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Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises

Green Island is a beautiful coral cay on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel, dive and swim in the warm island waters, view the spectacular reef from a semi-submarine or glass bottom boat, explore the island or just relax on the white sandy beach. Big Cat departs from Cairns three times daily. Available activities include snorkelling, semi-submarine and glass bottom boat coral viewing tours, buffet lunch and free time to explore Green Island National Park. A range of optional activities are also on offer including diving, helmet diving, beach hire, Marineland Melanesia Nautical Museum and an underwater observatory. Their Vessels "Big Cat" and "Reef Rocket" are modern air-conditioned catamarans offering the ultimate in comfort and features spacious interior cabins as well as the outside decks to enjoy the warm tropical climate.

Cairns Harbour and Sunset Cruises

Alongside Cairns is a magnificent tidal estuary that is rarely seen and only accessible by boat. M.V. Crocodile Explorer is a comfortable air-conditioned vessel taking visitors along Trinity Inlet on this scenic nature cruise. With waterways winding through a 300 square kilometre maze of mangroves, expect rich diverse wildlife, stunning scenery and a relaxing cruise with informative commentary from their crew. This is the saltwater crocodile's natural habitat - with a chance to spot them basking on the muddy banks, particularly in the cooler months. Their Cairns Sunset tour rates as one of the top 10 things to do in Cairns and is sure to be an unforgettable evening. Picture yourself relaxing on a sunset cruise in Cairns, standing on the deck with a drink in hand, the breeze blowing through your hair with the sun setting over Cairns' lush mountains throwing out a glorious mix of colours into the sky above. Departing at 5.30pm, the cruise allows passengers to soak in beautiful views of the waterways, mangroves and mountains in the magical early evening sun. Join them simply for the Sunset Cruise or take advantage of their special Cruise and Dundees dinner package.

Sunlover Reef Cruises - Moore Reef Daily

There’s more life on the reef with Sunlover! Departing daily from Cairns our eco-certified tours take you to our state of-the art Moore Reef Marine Base,which is perfectly positioned and fully equipped so that any age or ability can fully experience the magic of the reef with its abundance of colourful coral, fascinating fish, turtles and more. With 4 Hours REEF TIME to explore this underwater wonderland, there’s plenty of time to take advantage of all of our free inclusions. The kids (or big kids!) will love the Sunlover Sunslide – the only theme park water slide on the reef. Also included is snorkeling, semi-submersible tours, glass bottom boat tours, fish feeding, underwater observatory and touchtank presentations with our marine experts. For a more in-depth experience optional extras include Introductory or certified SCUBA dives, Seawalker Helmet Diving, a guided snorkel tour with a marine expert, scenic helicopter flight or stay overnight on the Marine Base with Sunlover by Starlight. Our friendly crew will provide the expertise, activities and service to ensure you disembark with lifelong memories of the outer Great Barrier Reef.

Adventure North Australia

Adventure North Australia operate purpose built four-wheel drive tours to Cooktown, and is North Queensland's leading Indigenous Tour operator. A small dedicated team they offer a wide range of small group, one, two and three day tour packages. An epic four wheel drive journey through the world Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest to historical Cooktown. Travel the four wheel drive only Bloomfield Track, cross rivers and mountain ranges through remote countryside. Have a beer at the Lions Den Pub, one of Queensland's oldest bush pubs before arriving in the unspoilt historical coastal township of Cooktown. Return journey is through the outback of Far North Queensland following the Great Dividing Range. Adventure North Australia offers a unique Aboriginal cultural experience in conjunction with Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours and Mossman Gorge Cultural Centre. On the Daintree Dreaming Day Tour you will learn traditional hunting and gathering techniques which will take you from coast to rainforest, experiencing natural beauty and ancient culture of the Kuku Yalanji Rainforest people of Tropical North Queensland Tours operate from Cairns and Port Douglas. They look forward to welcoming you on board.

Bad Fishy Jet Boating Cairns

Bad Fishy operates the thrilling "Tropical Twist" ride on The Trinity Inlet in Cairns. With spins, slides, speed and the stunning sights of Cairns it's loads of fun! Expect to get wet and have lots of laughs as your local skipper takes you on the 35 minute adventure. Hold on as the music pumps and gets your adrenaline flowing. The ride also allows you to explore the stunning Trinity Inlet and observe its beauty. It is stunning and their Captain will give you some interesting information on the region on your ride.

Cairns Reef Fishing

Come fishing on-board Cairns premier charter boats with Cairns Reef Fishing .Cairns Reef Fishing is an Australian owned, family run fishing charter business based at The Marlin Marina, Cairns, in beautiful Tropical North Queensland. They take pride in giving their passengers an enjoyable, reef and deep sea fishing charter experience aboard their comfortable, fully equipped, purpose built fishing vessels, Aqua Cat, Blue Whaler or Reef Runner. You can join one of their full day share charters or take a private charter on one of our boats. The Great Barrier Reef waters are internationally renowned as some of the most prolific fishing grounds in the world, so get set for some of the best fishing you will experience anywhere! With years of commercial and offshore deep sea charter fishing experience behind their crew, they know where the fish are and will give you your best chance of landing your very own prize catch. A variety of fishing methods and equipment are used including trolling, live bait fishing, bottom fishing and drift fishing. No matter the time of year, ideal weather, location and productive fishing grounds make the offshore reefs of Cairns the best destination for your next charter fishing trip.

Coral Expeditions - Great Barrier Reef

Coral Expeditions knows the UNESCO World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef better than most, having pioneered overnight cruises on the outer reef more than 30 years ago. Sailing from their homeport of Cairns, Queensland, their bespoke expedition vessel, Coral Expeditions II takes a maximum of just 42 guests in relaxed comfort on year-round three, four or seven night expeditions that encompass the best of the reef, rainforests and island. The tailor-made itineraries venturing to the pristine outer reef, and exclusive mooring destinations, allow them to offer a unique and unmatched experience of the Reef. Their expedition voyages are truly immersive, venturing far beyond the day-trips to the underwater wonderland that you’ve long imagined. Out there, your only companions might be a Loggerhead Turtle or Giant Skink. Resident Marine Biologists bring the species to life, with “touch and learn” displays onboard and in the water. Divers and snorkellers will delight in some of the world’s finest untouched coral gardens. All guests on board will be rendered speechless by the pure azures of the waters on this UNESCO World Heritage wonderland.

Down Under Cruise and Dive

Down Under Cruise and Dive operate Australia's most luxurious reef vessel Evolution (a large, modern award-winning catamaran) cruising at high speed, providing a superior and comfortable ride in nearly all weather conditions. The two outer reef locations have been carefully selected for the clarity of the water and the abundance and diversity of marine life. Visiting two spectacular outer reef sites in one day you will spend maximum time in the water and minimum time travelling. Great for all ages! Take your experience to the next level and cruise to the reef in style via the private luxury Gold Class suite. Barbecue lunch, snorkelling equipment and tuition and onboard entertainment are included in the standard reef tour. Extra options include scuba diving, semi-submersible tour, helicopter scenic flights, marine biology lessons/tours and PADI dive courses.

Food Trail Tours

Food Trail Tours has been offering paddock (farm) to plate experiences for over 15 years. Therefore, they are the most experienced food and wine tour operator in Tropical North Queensland. Tours operate throughout the year, using a spacious, 20 seat, air-conditioned vehicle with large windows. Comprehensive plantation tours allow you hear the stories behind the foods, and taste the final products. The Atherton Tablelands Food, Wine and Rainforest Tour travels through Rainforest and and other dry sections of the World Heritage Wet Tropics.

Great Adventures Reef and Green Island Cruises

With Great Adventures you can explore the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef on any day of your holiday, be it from the spacious reef platform or at the tropical reef and rainforest surrounds of Green Island. Great Adventures' modern high speed catamarans depart from Cairns daily. Outer Reef: Guests of all ages, swimmers and non-swimmers alike can experience this World Heritage environment from the spacious reef activity platform. Snorkel and dive amongst beautiful coral gardens, or if you choose to stay dry, you can embrace the natural wonderland below in the underwater observatory, or from the comfort of the semi-submersible. Green Island: For a tropical island adventure, beautiful Green Island offers the unique opportunity for a combined reef and rainforest experience. On a Great Adventures fast cat, you'll be there in just 45 minutes and with three departures daily, it's perfect for a full or half day visit.

Hot Air Balloon Cairns

More visitors and locals choose to fly with Hot Air Balloon Cairns by far, than anywhere in Australia, so don't miss out, come along and experience it for yourself. See the fleet of balloons float up up and away in the wide open blue skies where the temperate climate is perfectly suited to ballooning. Offering a wide choice of tours, full refunds, flexible free drop-offs to Kuranda and Palm Cove as well as connections to Reef tours, available seven days a week. Original. Trusted. Professional and Australia's favourite ride. This is the ultimate scenic experience in the tropics! Only these balloon rides take off every day and truly, one of Australia's best kept secrets. Remember, book well in advance come flying with Australia's most popular balloon ride, as do visitors from over 50 countries that enjoy flights daily. Start your day by watching the sun rise over the rolling hills of the majestic Atherton Tablelands then experience your first balloon ride. Enjoy the 360 degree panorama, before coming gently back to earth. Afterwards, there's pack up games, free wi-fi, then drive back through the rainforest. Door to door transfers are included or connect after ballooning to Kuranda or the Reef.

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions are proud of their reputation for exceptional diving and extraordinary service. It is their attention to detail that sets them apart. Spoilsport's specially designed itineraries provide more diving and more relaxed diving. Quickly you will notice there is no rush or limit placed on your dive time. You benefit from the industry's best trained and qualified staff. Seven of the 12 person crew are dive masters or instructors. The three night 'Fly Dive Cod Hole' expedition departs Cairns every Monday and offers prime Ribbon Reef dive sites which suit every type of diver. The four night 'Fly Dive Coral Sea' expedition departs Cairns every Thursday and is geared towards the more adventurous diver and offers great diving in the remote Coral Sea. Both departures include a spectacular low-level reef flight just 180 metres above the Great Barrier Reef. The seven night 'Coral Sea Safari' expedition provides a combination of both three and four night expeditions and offers you the best Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea diving with no repeat dive sites except the world famous Steve's Bommie.

Mulga Bicycle Tours

Safe, serene and stress-free, Mulga Bicycle Tours offers guided fully supported small-group bicycle tours. Bask in the beautiful scenery, savour delicious food and wine, discover unforgettable stories and relax in top-notch accommodation. At Mulga, they organise and carry everything. All you have to do is ride. Their two connecting Queensland bicycle tours will take you along the Great Inland Way to Carnarvon Gorge and then, if you wish, across Cape York to the celebrated Karumba sunsets over the Gulf of Carpentaria. Passing through some of outback Queensland’s most spectacular landscapes these guided bike tours will provide you with an Australian cycling holiday you’ll never forget. You won’t ‘rough it’ on a Mulga Bicycle Tour. Delicious local produce, comfy beds, and a focus on safety (not on beating the clock), ensures a smooth ride for all their guests. And with a fully-stocked support vehicle following every day, there’s the comfort of knowing all your food, luggage and other necessities are right behind you whenever you need them. The support vehicle is also there any time you want a break from pedalling, so you can cycle as much or as little as you please. For details visit the Mulga Bicycle Tours website.

Nautilus Aviation - Cairns

For that once in a lifetime experience, every time, Nautilus Aviation offers one of the best ways to see the world’s natural wonders just outside their doorsteps. With over 25 years of commitment to exceptional service, Nautilus Aviation have over 25 state-of-the-art helicopters across its bases in Queensland (Cairns, Townsville, and Horn Island), the Northern Territory and New South Wales. Now also proudly operating Sydney’s ‘Westpac Surf Life Saver Rescue Helicopters’, Nautilus Aviation is one of the largest General Aviation helicopter company in Australia. Departing daily, in Queensland guests can jump on board a scenic flight, enjoy a reef and rainforest day package, escape to a secluded sand cay, cast a line with HeliFish, design a tour of their own or, for the more adventurous, take the controls and fly themselves! The sky is no longer the limit, it’s your new playground! Fly with Nautilus Aviation and 'Experience the Difference'.

North Queensland Wildscapes Phototours

Join Paul Curtis of North Queensland Wildscapes Phototours in a tour some of the less visited but extremely photogenic sites around the tropical north. Tours are varied to suit the customer and the prevailing weather and conditions, but foremost is the goal of finding some remarkable sites and returning with wonderful pictures. Tours can be half day, full day, or one or more nights away, to capture the golden hours of dusk and dawn. Paul can provide a window into the true north Queensland and assist you to get the most out of the opportunity. The experienced enthusiast/professional is catered for, as well as those new to outdoor photography. Paul can help you get the best out of your camera and the wonderful subjects presented. Maximum number is four adults so each trip is flexible to suit your needs. No rushing from place to place, or packing up unless you are satisfied. Costs are all inclusive except where indicated. You can be collected from anywhere from Cairns to the northern beaches (up to Palm Cove). Departure times depend a bit on your location, but are generally around 8am. There is no schedule where certain places are visited on certain days.

Ocean Free Sail to the Great Barrier Reef and Green Island - Cairns Premier Reef and Island Tours

"Ocean Free" is one of two personal Great Barrier Reef tours located in Cairns offered by the Cairns Premier Reef and Island Tours' team. Operating for over 22 years owners Perry and Taryn have found the right balance of care, fun and relaxation while ensuring safety and professionalism on their tours. Being Advanced Eco Certified products they are committed to practices to protect the reef and educate their guests in a fun way through informative snorkel and Glass Bottom Boat Tours. Experience an incredibly personal customer-oriented Great Barrier Reef tour on a beautiful, classic 16 metre sailing vessel "Ocean Free". With a maximum of 25 guests on any day the experience is close to chartering your own vessel but without the price tag of one. Choose to spend the whole day on the vessel which is moored on its exclusive reef site or divide your day between snorkelling the reef straight off the boat and time on the famous Green Island for those not wanting to spend all day on a vessel. For a truly customer-oriented, personal reef experience choose "Ocean Free" or sister vessel "Ocean Freedom". Both are must do tours to do in Cairns. You won't be disappointed!

Ocean Freedom to the Outer Edge Upolu Reef and Upolu Cay Reef- Cairns Premier Reef and Island Tours

Ocean Freedom is one of 2 most personal Great Barrier Reef Tours operated by the passionate Cairns Premier Reef and Island Tours' team. Experience 6 hrs of un-rushed activities at two very unique and different Great Barrier Reef sites. This luxury high speed 20 metre CAT travels to two stunning uncrowded reef locations - Wonder Wall on the Outer Edge of Upolu Reef and Upolu Cay Reef. Enjoy complimentary Adventure Drift Snorkel and Glass bottom boat tours . Interact respectfully and learn about the stunning marine life with your passionate crew. For over 22 years the owners Perry and Taryn have found the right balance of care, fun and relaxation while ensuring safety and professionalism on their tours. Being an Advanced Eco Certified product they are also committed to practices to protect the reef and educate their guests in a fun way through informative snorkel and Glass Bottom Boat Tours. For a truly customer-oriented, personal reef experience Ocean Freedom and/or sister vessel Ocean Free are must do tours in Cairns. You won't be disappointed!

Passions of Paradise

Get up close to a giant maori wrasse, follow a turtle over colourful coral gardens or swim with a reef shark when you dive, snorkel and sail the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns with Passions of Paradise. The locally owned company has more than 25 years' experience in operating personalised day tours to the Great Barrier Reef. A commitment to research, education and conservation of the World Heritage area has earned Passions many environmental awards. Your reef adventure begins with an informative briefing by an eco-guide before exploring two pristine Great Barrier Reef locations at moorings owned exclusively by Passions of Paradise. A choice of private outer Great Barrier Reef sites means Passions can select the location best suited to the weather, and with just 80 passengers on the air-conditioned 25-metre catamaran you will avoid the crowds as you snorkel or dive. The trip includes snorkelling equipment, a hot and cold buffet lunch freshly prepared by the onboard chef plus friendly trained staff to teach snorkelling techniques and educate you about the Great Barrier Reef. Optional activities include introductory or certified diving.

Pro Dive Cairns

Pro Dive Cairns is Australia's Premier PADI Dive School as well as a leading outer reef liveaboard dive trip operator. Since 1983 Pro Dive Cairns have developed an international reputation for quality, professionalism, safety and value, specialising in learn to dive courses and diver education from beginner to professional, three day liveaboard dive trips and retail sales of dive, snorkel and water sports equipment. Dive training courses are conducted at Pro Dive Cairns' Five Star PADI Training and Development centre featuring Cairns' deepest diver training pools and completed on the magnificent Great Barrier Reef aboard one of three premium dive boats. Dive courses and liveaboard trips commence six times a week.

Sunlover Reef Cruises - Arlington Reef

Sunlover Reef Cruises' award winning tours takes guests to explore two pristine outer reef locations, Moore and Arlington Reefs, and has long been committed to providing quality and enjoyable Great Barrier Reef experiences with the utmost respect for our environment. Our refurbished Marine Bases provide instant access to incredible marine life and corals, and are equipped with activities and facilities designed to create the ultimate reef experience for people of all ages and abilities – even non-swimmers. Arlington Reef is one of the largest & healthiest reef systems in the Great Barrier Reef and has had no commercial activity for over 20 years, leaving it as stunning example of a coral reef system untouched by mass tourism. The Arlington Special provides an express service straight to the reef for a full day experience during peak periods for visitors & on demand for groups. The soft corals surrounding our Marine Base are home to an array of stunning marine life, including turtles, giant clams and the little legend that is the clown fish.