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Seastar 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
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Seastar Luxury Outer Great Barrier Reef Island and Reef Tour from Cairns
From USD 155.23
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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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One Introductory Dive
Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive includes luxury catamaran cruise and one introductory dive
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Two Certified Dives
Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive includes luxury catamaran cruise and two certified dives
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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 (141)
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Reef Adventure

We used Seastar for our exploration of the Great barrier reef and the level of service was outstanding. We were well looked after throughout the day by the experienced staff and had great time. All the activities we did were well organised and we had...More

Thank Stoyan80
SeastarCruises, Public Relations Manager at Seastar Cruises Reef Day Trips, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hello, Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review. We are so happy to hear that you guys had a good day on the reef. Small numbers are key to great customer service and we are so glad you enjoyed the company...More

Reviewed 2 days ago
Great experience

All in all a great experience. The boat got to the diving spots before anyone else, so we always had a bit of time with the spots to ourselves before all the other boats arrived. From what I saw this boat seems to be the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank JPSantos1976
Reviewed 3 days ago
I had terrible seasick but totally worths it!

Me and my boyfriend booked the trip with seastar cruise and had a great experience! The crew was friendly and helpful, the reef was beautiful, the nature is super super awesome. I hope climate change won't kill off the reef anytime soon, we all should...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank linhtan
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Intro Dive

Great group and the dive instructor Simon really made me feel comfortable all the way throughout! Highly recommend! Such a great time.

Thank KenFlip
SeastarCruises, Owner at Seastar Cruises Reef Day Trips, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello Ken, Thank you for your feed back it is very much appreciated. Great to hear about your experience on Seastar and your Scuba Dive with Simon our Dive Instructor. Enjoy the rest of your holiday.

Reviewed 1 week ago
AMAZING crew and tour!

I live in America, and my family and I went on this Great Barrier Reed tour, and had the most unbelievable time!!! The crew that guided us could not have been better! Unfortunately I can't remember everyone's names, but to name a few: Sven, Jason,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ngoodrich2891
SeastarCruises, Public Relations Manager at Seastar Cruises Reef Day Trips, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello, Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review. We are so happy to hear that you guys had a good day on the reef. Small numbers are key to great customer service and we are so glad you enjoyed the company...More

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wendys001
7 March 2019|
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You should definitely go for scuba!!! It doesnt need any prior experience, even if you dont know how to swim, that’s okay.. atleast 3 people will help you with the dive.. snorkel is always an open option along with scuba... More
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21 February 2019|
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10 January 2019|
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Ask the boat organizer to arrange the pick up. It was cheaper and safer than the taxi or uber
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