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jonhJ4146SQ
jonhJ4146SQ
24. October, 2020.
Fantastic again This was a return visit, but our first in Covid times. All precautions taken, and was equally as good as the first time around. Crew were excellent, but highlight was the reef - northern fingers and shark mountain, fantastic conditions, lots of fish. Only thing to note is that they now only provide wetsuits not stinger suits, so might need to bring your own - probably not needed for stingers out that far but good for sun protection. Good lunch, one of the best reef trips!!
Claudio Jiménez
Claudio Jiménez
21. August, 2020.
Increíble experiencia! Totalmente recomendable Lo reservamos con un operador junto a la visita al Daintree Rainforest, nos recogieron en el albergue y durante el trayecto nos dieron mucha información. Hicimos el buceo introductorio y después el recorrido haciendo snorkeling con un biólogo marino. Todo muy recomendable! Vimos peces payaso, una tortuga y varios tiburones. La comida estaba buena, tanto la opción vegetariana como la carne y toda la tripulación fueron muy amables, había una persona que hablaba español.
HIRAL P
HIRAL P
8. August, 2020.
Best The best part of the trip was the Crew specially Karlos he Stayed with me into the reef and kept holding me throughout diving as I hve asked him to do...and food was amazing..was truly a memorable trip...
BlendyB
BlendyB
6. August, 2020.
Amazing experience What a memorable trip! from the moment we arrived at the boat we were greeted by Damian (very entertaining) until the time we said good bye to our amazing host Jayde, everything in between was nothing short of an exciting adventure. We decided to book the Top Deck (VIP experience) best decision we made! The day began with a lovely hot breakfast and a side plate of fruit, as we embarked on our journey to the reef after about an hour into our journey we had a very descriptive and entertaining presentation from the marine biologist on board. We learnt about the reef. When we arrived at the reef, our top deck host Jayde (who is also a diving instructor) guided us through our free scuba diving lesson we had a non swimmer and an average swimmer through the scuba diving and Jayde was excellent in her tutorials. Because of this we were able to have an amazing experience and get some awesome pictures. There was no requirement to scuba dive if you didn’t feel comfortable. Snorkeling around the boat was really something special because of the abundance of fish that we seen quite large ones too. We stopped at two snorkeling sights and in between had a lovely bbq lunch. We were very happy with the top deck vip experience because we also got to sit with the captain( Captain Bronson ) who had broad knowledge of boating and the reef. Over all this was one of the best experiences we’ve had. A huge special thanks to Jayde who really looked after us, Damian who really entertained us, Captain Bronson and to the whole team of REEF EXPERIENCE. Thank you for making our trip unforgettable! X P.s Don’t worry if people in your group cant swim or aren’t strong swimmers Jayde’s got you covered 😉 See photos below 😎
Tanyachurchill
Tanyachurchill
6. August, 2020.
Anniversary My husband and I took this trip for our anniversary,we booked the vip top deck and wow we were treated like vip’s for the day,we had jade as our valet she was fantastic ,her attention to our well fare was impeccable,the food was great also,can’t wait to bring my family with us next time 😃😃
lucadupa
lucadupa
3. August, 2020.
Excellent diving snorkeling experience A great day out. Friendly informative team on board. Great snorkeling and diving in two location. Good food - breakfast lunch and afternoon tea.
Charmaine M
Charmaine M
31. July, 2020.
Awesome An awesome day out! A couple of great dives, and the day also included a fantastic lunch and snacks throughout. The crew onboard really made the day terrific. They cater for everyone from certified divers to inexperienced snorkelers too. Saw some turtles, reef sharks and cuttlefish.
Thomas S
Thomas S
24. July, 2020.
Reef day tour Everything was amazing. Thanks guys for this unbelievable day. We won't forget the sea, shark and turtles 😊
Ted Verner
Ted Verner
8. December, 2020.
recommends
what a great experience thanks to the crew you mad it something I will never forget and I know you seemed to give me a lot of attention as you did with everyone and after I nearly didn't go I'm so glad I did. merry Christmas to all the crew
Justice Hurst
Justice Hurst
7. December, 2020.
recommends
Great family owned business who ensure you have a great time. Definitely recommend the snorkel and the $25 for the Marine Biology tour. We’ve snorkelled in Airlie Beach but there’s nothing like the outer reefs in Cairns
Paul Grinter
Paul Grinter
24. November, 2020.
recommends
The Best thing I have Done! Ever!
Sharon Gai Hunt
Sharon Gai Hunt
18. November, 2020.
recommends
Everything!! The crew, the service, the reef. It was one of the best experiences I’ve had . So grateful to everyone. The food was great too. Would highly recommend the trip!! 🙏🙏 Nathan was amazing he looked after us so well today, he goes above and beyond! The whole crew are so friendly.
Harley 'Blackbird Durrant
Harley 'Blackbird Durrant
12. November, 2020.
recommends
Had the best trip ever, the diving was amazing and caters to all abilities - Nathan was more than happy to help properly fill out my partners dive log too, highly recommended everyone to trust these guys to give you a cracking experience
Suzy Riach
Suzy Riach
10. November, 2020.
recommends
Great experience, friendly and accomodating staff . They really care about the reef . The reef was amazing and staff so knowledgeable. Food was good , thanks to chef Damo, such a hard worker. The snorkelling was amazing and exhausting. My feedback includes that more rings tethered together over the drop off would be safer .
Julieth Cañon Lara
Julieth Cañon Lara
12. October, 2020.
recommends
Best crew! Everyone of them was happy, super friendly and helpful. delicious food. Amazing experience ♥️
Michael Hole
Michael Hole
27. August, 2018.
recommends
We had a fantastic day. You can't beat the location but it was the whole crew that made the day so good. To go to the Reef and get to scuba dive and snorkel with lunch, breakfast, wine and nibblees all thrown in for such a great price is awesome. Highly recommended.
Sarah Nellis
Sarah Nellis
17. August, 2018.
recommends
16/7/18 - Had the absolute time of my life! Staff were all incredibly friendly and easy to get along with. Their was boating issues, and was swiftly sorted with a change in boat, sticking to time schedule. 100% recommend Harry’s Marine Biology Tour, I found it fascinating and fun! We managed to see a turtle and a shark! Disappointed I didn’t get to meet Frank though � Would do it a million times over.
Jodie Summers
Jodie Summers
3. August, 2018.
recommends
Best day out, so well organised and the crew were amazing.
Kirtiraj Tiwari
Kirtiraj Tiwari
4. November, 2020.
Crew members are 😎👍 Champions.
Dan McConnell
Dan McConnell
2. November, 2020.
Went on Reef Experience with my partner in October 2020. We've both done a lot of diving around the world and were impressed with this tour from start to finish. The day started with a delicious bacon and egg roll as we went through the safety and dive briefings, and we also had access to complimentary tea and coffee. The dives were on two excellent dive sites which we did both guided and unguided. The guide was a good value add-on and helped us to identify certain fish species which we weren't sure of. The boat was clean, modern and air conditioned inside with a huge sundeck. The crew were good fun but also professional and we felt in capable hands all day. Excellent value trip all round and would definitely travel with Reef Experience again.
Ben Grigg
Ben Grigg
6. October, 2020.
First timers. Great experience. $205. Full day of snorkelling. Can’t go wrong. Would definitely return
Kate N
Kate N
19. August, 2020.
We have been out on Reef Experience (REX) at least 4 times and also on her sister boat Compass as well numerous times. Every time we visit Cairns our trip wouldn't be complete without a trip out onto the GBR onboard one of these amazing day trips, with such a great team of friendly staff - who always go above and beyond to look out for the guests onboard, the crew members are so knowledgeable of the Reef and marine life, as well as all aspects of Diving and snorkelling. A great lunch as well as cheese and wine are provided and they cater for vegetarians as well. I would highly recommend these guys to anyone who is looking for a great day out on the GBR at a really fantastic price all inclusive of diving/snorkelling gear, lunch etc if you chose that package.
ross wilson
ross wilson
17. August, 2020.
Fantastic day out on the Great barrier reef. Quality breakfast and lunch included; hours of reef snorkling at two reefs; wonderful array of reef fish, , a white tipped reef shark and giant clams. The staff on board were friendly, helpful and very professional. Smooth ride out and back. Highly recommended.
Maria Deyoung
Maria Deyoung
15. August, 2020.
Amazing experience. Have done a day trip before but this one exceeded expectations. The staff are all absolutely lovely and attentive and the dive sites are amazing. Food wasn’t special, but if your after a great snorkel/dive experience would recommend wholeheartedly. Special shout out to Kohler for guiding the dive and being super helpful after the dive. 🤿 🤙
Nadia Bader
Nadia Bader
21. July, 2020.
We (2 adults and 2 kids, age 8 and 10) had an incredible experience. We did 3 cruises/snorkels on the Great Barrier Reef Reef and this experience was by far our favourite. We had plenty of time on the water, in great locations. The staff were friendly and helpful. I even had my very first scuba experience. Cameron was so patient and supportive. A great tour, at a great value. Highly recommend!
Lindsey O.
Lindsey O.
19. November, 2019.
What a (Reef) experience!!! Oh God it's like a female dad joke. Anyways I had an incredible time with Reef experience. You start in the morning presented with different options - beginner dives, certified diver dives, tour guide led dives etc. They provide a nice breakfast for you on the way so don't eat before! (I did so guess who had second breakfast). It took about 90 minutes to get to stop one where we first had time to snorkel and then did our dives. The snorkel was absolutely incredible and I will say - you aren't totally missing out if you choose to just snorkel and not dive, BUT the dive was definitely the coolest. You'll still have amazing views and see tons of fish snorkeling (I saw a stingray snorkeling) but the dive is amazing cause you get so much closer and deeper and see cool stuff like massive clams. We saw a shark!! So cool. My guide Kohler was awesome and made me feel so comfortable diving as I had not been in 15 years and was kind of terrified, but it was so easy and I remembered everything when I got in. After dive 1 they have lunch. I was shocked a diving boat would have good food but honestly it was delicious. Great steak and sausage and like 4 different salads that were all great. LOVED the Cole slaw. After lunch we had time for another dive or snorkel, and in between everything + on the way back we were able to sunbathe on the deck. Another major prop was Olly the photographer. The shots he took of me were absolutely amazing and the highest quality!!
Vijay S.
Vijay S.
18. April, 2019.
I was looking for a tour company and finally decided to go with reef experience after somebody else recommended it. They are small and family owned but accommodate large tour group size. Staff were friendly and helpful. Check in was bit slow but once we get settled in, breakfast was provided. You can purchase sea sickness tablets for 3$ which I highly recommend. The water was quite rough when we went and was the same while snorkeling at the first spot as well. The first spot is mainly for scuba diving and some snorkeling. I couldn't do scuba diving even though it was included as I was flying within 24 hours. After the first spot, lunch was provided which was pretty good. We then proceeded to go to the second snorkeling spot which was much better with different coral reefs and for people to do additional scuba diving if they wanted at additional cost. After about an hour, we were headed back to the shore. On our way back, we were given wine and cheese to snack on. The water was bit rough on the way back as well. There was sunscreen on the boat itself which is reef proof and protective. Overall good experience, it was unfortunate that the water was rough and I couldn't scuba dive but everything else made up for it.
Pamela V.
Pamela V.
12. March, 2019.
First time here and forst time on the barrier reef. The tour leaves around 8am and returns around 4.30pm. Food is provided: breakfast, lunch and wine, cheese and biscuits after a fun day snorkelling or diving. The crew works really hard to make it a fun day and they all work as a team. They look after you whilst in the water and make sure you are safe. A day I will never forget. Came home with some amazing pictures too.

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