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The Best Snorkeling Tours from Cairns Beaches

It’s one thing to find yourself in tropical Cairns Beaches. It’s another to realize that Cairns Beaches are only minutes away from the Great Barrier Reef – some of the most beautiful reefs in the world.


There are dozens of incredible tour groups willing to take you out on snorkeling, diving, and rafting excursions and each promises a different level of excitement. Here are some of the best to snorkeling tours departing from Cairns Beaches.

ReefQuest Day Snorkeling


The folks at ReefQuest will make sure you are delivered to the Great Barrier Reef in no more than 90 minutes, ensuring you have plenty of time to snorkel and explore. Day tours with ReefQuest include morning tea, a buffet lunch, and a guided snorkeling tour complete with wetsuits and flotation devices. When you’re not snorkeling you’ll enjoy lounging either on the boat’s enormous sun deck or inside the air conditioned salon. Additional snacks, beverages, and cameras are available for purchase on the cruise.

Tusa Dive Snorkeling and Dive Trips

Great Barrier Reef Fish swimming near coral

The folks at Tusa Dive have been guiding snorkeling and dive trips throughout the Great Barrier Reefs for over 20 years. The tour group offers visitors a choice of over 15 different snorkeling locations throughout the reefs and snorkelers will be provided with wetsuits, diving masks, snorkels, and fins. You’ll have a tour crew member in the water with you at all times, ensuring that less experienced snorkelers are always at ease.

Deep Sea Divers Den

Great Barrier Reef - Blue Coral

The Deep Sea Divers Den has been a fixture in Cairns for more than a quarter century. During that time it has grown into one of the most respected snorkeling and diving companies in North Queensland. This particular organization has 14 permanent moorings scattered throughout the reefs, ensuring that they cause as little damage to the natural reef formations as possible. Deep Sea Divers Den specializes in not only daily trips but overnight as well.

Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises

gt. barrier reef (agincourt) - snorkling launch pad 2

The Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruise is a true adventure. Your day will begin with a cruise around Green Island, a small coral cay set in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef. The island itself is considered a national park and you will have two hours to explore the island itself before choosing between a snorkeling excursion or a glass bottom boat tour. The combo package includes a ride on the incredible Cairns Skyrail, promising you stunning views of the World Heritage listed rainforests surrounding Cairns Beaches and nearby Karanda. Your tour will also include transportation to and from your hotel.

Where to Stay in Cairns Beaches

If you’re traveling to Cairns Beaches for a snorkeling adventure you’ll want to treat yourself to accommodations in some of the area’s finest beachfront hotels so that you can enjoy your stay both before and after your excursion.

Blue Lagoon Resort Trinity Beach

One of the most popular in the area is the Blue Lagoon Resort Trinity Beach. The hotel itself is located a mere two minutes away from Trinity Beach and is the perfect resort destination for families and couples alike. Hotel accommodations include a pool, gym, library, and even a book exchange.

On the Beach Holiday Apartments Cairns

Another favorite amongst travelers is the On the Beach Holiday Apartments Cairns. These incredible suites are a great option for families traveling with children or for larger travel groups. Your ocean or garden view apartment will include a kitchen, air conditioning, and all of the modern amenities you’ve come to expect from a Cairns Beaches hotel. You’ll also have access to the property’s pool and barbeque areas.

Roydon Beachfront Apartments

The Roydon Beachfront Apartments Trinity Beach is wonderful as well. These incredible Cairns Beaches apartments are located only 15 minutes away from the center of the main city of Cairns and offer visitors access to not only snorkeling but a number of other incredible Cairns attractions including the Skyrail Cableway and Wild World Tropical Zoo. Each unit is equipped with a full kitchen and there is a refreshing pool on site as well.

Sea Change Beachfront Apartments

If you’d like to try one of the area’s finest 5-star resorts you should consider the Sea Change Beachfront Apartments. The hotel is popular amongst travelers from all walks of life, including those traveling for business and pleasure. The hotel is within minutes of the Daintree Tropical Rainforest, Kuranda Scenic Train, and beautiful Port Douglas – all wonderful destinations for you to consider after you finish snorkeling.

Snorkelers and divers from around the world flock to Cairns Beaches each year to experience some of the best underwater adventures in existence today. Make sure you add at least a short snorkeling excursion to your itinerary the next time you’re near Cairns Beaches. It’s an experience you’ll always remember.

4 Comments for "The Best Snorkeling Tours from Cairns Beaches"

mySardinia says on December 2nd, 2009 at 11:57 am:

oh you should all try Alghero Sardinia… they have the best diving spot in the whole of Italy. I’ve been there and the place is magical. PROMISE!


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