Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom

Cairns Premier Great Barrier Reef & Island Tours

Ocean Free

Family Owned

Ocean Freedom

Small Group Snorkel & Dive Specialists for over 25 years / Two Exclusive Reef Tours "Ocean Free" & "Ocean Freedom" / Unparalleled Customer Service & an all day "Feel Good" Experience!

Cairns Premier Great Barrier Reef and Island Tours represent “Ocean Freedom” and “Ocean Free”, two highly customer-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. 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 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 - Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom will continue to stagger days between both our vessels but over the 2 week Christmas and New Year period (apart from Christmas and New Year's day) both vessels will be operating daily! We are ATEC COVID accredited and follow all latest QLD govt health advice. We already operate under very flexible booking conditions but can assure you any bookings made which have to change due to any unforeseen 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 & Island Tours
Sail Ocean Free Cruise Ocean Freedom

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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Great Atmosphere Lovely crew, great atmosphere. Families were well treated by other passengers. Diving instruction was clear and instructors were highly knowledgeable. Lunch is great! Would really recommend this reasonably priced tour if you're ever in Cairns!

January 2022 - Tracey

Unreal Diving and Snorkelling on Upolu Reef We spent Christmas eve on the reef with Ocean Freedom! What an amazing experience from start to finish! The crew on board were fantastic. Super friendly, informative and great fun! We snorkelled and dived and seen some amazing sea life! Would highly recommend 😊

December 2021 - Lauren

The Best sailing and Reef Experience Ever! Lovely crew with dedication to work and excellent customer service. As we are a separate group we enjoyed music with the crew .

January 2022 - Sivaku

Fabulous well worth the Trip! Crew were absolutely fabulous, snorkelling on the reef on both locations was great fun , we saw lots of different fish, turtles and even a little shark , we both had a fabulous time, congratulations to the skipper and crew in such hard times

Catherine - January 2022

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