AquaQuest Great Barrier Reef Day Trip from Cairns


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Experience the Great Barrier Reef on a day trip from Cairns. Whether you’re a snorkeller, first time diver or certified diver, you’ll spend a magical day aboard AquaQuest with Divers Den.

Discover the marine wonderland of the outer Great Barrier Reef, just a 90-minute boat trip from Cairns. We’ll spend five hours at the reef and visit two stunning dive sites. These are expertly chosen from our exclusive moorings on the Norman, Saxon and Hastings reefs to bring you the best quality conditions and diverse marine life, from colourful corals to inquisitive Nemos, turtles, stingrays and giant Maori Wrasse.

AquaQuest is our newest vessel and purpose-built for diving and snorkelling. It has a spacious dive deck and a sunken platform offering easy access to the water, plus state of the art equipment. Choose safe and enjoyable snorkelling for you and your family, introductory diving with full pre-dive tuition, or certified diving for a choice of three spectacular dives.

During your Great Barrier Reef day trip, enjoy our large sun decks, air conditioned indoor spaces and hot fresh water showers. After a morning spent exploring the reef, help yourself to a freshly pre-packed picnic lunch to refuel for the afternoon.


AquaQuest Great Barrier Reef day trips are available every Saturday and Sunday, with additional dates added according to demand.

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Coral Spawning – Friday 4 and Saturday 5 December 2020

Don’t miss the opportunity to see coral spawning on the Great Barrier Reef on our special night trips. Once a year, usually just after a full moon in late spring or early summer, all the corals on the reef spawn at once in a dazzling display. Learn more.


Saturdays and Sundays, with additional dates added according to demand

Departure/Return Location:

B Finger, Cairns Marlin Marina


8am - 4.30pm

Dive sites:

We'll visit two sites on the outer Great Barrier Reef, selecting the best options on the day to show you the most colourful and diverse sights in these warm, clear waters.


  • Five hours at the outer reef
  • Up to three dives/snorkel sessions at two exclusive sites
  • Snorkelling and scuba equipment, air fills, tuition and briefings
  • FREE Nitrox fills (subject to availability)
  • Wetsuits/lycra suits
  • Free prescription masks
  • Guided snorkel tours
  • Freshly pre-packed picnic lunch
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Fresh chilled drinking water
  • Tea and coffee
  • Hot fresh water showers

Choose your Activity

ReefQuest Outer Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Day Trip

AquaQuest Snorkelling

Snorkel the outer Great Barrier Reef and discover its treasures - it's as easy as breathing

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From $270

AquaQuest Intro Diving

Take the plunge and try your first scuba dive with our expert crew as your guides

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From $240

AquaQuest Certified Diving

Cross the Great Barrier Reef off your 'must-dive' list with up to three dives at two amazing outer reef sites

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Great Barrier Reef Day Trip


8am: Check in at Finger B, Cairns Marlin Marina and board AquaQuest

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

10am: Arrive at first snorkel and dive site

12.45pm: Move to second site and enjoy lunch

1.30pm: Continue diving and snorkelling

3pm: Depart reef site

4.30pm: Arrive in Cairns

Additional info


  • Digital camera hire
  • Professional photos for purchase
  • Soft drinks, alcohol and snacks
  • Quality souvenirs
  • Introductory dive
  • Personal senior dive guide ($15 per person)

What to bring

  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Certcard and logbook for certified diving



“I spent the day with Divers Den and did three guided dives where the ocean came alive and I was in awe! I wasn’t sure what to expect as I was newly PADI certified, but the staff was professional, friendly and knowledgeable. The vessel was clean and there was plenty of room for everyone on board. Thanks for the amazing day!”

– Bonir


“Outer reef sites sure are the best! Two dives and snorkelling definitely gave me what I wanted to see – turtles and different kinds of clown fish were some of the highlights. Thanks guys.”

– Kenny

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).