Cairns Marine Conservation Reef Experience



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Be a Marine Biologist for a day

Experience the ultimate Cairns Marine Conservation Reef Experience guided by official Master Reef Guides.

Immerse yourself in the world of marine biology by stepping into the shoes of a marine biologist for a day and embark on an extraordinary journey to the Great Barrier Reef. Dive deep into the heart of this magnificent ecosystem, where vibrant corals and exotic marine life await your exploration.

Join our dedicated team of Master Reef Guides and engage in citizen science projects, contributing to ongoing research and the protection of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the wonders of the reef under the expert guidance of our Master Reef Guides, expand your knowledge, make a meaningful impact on its preservation and create memories that will last a lifetime?


  • Expert Master Reef Guides: Guided by world-renowned Master Reef Guides, immerse in an educational marine biology experience.
  • Dive into Marine Biology: Explore vibrant reefs and intricate ecosystems, experiencing the life of a marine biologist.
  • “Eye on the Reef” Contribution: Contribute to reef conservation through citizen science initiatives by GBRMP’s “Eye on the Reef.”
  • Drupella Snail Removal: Actively participate in removing invasive drupella snails to restore reef balance.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site: Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO gem.
  • Exclusive Outer Reef Locations: Discover pristine marine environments in exclusive Outer Great Barrier Reef locations.



Dedicated Master Reef Guide host
Visit our exclusive reef locations
Sail our stunning sailing catamaran
Exclusive research team seating
High quality snorkelling equipment
Onboard chef prepared lunch
All dietary requirements catered for
Winter wetsuits / summer sunsuits
Prescription masks
Marine Park Fees and Levies
Scuba Diving
Alcoholic/soft drinks & snacks


  • What your day may look like

    Experience the role of a marine biologist on the Great Barrier Reef with our immersive Cairns Marine Conservation Reef Experience. Join a small group of passionate individuals as you embark on an unforgettable itinerary:


    Board our eco-certified motorised sailing catamaran, Passions III, with a maximum of 12 participants in your group.
    Meet your experienced and certified Master Reef Guide, a leading expert in reef interpretation and conservation. Your dedicated Master Reef Guide host will provide a personalised experience from start to finish.
    Set sail to one of the many exclusive outer reef locations we have permits for.

    Activity 1: Eye on the Reef Program

    As part of your Cairns Marine Conservation Experience we contribute to ongoing reef monitoring by completing Sightings Network submissions and Rapid Monitoring Survey Reports for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
    Work closely with your Master Reef Guide as you survey reef locations and monitor the health of the ecosystem.
    Gain hands-on experience in data collection and become an integral part of reef conservation efforts.

    Activity 2: Coral Nurture Program

    This activity is in collaborate with the University of Technology Sydney in monitoring Coral Planting initiatives.
    Monitor the nurturing and restoration of coral reefs, playing a vital role in their preservation.
    Learn about the importance of coral ecosystems and the challenges they face.


    Enjoy a delicious chef-prepared lunch onboard, all using fresh local ingredients.
    Engage in marine biology discussions and gain insights from your knowledgeable guide.

    Activity 3: Snorkelling and Exploration

    Dive into the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef, surrounded by stunning corals and diverse marine life.
    Discover the mesmerising beauty of locations such as Whale Bommie and Three Sisters while spotting vibrant fish species, inquisitive turtles, and perhaps even catch a glimpse of  white-tipped reef sharks.

    Sailing Home:

    Sail back to Cairns, reflecting on your invaluable contributions to reef conservation.
    Share your experiences and observations with fellow participants, forging lasting connections.
    Leave with a deepened understanding of the reef’s fragile ecosystem and the importance of its protection.

    Join us on this exclusive marine biology expedition and become a steward and ambassador for our ocean planet. Together, let’s make a difference in the preservation of the Great Barrier Reef.

Trip Locations


*Private and Group bookings, or to check more date options, please contact us.

Important Info

  • What to bring

    • Swim wear and beach towel
    • Hat and Sunglasses
    • Plastic-free reusable water bottle
    • Natural reef safe sunscreen*


    *For more information about sunscreen damaging our reefs visit the ethically conscious

  • Know before you go

    Dietary Requirements

    Tell us about any dietary requirements where meals are included on the booking form.

    Trip Physicality and General Health

    This trip rates 2 out of 5 meaning it includes some easy physical activities.

    Snorkelling is a relatively low-intensity activity and does not require high levels of physical fitness to enjoy.

    Please do tell us if you think any physical activities can aggravate a medical condition.

    Upon boarding all guests will fill out a simple medical questionnaire that allows the crew the chance to offer many different kinds of personalised assistance throughout your day.


    Itineraries may be subject to change due to weather events and unforeseen circumstances.

  • Scuba Diving (if relevant)

    Diving Information
    • Certified divers need their certification cards
    • Certified dives include experienced guide
    • Introductory dives are for those with no experience
    • Introductory Dives with experienced PADI dive instructor with a maximum of 4 divers per group.
    • This is a fully registered PADI experience
    Medical Information
    • All passengers must complete a QLD medical questionnaire on the boat before departure. Some medical conditions may preclude you from scuba diving (ask us)
      If you are planning to experience an introductory dive you will be asked to fill out and sign a medical declaration form
    • The minimum age for diving is 12 years old with parental consent and completion of a medical questionnaire
    • Passengers under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent/guardian over 18 years old
    • Flying after diving?
      We recommended leaving a minimum of 24 hours after your last scuba dive before flying.
      Please note, guests can fly and then dive on the same day – but not dive and then fly.
  • Tour Terms

    Cancellation by Customer:
    • If you cancel 48 hours or more in advance of departure: 0% fee
    • If you cancel within 48 hours of departure: 100% fee
    • Unless otherwise stated all refunds will incur a 6% administration fee.

    All prices are person unless otherwise stated, are in Australian dollars, are correct at the time of publication & are subject to change without notice.

    Age Requirements

    The minimum age to take part in this marine conservation programme is 15 years. Those participants under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult on board.

    Please contact us for non-participant bookings.

    Terms & Conditions

    In addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined above, upon purchase this package is subject to general terms & conditions.

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Cairns Marine Conservation Reef Experience

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