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

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Experiencing the underwater wonders of the Great Barrier Reef can be a challenge if you’re on a budget, so this tour offers the flexibility and affordability to choose only the activities you want. Cruise out from Cairns, stopping at two different locations, and opt for a guided or self-guided snorkeling excursion, try an introductory scuba dive, or enjoy a thrilling dive for certified divers only.
from
₹12,463.28
per adult
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₹12,463.28
per adult

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Ages 4-99, max of 90 per group
Duration:9h
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Ticket type:Mobile
English

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

  • A stylish fast modern catamaran visiting two exclusive outer reef locations
  • Tea/coffee on arrival
  • Hot and cold chef prepared buffet lunch
  • Afternoon tea
  • Complimentary Snorkel tour and tuition
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • A marine naturalist presentation
  • All marine park fees and levies
  • Winter Wet Suits or Summer Sun Suits
  • Prescription Masks
What's not included
  • Underwater Camera hire: AU$80 with an 8GB micro SD card or AU$60 with your own card
  • Soft drinks and alcohol available at the bar (cash and credit cards accepted)
  • Return transfers; Cairns City $20p/p. Cairns Northern Beaches $25p/p - Must be booked in advance
  • Carbon offset - Offset your carbon foot print for only $1p/p

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.

Departure details
  • 1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia Please check in at the Passions of Paradise desk inside the Reef Fleet Terminal at 1 Spence Street Cairns. Check in is open from 7am and closes at 7:45am. Hotel transfers are available at an additional cost. Please contact us directly to arrange.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 20609P1

  • 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 and closes at 7:45am 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
  • 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.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 90 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Passions of Paradise Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns by Luxury Catamaran?
Passions of Paradise Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns by Luxury Catamaran price starts from ₹ 12,186.03. Discover and book Passions of Paradise Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns by Luxury Catamaran on Tripadvisor
What is the Passions of Paradise Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns by Luxury Catamaran cancellation policy?
Passions of Paradise Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns by Luxury Catamaran cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Passions of Paradise Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns by Luxury Catamaran on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Passions of Paradise Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns by Luxury Catamaran?
Passions of Paradise Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns by Luxury Catamaran is hosted by Passions of Paradise Reef Tour. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Passions of Paradise Reef Tour on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Passions of Paradise Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns by Luxury Catamaran on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 20609P1

About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

lillyrh364
lillyrh364
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INCREDIBLE!!!!
Whatever you do don’t even bother looking at any other GBR tours! If you read any review read this one! I cannot fa
X4425EHjoyb
X4425EHjoyb
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A great trip
A fantastic day to the Great Barrier Reef. Excellent crew who did everything to ensure that we enjoyed our day. Hi
brettshari
brettshari
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Awesome
Awesome day, run by truly professional crew, nothing was a problem. Braden was awesome, value for money
Michael B
Michael B
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A MUST!!!
Just to congratulate you and all the staff for a very nice tour we had today!! Snorkling was outstanding, good equi
LuliandTom
LuliandTom
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Very impressed by the entire staff!
Very impressed by the entire organization! If you want to spend a day on the Great Barrier Reef! Don’t look further
love2travel2608
love2travel2608
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Showing the rest how it is done !
We were so happy we chose this provider for our day trip to the reef, they get everything right. From the welcome u
pintardo
pintardo
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Exceeded expectations
The Passions of Paradise team are friendly, helpful and full of knowledge. This tour was well worth the price and
Lyzette C
Lyzette C
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Awesome staff
Had a lovely day taking a tour to the reef with Passions of Paradise. All staff worked hard to look after all the p
Inspiration800161
Inspiration800161
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Great day with family owned business
All staff went out of their way to ensure we had a great day. All gear was top notch, made the experience even bett
Ash-More-1994
Ash-More-1994
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And unforgettable day
My partner and I had the most unforgettable day on passions of paradise for our first visit to the Great Barrier Re
DerekL9
DerekL9
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Book this trip if in Cairns. Thanks to dive instructor Simon
First time on the reef and a intro dive. A beautiful craft, there was so much deck space, never felt at all crowded
NewcTaster
NewcTaster
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Great day on the water.
Passions of Paradise was a great experience, very professionally run tour, and you could tell the staff love what t
Pws_ta_blepis
Pws_ta_blepis
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Amazing day on the reef
We had an amazing day on the reef aboard Passions III. Crew are really awesome. I did introductory diving and snork
missnurseaus
missnurseaus
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Fun in the sun
Great tour, staff are super attentive and lovely. I got so sea sick whilst on the boat and the staff acted like it
foodiesydney19
foodiesydney19
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Best day everrr
What a fantastic day. First time out to the Great barrier reef. Highly recommend Passion paradise as your travel pa
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dizbuster319
Atlanta, GA10 contributions
Nov 2022
We enjoyed an amazing day on Hastings Reef with Passions of Paradise. With good weather and water conditions I suspect that one's experiences out on the Great Barrier Reef itself will be amazing, regardless of the tour provider. But the Passions III crew did a fantastic job delivering top-notch, cheerful customer service all day long, from check-in at 7:30 until our return after 5 PM. Every aspect of the trip was well organized and efficient, and members of the crew circulated among the guests continually to check on our needs. We felt valued and appreciated the entire time we were on board. We particularly enjoyed conversing with Russell over the course of the day, but the crew as a whole were personable and good humored. Lunch, while basic, was surprisingly tasty, and the servings were bountiful. And our experience on the reef itself was fabulous. I want to give a special shout out to Alondra. My wife is new to snorkeling, and the water was pretty rough on the reef the day of our trip, so we opted for a guided snorkel tour. Alondra did a wonderful job not only of pointing out/explaining what we saw along the reef but also of making my wife feel comfortable and safe in the water. Her support greatly enhanced our experience. Friends of ours from the tour returned to the reef the following day with a different company, and they complained that the attitudes and the quality of services provided by the other crew were significantly inferior. The array of choices for booking a trip out to the reef is overwhelming, but at the end of our day we were completely satisfied that we had made the right choice.
Written 11 November 2022
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Nick B
6 contributions
Jun 2022
I couldn't fault anything about the boat or the crew. Everything was well organised and taken care of. This was my first time trying the scuba diving (an extra cost optional activity) and Nivi my guide made the experience really easy and explained it all really well. I highly recommend doing a second dive if you get the opportunity on the day, as the first time you spend a lot of time doing skills to make sure you can put the regulator back in your mouth if it comes out and stuff. The second dive you don't have to do any of that and also you feel more confident so you can actually enjoy the diving part and seeing all the life below the surface.

Unfortunately the conditions were rough which made for a bit of a nauseating trip out and back. I do recommend taking sea sickness tablets before you head off if the seas are choppy.
Written 9 June 2022
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PassionsTeam
Hi there! Thank you so much for taking the time to write us such a wonderful review! We will definitely let instructor Nivi know how much you enjoyed your dives! Thanks again!
Written 13 June 2022
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Natasha
2 contributions
We had a great tour of the reef today with Passions. It was terrible rain leaving Cairns and yet everyone’s attitude about the day ahead was so positive and upbeat. We visited two great reef sites at Hastings Reef and despite the weather the snorkelling was excellent. The lunch was so good too, with multiple cold salad options and two hot dish choices. A great addition to the day was the talk on the way back to Cairns by Lea who gave an informative presentation on coral and marine life. This was also the first time we discovered that Passions is one of the last locally owned tour companies and about how much they contribute towards saving the reef with their donations to conservationists as well as planting new coral. For this reason alone I recommend choosing Passions but everything else about the tour was so well organised that you just can’t go wrong! Another crew member worth highlighting was Simon - he actively walked around checking everyone was feeling ok (from sea sickness) and he was so so helpful and approachable. A great day all round, thank you!
Written 8 May 2022
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PassionsTeam
Hey Tash, we just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to write us such a great review! We will definitely be passing along your comments to the crew, especially 'ea and Simon! We are so pleased to hear you had a wonderful trip. Enjoy the rest of your travels and all the best!
Written 8 May 2022
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Bronte S
4 contributions
Passions were absolutely fantastic and I highly recommend this group for reef tours! The staff were all incredible and highly attentive to ensure every individual was safe in the water and on the boat. I was travelling solo and wasn’t confident in the water, but crew member Kelly allowed me to come with her for a guided snorkel tour at both reefs- with her help I had the most amazing experience! The food was delicious and I met some great friends on the trip. Also a shoutout to photographer Sota who took some awesome photos in the reef! When the boat arrived back in Cairns, the crew were lined up outside to thank us and say goodbye to us as we left. Thank you so much for an incredible day guys!
Written 21 November 2022
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PassionsofParadise
Hi Bronte! Thank you so much for taking the time to write us such a wonderful review of your trip to the Great Barrier Reef with us! We will definitely pass along your comments to the crew, especially Kelly! We hope you enjoy the rest of your holidays, and thank you again!
Written 30 November 2022
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Julia
Chicago, IL11 contributions
Sep 2022
AMAZING TRIP!! Cannot recommend this highly enough, even if you are just snorkeling. If you do plan on scuba diving, I would recommend getting certified before going. I didn’t have time, and while it was still a great experience, you definitely got a lot more freedom to roam around. Lunch was nothing crazy, but tasty! I would recommend eating breakfast beforehand - they only provided a small selection of fruit and coffee on board. We were fortunate to have a VERY calm day, yet there was still a small group of people who got seasick on the way to and from the reef. I believe it was about 2 hours each way, so not a short time if you’re easily seasick. They do charge you extra for photos taken underwater and a second scuba dive if you choose to do so. Overall, amazing trip and would recommend!
Written 13 November 2022
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Relle G
2 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
We just went on the snorkel and dive cruise today and I can't recommend this company enough. They provided us with amazing food throughout the day, including a variety of fruits for breakfast and coffee, a delicious buffet (with plenty of options for vegetarians), desserts, and hot tea (while we warmed up after the snorkeling). They also provided plenty of staff support in the water to ensure everyone felt safe and supportive. There was a great photographer onsite to take pictures underwater (at an extremely reasonable rate). Additionally, there was a reef educational discussion about the animals that live in the reef, the importance of conservation and climate change. And BEST OF ALL, you can feel really great about spending money with Passions because they participate in conservation efforts to support the reef, anywhere from turtle releases, to donating money to various conservation organizations and being eco-concious with the supplies that they use on the boat. I cannot recommend this company enough and the reef was breathtaking, photos can't capture the true beauty of the reef, so I would 100% recommend booking a tour with Passions of Paradise.
Written 9 August 2022
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PassionsTeam
Hi Relle! Wow, thank you for writing us such a fantastic review! We here at Passions pride ourselves on our entire operation, and we are glad you especially noticed our commitment to conservation. Since our start in 1987, we have had as a core value looking after the reef and being an eco-champion. Thanks again and enjoy the rest of your holiday!
Written 10 August 2022
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Inspiration790473
3 contributions
Aug 2022
Thank you so much to the amazing team at Passions of Paradise! To the management at this company... you are very lucky to have such an awesome and professional team of staff. We made our booking with the lovely lady at the office and she was very helpful with our booking. The day we went out to the reef we were so impressed by the experience and the way the staff took care of the safety of everyone onboard.
When we went snorkelling the team that took us in the water were so helpful. I was a little nervous going into the water and they saw me straight away made sure I felt safe entering the water. We had an amazing time exploring the reef.
Big shout out the the lovely chef who prepared an amazing freshly cooked lunch and some delicious treats.
Our skipper Phil was great- you should definetely bring him over to work for you more often- super friendly and we felt very safe.
I don't remember her name, but the young German lady who took us snorkelling was really nice and helpful throughout the entire day.
There was a French family sitting with us and Gorge spent a lot of time explaining everything in French as they didn't understand English very well.
Thank you to all the team on board for giving us a great experience out to the Great Barrier Reef- you should all be proud of your efforts and you should all get pay rises for being so awesome and passionate about your jobs!
If you are looking for a great day out to the reef don't hesitate to book with this company!

Sara and Eddie
Written 25 August 2022
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PassionsofParadise
Hi there! It means so much to us that you would take the time to review your day with us! We pride ourselves on our crew, and you'll be interested to know that the German lady who took you snorkeling was Claudia, and she was on a trial day (basically our version of a job interview), and we were so impressed we hired her before lunch time! And thanks for your kind words to Jorge, which we will pass along. We hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday!
Written 29 August 2022
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TravelSisters
12 contributions
Local feeling and great crew

I can say that the term advertised on their phone hotline that the crew is “bending over backwards” for the guests is absolutely true.
I had an amazing day out with passions and it felt more like I am joining some locals sailing, rather then being a “customer” of a huge group. And that despite having 90 passengers onboard. I had the feeling the crew remembers people and is there for the guests.
The best thing to recommend tour in specific is, that it is a sailing boat. A really nice one. This was a big factor for me choosing it because discovering the reef in a sustainable way matters, and as a sailor that’s even better :)
The discover diving and snorkelling was great, friendly guides who were very safety orientated. There was no rush. Also good rental equipment, I got the chance to swap to a different style mask, when the original did not fit me and the crew took care if that so I could enjoy it more.
The talk about the reef and coral was very interesting to listen to. It was not a typical “tourist talk”, it was held by a guy who is on the reef often and actually was caring for coral and the reef whilst the guests were snorkelling. So it was a great experience to hear first hand from someone who really knows for the reef.

All in all I can recommend this trip to anyone who is looking for a bit more personal feeling of a reef tour, loves boats and sailing, snorkelling and the underwater world.
Great job crew of passions
Written 13 September 2022
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PassionsofParadise
Hi Ladies! Thank you so much for taking the time to review your trip with us and write such a wonderful review! We are glad to hear that our crew did indeed go above and beyond for you! Thanks again and we hope you enjoy the rest of your travels!
Written 15 September 2022
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Shelby W
1 contribution
Jan 2022
What a fabulous day! I'd never been snorkelling before and was a little nervous; however, the staff are sensational at what they do (particularly with the challenges presented by COVID-19.) After listening to the crew's safety briefings and instructions on how to use the equipment, I was set at ease and had the experience of a lifetime! We saw one location before lunch and another after. I highly recommend renting an underwater camera because you will want to show EVERYONE the beautiful sites you've visited.

BIG shoutout to Master Reef Guide Russell for the marine biology presentation on the way back to the marina. The information was fascinating, accessible, and engaging with all questions welcome. I loved hearing about what this company is doing to spread awareness of the challenges the reef faces and its vital importance in our world.
Written 5 January 2022
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Sasha Leeder
1 contribution
Feb 2022 • Friends
Accidentally booked snorkel and not dive so called up the day before as I realised this asking to change to book to dive. The customer care assistant said he left a note and I would be able to pay the excess the next day. Upon checking in the lady at the counter told me I pay the excess on the boat and to just let the crew know I want to do the dive. Crew were super friendly at the beginning.

We were able to change to dive no worries and they said if we get in and don't want to dive they won't charge us extra which was nice seeing as one of the people from my group did back out. Simone was a great diving instructor and was one of the two staff that stood out to us, I am unsure of the other girls name who was an Australian.

Whoever was on music had great taste!! The food was pretty average - definitely room for improvement.

Was upset to hear the photographer was sick so we couldn't get any pics underwater - surely have a backup as it is part of the experience.

Everyone passed out after the dive and heard some of the crew making some not so nice comments and found if you asked (some of) the crew questions one on one they weren't as nice.

When paying for the excess of the dive we we're charged more than the online price which is understandable however, I called up in advance hoping to change to the dive package especially since the customer care assistant said he left a note for staff.

I swam with a turtle and got to dive the great barrier reef so the experience was one I won't forget also like the companies mission and beliefs. The Catamaran is also lovely.
Written 16 February 2022
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