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Seastar Cruises Reef Day Trips

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75 Esplande | Marlin Marina, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4041 6218
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Awesome snorkeling experience! Our snorkeling spots weren't too touristy so we got to explore... read more

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Fantastic tour! The crew was knowledgeable and friendly, and stopping at two different places (one... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Portland, Oregon, United States
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Seastar Cruises premium reef cruise combines the outer Great Barrier Reef with a coral cay island. In only 1 1/4 hours the fast air-conditioned Seastar 1 can take you from Cairns to magnificent Michaelmas Cay, the largest of the local uninhabited coral cays. Cruising past Green Island, Upolu cay and Oyster reef Seastar is the first boat to arrive. After an enjoyable time here it is a short 20 minute cruise to the splendid Hastings Reef sitting on the very outer edge. This is where the corals thrive, well out from the coast away from the influence the rivers and streams, adjacent to the clear waters of the Pacific Ocean. You will have 2 1/2 hours at each location. Plenty of time to go snorkeling, do a introductory dive, relax on the beach of the Island or join a tour in the Glass Bottom Boat at Hastings Reef. The day cruise on Seastar inlcudes Morning/Afternoon tea, high quality snorkel equipment, Wetsuit or Lycra suit (depending on the time of year), Glass Bottom Boat Tour, Hot & Cold Buffet Lunch, Reef Interpretation & Guided Snorkel Tours on each spot.
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75 Esplande | Marlin Marina, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4041 6218

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Awesome snorkeling experience! Our snorkeling spots weren't too touristy so we got to explore around freely without banging into other people. I got so excited when i saw a sea turtle! Breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea were served and they were good. All the staffs...More

Thank shirleyngu
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Fantastic tour! The crew was knowledgeable and friendly, and stopping at two different places (one inner reef cay and a spot on the outer reef) really made for a lovely day. Definitely recommend the full day tour.

Thank Stephanie B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This was a great day trip.. staff so friendly and helpful.. Melinda was just great helping me to actually see the reef and know what I was looking at.. excellent opportunity for birds at michaelmus cay as well.

Thank cathymA3635NM
Reviewed 5 days ago

Would highly recommend this trip to anyone!! The boat is lovely, the staff are friendly, attentative and really know their stuff regarding the coral and all the fish. Scuba diving and snorkelling were amazing, it really is beautiful out there. Lunch provided which was a...More

Thank Beautrice123
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Overall good experience, excellent dive and snorkel locations, friendly crew - particularly Laura and Tara were awesome! Only criticism is the boat was quite small and a bit cramped. Other than that it was lovely day on the reef

Thank Catherine R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Small group tour diving or snorkeling, great energetic and knowledgeable crew. They make you comfortable from the start and you are assured a great day and awesome views of the reef. It was an unforgettable experience, gorgeous day, wonderful lunch and the greatest group of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The crew was excellent, really helpful and excited about the sea life. The provided lunch was much tastier than you'd expect for the size of the boat, and better than what I've had on similar trips elsewhere. I only snorkled, but the diving class seemed...More

Thank Chris S
Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour was amazing overall. The entire crew was knowledgeable, kind, welcoming and awesome in general. When I told them that my parents don't speak English nor know how to swim but still would like to go on the snorkelling tour, instead of hesitating, everyone...More

Thank Hieu N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great trip to the barrier reef, staff were really friendly and organised. Great boat, tasty lunch too.

Thank debbielou6
Reviewed 1 week ago

Small group snorkeling or diving tour. Everyone on the boat is great and wants to ensure you have a good time. Very knowledable and helpful. We did the smoking and the two spots they take you too on the reef was fantastic. All equipment was...More

Thank Edward B
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Trish C
3 December 2017|
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Response from GJ2707 | Reviewed this property |
we have stayed in Mantra esplanade, DoubleTree by Hilton and Hides Hotel. for great location and on a budget go for Hides. Mantra is really nice, across road from lagoon, but quite expensive. DoubleTree is also on esplanade... More
Trish C
3 December 2017|
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Response from purpletravel277 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is a ‘book now’ link at the bottom of their webpage seastarcruises (trip advisor actually links to their website), they also have an email address listed on their page too. I actually called them on the phone and... More
31 October 2017|
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Response from Sue K | Reviewed this property |
We booked three weeks before we left & had no problem making a reservation.