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Seastar Cruises Reef Day Trips

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75 Esplande | Marlin Marina, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4041 6218
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Best Day during our Visit to Australia

We started out the trip learning about snorkeling and safety signals and then enjoyed some coffee... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Newport, Vermont
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Crew was very helpful and lovely to talk to, very informative and beautiful trip and amazing food... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Shaharnna B
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Seastar Cruises premium reef cruise combines the outer Great Barrier Reef with a coral cay island. In only 1 1/4 hours the fast air-conditioned Seastar 1 can take you from Cairns to magnificent Michaelmas Cay, the largest of the local uninhabited coral cays. Cruising past Green Island, Upolu cay and Oyster reef Seastar is the first boat to arrive. After an enjoyable time here it is a short 20 minute cruise to the splendid Hastings Reef sitting on the very outer edge. This is where the corals thrive, well out from the coast away from the influence the rivers and streams, adjacent to the clear waters of the Pacific Ocean. You will have 2 1/2 hours at each location. Plenty of time to go snorkeling, do a introductory dive, relax on the beach of the Island or join a tour in the Glass Bottom Boat at Hastings Reef. The day cruise on Seastar inlcudes Morning/Afternoon tea, high quality snorkel equipment, Wetsuit or Lycra suit (depending on the time of year), Glass Bottom Boat Tour, Hot & Cold Buffet Lunch, Reef Interpretation & Guided Snorkel Tours on each spot.
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75 Esplande | Marlin Marina, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4041 6218

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We started out the trip learning about snorkeling and safety signals and then enjoyed some coffee and muffins before getting to the first stop which has a cay. Because it’s summertime, we wore stinger suits and my spouse and I opted for life jackets, which...More

Thank krf04250
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Crew was very helpful and lovely to talk to, very informative and beautiful trip and amazing food! Cannot recommend more

Thank Shaharnna B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I had a really good day at the reef. The Seastar Cruises crew were helpful for a person like me, who dont like water to much, and never been snorkeling before. The crew showed an engagement in the reef and the amazing, as well as...More

Thank Kristoffer L
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

No wonder this trip is scored at 5 stars with thousands of reviews. The staff are amazing and make you feel so welcome. They are super organised and look after you all day. The boat is well appointed and the snorkelling equipment superb. The guided...More

Thank Getalifein2014
Reviewed 4 days ago

Such an amazing experience. The staff is incredibly friendly and patient with newbies :) Diving and snorkeling on this cruise were the highlights of my entire Australia trip. I cannot recommend them enough.

Thank gazlene
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The day started off early and we made our way out to michaelmas which was about an hour away. Michaelmas was a little sandy beach area with lots of birds. We did snorkeling and were able to see a lot of different types of fish....More

Thank lelly7888
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Was a brilliant once in a lifetime opportunity that I was glad to spend with seastar! They felt like your mates they made you feel like you've meet them before. Was a good time, good food and good people

Thank Alex W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went on the day trip on 16/11/17 and it was fantastic. Staff have nailed the customer experience and they cater for all ages and skills.

Thank 854Garyh
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The crew could not have been more happy if they had tried, they made the day so special and the certified dive with AJ was worth every penny. It was was my certified dive in 6 months so I was quite nervous, but AJ was...More

Thank Francesca S
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a smaller, more intimate operator that takes you to the outer Reef. The staff are great and really try to help you have the best experience whether you are snorkelling or suba diving for the first time. Just don't be like me and...More

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1 November 2017|
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Response from Jonathan Martin B | Reviewed this property |
We booked our trip when we arrived in Cairns - 2 days before sailing. Also helicopter over the reef is meant to be amazing - we booked this but cancelled due to the weather.
30 October 2017|
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Response from Zita D | Reviewed this property |
A water bottle, towel, thongs (flip flops) and sunscreen.
7 October 2017|
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Response from Britney A | Reviewed this property |
What's great is that the staff is incredibly knowledgeable about the reef and they go on regular trips to study it. I had asked one of them about that and the health of the reef overall and yes it is changing, but that's... More

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