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Tour ID: 10002240

Set sail for the Great Barrier Reef aboard Passions of Paradise, an Australian Tourism Award Winning vessel (Adventure Tourism)

Sailing daily aboard a 25 meter catamaran, we provide an excellent, eco-friendly opportunity to view the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. Specialising in introductory and certified diving, let our dedicated, energetic staff showcase the best the reef has to offer. Certified divers explore the best sites using our specially designed dive tender, while introductory divers and snorkelers discover the underwater realm in shallow, calm waters teeming with fish life and beautiful coral gardens.

Enjoy the splendour of Michaelmas Cay, where our special permits allow access to one of the most breathtaking ecosystems on the planet. Paradise Reef, part of Breaking Patches Reef, is exclusive to Passions of Paradise, so our guests encounter the underwater world in tranquillity. Every afternoon our bar is open, and guests relax as we hoist the sails and cruise the Coral Sea.

Passions of Paradise II is a truly special sailing vessel. Designed by the renowned Sydney naval architect Grahame Parker and constructed by Jarkan Yachts.
She was purpose built to operate out of Cairns to sail daily to Micaelmas Cay and the Great Barrier Reef. Completed in November 2003, she is fast, comfortable and bristling with the most modern high performance electronics, deck and sail hardware.

The brief was to build a boat which made a trip to the reef exciting and fun, yet retained a classy and comfortable feel. Built out of core cell (composite) fiberglass she is also very light which enhances her sailing capabilities.

No matter what the weather conditions, she will adapt. Strong winds mean exciting performance and less travelling time and calm winds mean a spacious comfortable platform to soak up the sun.

At 25 metres length overall and with a beam over 10 metres, she is one of the largest commercial sailing catamarans in Australia.

TTG Code: topninecairnsreefcruises

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Tour Details

  • Included in price:

    All snorkelling equipment
    Morning and Afternoon Tea
    Chef Prepared Tropical hot and cold buffet lunch including prawns and fresh fruit
    FREE snorkeling tuition
    FREE guided snorkeling tour
    FREE flotation vests

  • Available for purchase/hire:

    Introductory Dive - So you would like to get up close and personal with the fish and the coral like Jaques Cousteau!!! You can pre-book your first dive, or book up to 2 dives on board. Intro diving is safe, fun, easy and the best way to see the Great Barrier Reef. Our Diving Instructors are highly experienced, calm and fun to be with.
    NO experience is necessary, and you don’t even have to be able to swim. You will be given a full on-deck briefing, shown how the equipment works and in small groups of no more than 4 divers, be led on a Diving Instructor controlled dive.

    Already hold Open Water Dive Certification? You can pre-book your first dive, or book up to 2 dive whilst on board. Just bring along your dive licence.

    Glass Bottom Boat - Full Marine Naturalist tour and commentry bookable on board. Approx $20.00per person.
    Wetsuit or Stinger/Sunsuit available to hire onboard for approx $8.00 per person.
    Prescription masks available for hire on board for approx $10.
    T shirts, snacks & merchandise available on board.

    We can offer a transfer service from your Cairns or Northern Beaches hotel. This must be pre-booked but you are required to pay for the transfer directly to the driver.
    Transfers from City hotels $15.00 per person / from Northern Beaches hotels $22.00 per person.

  • Duration:

    Four full hours on the Reef

  • Departure:

    8:00 AM Daily

  • Return:

    Approx 5pm

  • Departure points:

    Cairns and Cairns Beaches

  • Pickup/departure instructions:

    Transfer from your hotel can be aranged but is payable direct to the driver on the day of travel. If you require transfers, please advise hotel accommodation to be picked up from and we will advise pick up time.

  • What to bring:

    Cash, Credit card, towel, swimmers, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses

  • Fitness level required:


  • Child policies:

    4 -14 years

  • Additional Information:

    Reef Levy of $15 per person is required to be paid on board.

  • Destinations:

    Great Barrier Reef and Michaelmas Cay

Optional Extras

  • Certified Scuba Dive (1 dive)

    Adults: $70.00

  • Introductory Scuba Dive (1 dive)

    Adults: $70.00

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