Ocean Freedom | Great Barrier Reef Day Trip

Duration | 9 hours
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Ocean Freedom takes you on a quick journey to the Great Barrier Reef, reaching Upolu Cay and the outer edge of Upolu Reef in just over an hour. The tour offers a unique experience at two destinations known for their vibrant marine life and clear waters. Guests can enjoy snorkeling, a glass bottom boat tour, and relaxing onboard facilities.


  • Coffee & tea, fruit and Danish pastries on boarding
  • 6 hours at Upolu Cay Reef & Outer Edge Upolu Reef
  • Snorkeling equipment and tuition
  • Adventure Drift Snorkeling tour
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tour
  • Smorgasbord lunch
  • Tropical fruit platter, cheese & crackers on the return cruise

Your Day at a Glance

Morning: Board the Ocean Freedom catamaran and start your day with coffee, tea, and breakfast snacks. The journey to the Great Barrier Reef begins.
Upolu Cay Reef: Your first stop. Depending on conditions, you might step onto the sandy cay or snorkel in its surrounding clear waters.

Lunch: Enjoy a smorgasbord lunch onboard as you move to the next destination. Options include Queensland prawns, Tasmanian smoked salmon, and more.

Afternoon at Upolu Reef: Explore this vibrant reef section through snorkeling or a glass bottom boat tour. Learn about the marine life from your guide.

Return Cruise: Relax with a tropical fruit platter, cheese, and crackers as you cruise back to Cairns.

Meeting Point & Times
Check-in at Reef Fleet Terminal from 7:15 AM at the Ocean Free + Ocean Freedom desk
Boarding from 7:30 AM at A Finger No. 5, Marlin Marina, Cairns for an 8:00 AM departure
Return to Cairns around 4:15 PM

What To Bring

  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Camera

Instant Booking & Mobile-Friendly Tickets
Check availability & book here to secure your Ocean Freedom tour. Pre-booking is essential. Please do not turn up on the day without a booking. If you require hotel transfers, please have your hotel name ready when booking so we can send you a pick-up time with your confirmation.

Special Child & Family Rates
We offer special rates for families. Please check the booking form for up-to-date family pricing.




It was great for my family. My children (7 and 10) had a great time. The staff were all friendly and taught them how to snorkel. They can swim but are a bit scared. Eventually they were snorkelling and swimming freely. Also the meals were all delicious! Thank you so much!(Arigatou!)


Laura Heiskell

An incredible day-book it!


jeralyn Jacobs

The staff were all friendly efficient and made a great trip for all.


Sally Carton

We had a fabulous time. All the crew were very friendly yet very professional. They got across the serious information in a very user friendly way. We all felt well cared for and the whole experience was unhurried but they had a schedule to stick to. We never felt any crew member was clock watching or bored on the day. Our two girls had an amazing experience on the reef. The food was fabulous and plentiful. Lots of photo opportunities. It was a nice touch at the end of the trip to shake hands with all the crew was we left the wharf. Many happy memories have been created by a great bunch of people, who clearly love their jobs. Thank you and we have already been recommending you to anyone we know travelling. We hope to see you again in the future!


Darren Shui

fantastic experience ! really nice staff, really enjoyable


Ray Doyle

Overall Rating: Excellent
Value for Money: Excellent
Service: Excellent
Quality of Facilities: Excellent

This was our first trip out and remains the highlight of our week in Tropical North Queensland.
At our initial on-board familiarisation we were told that the crew would make our day a 'Day to Remember'. Whatever the crew are 'on', I would have loved some to take home with me. Their enthusiasm for ensuring we had a good time was boundless. They had us 'oldies' doing things we thought that we were incapable of doing years ago, and, all the while, quietly ensuring that we were supervised and never out of our depth. The Great Barrier Reef, by the time we got there after many 'whale-watching' stops, was a great adventure made even more enjoyable by our crew-member, detailed as our snorkelling buddy, who took us to see coral, clown fish and various marine life that we would usually only see on 'docos'. Such was her skill at diving and pointing us to items of interest that she even attracted the attention of a curious sea-snake who came our way for a quick 'look-see' before moving on, much to the relief of those of us who were unaware that they present little or no threat to humans.
The food on-board was great but eating and drinking took a back seat to the location, atmosphere and the inter-action between the crew and a great group of tourists, many of them young Americans over here for a wedding. Ocean Freedom ticks all the boxes but the crew get an additional Gold Star from us, they are the best!

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Check in at Reef Fleet Terminal from 7.15am at Ocean Free + Ocean freedom desk. Board from 7.30am A Finger No. 5 at the Marlin Marina, Cairns for an 8.00am departure – coffee, tea and fruit and
Danish pastries on boarding.