Cairns Premier Great Barrier Reef & Island Tours "Ocean Free" and "Ocean Freedom" TWO SMALL GROUP, GREAT BARRIER REEF AND ISLAND / CAY TOURS

Whether travelling up or down the beautiful eastern coast of Queensland, one of your highlights will be snorkelling and maybe even SCUBA diving the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, truly one of the greatest natural wonders of the world!

The Great Barrier Reef started to form 2 million years ago. It stretches over 2,300km, running from just north of Bundaberg to the top of Cape York Peninsula. It is actually made up of over 2,900 reefs, 300 coral cays and 618 continental islands, now you can see why it got its name. Here you’ll find 1,500 species of fish, 400 species of coral, 4,000 species of molluscs, 6 species of turtles (some on the endangered list) and some of the largest populations of dugong in the world.

There are numerous  reef tours to chose from in Cairns , but where the Cairns Premier Great Barrier Reef and Island Tours’ team stand out is their passion  to not only offer a snorkel and dive reef tour, but a total “feel good” day from the minute you board to the minute you depart – a truly unforgettable experience! Both of their day reef snorkel tours from Cairns , “Ocean Free” and “Ocean Freedom” offer  uniquely different  Great Barrier Reef and Island / Cay experiences so some guests chose to do both! Both these day reef  tours  depart from the Cairns marina.

Sail to Great Barrier Reef & Green Island on OCEAN FREE - only 25 guests!

Ocean Free is a true sailing tour where the engines really do get switched off (wind prevailing). Surveyed to carry 52, but Ocean Free limits its daily passenger numbers to just 25, ensuring a truly personalised and unforgettable Great Barrier Reef experience. This is Cairns’ only small guest number sailing tour to offer a Great Barrier Reef and tropical Green Island destination, in one day. You have over 4.5 hours to experience and explore these two great locations, and the amount of time spent between the reef and island is completely up to you!

Find out what makes Ocean Free Different.

Cruise to 2 Great Barrier Reef Destinations on OCEAN FREEDOM - 6hrs of reef time!

Ocean Freedom is a luxury motor boat, providing personalised tours to 2 unique locations on the Great Barrier Reef. Travelling at 23 knots, Ocean Freedom’s guests arrive at their first Great Barrier Reef destination, ‘Wonder Wall’ on the outer edge of Upolu Reef, in just over 1 hour. During lunch, cruise to the 2nd site at Upolu Cay Reef in just 10 minutes. The order of these 2 sites may change to suit the conditions on the day and ensure maximum enjoyment! With 6 hours to snorkel and dive these 2 very different reef destinations you are immersed in all that is the Great Barrier Reef, and still have time to relax and take in the true beauty of each destination above and below the surface! The tour price includes an informative and engaging  Glass Bottom Boat tour and Adventure Drift snorkel tour with a Master Reef guide or Marine Interpreter and all snorkelling equipment and tuition, wetsuit, seafood lunch, morning and afternoon tea. Small numbers ensure you are a name not a number.

Find out what makes Ocean Freedom Great!

Ocean Free Tour Prices ~ Green Island Sailing and Snorkeling Tour

Tour Price Price Levy Total
Adult $235 $20* $255
Children $170 $20* $190
*$20 “Reef Levy” : Comprising of Environment Management Charge $7.00 / Port $2.83 / $10.17 admin per person. Prices are current until 31st march 2024
Intro Dive Prices Price
First Dive $105 (Includes all tuition and equipment)
Second Dive $50 (Includes all tuition and equipment)
All diving (Introductory & Certified) is subject to having no medical condition (past or present) or taking any medication contrary to diving on day of travel. Prior dive medical clearance may be required. Please enquire if unsure to avoid any disappointment on the day
Certified Dive Prices Price
First Dive $80 (Includes all top equipment & complimentary dive guide)
Second Dive $40 (Includes all top equipment & complimentary dive guide)
All diving (Introductory & Certified) is subject to having no medical condition (past or present) or taking any medication contrary to diving on day of travel. Prior dive medical clearance may be required. Please enquire if unsure to avoid any disappointment on the day
Optional Island Activities Price
Glass Bottom Boat Adult $30
Glass Bottom Boat Child $20
Semi-Sub Adult $35
Semi-Sub Child $20
Please inform the skipper on boarding if you may be interested in these options / Pay direct to island
Transfers Price
Return Inner city Cairns $19
Return Northern Beaches as far as Palm Cove $29
Transfers must be pre-booked with minimum 24hrs notice, transfer cost is per person.
Covid Notice
We follow all legislative and WPH&S requirements for recreational snorkelling and diving, and are ATEC accredited for COVID safety, following all our Industry bodies and State and Federal requirements of the present time. At this stage QLD legislation requires that all guests travelling on all reef tours must show proof of double vaccination or proof of medical exemption- this will be checked during the check-in process before boarding the vessels. Please enquire if you have any queries on info@oceanfree.com.au or phone +61 7 40521111 – we are here to help!
Cancellation Policy
The company reserves the right to cancel the trip due to poor weather conditions or mechanical problems or, on rare occasions, to use another vessel or select the sites used. On very rare occasions, during these build up times, there may be a cancellation to a scheduled day due to low numbers. We will reschedule or endeavour to pick the other best reef options for that day to suit your preferences. However, now international and domestic borders are all open we expect this to be a very rare occurrence. If tour has been cancelled by the company a full refund given. No refund if tour cancelled or amended by customer within 24 hrs. Cancellations due to COVID restrictions/ requirements outside of minimum 24 hrs notice will however be given consideration for change/ full refund.

Ocean Freedom Tour Prices ~ Cruise to Outer Edge of Upolu Reef and Upolu Cay Reef - Prices on table current to 31st March 2024

Tour Price Price Levy Total
Adult (15 Years +) $235 $20* $255
Children (4 -14 Years) $170 $20* $190
Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) $729 $20* $809
*$20 “Reef Levy” : Comprising of Environment Management Charge $7.00 / Port $2.83 / $10.17 admin per person.
Intro Dive Prices ** Price
First Dive $105 (Includes all tuition and equipment)
Second Dive $50 (Includes all tuition and equipment)
All diving (Introductory & Certified) is subject to having no medical condition (past or present) or taking any medication contrary to diving on day of travel. Prior dive medical clearance may be required.Please enquire if unsure to avoid any disappointment on the day.
Certified Dive Prices Price
First Dive $80 (Includes all top equipment & complimentary dive guide)
Second Dive $40 (Includes all top equipment & complimentary dive guide)
All diving (Introductory & Certified) is subject to having no medical condition (past or present) or taking any medication contrary to diving on day of travel. Prior dive medical clearance may be required.Please enquire if unsure to avoid any disappointment on the day.
Transfers Price
Return Inner city Cairns $19
Return Northern Beaches as far as Palm Cove $29
Transfers must be pre-booked with minimum 24hrs notice, transfer cost is per person.
Covid Notice
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.
Cancellation Policy
The company reserves the right to cancel the trip due to poor weather conditions or mechanical problems or, on rare occasions, to use another vessel or select the sites used. On very rare occasions, during these build up times, there may be a cancellation to a scheduled day due to low numbers. We will reschedule or endeavour to pick the other best reef options for that day to suit your preferences. However, now international and domestic borders are all open we expect this to be a very rare occurrence. If tour has been cancelled by the company a full refund given. No refund if tour cancelled or amended by customer within 24 hrs. Cancellations due to COVID restrictions/ requirements outside of minimum 24 hrs notice will however be given consideration for change/ full refund.

Testimonials

Great boat amazing skipper and crewThank you for helping my wife feel more confident snorkeling she had great timeI’m glad I booked this trip
brodie L.
brodie L.
1708588511
Was a great tour, crew were helpful and knowledgeable of the reef. All of the crew got involved in ensuring we were all happy, when some members of crew were in the water helping out they were constantly looking for interesting things to show us (giant clams, turtles, sharks), and succeeded in showing us many great reef spectacles. The boat wasn't jammed with people either, you could freely walk around without having to dodge people, which when reading reviews of other reef tours, can be an issue. There are a lot of reef tours to pick from, but this was one I'd recommend for the areas we explored and the crew alone.
Joe M.
Joe M.
1708420035
Had a blast diving with Anna. So happy to return and recommend. Anna took me around made sure that we saw some amazing wildlife: whitetip sharks, giant clams, clownfish-- loved it. Thanks for the great memories 🫶
John Michael C.
John Michael C.
1708413041
Had a great experience doing a scuba and snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef! Anna was so helpful, knowledgeable, and personable. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone but especially people who want to scuba but lack certification.
Lance W.
Lance W.
1708412944
Je viens de passer une journée extraordinaire sur la grande barrière de corail grâce à la belle équipe de Ocean free and Ocean freedom La gentillesse et le savoir faire de l' équipe rend la croisière et les sorties dans l' eau très agréable et sécuritaire. Ils répondent a nos questions et nous traitent de façon très avenante. Ils prennent soin de nous et nous indiquent là où nous pouvons voir des poissons, raies, tortues et autres au besoin. De plus, nous avons un excellent repas et collations sur le bateau. Je recommande.
Danielle C.
Danielle C.
1708328507
Une journée inoubliable ! Grace à une équipe très pro et aux petits soins de la dizaine de touristes, nous avons passé une journée merveilleuse.De longues heures de snorkling, accompagnés par notre guide ou en liberté (selon votre niveau/envie), et une petite halte sur Green Island, pour se dégourdir les jambes bien que les récifs soient bien plus beaux que l’île (trop touristique à notre goût)Malgré le temps, le skipper à tenter le retour à la voile mais cela n’a pas été possible, c’est le risque !Seul petit bémol, un petit manque de sensibilisation sur l’enjeu de préservation de ce récif, mais en posant la question, le sujet fut abordé.Les rares commentaires négatifs ne reflètent pas du tout notre expérience.
Jean-Baptiste L.
Jean-Baptiste L.
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The ocean free is one of the best experiences. With only 25 people plus the crew, it makes this such a personalised experience. The crew are amazing, and once sailing, it's a truly exhilarating experience
Neil M.
Neil M.
1708214254
What an incredible experience! Opting for a sailing boat over a motor boat truly enhanced our journey, granting us unparalleled privacy and personalized service. Ocean Free's crew exceeded all expectations, going above and beyond to ensure our satisfaction. Their spectacular treatment, genuine kindness, and unassuming professionalism instilled a profound sense of trust and safety, especially during my first scuba dive. I can't recommend them highly enough! This was truly an unforgettable adventure
Mirek Z.
Mirek Z.
1708156307
Back snorkelling for the first time in a few years. Crew were so welcoming and the experience was fantastic! Everyone was super knowledgeable and happy to answer any and all questions. Give Bernie a wave for me!
Daniel G.
Daniel G.
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The second dive was one of the coolest experiences of my life. Went out with the crew today who were lovely, professional and chill. Thanks team.
Steven R.
Steven R.
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We had a fabulous time scuba diving. It had been six years since we’ve been diving so my husband and I were both a little nervous. Amber took incredible care of us. She was the dive master we went down with, and she made it so easy and we felt really comfortable. We got to see a turtles, giant stingrays, clown fish, giant clams and tons of other fish. There were some really large barracudas that just hung by the boat. They fed us huge seafood lunch, all you can eat. They also brought us lots of snacks during the day fruit, cakes, and other yummy items. I would definitely recommend booking with this company. Everyone was friendly. We met a lot of fun people and just had a great time.
Melinda J.
Melinda J.
1707792732
Remarkable tour with the most wonderful crew. The reef was incredible and there were plenty of crew to allow all of the passengers to go where they please when snorkelling and aboard the boat. The crew also rescued some snorkellers from another boat, it was great to see how much they cared about the reef and it's visitors, not just their customers. I have asthma and the skipper- Matt took extra care of me checking in a few times while I'm in the water to make sure I was okay.Highly recommended the Ocean Free to anyone wanting an intimate experience and a chill day on the water. The boat is a much smaller sailboat rather than the big yachts you see, so it was extremely peaceful.
Sam R.
Sam R.
1707693727
Many thanks to the incredible "Ocean Freedom" team (Master Reef Guides, Dive Masters, Master Barns and the Skipper) who made waves on the Great Barrier Reef! They demonstrated dedication, teamwork and passion for exploration, which truly made this snorkeling trip an unforgettable experience. From navigating the vibrant coral reefs to discovering the fascinating underwater world, their expertise and enthusiasm was evident at every turn. Her commitment to safety and conservation is commendable and ensures that this natural wonder remains protected for future generations. Thank you for your exceptional commitment, and here's to many moreadventures together!"
Klaus W.
Klaus W.
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1707465787
We booked a day trip with Ocean Freedom and we had an amazing time! The crew were so lovely and keen for everyone to have a good time. We had a group that were very mixed in terms of confidence swimming on the reef. My partner and I did the intro dives and my in-laws stuck to snorkelling. One of our party was a bit anxious when it came to getting in the water, but the snorkel guides were really supportive and understanding. Food was pretty good and plenty of snacks. Boat itself was clean and modern. Only thing is that the intro dives were pretty short and I’m not sure we saw much more than snorkelling. Other than that, could not recommend enough!
Laura W.
Laura W.
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Great experience - the crew made 100% of the difference.
John W.
John W.
1707084076
We had an absolutely amazing day on Ocean Free today! The crew were first class and so friendly. The skipper was born in the UK and we had lots of great conversations with him.We saw so much marine life and even swam with a turtle twice in one day!The food and drinks provided were great.Would highly recommend this tour to anyone looking :)
Rebecca S.
Rebecca S.
1706945872
Great time on ocean freedom! Saw turtles, clownfish, barracuda, GT, several sharks etc etc. Crew were fantastic and welcoming. Also did 2 amazing scuba dives.10/10 would recommend
Joseph A.
Joseph A.
1706783002
We booked the same tour 6 years ago, and now being again in Cairns it was clear for us that we have to repeat the same experience, there are many good reasons to book the tour with them: Firstly, the boat is smaller, being the capacity reduced and not making the reef and the experience so crowded. Secondly, all the crew are very nice and pleasant, they are all the time taking care of passengers, being sure that we feel comfortable on the boat and in the water. And lastly, the food offer is also one of the best, I especially love the fresh fruits and cheese snacks while returning to the port :)Thanks to all the crew for such a nice experience again!
Gloria N.
Gloria N.
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Recommend A+++! Amazing day out on and in the water. The crew were a blast, very fun and knowledgeable. The boat never felt crowded, there was room to hangout on the open deck areas or the air conditioning. Plenty of snacks and lunch included; having a beer option was nice once we were done in the water. We saw everything from clown fish to barracuda. So much fun!
Tim P.
Tim P.
1706601451
Superb experience and a great way to see the Great Barrier Reef. Great for everyone from beginners to certified divers. Every one of the staff was friendly and helpful. A special callout to Edwin, our excellent SCUBA guide. Highly recommended.
Bob F.
Bob F.
1706478652
We had an amazing time on the ocean freedom snorkel and scuba tour. I was able to dive twice with Anna who was amazing and created an extremely memorable experience for my first time scuba diving. The rest of the team was fantastic as well. They were extremely attentive and helpful to myself and my wife the entire trip. We highly recommend the tour! Thank you Anna, Lucy, Blair, Mike and the rest of the ocean freedom team!!
Eric
Eric
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Perfekter Tag! Super nettes Team! Sehr gute Erklärungen. Alles sehr easy und viele schöne Elemente (Glasboden-Boot, betreutes Schnorcheln, wenn man mag, etc.). Kann ich absolut empfehlen!
Daniela
Daniela
1705625864
This is our first trip to the GBR and chose a smaller intimate cruise experience. It was a great mixture of people too; young to older and the crew were accommodating to all of us! It is capped at 75; but today we had about 35 on boardDiving was broken in the groups at a 2:1 ratio! Alexa headed them out over the 3 hours at the first stop and 2.5 hours at the second stop with 30min transit between sides of Upolu Reef.Snorkeling. We were blessed with minimal winds and current today so visibility and snorkeling was at a very leisure pace. It did make the drift snorkeling a swim snorkel more than drifting, but Amber was awesome in helping folk out while guiding us all along the outer wall..and even finding us Nemo! The free swim was great and SO MUCH FISH and time to explore.Food. It kept coming! Boarding pastries and coffee/tea. Seafood Buffet lunch. Fruit and cheese and dessert platters on the way back. Bar after 1130a (additional fee). They even made accommodations for our son's special needs without batting an eye.Service/Crew. Impeccable. They rotate between their two boats and our crew was incredible. Blair on board was constantly checking on everyone, Alexa doing the dives and Amber helping everyone have a snorkeling adventure of their life. I forget the guys and skipper's name! sorry! They were ever attentive in setup and getting everyone into/out of the water efficiently and calmly, making it extremely stress free day!Bonus: turtle, GT, and large barracuda at the 2nd site. That was fun and made our son's day on top of the Nemo clown fish findings.This was an amazing tour. You will not be disappointed.
Steven L
Steven L
1705570623
Ein großartiger Tag, eine mega-tolle Tour auf der Ocean Freedom! Ich habe mich bewusst für eine kleinere Tour mit etwa 30-35 Gästen entschieden.Meine erste Tour zum Great Barrier Reef, mein erster Tauchgang nach 25 Jahren - ein fantastisches Erlebnis, das ich nicht vergessen werde. Auch, weil die Crew sehr freundlich und immer professionell war.Tauch-Instructor Marten: Ich fühlte mich in jeder Sekunde zu 100 Prozent sicher!!!Kapitän und Co-Kapitän Mike und Jan: freundlich, witzig, hilfsbereit: sie haben sogar meine defekte Kamera repariert!!! Danke! Paul war überall zur Stelle, auch mit guten Tipps beim Schnorcheln. Das Essen war sehr gut. Ich würde jederzeit wiederkommen! Danke!!!
Karl W.
Karl W.
1705479180
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