from $180 AUD

Outer Barrier Reef Day Trip - Cairns

A fantastic full day trip to the outer Great Barrier Reef, which departs from Cairns daily. This boat was launched in 2016 and caters to divers of all experience levels, from the beginners, to the intermediate and advanced. Non-divers and diving companions are welcomed aboard, with lots of excellent opportunities for snorkeling on the reef available. ReefQuest has 17 moorings at Cairns’ outer Great Barrier Reef, including sites on Hastings, Norman and Saxon Reefs. The boat visits two (2) different sites each day, choosing the best ones to maximise experience, pending conditions at the time of travel. Snorkeling and scuba diving equipment is all included in the tour price, as is tea, coffee, fresh chilled water and a tropical buffet lunch. The reefs are about 70km offshore and ReefQuest provides guests with around four (4) hours at the reef. The boat departs Cairns around 8am and returns around 4.30pm. Takes up to 80 guests.


  • Day dive trips to Cairns’ outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Up to 4 hours at the reef, visiting 2 locations
  • Certified divers can book up to 3 dives
  • Unguided buddy diving – dive guides available (extra cost)

Diving Details
ReefQuest offers introductory as well as certified scuba diving. There’s no previous experience required for introductory divers; all equipment and tuition is included in the price. All introductory dives are guided and you can book up to 3 per day tour. Certified divers can also book up to 3 certified dives on ReefQuest. All diving is buddy diving and if you don’t have one, they will allocate one on the day. Dive guides are available for an extra $15 per person, per dive. All equipment is included in the dive price. You will need to bring and show your certification card. There’s no solo diving. ReefQuest visits 2 different reef sites each day. The best diving is generally from 15m and up. Three tank sizes available 7L, 9L and 12L.

Optional Extras

Levy – $20 Per person per day (Fee includes: EMC $3.50, Fuel Levy, Port and Administration Charges $16.50)

Optional Extras:

  • Bar facilities (soft drinks, juice, beer, wine, chocolates and ice creams can be purchased)
  • A range of quality souvenirs
  • Camera hire purchase
  • Guided Dive
  • Snacks (chocolate/chips etc)
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Dive Guide ($15 per dive)
  • Photo Purchase


Checkin is at 08:00 at the vessel ReefQuest in Cairns Marlin Marina.


Option Price
Snorkeler (Adult) $180
Snorkeler (Child) $130
Certified Diver (2 Dives + Dive Gear) $250
Certified Diver (3 Dives + Dive Gear) $270
Trip + 1 Introductory Scuba Dive (Snorkeler) $250
Trip + 2 Introductory Scuba Dives (Snorkeler) $300



  • All dive / snorkel equipment
  • Buffet lunch
  • Tea, coffee and chilled water
  • Prescription masks (deposit required)

Check In
Daily, 8:00am  ‘C’ finger, Cairns Marina

Daily, approximately 4.30pm

​Reef Locations 
​2 Snorkel / Dive sites
Norman / Saxon / Hastings Reef
Cairns’ Outer Reefs, The Great Barrier Reef 

Up to 3 SCUBA dives
​Introductory SCUBA Diving

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