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Cairns: 2-Day Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Boat Trip

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Escape the crowds to some of the Great Barrier Reef's most pristine diving and snorkeling locations on an epic 2-day sailing adventure.


  • Head out on an overnight sailing trip on a 16-meter yacht
  • Explore the Great Barrier Reef from 29 moorings at 9 different reefs
  • Create new friendships with other travellers with a shared interest


Day 1: Board the boat for morning tea and to meet the crew before setting sail to the reefs near Cairns. Along the way, the crew will conduct diving and naturist briefings. You will also have plenty of time to get to know the other participants.  Next, arrive at the first Outer Reef location, such as Flynn Reef. Depths will range from 5 to 28 meters. Expect to encounter turtles, small reef sharks, and schools of open water fish. The in-water activities are followed by lunch and afternoon tea. On the Outer Reef, one of the crew will offer a guided snorkel tour for those interested in learning more about the reef. In the afternoon, the boat moves to its second location. This could be Milne Reef, home to the Three Sisters and The Whale. The Sisters is one of Cairns' most famous dive sites and offers unsurpassed night and early morning dives. Depths range from 6 to 36 meters. An afternoon dive or snorkel opportunity is followed by preparations for nightfall. Passengers undertaking a night dive are briefed and the diving begins. Dinner is served once activities are completed. After dinner, relax and buy an ice-cold beverage from the onboard bar to enjoy with your crew mates. DAY 2: Awake to the dawn and watch the sunrise over the Coral Sea. This is the perfect time to snorkel or scuba dive as early morning is a fantastic time to see reef sharks, turtles and cruising fish. Breakfast is served. The boat will then depart for its next location. Generally, this location will offer the more experienced diver the chance to have a great drift dive. Morning tea is served. After mid-morning, depending on the weather, the boat will move to another dive site/reef. If you are tired, this is an excellent time to relax, read a book and take in the stunning views. Lunch is served before departure. On the way back to the shore, the sails are hoisted. It is very common to have dolphins swim alongside the boat. During the winter months, you may even be able to see humpback whales. The emphasis on the journey home is to relax and enjoy the company of new-found friends. Coral Sea Dreaming is a strongly-built 16-metre steel yacht. The boat is equipped with 2 toilets and a separate hot water shower. A well-equipped galley ensures high quality food, and a large rear cockpit ensures spacious entertaining space. For accommodation, there are 6 shared bunks for the social and solo travellers, and for the couples 3 private cabins are available.


10-minute introductory dive All snorkel and dive equipment (wetsuits/ Stinger suits/computers) Freshly made meals and snacks Fresh linen and bath towel Use of hot shower and 2 toilets (shared) Unlimited snorkeling
Reef levies and fees payable on-board Camera hire (available for purchase onboard) Certified dives (available for purchase onboard) Dive courses (available for purchase onboard) Introductory diving + night diving (available for purchase onboard) Alcohol (available for purchase onboard)

Important Information

  • This tour is suitable for people with a moderate level of fitness
  • The minimum age for SCUBA diving is 12 years
  • All snorkelers and divers must complete a medical questionnaire on board the boat. Certain medical conditions (i.e. asthma, heart disease, epilepsy) may exclude some people from diving
  • The trip is weather dependent. The local partner reserves the right to change trip locations, cancel or reschedule due to mechanical, weather or any other unforeseen circumstances

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund

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