Great Barrier Reef - Cairns
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Overall rating
4.7 / 5
based on 1,878 reviews

Sailing back to Cairns under full sail was the highlight of the trip.

Fantastic friendly crew took us out on the boat to near Green Island. For me the snorkelling was disappointing, the reef is in trouble and there were not as many fish around as I remembered. The crew explained the impact of the weather on the reef but without being political, simply explaining recent weather patterns effects. This was not helped by the fact I detest the cold and the water was not as worm as I was expecting, but that was my issue. The journey out and the service provided were excellent. The boat was small and not overcrowded. We had perfect weather to enjoy the journey both ways. Green Island was undergoing renovation so not overly welcoming, but walking through the national park was refreshing and enjoyable. Lunch was excellent. Plenty of food for the people on board. Cold meats and salad, with plenty of prawns and smoked salmon, a range of other meats and a full range of salads. Overall an excellent experience, that makes me concerned for the future of the reef.

Great experience and lovely crew members

Unfortunately the weather wasn’t ideal but it was still amazing I could only imagine what it would be like on a good day. The heli flight is a must it was the highlight the first reef we went to was great but the second was absolutely spectacular! Little bit sad that our package said included an introductory dive which we didn’t get but that didn’t take away from the great experience we had. The crew are fabulous and so helpful! Real down the earth people who love to have a chat. Some great looking blokes on board

Snorkelling and Fitzroy Island were awesome

Booking and boarding were great, except for the fact that you can't get seating for a family of 5 because people put their bags on seats or sleep across 4 seats!!! Don't sit on bottom level, everyone gets sick. Fitzroy Island was great for swimming and snorkelling. Saw beautiful coral, fish and swam with turtles. Food is really expensive on island and not that great. Overall an excellent adventure, 3 kids aged 15, 13, 11 and mum and dad loved it. Heaps better snorkelling than Green Island.

Great experience snorkeling on Great Barrier Reef

It was a good look at the reef and the fish etc. The reef wasn’t as colourful as I expected. The crew were very friendly and helpful. The staff organised us well for great experience. It was a bit cold at times, especially with breeze blowing and when we got wet from snorkeling. There were a lot of people on the boat. It was tricky at times with lack of space to sit, eat and waiting for others. The sea was rougher than I expected but the large boat handled it well.

Absolutely incredible to see the reef! Friendly, fun staff!

This was a great trip - the staff were thorough but not too serious and the made the day really enjoyable. Great spot to see the reef and good snorkelling equipment. Two great spots to see the reef which is an absolute must see - breathtakingly beautiful and would highly recommend. Lunch was yummy. My only concern was the sea sickness but the staff were really lovely and there’s not much that can be done about this! Such a wondrous, memorable day!