ReefQuest | Great Barrier Reef Day Trip

Duration | 1 day
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ReefQuest is an 8 hour Great Barrie Reef experience from Cairns. The modern vessel 3 large sun decks, 2 air-conditioned indoor saloons, a spacious dive deck, and a sunken platform for easy access in and out of the water. 

Whether you are a Snorkeller, first-time SCUBA Diver, or already Certified Diver, we invite you to join us for a once in a lifetime adventure aboard our luxury day trip to the great barrier reef.

We offer a light morning tea and a tropical buffet lunch including a selection of cold meats, salads and fruits. Complimentary tea, coffee and chilled water are served throughout the day.

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What makes it great

  • Two exclusive dive locations
  • tropical buffet lunch
  • Modern Vessel

ReefQuest Departs Cairns at 8:30 and returns at 4:30.


  • Visit two exclusive dive locations
  • Morning tea including pastries with choice of tea or coffee
  • Hot and cold tropical buffet lunch
  • Hot fresh water showers
  • Guided snorkeling tour
  • Masks, snorkel, fins and flotation devices
  • Wet and stinger suits
  • Prescription mask (deposit required)

ReefQuest Great Barrier Reef Sites
Our private reef locations are approximately 70km offshore, these unique sites offer superb coral formations and an abundance of coral and marine life including inquisitive Nemos, Turtles, Stingrays and Wally the friendly Maori Wrasse. We visit 2 different reef locations daily, these are chosen en-route considering weather and sea conditions to ensure the best in-water experience.

ReefQuest allows over 4 hours to explore the Outer Great Barrier Reef, offering quality diving and snorkelling experiences, value for money, and most importantly incredible memories that will last a lifetime.

Your day at a glance

08.00am: Check in at Finger C, Cairns Marlin Marina and board ReefQuest
08.30am: Depart Cairns and receive safety briefings as we travel to the outer reef
10.00am: Arrive at first snorkel and dive site
12.45pm: Move to second site and enjoy a delicious tropical buffet lunch
01.30pm: Continue diving and snorkelling
03.00pm: Depart reef site
04.30pm: Arrive in Cairns

Snorkelling with ReefQuest
Snorkelling is the easiest way to discover the Great Barrier Reef, it is as simple as breathing. If you have never snorkelled before, don't worry, a briefing is held on board, explaining how to put and use the snorkelling gear. 

All of the snorkelling equipment you will require is supplied as part of your trip, including a wetsuit or stinger suit. Prescription masks are also available upon request.

The reef being just a few meters away from the water’s surface, you will be able to explore all these wonders just by floating at the surface. Relax, breathe in your snorkel and be ready to discover a multitude of fishes, corals and other wildlife populating the reef. 

Our 'new for 2016' luxury vessel ReefQuest offers fantastic value for money with unlimited snorkelling on two different reef locations.

Introductory Diving with ReefQuest
Introductory diving requires no previous diving experience. If you are able to swim, you can usually dive. The only requirement is that you are 12 years old or more and you will be asked to fill out some paperwork, including a medical statement.

Whilst you are on your way to the Great Barrier reef you will be given a briefing outlining what is involved (usually about 45 minutes). This briefing will outline the procedures that will make your experience a safe and unforgettable one (the diving skills, the communication under water, some explanation about the marine wildlife).

The supervision by our highly qualified dive instructors is very close at all times, there will be a maximum of 4 divers with 1 instructor. You will go to a maximum depth of 12 m (40ft) and these dives generally last around 1/2 hour. During the dive you can expect to see the Great Barrier Reef in all its glory - You will discover excitement and adventure - freedom and serenity. Nothing compares to the "weightless" exhilaration of breathing underwater.

Certified SCUBA Diving with ReefQuest
Cairns' warm waters offer excellent conditions to enjoy your diving experience. With more than 1,000 different species of fish, you will be amazed by all the diversity the Great Barrier Reef has to offer. You will probably spot some 'Nemos', some parrot fishes, shy sharks, the friendly Maori Wrasse called Wally, some turtles and many more creatures.

If you would like to make the most of your experience or if you haven't been diving for a certain time and don't feel really confident going with a buddy, ask one of our friendly crew members for a shared guided dive (at extra cost, $15 per person). It is the best way to see the reef as they know where to take you to see the best spots and wildlife.

During your day trip, you will be able to dive in two different locations on the reef, chosen according to the weather conditions, the visibility. The reefs are all different to each others; you could be diving in a coral garden once and then diving between coral towers, or along reef walls. Be ready to be amazed at all time!

One last important thing, make sure to bring your certification card and your logbook with you, as you will need to show them to our crew. 

What To Bring

  • Hat, towel, swimsuit
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses

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ReefQuest Departs Cairns Marina Daily. Checkin at 8:00am at 'C' finger, Cairns Marina