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Reef Daytripper - Great Barrier Reef Small Group Sail and Snorkel Day Trip


Sail away on Reef Daytripper as we visit the Great Barrier Reef aboard a charming catamaran! We take our small group of passengers to the picturesque Upolu Reef for fun filled day out on the Reef!


  • Small group sailing tour to the Great Barrier Reef! (Max. 20 guests with 4 crew)
  • Local owned and operated
  • All snorkel gear provided and an opportunity to upgrade to Scuba Dive
  • Casual and informative reef education provided
  • Complementary guided snorkel tour provided
  • Eco-friendly tour - lowest carbon foot print of any Cairns operator

Enjoy the relaxed and friendly atmosphere!

We aim to visit two sites around Upolu Reef and will spend just under 4 hours here - this gives you plenty of time to snorkel, dive or just relax on the boat and soak up the sun!

You are welcome to join our free guided snorkel tour. For this our dive professionals aim to enhance your snorkelling experience by pointing out and explaining the many different marine species that local the reef, along with some migratory animals such as turtles, sharks and rays.

We give the option for you to sign up for SCUBA diving on the day. All tuition, equipment and a guide are included in the dive price and, we can accommodate both certified and introductory diving. We aim to offer you unlimited time for dives, which means we won’t rush you at any point. This gives you; ample time to relax, adjust to the underwater realm and explore the wonders of the reef at your leisure.

Please note: Certified divers are required to provide proof of certification, and a medical questionnaire; must be successfully completed by all candidates prior to diving.

Certified Diving - $65

Introductory Diving - $70

Diving can be purchased onboard the boat on the day - Spaces are limited, please contact Reef Daytripper after booking if you have any questions about diving options or to reserve your space. Contact details will be on your booking confirmation.

For snorkelers - Wetsuit and stinger suit hire available onboard for $6 rental fee. Wetsuit hire is included for divers.

Departure point: Cairns Marlin Marina - at the end of D Finger - We are situated at the very end and are the last boat on the right.

Check in time: 7.15am for 7.45am departure

Adult $179.00
Child $130.00 (14 years and under)
Family $525.00 (2 Adults & 2 Children)

What's included

  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea
  • Drinking Water


  • Allow approximately 9 hours for the whole experience


  • Cairns Marlin Marina - at the end of D Finger.
  • We are situated at the very end and are the last boat on the right.

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.


  • Scuba Diving:

    SCUBA diving can present certain health risks, and ALL candidates are subject to a medical questionnaire before diving is permitted. Certified divers are required to provide proof of certification. The minimum age for diving is 12 years.

    Generally, a 12-hour wait is advisable before any pressurised flights and a 24-hour wait if a diver has done multiple dives over several days or decompression stop diving. Specific advice is usually available from the recognised dive tables selected for the dive.

    Terms and conditions:

    Please note: The company reserves the right to cancel the trip, or use another vessel due to poor weather conditions or mechanical problems. Selected reef sites visited may change with no notice.

    No refund is applicable if you fail to show up on the confirmed travel date. $15 per person marine park and passenger levy is payable by all persons travelling to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. This fee is included in the price of your ticket.

Available Bookings from 17 Aug to 23 Aug 2022

Change Dates

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  • Adult$154.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$130.00
  • Family$525.00

  • Adult$132.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$130.00
  • Family$525.00

  • Adult$132.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$130.00
  • Family$525.00

  • Adult$132.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$130.00
  • Family$525.00

  • Adult$132.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$130.00
  • Family$525.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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Matthew from Australia wrote on 18 July 2020

Cairns Great Barrier Reef Tour

Yes it was the best day on the Reef Friday 17 July twenty amid COVID-19 stresses. We woke up early morning in Cairns cold wet air just how I remembered from my early years. Sun came up but still chilly as ever. Drove to the 10 hour park opposite the casino, no our destination is not the casinos. Parked and payed the $18 for 10 hour’s parking amid our crazy early morning packing rush of our essentials. Took ourselves to the boat for a 7:30 check in, greeted with a warm welcome compensating the cold morning air by the three day trip Boat staff. Sat and relaxed for the trip out to the reef during which the staff instructed us on our schedule and safety. We took the first dive around 10:30 am, omg I got salt water up my throat first up. Soon figured out the snorkeling. Wow just lost for words to describe how beautiful the reef is through a set of standard goggles. Forget 4D theatre, nothing beats being right there in the cool water being it’s winter. After an hour 30 it was time to move to the next dive spot 5 minutes away and scoff our gourmet sandwiches and lunch. Then straight back into the water for another hour 30 of exploration of Australia’s best reefs. After that time to head home with a nice snack and complimentary beer or wine. The best day ever if you want something to reset.

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kail1 from Germany wrote on 26 February 2020

Best trip ever

It was a great trip to the reef. Staff is polite, spots for snorkeling are awesome and a lot of wildlife at the spots. Would definitely do it again !

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Shania Brown from Australia wrote on 12 November 2021


literally the best tour I've ever been on

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aliced2 from Sweden wrote on 17 March 2020

Awful crew

Did sign up for intro diving. Awful crew that will stress you out, esepcially Mikaela. Happy I followed my gut feeling and cancelled the diving last minute and just snorkel cause I later found out their oxygen tanks were leaking. Nice dive-intro from asian guy in crew who was helpful and service minded, other 2 had a teribble attitude that ruined the trip. Slow boat and skipper with attitude.

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Helen Hooton from Australia wrote on 09 May 2021

Visiting the Reef is a must but note ...

We had perfect weather for our visit to the reef. Although we understood it to be a 'sailing' trip, there was no sailing at all (engine was on all the time as apparently the main sail was broken). Yacht only allows for a small group of people which is much nicer. Food was terrific and the snorkelling was wonderful at Upolo Reef. I would recommend doing the guided snorkelling tour as the guide knows where all the good spots are. Current can be strong so use a noodle! Advice and instructions given by the crew was thorough (although they could have been a bit more friendly - seemed to be a 'job' rather than a passion). Overall a great day!

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