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Silverswift Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns

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Silverswift Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns
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Dive into the spectacular underwater realm of the Great Barrier Reef on this full-day snorkel and scuba cruise from Cairns. Travel aboard a luxurious catamaran to three renowned dive sites to swim among coral gardens and tropical marine life. All experience levels are welcome, and guides are on hand to assist with your choice of snorkeling, introductory scuba diving, or certified diving. A buffet lunch plus morning and afternoon tea on the catamaran are included.
  • Full-day cruise to the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns
  • Snorkel or scuba dive from the back of the boat
  • Visit three different sites on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Beginners can snorkel or try an introductory dive
  • Experienced divers can complete up to three certified dives
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Morning and afternoon tea
Professional guide
Use of Snorkeling equipment
Use of dive equipment (if option selected)
Snorkel tour with reef guide
Use of Prescription masks
Choice of snorkeling, introductory or certified diving (option selected at time of booking)
Environmental Management Charge (EMC)
Wet suit hire for snorkelers (approximately AUD $12.00)
Optional activities (if options not selected)
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Customize your full-day Great Barrier Reef adventure to suit your style and preference, whether you’re an experienced diver or a novice. On the morning of your tour, make your way to Marlin Wharf in Cairns and climb aboard a luxurious 95-foot (29-meter) catamaran equipped with restrooms, fresh-water showers, and spacious sun decks. Head out into the Coral Sea and enjoy the aquatic landscape on the ride to the first of three dive sites, which may include Flynn Reef, Thetford, and Milln.

At booking, choose how you’d like to explore the reef. Slip on a snorkeling mask and fins if you prefer to stay near the surface, or go deeper with a scuba dive. Beginning divers can take one of two introductory dives, and experienced divers can complete up to three certified dives throughout the day. 

All equipment is provided, and guides are on hand to provide instruction and ensure your safety. Whatever you choose, expect to spend ample time in the water observing the reef’s famous marine life including coral formations, tropical fish, anemones, and sea turtles.

In between dives, recharge with morning and afternoon tea breaks and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch midday. Purchase a drink from the full onboard bar if you like, and soak up the tropical sun on the return trip to Cairns, where your tour concludes in the afternoon.

Note: Book early to secure your spot, and enjoy a flexible reservations policy that allows you to change the date of your tour at no additional charge once you arrive in Cairns.
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Silverswift Dive & Snorkel
Snorkel or dive at some of the best known dive sites off Cairns such as Flynn, Milln and Thetford reefs for their abundance of marine life. The sites offer excellent wall dives, swim-throughs and overhangs, great for both novice and experienced divers. you can expect to see an abundance of fish species, hard corals such as staghorn, table, plate and boulder coral, and many species of soft corals. Your day begins as you board the boat at Marlin Wharf. The ultra modern 29 meter catamaran will be your base for the day. Throughout the day you'll visit three different locations which may include Thetford, Milln and Flynn Reef. Each stop showcases a different aspect of the beautiful Great Barrier Reef. At each site you have the choice to snorkel, dive or a combination of both. If you have never tried scuba diving you can choose to do one or two introductory dives, or you may prefer to stick to snorkeling and explore all three sites from the surface. A crew member will take those interested on a guided snorkel tour at one of the reef locations. Certified divers can choose to partake in up to three certified dives. Whatever you choose, your Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise includes up to five hours in the water. The friendly crew will be happy to answer any questions you have throughout the day. The boat features full bar facilities, fresh water showers and expansive sun-decks overlooking the Coral Sea. A tropical buffet lunch will be served between sites, along with morning and afternoon tea. We recommend you book this reef trip on your first full available day. You then have the opportunity to be flexible and change your travel date if you wish. Your booking can be changed at no additional cost directly with the operator once you are in Cairns. Prebook and secure your booking, but relax in knowing you can make amendments at no charge.
Duration: 10 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age for all diving activities is 12 years however some people may require a doctor’s certificate
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • After a single scuba dive a wait of 12 hours is recommended before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater. If doing multiple dives an interval of 24 hours is suggested.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • All participants will be required to complete a health questionnaire prior to diving. Some pre-existing medical conditions (eg asthma, heart conditions, etc) may prevent you from diving, please consult your doctor
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 90 travelers
  • OPERATED BY The Quicksilver Group
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Silverswift Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Silverswift Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns.
What is the social distancing policy during Silverswift Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Silverswift Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Silverswift Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Silverswift Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns.

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  • "Please note that if you do diving during 2nd location, your lunch time will be shorten." See review


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Spectacular 10/10
, Jan 2022
Saw plenty of fish, sharks, rays and spectacular coral. Having the 3 dive locations was also a massive tick for getting to see as much of the reef as possible and explore the diversity of the reef formations. The food on board was also fresh and delicious and catered well to dietary requirements. The crew were also great fun and made the trip all the more enjoyable. 10/10
Give it a go
, Jan 2022
Diving was excellent! The crew was super helpful as I’m a novice (only just got certified). Highly recommended 👍
Day on the Reef - awesome fun.
, Dec 2021
A brilliant day! Staff were exceptional and very knowledgable and helpful. Lunch was huge and the Reef - didn't disappoint.
Very organised and safety focused.
, Dec 2021
Very organised tour, we did the Introductory Diving and all the explanations were very clear and well delivered. The staff are super friendly and helpful. Kyoko our diving instructor is very kind and friendly too. The food was fresh and delicious. I gave it a 4 star just because every one in my diving group got photographed underwater individually but not me. I missed out on that individual memory. I bought pics with the others though.
Great for snorkeling
, Dec 2021
If you are looking for a cruise focused on snorkeling and diving, this is your best option, as they take you to the outer reef, where the marine life is spectacular.
A good day's snorkeling
, Aug 2021
Seeing all the colourful fish on the outter reef. The coral gardens were devastating to see, returning after 20 years of bleaching. Pity Aviator had not updated Silverswift of my booking change which was annoying from both Silverswift and my own perspective.
Snorkelling on the great barrier reef
, Jul 2021
Snorkelling on the 3 different reefs was amazing. The reef, the fish, the helpful staff meant it was a a great day on board and in the water. Lunch and snacks provided kept you well fuelled and energised to make the most of the experience.
Great diving for a day trip
, Jun 2021
Great diving with Pedro - saw so much such as rays, reef sharks, abt 10 barracudas, cods, wrasse, trigger fishes etc. lots of swim through, healthy marine life and many giant clams. A real delight when one is time poor. Staff was very helpful and equipment was in good condition.
Silver Swift 3 island trip
, Jun 2021
One of the best trips. The snorkeling and diving was excellent. The organisation to get everybody ready for their dive and snorkeling were done well. Staff very friendly and extremely helpful. Will definitely do this again. Highly recommend this trip!!
Diving the reef. Nothing better
, May 2021
A great team looking after the divers. Good gear and support given the rather choppy conditions. Definitely warmer in the water than out!

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