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Reef Daytripper

Great Barrier Reef Day Trips from Cairns

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Snorkel & Scuba Dive Catamaran Charters

Sail away to the picturesque Upolu Reef on our charming catamaran, Reef Daytripper, for a relaxing and fun-filled Great Barrier Reef adventure!

Snorkel, Scuba, Sail & Relax with a Cairns Great Barrier Reef Tour

Avoid the crowds and experience The Great Barrier Reef the way nature intended. No other operator in this category can offer you this superb personalized service. Join us and our fun-loving crew for one of our Great Barrier Reef day trips from Cairns!

Our destination, Upolu Reef, is a very beautiful location situated on the edge of the Outer Barrier Reef. Our reef tours near Cairns are teeming with a large variety of interesting marine life and a beautiful array of corals. This sheltered lagoon offers perfect snorkeling or diving experiences in warm clear protected waters. A complimentary snorkel guide is available, which offers a fun and informative addition to the day’s exploration.

Being owner-operated means we take an active interest in the safety and well being of our customers, and our crew are considered a part of our family. We take great pride in delivering enthusiastic and friendly hospitality to our guests. We aim to visit two sites (weather permitting), allowing plenty of time to snorkel, scuba dive or just simply relax in the bow nets on the boat. Ready for an amazing underwater adventure? Book your Cairns Great Barrier Reef Tour online now!

Top-Rated Cairns Reef Tours!

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Great Trip

The crew is excellent. Our skipper, Paul, was friendly and knowledgeable. Jan the scuba man was extremely thorough and professional. Kaitlin, our snorkel guide, was positive and full of environmental science knowledge. A simple but nourishing lunch was provided, as well as a nice glass of chilled white wine on the return trip, as well as an afternoon snack of crackers, cheese and fruit. What a delightful and unforgettable day this was!

– Robert F. | Tripadvisor
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Fantastic day on the reef! The group was small (only 15 or so people on the day we went) and that made for such a better experience. The locations on the reef that we visited were great and had a fantastic variety of reef life. The crew were fabulous to deal with, the staff explained all safety matters clearly, ran tours to show us around the reef hut also allowed us to self explore. 10/10 day would highly recommend!

– Isabelle J. | Tripadvisor
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Loved It

The crew did a great job of trying to pep us up and gave us very helpful and informative briefings on our way out to the reef. On arrival, I was very grateful to have the option to swim with a pool noodle and stay with a guide/hang onto the life ring until I was comfortable enough to venture off on my own with some confidence. We were lucky to have very clear conditions in the water and many amazing creatures to see. Thank you to the crew for a wonderful day on the reef!

– Dr. E. | Tripadvisor
A Must-Do

Reef Daytripper is a fantastic day out on a catamaran, with very friendly and professional staff. They look after all of their guests in the water while you snorkel or scuba dive. Very relaxing cruise to and from the reef. Lying on the nets while cruising is an experience. They only take a small group out, so it's much more enjoyable than the bigger boats that go out to the reefs. This is definitely a 5 star experience. A must do when in Cairns!

– Martin | Tripadvisor
Amazing Day

The reef day tripper is a very well priced trip and extremely professional crew. The day was amazing from the first step on the gorgeous boat till the step off. Happy with how nice and friendly the knowledgeable staff were. They were very experienced and had a great love for the reef. Food and snacks supplied and was great after a big day snorkeling. Complimentary wine and quality gear with the option to dive. Best spots on the reef and great crew. We loved it!

– JM | Tripadvisor
Best Day Ever

Staff were incredibly friendly and professional. All wet suits and pool noodles provided. Their knowledge was great and the boat itself beautiful. We saw some amazing sea life including turtles, stingrays, clown fish and lots of coral. The food was delicious! Loads of snorkeling time, food at different portions of the day and a glass of wine to finish the tour. Having less than 20 passengers was great, plenty of room to snorkel and lots of time to ask the crew questions.

– Richard | Tripadvisor

Why Choose Reef Daytripper?

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Small Group Sizes

With small passenger numbers (up to 20 people aboard the boat maximum) and up to 4 crew per 20 passengers, you won’t feel like just a number. A smaller group size makes for a more intimate, personalised experience, with ample room to snorkel, dive, and relax aboard our catamaran.


Knowledgable & Experienced Crew

You’ll receive casual and informative reef education while aboard our catamaran. We’re happy to answer your questions about the fish and the reef ecosystem! Complimentary guided snorkel tours and scuba diving guide provided at no extra charge!


A Company That Cares

Our eco-friendly tours have the lowest carbon footprint of any Cairns tour operator! We are locally owned and operated, which means we care greatly about the reef and take great pride in delivering enthusiastic and friendly hospitality to all our guests.

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PADI Certified

PADI Dive Instructors undergo rigorous training to ensure your scuba certification class is fun, exciting and safe at the same time!