Ocean Free

Family Owned

Ocean Freedom

Cairns Premier Reef & Island ToursTwo Exclusive Tours - Outstanding Customer Service & Experiences

Cairns Premier Reef and Island Tours (CPRIT) represent Ocean Freedom and Ocean Free, two commercial reef tours locally owned and operated by Perry Jones and Taryn Agius.

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. Both boats undergo annual 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. They look forward to welcoming you aboard one of their Cairns Premier Reef & Island Tours.

Dear all - Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom continue to operate over staggered days under our “QLD approved Tourism Industry COVID-safe plan” and have also achieved ATEC COVID accreditation. We already operate under very flexible booking conditions but can assure you any bookings made which have to change due to COVID restrictions will be 100% refundable with no stress involved – so let’s all plan our holidays and make it happen! We would 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 and Island Tours
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Personalised Tours

We’re committed to providing very personalized, 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 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 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, so you can learn more about the reef.

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Scuba Diving

We have the highest ratio of dive instructors to divers and offer introductory diving as well as certified diving. All dives are fully guided. We take your safety very seriously.

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Cairns Premier Reef & Island Tours are proud to announce that both their personal Great Barrier Reef Tours are Advanced Eco Certified products.

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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 and time at your reef destinations.

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Fantastic Experience! My son and I did the introductory SCUBA dive. It was my first time doing both snorkelling and SCUBA and I was a little apprehensive. I don't know why as the team at Ocean Freedom were the best......WOW- I love, love, love the feeling of becoming one with the reef and all its inhabitants!!! Our guide for the first SCUBA dive was so reassuring and made us feel so safe and best of all he found us a turtle which was top of my wish list.....Thank you Ocean Freedom for the most fantastic experience"

Helen - August 22nd 2021

Best Day Out We had a fabulous day trip. The staff Pascale, Chris and Sophie were amazing start to finish. The snorkelling was awesome and Green Island was a beautiful place to visit. We even saw sea turtles. Lunch was delicious and the wine and cheese on the way back was a great touch. Thank You

tammyzan - 9th July 2021

Wonderful day snorkelling on the Upolu Reef This is a local family company who know the reef very well and who treat their guests royally. Lovely lunch and afternoon tea treats, plenty of snorkelling time and an informative tour on the glass bottomed boat. We happened to meet the owner's son in the taxi queue at the airport the day we arrived. He was very pleased when we said we had booked with Ocean Freedom. He even came to the jetty at the end of the cruise to see how we had enjoyed it. Highly recommended. Thank you, Jazz!

Catherine C - July 2021

Best cruise to take in Cairns Ocean Free gives you the experience of a sailing boat on the way back and is only Max 25. So it's a small group with a dedicated team. Food is fantastic and you get to snorkel and then spend time on Green Island. Can't recommend this experience enough!

Joseph D - July 2021

Crew were absolutely fantastic They elevated the experience for me. Jana & Liam in particular were patient and super encouraging with me as I attempted and completed my first 2 dives ever. The food served was delicious. And the information provided about the reef and marine life by Matt. I would HIGHLY recommend to anyone wanting to experience the reef!

Alexander B - May 2021

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