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Starting From AU$480.00 All inclusive price
Starting From AU$480.00 All inclusive price

Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard Tour - Snorkeling Trip

Snorkel the Reef. Was $440 now $320 New special for 2018. That's Adults at Child rates! Departing Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, we arrive at the Outer Barrier Reefs for unlimited snorkeling time.

The 2 Day / 1 Night Snorkeler

New online booking special for 2018. That's Adults at Child rates!


Our specialty!! Of the 150 plus tours we operate per year, the 1500+ passengers per year who travel with us, this is 80% of all our departures.   Both the Certified Diver and Snorkeling / Introductory Diver Trips are on the same vessel: S.V. Rum Runner. We average 50% Snorkelers and 50% Certified divers per trip.  So bring the whole family.

Departing Marlin Marina, Cairns, Queensland, by 7.30 am you get to spend over 24 hours on the Great Barrier Reef itself - 11.00 am till 11-12.00 the next day! That's 2 full days and 1 night aboard, "Sleeping on the Reef". Returns Cairns approx. 3.00 pm next day.

Departing Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, we arrive at the Outer Barrier Reefs (Thetford or Moore Reefs) for up to 4 different snorkeling sites. We love these reefs the best due to their great coral coverage and fish life. Depth to the top of the reefs range from less then a meter to 3m dependent on the weather and tides. Perfect for snorkeling.

This tour caters very well for swimmers and non swimmers, those who have not dived and what to give it a go, and to all wanting to say they have snorkeled and scuba dived the Great Barrier Reef.

A Snorkel and Introductory Dive Briefing is given during the journey out and we are ready to snorkel or dive by the time we arrive at our first Site. All you need to do is grab your gear and jump into the water to see the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef.

Day 1 : Snorkel Day 1
Day 1: Cairns to Outer Reef. Passengers meet at the company office (Rum Runner - Marlin Marina, E finger, Berth 3) by 7.00 am for an approximate 7.30 am departure. Passengers are briefed as to the itinerary and safety aspects of the trip and boat, and the equipment is organized, making it ready for your arrival at the Reef. Passengers are welcome to join in, grab a line and hoist a sail alongside the crew. From 11.00 am : Arrive at Thetford Reef. 4 dives and snorkeling sessions. Arriving at Thetford Reef the Dive Instructor will brief everyone on general dive safety and details of the first dive site. Snorkeling will be tailored to suit individual experience levels. If anyone is a bit rusty one of the crew will accompany him or her on their first snorkel if they wish. It is time for some of the best snorkeling in the world; Sites include The Labyrinth, the Lagoon, Hurricane Bay, Coral Gardens ; from shallow coral gardens, isolated pinnacles to caverns, swim through's and spectacular walls. Dinner is served as you watch the sun setting over the mountains behind Cairns. Guests can relax, have a few social drinks and get to know each other as the certified divers get ready for the night dive. Evenings are a relaxed affair, with just a chat and a few drinks on deck while at anchor in the calm water of the company's protected night moorings. In calm clear weather, the stars over the Great Barrier Reef are an awesome sight.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 : Snorkel Day 2
Day 2 mornings: 2 dives and snorkel sessions are on offer. An invigorating morning dive and snorkel, before a hearty breakfast sees the start to a day of snorkeling & exploring. Last site includes swim-through's and caverns, then a quick lunch break before heading off before noon. Now before departing the Reef for a sail to the tropical city of Cairns, finish the trip with the a couple of drinks going over the photos and videos with your fellow divers and snorkelers. Day 2 afternoon: Return to Cairns. As you sail back through the Barrier Reef, you can watch out for dolphins or whales, and see Queensland's tallest mountains. just gorgeous, or you can just relax on deck until you feel like getting up, laying around while the boat sails back into Cairns. Arrive at Cairns at 3.00 pm . Later in the evening meet with your new friends and fellow divers for a night out in Cairns.
Meals :Lunch


Departs: 7.30am from E finger Marlin Marina, make own way, boarding from 7am, departs Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday.

Returns: 3.00-3.30pm next day

Extra Costs 


  • first introductory dive $120
  • consecutive intro dive $45
  • consecutive 3 dive intro package $90 (save $45)
  • Trip Photo CD
  • Bar Purchases