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SAILING SCHOONER TO THE GREAT BARRIER REEF WITH SNORKEL OR DIVE OPTIONS

Per Person (Snorkel only) $209 USD
Children (Ages 4-14) $137 USD
Children ages 3 and under $0 USD
Per Person (Discover scuba with introductory dive) $305 USD
Per Person (1 tank dive for certified divers) $268 USD
Per Person (2 tank dive for certified divers) $305 USD
R/T transportation from Cairns Inner City hotels $19 USD
R/T transportation from North Beaches hotels $27 USD
*Selections and optional choices will be made during checkout

SAILING SCHOONER TO THE GREAT BARRIER REEF WITH SNORKEL OR DIVE OPTIONS

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Beautiful boat, small number of passengers, delicious food, great crew. Ah yes, this is the way to see the Great Barrier Reef.

From the moment you step on board this 52' sailing schooner, you'll know you have made the right decision for your visit to the magnificent Great Barrier Reef. With a maximum of only 25 people on board, the attentive crew will ensure your safety and comfort. Starting off with coffee, tea, pastries and fresh fruit, the adventure begins. Get into the spirit by helping to hoist the sails or kick back and enjoy the ride. Your choice.

When booking, you will have the choice to snorkel, learn to scuba or perhaps if you are a certified diver, a one or two tank dive. This is the perfect opportunity to try something new! The professional instructors will help you feel at ease and provide all the essential equipment and information for a first time diver. Don't worry, the guide will be right by your side for the entire dive, ensuring a wonderful experience.

Your friendly staff will supply high quality snorkel equipment, buoyancy vests and wetsuits (if needed), along with snorkeling instructions for those who are new to this activity. Upon arrival at their private mooring at one of the best kept secrets on the Great Barrier Reef, it's time to slip into the water and prepare to be amazed by the incredible beauty of the life below. Marvel at the uniqueness of the coral. Wonder at the wide variety of sizes, shapes and colors of creatures such as the coral trout, batfish, spangled emperors, yellow-tailed fusiliers, the giant trevally, sea turtles and even the harmless black-tipped reef shark. You won't want to leave.

After a splendid time in the water, you'll re-board the boat for the sail to Green Island. Snorkeling can work up quite an appetite and a sumptuous buffet lunch awaits, complete with Tasmanian smoked salmon, prawns, chicken, salads and breads awaits, served up by your friendly crew.

Arrival at Green Island will be a lovely surprise. The tender will take you right to the shore of this 6,000 year old coral cay. Home to more than 120 species of birds and plants, Green island is the only coral cay in the Great Barrier Reef that contains a rainforest. You can choose to stroll around the island, snorkel a bit more or purchase one of the activities offered, such as a glass bottom boat ride or visit Marineland Melanesia.

Back on board, take a seat and put your feet up while your crew provides cheese, crackers, cake and a complimentary glass of wine. To ease you back to "the real world", your captain turns off the engines for a true sailing experience.

This company has received an Advanced Eco Certification, so you can be comfortable knowing they do everything they can to protect this special environment.

  • This Tour Includes:
  • Option to purchase round trip transportation from Cairns area hotels
  • Complimentary tea and coffee, Danish pastries and fresh fruit
  • Exclusive morning at the Great Barrier Reef
  • Top Quality Snorkel Gear (mask, fins, snorkel)
  • Buoyancy snorkel vests, wetsuits and lycra suits
  • Snorkel Instruction
  • Sail to Green Island
  • Option in experience - snorkel, an introductory scuba lesson or 1 or 2 tank dive for certified divers
  • Large smorgasbord lunch
  • Fruit, cheese, crackers, cake and a glass of wine on the return trip
  • Reef levy included in cost of the tour

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Departures (local time)

  • 7:15 AM (9 hrs) 7:15am check in for an 8am departure. Trip returns at 5pm.

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

See Special Instructions Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• Hotel guests may choose to make their own way to the departure point (specific instructions will appear on your voucher) or purchase round trip transfers at the time of booking. If you choose the transfer option, you will be picked up in the lobby of your hotel. Cruise ship passengers will need to walk 5-10 minutes to the meeting point or take a short taxi ride ($5-10).
• Wear or bring a swimsuit, non-slip shoes that can get wet, a towel, hat, sunglasses, and reef safe sunblock.
• Bring warm clothing for the end of the day, or depending on the season you may want to bring a raincoat.
• Bring money or credit card for purchasing additional activities on board or at Green Island.

Restrictions

• This tour typically only works for hotel guests, though we can offer this program to cruise ship passengers if your ship overnights in Cairns and departs later in the evening.
• Cruise ship passengers (and hotel guests) may privately charter this boat if the time of the tour does not work with your scheduled time in port. Please contact ShoreTrips for pricing.
• This tour includes the $20 Reef Levy. You will not be charged any additional fees for this on board the boat.
• Guests must be mobile enough to climb on board the boat, to walk on a moving boat and to get off the boat and onto a tender and from the tender back onto the boat.
• Certain medical conditions may prevent you from participating. You should be in reasonably good physical condition. No one who appears to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be allowed to dive.
• Divers will be asked to complete a PADI Discover Scuba Diving Participant Statement. Some medical restrictions apply. After your booking is confirmed, you will be provided with a link to the PADI medical questionnaire. If you answer yes to any questions you will not be able to participate.
• Certified divers must bring their C card.