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Reef Experience

#8 of 68 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Cairns Features Animals
100 Abbott St | Cairns, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4037 2700
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fantastic experience !

We were referred to Reef Experience by friends, and even the positive reviews don't do justice to... read more

Reviewed yesterday
nancy f
Tucson, Arizona
Great staff

Super helpful staff. Thanks to Leslie, she was very courteous and helpful. The experience was... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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One Great Day at One Great price includes : city bus transfers, 2 spectacular Outer Barrier Reef locations, breakfast, wetsuit hire, 6 hours at the Reef, Marine Biologist Reef presentation, lunch, glass bottom boat, reef levies, afternoon tea your choice of an introductory dive or a certified dive. For people who can’t swim or aren’t confident in the water our friendly crew will take them on a guided snorkelProudly locally family owned and operated.
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good16%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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100 Abbott St | Cairns, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4037 2700

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Reviewed yesterday

We were referred to Reef Experience by friends, and even the positive reviews don't do justice to the experience. Everything was top-notch.....the staff (friendly, experienced, professional, funny and down to earth), the food, the boat, the diving and snorkeling was wonderful! The photography staff was...More

Thank nancy f
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Super helpful staff. Thanks to Leslie, she was very courteous and helpful. The experience was great. Kids loved it. Please carry towels from your place of stay. The route into the reef was bumpy, depends on the weather. However on the way back was peaceful....More

Thank ivarhens
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The best experience in my life. Don't afraid going with them to dive or snorkeling. They know and love what they are doing, that's why you can feel comfortable to have your dream done seeing the deep sea as I had. Congrats wonderful crew, well...More

Thank ifbonomini1
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This was my 4th trip out to the Barrier Reef and the guys from Reef Experience in Cairns did it the best. I was so impressed with the friendly staff and how they were so concerned with our safety in and out of the water....More

Thank Paul F
Reviewed 5 days ago

Snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef has been on my bucket list since I was seven.The day we set out the weather was grey, the sea was choppy and not being a good swimmer and an older lady I thought I may not be able...More

Thank Janet B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Good day on the water: coral sharks and sea sickness Our boat was cancelled and they upgrade us to a bigger boat, the Reef experience. We had two snorkeling and diving spots. The second one was far better with beautiful coral (even spotted a shark)....More

Thank soraia a
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great experience. The crew were awesome, food was good and our scuba instructor Dan was amazing! Our first time scuba diving and we were a bit nervous but he made us feel safe and we had a great time. Thanks so much...More

Thank sarah_wadick
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We booked this tour because it offers the possibly of a "top deck club" experience and have our own instructor during the day and the dive. The crew was very nice and professional, they checked on us before we dive. We felt safe all along...More

Thank Emmambre
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We got moved to this ship the day before departure, the boat was comfortable and facilities adequate. Staff were efficient at checking us in and giving their safety briefings, presentations about the reef etc. Once the staff completed their talks they did all seem to...More

2  Thank cbagsreviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very supportive crew. I was nervous at first about going in the sea but they made me feel safe. The whole trip was fun and definitely under my budget. Food was awesome. I would definitely like to come back some day. Cheers!!

Thank Sanket S
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I have been planning to see the famous Great Barrier Reef for quite a while. A friend of mine just came back from Australia in March, 2017. He went to Port Douglas and joined a local tour to see the Reef. He said he was very VERY disappointed because the Reef was essentially dead. Instead of seeing the beautiful, multi-colored reef, he found that the reef was grey, white, "bleached" and not worth seeing. Did he exaggerate? I fully understand that the Great Barrier Reef is "seriously ill" because of global warming. My question is: As a Canadian living in Ontario, I find the long distance and the long flight prohibitive and painful. If the Reef is so sick and essentially dead, should I bother to take the trip to Cairns or Port Douglas to see it?
24 April 2017|
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Response from j2b2m2 | Reviewed this property |
Agree with the other answer. Reef Experience took us to fabulous diving/snorkelling locations and the colours and the fish,sea turtles, small sharks etc were awesome. Go and see the UNESCO World Heritage Great Barrier Reef... More
We have our own snorkel and mask...is it preferable to bring our own, or use yours?
11 April 2017|
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Response from Lonnie S | Reviewed this property |
All equipment was provided including snorkels masks fins and stinger suits they really covered everything! You just need your swimsuit!
How many people do you typically take out on the boat on a tour?
24 March 2017|
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Response from JIMFAL | Reviewed this property |
Don't think they take more than 50