Cairns Premier Reef and Island Tours view their Island and Cay destinations as their natural pontoons sitting on the Great Barrier Reef. Both these Cairns snorkel and dive reef tours cater for small numbers, offering truly personalised service where you not only get to snorkel and dive the beautiful Great Barrier Reef (GBR), but also get to experience an eco-friendly developed coral cay Island (Green Island) or a changing coral cay, sitting in the middle of the ocean (Upolu Cay). Get well fed and relax on the sail home or cruise back to Cairns while reflecting on the days’ adventures.
These Cairns snorkel and dive tours are must do in Cairns!
Green Island lies 27km offshore from Cairns; it is a National Park within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. It has been a popular tourist destination for over a century. In 1937 it became a National Park, in 1974 a Marine Park and then in 1981, part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. This island is a true coral cay formed over thousands of years by the build-up of sand and coral rubble, deposited on the calm side of a platform reef. When the tide is low, you can walk along the water around the whole island (1.6km), look out for turtles, stingrays and sea birds. You can also just chill out on the beautiful golden sandy beaches, or swim in the crystal waters surrounding the beaches (if you are not a strong swimmer, make sure you swim in the area patrolled by the Life Guards on the beach). You can even enjoy a cocktail at the bar (remember no alcohol though if you are doing any more diving).More Info
Ocean Freedom has two very unique and stunning GBR sites, one close to Upolu Cay and the other on the outer edge of Upolu Reef. Upolu Cay Reef is a beautiful coral formation surrounded by crystal clear, turquoise water. On days where conditions allow, guests can be transferred across to the cay in our large tender. Once there, they can laze on the cay, swim in the shallow waters or snorkel back to the main vessel, viewing coral and sea life on the way, under the watchful eye of our lookouts. On other days where the Cay is not accessible, they can still experience the stunning aquarium-like shallow waters and coral gardens. Anyone needing assistance is supplied with the necessary buoyancy aids and guided back with one of our crew. At our second site Outer Edge Upolu Reef, guests are stunned by the amazing ‘Wonder Wall’ streaming with sea life. Crew comment they’ve never seen so many different Nemo species on one site. Guests are treated to an adventure drift snorkel tour with our marine naturalist, under the watchful eye of our look outs. Order of sites visited is dependent on conditions on the day.More Info
It’s a National Park and all commercial activities are regulated by permits. The reef and underwater habitats are part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Both Green Island and its reef are included in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, which gives it international protection under UNESCO.
See crocodiles in captivity, or turtles close up, as well as many interesting artefacts from the surrounding areas with a visit Marineland Melanesia.
The island is covered in a tropical vine forest which supports a diversity of birds and insects. Have a walk across the island along the Interpretative Boardwalk.
Ocean Free has a private mooring just 1km off the island with a stunning coral garden on the Great Barrier Reef, where only our guests snorkel and dive!
The surrounding coral reef is home to many kinds of corals, clams, fish, stingrays, Green and Hawksbill turtles and other reef life.
Upolu Cay Reef is a part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The Great Barrier Reef is World Heritage listed as a Natural Site and protected by UNESCO.
Upolu Cay is a naturally formed coral cay, about 30 kilometres from Cairns. Due to the changing nature of the sea, sometimes it’s above sea level, sometimes not.
A constant factor at this amazing location are the shallow, sheltered waters, making this a great location to snorkel and explore the Great Barrier Reef.
Wonder Wall is a reef site located on outer edge Upolu Reef. Its sheer coral walls are covered with hard and soft corals, home to anemonefish and more. This site drops down to about 10-12m for a stunning relaxed dive.
You will be amazed at the diversity of marine life on the Great Barrier Reef’s Upolu Reef. Sea turtles, sea stars, giant batfish, coral trout, colourful chromis, giant clams and more.
Offshore, it’s you in the big blue. The Coral Sea’s azure waters sometimes blend seamlessly with the horizon and you feel connected with this watery world.
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