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.
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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