We have compiled a list of the best boats for Your CairnsGreat Barrier Reef Snorkeling or Diving Experience!
(Well we have used the help of TripAdvisor....but it still counts)
The list starts with a tour that offers something for everyone
Passions of Paradise
"We got a very pleasant surprise from the trip. We were expecting a regular tour company but this way much more than that! The boat was very nice, the food during the trip was GREAT!, and the most important the staff was super nice and friendly, they tried to help us with everything we needed, the little marine biology talk at the end was very cool to learn more about what you just saw in the reef. Great memories from this trip thanks to them"
Now for something a little more powerful...
"Silverswift have been doing this for a long time and know how to cater for all levels of diving and snorkelling experience. They are extremely professional and safety is number 1 priority without compromising your opportunity to enjoy the beauty and fun of the Outer Reef. I went in as a certified diver but without experience in the past two years. Silverswift made sure I had a few extra checks to ensure all was under control. My nephew did the introductory dive and with all the personal attention he received, he had a fantastic first experience and is now hooked on progressing to get his diving certificate. Reef sites were great - lots of fish, including barracudas, lazy turtles, colourful coral. All of the guides were very friendly and supportive. It created a relaxed environment for guests to mingle and share experiences with fellow underwater adventurers from around the world during lunch and breaks. I would have difficulty justifying why I would go diving with anyone else when I'm next in Cairns. Well done to the Silverswift crew!!"
One of two vessels from this amazing company, In Third position is
"I spent a lot of time researching which Great Barrier Reef trip to go on. We wanted to go on a small boat with fewer people and preferably sail, so Ocean Free seemed ideal. I'm so glad we chose them! We had an utterly perfect day from start to finish. The staff were very friendly and very professional. They kept checking on us and seeing if there was anything we needed all day, and were very safety conscious. We'd opted to snorkel and do the introductory scuba dive. We had a very thorough briefing on scuba diving, and were only allowed to dive if we could pass a relatively simple test and our medical questionnaire was ok. We were taken down with 1 instructor per two people. We were a family of 4, with 2 children. Both myself and the children 'had a wobble' at some point during the dive and the staff were absolutely brilliant and took us one on one, calmed us down and we could continue with the dive. It was an amazing experience. We also snorkelled, and again we were given a safety briefing, and those that wanted to could stick with an instructor while they snorkelled. At one point we saw a turtle and the instructor was very strict that we didn't touch or interfere with it in any way, yet gave us all a chance to see it and take pics. The boat moors about 1 km off Green Island, so the people on this boat are the only ones in the water. After snorkelling and diving, we had a really delicious buffet lunch. Loads of choice and loads of food. Then we were taken by motor boat to Green Island. A beautiful island with a stunning beach, but rather crowded as a lot of boats go there. The water was crystal clear, with fish in the sea right up to the beach. After about one and a bit hours (you could stay longer if you wanted), the motor boat took us back to the sailing boat where we did some more snorkelling, with reef sharks, which I never thought I'd do! On our return to Cairns we were lucky enough to see a sea snake and humpback whale with her calf at the surface. The staff stopped the boat so we could all see and take pics, but kept a respectful distance and didn't interfere with the animals in any way. The staff were just as excited as all of us to see the turtle, fish, reef sharks, snake and whales. They very clearly loved the Reef and respected the marine life within it. I really cannot fault Ocean Free. It was our best day on a really fabulous holiday"
Joining Ocean Free is the second most rated tour the ever faithful
"Three main factors differentiate Ocean Freedom from the other reef tour operators:
1. The most amazing crew - professional, safety-oriented, above and beyond, and most importantly, genuine and caring. 2. Everything (wetsuit, glass bottom boat, snorkeling/diving equipment, and even sunblock and reef levy) is included. 3. Dive ratio is 2:1 vs. 4:1 with other companies.
This tour is a guaranteed highlight of your time in Cairns, and you won't regret it."
Drum roll please.......
And the winner is, coming in as the highest rated trip in Cairns....
"We picked Seastar because it was a smaller boat with not too many passengers. The whole day was fantastic, the crew were young, upbeat and knowledgable and made sure you had a great time had the right gear to do it. The snorkelling/diving locations were fantastic, with the full array of classic reef sealift, including turtles and clown fish. Food was great with ample servings, we couldn't have asked for anything more! Support this small local family business!"
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