Cairns, Port Douglas & The Wild North Great Barrier Reef

Home to two World Heritage-listed natural wonders and boasting a unique environment where Australia's largest rainforest, the Daintree Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns and Port Douglas are natural hotspots for tropical experiences and reef-based adventure. There’s enough reef, sun, and wildlife to keep you occupied for a lifetime.

  • Get a birds-eye view from a scenic helicopter flight and soar above the Daintree Rainforest and Ribbon Reefs before touching down on your very own sand cay on the outer-reef for a picnic lunch.
  • For the adventure of a lifetime, join a research expedition and swim with dwarf minke whales.
  • Go on a coral reef walkabout underwater and keep your hair dry! With tours available from Green Island and Moore Reef, it’s an amazing way to see coral creatures and marine life up close.
  • Take the plunge and learn to dive on the Great Barrier Reef. For the ultimate experience, combine your course with an all-inclusive liveaboard trip to the outer reefs and experience what rush hour traffic is like on the largest reef in the world.

The Wild North

For those who have already been there, done that and got the t-shirts, the reef’s Wild North offers endless opportunities to get in touch with your inner Bear Grylls.

  • Experience game fishing and discover the hidden cultural treasures of the Torres Strait Islands. The Great Barrier Reef off Cape York is also the place to be for truly amazing sport fishing, with northern bluefin tuna, dog-tooth tuna, yellowfin tuna, marlin, and huge Spanish mackerel up for grabs.
  • Feed the resident giant potato cods that weigh 150kg, witness a live shark feed on Osprey Reef or in the winter season watch pods of minke whales and dolphins as they frolic in the warm water.
  • Dive the world famous waters of the Cod Hole at Lizard Island and visit the remote Haggerstone Island, accessible only by air from a neighbouring Island.

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Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises

Multiple Locations
Green Island is a beautiful coral cay on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel, dive and swim in the warm island waters, view the spectacular reef from a semi-submarine or glass bottom boat, explore the island or just relax on the white sandy beach.

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions

Cairns, Cairns Area
Mike Ball Dive Expeditions are proud of their reputation for exceptional diving and extraordinary service. It is their attention to detail that sets them apart. Spoilsport's specially designed itineraries provide more diving and more relaxed diving.

Calypso Reef Cruises

Multiple Locations
Calypso Reef Cruises offers family cruises, reef tours and dive trips to the Great Barrier Reef for snorkelling and scuba diving. Agincourt Reef - Explore the very outer Great Barrier Reef in luxury and style with Calypso.

Ocean Free Sail to the Great Barrier Reef and Green Island - Cairns Premier Reef and Island Tours

Multiple Locations
"Ocean Free" is one of two personal Great Barrier Reef tours located in Cairns offered by the Cairns Premier Reef and Island Tours' team. Operating for over 22 years owners Perry and Taryn have found the right balance of care, fun and relaxation while ensuring safety and professionalism on their tours.

Wavelength Reef Cruises

Multiple Locations
Wavelength Reef Cruises are a dedicated eco-snorkelling company, visiting three different Outer Reef sites for a truly unique day out. They are passionate about the reef and their knowledgeable crew provide personalised attention to their 48 passengers.

Spirit of Cairns

Multiple Locations
Spirit of Cairns is locally owned and operated by a company with more than 30 years experience in taking visitors to the Great Barrier Reef, on day tours, where you can learn to scuba dive and extended liveaboard scuba diving expeditions.

Nautilus Aviation - Cairns

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For that once in a lifetime experience, every time, Nautilus Aviation offers one of the best ways to see the world’s natural wonders just outside their doorsteps. With over 25 years of commitment to exceptional service, Nautilus Aviation have over 25 state-of-the-art helicopters across its bases in Queensland (Cairns, Townsville, and Horn Island), the Northern Territory and New South Wales.

Reef Magic Cruises

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Australian owned Reef Magic Cruises fast catamaran ensures less time is spent travelling and longer actually at the reef - a full five hours. Suitable for all ages and swimming abilities from the novice snorkeller to the most discerning diver.

Mission Beach Dive

Multiple Locations
Welcome to Mission Beach Dive where they will create your Outer Great Barrier Reef Experience! They can help you whether you wish to take your family snorkelling, a couples special dive or snorkel charter, advance your dive training and more.

Quicksilver Cruises

Multiple Locations
Experience the Great Barrier Reef with Quicksilver, Australia's most awarded reef cruise company. Choose from Quicksilver’s multi-award winning Outer Reef Cruise to the renowned Agincourt Reef where you’ll find the widest range of reef activities suitable for families and all ages, swimmers and non-swimmers included.
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