Snorkel in Cairns
On this full day tour, you will leave Cairns at 8:00 AM on board the elegant Passion Catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef.
Relax with the morning tea, meet the friendly professional staff that offers full snorkel lessons and float belts available for comfort and you will learn everything about the marine ecosystem.
You will arrive at the first incredible location outside the reef, where you can dive, sunbathe or relax in the boat. Then you will have, time for a tropical buffet lunch of cold and hot dishes, including fresh prawns and local fruit.
Then you will go to the second outer location of the reef, where you will also have the opportunity to jump to swim, dive or relax. In both places you will be accompanied by qualified personnel, who will take care that you are always safe. While you snorkel and discover the diverse marine ecosystem.
At 5:00 PM, you will be traveling back to Cairns to end your tour, while you relax and enjoy afternoon tea.
Tour Tickets (may vary by date)
- Snorkel Class and equipment.
Individual Cancellation policy
We have a very generous cancellation policy which allows you to cancel or change (subject to seating availability) up to 24 hours before travel. After this time, there is a 100% cancellation fee.
Cancellation Policy for groups over 10 passengers
- If cancellation occurs more than 14 days prior to arrival, a full refund applies.
- If cancellation occurs 7- 13 days prior, a 50% refund applies.
- If cancellation occurs 7 days or less, refund will be at Management’s discretion.
Passions of Paradise reserves the right to cancel the day tour due to poor weather conditions, mechanical problems or use another vessel, or travel to different reef sites.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you operate everyday?
Yes we do, every day except for New Years Day. Bit hard to find passengers and staff at 8:00 AM on New Years Day.
Where do you check in and what time do you depart?
We check in 7:30 AM at our counter at the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal at the end of Spence Street, Marlin Marina. The boat is located about 50 meters away on the Marlin Jetty and we depart at 8:00 AM.
When do you return?
We return at around 5:00 PM. We always try to do some genuine sailing on the way home (no motors), and so times can vary either way by 10 or 15 minutes, but generally it is 5:00 PM.
Do you provide transfers?
Yes, at a small extra charge, because we use a bus company to do this for us. We do transfers locally as well as from the Northern Beaches. We do not, unfortunately do transfers from Port Douglas as it is more than one hour away from Cairns. Please see our cost page for latest prices.
Can i scuba dive with no experience?
Yes you can. Anybody with general good health can enjoy the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. Please note, all scuba divers must complete a dive medical questionnaire aboard the boat. Some illnesses such as asthma may preclude you from scuba diving. Please check with your doctor or our office if you have any queries.
Are there many sharks?
You may be lucky enough to see a little white or black tip reef shark pass you by as small reef sharks are common. However, they are very shy.
Do you still go out if it is raining?
Usually the rain in Cairns tends to stick to the mountains. Cairns is in a valley and attracts fairly high rain falls, being part of the wet tropics environment. However, as our reef is 40 km’s off shore, the clouds don’t collect, and the rain tends to stay away. If you wake up in the morning in Cairns and it is raining don’t panic! It will usually be fine out at unique outer reef locations.
Do you provide all of the dive and snorkel equipment?
Yes, everything. Even dive computers for the certified divers.
What if i get seasick?
If you are prone to seasickness, it is advisable to take something before you go. Check with a chemist. As Passions is a catamaran, it is a lot more stable in rough weather than monohulls and the sails act as a stabiliser. We do sell sea sickness pills on board the boat, but please remember, tablets are a preventative, not a cure, so take them just before we depart.
What if i forget my diving certification card?
If you have your log book, bring that with you on the boat. If you have neither, call your certifying agency and get them to fax you a copy of your scuba diving certification. Otherwise, we have a pre-dive check out test you can do with the Instructor on the boat to verify your skill level and current scuba diving knowledge.
Do you cater for vegetarians?
Yes, we do. We have five different salads, plus one of the two hot dishes are vegetarian and for those that eat seafood we have prawns. Other special requests are sometimes possible by all means ask.
What if i can’t swim?
The Passions of Paradise crew will look after you. The boat has a large range of snorkel vests and buoyancy aids available for you to use, and there are two snorkel stations near our boat for you to hold on to while you build up your confidence. Our crew will also hop in the water with you until you are comfortable.