SeaQuest Great Barrier Reef Day Trip from Cairns


TRAVEL UPDATE: All SeaQuest day trips are currently on hold. Cairns day trips are available from 20 June on board our luxury vessel AquaQuest.

If you’re looking for an affordable Great Barrier Reef Day trip from Cairns, choose to spend a day with the local experts. Step on board our vessel SeaQuest for a day trip you’ll never forget, taking in two incredible snorkel and dive sites on the outer reef.

SeaQuest has everything you need for the perfect snorkelling, introductory diving or certified diving experience, including all equipment and expert instruction from our friendly crew. You’ll be exhilarated as you encounter the diverse marine species and spectacular corals of the world-famous Great Barrier Reef.

In between snorkel and dive experiences, refresh yourself with our onboard hot water showers, then tuck into a full tropical buffet lunch with a variety of salads, cold meat and fruits.

Keen for even more time on the reef? Our spacious sister vessel ReefQuest offers an extended itinerary, including an extra dive during your day.

Our five-star dive centre offers scuba refresher courses and learn to dive courses to help you make the most of your Great Barrier Reef experience.

Departure/Return Location:

B Finger, Cairns Marlin Marina


8am - 4.30pm

Dive sites:

Our Outer Great Barrier Reef sites are carefully chosen on your day so you can enjoy the best snorkelling and diving in this colourful underwater world.


  • Four and a half hours at the outer reef
  • Two dive locations
  • Snorkel and dive equipment, air fills, tuition and briefings
  • Guided snorkel tours
  • Buffet lunch
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Chilled drinking water, complimentary chilled water
  • Tea and coffee
  • Hot fresh water showers

Choose Your Activity

Budget Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Trip

SeaQuest Snorkelling

Grab a snorkel and explore the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef - no experience needed

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Budget Intro Scuba Dive Day Trip from Cairns

SeaQuest Intro Diving

Try scuba diving for the first time at the Great Barrier Reef for an experience you'll never forget

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Great Barrier Reef Scuba Dive

SeaQuest Certified Diving

Explore the outer reef with a certified dive day trip - guided dives available

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Great Barrier Reef Day Trip


8am: Check in at Finger C, Cairns Marlin Marina and board ReefQuest

8.30am: Depart Cairns and receive safety briefings as we travel to the outer reef

10am: Arrive at first snorkel and dive site

12pm: Move to second site and enjoy lunch

12.30pm: Second snorkel and dive opportunity

2.15pm: Move to location of our vessel OceanQuest to transfer overnight passengers

2.50pm: Depart for Cairns

4.30pm: Arrive in Cairns

Additional info


  • Digital camera hire
  • Professional photos for purchase
  • Soft drinks, alcohol and snacks
  • Quality souvenirs
  • Personal senior diving instructor ($15 per person)
  • Introductory dive
  • Northern Beaches transfers ($25pp)

What to bring

  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Certcard and logbook for certified diving
  • Reef and Port Authority charges ($20 per person)



“My partner and I went on a day snorkel and dive trip. The staff were insightful, fun, excited and really engaged with the passengers. We felt really equipped, learned a lot and had a 10/10 day. Spot on locations for the snorkelling too – I have been on other snorkel trips and this was by far the best.”

– Jess


“The two reef sites they took us to were just amazing. The variety and colours of the corals and fish were beautiful! We even saw nemo and reef sharks! The diving was great and we had a fabulous instructor. There’s a whole other life underwater, so if you’re thinking about trying diving, do it!”

– Chloe

Medical and Altitude Info

All introductory scuba participants must meet medical questionnaire requirements and some conditions or medications may prevent you from diving.

Currently the rules state that for a single no decompression dive, you should not fly/go to altitude for at least 12 hours, or 18 hours after multiple dives. Divers Den recommends waiting a minimum 24 hours whenever possible. These are guidelines only, there is no guarantee that these recommendations will prevent decompression sickness. There are no current guidelines regarding diving after flying.

Altitude is defined as 300m/1000ft above sea level. This includes going to the Atherton Tablelands (a popular local scenic attraction), so be careful if booking tours to follow your dive trip. Under normal circumstances, you should be out of the water on your last dive at 12pm (midday).