Ocean Free

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Ocean Freedom

CAIRNS PREMIER GREAT BARRIER REEF & ISLAND TOURSOperating Two Exclusive Reef Tours "Ocean Free" & "Ocean Freedom"

Cairns Premier Great Barrier Reef and Island Tours represent “Ocean Freedom” and “Ocean Free”, two highly guest-focussed, small group, eco-accredited snorkel and SCUBA dive reef tours locally owned and passionately operated by Perry Jones and Taryn Agius and their wonderful team. For domestic or international travellers we are only 10 minutes from the Cairns airport! We would sincerely  love the opportunity to give you a great day on the Great Barrier Reef!

Perry has been in the dive industry in Cairns and managing dive operations on 4 vessels since 1988, including Ocean Free since 1992, when he met Taryn. Since 1992 they both worked the boats and purchased Ocean Free (a 16.5m schooner) in 1996. Having many years of experience in the industry, Ocean Free quickly became a well-established and respected company amongst local agents and the marine industry.

They then bought their second vessel Ocean Freedom in 2005 and after a year’s total refurbishment, the luxury 20m cruiser was launched in mid 2006. Ocean Freedom underwent another million-dollar refurbishment in February 2008, changing from the previous jet engines to props, re-spraying, extending the teak snorkel and dive deck by 3m, making it the most spacious snorkel back deck in Cairns. The new look, faster Ocean Freedom receives great reviews in the industry. Ocean Freedom now cruises at 23 knots and arrives at the reef in an hour, giving guests 6 hours on the reef.

With the operation of two vessels it was necessary to re-brand the products to encompass the two vessels under one trading name. This, plus the company’s commitment to running very personalised, low guest number tours with excellent customer service, lead to their new company name Cairns Premier Reef & Island Tours.

In 2014 both boats underwent major, million-dollar refurbishments, with new engines, decking, seating, bulkheads and on Ocean Free new mast rigging and sails. In mid 2023 Ocean Free was fitted with a new propeller and Ocean Freedom had another  major refurbishment with 2 new engines, new electrics, new ladder, cushions, and carpet.

Both boats undergo annual cosmetic refits to ensure they look their best at all times.

Today, Perry and Taryn continue to have a great love for the sea and reef and are passionate about ensuring all their guests have an unforgettable reef experience and all round “feel good” day! They look forward to welcoming you aboard one of their Cairns’ Premier Reef & Island Tours and becoming part of the ever-growing “Ocean Free” and  “Ocean Freedom”  Family !

Dear all, we are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to have you visit our beautiful Cairns & Great Barrier Reef region! Once you visit the Great Barrier Reef - it casts a spell on you and the more you visit and learn about this amazing World Heritage Icon the more you want to return....and we also love to have you back! Both Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom follow all legislative and WPH&S requirements for recreational snorkelling and diving, are ATEC accredited for travel safety, and follow all Industry State and Federal requirements of the present time. If you have any queries please let us know on info@oceanfree.com.au or phone +61 7 40521111 – we are here to help! We would sincerely love the opportunity to give you all a great day on the Great Barrier Reef. Much love Taryn, Perry, Jazz and the Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom family.

Why Travel with Cairns Premier Reef & Island Tours
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Personalised Tours

We value our guests and are committed to providing very personalised, caring tours on both boats, where you’re a name not a number.

Exclusive Sailing Trip

Ocean Free has an exclusive mooring 1km off Green Island offering international visitors and locals a sail, reef and island experience.

More Reef Time

Ocean Freedom gives guests 6 unrushed hours to explore 2 stunning reef destinations, Upolu Cay Reef and Outer Edge Upolu Reef.

The Best Crew

Crew members are hand-picked to provide unsurpassed service, professionalism, reef knowledge and a high respect for safety.

Fantastic Snorkelling

Step straight off our boats to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, no deep, dark water!  The coral outcrops come up to just 1M under the surface for easy viewing. We provide guided tours, and our crew share their knowledge and passion  for the reef.

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Scuba Diving

We have the highest ratio of dive instructors to divers (2:1) for our Non-Certified (intro) diving and small group Certified diving with complimentary guide to ensure you see the best parts of the reef. We take your safety very seriously.

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Environment

Cairns Premier Reef & Island Tours are proud to announce that both their personal Great Barrier Reef Tours have been  Advanced Eco Certified tours for over 10 years, earning the Ecotourism  title of Green Travel Leader

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Value for Money

Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom are both priced the same and offer great value for money, with lots of inclusions including all snorkel equipment and tuition, snorkel tours, food served throughout the day  and plenty of time at your reef destinations.

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Testimonials

Merci à tout l'équipage du voilier. Mention spéciale pour Tee et sa bonne humeur. J'ai adoré cette journée. Quel cadeau de naviguer avec eux.Easy pour les français grâce à Pascal.Superbe expérience, je recommande les yeux fermés!
Sandy J.
Sandy J.
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Amazing experience with wonderful and friendly team! One of the highlight of our trip to Cairns. Delicious and fresh food. Maddie and Paul are amazing! Thank you so much for the amazing diving experience, we will definitely get certified and come back 🥰 100% recommended!!!
Suli B.
Suli B.
1715750322
We would give 10 stars if we could. The day was amazing, and so well organised from booking online with phone support and easy checking in to great food on board, patient and helpful instructions and plenty of time to enjoy the reef. I did the intro dive and it was incredible! I felt so comfortable with Tia (?).. They even acknowledged our anniversary and made us feel very special!!Thanks for a great day!!There is ample parking nearby with a 10hr limit for about $2 per hour.
Gypsyduo
Gypsyduo
1715678668
Don’t hesitate to book your reef adventure with Ocean Freedom! We visited the outer reef and the boat/crew/experience were amazing! The crew were particularly worth a mention: attentive, passionate, enthusiastic, helpful, and safety conscious! Book with this company and you won’t be disappointed!
Mish M.
Mish M.
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Une superbe journée sur le voilier avec Pascal et toute l'équipe ! Merci Teiga pour les deux plongées 🤟 ; je recommande !
Petitjean C.
Petitjean C.
1715323024
Great organisation, super friendly staf! It was our first time diving and we did two intro dives that took our breath away (figuratively ;) ). Great guidance by T, we were at ease right away. My parents snorkeled for the first time in their life (+-56j) and loved it as well! So much beautiful wild sealife in the reefs !
Sofie P.
Sofie P.
1715129380
My wife and I went with Ocean Freedom last Saturday. The crew were all very friendly and attentive to the guests every need. They stressed safety and made everyone very comfortable, no matter what their swimming ability. For the non swimmers or apprehensive, they took people out with a life ring which was pulled by a guide who explained what they were seeing. Lunch was the best I’ve had on a snorkelling trip and there was lots of it, prawns, Loks, salads fruit, etc.. Head counts were done whenever snorkelling and diving was finished. Really great experience and would definitely go again with them!
Rob N.
Rob N.
1714976639
An absolutely amazing experience, the staff were incredible, no matter what your skill level the staff catered for it all.Thanks so much Captain Ben and all of the staff!
Rebecca J.
Rebecca J.
1714078703
Great time. Great people!
Manuela M.
Manuela M.
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Fantastic day out on the reef on Friday on Ocean Freedom. Family day for us with our daughter and her family up from Sydney.The weather that day wasn’t the best but Mike and his crew made it worth the trip. Really well looked after all day, diving, snorkeling and watching the giant trevally getting chased around by a friendly barracuda. Super day out for all.5 ⭐️’s
Tony M.
Tony M.
1713683757
A+++++. must do for sure, this company is AMAZING! everything was great. The tour is very well planned and it has all you need. The stunning waters, great boat and a fantastic crew! I really liked it and i felt that every passenger was treated with respect and not rushed. Waves are cool, fishes are fun, ride is awesome!
Friday O.
Friday O.
1713432935
An excellent experience! Crew was amazing and very helpful! We are a family of 3 and our sone is 5 years old who was snorkling for the first time in his life. The Crew was so helpful and friendly and attentive, i greatly appreciate them! The boat is nice, the natural aspect was as expected with fishes and reel corals. It's very cool once in a life time experience! You get to do a glass boat as well and a wild fish feeding! Great Time and truly worth the money! THANK YOU!
GALINA G.
GALINA G.
1713432745
Excellent day. Staff were very friendly and helpful and worked hard as a team throughout the day to make our day very memorable.Weather was marginal today and they adapted so that we could enjoy the reef.Excellent, and very pleased we chose ocean free to experience the reef.Thanks
Ian L.
Ian L.
1713247129
I absolutely loved my trip on the Ocean Free sailboat tour! It was my first time snorkeling and first trip to the great barrier reef. I feel so blessed to have been on an intimate group tour; the Ocean Free can take up to 25 people on board and we had a group of 6! The guides were amazing, they made you feel safe and included in all the activities. The food on board was so yummy and you certainly won’t go hungry (there’s breakfast, lunch, multiple snacks, fruits, sweets, and wine!). The coral that we toured was vibrant and full of life, our group saw reef sharks, sea turtles, schools of fish, giant clams, etc. The boat also stopped over at Green Island for a couple hours.. steer clear from the crocodile exhibit, it is giving the same vibes as Sea World (iykyk). I would recommend this company to anyone looking for an intimate experience, the only downside is there were no photographers on board, but you can always take a trip down to Calypso Reef Imagery and Underwater Camera Hire for a GoPro rental :)
Darian B.
Darian B.
1712969282
Awesome trip with awesome crew
Piotr W.
Piotr W.
1712837041
Great trip. Well organized and attentive crew. Did a certified dive and snorkeled. Dive was good, but snorkelling was terrific. Saw sharks (small ones), turtles, rays and lots of reef fish. Nice lunch and lots of snacks. Comfortable seating.
A P.
A P.
1712648075
This snorkel/dive cruise was great. The staff was extremely helpful and very attentive, everything was handled well the food was good, the location was great, the crew was excellent.
Wes W.
Wes W.
1712601480
Spent the day on Ocean Free Sailing boat out to Green Island today. It was an awesome day, awesome crew and fantastic experience. Highly recommend to anyone wanting to bypass the crowds for a more unique sailing and snorkeling experience. Crew couldn’t be more helpful, snorkeling was great, food was great and will be back at some stage to do again. Thanks crew for looking after us and making the day full of fun (even got to sail the boat for a while).Jeff & Kathy
Jeff V.
Jeff V.
1712311039
Great crew, good food, and the reef - what more could you want?
Grant R.
Grant R.
1712125574
Amazing trip, friendly crew, seafood at lunch are so fresh and delicious plus snacks and fruits throughout the day. I went on the cruise by myself, the team actively checked on me during the snorkeling, so responsible. Highly recommend!!
Carol
Carol
1711875417
My partner and I sailed with Paul, Ana, and Jan on the Ocean Free yesterday and were amazed and impressed by the personalized care and kindness that the team provided! Each individual made us feel like family and every effort was made to ensure that we had a wonderful experience. We cannot recommend this team and this company enough. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and for going above and beyond to provide us with such a positive and memorable day.
Katrina K.
Katrina K.
1711757124
Amazing experience with the best staff. Weather was unfortunate but we still had a fab day. I did the intro scuba dive and Rose in particular really helped me overcome my fears and convinced me to do the dive - I’m so glad she put my mind at ease as it was so fun. Best experience would highly recommend.
Sophie H
Sophie H
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