We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 287 Draper St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 7 4052 8300
Website
Today
07:00 - 22:00
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 07:00 - 22:00
Description:

Down Under Cruise & Dive based in Cairns, QLD is one of Australia's...

Down Under Cruise & Dive based in Cairns, QLD is one of Australia's leading tour operators providing guests of all ages and nationalities with world-class experiences on the Great Barrier Reef. Travelling on-board EVOLUTION, Australia's most luxurious reef vessel you will travel in style and comfort for a very affordable price.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
US$114.52*
and up
Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns
More Info
US$324.35*
and up
Cairns Super Saver: Great Barrier Reef Cruise plus Kuranda Scenic Railway plus...
More Info
US$368.92*
and up
Learn to Scuba Dive on the Great Barrier Reef: 4-Day PADI Open Water Dive Course

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 649 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 424
    Excellent
  • 99
    Very good
  • 42
    Average
  • 25
    Poor
  • 21
    Terrible
Brilliant

Staff are great nothing to big or small, helicopter ride out was amazing and the landing was perfect, staff are informative and really friendly I can't rate it highly enough, if... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Niki M
,
Exeter, United Kingdom
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

649 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 611: English reviews
Level Contributor
14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

If you want to see the Great Barrier Reef go to the Whitsunday islands. This tour takes you to all the dead, grey coral. They charge you $10 for stinger suits that were full of holes. Everything is just optional extras. Drinks are expensive. The lunch buffet on the other hand was really nice but just make sure you get... More 

Helpful?
Thank Nicola B
Exeter, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
27 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Staff are great nothing to big or small, helicopter ride out was amazing and the landing was perfect, staff are informative and really friendly I can't rate it highly enough, if you get a chance do the glass bottom boat you will see so much more of the reef and fish.

Helpful?
Thank Niki M
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Today we cruised the Reef and went snorkeling with our kids (11,13,16) and it was amazing. From check in the staff couldn't do enough for us and had patience for everyone and lots of personality too! We have done lots of travel and heaps of tours both in and out of Australia and this has to rate as one of... More 

Helpful?
Thank Harrystravels
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I had a really good time out on Evolution. Corina guided us around two sites which both had a lot to see - sharks, giant turtles and christmas tree coral to name a few. A big and busy boat with crew who are more than happy to help. Cheers Corina and the Down under team!

Helpful?
Thank Mhairi S
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great staff, fantastic food. New boat and most importantly top snorkel gear . Really enjoyed our day out to 2 outer reefs and relaxing in beanbags after lunch on the top deck. Evolution was a wonderful boat with not too many people and my family enjoyed the introductory dive session.

Helpful?
Thank Kezza2006
Melbourne
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Evolution is clearly a newish cruise ship...Snorkels and stinger suits are new and clean. I appreciated that the equipment was new and clean...Makes a difference when you have to put your body into it and the snorkel into your mouth! Staff are friendly and helpful. Lots of optional extras on board! We were very happy with lunch....Lots of variety and... More 

Helpful?
Thank MelbourneClaire
Perth
Level Contributor
29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Everything exceeded my expectation. Nice big and new boat, modern and clean cabin. Crew were all polite, friendly, helpful and funny. Plenty of food to serve 130 people. No need to rush for food. Quality was good too although I didn't expect much. Nice performance on the way back as well. Overall fantastic experience. No regret at all.

Helpful?
Thank onlyfinchy
Miami, Florida
Level Contributor
63 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

First rate operator. The great barrier reef is definitley a cool thing to do. The reef has a ton of dead areas- I would argue over over 1/2 however its not getting any better so I think you do should while its still around. The fish were pretty good and the corals were the sporadic however some of the best... More 

Helpful?
Thank sandsjas
Level Contributor
55 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

There were both advantages and disadvantages to this day trip. On the plus side, the boat is very new and large enough that few people got seasick, even though we were traveling through a storm on the way home. Such a nice, clean ship. The crew were dedicated to their jobs and knowledgeable. The hot buffet lunch we were offered... More 

Helpful?
Thank Jana R
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had 190 on board but once the safety announcement was made it really didn't feel like that there was many people on board - we had our own booth for 3 people for the day so was able to get a nap in (after the tiring activities). Diving was amazing, snorkelling equipment was new and clean. Diverse cultures, well... More 

Helpful?
Thank Steven S

Travellers who viewed Down Under Cruise & Dive also viewed

 

Been to Down Under Cruise & Dive? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Down Under Cruise & Dive and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Down Under Cruise & Dive staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?