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 !
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