Our Ocean Freedom Upolu Cay Great Barrier Reef Day Tour is the perfect mix of nature, relaxation and swimming with an extremely passionate crew who will make sure that you experience this Australia Must-Do in the best possible way. Experience the beautiful marine life at one of the most amazing places in the world – The Great Barrier Reef. 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.

UPOLU CAY is a naturally formed coral cay situated 30km from Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef and is the perfect location with protected, shallow waters from which to explore the reef snorkelling & scuba diving. Ocean Freedom cruises you to Upolu Cay in an hour, making it the first tour to arrive, so that you have over one hour to explore the Cay and surrounding reef uninterrupted. 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.

  • Advanced Ecotourism Certified Operator
  • Glass Bottom Boat – Coral Viewing Tours with Reef Interpreter
  • Adventure Drift Snorkelling Tour with Marine Naturalist
  • 2 Reef destinations on the day including Upolu Cay
  • 6 hours on the Reef
  • 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.

  • Snorkelling Tuition
  • Top-quality Snorkelling equipment (masks, flippers, snorkel)
  • Buoyancy snorkel vests
  • Transfers to and from Upolu Cay
  • Lycra suits /or wet suits (depending on season)
  • Tea and coffee throughout day
  • Large smorgasbord lunch with seafood
  • Platters of tropical fruit, cheese and crackers and cake on way home
  • Fuel levy
  • Fresh water showers
  • Prescription masks
  • High Crew to Guest Ratio

Ocean Freedom is a luxury 20m cruiser, boarding at 7:30am from A Finger no 5. Enjoy a morning tea or coffee and Danish pastries in the comfortable lounge. Following an initial safety brief, kick back, relax and enjoy the one hour cruise to Upolu Cay on the Great Barrier Reef.

FIRST CAY SITE (Please note that sites may be reversed depending on tides): Ocean Freedom is the first boat to arrive at the beautiful Upolu Cay so you can enjoy it uninterrupted! Surrounded by stunning turquoise water and many types of corals, reef fishes, stingrays, sea cucumbers, sea stars, this makes for a great introduction to the reef. Snorkel and dive here under the watchful eye of our safety conscious staff. All necessary assistance is provided to ensure all guests get to enjoy the reef, regardless of experience levels.

Lunch is at approximately 12:30am and is a self-serve buffet. The large smorgasbord lunch consists of 3 meats and chicken platters, prawns, smoked salmon and 3 salads, with a selection of breads. While lunch is being enjoyed we cruise to our second site, whilst you sunbathe on the spacious comfortable deck areas or relax in the air-conditioned comfort of the saloon.

SECOND REEF SITE: The amazing “Wonder Wall” on the Outer Edge of Upolu Reef. View many different types of hard and soft coral in addition to fans, giant clams, turtles, a huge diversity and abundance of reef fish of all sizes, including Nemos everywhere! You have time to snorkel and dive here, as well as enjoy an informative adventure drift snorkel tour with our Marine Naturalist and even complimentary Glass Bottomed Boat tours. Low guest numbers ensures a personal snorkel and dive experience. All guests are assessed for their diving and snorkelling abilities and are appropriately assisted to ensure all are able to experience and enjoy the Great Barrier Reef.

After a full 6 hours of un-rushed pleasure on the reef and Cay, cruise home while our crew serve a sumptuous selection of tropical fruit, cheese and crackers and the decadent cake platter – an ultimate way to wind down after a magical day on the one and only Great Barrier Reef. Ocean Freedom is truly a luxury experience with unsurpassed friendly personal service.

Arrive into Cairns from 4.15 pm For those of you wishing to Scuba Dive the paperwork and briefs are completed during the journey out, so when we arrive at The Great Barrier Reef you are ready to dive!

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch

Departs: Departs daily from Marlin Marina A finger 8 am. Check -in at the ‘Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom’ desk in the Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street at 7.15am

Pick up and drop off from Cairns City, Outer City and Northern Beaches available at additional cost.

Ends: Return to Cairns between 4:15 and 4:30pm.

Departure Dates: Currently this tour is operating almost daily.

  • *$20 local levy must be paid on arrival
  • Optional Certified Diving (Option to do 2 on the day)
  • Optional Introductory Diving (Option to do 2 on the day)
  • Refreshments from the licensed bar
  • Underwater cameras
  • Range of quality merchandise

Transfers pay on board

  • Inner-city: $15.50 return per person
  • Outer city and Northern Beaches including Palm Cove: $23.00 return per person

  • Swimwear
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
Ocean Freedom continue to operate over staggered days under our “QLD approved Tourism Industry COVID-safe plan” and have also achieved ATEC COVID accreditation. We already operate under very flexible booking conditions but can assure you any bookings made which have to change due to COVID restrictions will be 100% refundable with no stress involved – so let’s all plan our holidays and make it happen! We would love the opportunity to give you all a great day on the Great Barrier Reef.

2 Trees Planted

We will plant 2 trees to offset your Carbon footprint!

Accounting for 1 day of food and waste and 1 day cruising your Carbon Emissions reach approximately 0.35 tons

This is a free service and doesn’t cost you a penny! This donation is made on your behalf, and for FREE, by The Mindful Travel Co.

Read More about how this works…


Important Information

Age Recommendation: 5 – 99 years

Age Restriction: Min 12 years old for Scuba Diving Activities

Group Size: 16 – 75

Fitness Requirements: Basic level of fitness required for snorkelling

Dietary/Medical Requirements: Please advise of any dietary/medical conditions well in advance of travel

Luggage Restrictions: Please bring only what you need as there is limited space available. We do not provide luggage storage due to marina restrictions.

Additional Info: All scuba divers must complete a dive medical questionnaire aboard the boat. Some illnesses such as asthma may preclude you from scuba diving. If you have been on a flight, or plan to fly, within 48 hours of scuba diving please contact us

cairns map

Why Book With Us?