2 Day / 1 Night Small Group Outer Barrier Reef Tour – Sailing, Snorkelling & Diving

$500.00

CSD

Departs Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday

If you are looking for two gorgeous days of snorkeling and sailing this is the tour for you. Come and experience the spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef without the crowds! With a maximum of just 12 passengers and an attentive crew of 3, you can enjoy a more personal reef experience, exclusive to a small group.  With the option of single bunks in shared cabins or a private cabin with a double bed, the vessel provides accommodation to suit single travellers, couples and families.  With amazing snorkelling and diving opportunities, you also get to spend the night and watch the sun set and rise over the Great Barrier Reef!

Your Preferred Date
Share Cabin $500.00
Double Cabin (2 pax) $520.00
Share Cabin + Intro Dive Package $690.00
Double Cabin + Intro Dive Package $710.00
Share Cabin + Cert Dive Package $720.00
Double Cabin + Cert Dive Package $740.00
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Prices above include the $40pp pay onboard levies.  Rates are valid until further notice.
*Any special dietary requests/requirements must be mentioned at time of booking and incur a $10 fee (to be paid onboard).

If booking for a child please specify the age at time of booking.  Tour is not suitable for children under 4yrs.

Cancellations more than 28 days prior to departure – 20% cancellation fee.

Cancellations from 7 to 28 days prior to departure – 35% cancellation fee.

Cancellation less than 7 days prior to departure – 100% cancellation fee.

**Regarding Scuba Diving:
Minimum age is 12 years.  There are time restrictions for flying after diving and some medical conditions will prevent you from diving. Some of the more common conditions are Asthma, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Pregnancy and heart or lung conditions. Some other medical conditions/medications may also be a problem. If you are unsure about any specific condition please contact us.

If you are looking for two gorgeous days of snorkeling and sailing this is the tour for you. Come and experience the spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef without the crowds! With a maximum of just 12 passengers and an attentive crew of 3, you can enjoy a more personal reef experience, exclusive to a small group.  With the option of single bunks in shared cabins or a private cabin with a double bed, the vessel provides accommodation to suit single travellers, couples and families.  With amazing snorkelling and diving opportunities, you also get to spend the night and watch the sun set and rise over the Great Barrier Reef!

The Vessel

A strong and comfortable 16 metre steel Ketch yacht, uniquely designed to travel to the Great Barrier Reef.  Retro-fitted with a dive platform the vessel provides easy access to the water for divers and snorkelers. There is also a compressor and 3 large air storage banks ensuring quick re-fills and full tanks for all divers.  There are 3 x private double cabins and 2 x share cabins (one with 4 single bunks and the other with 2 single bunks).  The vessel is air-conditioning throughout, a hot shower and 2 x toilets. She carries all the latest navigational aids and is commercially surveyed as a 2B vessel.

Certified Diving Package – Includes 4 certified day dives with all equipment and guide

Whether you are newly certified, need a refresher, an experienced diver, professional or avid underwater photographer, our professional staff and huge variety of dive sites cater for all.  We have a selection of 30 moorings to choose from at 9 different mid-outer reefs.  Our sites offer a mind blowing diversity of coral and fish life, pelagic fish such as Barracudas and Giant Trevally, plentiful turtles and sharks as well as the more cryptic nudibranchs, eels, octopus, rays, cuttlefish and more!

Introductory Diving Package – Includes 3 introductory day dives with all equipment and guide

Intro diving is fun and easy. After a thorough briefing of all the equipment your instructor will gently introduce you to the water. Once on the surface, you have plenty of time to practice with the dive gear until you feel ready to take the plunge. Once you have completed some basic skills and then want to continue on a paid dive, the instructor will take you on a guided dive and show you the secret residents of the Great Barrier Reef marine life and why scuba diving is such a popular activity and so much fun.

  • 2 days/1 night sailing trip
  • Maximum of 12 passengers
  • All meals onboard including morning/afternoon tea and snacks
  • Hot showers
  • Linen and bath towel
  • Wet suits/lycra suits
  • Snorkelling equipment

This tour departs on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday

  • Check in: Onboard Coral Sea Dreaming 7.30am A Finger, Marlin Marina
  • Depart Cairns: 8.00am
  • Return Cairns: 4.30pm (the following day)

Day 1

At 8am we set sail as we make way to Cairns outermost reefs. Along the way we conduct snorkeling, introductory and certified dive briefings and a vessel familiarization. There is plenty of time for passengers to mingle, relax, and get to know each other.

Around mid day we arrive at our first location with the vessel mooring close to the reef where there are shallow coral gardens, reef walls and deeper coral bombie fields to explore.  Depending on timing lunch may be served or in-water activities will begin. Guests are provided a reef brief at the arrival of each site identifying the features and key species to look out for.

In-water activities are followed by lunch which is a delicious spread of home made salads, cold meats, wraps, breads and spreads. There are always loads of snacks on offer all day and tea/ coffee facilities.

The vessel moves to a second location around 3pm. Where guests are again briefed and the pool is opened for action.

As the sunsets over the Great Barrier Reef, guests are invited to enjoy a cheese and dip platter washed down with a refreshing sun-downer on the foredeck. At this time our adventurous divers are briefed for the thrilling night dive soon to come.

A satisfying dinner is served either stirfry, thai green curry, Mexican fajitas or pizzas with salads. Depending on the time of year dinner followed by chocolate may be served before or after the night dive.

The night dive is commenced just after sunset and is an absolute must do on an overnight trip. Unwind after the night dive and share some tall tales from the sea with our crew and a cold drink. Then take in the unabated galaxy of stars with all lights dimmed for a truly speechless view. Later be rocked to sleep with the romance of  our yacht floating on the Great Barrier Reef.

Day Two

Awake to the dawn and watch the sun rise over the Coral Sea. Throw yourself into the warm tropical water and wake yourself up! This is the perfect time to snorkel or scuba dive as early morning brings magical shards of light through the water and the reef fish are waking up hungry for breakfast.

Often the boat is moved at first light to secure a third location or may be done later in the morning depending on the weather.

A continental breakfast is served at 6am, followed by in water action around 7 am. Then its dive and snorkel the day away until lunch time with snacks served at the helm in between. This gives plenty of time for guests to enjoy a mix of both activities, try to get that perfect selfie with a turtle, read a book in the hammock or work on that tropical tan.

Lunch is usually served between 11 – 12pm before leaving the reef but on super calm days its possible to enjoy more in-water time and then feast on lunch once the vessel makes way. Lunch is a hearty spread of salads, cold meats breads and spreads.

Come mid day its sadly time to make way back to Cairns which can take between 2.5 to 4 hrs depending on the location chosen for the voyage. This is usually a calmer transit with the prevailing winds filling our sails and smoothly guiding us home.

On average we return to Cairns between 3 – 5pm please advise us if you need a specific return time. We enjoy showing guest where we have traveled in the vast Great Barrier Reef at the end of the trip followed by a group photo and as always swapping of email addresses and farewell hugs.