Ocean Free

Family Owned

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 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 - We are incredibly excited to welcome back all our Domestic and International travellers to our beautiful Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef region! Both Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom follow all legislative and WPH&S requirements for recreational snorkelling and diving, are ATEC accredited for COVID safety, and follow all Industry State and Federal requirements of the present time. Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom continues to operate daily throughout any holiday period and then may stagger some days in-between holiday periods as all visitors start to return. We continue to operate under very flexible booking conditions (24 hr cancellation policy) and can assure you any bookings made which have to change due to any unforeseen COVID restrictions will still be 100% refundable with no stress involved – so start planning your holidays and make it happen - you deserve it! Please enquire if you have any queries 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

A great tour, all 4 of us had a really good day. So much to see! What a beautiful world down there - so important to look after & the passion of the staff was obvious. Woukd highly recommend this.
Joy L.
Joy L.
09:32 27 Sep 22
Great day out. Did 2 dives. Staff were very helpful and friendly. Great lunch too.
m s
m s
07:42 27 Sep 22
Very happy we chose this tour. The staff were excellent and very friendly and approachable. They were there offering assistance at every turn. We loved how there were two stops and both stops were different. The boat drive out to the first reef was approx 1.5 hours away and then the second stop was only 10minutes - but such a different experience to the first stop. There were no other tour groups at either of the stops - so we had the place all to ourselves.They provided breakfast which was pastries and fruit. Lunch was a buffet of cold meats/prawns and salad. Lots of food - no-one would have gone hungry. Afternoon tea consisted of fresh fruit, cheese and cakes.
IRENE B.
IRENE B.
03:53 27 Sep 22
The Ocean Free crew were amazing. I did an introductory dive with Etienne on my birthday, and he made feel very safe and as comfortable as possible. The whole crew were really supportive, laid back and down to earth. My partner and I are really glad we went with Ocean Free as opposed to the bigger, more commercial reef tours! A massive tick off the bucket list for me!
Rita R.
Rita R.
20:28 26 Sep 22
We had an amazing experience on the reef. The Ocean Freedom crew are a great, knowledgeable bunch of people, who went above and beyond to ensure for a awesome experience. My children are 4,8 and 13 and they all enjoyed it so much even with their different capabilities. Thanks for a great time! The reef is amazing!!!!!
Jacqueline H.
Jacqueline H.
21:53 25 Sep 22
Fantastic Experience. Crew was super nice and helpful, I felt safe and comfortable on both introductory dives. Especially if you want to avoid the bigger, more crowded 200+ boats, this is the tour to choose. Loved every second!
Sebastian B
Sebastian B
23:49 23 Sep 22
What an amazing cruise , this has been a-long time on my bucket list . The staff went above & beyond to make us feel welcome . In particular Jazz & Ryan stood out for me . My first time on the reef with my husband & children, I would highly recommend ocean freedom cruises thanks to all the wonderful staff we’ve had the best day ever 🙌
Mimi C.
Mimi C.
06:41 23 Sep 22
Absolutely fantastic trip and outstanding customer service the whole way. The whole crew were completely accommodating to everyone's needs! Even those of us who can't swim were treated to snorkelling over the reef individually guided and supported. Thoroughly recommend above the larger charters.
Andy D
Andy D
08:05 21 Sep 22
Had a wonderful day with a very kind crew! Thank you very much!
Sophie R.
Sophie R.
02:16 18 Sep 22
I had one of the best services here. Super friendly and i loved how they make us comfortable. It was full on day with good food and good crew. We did scuba diving and as a non swimmer I would definitely recommend them as they are well qualified and experienced crew. I really thank Jordan who was lively and made my first scuba diving experience beautiful and memorable. I also want to thank the whole crew for their services and their efforts and for making our day 😘.Its a must if you are coming to CairnSpecially with ocean free crew members ❤️.
Prakriti A.
Prakriti A.
10:34 16 Sep 22
I had an amazing time with Ocean Freedom! I completed two certified certified dives with Yardena & had the best experience. My mom isn't the most comfortable in the ocean, so while snorkeling, Yardena was towing her on a ring and pointing out all the marine life around us. My mom able to relax and actually enjoy it, while also learning some marine biology-- thanks to Yardena! The entire staff was so positive and even though the weather was not ideal, made this trip a great experience. I highly recommend!
Emily J.
Emily J.
11:28 15 Sep 22
Great day just off green island with a only 20 or so guets and 4 crew on ocean freeNothing was to hard, especially in windy and trying conditions, not my first choice being a certified diver but was the right choice having my wife with me. There was time for snorkeling, tasty lunch and a visit to the island.Diving was OK with a sleepy sea turtle tucked into the coral, giant trevelly under the boat and an the octopus resting in its lair around the bombie, we had strong winds so viability wasn't great but still good to be in the water again.Sailing back was an awesome experience having the vessel leaning right over and Chris's ability to not spill a drop of the complementary wine in these conditions was an exceptional demonstration of sea legs and skill.
Troy W
Troy W
00:26 15 Sep 22
Great customer service from all the staff members! They take good care of my family. Also there is plenty of food for everyone from the moment you step on the ship to the end.
Nguyen Thomas D.
Nguyen Thomas D.
22:34 13 Sep 22
This is the only way to see the Great Barrier Reef, on sailboat with small numbers so no overcrowding or swimming in a sea of tourists. Awesome crew and everyone knew your name and catered to your preferences (non-swimmers and swimmers alike). Did the introductory scuba and am not a string swimmer, but the crew had patience and made sure my dive was fantastic.
Tom D.
Tom D.
01:47 13 Sep 22
My partner and I did the Ocean Freedom catamaran tour. It was a really terrific experience, and excellent value for money. The staff were divine - nothing was too much trouble.While snorkelling we saw a reef shark, a turtle (in the distance), rays, clownfish, a groper that was nearly as long as me, and every species of fish imaginable. The staff were knowledgeable and generous with their time.I would highly recommend this experience if you find yourself in Cairns!
Catherine G.
Catherine G.
21:33 12 Sep 22
What a fantastic day on Ocean Free! I had an absolute blast, and can't thank the crew enough for making it such a great day. There was only 14 on board and the small group was such a good vibe, felt like a day out on the water with friends. Etienne took two of us for an intro dive (which was incredible!) and made me feel completely safe and comfortable. We were lucky enough to see whales on our way out to the reef and it was magical. Green Island was a bit forgettable, but the rest of the day was so amazing that it didn't really matter. Highly, highly recommend. Thank you to all of the crew and everyone on board for making it such a wonderful day :)
Madeleine C.
Madeleine C.
10:32 11 Sep 22
Well worth the trip. The staff were helpful and friendly and the food was great and plenty of it. The reef while snorkelling was fantastic! Highly recommend!!!
Shirley M.
Shirley M.
22:34 10 Sep 22
I would rate 10 stars! Literally the best tour I’ve ever been on!!Thank you to all the staff who made our day and experience totally amazing!The locations for snorkelling were great!The staff, friendly, down to earth, hospitable and professional guides, great equipment, and food!The dive was amazing and I felt totally safe the entire time!Thank you again and I look forward to a future of introducing my family and friends to your awesome tours!
suzie H.
suzie H.
07:42 07 Sep 22
Ein wahnsinnig schöner Tag! Als Tauchanfängerin habe ich mich sehr gut aufgehoben gefühlt. Die Crew war ausnahmslos super nett, gutes Tauchequipment, das Great Barrier Reef unglaublich schön. Gute und leckere Verpflegung den ganzen Tag über.Danke für diesen tollen Tag!
Nora X
Nora X
12:30 05 Sep 22
Great crew, great food and great fun.Couldn’t recommend them highly enough!
Mark Di F.
Mark Di F.
06:30 05 Sep 22
Was such a lovely day out, the crew were very knowledgeable of the marine life and the food was great! Would highly recommend!
Montie S.
Montie S.
22:44 03 Sep 22
We went on the Ocean Freedom Cruise to Upolu Cay Reef & Outer Edge Upolu Reef yesterday. Had the best experience, food was AMAZING, staff were all so lovely and knowledgeable of the reef and there was perfect amount of time to snorkel and relax! 10/10 recommend this cruise!
Lilli S
Lilli S
22:30 03 Sep 22
Wonderful experience, staff were fantastic, nothing was too hard. Owner operator company supporting locals. Smaller group size, lots of fun. Highly recommend them.
Andrea R.
Andrea R.
10:44 31 Aug 22
It was a rough sea when I join, really not recommended for first timer like myself to snorkel and dive when it's rough sea. Note if you're feeling sea sick there is no turning back until the whole trip is done for the day. One of the diver can speak Mandarin too. Remember to honest and tell your divers your health conditions and trust in the divers and they will take care of you. The divers are really kind, nice and taken care of me when I was holding my dear life on life saver my first snorkel in the rough sea. Will come back again for the trip on a nice sunny day.
Shines P.
Shines P.
11:12 30 Aug 22
We went on a snorkeling and diving tour. The ship is beautiful and tidy, the crew is great. We dived with an instructor named Jordan who was amazing. She was calming and thoughtful. Highly recommend the tour and diving with her.
Amit P.
Amit P.
01:12 30 Aug 22
This was my second time with Ocean Freedom out to the reef, this time I brought my son and we had a great time, food, crew were all first class👍
Trapp T.
Trapp T.
23:51 26 Aug 22
We were on the ocean free yesterday and Pascal and the whole team were incredible!In very trying conditions they made the day so fun and special! We had an amazing experience and can not recommend Ocean Free enough!
Christie W.
Christie W.
03:16 26 Aug 22
Such a great day with an experienced and friendly crew!
Vivian H.
Vivian H.
08:21 23 Aug 22
What made the experience so special to me is the guides!It's my first snorkeling experience. Being a solo traveler I didn't have anyone to buddy with for getting into the water, which was essential, so I was allocated a guide every time when I jumped into the water! The guides were so patient with my inexperience. With their guidance and help, I was able to see the beautiful corals, colourful fish, wondering turtles and a stingray... What I witnessed in the coral reef, made me feel more strongly believe in its importance for the world and humankind!I have never been on another tour of similar kind so can't compare the guided experience amongst many of the operators. What I can say is this: if you go on such tour as a single woman who isn't confident in the ocean and have never snorkeled before, choose to go with Ocean Freedom!
Min X.
Min X.
00:12 21 Aug 22
Skipper Ben and his crew were fantastic great day had by all very knowledgeable about the reef and fish. We were lucky enough to see sharks sting rays turtles and plenty of other fish. Food was also fantastic couldn't speak highly enough about this tour AWESOME day.
Jade C.
Jade C.
22:56 19 Aug 22
Amazing experience! Loved every part of it! Scuba diving was really out of the world thanks to Maddy for making it easy! She also showed a Shark helping me tick off my scuba diving bucket list completely!
Vipul R.
Vipul R.
22:09 19 Aug 22
Best experience in Australia. Definitely worth it. Everyone was nice and friendly, launch was great and you see a lot of cool fish.
Timmy K
Timmy K
20:20 19 Aug 22
Großartiges Erlebnis, nicht ganz günstig, aber es lohnt sich. Schnorcheln im Great Barrier Reef eine unglaubliche Erfahrung! Super nette und zuvorkommende Crew, Jordan war super als Guide beim Scubadiving! Absolut zu empfehlen!
Frederic W.
Frederic W.
10:19 19 Aug 22
We chose Ocean Freedom for our first time scuba diving and snorkeling experience in the Great Barrier Reef. The crew was exceptionally attentive and kind. Our scuba dive instructors were very helpful and made sure that we felt comfortable during both dive sessions. It was a great experience overall, and I would definitely recommend!
Jasmine S.
Jasmine S.
00:33 17 Aug 22
Staff was incredible and helpful.
Susan M.
Susan M.
20:06 15 Aug 22
Great experience. Fantastic team. Good food. Beautiful snorkeling
Blake S.
Blake S.
22:26 14 Aug 22
Hello Ocean Freedom team my wife and I took ourselves and 4 kids 17, 15, 11 and 9 yo. today 13.8.22. It was a brilliant day, the snorkelling was great plenty of fish and colour, crew awesome helpful & friendly and the food was a good standard. I highly recommend.
Jeff L.
Jeff L.
08:12 13 Aug 22
A brilliant day, great food throughout the day, attentive staff and saw two whales on the way to top the day off.
Adam S.
Adam S.
09:39 11 Aug 22
Nous avons décidé, au cours de notre voyage, de faire une croisière snorkeling d'une journée sur la grande barrière de corail et nous sommes très contents d'avoir choisi (après grande réflexion) Océan Freedom. L'équipage est particulièrement sympathique et prévenant, ils font tout leur possible pour que chacun passe un bon moment. Nous avons apprécié le moment de snorkeling « guidé » qui nous a permis de voir des poissons clowns dont la discrète présence nous aurait échappée autrement. Les coraux étaient très beaux et colorés sur les deux sites et nous avons vu beaucoup de poissons différents, ainsi que des tortues. Je recommande cette compagnie sans hésiter si vous cherchez à faire du snorkeling !La traversée ayant été houleuse et plusieurs personnes malades, je conseille de prendre un médicament contre le mal de mer avant la traversée pour que ça ne vous gâche pas la journée, ou alors de faire attention à regarder l'horizon le temps de trajet.
Nicolas B.
Nicolas B.
03:40 11 Aug 22
An amazing day out on the reef! Friendly staff and beautiful marine life. Special thanks to our dive instructor Matt who made me feel completely at ease when doing the intro dive. Highly recommend!
Vibeke K.
Vibeke K.
06:31 08 Aug 22
My wife & I joined the Ocean Freedom tour in July. Both of us don't swim and had snorkeled for the first time. We had a wonderful time. The crew worked well together to deliver the best experience we could have hoped for. Special call out to Jordan for the very informative drift snorkeling and Chris for leading the team. So glad we went with you guys.
Siew Kong L.
Siew Kong L.
03:44 08 Aug 22
Excellent day out on the reef! Staff were friendly and helpful! Food was good can also buy drinks on board! Matt was excellent and provided great education and information on marine life and the reef itself! Would highly recommend!Thank you to the crew for a great day! Cheers!
Ann-Marie W.
Ann-Marie W.
22:56 05 Aug 22
Great day. Staff and facilities are exemplary. The staff were just so positive and helpful. Highly recommend this experience with Ocean Freedom.
Dean & Terri C.
Dean & Terri C.
22:56 03 Aug 22
This was our first time visiting the Great Barrier Reef and we couldn’t have had a better day! The crew was so kind and willing to give more explanations or share their knowledge about the Great Barrier Reef, and the boat wasn’t too crowded. Special thanks to Jaz and Jordan who took us for our first time scuba-dive: they were very patient and reassuring! You guys made this day so special ☺️ Would 100% book here again if coming back!
Léa C.
Léa C.
08:24 03 Aug 22
Talented staff make this trip fun, wonderous and safe.
Diana Q.
Diana Q.
22:24 31 Jul 22
Awesome day out snorkeling! Staff were extremely attentive and patient helping anyone that needed a little extra TLC, particularly my son who had never snorkeled before and is a very cautious kid. Made it a wonderful experience for him & now he loves snorkeling:) They were all very safe and informative, went over rules thoroughly to ensure everyone knew what to expect and do in case of an unexpected event. There were crew members in and out of water the entire time monitoring everyone and offering help when needed. One guest got seasick and a crew member stuck by her side offering support the entire time. Captain Perry, you were amazing & have also chosen awesome caring staff! Atlas, my son, says "whazzup".... lol. You will know what he means;)
cool G.
cool G.
22:24 31 Jul 22
What a fantastic day! The crew were amazing, so friendly and funny. I love that it is family owned and operated, and it was a great size with only about 60 people today (much better than the bigger boats run by large companies). The crew were knowledgeable and friendly.The snorkelling was great, and the highlight for me was seeing turtles for the first time. There was also heaps of food, so you won’t go hungry. Highly recommend Ocean Freedom!
Samantha H.
Samantha H.
07:26 31 Jul 22
Had a great day trip out to the reef. Crew were great and helped make the day. Reef snorkelling, saw plenty of reef life.Really enjoyed it, thanks guys
Justin C.
Justin C.
22:21 30 Jul 22
Wow what an amazing experience! Highly recommend, friendly and made the day super special - well done ocean freedom , we loved it
Shona H.
Shona H.
11:43 29 Jul 22
My friends and I had the best time exploring with Ocean Free. The staff were so friendly and helpful, ensuring everyone was having a great time. The food and drinks provided were great. Our scuba instructor was knowledgeable and we felt very safe diving with her. Would definitely book through this company in the future. Thank you!
Rachael H.
Rachael H.
01:56 29 Jul 22
Ocean Free cruise was wonderful. Mike, Liam and Matt were amazing: knowledgeable, fun, hardworking and caring. The smaller group atmosphere was something we loved, it felt like a private cruise for a group of friends. The two hour trip each way to and from the reef was an enjoyable feature of itself, especially on the way back under sail. This is a great option for anyone who wants a relaxing cruise with a bit of everything.
zhi-long C.
zhi-long C.
01:39 29 Jul 22
Fun, family friendly and professionally run reef tour. The team were brilliant from start to finish. My family and I can highly recommend them!
Lisa M.
Lisa M.
00:16 28 Jul 22
Excellent in all respects. The biologist Kat and instructors Jordan and Etiane were particularly key in making our experience really great.
Tammer K.
Tammer K.
22:13 27 Jul 22
Absolutely incredible experience with the best crew! Everything ran extremely smoothly and we were very impressed by how hard the crew worked throughout the journey to keep everyone safe and having a great time! The reef locations are great, and the snorkeling gear and wetsuits were perfect. Also, you will not go hungry on this trip! Food was plentiful and top quality. Worth every penny. Highly recommend!!!
Stephen S.
Stephen S.
18:24 24 Jul 22
Group of 8. 4 kids , 2 mothers and 2 grand parents. Great day with excellent staff and experience Would recommend to anyone
Tony I.
Tony I.
23:35 22 Jul 22
Amazing team, top service and one of the best experiences of my life, you would never regret choosing them and going for a dive even if you are not a certified diver! 👋👋👋
oscar O.
oscar O.
08:51 22 Jul 22
Amazing crew, wonderful places, we saw a turtle, the food was good.
Patricia J.
Patricia J.
14:24 21 Jul 22
Very friendly and personalized experience. The dive crew was extremely attentive and knowledgeable. Thoroughly enjoyed our experience, and would highly recommend for other guest.
Jill H.
Jill H.
22:23 20 Jul 22
Great day, delightful crew photogenic turtles
Jessica J
Jessica J
06:42 19 Jul 22
Great trip out! But what do you expect when you are on the best boat in cairns and being hosted by the best crew in the world.
Kieran F.
Kieran F.
03:10 19 Jul 22
Had a great time, Jordan was a fantastic dive instructor
John G.
John G.
09:07 18 Jul 22
Simply the best reef tour team out there!You cannot beat the experience of a local skipper and a fun family orientated crew.Excellent snorkeling, food provided and diving can be added to your day if you feeling like it!
Isaac M.
Isaac M.
06:48 18 Jul 22
Best experience than could imagine!The tribulation was really amazing! They make everything easy and enjoyable. The dive together with Etienne was absolutely easy, safe and nice!And the food is perfect.I would absolutely recommend this boat ad the experience.Thank you all!!! 🫶
Ana V.
Ana V.
08:27 15 Jul 22
Fabulous day! We had an amazing day on Ocean Freedom. Great crew, super organised and overall very smooth experience. We did two certified dives and the instructor, Marco, was great and super patient! We were taken to great spots on the reef and would highly recommend it for anyone looking for a fun day out! Thanks again.
Steph S.
Steph S.
22:31 14 Jul 22
I absolutely loved my experience with Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom. I did my very first scuba dive, the weather was perfect, the water was perfect, the boat and crew were awesome. The two dive instructors got everything ready, they took care of everything, taught us well, and made sure we were ready for the dive. They had small dive groups, there were two instructors for 4 people, but in my group there were only 3 people. I got to dive one on one with the instructor and even though I was initially nervous, that all went away once we were in the water and I felt safe and secure the whole time. It was a lovely day and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Thank you!
Anna Jacinta M.
Anna Jacinta M.
03:08 14 Jul 22
Gorgeous day out with an outstanding crew
Renee C.
Renee C.
04:19 13 Jul 22
Great overall experience. The crew were all very friendly and super helpful. Catered to everyone’s needs, food was delicious. Would highly recommend.
angelina P.
angelina P.
23:35 11 Jul 22
Very friendly service, locally owned, caring approach, delicious food, much less populated than the big companies. Delightful!
Katie W.
Katie W.
08:59 11 Jul 22
Fantastic day out on the Barrier Reef with theses guys. The crew were absolutely awesome, friendly and very helpful, nothing was to much of a hassle for them. Led us around on the reef and showed us some pretty cool stuff (thanks Jayden). Great price with everything included.Could not recommend these guys highly enough.Thanks Ocean Freedom Ocean Free for a great experiance
dion l
dion l
07:08 11 Jul 22
We just returned from an amazing day out on the reef with this company, and after having tried other 2 local competitors I can say this is by far the best one to experience the reef.. the boat is super comfortable and well equipped, the staff is young and professional and the destinations were both nice and diverse.. I would suggest to enrich the storytelling about the underwater life and the scuba diving briefings, which I found to be less complete and clear vs. Others. And also cmon, you could offer a glass of wine in the end ;) other than this we really loved it and will reconsider in the future should we come back.. thanks
Marco V. A.
Marco V. A.
08:38 09 Jul 22
This was such a fun experience. The crew had a casual professionalism about them which made them very approachable. The day was well structured without being rushed or pressurred. All levels of ability were catered from which made the experience very inclusive. Highly recommend.
Joanne C.
Joanne C.
22:31 08 Jul 22
Our reef experience was amazing. The boat size was great, the crew were fun, professional and accommodating and the little extras made it feel really special.
Belinda J.
Belinda J.
23:58 06 Jul 22
Amazing team, the best customer service ever. I d book trips with them each time while being in Cairns Thank you!!
Adam P.
Adam P.
01:18 05 Jul 22
Our family of 4 had a great day today despite the dreary weather. The captain and crew are all so helpful and kind. It was crystal clear how genuinely they want you to have the best experience. I noted the captain a few times getting staff to check on specific passengers to make sure they were OK. Maximum guest numbers is 28 so not over crowded. They provided so much beautiful and fresh food and it was plentiful. I had packed extra snacks because often it can be lacking but not here. Highly recommend joining the crew when you are in Cairns.
Kylie K.
Kylie K.
09:27 04 Jul 22
My family had a great Experience sailing to Green Island and snorkling The Great Barrier Reef.Staff were friendly, knowledgeable and supportive.We highly recommend booking with Cairns Premier Reef and Island Tours.Thank you very much.
makrakis F.
makrakis F.
01:28 03 Jul 22
The guides were very friendly and lovely and the entire experience was phenomenal
Andia M.
Andia M.
00:23 03 Jul 22
One thing humans can't control is the weather conditions. It's was opposite to turquoise blue flat waters and sunny sky. But what an adventure to remember. The crew was fabulous. The waves and salt water exhilarating.
sarah M.
sarah M.
23:33 30 Jun 22
Very knowledgeable crew, had lots of options with regards to either snorkeling off on your own, or taking "tours" around the reef with the crew. All of the team was very friendly and attentive to the whole boats needs!
Gabriela H.
Gabriela H.
18:51 28 Jun 22
Great day snorkelling & exploring the reef & Green Island. Knowledgeable crew with lots insights & breakfast & lunch & even wine cheese on the way home.
Gail B.
Gail B.
23:00 25 Jun 22
What a great experience while visiting Cairns. The crew was extremely outgoing and knowledgeable. The first spot on the Great Barrier Reef was the better of the two due to rough conditions, but both were really nice. Even the owner (local) showed up to thank everyone upon docking at the end of the day.
Jeff R.
Jeff R.
23:11 23 Jun 22
Ocean Freedom books small, manageable numbers of people so the service they provide is quite personalized. The staff address you by your name instead of a number and go out of their way to make sure you feel comfortable, safe and well taken care of.I’m tall and thin and prone to getting cold, even in warm water, and one of their staff loaned me his own under suit vest (sleeveless hooded vest with a furry lining), which helped me stay just warm enough that I completed both of my guided dives without freezing.Their lunch spread was amazing and was followed by fruit trays and a dessert tray, with a member of the staff walking around the boat with the fruit and desert trays making sure everyone got some.My diving guide was patient and professional and very good at pointing out the large variety of sea life their diving site offers.I would definitely book with this company again.Bonus: My diving guide even provided my dive stats hand-written on a piece of paper for me to transcribe or just include as is in my dive book.
Phillip S
Phillip S
20:23 23 Jun 22
Great captain and friendly crew
Chantel C.
Chantel C.
06:45 23 Jun 22
Excellent trip and lots of fun. highly recommended for others
Yong Q.
Yong Q.
05:25 21 Jun 22
Friendly staff, very well thought and planned day on the reef. The staff was very accomodating went out of their way to help and check in with the guests. Good food options. I enjoy the day and would definitely pick them again for our next Cairns trip
snehal P.
snehal P.
10:55 20 Jun 22
Saturday 11/6/22 - We went on the sailboat tour to Green Island, which also included snorkelling. The crew (under captain Michael) was very accommodating and made sure that the small group on the boat had a wonderful time.The food was good and we had a great day above and under the surface. The 2 hour stay at Green Island was pleasant and sailing back to Cairns in the afternoon was a joy.Highly recommend!
Daniel T.
Daniel T.
05:01 19 Jun 22
Everything was great. Staff was amazing, boat. If it was cheaper I would be there atleast three times in a week I love snorchling..We were lucky to swim with turtle.
Zdenka T.
Zdenka T.
06:18 18 Jun 22
Amazing day on the reef with ocean freedom.Fantastic crew went above and beyond to make it a really enjoyable experience.Special shout out to Amanda in bookings (so friendly, helpful and informative), Paig ( friendly and accommodating in the galley and the bar), Jordy in and underwater. All of the crew worked so hard to get everything right and help us enjoy our day.Looking forward to returning to the reef again with ocean freedom.Thanks again, well done.Great value!
greg
greg
07:47 17 Jun 22
I can't recommend these guys strongly enough; friendly, knowledgeable, flexible and focused on making sure guests on board had the best day possible. Go with these guys, you won't regret it. Keep up the great work!!
Mike C.
Mike C.
23:11 16 Jun 22
Fantastic experience with Ocean Freedom in Cairns. Staff were extremely friendly and accommodating, gave us a stress free and safe experience swimming at the reef. I was frightened of the water at first, but at the end of the day I was swimming amongst the coral without fear since I felt very safe. The staff were extremely helpful and delightful, they even brought over snack and treats to us while we were sitting at the bow of the boat, amazing service. I would highly recommend Ocean Freedom for your snorkelling reef tour, everything went so smoothly and pleasant memories were made that day! 😊
Tam D.
Tam D.
01:13 15 Jun 22
Great experience with an incredibly kind and patient staff! Couldn’t have been more pleased!!! If we ever visit Cairns again they will be the first adventure we book! I would highly recommend them if you want to experience the reef at a reasonable price!!! Shout out to the amazing crew who took such good care of us!
James F.
James F.
09:22 14 Jun 22
Awesome bunch of guys! - enjoyed my cruise heaps...plus the owner dropped in the boat to say hi too..
Walter P.
Walter P.
07:22 14 Jun 22
My partner and I had a great experience with ocean freedom! Starting with the positives, crew were friendly, energetic and made everything more fun and enjoyable! Scuba diving is a must! A big thanks to Jen for the diving instructions and for being so patient and helpful despite our lack of experience and being so nervous :) also the locations were great, the second location was shallower and was great for us first time divers to try a bit more freedom, and also the boat was really fast!a few minor suggestions or things that could have been better. plastic covering was used in the second floor to stop water splashing into the boat when it was going at high speed. We thought the plastic cover made it look a bit DIY and cheap, perhaps they could be replaced by removable glass panels? In addition to the look, plastic cover were not good at keeping the water out, plenty of water leaked in, anyone sitting in the second floor were soaked wet when returning, also because the floor was carpet it got wet too and was not really pleasant to walk on (perhaps replacing with wood decking?), but to be honest the crew, the location (Upolo reef), the diving equipments and the experience overall were so good that giving it less than 5/5 would not be fair.
Afshin J.
Afshin J.
03:48 14 Jun 22
Un tour en el que te lo pasas muy bien, la tripulación está atenta a lo que necesites. Un día para repetir
Maria Martinez P.
Maria Martinez P.
04:24 11 Jun 22
Crew took care of the group very well. Food served was really good and filling. Plenty of time given to snorkel.
Veronica H.
Veronica H.
18:57 10 Jun 22
Been out on Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom over the past few days. Amazing experiences which we will never forget! Can’t recommend enough!!
Joshua N.
Joshua N.
11:36 10 Jun 22
Really great trip. The staff were very friendly and always put the guests first. Would definitely recommend :).
Nadya K.
Nadya K.
23:01 09 Jun 22
More professional than other boat trips we took in the region. We liked the boat, the food, and the staff. The reef locations were remote and there weren't other tourists, though we didn't luck out in terms of wildlife -- we saw more variety in other parts. That said, this group felt more professional, with better food options and drinks -- but without feeling like a party boat.
Timothy T.
Timothy T.
08:56 05 Jun 22
Loved this family run business. The staff were attentive, friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, funny and relaxed. I cannot speak highly enough of the crew ( THANK YOU CREW 💖) My two travel companions were extremely anxious about their first snorkel and the crew were caring, compassionate and patient. They knew exactly how to settle their anxieties. I highly recommend Ocean Freedom
Tracy
Tracy
22:27 02 Jun 22
Amazing trip. Boat was great, crew went above and beyond, snorkelling locations were amazing.
Tara W.
Tara W.
01:05 01 Jun 22
Highly recommend. My Fiancé and I went out a couple of days ago and were blown away. Staff were helpful and fun. The boat was perfect size. A great spread of food and the locations were amazing. Will definitely do again in the future.
Mathew T.
Mathew T.
23:03 31 May 22
What attracted me to this advertised reef experience was the combination of a sailing and snorkeling trip out to the reef with a relatively small travelling party, also the option of a transfer to Green Island for a spot of sightseeing offered a pretty interesting day. What turned out to be the highlight for me was the very welcoming crew and the effort they extended to all to make the days trip and experiences something to remember.
Peter M.
Peter M.
12:12 31 May 22
We had an amazing day!! The reef locations were phenomenal and the crew was very friendly. Would highly recommend :)
Michelle W
Michelle W
00:38 30 May 22
My Family had an absolutely brilliant experience out on this boat. Great staff, special shout out to Jazz who encouraged my 13 year old son to try scuba diving. He loved it so much he went back for a second dive wants to do his open water certification. We are a family of scuba divers who had little luck in the past encouraging Will to try diving. He trusted Jazz and she looked out for him the entire time as did the instructor on the second dive.The food was great, the atmosphere was great, the staff are all very professional and engaging. We will be back. Highly recommended.
Michelle W
Michelle W
22:41 28 May 22
Had the most amazing day snorkelling with these guys, just brilliant. Couldn't fault them. The crew were absolutely fantastic!!!! professional, welcoming and we had a blast. Food was perfect too !I would definitely recommend going for a reef drive or snorkelling with this business. I'll be back. Thank you for a truly wonderful experience.
Mirella S.
Mirella S.
22:14 28 May 22
Had an incredible time with these guys, so helpful, great food, perfect reef choices and excellent staff
Marcia O.
Marcia O.
22:12 28 May 22
Awesome tour, fantastic experience, very friendly and helpful staff. Food on board was very nice too. We saw so much marine life, 10 of 10. They were the best.
ning L.
ning L.
00:54 27 May 22
Hats off the hiring manager - every staff has the most pleasant and welcoming attitude. A special shoutout to Amanda, who impressed us with her customer sevice and impromptu sales pitch :)The day is filled with exploring the reefs, with lots of time in the water. The whole experience is seemless with good communication, breaks, food and hospitality.One of us had signed up for a scuba dive, but decided against it on the boat, that too after going in the water. They had no reason to reimburse the $$, but they still did. 10/10 for that.
Bharath P.
Bharath P.
22:12 24 May 22
We were really happy with the ocean freedom tour to the GBR. The crew were amazing, they were friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. The tour went to two locations that were both great to see coral, fish and turtles. The food on board was better than we expected aswell. Overall we highly recommend 👌
K W.
K W.
10:16 23 May 22
We took the reef tour with these guys and it was a great experience. All the staff were so lovely and accommodating. The boat was big but not too big. The food served was delicious and the experience itself was great. It was our first time to the barrier reef. The conditions were choppy but they did everything they could to make it a great experience.
Stevie G
Stevie G
23:23 21 May 22
Captain Mike and his crew were amazing from the get go. They were friendly and super accomodating to anything we needed. The boat was clean and comfortable, the food was really yum and the equipment for snorkelling was in excellent condition. We had a lot of fun snorkelling and even though it was choppy we all felt safe and looked after by the crew. If you’re looking to do a Reef tour, CHOOSE THESE GUYS! You will be impressed.
Leonard C.
Leonard C.
23:20 21 May 22
Absolute 10/10 both times I’ve been with these guys! Team is so friendly and fun and is constantly making sure you’re having the best time there! Will be back :)
Natalie A.
Natalie A.
23:54 19 May 22
What an amazing experience with you guys.Great service and very friendly staff.Definitely recommended!
Bnta D.
Bnta D.
09:05 18 May 22
What a great day. The friendliest crew, helpful, nothing was an issue. An amazing and informative day. Well worth it.
Mel A.
Mel A.
07:05 16 May 22
Unfortunately the weather on our Ocean Freedom tour wasn't great and I felt unwell for most of the day. The crew were all fantastic and they made the effort to make sure I was ok. My husband is not a confident swimmer and Shannon went above and beyond by taking him around the reef on a life ring to show him the sights. There was plenty of food available throughout the day. A thank you to the crew for doing a great job in tough conditions.
Ashleigh W
Ashleigh W
11:21 14 May 22
We went on an Ocean Freedom cruise on Anzac day. The crew were so friendly. My partner did an intro to diving with 2 dives and we snorkelled at 2 reef locations. We had a snorkel guide for each location and the crew member would share information on coral and fish as we went through the reef. At the second location, we saw 4 sea turtles. We were the only boat at each reef location. 11/10 would book again!
Leah W
Leah W
10:42 13 May 22
Super experience with the team, did my introductory scuba dive really great and knowledgeable staff.
Henry W.
Henry W.
22:45 12 May 22
Small group and great service. 2 excellent locations. Best experience.
Scott J.
Scott J.
22:26 09 May 22
Such a lovely day on the reef! My parent's and sister came to visit Cairns and this was their first time of the reef and they had such a nice time! Conditions were good so they didn't get too nauseated on the way which is a plus! There was morning tea when we got there, a quick briefing then we were off! There were various options for people of all swimming abilities and my parents loved the guided snorkel as they weren't confident swimmers. The scuba diving was luckily in small dive teams which is always a plus and it was a beautiful day for it! Lunch was great and it was such a wonderful experience. Would love to go again! Thanks team!
Chloe q
Chloe q
13:45 09 May 22
This was such an amazing experience. The boat was really nice and the crew even better. They all went above and beyond for the guests on board, even for my partner who was starting to feel unwell. Once he began to feel better, we were ready to go snorkel however the group was further than I would like to swim to on my own. Sharn (one of the crew members) saw how nervous I was and offered to take my partner and I out and show us the coral and beautiful fish. Would 100% recommend this to anyone looking for a snorkelling tour in Cairns. You don’t have to swim in the group if you don’t want to but they send a crew member out to personally take you to certain spots worth seeing underwater water.
Koeby K.
Koeby K.
03:44 09 May 22
Crew was great and really friendly. Reef locations were spectacular. Overall a really great and worthwhile trip.
Aquila F.
Aquila F.
23:52 02 May 22
Ben and the team were incredible. Very rough seas on the day we went out but the crew went above and beyond to accommodate.
Natalie D.
Natalie D.
02:57 26 Apr 22
This was my second time to the reef and I really appreciated Ocean Freedom’s lower guests numbers. On the ride back there were so many beautiful treats. I highly recommend this company for your trip to the reef. No gold class/others division, everyone is treated with equal respect, kindness, and hospitality! I’d choose them again!
Laura Madonna M.
Laura Madonna M.
10:31 24 Apr 22
Had a brilliant day out on the reef with Ocean Freedom. Knowledgeable and friendly staff along with the smaller numbers of guest made this tour thoroughly enjoyable for our family of four (youngest 10). Snorkelling sites were brilliant and the highlight was to see some turtles thanks to their guides. The provided food was great and plenty of it (much to our children's joy). Would definitely recommend this environmentally friendly and family run cruise.
Hamish W.
Hamish W.
03:07 24 Apr 22
Great experience out on the reef with fun and knowledgeable guides. 👍
Chris C.
Chris C.
08:44 22 Apr 22
My husband and I had the best day as intro scuba students. The crew was full of energy, super hospitable, accommodating, and most importantly patient while in the water getting comfortable with the equipment and our breathing before leaving the boat area. Our dive guide in particular Ambrose was super encouraging when I didn’t think I was capable of completing the demo of the technique we needed to go off on our own.Highly recommend this tour!!
Lindsay H.
Lindsay H.
23:22 18 Apr 22
My boyfriend and I booked this trip to celebrate our anniversary and had a really amazing time! The crew were all very accomodating and lovely. We felt safe and looked after the whole time. We both will recommend this to our family and friends.
Gloria C.
Gloria C.
22:31 16 Apr 22
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