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Passions of Paradise Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns by Luxury Catamaran

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Dive, snorkel and sail the Great Barrier Reef with an award-winning company with 30 years’ experience operating personalized day tours to the Great Barrier Reef. The 80-foot catamaran sails from Cairns to two unique locations where you can choose to dive or snorkel with colorful fish, turtles and an amazing array of coral. With a choice of 27 outer Great Barrier Reef destinations your friendly crew can select the location best suited to the weather offering you the best possible Great Barrier Reef experience on a luxury purpose built catamaran!
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1 Spence St
1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, AustraliaPlease check in at the Passions of Paradise desk inside the Reef Fleet Terminal at 1 Spence Street Cairns. Hotel transfers are available at an additional cost. Please contact us directly to arrange.
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    Great Barrier Reef
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    Passions of Paradise have access to over 26 destinations on the outer Great Barrier Reef. Each day you will visit 2 of these locations chosen for their suitability to the weather conditions. Snorkel or dive with our experienced crew and view an underwater world teeming with marine life and spectacular coral reefs.
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You'll return to the starting point
Highlights
  • Unforgettable views and experience of the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef
  • Incredible marine life: reef sharks, sea turtles, parrotfish, clown fish…
  • Multiple tour options for snorkelers, first-time divers, and certified divers
  • Great value: morning tea, lunch, and all equipment are included
What to Expect
Make your own way to the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal, meet your captain and crew, and hop aboard your luxurious catamaran. As you set sail, gaze out across the Coral Sea and tuck into tasty muffins and tea or coffee. During the journey, the crew will review basic snorkeling techniques and help you get suited up for your first snorkel or dive. Arrive at the first stop and, depending on your chosen activity, either head down to the snorkel platforms for easy access to the water or join your scuba instructor for your introductory or certified dive. Guided snorkel excursions are available for beginners or less-confident snorkelers, while dive masters accompany small groups of no more than six people. After working up an appetite in the water, relax on deck while lunch the onboard chef prepares lunch. Then feast on a delicious buffet of hot and cold dishes, including vegetarian options and plenty of salads, fresh fruits, and bread. Cold drinks are available for purchase. Continue to the second dive site, where you’ll have another chance to snorkel or dive. As you explore the vibrant corals of the Great Barrier Reef, look out for exotic marine life such as parrotfish, puffer fish, or clown fish. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a reef shark or sea turtle. If you have any questions about your sightings, all will be answered during a special marine life presentation once you’re back onboard.  After a full day at sea, set sail for Cairns, where your tour ends back at the cruise terminal.
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Important Information
Departure Point
1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
Departure Time
7:30 AM
Duration
9h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • A stylish fast modern catamaran visiting two exclusive outer reef locations
  • Morning tea/coffee & mini muffins
  • Lunch - Hot and cold chef prepared buffet lunch
  • Snacks - Afternoon tea/coffee, fresh fruit, cheese & crackers
  • Complimentary Snorkel tour and tuition
  • 10 minute in water introduction to Scuba Diving
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • A marine naturalist presentation
  • All marine park fees and levies
  • Winter Wet Suits or Summer Sun Suits
  • Prescription Masks
  • $20 p/p Reef levy included in price
Exclusions
  • Underwater Camera hire: AU$60 with an 8GB micro SD card or AU$40 with your own card
  • Soft drinks and alcohol available at the bar (cash and credit cards accepted)
  • Return transfers; Cairns City $18p/p. Cairns Northern Beaches $25p/p - Must be booked in advance
  • Carbon offset - Offset your carbon foot print for only $1p/p
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please bring swim wear, towels, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat!
  • Check in will commence at 7.00am at the Reef Fleet Terminal for an 8am departure
  • Please note: prescription medication and certain medical conditions will preclude you from scuba diving in Queensland without a Queensland Dive Medical. These conditions include, but are not limited to, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, heart problems, lung problems, ear problems, high or low blood pressure, current cough, cold or flu, chronic sinus conditions, fainting or seizures, plus the use of prescription medication including those used for the treatment of anxiety and depression. Please contact us directly to discuss your suitability for diving.
  • The minimum age for scuba diving in Queensland is 12 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Scuba Diving in Queensland; prescription medication and certain medical conditions will preclude you from scuba diving in Queensland without a Queensland Dive Medical. These conditions include, but are not limited to, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, heart problems, lung problems, ear problems, high or low blood pressure, current cough, cold or flu, chronic sinus conditions, fainting or seizures, plus the use of prescription medication including those used for the treatment of anxiety and depression.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Highly recommend this company! Very experienced, friendly and enthusiastic young staff with a good eye for security. We visited 2 of the best places for snorkeling (or diving), lot to see! Delicious lunch (included). Tour includes snorkeling gearm flippers, floatie around the
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Wow this is amazing. I’ve always been scared of scuba diving (never tried) however today I did the introductory scuba dive. Initially when i got into the water i was quite worried about my breathing so i couldn’t get it right, so i got out. My dive instructor Jake knew i really
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Highly recommend Passions of Paradise. I was extremely impressed by how safe they are and how accommodating they are for individuals who aren’t strong swimmers. You get a floatie around your waist, flippers, can tag along with a guide as well and there’s constantly a look out.
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Had SO much fun on this tour. My dad and I did two dives of the Great Barrier Reef and it was unforgettable. This tour company is the best - they have a TON of staff on board who are all very friendly and helpful. Our dive instructor Simon made our day, so nice. Very fun, highly
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The most friendly staff of any company I have dealt with. They all seem to love their job and really care about the customers. Saw a great amount of sea life and coral. The buffet was not the best, but you won’t go hungry. Lots of snacks their and back so you’ll be good on food.
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By: Passions of Paradise Reef Tour
2,189 reviews
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AleidaWilhelmina
The Hague, The Netherlands
6014
Best way to paradise!
Highly recommend this company! Very experienced, friendly and enthusiastic young staff with a good eye for
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dleez
10
Amazing
Wow this is amazing. I’ve always been scared of scuba diving (never tried) however today I did the introductory
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pvg2014
Fort St. John, Canada
38
Very safe for anyone who doesn’t have a lot of experience in the water
Highly recommend Passions of Paradise. I was extremely impressed by how safe they are and how accommodating they
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kfinlay2
50
BOOK THIS!
Had SO much fun on this tour. My dad and I did two dives of the Great Barrier Reef and it was unforgettable. This
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Lknudsvig023
10
Amazing experience
The most friendly staff of any company I have dealt with. They all seem to love their job and really care about
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Taylor S
62
Wonderful, but crowded!
I absolutely loved the chance to spend a full day out on a catamaran checking out the reef. Having never tried
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sarahcW6258GA
10
Easy and fun!
My boyfriend and I greatly enjoyed this tour group. We did the introductory dive and our instructor Russell was
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lin1930
Bromborough, United Kingdom
81
snorkelling the barrier reef
Fabulous experience - food and the facilities on the boat were really good. The instructors couldn't do enough
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lucys108
Thornhill, Canada
119
Fantastic day of snorkeling spent on Passions of Paradise
Fantastic day of snorkeling spent on Passions of Paradise. Being a non-swimmer I was apprehensive about
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972kayl
Bend, Oregon
150
If they had a higher rating, I would give it!
Two friends and I had a fabulous day on this tour! Everyone of the crew was OUTSTANDING! Friendly, helpful and
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nfleader9449
Rochester, New York
40
Awesome Experience, Great Crew
Went on a one day cruise to two separate reefs with my wife for snorkel diving. We had a blast the whole day.
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sandym309
California
7730
Cloudy but Still Amazing!
Wow! I still can’t believe I have snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef! Our Captain, crew, equipment distribution and
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Karen G
Middlefield, Ohio
40
Great Barrier Reef Trip with Passions of Paraduse
This was by far the best trip we have taken in Cairns!!!!! This company, Passions of Paradise is so up on safety,
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ncomreaux
Dallas, Texas
50
Excellent service and wonderful experience!!
We had the most amazing time snorkeling and diving with Passions of Paradise. The entire staff was friendly, but I
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580jordanb
10
Paradise dive and snorkel
Great couldn’t recommend a better operator up there. The staff are very friendly and very knowledgeable about the
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