Ocean Freedom Cruise

Cairns Premier Reef & Island Tours

Cruise

Upolu Cay Reef

Outer Edge Reef

Cruise to 2 Unique Great Barrier Reef SitesExtremely Personal Tour - 75 Guests - Outstanding Customer Service

Travel with style and speed on our comfortable 20 metre motor catamaran. Ocean Freedom provides you with a first class way to experience two unique Great Barrier Reef sites, without the crowds.

Enjoy truly personalised service. Our crew will connect with you to ensure you have the best reef experience possible. Ocean Freedom is the only boat in Cairns offering a full 6 hours on the reef, meaning there’s absolutely no rush in the day. You get to enjoy all the complimentary water activities, whilst still having time to relax and enjoy a long lazy lunch. Experience an adventure drift snorkel tour with our attentive crew and jump on board for an informative glass bottom boat tour.

If interested in taking your first ever scuba dive experience with us, Ocean Freedom’s unique 2 divers to 1 instructor ratio ensures your comfort and care. If you’re a certified diver, enjoy a small personal group with complimentary guide, so you can just relax and enjoy the sights! This 5 star tour visits 2 great and unique destinations. The crystal clear, shallow waters and surrounding reef of Upolu Cay and “Wonder Wall” on the outer edge of Upolu Reef. Explore the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef with us, for a simply superb day in paradise.

Dear all - Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom continue to operate over staggered days under our “QLD approved Tourism Industry COVID-safe plan” and have also achieved ATEC COVID accreditation. We already operate under very flexible booking conditions but can assure you any bookings made which have to change due to COVID restrictions will be 100% refundable with no stress involved – so let’s all plan our holidays and make it happen! We would love the opportunity to give you all a great day on the Great Barrier Reef. Much love Taryn, Perry, Jazz and the Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom family.

Why Travel with Ocean Freedom

Must Do Experience

For the discerning traveller wanting first class service with that friendly ozzie touch, you must choose Ocean Freedom. Our enthusiastic crew are committed to providing for your every need.

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More Reef Time

6hrs to experience 2 very unique and different destinations on the Great Barrier Reef. Just over 1 hour to get to the reef and only 10 minutes travelling between the 2 destinations. No rush in the day.

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Personalised Tour

You’re a name not a number. Guest numbers are strictly limited to 75 (despite being surveyed to carry 105) ensuring maximum customer service and passenger comfort. Be pampered by us.

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Lots of Inclusions

Complimentary glass bottom boat tour, with informative reef talk, adventure drift snorkel tour, scrumptious seafood smorgasbord lunch including smoked salmon and prawns, tea and coffee all day.

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Drift Snorkelling

Guided adventure drift snorkel tours showcase the best of the Great Barrier Reef. Float gently, admiring the amazing variety of colourful corals and marine life beneath you.

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Dive the Reef

Ocean Freedom offer Non-Certified diving (no experience needed) and Certified diving. All dives are guided and the highest ratio of dive instructor to diver is offered. We take your safety seriously.

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Environment

Ocean Freedom is an Advanced Eco Certified product. Throughout our years of operating we have always and continue to have a strong commitment to protecting our beautiful Great Barrier Reef.

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Value for Money

This is a great value for money day tour with lots of inclusions. You have 6 hours to explore Upolu Cay area and Outer Edge Upolu – 2 unique Great Barrier Reef destinations.

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OCEAN FREEDOM TESTIMONIALS

One thing humans can't control is the weather conditions. It's was opposite to turquoise blue flat waters and sunny sky. But what an adventure to remember. The crew was fabulous. The waves and salt water exhilarating.
sarah M.
sarah M.
23:33 30 Jun 22
Very knowledgeable crew, had lots of options with regards to either snorkeling off on your own, or taking "tours" around the reef with the crew. All of the team was very friendly and attentive to the whole boats needs!
Gabriela H.
Gabriela H.
18:51 28 Jun 22
Great day snorkelling & exploring the reef & Green Island. Knowledgeable crew with lots insights & breakfast & lunch & even wine cheese on the way home.
Gail B.
Gail B.
23:00 25 Jun 22
I had a lovely experience on this tour. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the food was great. Met some lovely people on the tour from overseas and other parts of Australia. Snorkelling was amazing and I learnt a little about the Great Barrier Reef on the Glass Bottom Boat tour. Hope to do this tour again and hopefully try diving next time.
Jane D.
Jane D.
01:52 25 Jun 22
What a great experience while visiting Cairns. The crew was extremely outgoing and knowledgeable. The first spot on the Great Barrier Reef was the better of the two due to rough conditions, but both were really nice. Even the owner (local) showed up to thank everyone upon docking at the end of the day.
Jeff R.
Jeff R.
23:11 23 Jun 22
Ocean Freedom books small, manageable numbers of people so the service they provide is quite personalized. The staff address you by your name instead of a number and go out of their way to make sure you feel comfortable, safe and well taken care of.I’m tall and thin and prone to getting cold, even in warm water, and one of their staff loaned me his own under suit vest (sleeveless hooded vest with a furry lining), which helped me stay just warm enough that I completed both of my guided dives without freezing.Their lunch spread was amazing and was followed by fruit trays and a dessert tray, with a member of the staff walking around the boat with the fruit and desert trays making sure everyone got some.My diving guide was patient and professional and very good at pointing out the large variety of sea life their diving site offers.I would definitely book with this company again.Bonus: My diving guide even provided my dive stats hand-written on a piece of paper for me to transcribe or just include as is in my dive book.
Phillip S
Phillip S
20:23 23 Jun 22
Great captain and friendly crew
Chantel C.
Chantel C.
06:45 23 Jun 22
Awesome day was had ,great hosts and got to see all you could on the reef
Brad Warren S.
Brad Warren S.
09:06 22 Jun 22
Excellent trip and lots of fun. highly recommended for others
Yong Q.
Yong Q.
05:25 21 Jun 22
My partner and I went out diving for the day. He’d never dived and I hadn’t been for years. We were so well looked after and all the friendly, happy staff showed such patience!
Fantastic day out highly recommend this business ⭐️
Sarah D.
Sarah D.
21:46 20 Jun 22
Friendly staff, very well thought and planned day on the reef. The staff was very accomodating went out of their way to help and check in with the guests. Good food options. I enjoy the day and would definitely pick them again for our next Cairns trip
snehal P.
snehal P.
10:55 20 Jun 22
Saturday 11/6/22 - We went on the sailboat tour to Green Island, which also included snorkelling. The crew (under captain Michael) was very accommodating and made sure that the small group on the boat had a wonderful time.The food was good and we had a great day above and under the surface. The 2 hour stay at Green Island was pleasant and sailing back to Cairns in the afternoon was a joy.Highly recommend!
Daniel T.
Daniel T.
05:01 19 Jun 22
Everything was great. Staff was amazing, boat. If it was cheaper I would be there atleast three times in a week I love snorchling..We were lucky to swim with turtle.
Zdenka T.
Zdenka T.
06:18 18 Jun 22
Amazing day on the reef with ocean freedom.Fantastic crew went above and beyond to make it a really enjoyable experience.Special shout out to Amanda in bookings (so friendly, helpful and informative), Paig ( friendly and accommodating in the galley and the bar), Jordy in and underwater. All of the crew worked so hard to get everything right and help us enjoy our day.Looking forward to returning to the reef again with ocean freedom.Thanks again, well done.Great value!
greg
greg
07:47 17 Jun 22
I can't recommend these guys strongly enough; friendly, knowledgeable, flexible and focused on making sure guests on board had the best day possible. Go with these guys, you won't regret it. Keep up the great work!!
Mike C.
Mike C.
23:11 16 Jun 22
Fantastic experience with Ocean Freedom in Cairns. Staff were extremely friendly and accommodating, gave us a stress free and safe experience swimming at the reef. I was frightened of the water at first, but at the end of the day I was swimming amongst the coral without fear since I felt very safe. The staff were extremely helpful and delightful, they even brought over snack and treats to us while we were sitting at the bow of the boat, amazing service. I would highly recommend Ocean Freedom for your snorkelling reef tour, everything went so smoothly and pleasant memories were made that day! 😊
Tam D.
Tam D.
01:13 15 Jun 22
Great experience with an incredibly kind and patient staff! Couldn’t have been more pleased!!! If we ever visit Cairns again they will be the first adventure we book! I would highly recommend them if you want to experience the reef at a reasonable price!!! Shout out to the amazing crew who took such good care of us!
James F.
James F.
09:22 14 Jun 22
Awesome bunch of guys! - enjoyed my cruise heaps...plus the owner dropped in the boat to say hi too..
Walter P.
Walter P.
07:22 14 Jun 22
My partner and I had a great experience with ocean freedom! Starting with the positives, crew were friendly, energetic and made everything more fun and enjoyable! Scuba diving is a must! A big thanks to Jen for the diving instructions and for being so patient and helpful despite our lack of experience and being so nervous :) also the locations were great, the second location was shallower and was great for us first time divers to try a bit more freedom, and also the boat was really fast!a few minor suggestions or things that could have been better. plastic covering was used in the second floor to stop water splashing into the boat when it was going at high speed. We thought the plastic cover made it look a bit DIY and cheap, perhaps they could be replaced by removable glass panels? In addition to the look, plastic cover were not good at keeping the water out, plenty of water leaked in, anyone sitting in the second floor were soaked wet when returning, also because the floor was carpet it got wet too and was not really pleasant to walk on (perhaps replacing with wood decking?), but to be honest the crew, the location (Upolo reef), the diving equipments and the experience overall were so good that giving it less than 5/5 would not be fair.
Afshin J.
Afshin J.
03:48 14 Jun 22
Un tour en el que te lo pasas muy bien, la tripulación está atenta a lo que necesites. Un día para repetir
Maria Martinez P.
Maria Martinez P.
04:24 11 Jun 22
Crew took care of the group very well. Food served was really good and filling. Plenty of time given to snorkel.
Veronica H.
Veronica H.
18:57 10 Jun 22
Been out on Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom over the past few days. Amazing experiences which we will never forget! Can’t recommend enough!!
Joshua N.
Joshua N.
11:36 10 Jun 22
Really great trip. The staff were very friendly and always put the guests first. Would definitely recommend :).
Nadya K.
Nadya K.
23:01 09 Jun 22
More professional than other boat trips we took in the region. We liked the boat, the food, and the staff. The reef locations were remote and there weren't other tourists, though we didn't luck out in terms of wildlife -- we saw more variety in other parts. That said, this group felt more professional, with better food options and drinks -- but without feeling like a party boat.
Timothy T.
Timothy T.
08:56 05 Jun 22
Loved this family run business. The staff were attentive, friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, funny and relaxed. I cannot speak highly enough of the crew ( THANK YOU CREW 💖) My two travel companions were extremely anxious about their first snorkel and the crew were caring, compassionate and patient. They knew exactly how to settle their anxieties. I highly recommend Ocean Freedom
Tracy
Tracy
22:27 02 Jun 22
Amazing trip. Boat was great, crew went above and beyond, snorkelling locations were amazing.
Tara W.
Tara W.
01:05 01 Jun 22
Highly recommend. My Fiancé and I went out a couple of days ago and were blown away. Staff were helpful and fun. The boat was perfect size. A great spread of food and the locations were amazing. Will definitely do again in the future.
Mathew T.
Mathew T.
23:03 31 May 22
I loved the whole experience, from the friendly lady in the booking office, who was the main reason we chose Ocean Freedom, to all the friendly helpful staff once we were on the cruise. I had a very memorable 67th birthday in a beautiful location ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Thank you Ocean Freedom!
Susan G.
Susan G.
21:54 31 May 22
What attracted me to this advertised reef experience was the combination of a sailing and snorkeling trip out to the reef with a relatively small travelling party, also the option of a transfer to Green Island for a spot of sightseeing offered a pretty interesting day. What turned out to be the highlight for me was the very welcoming crew and the effort they extended to all to make the days trip and experiences something to remember.
Peter M.
Peter M.
12:12 31 May 22
We had an amazing day!! The reef locations were phenomenal and the crew was very friendly. Would highly recommend :)
Michelle W
Michelle W
00:38 30 May 22
My Family had an absolutely brilliant experience out on this boat. Great staff, special shout out to Jazz who encouraged my 13 year old son to try scuba diving. He loved it so much he went back for a second dive wants to do his open water certification. We are a family of scuba divers who had little luck in the past encouraging Will to try diving. He trusted Jazz and she looked out for him the entire time as did the instructor on the second dive.The food was great, the atmosphere was great, the staff are all very professional and engaging. We will be back. Highly recommended.
Michelle W
Michelle W
22:41 28 May 22
Had the most amazing day snorkelling with these guys, just brilliant. Couldn't fault them. The crew were absolutely fantastic!!!! professional, welcoming and we had a blast. Food was perfect too !I would definitely recommend going for a reef drive or snorkelling with this business. I'll be back. Thank you for a truly wonderful experience.
Mirella S.
Mirella S.
22:14 28 May 22
Had an incredible time with these guys, so helpful, great food, perfect reef choices and excellent staff
Marcia O.
Marcia O.
22:12 28 May 22
The tour run by Ocean Free was absolutely fantastic and surpassed all expectation! The program itself ran very smoothly and was an excellent balance between guided activities and relaxing free time. The crew was also brilliant — so friendly, fun and helpful throughout the day. All in all, a very worthwhile experience that any visitor to Cairns should consider 👌
Tony T.
Tony T.
07:59 27 May 22
Awesome tour, fantastic experience, very friendly and helpful staff. Food on board was very nice too. We saw so much marine life, 10 of 10. They were the best.
ning L.
ning L.
00:54 27 May 22
Hats off the hiring manager - every staff has the most pleasant and welcoming attitude. A special shoutout to Amanda, who impressed us with her customer sevice and impromptu sales pitch :)The day is filled with exploring the reefs, with lots of time in the water. The whole experience is seemless with good communication, breaks, food and hospitality.One of us had signed up for a scuba dive, but decided against it on the boat, that too after going in the water. They had no reason to reimburse the $$, but they still did. 10/10 for that.
Bharath P.
Bharath P.
22:12 24 May 22
We were really happy with the ocean freedom tour to the GBR. The crew were amazing, they were friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. The tour went to two locations that were both great to see coral, fish and turtles. The food on board was better than we expected aswell. Overall we highly recommend 👌
K W.
K W.
10:16 23 May 22
We took the reef tour with these guys and it was a great experience. All the staff were so lovely and accommodating. The boat was big but not too big. The food served was delicious and the experience itself was great. It was our first time to the barrier reef. The conditions were choppy but they did everything they could to make it a great experience.
Stevie G
Stevie G
23:23 21 May 22
Captain Mike and his crew were amazing from the get go. They were friendly and super accomodating to anything we needed. The boat was clean and comfortable, the food was really yum and the equipment for snorkelling was in excellent condition. We had a lot of fun snorkelling and even though it was choppy we all felt safe and looked after by the crew. If you’re looking to do a Reef tour, CHOOSE THESE GUYS! You will be impressed.
Leonard C.
Leonard C.
23:20 21 May 22
Absolute 10/10 both times I’ve been with these guys! Team is so friendly and fun and is constantly making sure you’re having the best time there! Will be back :)
Natalie A.
Natalie A.
23:54 19 May 22
What an amazing experience with you guys.Great service and very friendly staff.Definitely recommended!
Bnta D.
Bnta D.
09:05 18 May 22
Went on a fabulous day out with these guys yesterday! This was my husband’s dream since childhood and it exceeded his expectations totally! The crew were so friendly and informative. The food kept on coming all day and the snorkelling was magical. We will do this again and won’t go with anyone else but these!
Dianne R.
Dianne R.
00:31 18 May 22
What a great day. The friendliest crew, helpful, nothing was an issue. An amazing and informative day. Well worth it.
Mel A.
Mel A.
07:05 16 May 22
This tour exceeded all our expectations. The crew were amazing. We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary on board and couldn't ask for a more beautiful memorable day. Thank you for making our day extra special
Denise W.
Denise W.
20:55 15 May 22
Unfortunately the weather on our Ocean Freedom tour wasn't great and I felt unwell for most of the day. The crew were all fantastic and they made the effort to make sure I was ok. My husband is not a confident swimmer and Shannon went above and beyond by taking him around the reef on a life ring to show him the sights. There was plenty of food available throughout the day. A thank you to the crew for doing a great job in tough conditions.
Ashleigh W
Ashleigh W
11:21 14 May 22
We went on an Ocean Freedom cruise on Anzac day. The crew were so friendly. My partner did an intro to diving with 2 dives and we snorkelled at 2 reef locations. We had a snorkel guide for each location and the crew member would share information on coral and fish as we went through the reef. At the second location, we saw 4 sea turtles. We were the only boat at each reef location. 11/10 would book again!
Leah W
Leah W
10:42 13 May 22
Brilliant experience, really knowledgable crew! Highly recommend
Eoin D.
Eoin D.
09:38 13 May 22
We just spent the day on the Ocean Freedom and it far exceeded our expectations! The team are so friendly and welcoming and just genuinely nice people. Having a smaller group setting makes it so much more personal. We were served an amazing breakfast/morning tea, delicious lunch of seafood, meats and yummy salads and 3 courses of amazing afternoon tea. The team also kindly presented us with a certificate to celebrate our honeymoon and a glass of bubbly each! Not to mention the amazing snorkelling experience. We had an amazing day and met so many lovely people 💕
Kristie-Lea T.
Kristie-Lea T.
07:27 13 May 22
We had the most stunning day on the reef snorkelling with Ocean Freedom.
Great crew on board, so friendly, helpful and well informed about this national treasure!
I can’t wait to come back again!
A huge thank you to the crew 👏👏👏👏
Alice V.
Alice V.
07:14 13 May 22
Super experience with the team, did my introductory scuba dive really great and knowledgeable staff.
Henry W.
Henry W.
22:45 12 May 22
Small group and great service. 2 excellent locations. Best experience.
Scott J.
Scott J.
22:26 09 May 22
Such a lovely day on the reef! My parent's and sister came to visit Cairns and this was their first time of the reef and they had such a nice time! Conditions were good so they didn't get too nauseated on the way which is a plus! There was morning tea when we got there, a quick briefing then we were off! There were various options for people of all swimming abilities and my parents loved the guided snorkel as they weren't confident swimmers. The scuba diving was luckily in small dive teams which is always a plus and it was a beautiful day for it! Lunch was great and it was such a wonderful experience. Would love to go again! Thanks team!
Chloe q
Chloe q
13:45 09 May 22
This was such an amazing experience. The boat was really nice and the crew even better. They all went above and beyond for the guests on board, even for my partner who was starting to feel unwell. Once he began to feel better, we were ready to go snorkel however the group was further than I would like to swim to on my own. Sharn (one of the crew members) saw how nervous I was and offered to take my partner and I out and show us the coral and beautiful fish. Would 100% recommend this to anyone looking for a snorkelling tour in Cairns. You don’t have to swim in the group if you don’t want to but they send a crew member out to personally take you to certain spots worth seeing underwater water.
Koeby K.
Koeby K.
03:44 09 May 22
Look at this photo from 18.2.2000 !!!!!!!. My boyfriend back then, now husband and I had an amazing trip on Ocean Free. Back again in 2017 with 2 kids and my dad. ❤️
Gitte Kock J.
Gitte Kock J.
00:47 07 May 22
Wonderful day on the reef with a fantastic crew. Did an introductory scuba dive with my daughter and our instructor Jordan was fabulous. Great day out on the water saw lots of marine life including turtles and reef sharks.
Stuart H.
Stuart H.
08:21 03 May 22
Crew was great and really friendly. Reef locations were spectacular. Overall a really great and worthwhile trip.
Aquila F.
Aquila F.
23:52 02 May 22
Ben and the team were incredible. Very rough seas on the day we went out but the crew went above and beyond to accommodate.
Natalie D.
Natalie D.
02:57 26 Apr 22
This was my second time to the reef and I really appreciated Ocean Freedom’s lower guests numbers. On the ride back there were so many beautiful treats. I highly recommend this company for your trip to the reef. No gold class/others division, everyone is treated with equal respect, kindness, and hospitality! I’d choose them again!
Laura Madonna M.
Laura Madonna M.
10:31 24 Apr 22
Had a brilliant day out on the reef with Ocean Freedom. Knowledgeable and friendly staff along with the smaller numbers of guest made this tour thoroughly enjoyable for our family of four (youngest 10). Snorkelling sites were brilliant and the highlight was to see some turtles thanks to their guides. The provided food was great and plenty of it (much to our children's joy). Would definitely recommend this environmentally friendly and family run cruise.
Hamish W.
Hamish W.
03:07 24 Apr 22
Great experience out on the reef with fun and knowledgeable guides. 👍
Chris C.
Chris C.
08:44 22 Apr 22
My husband and I had the best day as intro scuba students. The crew was full of energy, super hospitable, accommodating, and most importantly patient while in the water getting comfortable with the equipment and our breathing before leaving the boat area. Our dive guide in particular Ambrose was super encouraging when I didn’t think I was capable of completing the demo of the technique we needed to go off on our own.Highly recommend this tour!!
Lindsay H.
Lindsay H.
23:22 18 Apr 22
Fantastic day out… excellent crew. Highly recommend.
Nicholas De P.
Nicholas De P.
10:56 18 Apr 22
Just returned from a full day tour of the coral reef .We had just the best time . Ben and his crew are so friendly and professional. From start to finish we were looked after so well . The team do everything to make your day fun and memorable but also safe . Lunch and afternoon treats were fab too . I would totally recommend them if you want to dive and snorkel in Cairns
Helen G.
Helen G.
07:44 18 Apr 22
My boyfriend and I booked this trip to celebrate our anniversary and had a really amazing time! The crew were all very accomodating and lovely. We felt safe and looked after the whole time. We both will recommend this to our family and friends.
Gloria C.
Gloria C.
22:31 16 Apr 22
The crew were great. They went above and beyond.
Luke K.
Luke K.
10:42 15 Apr 22
Excellent to go on staff were exceptional would do it again. Love the snorkeling, perfect spots taken to. Totally enjoyed the day
Gordon K.
Gordon K.
23:13 14 Apr 22
An absolutely wonderful day! Green island was lovely for a short visit and the place for snorkelling on the reef was spectacular! So many different types of fish, giant trevally, colourful corals, black tip reef sharks and a sea turtle were among the highlights. 🦈🐠☀️Pascal and his team on Ocean Free were AMAZING people who were super friendly, funny, helpful and knowledgeable. Despite some rough weather, Pascal was a professional sailor and we were always in very safe hands. Thanks again for a wonderful day!!!
Rachel K.
Rachel K.
23:34 12 Apr 22
What an amazing day out! Crew friendly, helpful, funny and really looked after everyone. Diving and snorkelling were stunning. Upolo Cay was so relaxing lying on the sand and watching the little waves roll in. My daughters first intro dive (aged 14) and although nervous the staff built up the rapport and trust quickly and she dived straight in! Highly recommended, we will go back!
Danny H.
Danny H.
21:26 12 Apr 22
Thank u so much. Best tour ever.
Éva H.
Éva H.
22:21 08 Apr 22
Snorkelling amazing; so much to see
10/10 for friendly, helpful and respectful crew who clearly love what they do
10/10 for safety and supervision
10/10 for meal service
Would definitely recommend
Would love to try scuba diving next time
Kristin B.
Kristin B.
00:51 08 Apr 22
Great experience. Will organised, lots of good food and great service from Pascal, Chris and Cat. Reef experience was excellent especially in the afternoon on low tide
HM T.
HM T.
00:39 08 Apr 22
We had the best time on board the Ocean Freedom for our Great Barrier Reef experience. I had my first-ever intro dive experience with them and I wouldn’t have it anywhere else. Chris, my dive instructor, made is easy and comfortable for me. The crew headed by Pascal, they were all amazing - fun and made us feel safe. Food was great, too. Couldn’t wait to do this again on our next visit and would of course recommend Ocean Freedom to all my family and friends. This truly was the highlight of our Cairns vacation.
Beatriz
Beatriz
21:08 07 Apr 22
We had an amazing day on board Ocean Freedom. The crew where very knowledgeable and friendly and the marine life was next level 🐠🐬🐢🤩
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Kristie L.
Kristie L.
08:55 06 Apr 22
Had a great experience from booking to the actual day.

Amanda and Richard from the booking side - were extremely helpful.
My initial booking with Viator.com went wrong & got charged by them after they randomly cancelled my booking. Both Amanda & Richard patiently provided advice to ensure I still have a booking directly with Oceanfree (ditch Viator!!) and Richard also provided me with all the relevant info to help me get my refund!
On the other hand, Amanda further showed her hospitality spirit and shared her personal experience around Cairns with me (I ended up booking a waterrafting tour based on her recommendation, and it turned out great!!)

On the Oceanfree that day (27th Mar 22), the crew were extremely lovely, fun, and great hospitality. Overall myself & partner loved the entire day out, made our day & trip ☺️

Thanks!!!
Hilary S.
Hilary S.
02:22 04 Apr 22
From the get go, the crew and captain were entertaining and approachable with anything we wanted or needed. They took us for a guided snorkel, teaching us about certain things we found along the way. Super knowledgeable with any questions we had. Cold meats and salads for lunch topped it off aswell. Couldn’t recommend more highly
Haydo S.
Haydo S.
04:25 31 Mar 22
Very happy we've chosen to go with these guys. Very friendly and helpful team.
Gowri C.
Gowri C.
09:07 26 Mar 22
Amazing day trip with Ben and his crew! The staff were attentive and full of knowledge about the reef. Would highly recommend for those looking for a day out on the reef!
Jessica W.
Jessica W.
22:19 25 Mar 22
Except for the relatively windy and rough conditions (for which we certainly cannot blame the staff of the Ocean Freedom!) this was a sensational one-day outing. Our booking was made through the Palm Cove Tourist Information and Booking Office. The staff recommended Ocean Freedom, based on our desire to snorkel over the reef, and with a relatively small group.Booking was easy, we were picked up on time by the friendly owner of International Coaches, and delivered to the door of the Reef Fleet Terminal. We checked in with a helpful, cheerful agent at the Ocean Freedom desk, and followed her directions to our boat.We were warmly welcomed by every crew member. The boat departed promptly at 8.00 a.m., and we were given an entertaining, humorous introduction to the day (and safety procedures).An hour later, we arrived at the edge of Upolu Cay. The crew handled everything calmly, thoroughly and in a most friendly manner. We were given as much snorkelling time as one could want before, and again after lunch. Both sessions involved time on a glass bottomed boat, which we would recommend.The friendly, knowledgeable crew appropriately looked after everyone, from timid first-time snorkelers to experienced SCUBA divers; no time was wasted.We would thoroughly recommend the Ocean Freedom.
Tom A.
Tom A.
00:48 21 Mar 22
Absolutely amazing day trip to the Great Barrier Reef. Great overall package: crew, reef, boat, food,… This trip was the highlight of my Australia holiday.
Carina T.
Carina T.
09:18 20 Mar 22
Amazing friendly crew , they know thier stuff , felt very safe and the food was very tasty and lots to go around we had a great time and lots of fun 👍🏼🤿🐠
Sandy
Sandy
21:01 17 Mar 22
Fantastic crew. Had a great time. Highly recommend
Scott B.
Scott B.
10:25 13 Mar 22
The experience on board the Ocean Freedom exceeded all of my expectations. The crew were passionate and professional to everyone and assisted kindly to people who were nervous swimmers. I swam with a turtle, saw clown fish, starfish, sea cucumbers and hundreds and hundreds of fish. The food onboard was delicious and kept coming. The cakes at the end were a real treat. If you’d like to scuba dive, call and get the bookings to run through the safety questions first. It may avoid disappointment on the day if you require a medical clearance before you can dive. Worth every dollar for the smaller more intimate experience.
Adrian M.
Adrian M.
22:43 08 Mar 22
Went out to GBR and Green Island today on Ocean Free
Amazing day
Amazing staff

Travelling out to the reef on a beautiful yacht was an amazing experience and the lower numbers of clients added to the experience

Would recommend it in an instant

Thanks guys
Joe D.
Joe D.
08:31 08 Mar 22
crew were amazing. fantastic day with food all day and everyone looked after in the water. so lucky to have found this local family business.
Kaylene G.
Kaylene G.
07:28 08 Mar 22
Absolutely incredible experience!!! Couldn’t recommend this company more. They are locally owned and have such an amazing crew. They take us to beautiful parts of the reef- we saw turtles, reef sharks, star fish, Nemo and so much more! On our boat ride out we saw a shark and a giant sea snake! They keep you constantly supplied with good food, tea and coffee, and a selection of drinks. If you have any doubt about which company to take your reef tour with- GO WITH OCEAN FREE OCEAN FREEDOM!!!
Aubrey H.
Aubrey H.
20:01 05 Mar 22
Honestly, after COVID and living through the endless dreary weather in Melbourne the day out on the reef was the perfect cure. Everything was fantastic and the locations where amazing. Such a great experience.
Alex G.
Alex G.
07:36 05 Mar 22
Exceptional day out. Outstanding service from when we first booked to being greeted on the boat and then scuba lessons. Staff were all super friendly and helpful, food on the boat was lovely and boat itself was in great condition. Loved the smaller numbers and got to know a lot of the others we were swimming with. Lovely day out. Would highly recommend the Intro dives for anyone who hasn't dived before. I saw so much more than when I just snorkled and felt super safe the whole time. 5 stars!
Tracy S.
Tracy S.
08:55 02 Mar 22
The most AMAZING experience I have ever had. The crew were so good especially with my sea sick newly husband. They cared for him so well especially that he isn’t the best swimmer. The food was also really good too. One of the best snorkelling experience I have ever been on. I honestly highly recommend to everyone and will be coming back next time
M L
M L
09:59 21 Feb 22
What an amazing day on the reef with the Ocean Freedom crew. We were inexperienced snorkelers but we loved how we could explore the reef at our own pace. Getting to see two reef locations made it a great experience. The crew put on a delicious lunch and catered for us all day with fresh fruit and other platters. The day was capped off when I went to pay for our drinks and the crew had wiped our bar tab and presented us a certificate to congratulate my wife and I on our honeymoon. We will definitely be back! 🛥 😊
Beau G.
Beau G.
09:38 16 Feb 22
Amazing experience, topped off by a fantastic crew! Despite our sea-sickness, the team ensured that we had the best possible trip on the reef.Thank you once again!
Adam P.
Adam P.
11:30 15 Feb 22
Exceptionally great day out on the reef. No other boats in sight, it felt like we had the reef to our self. Small group of people made it possible to accommodate individually to the point of having crew members assisting in the water with equipment and helping less confident swimmers. The snacks and lunch provided was of high quality and delicious. To top of the day, we seen dolphins on the way home. Thank you so much for this experience we made lifetime memories.
Frances G.
Frances G.
22:56 10 Feb 22
Thank you so much for an amazing day out at the reef! Felt so safe doing the scuba diving with very little previous experience with Matt who made sure we were okay the entire time. The reef was absolutely magical! Highly recommend this experience...so glad we chose Ocean Freedom.
Nicole S.
Nicole S.
23:03 09 Feb 22
Had an amazing time snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef with the Ocean Freedom team. Great food, awesome boat and even better service. The team were friendly, accommodating and very knowledgeable; teaching us as much as they could about the reefs.Would definitely recommend Ocean Freedom without a doubt.
Kiani C.
Kiani C.
04:42 09 Feb 22
I had an amazing day with the Ocean Freedom cruise to the reef. The boat was brilliant, small group size and the staff were fantastic. They were friendly, knowledgeable and genuinely made it their misson to make sure each and every person had a good time. I would encourage anyone to book with this company.
Liam M.
Liam M.
10:07 04 Feb 22
We loved out day out on the reef. The boat was comfortable and well equipped and the food was plentiful! We went to two different snorkelling spots and both offered safe snorkelling for as long as we wanted with plenty to see. Crew were all knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Such a good day out. A must do.
Richard & Pip S.
Richard & Pip S.
05:16 31 Jan 22
Highly recommend ocean freedom. Amazing crew that provided us with the greatest day and experience. The day was very well planned out and everyone was taken care of both in and out of the water. Thanks to the wonderful crew and their guidance, the cruise is a wonderful experience for anyone, no matter their diving or snorkelling abilities.
Inuri M.
Inuri M.
04:48 31 Jan 22
We did the ocean free sailing trip- ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!Staff are super friendly and VERY knowledgeable! Food was amazing, plenty of it. Snorkeling was incredible and green island was very pretty but would’ve stayed in the water to watch the underworld for hours! We got to pull the sail up for a bit and once again was just so fun.. I highly recommend this tour for a more intimate and informative tour.Thanks for sharing you passion with us Nick, Kat and MattJax and Saras
Saras B.
Saras B.
07:29 29 Jan 22
I spent one of the most beautiful days in my whole life.
Amir M.
Amir M.
22:44 27 Jan 22
What a great value for money.
We took the family tour and were lucky to be going on a quite day.
First time diving for 2 of us was made comfortable by friendly staff.
Crew was so helpful in making sure snorkelling at 2 different spots was a memorable experience of the reef.We swam with turtles,saw reef shark and plenty of beautiful fishes in the reef.
Glassboat tour, Heaps of time in and on the water and food is served throughout the day.
Highly highly recommended.
Jasmine T.
Jasmine T.
11:29 27 Jan 22
Could not recommend highly enough!Staff were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. The day ran very smoothly and was well organised.
Jacqueline R.
Jacqueline R.
00:05 24 Jan 22
We had a wonderful trip out to the reef with this tour. The guides were fantastic and looked after us and made sure we had the best trip possible. My wife who isn’t a strong swimmer got an almost one on one snorkeling experience with Jen who was very knowledgeable and made her feel comfortable in the water. Highly recommended.
Guy L
Guy L
23:29 21 Jan 22
Had a great day out on the reef. Great staff, lots of fun and very professional. Food was amazing and loads of it. Could not have asked for more
julie S.
julie S.
07:41 18 Jan 22
Personalised Service is only one of the many wonderful experiences we had at The Great Barrier Reef. The crew members were fantastic, giving out information were serious and funny 😆; food 🥘 is delectable 🤤 and the day was perfect . This is my second visit to the Reef and my experience this time is super; smaller groups are better than bigger ones.
My grandchildren had a time of their lives snorkelling and creating friendship.
Thumbs up 👍 to your team; you have done well! To little Millie, you are more than amazing to behold 😊; you have an enviable life at sea, an inspiration to other children on board. To Gorgeous Amanda and the rest of the group; thank you for getting out of your way to make Joshua and everyone happy by making that special trip just for him to get back to the water 💦 🚿 💧
Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom is highly recommended 😍
Rosario M.
Rosario M.
18:17 15 Jan 22
My family had an amazing day out on the water. The food, snorkelling and crew were absolutely amazing.....Thank you all so much a beautiful day..xx
Josephinejoey S.
Josephinejoey S.
09:49 15 Jan 22
Huge thanks to great crew… we had a fabulous day out on the reef at both locations. So helpful, friendly and organised.
This is much better than the massive boat we were on previously.
We’ll be back!!!!
Kerrie S.
Kerrie S.
11:06 14 Jan 22
Amazing experience and awesome crew! Better than the bigger tours. The two reefs we went to were amazing with lots of coral and wildlife. Highly recommend⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!
Cherrie Jane W.
Cherrie Jane W.
02:54 14 Jan 22
Awesome day out.
Reef amazing
Staff and boat/CAT are amazing
Food was also amazing

Highly recommend
Candice D.
Candice D.
02:43 12 Jan 22
By far the best experience. The whole day was just amazing. The crew was so friendly, took us to amazing places to swim and snorkel. Would highly recommend going with this crew.
bintu C.
bintu C.
04:44 11 Jan 22
Amazing experience from start to finish! Everything was well-organised and the crew could not be faulted. The snacks and lunch selections were tasty and generous. Had sea sickness as usual, and they managed to still make it an enjoyable experience.Would definitely recommend to friends and family interested in snorkelling and intro dives.
Nikki N.
Nikki N.
12:02 05 Jan 22
They promised to pamper and they did all the pampering a diver could handle! Food was awesome, staff was out of their way nice, the reef was the reef of course <3, but they did set up the noob ropes and floaters and found some prime spots for us to see.
Agnieszka M.
Agnieszka M.
07:06 05 Jan 22
What an amazing experience we had with them! At first, when we arrived we were a bit doubtful upon checking the boat size. But these guys gave us an unforgettable experience proving they’re the best at every moment. From a warm welcome by staff on entering the boat to saying a goodbye in the end. Everything in between was so so perfect. Hospitality experience better than a 5 star hotel. Super friendly and entertaining staff, proper guidance on every step, delicious and continuous surprising food and drinks. I don’t know how to swim and I was really scared of scuba and I failed my first time. But they pushed me to retry once again and sent me with Taryn who was so so patient with me and took me through the whole reef tour. I couldn’t really believe I could do it after failing the first try but again thanks to Taryn and crew who helped so much in unlocking my achievement. 😂❤️ There’s so much good about these guys you can’t really write in reviews so go and try them. I hope we all can support this local business (Instead of falling for the ones with big boats, who won’t even say hello!) and help them grow more and more so they can provide these lifetime experiences to everyone out there!These guys are definitely the best reef company ever in Cairns! Thankyou so much team Ocean Freedom. See you next time!
Harshil J.
Harshil J.
16:40 29 Dec 21
Great staff, extremely helpful and fun!! Highly recommend
Belinda V.
Belinda V.
10:43 29 Dec 21
Great experience with the great crew. Highly recommend it for anyone wanting to do scuba diving in Cairns.
Sitharthan T.
Sitharthan T.
09:59 29 Dec 21
Cannot recommend this tour enough! We had an absolute blast out on the reef! The staff are amazing, so patient and fun! As a beginner to diving, they made me feel so comfortable in the water. The locations they chose were great and there was so much food! Thanks so much! Until next time!
Claire H
Claire H
02:54 29 Dec 21
We had booked to dive with these guys for a group of 11 on 27/12/21 and we were surprised with the level of professionalism and service the crew had offered😃. From dives to meals, the crew is super awesome! Had 2 dives the same day and was the best decision!We will be back super soon!Thanks guys👍🏻
Amandeep J.
Amandeep J.
01:12 29 Dec 21
Such a wonderful experience, as a first time snorkeler and a non-swimmer, I was in the ocean for most of the time when the cruise halted at two stops, all because of the supportive staff, Parry (the owner I believe) made sure that each one of us on board are taking advantage of all the services provided, we had a guide throughout our snorkelling period in the ocean ( no extra cost), proper equipments were provided to ensure u are safe, alongwith that the glass boat thingi was a worthwhile experience (again with no extra cost) Delicious, scrumptious breakfast/ lunch and snacks were provided all day, what an amazing experience it was!!Definitely recommending it to my friends.#worthspending #valueformoneyDefinitely coming back again!!Awesome work guys✌️✌️
Sohal S.
Sohal S.
12:55 28 Dec 21
If you want to go out to the reef, then go with anyone.If you want the best experience that you will remember for life, go with these guys.The owner and his staff were brilliant.I felt valued, cared for and safe.Thank you guys
S H
S H
09:25 27 Dec 21
This company never disappointsExceptional crew who make this day perfect.So much fun.Five star every single time.
Libby C.
Libby C.
08:50 27 Dec 21
Fantastic scenery with excellent service from a team of passionate and friendly staff. Amazing diving and scuba diving experiences
Seth C.
Seth C.
07:02 27 Dec 21
An amazing day out on the reef. It was great to see a full boat of people. The crew were all fantastic and made the day even more fun. From diving tours to glass bottom boats the crew made sure that everyone was learning and having fun. Would go out again in a heartbeat and recommend to everyone!
Tiarna C.
Tiarna C.
23:29 26 Dec 21
We were on sailing boat, only 20 people. Friendly, professional staff looked after us the whole time.Fun day 👍
Floria F.
Floria F.
06:00 26 Dec 21
We spent Christmas eve on the reef with Ocean Freedom! What an amazing experience from start to finish! The crew on board were fantastic. Super friendly, informative and great fun! We snorkelled and dived and seen some amazing sea life! Would highly recommend 😊
Lauren C.
Lauren C.
23:37 24 Dec 21
Pros-Small capacity with Max 25-30 persons onboard ensures crew members providing enough attention to each and every individual.Fantastic crew and divers(each and everyone) who made a dream of a non swimmer( 4 of us) to dive or snorkel in the reef true.Fantastic food with a variety of coverage for both veg and non veg.Excellent behaviour of the crew and they would go beyond their capacity to make you comfortable.Fantastic snorkel location with dedicated crew memeber for assistance in snorkelling for non swimmers. You get to see the corals a lot clearer and lots of fish . Spotted a turtle too.What we felt is their focus is not on profitability or business but rather customer experience and ensuring the customers have a memorable experienceCons-Nothing at all.. Only thing I would suggest is to skip the glass bottom tour and spend more time in the water for snorkelling.At last thanks to the ocean freedom team for making this an wonderful experience.Travelled on 24th Dec 2021.I would definitely recommend this experience to everyone. Trust me you won't regret.
debangan R.
debangan R.
14:19 24 Dec 21
Awesome day out the crew were fantastic and the snorkelling great the whole family enjoyed themselves. Thanks guys.
Stew M
Stew M
08:00 24 Dec 21
Lovely crew, great atmosphere. Families were well treated by other passengers. Diving instruction was clear and instructors were highly knowledgeable. Lunch is great! Would really recommend this reasonably priced tour if you're ever in Cairns!
Tracey Q.
Tracey Q.
23:48 21 Dec 21
Wonderful experience! I had such a great time. The coral and fish we saw were epic!Very positive crew, and the boat was spacious. The food was great, such a vast selection. I would definitely go back if I could as soon as possible.
3000bc A.
3000bc A.
23:01 20 Dec 21
Just had an amazing time on the Great Barrier Reef today with the Ocean Freedom team. The team was great and have provided a very good service to my family. Keep it up and thank you!
JAY A.
JAY A.
07:54 20 Dec 21
Fantastic day out on the Great Barrier Reef by a locally owned business. The crew were very attentive, entertaining and knowledgable. We did 2 scuba dives and felt very looked after by Matt. He found we 2 turtles and heaps of different fish while we were scuba diving and did his best to find us a shark. Lunch was delicous and we also got coffee, cake and cheese and crackers! We would highly recommend this tour.
Vanessa B.
Vanessa B.
10:25 15 Dec 21
What an amazing day! Liz and I had an incredible time on board Ocean free! We went snorkelling, scuba diving and hung out on Green Island. The Team were fantastic, Chris, Matt and Nick were so helpful and friendly! Next time we are back in Cairns we will be back on board for sure!
Joshua W.
Joshua W.
08:39 11 Dec 21
Absolutely wonderful day out on Ocean Free, small group numbers made for relaxing intimate experience. So much tasty food was provided you will not be left hungry, crew were knowledgeable and helpful. Sailing on the was home was wonderful too. Thanks to Nick, Matt and Cass our crew on the day.
Karis T.
Karis T.
22:27 06 Dec 21
Great staff, great adventure, highly recommendedCheers
Sandra M.
Sandra M.
00:40 04 Dec 21
Wow, What a Day!! Our first time Scuba Diving could not have been a better experience. The vessel and its crew provides such a comfortable and relaxed environment. The fact that they have a 2 to 1 dive ratio is exactly what we needed to shake the nerves, give us confidence and knowledge to be able really enjoy the experience. Such a professional and friendly crew, especially Matt (Dive Instructor). What a champion! So level headed and wise for his age, his positivity, attitude and communication skills is a great asset to the team and company.
Gilles T.
Gilles T.
04:39 02 Dec 21
Amazing introductory diving experience yesterday! 🙌🏼👌🏼
Gemma T.
Gemma T.
00:53 01 Dec 21
Excellent energetic crew, we were fortunate enough to swim with a beautiful sea turtle
Dylan B.
Dylan B.
22:16 14 Nov 21
Thank you for a fantastic day out on the Ocean Free, Liam and Pascal made the day fantastic and memorable, the water out at Green Island is amazing, it was so special to drift over all the reef looking at all the amazing life, all the snorkling gear was clean and in very good condition 👍 the ocean free is a very comfortable boat and rides the water very nicely, it was so nice smoothly slipping away from Cairns. the lunch was awesome, so much to choose from and all so fresh 😁👍 Thank you Ocean Free and Liam and Pascal
#nancys_endless_summer
#nancys_endless_summer
22:37 09 Nov 21
I just can't imagine what they could have done better. The cruise was super organized and the execution was perfect as well. Very nice, knowledgeable and helpful crew has given us an amazing day!!!Thank you!PS. Not publishing more pictures as I didn't ask people for their consent.
Maggie E.
Maggie E.
09:35 04 Nov 21
Wonderful day out on the reef and Green Island, the crew were super friendly and went over and above to make sure we all had a great time! Thoroughly recommend this trip.
Matthew G.
Matthew G.
22:16 03 Nov 21
Perfect day on the reef. Staff was incredibly friendly. Excellent food. Heaps of space on the boat. Most importantly lots of time in the water.
Thomas M.
Thomas M.
08:12 02 Nov 21
We did the ocean free sail today, and it was incredible!
Matt and the crew were amazing, a lot of yummy food, plenty of comedy, and amazing snorkelling!
Definitely would 12/10 recommend!
Thanks
Berlina L.
Berlina L.
08:23 29 Oct 21
Would highly recommend this tour! The team were professional but relaxed and made the day fun and helped us learn about the reef and the beautiful animals that life there. All levels of dive and swim experience were accommodated and they took us to two amazing reef sights where we swam with turtles, sharks, stingrays and stunning fish of all sizes. Good morning team and lunch and great afternoon tea and went out on a week day with a small but fun group!
Georgina A.
Georgina A.
22:30 25 Oct 21
We enjoyed every minute of our experience with you guys. The day was picture perfect & the staff were super chilled & super helpful. The food was awesome from the fruit & pastries, to a great spread for lunch right through to crackers & cheeses, fruit & even cake. We could get a nice cold beer as well.
We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day! Thank you, thank you, thank you. 🐟✔️💦👌🏻
Shelley O.
Shelley O.
08:47 19 Oct 21
Fabulous day sailing out to green island and the reef. The crew - Chris, Liam and Pascale were outstanding. Food was wonderful as well. Best way to get out to snorkel or dive the reef. Can’t recommend it enough. Will do this again
Ruth A.
Ruth A.
20:19 17 Oct 21
The absolute highlight of our family holiday to Cairns. The snorkeling locations were wonderful, (we were so pleased to see several sea turtles), the crew went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable with our snorkeling gear and were friendly and approachable.The boat itself was great, very comfortable for the day and the quality of the food was a great bonus, even satisfying our ever hungry teenage kids, thanks for a fantastic Reef experience!
Jac E.
Jac E.
11:53 17 Oct 21
We had an amazing day. The crew were always helpful and friendly we could not have asked anymore! If we are ever back in Cairns we will be sure to book with Ocean Freedom again.
Rebecca C.
Rebecca C.
20:56 16 Oct 21
Ocean Freedom...a fantastic day on the reef & my first time snorkelling. We spent more time at our destinations than getting to & from. They had a selection of prescriptive masks for me to select from. The smogasbord lunch was yummy & plentiful. I can't fault the crew either; friendly, fun, attentive, knowledgeable & your safety top of mind. Was not disappointed with the coral & the range of sea life spotted. An excellent adventure & value for money.
Jacqueline B
Jacqueline B
10:55 15 Oct 21
We were fortunate to go on both Ocean Free & Freedom and had amazingly beautiful days snorkelling in pristine conditions. I can't speak highly enough of the crew, their priority was fun and safety. Thank you to "welsh" Liam ( I was considering a dive on Freedom if you were there), Matt (great to see you again for both days), skipper Pascal, Chris, "Pete" & skipper Ben. I highly recommend!
I need to add that the lovely Esme .... organised bubbles & celebrations for 3 guests b'days & an anniversary, thank you Esme☺️
Catherine D.
Catherine D.
10:08 15 Oct 21
We are family with kids aged 7 and 11 so were looking for family friendly reef tours. The staff at Ocean Freedom was amazing with kids and assisted us with the snorkelling for a long time (without charge) and made sure kids enjoyed the reef. Our little one hadn't done snorkelling before but with their assistance he had fun. Also the boat had limited number of people so we all got personalised service and we actually enjoyed the boat ride while going and coming back from reef. We have been to pontoon but it was nothing like Ocean Freedom's tour.
Kaur I.
Kaur I.
03:25 12 Oct 21
We went out on both Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom and they were the 2 best days of our holiday in Cairns. The staff were amazing, they made the trip even better than we could've imagined! We'll be back for sure 😊
Melissa-Sue A.
Melissa-Sue A.
00:04 10 Oct 21
We waited to find the right reef tour until we arrived in Cairns, the amount of tours pulled up by online searches were overwhelming, and it felt impossible to know what was a tourist trap, and what was not.

When getting to Cairns we settled on Ocean Freedom, and I’m pretty glad we did! They take a much smaller number of passengers than the other tours, and it meant a lot of one on one time with the crew, and that it was easy to get to know the other passengers if you wanted to.

The entire tour the crew are super personable, attentive, and vigilant in making sure that everyone on board is having a good time. My partner and I were both quite nervous, especially once seeing how deep the water was (it was high tide) in some areas we had to snorkel through before getting to the reef. Whilst I found myself managing pretty well after a couple of minutes, and for the rest of the day, my partner had a pretty big spook about the whole thing, and wasn’t really comfortable with getting into the water for the rest of the day.

The crew were so understanding, and handled the whole situation spectacularly. My partner has since told me that he received consolation and offers to make getting into the water more comfortable for him on multiple occasions from multiple staff. Even through all of that, my partner still wasn’t quiet prepared to get into the water again unfortunately, but that was purely his choice, and doesn’t reflect on Ocean Freedom at all. Even though he didn’t get back into the water, he still says he really enjoyed himself, getting to spot multiple turtles from the boat, and enjoying a couple of the glass bottom boat tours also offered by the crew.

Lunch was also great, my only regret was not signing up to scuba, I would have loved it.

Something for future passengers to consider, would be the tide. If you can organise it to be on a lower tide, do that! Obviously not always possible, but if you can catch the low tide, that would be awesome!

Thanks a million Ocean Freedom crew, you guys were gold, and I’ll send all my friends your way ☺️
Stephen M.
Stephen M.
22:42 08 Oct 21
Had a fabulous day on this cruise. The crew did all they could to make it enjoyable! The food provided was quite generous. Would thoroughly recommend!
Peter and Valda F.
Peter and Valda F.
07:02 08 Oct 21
Awesome day on ocean free exploring the outer reefs to green island, very friendly staff which made for a great day... Would recommend to anyone 😎✌️
Aaron W.
Aaron W.
21:17 07 Oct 21
Absolute amazing day trip to the outer reef on ocean freedom.The crew was fantastic and the food was great.We had the best snorkeling on this trip, clear water and perfects spots picked by the crew. We had heaps of time in the water. Nothing was rushed.Would recommend this to anyone who loves snorkeling (or diving) as much as we do. Well worth the money
Sandra S.
Sandra S.
09:50 03 Oct 21
This is our second tour with Ocean Freedom and each time is a pure delight. It's more like heading out with your friends. You crew headed by Pascal were amazing and super hospitable. If you are visiting Cairns this is the only tour to take. You are treated like a human not a number! Will be back!
Liz Kelly C.
Liz Kelly C.
10:11 02 Oct 21
Brilliant experience
Alex W
Alex W
02:13 29 Sep 21
Great trip. I would recommend this company for reef adventures. The crew is knowledgeable and friendly, there is plenty of dive time and a relaxed atmosphere.
Trevor S.
Trevor S.
22:38 28 Sep 21
For anyone considering a GBR tour, could not recommend these fabulous crew members enough.
I deliberated long and hard to choose the right experience, and this was spot on!! Small boat numbers gave highly personal touch and attention, felt safe and cared for - just perfect. Matt and Jen were fantastic at taking us on Scuba experience - very calm and gentle, so professional. Liam and Ben were great guys, cracking humour from Liam, both so knowledgable and educating about the reef - lovely gang.
My dream of seeing Turtles fulfilled and Matt and Liam dispelled the shark stress for our daughter - loved it ❤
Rah M.
Rah M.
23:22 27 Sep 21
Amazing day with ocean freedom today. The crew were so friendly and helpful. My son, Caleb 11, said it was the best experience of his life yet! We will be back for sure!
Kelly G.
Kelly G.
08:47 26 Sep 21
Absolutely recommend Perry and the team for a great day sailing. We enjoyed seeing some great snorkelling spots and loved the experience of sailing as opposed to sitting like sardines on a much bigger, sterile vessel. The staff are incredibly knowledgeable and the food is a plenty! do it!!
Isabella M.
Isabella M.
07:37 22 Sep 21
What an amazing boat and crew. FromThe moment we stepped on board the crew were upbeat, welcoming, and so helpful. The boat is absolutely beautiful, the food was amazing. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t on our side however they did their absolute best to make sure we had as best day as we could considering, and we did. Thanks Ocean Freedom, would 100% go out with them again
Danielle O.
Danielle O.
22:59 07 Sep 21
Amazing experience with this tour today. Amazing crew showed us a fantastic day, would definitely recommend.
Amy W.
Amy W.
08:30 28 Aug 21
What a fantastic crew and company. I’ve never experienced such a wide array of activities. The crew were highly knowledgeable and attentive and just great fun. Thanks so much guys. We’ll definitely be back!
Suzy
Suzy
06:51 21 Aug 21
Awesome day. The guys were very attentive to the safety of us all. Very informative & friendly. Beautiful snorkelling. Great food & company.
Can highly recommend. Maybe take some kwells before you go if prone to nausea.
Rachel C.
Rachel C.
07:21 17 Aug 21
Hi Ocean Free. We went on the tour today with Ben, Chris and Malcom crewing your beautiful vessel. It was a brilliant day with great weather and a tour that rates amongst the best we have ever experienced. 5 stars on every aspect including food, sailing, snorkelling, crew attentiveness and value for money. Could not fault your crew, they even got a round of applause at the end of the trip. Loved it!!
Steve B.
Steve B.
09:51 03 Aug 21
We had a great day out the crew were so happy and informative morning tea lunch and Arvo tea was fresh and plentiful they also supplied good snorkelling gear and instruction 6 hours on the reef you get to see plenty. Well done Guys
Floyd R.
Floyd R.
07:17 29 Jul 21
What an absolutely magical day on the reef with this fantastic team, upon boarding the guys said it was the perfect day and they were right.
Fantastic service and knowledge from all the crew, shout out to Chris, Cassie and Liam made the day for us thanks guys.
Nathan C.
Nathan C.
22:56 23 Jul 21
This was a fantastic day out. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable and the service was excellent. There was plenty room on the boat and loads of time in the water. And the food was good too. It was a bit more expensive than some of the other reef tours but well worth it!
Jo R.
Jo R.
23:23 16 Jul 21
Friendly staff, great food all day including fruit n cheese platters, well priced beers and awesome reef snorkeling and scuba diving. We had the best day of our holiday
Steve B.
Steve B.
07:36 16 Jul 21
I went with this company on Ocean Freedom twice while in Carins. Great food, lovely and friendly crew (also accommodating), well kept boat.
Temma C.
Temma C.
00:35 08 Jul 21
best reef bout about second time ive been with ocean freedom! brilliant as always great staff and best reef spots! highly recommend 😊😊
Michael H.
Michael H.
09:51 05 Jul 21
We enjoyed A1 friendly service and an absolutely perfect and memorable experience. I felt completely at ease with the competent staff assisting me with every step I made both on and off the boat. Lunch was delicious and expertly organised. I appreciate the hard work that goes into preparing and executing a safe and enjoyable experience for a large quantity of diverse individuals...you all did this amazingly well. a big shout out to my wonderful support man Liam on Monday 21/6. The best belated 60th birthday present was being up close and witnessing the resident turtle feeding.
Deb R.
Deb R.
11:47 28 Jun 21
having been on a pontoon trip earlier this week I was a bit sceptical about being on a boat all day...but this crew was out of this world amazing!! so easygoing yet professional, despite windy rough conditions they did their best to make sure we all had a great day and even took my 2 kids on a guided snorkel tour. smaller boat means less passengers and a more personalised experience...6 stars out of 5 if that's possible 🐙🐟🐠🏝😁😁
Caroline F.
Caroline F.
11:41 28 Jun 21
Had the best day. The tour is amazing and the staff are so accomodating and helpful. Definitely recommend!
Ellen J.
Ellen J.
06:53 22 Jun 21
Had an Awesome day today on the reef with Ocean Freedom . Captain & Crew were very helpful & very knowledgeable. Had a fantastic lunch ! The snorkeling was Amazing . A Fantastic boat ! A Fantastic trip ! Highly recommend you let these Great people give you an Awesome experience on the Great Barrier Reef ! Thankyou from Keith & Donna & Eloise 😎
Keith P.
Keith P.
10:05 18 Jun 21
Had the most amazing day on the Ocean Freedom staff were friendly and informative and just downright amazing would highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to experience the reef!!
Cathy N.
Cathy N.
23:23 16 Jun 21
Had a lifetime of experience. Best experience ever. The crew is awesome. Was snorkelling for the first time with kids, Liam made us feel so comfortable in water. He was awesome especially with kids. They loved him. The glass boat experience was awesome with all the information we got from the staff. Excellent food and service . Loved every moment of it. Very friendly staff always smiling. Loved the jokes by Perry. Very nice guy. Definitely recommend it. 10/10 score.
Binny S.
Binny S.
07:31 14 Jun 21
What a spectacular day. All the crew were amazing. Chris helping Chaise 13 with his first dive- he went in for second dive he had such a great time. Liam was incredible with Chloe 10- snorkelling and giving her so much information about the reef. Every staff member was exceptional, friendly and helpful. Constantly offered food and drink. Best day trip we’ve ever done.
A must do.
Tanya S.
Tanya S.
08:26 04 Jun 21
Awesome day out snorkeling today. The weather was not ideal but Upolu Reef was still good to snorkel and crew were fabulous! Thank you 🙏😊
Carol K.
Carol K.
07:53 30 May 21
The crew were just the best! Lovely enthusiastic caring observant and beautiful smiles all day! Great info while snorkelling about the coral and sea creatures below. I felt safe, motivated, surprised and satisfied with the whole experience! The day was perfect. I have wonderful photos as a fabulous memory of this important day. We appreciate the care abd love of the reef by all the crew on board Ocean Freedom.
Robyn S.
Robyn S.
09:00 27 May 21
Great trip to the reef yesterday with the Ocean Freedom guys. We were well looked after and kept informed all day. Thanks for the memories, happy to recommend these guys to anyone wanting to see the reef.
Dale C.
Dale C.
00:36 27 May 21
From start to end, i can't express my feelings in words. The crew on board did more than anyone could ask for. One thing that didn't leave these guys was a smile on their face. The crew helped through everything with a big smile on their face. My wife, my 4 year old (Rohan) and I had a blast. I lived snorkeling at the reef. The staff were very knowledgeable and very catering for everyone's needs. I can't thank them enough for their hospitality. You guys rock.
Chandan M.
Chandan M.
10:26 12 May 21
we had a great day fantastic staff who looked after us exceptionally thanks for a wonderful experience Panozzo family
Sue P.
Sue P.
07:27 06 May 21
Amazing day out from start to finish. This company has an amazing crew which I could not fault, so helpful and informative.
Food was amazing and plentiful.
This is the first time that a company has helped my partner and I out with prescription goggles, this made an immense amount of difference to our experience out on the reef.
What a great day out, just brilliant 🤩
Fran K.
Fran K.
09:52 05 May 21
Great day out snorkelling. Wonderful crew. Not over crowded. Great food. Seen turtles, stingrays, nemo lots of fish and coral.
Stephanie G.
Stephanie G.
05:55 05 May 21
Fun and professional crew. Awesome experience!
David H.
David H.
06:44 02 May 21
We had such an awesome day out with these guys. The crew all had great vibes, were highly attentive and knowledgeable.
Our only wish is that we could've stayed one more day to do it again!
Selina S.
Selina S.
03:53 01 May 21
Amazing day out. Packed full of fun, a great crew and amazing scenery. Could not fault one crew member so helpful and informative. Food was amazing and plentiful. This is the first time that a crew member helped me out with prescription goggles. Made all the difference that they helped me to make sure I had the best experience.

What a great day out. Amazing
Linda C.
Linda C.
07:38 17 Apr 21
Extraordinary; great service and two beautiful dives + snorkelling + glass bottom boat excellent coral, care and copious food. Boat launch clean, well run with safety first. Individual care and excellent coral with loads of other wildlife came with notable teamwork. Congratulations Ocean Freedom!
Jane Alison O.
Jane Alison O.
21:44 16 Apr 21
Amazing ❤️🐠🐟🐢
Will definitely do this again
Lynda M.
Lynda M.
10:57 14 Apr 21
We went on a tour last week and it was honestly amazing. Got to see 3 turtles, a barracuda and so much more. The staff were very helpful, friendly and professional. The food was great and plenty of it too. I would highly recommend this tour for couples and families alike. We will definitely book another tour.
Jessica F.
Jessica F.
09:21 14 Apr 21
Perry and his staff provided premium customer service and individual attention to insure each and everyone were well looked after.
It was my 60th birthday on this day and Perry went out of his way to give me a amazing birthday surprise.
🌸🎉🎊
Vicki M.
Vicki M.
06:15 13 Apr 21
We went on a cruise out to the reef today with our young family. Such a wonderful experience had by all. Great boat, fab lunch and plenty of it and the destinations were perfect! We saw beautiful fish, turtles and reef sharks. Special mention to the staff - they are a credit to the owners. Jen was wonderful with booking. Sophie assisted taking our youngest Molly out in the morning and Matt in the afternoon, they were both fantastic and made our day so memorable. Special mention also to Chris, Jana, Pascal, Scott and crew. You are a great team! Many thanks
Jill F.
Jill F.
11:14 12 Apr 21
Unbelievable experience!! If there’s one tour of the Great Barrier Reef you go on, make it this one!! Fantastic staff, who are super helpful and friendly. Staff who are actually in the water with you pointing out different corals, fish and other wildlife. The food is amazing and there’s so much of it. Also the reefs you snorkel are absolutely stunning. 😍
Jaime T.
Jaime T.
07:59 11 Apr 21
Fantastic day - not only was the reef magnificent but the crew was so friendly and helpful, and the food was plentiful and delicious. We snorkelled 3 times and went in the glass bottom boat, saw so many fish, corals, reef sharks and a turtle. I would highly recommend this tour to everyone!
Rachael D.
Rachael D.
07:52 10 Apr 21
Steph & I had the most amazing experience on Ocean Freedom. (29/3/21) The crew were amazing and made sure we were safe and taken care of the whole time. Special shout outs to Cassie and Matt with their knowledge of the reef and the marine life and their patience with getting used to our sea legs (me in particular). Could not recommend this tour more highly. I would definitely do it again
Abbey B.
Abbey B.
23:52 29 Mar 21
I had the most fantastic experience with the very friendly & professional crew on Ocean Freedom! I saw the most beautiful reef fish, a reef shark, a magnificent turtle munching on algae, a stingray & stunning coral. I would absolutely recommend this Far North QLD reef tour! The crew are helpful, snorkel with you & educate you on what beauty is below the surface! The food was also delightful. Would go out again in a heartbeat - the highlight of my holiday! Thanks guys! Kimmi 😊
Kim S.
Kim S.
08:44 23 Mar 21
Amazing day out on Ocean Freedom yesterday. The crew are super friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.
Food was delicious and plentiful all day.
So many amazing sights both snorkelling and diving.
Highly recommended local family business 💙
Leah H.
Leah H.
07:59 21 Mar 21
Absolutely recommend this trip. Had an amazing day. The crew were awesome, always checking everyone was safe and happy. They made sure we saw the best of the reef and were knowledgeable and attentive. Weather was perfect, plenty to eat and drink.
Lisa J.
Lisa J.
21:06 18 Mar 21
Had an amazing day out at the Great Barrier Reef today and couldn’t have asked for a better crew Sophie taught us how to scuba and was absolutely amazing and understanding she made us comfortable and took it slow with us. Scott was a great skipper and the whole team was super friendly and funny. Made the whole experience very welcoming. We were able to stop at two areas today to explore what this beautiful place has to offer and lunch on the cruise, and snacks throughout the day. The crew also taught us about the wildlife and cool facts along the way. Would highly recommend these guys!
Madi R.
Madi R.
08:35 24 Feb 21
Awesome crew that make you feel at home and had a amazing day. Highly recommended
Danny T.
Danny T.
10:43 23 Jan 21
Had an amazing day (11/1/21). I had never scuba dived before and today with your awesome staff i managed to cross that off my bucket list. It was an awesome experience that I will never forget. The snorkelling was also very good- but I love snorkelling- (anyone can do it.) Both reefs we visited had such an abundance of sea life. The staff really cared that we had a great day. We had a lovely lunch followed by more snorkelling at the second reef before we were served fruit, cheese and crackers on the trip home.
Highly recommend this day trip to anyone, of any age.......
Elisabeth N.
Elisabeth N.
08:59 11 Jan 21
amazing crew today 11.1.21
brilliant day out on a fantastic boat and most awesome and professional young bunch of crew
highly recommended
if we ever decide to do the reef again we wont be booking with anyone else
Gavin N.
Gavin N.
07:21 11 Jan 21
We went out today on the Ocean Freedom
The whole experience was amazing.
The crew
The food
The snorkelling
The sharks
The turtle
💯 💯 💯
Terri B.
Terri B.
08:18 03 Jan 21
Just had the most amazing day with these guys. Professional, knowledgeable and lots of fun. Would highly recommend doing a trip out with Ocean Freedom.
Anthea B.
Anthea B.
06:42 03 Jan 21
Wow u guys totally nail the whole reef experience! From the safety briefing to the cake before disembarking, it was all first class. My wife and I have done a lot of travel and tourism activities going back decades and we know a happy team when we see one. A big bravo to the Ocean Freedom team, it was a wonderful way to start 2021!!!!!
Jamie R.
Jamie R.
22:22 02 Jan 21
Great day with fantastic cruise assistance. Can't thank Jess enough for helping to get my ASD son to snorkel.
Tony B.
Tony B.
10:35 30 Dec 20
What an amazing day. Great crew, great food and the service was superb.
Eveline H.
Eveline H.
08:37 30 Dec 20
The staff onboard from the first minute to the last were incredible! Working hard all day ensuring snorkellers and divers had the best experience of the reef . Thanks to Lou who made our grandchildren’s day engaging them with stories of the reef she was just one of a great crew too many to name . Lovely food and a fabulous experience. Thanks to you all . Jean Cox
Jean C.
Jean C.
08:39 28 Dec 20
“Ocean Freedom What A Amazing Crew”
It is true Simply Superb,the crew was amazing beyond and above service such a friendly team.I’ll like to thank specially Jazz helping me all along the trip such a great person.What combination of nice people working together it makes the whole experience much better.
10/10 - Great crew, great location ,boat was very nice ,food was nice,more personalised service you can not ask for more I would 100% recommend Ocean Freedom.😊
Alen P.
Alen P.
10:17 21 Dec 20
BME NQ had an awesome time with Ocean Free yesterday for our Christmas party. Crew were so friendly and helpful. Awesome day out with very tasty food. Thank you for yesterday Perry and Ocean Free Crew.
Oscar S.
Oscar S.
04:44 20 Dec 20
What a fantastic day guys. You made us feel so safe and welcome onboard your boat and in the water all day. The crew were always looking out for us and making sure we new what was happening and how to use all the gear they gave us. If you have never been to the Great Barrier Reef, or been swimming with the wonderfull sea creatures in Tropical North Queensland these are the people you want to do it with. Great day and worth every dollar. Thankyou team, your awesome.
Sandy B.
Sandy B.
20:52 17 Dec 20
The Captain & Crew are amazing and made the day perfect while we sat back enjoying the hospitality, checking out the amazing sights at the Reef and enjoying the amazing food. We also made sure we enjoyed some well earned cold beers on the way back after a lot of snorkelling!!
Ana D.
Ana D.
07:01 14 Dec 20
This crew were hands down the most attentive crew I’ve ever encountered! EVER! In the whole tourism industry. Huge statement that I truly endorse unconditionally!
A crew that were Caring, dedicated, knowledgeable and respectful of people with severe allergies and disabilities! They were patient with beginners, adhered to cleanliness and covid safe parameters. Food was delicious and plentiful. I recommend anyone and everyone book through Ocean free and Ocean Freedom Tours!
Thank you for a great day on the reef,
Love Cobie, Sarah and Kerrie NSW xx
Cobie P.
Cobie P.
07:41 08 Dec 20
Thank you to Perry and his team. The No. 1 A-Team for one of the most amazing experiences on the Great Barrier Reef.

Absolutely a professional team - from the welcome, to the cleanliness, the food (so much food) the friendliness and knowledge of sharing their passion of the ocean and reef with us to guiding and even looking after our family who were a party of (7) and rookies at this. We had so much fun and a lot of laughs.

I especially loved how professional they were with monitoring the safety of the guests constantly from the boat as we snorkelled, and serving us and treating us with so much respect. They really made it a fun experience.

The Reef was so beautiful. Highly recommend this tour. You won’t be disappointed. I would love to come back and do it again.
Starr V.
Starr V.
21:25 06 Dec 20
The team at Ocean Freedom Cruise made our experience on the Great Barrier Reef such a fun a memorable one from the beginning right to the end, so knowledgeable and attentive to all onboard catering for different levels of experience.

A very clean and comfortable boat, with plenty of room to move and relax when not in the water. Delicious lunch served in addition to fruit, cheese and cake offered for afternoon tea.

We cannot fault our experience with Ocean Freedom and would book again in a heart beat !

Thank you Perry and all of your wonderful crew, well done !!! 😃🐠☀️
Anna K.
Anna K.
00:54 27 Nov 20
Just wanted to pass on a big thank you to the team for a fantastic and authentic day on the boat!

First time seeing the reef even though I’m a qld gal! I was so informed and enlightened by the experience!

The team was so friendly and genuine and passionate about what they do.

Great value and an all round great enjoyable experience. Thank you for protecting our reef and sharing the beauties of it was us.

Highly recommend 💯
Tara M.
Tara M.
03:05 17 Nov 20
What a fantastic cruise, crew, adventure & overall day, all together!! This is the crew to choose 🙌😊
VERY professional whilst also VERY friendly. Value for money experience & inclusions. A more personal approach with all activities - no “herding” of crowds - such a delight. Great facilities and constant supply of beautiful & yummy refreshments. Interactive & guided activities as well as as self directed time. Very knowledgeable, trained staff. Such a wonderful feeling of family, generosity, fun & hospitality. Recommend these people so highly. 🙌👍💕
Fiona C.
Fiona C.
03:53 15 Nov 20
Just an amazing day on the reef with the crew of Ocean Freedom.
So much fun and these guys are total professionals.
Great saftey protocols with maximum fun the whole day.
Our many snorkels were wonderful with great comentary and guidance if desired. All the crew were so knowledgeable about the reef and its inhabitants. Scuba dives with Lou & Rose were so good great guides and they were so caring fot all divers.
Food was fabulous and there was plenty to go around.
The whole crew were so frienly, interactive and really well organised.
Our day was perfect and we would love to travel again with the Ocean Freedom Family. Thanks guys for a very memorable day!
Geoff C.
Geoff C.
03:52 15 Nov 20
these guys are five out of five you won't find a better boat to go on we have been on others and these guys are far more experienced and take you to the best spots on the reef we saw it all turtles,sharks,rays and fish as well as the reef
Adam C.
Adam C.
07:11 14 Oct 20
The whole experience was first class, from booking the tickets to our welcome onto the the boat. Our day trip to the reef was memorable- the crew’s service, expertise and knowledge were exceptional. The fit out of the boat is quality and the food was sensational.
We absolutely recommend Ocean Freedom to anyone wanting to thoroughly enjoy a day on the Great Barrier Reef.
Nicola M.
Nicola M.
07:33 30 Sep 20
The crew were fantastic and very informative. Highly recommend this tour. Will definitely do this again.
Megan J.
Megan J.
00:27 27 Sep 20
Sept 2020 day trip on Ocean Freedom. Awesome experience even for us snorkeling novices. The crew were wonderful and made us feel safe and happy. This is a must do!
Tim V.
Tim V.
07:18 23 Sep 20
Had a lovely day aboard Ocean Freedom. The crew were all very lovely and knowledgeable. They were happy to drag us around the ocean as it was a bit choppy in the first location. All the staff were happy to explain about the fish and point things out. A great day out. Highly recommended.
Shelley M.
Shelley M.
07:27 22 Sep 20
Amazing day thanks to our awesome crew, Lu, Liam and Capt. Scott. Definitely a massive thumps up to you guys. Love from the Adelaide Crew. 👍👍👍
Andy H.
Andy H.
07:39 13 Sep 20
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