Tusa Dive | Great Barrier Reef Diving

Duration | 8.5
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Availability Update 2024
Tusa Reef Tours will not be available until September 2024 due to maintenance. 

Tusa Reef Tours is a modern purpose-built vessel that features modern equipment, environmentally conscious practices, a highly experienced crew and the latest technology to enhance your day. This tour will pick you up from your Cairns CBD hotel.

Reef Locations:

  • Norman Reef
  • Saxon Reef
  • Hastings Reef

Tusa Reef Cruises will carefully select two locations each day to make sure you see the best vibrant marine life, mesmerizing coral formations, and diverse underwater environments based on the day’s weather conditions.


  • Limited to 40 passengers to ensure a premium experience for all. 
  • Innovative bone conducting headphones for underwater commentary.
  • Ages 12+ only for optimized experiences for all.
  • All dive and snorkelling gear. 
  • Up to 3 dives on 2 stunning outer reef sites.
  • Cairns city hotel transfers. 
  • Environmentally friendly plant based wetsuits.
  • Take home Tusa Reef Tours drink bottle. 
  • All food and beverages, including tea, coffee & alcoholic drinks on return journey
  • Delicious chef-prepared meals: breakfast, morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea. Made with fresh local ingredients. 
  • Unique "finderella" service to help get you suited and booted in and out of the water.
  • "Open Dive Deck" for all activities, Spacious lounge seating and  sun deck for relaxing.
  • Freshwater showers. 
  • Carbon offset via Reforest.com.au
  • Taxes & Marine park Levy

Exclusions: Nitrox fills, seasickness tablets, souvenirs/merchandise, professional photo services, personal items such as towels and swimmers. 

During the 90-minute journey to the outer reef, savour a delicious breakfast and receive a full briefing on the day’s activities.
After the morning diving and snorkelling session, relax on the sundeck or participate in our Citizen Science project and contribute to valuable research that is helping to protect the reef. A delicious tropical lunch will be prepared by our in-house chefs, using seasonal produce sourced from local suppliers.
While you relax over lunch, the skipper will move the boat to a new reef location in preparation for the afternoon diving and snorkelling session.
Conclude your day by uploading your sightings to the Eye on the Reef database whilst enjoying a well-earned beverage and cheese and cold cuts platter.

7:30 am: Guest check-in commences
8:00 am: Depart Cairns Marlin Marina, C Finger
9:30 am: Approximate arrival at the first dive/snorkelling site
12:30 pm: Lunch served
1:00 pm: Vessel moves to the second dive/snorkelling site
2:30 pm: Depart the second reef site
4:00 pm: Arrive back into Cairns

Vessel Specifications:
​Custom designed for diving and snorkelling, Tusa Reef Tours incorporates the latest technology and environmental best practices, including greater fuel efficiency through improved hull design, and a full 2-stage waste treatment plant on board.
Tusa Reef Tours continues the tradition of smaller passenger numbers and excellent service on board. We limit passenger numbers to just 40 guests on each trip to ensure a premium experience for all.

  • Construction material: Aluminium
  • Length Overall : 24 Meters
  • Beam: 7.66 meters
  • Draught: 1.75 meters
  • Displacement: 50 tonnes
  • Main Engines: MTU 496kW series 60
  • Maximum Speed: 25 knots

Note for Divers: For guests over the age of 65, a dive medical is requested for your own safety.
As a certified diver, generally a dive medical is not required. However, if the diver has a medical condition contraindicative to diving (for example asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, heart or lung disorders), or you are taking prescription medication, you are required to provide a medical certificate, stating you are ‘fit to scuba dive’ in consideration of the medical condition or medications

What to Bring:

  • Hat & Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen & a T shirt to snorkel in
  • Towel 

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Natalie Murray

I had an amazing day diving with TUSA. I couldn't fault the trip at all. The crew onboard, the food, dive sites and the vessel were fantastic. It really is the best dive vessel for a day trip in Cairns.


Andrew Brown

Out of all the dive sites I have seen the whole setup with Tusa T5 has been the best I have seen in a par with the red sea shames its just so far away


Lynsey Falconer

Very professional operation with good equipment and high safety standards.The diving was superb
I will most definitly recomend them to fellow divers going to the barrier reef.


Richard Harris

Tusa 5 was a great boat to go out to reef on. I have been with them on a number of occassions over the years and have never been disappointed.


Miranda Horsfall

The boat was fantastic. Lots of room and very new.
The staff were very helpful and the lunch plentiful.


David Zhang

Every team member has excellent personalities. Top managment. Well orgnised for all the activities. Very warm welcome. We certainly will come back for Tusa T5 next time. I will tell all my friend about how good you are! Thanks again.

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7:30 am: Guest check-in commences at Marlin Marina, C Finger
8:00 am: Depart Cairns