Reef Experience Family tour

The Reef Experience family tour is an unforgettable experience for your family

  • Departs from No. 8, Finger A Marlin Marina, 1 Spence Street, Cairns
  • Boarding at 7:30 am for an 8 am departure
  • Returning around 4:30 pm
  • Visits: 2 Outer Barrier Reef locations

Reef Experience Family tour is Cairns’ only ALL-inclusive tour to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

On the way to the Reef, ensure you get an excellent seat for the Marine biologist presentation.  It’s both fun and informative.   During this presentation, you will learn about the Reef, including how we can all help protect the Reef.

This Great Barrier Reef day has family-friendly activities,   Snorkelling is a breeze with a swimming noodle to help you float, and there is so much to see.

Let’s begin with snorkelling over the largest coral Reef in the World.

Next, ask the crew to help you find Nemo.

A Great Family Outing at an Unbeatable Price!

The Reef Experience family tour is for two adults and two children (aged 4-11 years).  Three years old and under travel free of charge.

Not confident in the water?

We know the best place to see the Great Barrier Reef is in the water, and we will be happy to assist you even if you can not swim.

Kid Activities

Skipper for the day

While you are on board, kids can also have a drive of the boat and a picture with the Captain.

During the day, there are also activities to keep little ones occupied with many cool Great Barrier Reef pictures to colour in.


  • 2 Outer Barrier Reef locations
  • Snorkelling
  • Scuba diving
  • Glass Bottom Boat tour


Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

  • 07:30 – Board Reef Experience boat at the Cairns Marina ‘A-Finger’ for check-in
  • 08:00 – Departure and Safety Talk with snorkel briefing
  • 08:30 – Marine Biology presentation, followed by detailed scuba dive briefing for those participating
  • 09:30 – Arrive at our first spectacular reef site, snorkel and scuba diving.
  • 10:30 – Glass Bottom Boat Tour (approximately 20 minutes)
  • 12:30 – Lunch
  • 13:00 – Cruise to our second location
  • 15:00 – Depart the Great Barrier Reef
  • 15:30 – Glass of wine, tropical fruits, cheese and biscuits
  • 16:30 – Arrive back in Cairns


Reef Experience includes

  • Up to 6 hours at two outer reef locations.
  • Unlimited snorkelling
  • Snorkelling and scuba diving equipment
  • Medical Conditions apply for Scuba Dive (Certified Dive qualified OR Resort Dive no-experience necessary at the first reef location for everyone over age 12 and medically fit scuba).
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tour
  • Return transfers from Cairns city accommodation.
  • Marine Biology Presentation
  • Breakfast: BBQ bacon and egg roll, coffee, tea and fruit platters.
  • Delicious BBQ lunch with fresh salads.
  • Cheese and biscuits
  • Fruit platter and a glass of wine
  • The crew are happy to help first-time snorkelers and non-swimmers.
  • Large sun deck with sun lounges
  • Air-conditioned indoor areas.
  • Reef tax, fuel levy and National Park fees.
  • No hidden costs.

Optional Extras

  • Underwater Digital Camera Hire
  • Snack Bar Purchases: Soft drinks, chocolate, chips, alcohol etc.
  • Marine Biologist Guided Snorkel Tour.
  • Great Barrier Reef souvenirs including T-shirts, hats etc.
  • Dive Guides for certified scuba divers
  • Instructors included for beginner divers
  • Prescription mask hires if you require lenses to see.
  • Bus transfers from accommodation outside of the Cairns business area
  • Second scuba dive at the afternoon reef site

What to bring

  • Cash and credit card for purchases
  • Swimwear and towel,
  • Hat and sunglasses,
  • Scuba certification card for certified divers

How to get there

Reef Experience departs from
Cairns Marina: ‘A-Finger’ View map to Cairns Marlin Marina

Boarding commences at 7:30 am for check-in, directly on the vessel ‘Reef Experience’.

Arrive back at Cairns Marina at approximately 4:30 pm.

Where Can I Park?

Several parking stations throughout Cairns are within walking distance of the Marina.  Click here to see where.

Important Information

Scuba diving information

We have a passion for showing you Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, so please make sure you understand the scuba diving laws.

Queensland, Australia, has the strictest scuba diving rules globally and the safest scuba diving record.   We are regulated by the Queensland Government Code of Practice and comply with all regulations, including medical law.

To avoid disappointment on your day of travel, we recommend that all of our passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire.  Some medical conditions, age, and medications may prevent you from scuba diving.   Our mission is to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef experience.

Reef Experience Medical Questionnaire

We are delighted to help you with any questions you may have.   Please contact our office on 07 4037 2700 or send us an email.

Flying after Scuba Diving

For a single no decompression scuba dive, you should not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours after a scuba dive.  You should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive for multiple dives.
If Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning, you must wait 24 hours after your dive.
We recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible.



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