Upolo Cay Outer Barrier Reef Snorkel & Dive
Cruise Upolu Cay
Upolu Cay is a Coral Sand Cay situated 30 kilometres from Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef and is the perfect location with protected, shallow waters from which to explore the reef. You can learn to snorkel from the sand cay and for those who are experienced snorkelers can explore the surrounding reefs admiring the beauty of the colours of the corals and marine life. Those who wish to scuba dive can also do this. Cruises you to Upolu Cay in less than an hour aboard a new specially designed state of the art catamaran. The first Great Barrier Reef tour to arrive at Upolu Cay, so they can offer you over one hour to explore the Cay and surrounding reef uninterrupted. You may even want to try your first ever scuba dive, or for the certified diver, enjoy being guided by our qualified instructors on some of the best dive sites on the reef.
Your day to Upolu Cay will include
- Adventure Drift Snorkelling Tour with Marine Naturalist
- Reef Talk by Marine Naturalist
- Glass bottom Boat Tour
- Snorkelling Tuition
- Top quality Snorkelling equipment (masks, fins, snorkel)
- Buoyancy snorkel vests
- Transfers to and from Upolu Cay
- Lycra suits /or wet suits (depending on season for Jelly Fish)
- 2 Reef destinations on the day including Upolu Cay + outer edge Upolu Reef (best kept secret)
- 5 full hours on the Reef
- Tea and coffee all day whilst boat is stationary.
- Large smorgasbord lunch with seafood
- Platter tropical fruit, cheese and crackers, assorted cake served during day (Refreshments,
- Licensed bar, and quality merchandise available for purchase)
- Coach transfers
- Scuba diving — Introductory/Certified
- Refreshments from the licensed bar
- Underwater cameras
- Snorkel tours
- Hire of Wet/Stinger suits
- Range of quality merchandise
Your Day on Ocean Freedom
Check in at the Reef Fleet Terminal at the Ocean Freedom Desk by 7.20am then it is down to the Boat for boarding at 7:30am from A Finger No 4 Marlin Marina. You will be greeted on the wharf by one of our crew (just look for the big white "O" and dolphin). Enjoy a morning tea or coffee + Danish pastries in the comfortable lounge. Following an introductory safety brief - kick back, relax and enjoy the one and half hour cruise to Upolu Cay on the Great Barrier Reef, if you need to know anything about the surrounding area the friendly staff are only too happy to explain things to you as you cruise to the reef.
First Cay site: Upon arrival at Upolu Cay be treated to a Glass Bottom boat tour to the Cay - Ocean Freedom is the first boat to arrive at the beautiful Upolu Cay We will be the only ones here, Others don’t arrive for another couple of hours. Surrounded by stunning turquoise water and many types of corals, reef fishes, stingrays, cucumbers, sea stars this is a great introduction to the reef. Snorkel and dive here. All necessary assistance is provided to ensure all guests get to enjoy the reef.
Lunch approximately 11:30am. Self serve buffet. Large smorgasbord lunch consisting of a selection of 3different cold meats and chicken platter, fresh local prawns, smoked salmon and 3 tropical salads and a selection of breads. While lunch is being enjoyed we will cruise slowly to our second site.
Second reef site: Amazing "Wonder Wall" on the Outer Edge of Upolu Reef, part of the Great Barrier Reef . Here you will see amazing types of hard and soft coral in addition to giant fan corals, one of the many different species of giant clams, turtles, a huge diversity and abundance of reef fish ranging from seeing nemos everywhere to larger Hump Headed Wrasse, Mackerel, Trevelly just to name a few! You can Snorkel and dive here . Enjoy an informative adventure drift snorkel tour with our Marine Naturalist, this is a must, to get an insight into this beautiful Great Barrier Reef.
After a full 5hrs of unrushed pleasure on the reef and Cay it is now time to cruise home while our crew serve a sumptuous selection of tropical fruit , cheese + crackers and the decadent cake platter sit back a talk with fellow travellers and exchange amazing stories of what you have seen on your day to the reef.
Arrive in Cairns from 4.30pm
Fares include $10 EMC/PORT/ADMIN
** Includes 2 ad + 2 ch 14yrs and under
The crew have a reputation for turning those first time divers with nerves or a little scared about first time divers into having an amazing time on the Great Barrier Reef through our introductory dive program. Many people tell us it is the most amazing experience of their life!
Introductory scuba diving is diving for which you require absolutely no previous experience — you don’t even need to know how to swim!! You just have to pass the medical questionnaire. Providing you don’t have a heart condition or Asthma you should be fine to dive, the dive crew will talk you through this.
Obviously there is slightly more to do than that, but not much. Our experienced dive instructors will give you a comprehensive dive brief regarding the equipment, hand signals, diving procedures and answer any questions you may have enroute to the reef.
On arrival at the reef you are put into small introductory diver groups. The maximum group size is 3 divers per instructor; 2 divers per instructor if you are a bit nervous and if you’re absolutely terrified we will even offer you 1:1 instruction!! The only company to offer such small numbers as well as friendly personalised instruction.
Once in the water and comfortable you will slowly descend into a beautiful coral garden 3-5m below. The instructor will have a hold of you the entire time so you can enjoy the whole experience safely.
Come and give it a go — you won’t be disappointed!
Your Introductory Dive includes:
- Scuba diving lesson
- All top quality scuba diving equipment (including Wet/Stinger Suit)
- 30 minute hand-held scuba dive
- Introductory Dive Prices
- Ocean Freedom ( guaranteed 1:2 dive instructor : diver ratio )
- First Dive $105
- Second Dive $50
Upolu Cay offers you the opportunity to dive two different sites in the same day. Reef sites with names like “The Wall” and “Shark Alley” will astonish you with the diversity of marine life, stingrays, turtles, starfish and wrasse, not to mention the coral life.
All divers are provided with an experienced guide FREE to ensure you get the most out of your dives. We are on the reef everyday so who better to show you around.
Come and dive with us! You won’t be disappointed!
Your Certified Dive includes
- Detailed Dive Brief on location and procedures
- Certified Dive Guide (Dive Master or Instructor)
- State of the art diving equipment (Aqualung/Scubapro)
Certified Diving Prices
City Transfer Fees are $15.50pp Family 2ad + 2ch $62.00 outer city and Northern Beaches is $23pp Family 2ad + 2ch $92.00.
Price valid from 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018Enquire about this tour »