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.
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
“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.”
“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!”
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).