We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 287 Draper St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 7 4052 8300
07:00 - 22:00
Open now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 07:00 - 22:00

Down Under Cruise & Dive based in Cairns, QLD is one of Australia's...

Down Under Cruise & Dive based in Cairns, QLD is one of Australia's leading tour operators providing guests of all ages and nationalities with world-class experiences on the Great Barrier Reef. Travelling on-board EVOLUTION, Australia's most luxurious reef vessel you will travel in style and comfort for a very affordable price.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns
More Info
and up
Cairns Super Saver: Great Barrier Reef Cruise plus Kuranda Scenic Railway plus...
More Info
and up
Learn to Scuba Dive on the Great Barrier Reef: 4-Day PADI Open Water Dive Course

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 671 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 440
  • 102
    Very good
  • 43
  • 25
  • 23
Great day on the reef

Well organised and friendly staff, nice comfortable boat. Food was generous and dives were well organised for such a large packed boat. There was lots of upsell and if you want... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

671 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 633: English reviews
Level Contributor
123 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Well organised and friendly staff, nice comfortable boat. Food was generous and dives were well organised for such a large packed boat. There was lots of upsell and if you want your snorkelling experience or dive guided, it will cost you. If you can ignore all the up sell, it's a great day on the reef with good equipment and... More 

Thank AfricanQueen67
Buffalo, New York
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a great course for anyone interested in learning to scuba dive. I'm not sure about the other instructors but Francesco was an amazing teacher. Extremely knowledgeable, patient and throws in some jokes as well. There's a lot to learn but it is common sense so most people should find it easy. The 2 days out on the Great... More 

Thank Jesse L
Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A friend and I singed up for the open water diving course (4 days) and it was an amazing experience. What made our learning journey even better is our trainer Francisco (the Italian guy), who made the course very interesting, educational and super fun :)

Thank Dr_RABOB
Level Contributor
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It was such a great day at the Barrier reef, friendly crew, lots of food and plenty of things to do. The only thing that I was disappointed was the short time of diving. I took a scuba dive course which it was around 15 minutes under the water, This has to be longer a bit.

Thank Pedram A
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
45 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Try this company for your reef visit. Very organized and safety oriented. Staff was great. The Evolution is a large boat but did not feel crowded at all. You get your snorkel and fins immediately and place them in your cubby then once they give the go ahead you get them and get in the water off the lowered platform.... More 

Thank travelersrus86
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Signed up for the PADI Open Water Dive Course and had an amazing four days building my dive skills with our amazing instructor Francesco. After building the foundation with two days in the pool and classroom we set out on an epic two day dive tour of the Reef where we honed our skills and had a breathtaking underwater journey.... More 

Thank Steven D
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The trip itself was wonderful, we snorkeled in 2 spots that were very pretty, we had food and snacks as advertised, all the staff was very nice. But we were taken into a snorkeling tour, thinking it was the one included in our ticket and apparently it was another that you needed to pay for. It was not written anywhere,... More 

Thank SamPfeiffer
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worst and most extortionate tour since i've been in australia. After paying for the tour in full months ago, we arrived at the dock to check in only to find out we had to pay a $20 dollar "reef tax" each. I can only assume this works like motor tax and that my engine excretes some kind of emissions that... More 

Thank shane o
Scott C, Manager at Down Under Cruise & Dive, responded to this review

Hi Shane, Although I am disappointed that we were not able to attend to your grievances on the day of travel, i am frustrated by your review which includes many inaccuracies and attempts to place blame on us for issues out of our control. It is obvious that you did not research your tour before you booked as all the... More 

2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A dream come true, snorkeling and diving at the great barrier reef. Friendly, knowledgeable crew and a wonderful ship. What an experience!

Thank Luke E
Level Contributor
156 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our trip was organised through Viator who used Nautilus, and we booked it from the UK not having a clue as to how good or otherwise it would be. We struck gold. It was AMAZING. We went on the cruise vessel Evolution, which was roomy and had the friendliest and most helpful crew out. We visited two reefs :Saxon and... More 

Thank holintel

Travellers who viewed Down Under Cruise & Dive also viewed


Been to Down Under Cruise & Dive? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Down Under Cruise & Dive and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Down Under Cruise & Dive staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?