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

We had a great day out with Ocean Freedom. Tamara was a fantastic guide for our dives - thank you! The whole crew was friendly, enthusiastic, and onto it.
Clare B.
Clare B.
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This was an amazing tour of the reef! The crew was exceptional! They were friendly, knowledgeable, organized and experienced. I felt very safe and had an amazing snorkeling experience. They ensured my equipment fit me for comfort and ease of use. The food was fresh, well prepared, and delicious. I highly recommend this tour!!
Liz R.
Liz R.
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I went scuba diving with my two kids our instructors Alexia and Tiga where great they where both very experienced and made the dive very safe and fun. We saw turtles catfish and lots of other strange coloured fish. From the start to finish the trip was great the crew where very well organised, everyone on the boat knew what they where doing. and the the lunch was lovely we have traveled up the coast from Sydney and done lots of tours and my kids both told me this was their standout favourite thank you again Alexia & Tiga for a wonderful experience
Danny M.
Danny M.
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Excellent, helpful, knowledgeable and professional staff ( Yes, every single one of them). The most important thing they did was to ease us into the sea and make us ( and the little ones) feel safe.Excellent ship, food and entertainment.We done guys and thanks!!!!
Gagan G.
Gagan G.
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Crew was beyond excellent—some of the most patient, energetic, and professional out there.Didn’t travel on the best day, so the water was a bit murky, but what can ya do.Food was good and plentiful. Experience felt complete and worth it. I’d go again with these guys and would definitely recommend em. You’ll have a great time.
Dylan K.
Dylan K.
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Brilliant day on Ocean Free today.Small sailboat with small number of people and exceptional crew. The skipper and crew were fabulous, knowledgeable, happy and helpful. Food was delicious.Saw turtles, reef sharks etc which was all great and exciting, but the team made it an exceptional day. Highly recommend!!!
Rebecca C.
Rebecca C.
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Fantastic day for the family on ocean freedom. Staff were all to willing to help make the day special. Our boys (7 and 9) loved it and my wife and I each had a dive which were both epic. Food was great and coral was really good (especially on the dive)
Steve J.
Steve J.
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Best crew ever! Took us to two great spots, had an amazing spread of food throughout the day, and cultivated great vibes. I got to touch fins with a sea turtle! 100000/10 would recommend.
Jonathan B
Jonathan B
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Amazing tour got the best views of the reef. All staff members were excellent throughout the day.
Rita
Rita
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Amazing experience, the staff and food were great and genuinely gave everyone something to remember. I will be recommending to my friends travelling to Cairns! A must-do for all who wish to see the Great Barrier Reef
matt
matt
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Matt, Mike, Tee and Yaya are simply terrific. The hosts make the trip and they know their jobs very well.Well worth the money 💰. Great day out.
Matthew W.
Matthew W.
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Took two days out to the reef and did both Ocean Freedom (catamaran) and Ocean Free (sailboat). Great staff on both, However the sail boat was more personal with fewer passengers, while the catamaran went to a 'better' snorkeling location. Did the intro snorkel and the attendant made it so easy. Both tours provided a fine vegan meal (pre-made quinoa salad). The sail boat actually sailed for ~45mins back into harbor, which was quite enjoyable. Booked through Viator, no issues
Chris G.
Chris G.
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Todays tour to the reef, was most enjoyable.Because the food was really good, cold meats, chicken drumsticks and prawns, with 4 different salads, bread, then fresh fruit, cheese n bikkies and cake, was only Michael (skipper) and his team, work so well together, they are professional, engaging, experienced and knowledgeable.It was an extremely enjoyable day.Thankyou.
Sue F.
Sue F.
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An absolute dream of a day! The crew was very nice and had all the equipment we needed. They took us to 2 spots to snorkel and we had plenty of time at each location. Lunch was delicious with plenty of food and options
Sofia M.
Sofia M.
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Amazing overall experience. We took the ocean free green island and great barrier reef tour with skipper Mike and crew T and YaYa. The boat could hold a max of 25 people but had around 12 aboard. The smaller sailing boat felt like a more personalized experience with the crew and was much more enjoyable because of it. Everyone was extremely knowledgeable about reef and friendly throughout the day. Safety instructions were also made clear. The lunch and snacks served aboard were also very fresh. Snorkeling was a great experience and we saw turtles, rays, and more species of fish than I could count. Sailing causes the boat to tilt with the wind but there are plenty of places to hold onto for safety. While the inner part of green island was not the cleanest, it had a beach with soft sand to relax on and the crew gave everyone the option to stay on the island for either 45min or 1.5 hr. We opted for the shorter time length and snorkeled a second time. Highly recommended and a very memorable experience.
Tom k
Tom k
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Absolutely AMAZING experience!!! The boat and crew weee just absolutely lovely, kind, and willing to assist whenever needed. The Great Barrier Reef is amazing to see on its own but the Crew’s boosting enthusiasm and energy made the entire experience great!! I would highly recommend this to ANYONE (not just tourists) who wants to visit the Great Barrier Reef and have a great time!!
Sean M.
Sean M.
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I took the day trip "Ocean Freedom Cruise to Upolu Cay Reef & Outer Edge Upolu Reef" and I really enjoyed it!We left on time, received safety information, and had a light breakfast of coffee, tea, fruit and pastries. There was plenty of lunch and a fair bit of variety. A lot of pasta salads and seafood.I paid the additional fee to scuba dive. You can do so without your own scuba license, in which case you show the staff that you can perform some safety manouevers, and then tour the reef with them at your side. It was my first time scuba diving and I thought it was wonderful!Unfortunately, there was a passenger who had a medical issue on board. I was very impressed with the staff as they performed first aid. They had a lot of supplies and clearly knew how to use them.All in all, my impression was of a well-run business with competent staff and a beautiful reef.
Jill R
Jill R
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just did the ocean freedom tour, totally worth it
Pronoy C.
Pronoy C.
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This was an amazing experience! I signed up to do an intro scuba dive. After feeling a little sea-sick, I thought I was going to skip out on the dive and just snorkel. But thanks to the staff’s encouragement, I was able to do the dive later and even got to swim one on one with the instructor.I saw sharks, sea cucumbers, giant clams, and more! A special shoutout to Paul for being a figurative and literal lifeline the entire time. If he’s on board, you’re guaranteed to have a great time!
Anonymous V.
Anonymous V.
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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.
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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
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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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