Tusa Reef Tours

Reef Trip

Tusa isn’t your ordinary Cairns reef trip. It’s a unique chance to immerse yourself in the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef – an experience enhanced by our local knowledge, innovative technology and responsible operational decisions that respect the environment.

Experience the ultimate Great Barrier Reef snorkel adventure with Tusa Reef Tours and discover the breathtaking beauty of the outer reef on this exclusive, all-inclusive snorkel day tour from Cairns. Join us for a deluxe Great Barrier Reef snorkelling excursion from Cairns and immerse yourself in the serene and mesmerizing underwater world, rich with vibrant hues and diverse marine life.

Limited to a maximum of just 40 guests, our snorkelling day trip offers the highest level of service, with the lowest guest-to-crew ratios of any snorkelling trip from Cairns. From the moment your step aboard, our highly trained and knowledgeable crew and marine guides will be on hand to ensure an exceptional day on the Great Barrier Reef and serve you a sumptuous breakfast to get you ready for the day.

Your journey to the outer reef will be a short 90-minute voyage, during which you’ll enjoy a full briefing from our Marine Guides on the activities for the day. With up to five hours of adventure out on the reef, your captain will select the best two snorkelling sites nestled within the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Based on the day’s conditions, we will select the most favourable locations, ensuring a breathtaking experience among an abundance of tropical fish (where you can find your own Nemo), pristine coral formations, and majestic sea turtles.

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Calypso

Reef Trip

Explore the very outer Great Barrier Reef in luxury and style with Calypso. – Visit 3 outer Great Barrier Reef sites – All snorkelling equipment included – Morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea included – Tea, coffee & filtered water are available all day – Wide stern decks & submersible platforms – Guided snorkel tours & an interpretive reef talk

Enjoy the peace and serenity of the Great Barrier Reef with Calypso Snorkel, a dedicated snorkelling vessel departing Port Douglas daily.

Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef is one of the most incredible experiences a person can enjoy. With much of the reef’s colour and marine life visible within a couple of metres of the water’s surface, snorkelling offers all swimmers, regardless of their skill level, the opportunity to see this diverse eco-system up close.

Float effortlessly over rich, colourful coral gardens teeming with life from the cute and playful clownfish to the graceful beauty of the green turtle. Giant clams, stingrays, maori wrasse, cods and colourful parrotfish, are just some of the hundreds of species you will encounter during your visit to Opal Reef with Calypso.

Inclusions

  • Full day outer Great Barrier Reef snorkelling cruise
  • Morning, afternoon tea and lunch
  • Tea and coffee available throughout the day
  • Interpretive reef talk and guided snorkelling tour
  • All snorkelling equipment
  • Wetsuits, lycra suits and prescription masks

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Quicksilver

Reef Trip

Agincourt Reef, a magnificent ribbon reef where you can experience first hand the magic that is the Great Barrier Reef.

Choose to dive, snorkel, or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a Quicksilver semi-sub, just one meter underwater. Watch the fish feeding from Quicksilver’s unique underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory, or fly in a helicopter over the reef.

Included in your day:

  • Morning and afternoon teas on board.
  • Reef presentation by marine biologist.
  • Hot and cold tropical smorgasbord lunch.
  • All snorkelling equipment provided.
  • Return Wavepiercer cruise from Port Douglas
  • Qualified lifeguard supervision
  • Underwater observatory fish & coral viewing
  • Coral viewing by semi-submersible vessels
  • Fish feeding [conducted by crew]

Our luxury air-conditioned coaches tour Cairns and Northern Beaches passengers along one of Australia’s most beautiful scenic coastal drives with a full commentary. A pick-up service is available from your accommodation. Times will be advised upon confirmation of booking.

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Ocean Freedom

Reef Trip

Travel with style and speed on our comfortable 20 metre motor catamaran. Ocean Freedom provides you with a first class way to experience two unique Great Barrier Reef sites, without the crowds.

Enjoy truly personalised service. Our crew will connect with you to ensure you have the best reef experience possible. Ocean Freedom is the only boat in Cairns offering a full 6 hours on the reef, meaning there’s absolutely no rush in the day. You get to enjoy all the complimentary water activities, whilst still having time to relax and enjoy a long lazy lunch. Experience an adventure drift snorkel tour with our attentive crew and jump on board for an informative glass bottom boat tour.

If interested in taking your first ever scuba dive experience with us, Ocean Freedom’s unique 2 divers to 1 instructor ratio ensures your comfort and care. If you’re a certified diver, enjoy a small personal group with complimentary guide, so you can just relax and enjoy the sights! This 5 star tour visits 2 great and unique destinations. The crystal clear, shallow waters and surrounding reef of Upolu Cay and “Wonder Wall” on the outer edge of Upolu Reef. Explore the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef with us, for a simply superb day in paradise.

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Ocean Free

Reef Trip

Ocean Free offers you the opportunity to experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef as it was intended. Ocean Free is the only operator in Cairns to offer a personal sailing reef and island tour.

Sail, snorkel and scuba dive aboard personalised tours with fun and professional crew. Explore Green Island in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park with Ocean Free. Whether or not you have previous snorkel or dive experience, let us show you the incredible underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef and this stunning tropical island paradise. Sail Ocean Free for that personal touch.

8.5 Hours total. Ocean Free departs at 8am and returns at 4:30pm

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Reef Magic

Reef Trip

Experience the thrill of Scuba Diving without getting your hair wet. Perfect for the non-swimmer.

  • All snorkelling equipment including personal flotation devices in adult/child sizes
  • On board Marine Biology presentation/talk en-route to the reef
  • Semi-Submersible tours with interactive commentary
  • Glass Bottom Boat tours with interactive commentary
  • Fish feeding and identification session with our Marine Biologist
  • Underwater Observatory
  • Use of Sundeck, Fresh Water Showers and Changing Rooms
  • Morning/Afternoon Tea plus a full hot/cold buffet lunch with vegetarian options
  • Tea/Coffee and drinking water is available free of charge throughout the day
  • Access to reference materials on the reef
  • German & French speaking crew are available to assist international visitors

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AquaQuest

Reef Trip

Experience the Great Barrier Reef on a day trip from Cairns. Whether you’re a snorkeller, first time diver or certified diver, you’ll spend a magical day with Divers Den.

Discover the marine wonderland of the outer Great Barrier Reef, just a 90-minute boat trip from Cairns. We’ll spend five hours at the reef and visit two stunning dive sites. These are expertly chosen from our exclusive moorings on the Norman, Saxon and Hastings reefs to bring you the best quality conditions and diverse marine life, from colourful corals to inquisitive Nemos, turtles, stingrays and giant Maori Wrasse.

During your Great Barrier Reef day trip, enjoy our large sun decks, air conditioned indoor spaces and hot fresh water showers. At lunch, help yourself to a freshly prepacked lunch provided.

Departure/Return Location: B Finger, Cairns Marlin Marina
Duration: 8am – 4.30pm

We’ll visit two sites on the outer Great Barrier Reef, selecting the best options on the day to show you the most colourful and diverse sights in these warm, clear waters.

  • Five hours at the outer reef
  • Up to three dives/snorkel sessions at two exclusive sites
  • Snorkelling and scuba equipment, air fills, tuition and briefings
  • FREE Nitrox fills (subject to availability)
  • Wetsuits/lycra suits
  • Free prescription masks
  • Guided snorkel tours
  • Pre-packed picnic lunch
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Fresh chilled drinking water
  • Tea and coffee
  • Hot fresh water showers