16. November, 2021.
Best day of my life! My boyfriend and I went on the day tour to the reef, it was our favourite part of our holiday to Cairns! Julia was our Scuba diving instructor and she was amazing, she was so friendly and calming while we were under the water. The food was so yummy and everyone onboard the boat was so friendly. It was hands down the best day of my life!
5. November, 2021.
Awesome for intro dives! Absolutely loved this day trip with reef experience! I did my first ever intro dive and the guide was so great. All the team looked after us so well throughout the day and felt totally comfortable. Definitely caught the diving bug 🙂 They do free pick ups from accomodations around cairns. The food was amazing with breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack with wine all included for the epic value price. If you're looking for a fab day trip this is hard to beat!
31. October, 2021.
Everything we wanted to see, plus a little bit more. Having never snorkeled on the Barrier Reef I was just a little nervous, even though I am a confidant swimmer. I was with my husband and 94 year old mother and we were made to feel very welcome and special The boat is very comfortable, a lovely breakfast welcomed us on board, fruit and bacon & egg rolls, tea and coffee on tap. The safety drill was excellent and the signals for safety and rescue were clearly given by Carlos. The marine biologist gave an excellent presentation on what we could expect to see on the reef, Mooring on the Saxon Reef, we were encouraged to "have a go", and mum was carefully and patiently helped into her gear and into the water. The current was a little stronger than expected and she was brought back to the boat by a crew member. Megan then took mum and me snorkeling all over the reef on a life ring and gave an excellent commentary on what we saw. This made our trip well worthwhile and we appreciated her guidance and help. Lunch was excellent and I was very happy with their vegetarian option, easily provided. My husband, who is an experienced and strong swimmer, did the scuba dive and enjoyed that. We went out on the glass bottomed boat which was a nice and easy relaxed trip to finish the day. I would recommend this reef trip to anyone who wants to comfortably snorkel over the reef and see the amazing fish and coral.
23. October, 2021.
Highlight of our holiday This tour was the highlight of our trip. We'd spent ages pondering which reef tour to do- they all had their pros and cons but because Reef Experience offered the introductory dive that won it. I'd never scuba'd before so was a little bit anxious. Our instructor Martin was absolutely brilliant and helped me through it. I had a couple of panics during the dive but successfully did it and would absolutely do one again. I've seen some people giving negative feedback about not seeing much on the reef. I'm sure most of us dream of seeing a turtle but you have to accept that this is nature and the tour has no control over what you see. I know others on the same tour as me did spot a turtle, a shark, a ray and anemone fish but I didn't. It's just my bad luck. I still saw lots of other great stuff while snorkelling and scubaing. As for the food, we went in with low expectations but were actually really impressed. We wouldn't normally splash out on extras but the professional photos that were taken were excellent. All the staff were friendly. All in all, such a brilliant day out. We'd absolutely recommend this.
14. October, 2021.
Last family operated reef tour operator in Cairns I spend a wonderful day at the reef. The staff were lovely, the food excellent and cooked on board, and non- confident snorklers were very well catered for, so they also could enjoy the reef. This is the last family operated reef tour operator in Cairns. Introductory dive experience is included in the very reasonable price.
6. October, 2021.
Great day on wonderful reef Great day out on the reef. As a couple we both did snorkelling, and Martin did two introductory dives. Even as a non confident swimmer the snorkelling was enjoyable. The staff did everything to make you feel welcome and safe with pool noodles, wetsuits, and people on watch as well as in the water available to make you feel looked after. Onboard the boat the food was great with catering to gluten free, vegan etc. There was a marine biologist on board to talk about the reef and the experienced skipper did a glass bottom boat tour. Highly recommended day out!
16. September, 2021.
An operator that cares about the customer Scuba was something I had always wanted to try after just snorkelling at numerous locations. A late Thursday night phone call to confirm there was availability in addition to asking questions as to whether they could accommodate my Aspergers (it can cause a lot of issues in high processing situations). After mentally draining myself out with worry and fear, the staff were super understanding and supportive which helped and it resulted in me being able to finally get into the water and complete a scuba drive. Although they might not have the most glamorous looking boat (its not brand new) but the service, professionalism and respect the staff showed me today meant the world to me and just showed this company is not just about making money but assisting their customers in making great memories. Huge thank you to Jade for your patience and support, you're a trooper. (photo of Jade supervising next to a brain coral)
13. September, 2021.
Excellent GBR outer reef tour! From the moment we got onto the boat we could tell this was going to bed a good day. The crew were very welcoming, learned our names pretty much right away and even knew about the allergy I mentioned at the booking agent! We arrived at 7:30am and departed just before 8am. We had breakfast of tea, fruit and a veggie pattie (or bacon and egg roll). The boat ride out to Saxon Reef took about 1.5 hours and we were ready for our first snorkelling location. The water was crystal clear and the reef was great. Immediately I saw a white tip reef shark laying near the ocean floor, then proceeded to see anemone fish, parrot fish, black tip reef shark (I think) and lots of other different colourful fish. We saw the biggg wrasse fish, a stingray and two sea turtles, as well as what looked like a sea snake but may have been a pike fish, some clams and Nemo! We also had a glass bottom boat tour and saw another area of the reef and learned a bit more about it. After snorkeling there for about an hour and a half it was lunch time! Chicken, bread rolls and about 4 delicious salads (couscous salad, mixed leaf salad, coleslaw and rice salad) while we moved to the next reef location just around the corner which was more of a drop off and was quite deep. Saw another sea turtle there along with lots more variety of coral. We happened to be near the photographer when the sea turtle was around so we got some great photos!
2. August, 2021.
Truly family friendly and great dive experience Amazing crew who went above and beyond to make the whole day truly family friendly, allowing both parents to dive and snorkel, helping to take the 3yo snorkelling, upbeat and positive. Well equipped boat, lunch and snacks were A+ Really can't rate these guys highly enough, HIGHLY RECOMMEND
8. November, 2021.
Amazing experience, we really enjoyed our day ♥ The staff is really friendly and nice . You are not in rush to discover the great barrier reef. You ve got plenty of food all along your day too. We definitely recommend this tour 👌
31. October, 2021.
Reef experiences was amazing, the whole team was super supportive and friendly. Before I went scuba diving and snorkelling I was afraid of open water, after this magical experience that fear is gone, I am glad I had such a great team to help me push past that. Aimee was a Scuba Instructor and marine biologist expert, she was really amazing, made me feel very safe. If your second guessing like I was don't, just go for it. Much love, happy swimming.
21. October, 2021.
I was too scared of snorkelling and diving the first time but all the lovely staff gave me the greatest support ever. I finally managed to try and have a look at the gorgeous reef. Apart from having sea sick, the experience was outstanding to me. I love how well the tour is operated and how friendly and professional the staff are.
20. October, 2021.
Absolutely loved our day on Reef Experience. Our top deck Experience was a once In a life time goal. A huge shout out to Amy for making our first scuba dive and snorkel experience a pleasure. Will definitely be back and 15/10 recommend 😊😊
19. October, 2021.
Working in tourism in another part of Australia, I know the problems operators have and what makes a good experience for visitors. This mob did a great job and I was glad to support them in a time when tourism is suffering in due to covid and travel restrictions.The staff were friendly and helpful, the equipment and amenities was well up to standard, breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea provided and plenty of time at the two reef locations for diving or snorkelling or chilling out on the sun deck. Not to mentioned is was glassy flat and calm with great visibility. Well worth it.
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13. October, 2021.
Top experience for sure! We had a group of five and all agreed that this was in our top 3 best experiences of our lives. The crew were friendly as! Having brekky and lunch included was a real treat too. We stopped at two locations, didn't feel rushed or pressured at all. Overall an absolute top notch experience that i'd recommend to anyone. For just over 200 bucks you can't go wrong!
5. October, 2021.
Spent 4 days out on the reef with this company, and it was really great, good dive sites, comfy beds, well equipped boat but what made it really stand out was the team, from the skipper down these guys are super professional, really friendly and super helpful to make sure everyone on board has an awesome reef experience, would absolutely recommend these guys and travel with them again. Also worth paying kudos to the chef, sensational food and plenty of it which is great when your diving so much every day 🙏🏼 Thanks reef experience team, had a sensational time.
3. October, 2021.
Great Top Deck experience with crew member James. Highly recommended for snorkeling and diving. We had amazing day!
3. October, 2021.
A truly fantastic day out on the reef with #reefexperience !! The crew were very friendly and the food was delicious 😊🙏 Great snorkelling locations saw lots of fish , a turtle and even a couple of reef sharks !! 🦈
2. October, 2021.
From the moment we arrived we were great with enthusiasm, professionalism, friendly and they loved their jobs. From the talks on safety to equipment use and a talk from the onboard Marine Biologist all done with a knowledge and presented in a fun way. The morning egg and bacon roll to bbq lunch and salads also fruit platters, tea & coffee not to mention H2O. Choices of activities were great and catered to all needs, once the fun was over complimentary wine or cordial for non-drinkers with nibbles biscuits & cheese and more fruit. Would highly recommend this company if you want a fantastic time at reasonable price. Cheers Reef Experience
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!!
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.
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.