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Cairns Great Barrier Reef – Price Guide – How to Choose a Snorkel & Dive Tour!

The Great Barrier Reef Price Guide for Snorkel & Diving Tours

The Great Barrier Reef Price Guide for Snorkel & Diving Tours

Cairns Great Barrier Reef – Price Guide – How to Choose a Snorkel & Dive Tour!

Welcome to our Cairns Great Barrier Reef – Price Guide – How to Choose a Snorkel & Dive Tour! With over 35 reef tour companies departing from both Cairns and Port Douglas combined. It can be very hard to choose the perfect day trip to the Great Barrier Reef. How do you choose from all the different day tour options that are available?

Hang in there, there is a way to cut thru all the hype and get down to the nitty-gritty. Keep the following tips and recommendations in mind when you are trying to choose, this will keep you on the straight and narrow, it will help you to choose the very best day trip to the Great Barrier Reef for you and your family.

Ok, let’s get into it read our Cairns Great Barrier Reef – Price Guide – How to Choose a Snorkel & Dive Tour!

The three different ways to visit the Great Barrier Reef are:

  1. Day boat snorkeling and diving from the back of the boat.
  2. Spend the day out on a sandy cay or tropical Island like Green Island.
  3. Visit one of the outer Barrier Reef pontoons, or floating platforms.

There are four main things to keep in mind when you are trying to work out which is the best reef tour for you and your family. One of the main things you should be thinking about are what are your swimming abilities in the water? Also, think about the other people traveling with you. Can you all swim? This is a major factor that you really should pay more attention to. If you do, it is often the deciding factor on which reef tour to choose.

Read on we will explain more.

The four main things to help you decide are written below: (Click the links below to jump straight to the relevant section) or read the whole section to get a complete overview.

1 – Can you Swim?

2 – Are you traveling with Small Children under 14 years?

3 – Are you a Certified Scuba Diver? Do you have your dive license like a PADI?

4 – Yes you can swim and you would like to try a first time Introductory Scuba Dive?

Let’s get into answering the questions above.

Can You Swim?

If the answer is yes and you feel comfortable in the water and have already tried snorkeling before, then you should choose a dive & snorkel day boat. In general, these boats are much smaller, they take fewer amounts of people, they also travel allot further offshore to the outer reef systems and visit multiple reef sites in the one day. They also happen to be the vessel of choice if you are already a certified scuba diver or if you would like to try first-time introductory scuba diving.

A comfortable favorite for us is Silverswift Dive & Snorkel, mainly because they are the only outer reef dive and snorkel boat to visit three outer reef sites in the one day from Cairns. They spend all their time on Flynn, Milne and Pellowe Reefs.

Compare prices on the Cairns snorkel tour price table below for the best dive and snorkel boats from both Cairns & Port Douglas. All day tours depart around 8:30am and return around 4:30pm. All include lunch and all snorkeling equipment as a basic service. Click the dive company name to read further detailed information on each company and what they offer. Some depart a bit earlier and some return a little bit later, click the company name to get complete detailed information.

If the answer is no you cannot swim then you should take a look at the Cairns pontoon price table further below. Pontoons are designed for people who do not swim. They offer semi-submarines, underwater observatories and some also have glass bottom boats. These are great tools for allowing you to see the reef without swimming.

 

CAIRNS SNORKEL TOUR PRICE TABLE


CAIRNS SNORKEL COMPANIES:

FARE:

INCLUDES:

PRICE:

TAX:

TOTAL:
Silverswift Dive & Snorkel(Adult)Snorkeling$210.00$6.50$216.50
TUSA Dive & Snorkel(Adult)Snorkeling$195.00$10.00$205.00
Reef Quest Dive & Snorkel(Adult)Snorkeling$170.00$20.00$190.00
Evolution Reef Cruises(Adult)Snorkeling$149.00$20.00$169.00
Reef Experience(Adult)Snorkeling$195.00$0$195.00
Ocean Freedom(Adult)Snorkeling$185.00$10.00$195.00
Ocean FREE(Adult)Snorkeling$185.00$10.00$195.00
SeaStar Cruises(Adult)Snorkeling$185.00$15.00$200.00
Passions Of Paradise(Adult)Snorkeling$159.00$15.00$174.00
Sea Quest Dive & Snorkel
(Adult)Snorkeling$145.00$20.00$165.00

PORT DOUGLAS SNORKEL COMPANIES:

FARE:

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PRICE:

TAX:

TOTAL:
Poseidon Dive & Snorkel(Adult)Snorkeling$232.00$6.50$238.50
Silversonic Dive & Snorkel(Adult)Snorkeling$232.00$6.50$238.50

Are you traveling with small children under 14 years?

If you are traveling with children under 14 years then you have two options to think about. How are your children’s swimming abilities? If they are good in the water and love to swim and snorkel. Choose one of the dive & snorkel day boat options mentioned above in the Cairns Snorkel Tour Price Table.

If your children are really small and cannot swim, I would suggest traveling to one of the Outer Reef Pontoons. Pontoons or floating platforms are designed for people who perhaps won’t spend that much time in the water. Most have children’s play areas, all offer semi-submarines, some offer glass bottom boats, and all offer underwater observatories. All pontoon day trips provide a buffet lunch with morning and afternoon tea, they also include all snorkeling equipment like snorkel, fins and mask as standard.

All pontoon companies provide a family package. In general this is classed as (2 x Adults + 2 x Children) (Age 4-14 years) traveling together at the one time. This package offers a saving usually the price of one child ticket.

Pontoon companies also offer a per person price usually an adult ticket price and then a child ticket price. This is for people who perhaps have 2 x Adults + 1 x Child. You will notice this is the same price as the family ticket.

Children under 4 years old are regard as infant and are generally free.

Compare the four different Cairns Outer Reef Pontoon tour prices below:

 

CAIRNS PONTOON TOUR PRICE TABLE:


CAIRNS PONTOON COMPANIES:

FARE:

INCLUDES:

PRICE:

TAX:

TOTAL:
Quicksilver Cruises(Adult)Semi-Submarines, Observitory, Snorkel, Buffet Lunch$238.00$6.50$244.50
Quicksilver operates from Port Douglas, so a bus transfer is needed from a Cairns Hotel.(Child)Semi-Submarines, Observatory, Snorkel, Buffet Lunch$119.00$6.50$125.50
(Family)Semi-Submarines, Observatory, Snorkel, Buffet Lunch$595.00$26.00$621.00
Reef Magic Cruises(Adult)Semi-Submarines, Glass Bottom Boat Observitory, Snorkel, Buffet Lunch$203.00$7.00$210.00
(Child)Semi-Submarines, Glass Bottom Boat Observatory, Snorkel, Buffet Lunch$98.00$7.00$105.00
(Family)Semi-Submarines, Glass Bottom Boat Observatory, Snorkel, Buffet Lunch$497.00$28.00$525.00
Great Adventures(Adult)Semi-Submarines, Observatory, Snorkel, Buffet Lunch$224.00$6.50$230.50
(Child)Semi-Submarines, Observatory, Snorkel, Buffet Lunch$116.00$6.50$122.50
(Family)Semi-Submarines, Observatory, Snorkel, Buffet Lunch$564.00$26.00$590.00
Sunlover Cruises(Adult)Semi-Submarines, Semi-Submarines, Glass Bottom Boat Observatory, Snorkel, Buffet Lunch$199.00$0.00$199.00
(Child)Semi-Submarines, Semi-Submarines, Glass Bottom Boat Observatory, Snorkel, Buffet Lunch$99.00$0.00$99.00
(Family)Semi-Submarines, Semi-Submarines, Glass Bottom Boat Observatory, Snorkel, Buffet Lunch$497.00$0.00$497.00

Are you a Certified Diver?

If you answer yes to this question your in luck! This means you have already completed your PADI openwater or higher education diver qualification. Cairns is the closest point to the Great Barrier Reef on the entire East Coast of Australia. This means that on a fast high-speed dive boat you can complete up to 3 x certified dives on the very outer reef systems all in the one day! Quickly compare dive trips on the Cairns certified dive tour price table below.

Certified divers are spoilt for choice, there is a reason Cairns is regarded as the diving capital of Australia.

All Cairns & Port Douglas dive companies allow both Snorkeling and Diving. Nearly all offer introductory scuba diving as well. They do this to keep the costs down for everyone on the boat. So no matter which dive boat you choose you will also have people just snorkeling or trying a first-time introductory scuba dive.

The good news is that the Certified divers have priority in getting into the water first and diving in small buddy pairs or dive groups of just 4 or 5 divers with a dive guide.

If you make it all the way to Cairns and you are certified then we usually recommend to make the most of it, do all three dives. You can just book one our two dives aswell. But we will set the dive pricing table below reflecting a day trip to the reef with 3 x certified dives including full dive gear like BCD, Regs, Dive Computer, Snorkel, Fins and masks.

Some companies will charge you around $5.00 for a wetsuit and some charge extra for dive guides usually only $10.oo per person. But many Cairns Dive companies include the wetsuit and the dive guides. To find out the finer details click the dive company name to get the information you need.

Compare certified diving prices in the price table below:

 

CAIRNS CERTIFIED DIVE TOUR PRICE TABLE


CAIRNS CERTIFIED DIVE COMPANIES:

FARE:

INCLUDES:

PRICE:

TAX:

TOTAL:
Silverswift Dive & Snorkel(Adult)Snorkeling + 3-Certified Dives, Full Gear$300.00$6.50$306.50
TUSA Dive & Snorkel(Adult)Snorkeling + 3-Certified Dives, Full Gear$265.00$10.00$275.00
Reef Quest Dive & Snorkel(Adult)Snorkeling + 3-Certified Dives, Full Gear$260.00$20.00$280.00
Evolution Reef Cruises(Adult)Snorkeling + 3-Certified Dives, Full Gear$229.00$20.00$249.00
Reef Experience(Adult)Snorkeling + 1-Certified Dives, Full Gear$195.00$0$195.00
Ocean Freedom(Adult)Snorkeling + 2-Certified Dives, Full Gear$290.00$10.00$300.00
Ocean FREE(Adult)Snorkeling + 2-Certified Dives, Full Gear$290.00$10.00$300.00
SeaStar Cruises(Adult)Snorkeling + 2-Certified Dives, Full Gear$285.00$15.00$300.00
Passions Of Paradise(Adult)Snorkeling + 2-Certified Dives, Full Gear$274.00$15.00$289.00
Sea Quest Dive & Snorkel
(Adult)Snorkeling + 2-Certified Dives, Full Gear$215.00$20.00$235.00

PORT DOUGLAS CERTIFIED DIVE COMPANIES:

FARE:

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PRICE:

TAX:

TOTAL:
Poseidon Dive & Snorkel(Adult)Snorkeling + 3-Certified Dives, Full Gear$314.00$6.50$320.50
Silversonic Dive & Snorkel(Adult)Snorkeling + 3-Certified Dives, Full Gear$314.00$6.50$320.50

You can swim and would like to try first time Introductory Scuba Diving?

Fantastic! You would like to try a first-time scuba dive. This is an amazing underwater experience, diving allows you to get up close to the coral, fish and marine life. Scuba diving allows you to relax and spend quality time observing the reef, fish and marine animals.

To try introductory first-time scuba diving you basically need to be medically fit with no asthma and not taking any prescription medication or be pregnant.

Nearly all day boats and pontoons offer introductory first-time scuba diving. This is usually an extra cost on top of the snorkel price. See the introductory scuba dive price table below to compare prices.

To try an introductory first-time scuba dive you need to attend a short training session on the boat. This is usually completed on the way out to the reef in the morning. A dive instructor will explain all the basic requirements for you to try diving safely and have the maximum amount of fun.

Usually, you will watch a short 5-minute video and then be shown the dive equipment. You will put on the dive gear and sit on the back deck of the boat. It is here you can try practice breathing thru the regulator, practice some hand signals and how to defog your mask.

After this procedure, the next step is entering the water and floating beside the boat. You will have a certified dive instructor with you at all times. After a minute or two, you will descend down the mooring line to around 5 meters under the boat. It is here you can start to relax and get used to the feeling of breathing under water. After 5 minutes or so your instructor will then take you on tour all over the reef for the next 35 up to 40 minutes before returning to the boat.

Remember to try any form of diving, introductory diving, certified scuba diving or even helmet diving you must be medically fit with no asthma, and not taking any prescription medication.

 

CAIRNS INTRODUCTORY SCUBA DIVE TOUR PRICE TABLE


CAIRNS INTRODUCTORY DIVE COMPANIES:

FARE:

INCLUDES:

PRICE:

TAX:

TOTAL:
Silverswift Dive & Snorkel(Adult)Snorkeling + 1-Introductory Dive, Full Gear$285.00$6.50$291.50
TUSA Dive & Snorkel(Adult)Snorkeling + 1-Introductory Dive, Full Gear$265.00$10.00$275.00
Reef Quest Dive & Snorkel(Adult)Snorkeling + 1-Introductory Dive, Full Gear$240.00$20.00$260.00
Evolution Reef Cruises(Adult)Snorkeling + 1-Introductory Dive, Full Gear$189.00$20.00$209.00
Reef Experience(Adult)Snorkeling + 1-Introductory Dive, Full Gear$195.00$0$195.00
Ocean Freedom(Adult)Snorkeling + 1-Introductory Dive, Full Gear$290.00$10.00$300.00
Ocean FREE(Adult)Snorkeling + 1-Introductory Dive, Full Gear$290.00$10.00$300.00
SeaStar Cruises(Adult)Snorkeling + 1-Introductory Dive, Full Gear$260.00$15.00$275.00
Passions Of Paradise(Adult)Snorkeling + 1-Introductory Dive, Full Gear$229.00$15.00$244.00
Sea Quest Dive & Snorkel
(Adult)Snorkeling + 1-Introductory Dive, Full Gear$215.00$20.00$235.00
Reef Magic Cruises
(Adult)Snorkeling + 1-Introductory Dive, Full Gear$328.00$7.00$335.00
Great Adventures Outer Reef Cruises
(Adult)Snorkeling + 1-Introductory Dive, Full Gear$406.00$6.50$412.50
Sunlover Reef Cruises
(Adult)Snorkeling + 1-Introductory Dive, Full Gear$338.00$-$338.00

PORT DOUGLAS CERTIFIED DIVE COMPANIES:

FARE:

INCLUDES:

PRICE:

TAX:

TOTAL:
Quicksilver Outer Barrier Reef Pontoon(Adult)Snorkeling + 1-Introductory Dive, Full Gear$404.00$6.50$410.50
Silversonic Dive & Snorkel(Adult)Snorkeling + 1-Introductory Dive, Full Gear$297.00$6.50$303.50

CONCLUSION:

We hope this article has helped you to choose from the many Cairns Day Trips to Great Barrier Reef. We have tried to categorise your requirements to help you choose a reef trip that is perfect for you and your family.

Cairns Tour Info is committed to helping you find the best reef trip to the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns or Port Douglas.

If you have any questions you would like answered please call or email our friendly reservation team on [email protected].

If you still can’t decide? We can help you choose the best tour, to suit your experience and budget.