of the last still privately owned and operated. You can feel the difference. The boat had enough space for all the guests to comfortably walk around and lounge throughout the trip, and the crew felt adequate...More

Thank Abennata
Reviewed 3 days ago
An amazing snorkelling trip

We snorkelled Michaelmas Cay and Hastings Reef. Defog spray was provided which was very helpful. Guided tour was nice, loved that the guide pointed out the interesting things to see. We immediately saw turtles! However the guided tour was also slightly annoying as there were...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank riyunoa
SeastarCruises, Public Relations Manager at Seastar Cruises Reef Day Trips, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear @riyunoa, Thank you for your amazing review, we really appreciate your feedback. We want to make sure that every person travelling on Seastar experiences the reef in a very small group and personalized atmosphere. Glad you were happy with the booking process, the guided...More

Reviewed 4 days ago
Great day out

We had a great day out on Wednesday March 27- managed to get a non rainy day. Nice boat, great young crew, multi national and very knowledgeable. We saw Michaelmas Cay & Hastings Reef from the water & in their glass bottom boat. Very enjoyable...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Kaylene V
SeastarCruises, Public Relations Manager at Seastar Cruises Reef Day Trips, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Kaylene, Thank you for your time reviewing your trip with us to Michaelmas Cay and Hastings Reef. We are super happy you enjoyed the time with our knowledgeable team, the buffet lunch provided and the glass bottom boat tour. We wish to have you...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Awesome day out, crew were very helpful and boat was fantastic. Saw lots of turtles and variety of fish. Vlad was a great guide, happy to answer any questions ands he made the kids feel at ease while ensuring their safety.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Great Day Out

The Seastar crew were professional, knowledgeable, passionate and friendly and went out of their way to ensure we had a great day. Miriam proved to be an exceptionally patient dive instructor and made Jo's first dive experience both memorable and enjoyable, despite her nervousness. Tea...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank chrisraine
SeastarCruises, Public Relations Manager at Seastar Cruises Reef Day Trips, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear Chris, Thank you very much for your kind words. We are really happy to hear Jo felt safe and well looked after on her first dive and both of you had a great experience. An introductory dive is definitely something to remember for the...More

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Response from JosefineBruun | Reviewed this property |
Somewhere between 30 or 40 people. I think 35 is the hard limit.
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Response from JenJen1971 | Reviewed this property |
It is an 1 hour 20 minutes to the first stop and then another half an hour on from there for the second one. We stayed at the first point for lunch before moving off to second point where we stayed for 2 hours. The return... More
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