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Seastar Luxury Outer Great Barrier Reef Island and Reef Tour from Cairns

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Seastar Luxury Outer Great Barrier Reef Island and Reef Tour from Cairns
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Ensure a memorable experience on the Outer Great Barrier Reef on this full-day, all-inclusive cruise aboard a catamaran. Head for Michaelmas Cay and Hastings Outer Reef and plunge into the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef by snorkeling amongst its rich marine life. If you have selected the option, you can also include an introductory or certified dive. Includes morning and afternoon tea, as well as a buffet lunch.
  • Explore the Outer Great Barrier Reef aboard a luxury yacht
  • Plenty of time for snorkeling or, if selected, scuba diving
  • Includes lunch, as well as morning and afternoon tea
  • Snorkel or dive in confidence under the close supervision of your guides
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Luxury Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise
Morning & afternoon tea
Lunch
Guided Snorkel Tour at Both Michaelmas Cay and Hastings Reef
Mask, Snorkel and Fins
Wet-suit or stinger-suit (seasonal)
Buoyancy vest and noodle
On-board commentary
Glass bottom boat
Island access to world famous Michaelmas Cay
Random photos taken daily and Uploaded Facebook "Free Service"
Return Bus transfer - Cairns City Area or Northern Beaches and Outer Cairns City Area
Cold drinks and snacks
Introductory Diving and Certified Diving available as optional Extra
E Finger Marlin Marina , Marlin Parade, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Departure Point: Check in 7.30 am E Finger Cairns Marlin Marina on board Seastar Return at approx 4.15 pm

Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
3/29/2022 - 8/23/2023
Monday - Sunday:07:30 AM - 05:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Introductory Divers note, Some medical conditions, medications and recent operations can and may prevent you from Scuba Diving. You may require a Dive Medical to Australian Medical Standard AS4005-1.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 36 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Seastar Cruises
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Seastar Luxury Outer Great Barrier Reef Island and Reef Tour from Cairns?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Seastar Luxury Outer Great Barrier Reef Island and Reef Tour from Cairns.
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What is the social distancing policy during Seastar Luxury Outer Great Barrier Reef Island and Reef Tour from Cairns?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Seastar Luxury Outer Great Barrier Reef Island and Reef Tour from Cairns.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Seastar Luxury Outer Great Barrier Reef Island and Reef Tour from Cairns?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Seastar Luxury Outer Great Barrier Reef Island and Reef Tour from Cairns.

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  • "No, they aren’t they cheapest, but it’s a small group with lots of staff, the boat was well equipped and you get taken to the outer reef which is much quieter and the coral more intact." See review
  • "The experience with a smaller group is priceless; we took three different trips to visit multiple reefs, and this one was BY FAR the best experience!" See review
  • "Coffee and tea available all day - muffins in the morning and delicious lunch buffet." See review

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Spectacular day. The...
Shari_B
, Aug 2022
Spectacular day. The staff was great and ensured that everyone had a great time. Plenty of time to snorkel or dive and the views were amazing.
star-5
Best day EVER
Jane_H
, Jun 2022
Snorkelling the barrier reef - the staff - the whole day filled with the most amazing experiences - made one of the best days I have ever had with my Grandson - too awesome for mere words!
star-5
Loved IT!
Lily_T
, Jun 2022
What a beautiful day out on the reef. The team helped us out and guided us around the corals! They even got my son off the boat and he had an AMAZING time! THANK YOU
star-5
A great time!
Ashley_H
, Jun 2022
The crew and the experience was amazing! Among the plentiful fish and coral we saw a 2m shark and turtles! Would 100% rebook a tour with Seastar
star-4
Colourful
Wesley_S
, Nov 2021
The outer reef snorkeling colours and sea life were amazing. The staff were friendly. The boat could do with some maintenance
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing experience
Summagh
, Jun 2021
Everyone in the crew was so friendly, helpful and full of life. We were also aloud the freedom to go off in the snorkelling zones ourselves and still feel safe to do so having heaps of crew on the boat watching over us. This was the best experience. The group of people snorkelling was kept to a smaller amount which made it a lot more fun.
star-5
Have a go.
Robert_H
, May 2021
Wonderful experience. Friendly and professional staff. Excellent equipment, service and catering. Lots to see and do and you don’t gave to be a good swimmer.
star-5
Brilliant
Leanne_R
, Mar 2021
What a fabulous day. Well organised crew. Got to swim with a reef shark & turtles. Highly recommend. Had the best day. Thankyou Seastar.
star-5
Strongly recommended reef day tour
Jason_C
, Oct 2020
Very enjoyable tour. 2 good reef sites of different aspects, friendly crews and well organised. 2 hours stay at each reef site to be very good arrangement. Strongly recommended.
star-5
Once in a lifetime experience
Joanna_C
, Mar 2020
I am so glad I spent so much time researching who to visit GBR with. Seastar are without shadow of a doubt the best company. No, they aren’t they cheapest, but it’s a small group with lots of staff, the boat was well equipped and you get taken to the outer reef which is much quieter and the coral more intact. They take photos of you throughout the day which are available to you for free (which is incredible!) Lunch was delicious and varied options. Was such a great day and one I’ll never forget.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hello Joanna, Thank you for your lovely review. We love sharing the GBR with our new visitors every day. It makes it easy to enjoy what we do have such a beautiful locations to work with. We hope it wasn't a once in a life time trip and you have the opportunity to visit again soon.
star-5
Fabulous experience
Jeanie_B
, Jan 2020
The trip out on the Reef with two places to snorkel was fantastic. The staff each had such a sweet considerate way of dealing with things. They also gave the opportunity to have perscription goggles which helped enhance the underwater experience even more.They went all out with the food with a nice variety of healthy options which was delightful. Stinger suits were provided for all . Photos were taken by one of them to assure all of us if our cameras didnt work that at least we would have their photos. Loved every bit of it. wanted to go out and do it again! Thank you Seastar. Keep up the good work.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Hi and thank you for taking the time to give such a great review on your day with Seastar Cruises. Our staff are very passionate about the reef and love to pass on their knowledge. It is great to hear that you enjoyed the options for lunch. We would love to have you travel with Seastar if you make it back to Cairns.
star-5
Great Day Trip
Steven_M
, Jan 2020
This was our second reef tour of the week and by far the best. We had great weather and a super crew that was very helpful in us achieving a wonderful scuba outing. We saw turtles, rays, tons of fish and the most coral ever. The food was good and everything was to schedule. I would do it again in a heartbeat. Highly recommended
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Hi Steven, Thank you for posting a review. I think everyone wants to go to the reef and see turtles so it looks like we fulfilled that plus more. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your day and would love to have you travel with Seastar again if you ever get back to Cairns.
star-5
Seastar
Laurie_H
, Dec 2019
This was a magnificent trip! The staff was professional and so knowledgeable about the Reef! It’s obvious, it’s their passion! I snorkeled and dove and it was so awesome! Best trip ever! The boat was clean and the food was yummy! My almost 87 year old mom was well taken care of!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Thank you Laurie for posting the review and age is no barrier to the enjoyment you receive from snorkelling on the great barrier reef. We are glad to hear you had a fantastic day.
star-5
Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!
Mauricia_M
, Dec 2019
A wonderful experience from booking via VIATOR until drop off / farewell by dock by Seastar Team! Great reef locations, very professional team to make sure we were guided throughout the day in a superb environment! Excellent, a must to experience The beautiful Great Barrier Reef. The experience with a smaller group is priceless; we took three different trips to visit multiple reefs, and this one was BY FAR the best experience! Archie and Sebastian - above and beyond! Thanks to Seastar for a unique experience in Cairns/Australia!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Wow thank you for such an outstanding review. The amount of people on each boat certainly makes a big difference to the experience that you have. We are glad you enjoyed our trip and we hope to have you travel with us again.
star-5
Wonderful experience, great staff
Danielle N
, Nov 2019
Had an amazing time on Seastar snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef! Staff was super friendly and accommodating. The boat was spacious and clean. The tour itself was nice and intimate, much smaller than other tours we had the options of choosing. They also take pictures throughout the entire trip and post them all online you to enjoy and download later.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Hi Daniell, It is always great to hear you enjoyed your day out with Seastar. The advantage of only having 36 people on board makes it a more personalised tour. We hope to see you again one day.
star-5
Fabulous trip of a lifetime!!!
Glynis_G
, Oct 2019
Great crew!! Very helpful. This was the best possible tour for all levels of snorkeling ability. Our group of 6 had experienced and first time snorkeler’s. They took the time to help all- plus we were all over 50+ yrs old. Coffee and tea available all day - muffins in the morning and delicious lunch buffet. Glass bottom boat was informative and a nice touch. I would highly recommend this trip and crew. Thank you for a great day!!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thank you for taking the time to review Seastar Cruises. It is great to hear you enjoyed your time out on the Great Barrier Reef with us and are taking home lots of memories from your trip of a lifetime. The crew love sharing their knowledge on the glass bottom boat tours. Enjoy the rest of your travels.
star-5
Fabulous day on the reef
Sara_T
, Oct 2019
Really enjoyed our day. The team were very professional with safety and what to expect and also fun, lively and upbeat. Locations excellent - we snorkelled and loved both. Informative talks, fab lunch and great weather. Thanks all for a memorable trip
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hi Sara, The benefit of going with a small group is the staff have time to spend with the guests. Our staff are very passionate about the reef and love to be able to share their knowledge when they take the guided snorkel tours. We are pleased that you had a memorable day out with Seastar Cruises.
star-5
Great time!
Jodie R
, Oct 2019
the staff was very knowledgeable, loved their work, and they were all very kind and helpful. They were very attentive and accommodating. They dove to show us all kinds of creatures and different types of coral. They took plenty of pictures that were then put on Facebook for free for us to share with our friends. It was an absolutely wonderful day. We could use a swim vest and a noodle if we wanted to. There was a ring to hold onto to follow the staff team leader in the water. . I can't say enough, it was amazing. Thank you Seastar.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thank you for the amazing review. Sounds like you had a great time at the reef with us. We would love to have you travel with us again if you make it back to Cairns.
star-5
Exceed expectations
Kailing_G
, Aug 2019
The tour was well run, food was good, and proper briefings were conducted. We were the only boat at Michael cay in the morning and it helped that we were a small group of 37. It was an amazing experience to snorkel and see the biodiversity underwater. We learnt a lot from Matt about the corals. And the highlight was we spotted a few whales on our way back by chance. Couldn't have asked for more.
star-5
Absolutely brilliant
Natalie A
, Jul 2019
Staff ran a tight ship and everything was efficient and well organised! The staff were friendly and knowledgeable, lunch was hot and plentiful. We were the first boat out to the Cay so had the space to ourselves for a while. I appreciated the beach launch for our first swim to get used to it. Loved the glass bottom boat tour to hear more about what we could see. All equipment provided, we even saw turtles! You definitely need to go, it's a great day! Highly recommend, it was wonderful.

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