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Coral Sea Dreaming

Great Barrier Reef Overnight Snorkel and Dive Sail Tour

Help code: 1CA2-331E

  • Overnight Dive and Snorkel Sail Tour
  • Exclusive access to 29 moorings on 9 reefs
  • Delicious homemade meals prepared onboard
  • Accommodation in cozy cabins
  • All snorkelling & quality dive equipment
  • Encounter turtles, small reef sharks and more!
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Discover the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef on this overnight cruise from Cairns. The 2 day/1 night Snorkel and Dive Cruise is suitable for snorkelers and divers visiting up to 9 different coral reefs including the Michaelmas Cay, Upolu Reef, Milln Reef, Flynn Reef. Set sail out of Cairns to the Outer Barrier Reef and swim through coral gardens, incredible bommies and encounter curious marine life such as turtles, small reef sharks and schools of pelagic fish.

Guests will sleep overnight on the Coral Sea Dreaming yacht in cosy cabins with fresh linen, bath towels and hot showers for a lucky 12 passengers. The sailing motorboat comes fully stocked with delicious homemade meals and drinks can be purchased from the bar. The vessel is fully equipped with all snorkelling and diving equipment plus wetsuits and stinger suits to take you on your Great Barrier Reef adventure. Enjoy unlimited snorkelling, guided tours and optional introductory and certified day and night dives. Experience a glorious sunset and sunrise over the Great Barrier Reef plus evening and early morning snorkel and dives- an experience that no day trip can provide. On your return to Cairns, enjoy a relaxing sail on the Coral Sea often accompanied by Dolphins and Whales (in season).

Tours depart from Cairns Marlin Marina on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 7.45am. Get in early and book your place on this overnight Great Barrier Reef adventure here!

Inclusions

  • 2 Day and 1 Night Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Sail Cruise Tour
  • Exclusive access to 29 moorings on 9 different reefs including; Three Sisters, The Whale, Little Tracey, Point Break, 5-Ways and two NEW moorings at Michaelmas Cay and Upolu Reef
  • All snorkelling & quality dive equipment (wetsuits/stinger suits)
  • 1 x free (10min) try dive offered to all first-time divers
  • Delicious homemade meals prepared onboard
  • Morning/afternoon tea and snacks
  • Hot showers - SHARED
  • Accommodation in cozy cabins with fresh linen & bath towels
  • Unlimited snorkelling - guiding upon request
  • Maximum of 12 passengers

Exclusions

  • Certified Dive and Introductory Dive - Please call us on 1300 935 532 to book diving packages
  • Hotel Transfers - Please contact the Operator (details will be on your voucher to book hotel transfers at least 48 hours prior to your tour)
  • Reef levy of $30 per person is payable on board (includes Environmental Management Charge, port charge and administration fee)
  • Bar facilities on board (no BYO)
  • Cool merchandise for sale and underwater camera hire

Time

  • Check in at 7.45am (departs 8am) at Berth 2, A Finger, Cairns Marlin Marina, Spence Street and returns at 4pm the 2nd Day
  • Days of Operation: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

What To Bring

  • One SMALL overnight bag
  • Storage available for additional luggage upon request
  • Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen & camera
  • Warm clothes during cooler months
  • Dive Card for Certified Divers

Additional Information

  • Minimum 4 pax to operate and maximum 12 pax per tour
  • General itinerary allows for 4 day certified and 1 night dive, and 3 day intro dives with an optional night intro (conditions apply) or 4th day intro. Snorkelling is available at all times except at night
  • This tour is suitable for people with a moderate level of fitness
  • The minimum age for scuba diving is 12 years
  • Small boat off-shore experience. Weather can vary and the Outer Reef is up to 50 kilometers from Cairns. Coral Sea Dreaming is an adventure tour suitable for those who can swim, snorkel or dive
  • All snorkelers and divers must complete a medical questionnaire on board the boat. Certain medical conditions (i.e. asthma, heart disease, epilepsy) may preclude some people from diving. Final decisions on SCUBA diving reside with our qualified instructors, who value your safety - our highest priority
  • Please Note - This tour is not suitable for children under the age of 4 years, non-swimmers and persons with mobility issues

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Cruise vessel subject to change without notice

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Board the boat for morning tea and greet the crew
  • Set sail as we motorsail to Cairns outermost reefs. Along the way we conduct introductory and certified dive briefings and a marine naturalist brief. There is plenty of time for passengers to mingle and relax, and get to know each other
  • Arrive at our first Outer Reef location (eg. Flynn Reef). This site will be chosen to suit the range of in-water experience of our passengers. Depths will range from 5 to 28 meters giving divers a wide range of options. For the snorkeler, you’ll experience extensive coral gardens with an unbelievable amount of marine life. Expect to encounter turtles, small reef sharks and schools of pelagic fish. Our in-water activities are followed by lunch and afternoon tea
  • On the Outer Reef large coral bommies sit alongside a reef wall making diving and snorkelling truly spectacular. This is usually where one of our staff will offer a guided snorkel tour for those interested in learning more about the reef
  • In the afternoon, the boat moves to its second location. This could be Milne Reef, home to the Three Sisters and The Whale
  • Depths range from 6 to 36 meters. An afternoon dive or snorkel opportunity is followed by preparations for nightfall. Passengers undertaking a night dive are briefed and the diving begins
  • Dinner is served once activities are completed (during winter, dinner may be served prior to night diving). After dinner, passengers enjoy tea and coffee, or purchase an ice cold beverage from our on board bar to enjoy your tall tales

Day 2

  • Awake to the dawn and watch the sun rise over the Coral Sea. Throw yourself into the warm tropical water and wake yourself up! This is the perfect time to snorkel or scuba dive as early morning is a fantastic time to see reef sharks, turtles and cruising pelagic fish. Breakfast is served
  • Boat departs to its next location. Generally this location will offer the more experienced diver the chance to have a great drift dive (if at The Edge or Pinnacles). Otherwise, expect a range of boomies and coral gardens at Hastings or Michaelmas Reef. Morning tea is served
  • After mid-morning, depending on weather, the boat will move to another site or reef. If the weather is nice, we commonly go to 5 ways - at Moore Reef. This is Cairns best swim through dive. If to the north, we may visit Pretty Patches or Upolu where the protection from stronger winds makes it easier to dive and snorkel
  • These are shallower reefs with lots of soft coral and isolated bommies. If you are “activity-out”, this is also an excellent time to catch up on some serious sun tanning or relax, read a book and take in the stunning views. Lunch is served before departure
  • Upon leaving our anchorage we hoist the sails. It is very common to have dolphins surf the bow wave and during the winter months, see humpback whales. The emphasis on the journey home is to relax and enjoy the company of new found friends. Finally, as we leave behind the wonders of the reef, passengers are treated to a spectacular view as we approach one of Australia’s most scenic harbours – mountains on the left and right rising high above a beautiful tropical city skyline
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