Reef and Cape Tribulation two World Heritage sites

Not only does the Great Barrier Reef and Cape Tribulation tour package deliver the best of what Cairns has to offer, but also gives you access to 2 World Heritage-listed locations.

Great Barrier Reef Tour

For the most part, a trip to Cairns is not complete without a visit to the Great Barrier Reef!

Join us onboard our high-speed Catamaran “Reef Experience” for a truly unforgettable day. Not only will your day be spent exploring the breathtaking wonder of the Great Barrier Reef. But also you will get the chance to visit 2 spectacular reef sites.

By the way, Reef Experience is Cairns’ only ALL-inclusive Great Barrier Reef tour which also offers a FREE Scuba Dive and Glass-bottom boat tour.

Furthermore, we can cater to all levels of Swimming, Snorkeling and Scuba Diving. Everyone will find the perfect way to experience the Great Barrier Reef.


The rainforests hold answers to questions we have yet to ask…

During your Cape Tribulation Day Tour, you will get to explore the oldest living rainforest on the planet, the Daintree Rainforest. After all, Cape Tribulation is truly where the Daintree Rainforest meets Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Great Barrier Reef and Cape tribulation
Where the Rainforest meets the Reef – literally!

To begin with, we will head north on the famous Great Barrier Reef drive. Wind your way north along 140km of gorgeous scenery. As an illustration, you will look to the left and find Rainforest covered mountainsides and luscious green scenery. To your right, gaze out over the shimmering waters of the expansive Coral Sea. In fact, on clear days, you can even see Green Island from the shoreline! This has to be the best scenic drive in Far North Queensland.

During the drive, we will make a short stop at Port Douglas. Take a walk along 4 Mile Beach, where the golden sands seem to stretch on forever. Here we will take a swim and enjoy some morning tea. Soon enough, it will be time to continue on our adventure into the Daintree.

By all means, a trip to Cape Tribulation is not complete without joining a Crocodile Cruise. After all, this corner of the world is what they call their home. We will jump onboard the Daintree Cruise to see these magnificent creatures up close. Even though your guide will point out the crocodiles lurking in the river, you will be safely tucked in the boat!

The oldest rainforest in the world

Once we arrive safely on the other side of the river it is time to explore the oldest living rainforest in the world. Join your guide on a boardwalk through the Rainforest, and learn all about the Rainforest ecosystem and its circle of life. After all, who better to learn from than someone who is there every day? There is so much wildlife to spot on your walks, and if you are lucky, even a cassowary! Just tell your guide what you are hoping to see and he will try to spot them for you!

After all our adventures, you would have worked up an appetite, so it’s time to grab some lunch at the beach. We have some free time to spend at the beach, whether you stretch your legs and take a walk or just relax in a food coma. Next, it is time to head off to our secret swimming hole, complete with a rope swing. Float in the crystal clear water while you gaze up at the rainforest canopy above you. Complete bliss!

Now that our day is coming to a close, it’s time to start our journey home. During the drive, we will stop and stretch our legs at some impressive lookouts. Here you can enjoy your unobstructed views of the expansive coastlines. After all, where better to snap that holiday selfie?

Perhaps you would like to spend more time exploring the Great Barrier Reef and Cape Tribulation? On the other hand, why not extend your stay and stay overnight in both locations?




In general, the highlights of your Reef and Cape Tribulation will be:

  • The Daintree Rainforest – the oldest living rainforest in the world
  • The Great Barrier Reef – the only living thing visible from space with the naked eye!
  • Guided Rainforest Walks
  • Informative Guides
  • Snorkelling, Scuba Diving



During your Great Barrier Reef Experience:

  • 07:30 – Board Reef Experience boat at the Cairns Marina ‘A-Finger’ for check-in
  • 08:00 – Approximate departure and Safety Talk with snorkel briefing
  • 08:30 – After the Marine Biology presentation, join the scuba dive briefing for those participating
  • 09:30 – Eventually we arrive at our first spectacular reef site. Here we will snorkel and dive with thousands of vivid tropical fish, giant clams plus more.
  • 10:30 – Glass Bottom Boat Tour (approximately 20-minute tour)
  • 12:30 – Lunch
  • 13:00 – Next we will cruise to our second location to explore forests of coral, large sea fans and black coral trees in its shallow lagoons.
  • 15:00 – Depart the Great Barrier Reef
  • 15:30 – After we depart the reef, it is time to enjoy a glass of wine, tropical fruits, cheese and biscuits
  • 16:30 – Arrive back in Cairns

During your Cape Tribulation Tour:

  • Stop at Port Douglas for a walk and swim at the famous 4 Mile Beach!
  • Enjoy a boat cruise on the Daintree River and spot crocodiles in their natural habitat
  • Then it is time to cross the Daintree River on the ferry
  • Swim in pristine rainforest creeks
  • Beautiful Lookouts
  • Guided Rainforest walk
  • Hand-feed rock wallabies in the wild in the outback on your way home


Your day at the Great Barrier Reef

  • Up to 5 hours at two Outer Great Barrier Reef locations
  • Unlimited snorkelling
  • All snorkel and scuba equipment INCLUDING wetsuit
  • FREE Scuba Dive – Medical Conditions do apply – please see below
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tour (weather permitting)
  • Return shuttle to Cairns City Accommodation
  • Marine Biology Presentation
  • Breakfast and lunch provided
  • During the cruise home, a complimentary glass of wine will be on offer.
  • Dietary requirements catered for (please advise upon booking).
  • Crew assistance for inexperienced snorkelers/swimmers
  • Flotation aids
  • Large Sun Deck and air-conditioned indoor areas
  • Reef tax, fuel levy and national park fees.

Your Day at Cape Tribulation

  • Informative guide
  • Rainforest walks
  • Morning tea and coffee
  • Port Douglas and 4 Mile Beach
  • Wildlife Spotting boat tour
  • Ferry ride
  • Delicious lunch
  • Stunning Beaches
  • Swim in a rainforest creek
  • Two amazing lookouts
  • All park fees

Optional Extras

  • Underwater Digital Camera Hire
  • Snack Bar Purchases
  • Marine Biologist Guided Snorkel Tour of the reef:
  • Great Barrier Reef souvenirs – T-shirts, hats etc
  • Dive Guides for qualified ‘Certified’ scuba divers
  • Prescription Mask Hire if you require stronger lenses to see
  • Bus transfers from accommodation outside of the Cairns Business Area
  • Second Scuba Dive at our beautiful afternoon reef location


What to bring

Great Barrier Reef

  • Cash and/or credit card for purchases
  • Swimming Clothes, Towel, Hat, Sunglasses, Sun Cream
  • Dive Certification Card

Cape Tribulation Tour

  • Swimming gear and towel
  • Sunscreen – Raincoat
  • Change of clothes- walking shoes/sandals
  • Camera

How to get there

In general, both of these tours include courtesy hotel transfers. However, if you would prefer to self drive for the Reef Tour please see below.

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’

Where Can I Park?

There are a number of parking stations throughout Cairns that are within walking distance of the Marina.  Click here to see where 

Important Information

While some components of these tours are weather dependent, the itineraries may be subject to change to accommodate. After all, the weather in Far North Queensland can change quite quickly!

Your Safety Is Our First Priority

Queensland, Australia has some of the strictest scuba diving rules in the world.  Not to mention it also has the safest scuba diving record.  We are regulated by the Queensland Government Code of Practice and for this reason, comply with all rules including medical as is the law.

In order to avoid disappointment on your day of travel, we strongly recommend that you complete our dive medical questionnaire prior to booking. It is important to realise that some medical conditions, age and/or medications may prevent you from scuba diving. In either case, we want you to be able to make the most of your day.

Reef Experience Medical Questionnaire

Alternatively, you may like to consult your own Doctor for a Dive Medical using the Australian Standard Forms ‘AS.4005.1

Flying after Scuba Diving

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

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