Cruise to the Outer Edge of Upolu Reefand Upolu Cay Reef

Upolu Cay is a naturally formed coral cay situated 30 kilometers from Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef. Its protected, shallow waters make it the perfect location from which to explore the reef, for both snorkelers and certified and introductory scuba divers. As it is a natural pontoon, the cay size and visibility is subject to conditions on the day, but the clear shallow blue waters surrounding the cay (whether visible or not) are always there!

Ocean Freedom’s luxury 20m cruising cat travels at 23 knots, reducing travelling time to the Great Barrier Reef to just one hour. The order in which the 2 destinations are visited will depend on the conditions on the day. Your skipper will pick the best order of destinations, to make your experience the best possible. You may even want to try your first ever scuba dive, or for the certified diver, enjoy being guided by our qualified instructors on some of the best dive sites on the reef.

Ocean Freedom Tour Prices ~ Cruise to Outer Edge of Upolu Reef and Upolu Cay Reef - Prices on table current to 30th June 2024

Tour Price Price Levy Total
Adult (15 Years +) $245 $20* $265
Children (4 -14 Years) $180 $20* $200
Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) $790 $80* $870
*$20 “Reef Levy” : Comprising of Environment Management Charge $7.00 / Port $2.83 / $10.17 admin per person.
Intro Dive Prices ** Price
First Dive $105 (Includes all tuition and equipment)
Second Dive $65 (Includes all tuition and equipment)
All divers whether Certified or Non-Certified (Introductory) will be required to fill out a diving medical form on board on day of travel to ensure there are no contra-indications to diving. If you have any medical issues (past or present) or taking any medication (apart from the contraceptive pill) please let us know on info@oceanfree.com.au so that we can advise what medical clearance from a diving doctor is required. Please enquire if unsure to avoid any disappointment on the day.
Certified Dive Prices Price
First Dive $80 (Includes all top equipment & complimentary dive guide)
Second Dive $55 (Includes all top equipment & complimentary dive guide)
All divers whether Certified or Non-Certified (Introductory) will be required to fill out a diving medical form on board on day of travel to ensure there are no contra-indications to diving. If you have any medical issues (past or present) or taking any medication (apart from the contraceptive pill) please let us know on info@oceanfree.com.au so that we can advise what medical clearance from a diving doctor is required. Please enquire if unsure to avoid any disappointment on the day.
Transfers Price
Return Inner city Cairns $23
Return Northern Beaches as far as Palm Cove $34
Transfers must be pre-booked with minimum 24hrs notice, transfer cost is per person.
Notice
Dear all, we are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to have you visit our beautiful Cairns & Great Barrier Reef region! Once you visit the Great Barrier Reef - it casts a spell on you and the more you visit and learn about this amazing World Heritage Icon the more you want to return....and we also love to have you back! Both Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom follow all legislative and WPH&S requirements for recreational snorkelling and diving, are ATEC accredited for travel safety, and follow all Industry State and Federal requirements of the present time. If you have any queries please let us know on info@oceanfree.com.au or phone +61 7 40521111 – we are here to help! We would sincerely 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.
Cancellation Policy
The company reserves the right to cancel the trip due to poor weather conditions or mechanical problems or, on rare occasions, to use another vessel or select the sites used. On very rare occasions, there may be a cancellation to a scheduled day due to low guest numbers. We will reschedule or endeavour to pick the other best reef options for that day to suit your preferences. If tour has been cancelled by the company a full refund given. No refund if tour cancelled or amended by customer within 24 hrs.

OCEAN FREEDOM TESTIMONIALS

Amazing tour got the best views of the reef. All staff members were excellent throughout the day.
Rita
Rita
12:18 14 Jun 24
Amazing experience, the staff and food were great and genuinely gave everyone something to remember. I will be recommending to my friends travelling to Cairns! A must-do for all who wish to see the Great Barrier Reef
matt
matt
10:30 13 Jun 24
Matt, Mike, Tee and Yaya are simply terrific. The hosts make the trip and they know their jobs very well.Well worth the money 💰. Great day out.
Matthew W.
Matthew W.
06:01 11 Jun 24
Took two days out to the reef and did both Ocean Freedom (catamaran) and Ocean Free (sailboat). Great staff on both, However the sail boat was more personal with fewer passengers, while the catamaran went to a 'better' snorkeling location. Did the intro snorkel and the attendant made it so easy. Both tours provided a fine vegan meal (pre-made quinoa salad). The sail boat actually sailed for ~45mins back into harbor, which was quite enjoyable. Booked through Viator, no issues
Chris G.
Chris G.
17:58 10 Jun 24
Todays tour to the reef, was most enjoyable.Because the food was really good, cold meats, chicken drumsticks and prawns, with 4 different salads, bread, then fresh fruit, cheese n bikkies and cake, was only Michael (skipper) and his team, work so well together, they are professional, engaging, experienced and knowledgeable.It was an extremely enjoyable day.Thankyou.
Sue F.
Sue F.
08:54 10 Jun 24
An absolute dream of a day! The crew was very nice and had all the equipment we needed. They took us to 2 spots to snorkel and we had plenty of time at each location. Lunch was delicious with plenty of food and options
Sofia M.
Sofia M.
11:42 09 Jun 24
Amazing overall experience. We took the ocean free green island and great barrier reef tour with skipper Mike and crew T and YaYa. The boat could hold a max of 25 people but had around 12 aboard. The smaller sailing boat felt like a more personalized experience with the crew and was much more enjoyable because of it. Everyone was extremely knowledgeable about reef and friendly throughout the day. Safety instructions were also made clear. The lunch and snacks served aboard were also very fresh. Snorkeling was a great experience and we saw turtles, rays, and more species of fish than I could count. Sailing causes the boat to tilt with the wind but there are plenty of places to hold onto for safety. While the inner part of green island was not the cleanest, it had a beach with soft sand to relax on and the crew gave everyone the option to stay on the island for either 45min or 1.5 hr. We opted for the shorter time length and snorkeled a second time. Highly recommended and a very memorable experience.
Tom k
Tom k
10:40 09 Jun 24
Absolutely AMAZING experience!!! The boat and crew weee just absolutely lovely, kind, and willing to assist whenever needed. The Great Barrier Reef is amazing to see on its own but the Crew’s boosting enthusiasm and energy made the entire experience great!! I would highly recommend this to ANYONE (not just tourists) who wants to visit the Great Barrier Reef and have a great time!!
Sean M.
Sean M.
08:19 09 Jun 24
Good experience
Maurice G.
Maurice G.
14:30 07 Jun 24
I took the day trip "Ocean Freedom Cruise to Upolu Cay Reef & Outer Edge Upolu Reef" and I really enjoyed it!We left on time, received safety information, and had a light breakfast of coffee, tea, fruit and pastries. There was plenty of lunch and a fair bit of variety. A lot of pasta salads and seafood.I paid the additional fee to scuba dive. You can do so without your own scuba license, in which case you show the staff that you can perform some safety manouevers, and then tour the reef with them at your side. It was my first time scuba diving and I thought it was wonderful!Unfortunately, there was a passenger who had a medical issue on board. I was very impressed with the staff as they performed first aid. They had a lot of supplies and clearly knew how to use them.All in all, my impression was of a well-run business with competent staff and a beautiful reef.
Jill R
Jill R
01:48 03 Jun 24
just did the ocean freedom tour, totally worth it
Pronoy C.
Pronoy C.
06:47 28 May 24
This was an amazing experience! I signed up to do an intro scuba dive. After feeling a little sea-sick, I thought I was going to skip out on the dive and just snorkel. But thanks to the staff’s encouragement, I was able to do the dive later and even got to swim one on one with the instructor.I saw sharks, sea cucumbers, giant clams, and more! A special shoutout to Paul for being a figurative and literal lifeline the entire time. If he’s on board, you’re guaranteed to have a great time!
Anonymous V.
Anonymous V.
15:28 26 May 24
Merci à tout l'équipage du voilier. Mention spéciale pour Tee et sa bonne humeur. J'ai adoré cette journée. Quel cadeau de naviguer avec eux.Easy pour les français grâce à Pascal.Superbe expérience, je recommande les yeux fermés!
Sandy J.
Sandy J.
22:01 17 May 24
Amazing experience with wonderful and friendly team! One of the highlight of our trip to Cairns. Delicious and fresh food. Maddie and Paul are amazing! Thank you so much for the amazing diving experience, we will definitely get certified and come back 🥰 100% recommended!!!
Suli B.
Suli B.
05:18 15 May 24
We would give 10 stars if we could. The day was amazing, and so well organised from booking online with phone support and easy checking in to great food on board, patient and helpful instructions and plenty of time to enjoy the reef. I did the intro dive and it was incredible! I felt so comfortable with Tia (?).. They even acknowledged our anniversary and made us feel very special!!Thanks for a great day!!There is ample parking nearby with a 10hr limit for about $2 per hour.
Gypsyduo
Gypsyduo
09:24 14 May 24
Don’t hesitate to book your reef adventure with Ocean Freedom! We visited the outer reef and the boat/crew/experience were amazing! The crew were particularly worth a mention: attentive, passionate, enthusiastic, helpful, and safety conscious! Book with this company and you won’t be disappointed!
Mish M.
Mish M.
07:28 14 May 24
Une superbe journée sur le voilier avec Pascal et toute l'équipe ! Merci Teiga pour les deux plongées 🤟 ; je recommande !
Petitjean C.
Petitjean C.
06:37 10 May 24
Great organisation, super friendly staf! It was our first time diving and we did two intro dives that took our breath away (figuratively ;) ). Great guidance by T, we were at ease right away. My parents snorkeled for the first time in their life (+-56j) and loved it as well! So much beautiful wild sealife in the reefs !
Sofie P.
Sofie P.
00:49 08 May 24
My wife and I went with Ocean Freedom last Saturday. The crew were all very friendly and attentive to the guests every need. They stressed safety and made everyone very comfortable, no matter what their swimming ability. For the non swimmers or apprehensive, they took people out with a life ring which was pulled by a guide who explained what they were seeing. Lunch was the best I’ve had on a snorkelling trip and there was lots of it, prawns, Loks, salads fruit, etc.. Head counts were done whenever snorkelling and diving was finished. Really great experience and would definitely go again with them!
Rob N.
Rob N.
06:23 06 May 24
An absolutely amazing experience, the staff were incredible, no matter what your skill level the staff catered for it all.Thanks so much Captain Ben and all of the staff!
Rebecca J.
Rebecca J.
20:58 25 Apr 24
Great time. Great people!
Manuela M.
Manuela M.
08:00 23 Apr 24
Fantastic day out on the reef on Friday on Ocean Freedom. Family day for us with our daughter and her family up from Sydney.The weather that day wasn’t the best but Mike and his crew made it worth the trip. Really well looked after all day, diving, snorkeling and watching the giant trevally getting chased around by a friendly barracuda. Super day out for all.5 ⭐️’s
Tony M.
Tony M.
07:15 21 Apr 24
A+++++. must do for sure, this company is AMAZING! everything was great. The tour is very well planned and it has all you need. The stunning waters, great boat and a fantastic crew! I really liked it and i felt that every passenger was treated with respect and not rushed. Waves are cool, fishes are fun, ride is awesome!
Friday O.
Friday O.
09:35 18 Apr 24
An excellent experience! Crew was amazing and very helpful! We are a family of 3 and our sone is 5 years old who was snorkling for the first time in his life. The Crew was so helpful and friendly and attentive, i greatly appreciate them! The boat is nice, the natural aspect was as expected with fishes and reel corals. It's very cool once in a life time experience! You get to do a glass boat as well and a wild fish feeding! Great Time and truly worth the money! THANK YOU!
GALINA G.
GALINA G.
09:32 18 Apr 24
Excellent day. Staff were very friendly and helpful and worked hard as a team throughout the day to make our day very memorable.Weather was marginal today and they adapted so that we could enjoy the reef.Excellent, and very pleased we chose ocean free to experience the reef.Thanks
Ian L.
Ian L.
05:58 16 Apr 24
I absolutely loved my trip on the Ocean Free sailboat tour! It was my first time snorkeling and first trip to the great barrier reef. I feel so blessed to have been on an intimate group tour; the Ocean Free can take up to 25 people on board and we had a group of 6! The guides were amazing, they made you feel safe and included in all the activities. The food on board was so yummy and you certainly won’t go hungry (there’s breakfast, lunch, multiple snacks, fruits, sweets, and wine!). The coral that we toured was vibrant and full of life, our group saw reef sharks, sea turtles, schools of fish, giant clams, etc. The boat also stopped over at Green Island for a couple hours.. steer clear from the crocodile exhibit, it is giving the same vibes as Sea World (iykyk). I would recommend this company to anyone looking for an intimate experience, the only downside is there were no photographers on board, but you can always take a trip down to Calypso Reef Imagery and Underwater Camera Hire for a GoPro rental :)
Darian B.
Darian B.
00:48 13 Apr 24
Awesome trip with awesome crew
Piotr W.
Piotr W.
12:04 11 Apr 24
Great trip. Well organized and attentive crew. Did a certified dive and snorkeled. Dive was good, but snorkelling was terrific. Saw sharks (small ones), turtles, rays and lots of reef fish. Nice lunch and lots of snacks. Comfortable seating.
A P.
A P.
07:34 09 Apr 24
This snorkel/dive cruise was great. The staff was extremely helpful and very attentive, everything was handled well the food was good, the location was great, the crew was excellent.
Wes W.
Wes W.
18:38 08 Apr 24
Spent the day on Ocean Free Sailing boat out to Green Island today. It was an awesome day, awesome crew and fantastic experience. Highly recommend to anyone wanting to bypass the crowds for a more unique sailing and snorkeling experience. Crew couldn’t be more helpful, snorkeling was great, food was great and will be back at some stage to do again. Thanks crew for looking after us and making the day full of fun (even got to sail the boat for a while).Jeff & Kathy
Jeff V.
Jeff V.
09:57 05 Apr 24
Great crew, good food, and the reef - what more could you want?
Grant R.
Grant R.
06:26 03 Apr 24
Amazing trip, friendly crew, seafood at lunch are so fresh and delicious plus snacks and fruits throughout the day. I went on the cruise by myself, the team actively checked on me during the snorkeling, so responsible. Highly recommend!!
Carol
Carol
08:56 31 Mar 24
My partner and I sailed with Paul, Ana, and Jan on the Ocean Free yesterday and were amazed and impressed by the personalized care and kindness that the team provided! Each individual made us feel like family and every effort was made to ensure that we had a wonderful experience. We cannot recommend this team and this company enough. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and for going above and beyond to provide us with such a positive and memorable day.
Katrina K.
Katrina K.
00:05 30 Mar 24
Amazing experience with the best staff. Weather was unfortunate but we still had a fab day. I did the intro scuba dive and Rose in particular really helped me overcome my fears and convinced me to do the dive - I’m so glad she put my mind at ease as it was so fun. Best experience would highly recommend.
Sophie H
Sophie H
09:14 29 Mar 24
Thanks to the team of ocean freedom we had a fantastic day at the Great Barrier Reef! The team was amazing and caring, you really can feel that they love what they do!
Christiane Z.
Christiane Z.
06:38 27 Mar 24
Very amazing tour....Great staff...Great service....
Franky S.
Franky S.
04:19 16 Mar 24
Incredible taster scuba diving experience with Lucy, felt very safe with her and she pointed out the most amazing sea life, including turtles, white tip shark and beautiful fish. Best experience.
Olivia E.
Olivia E.
00:47 14 Mar 24
Équipe géniale et accueil très personnalisé, expérience de snorkeling super, s’adapte à nos désirs. À recommander chaudement.
Hervé G.
Hervé G.
00:06 07 Mar 24
Excellent service and staff
Hassan M.
Hassan M.
00:04 06 Mar 24
Literally the best thing I've ever done.Staff could not have been better, they are helpful, kind, non- judgmental and friendly.During the snorkeling saw barracuda and sea turtle as well as usual 'finding nemo' suspectsCannot recommend highly enough.
Sian W.
Sian W.
05:09 05 Mar 24
Great trip! Highly recommend! The skipper and crew were awesome made the whole adventure worth whilr! The snorkeling in the reef was great, Kelly took us out for a "tour" and pointed out everything! Truly had an amazing time
Sofia V.
Sofia V.
13:59 04 Mar 24
This tour was absolutely amazing, I HIGHLY recommend!The crew took great care of us, they chatted and educated us about the reef & the boat, and were so helpful with our snorkel gear.The glass bottomed boat tour led by Jenn was wonderful, she's so friendly and knowledgeable. Thank you to the entire crew from Charlotte in the galley, skipper Ben, and the entire team for making our trip so memorable!
Maggie M.
Maggie M.
21:09 03 Mar 24
Great experience. The crew was great and very helpful in guiding everyone. Food was good and they provided multiple snacks - cakes, cookies, nuts, fresh fruits- on the way back. Well worth your money!
Ming
Ming
12:41 29 Feb 24
Incredible experience and service with Ocean Free. It was our first time visiting the reef and I’m glad we sailed there. Very hospitable and attentive crew. They have a special mooring off Green Island away from the crowds. It allows you to explore the beautiful reef and its marine life with plenty of time and space. I would highly recommend them versus the other bigger companies.
Juan R.
Juan R.
23:09 27 Feb 24
Had an amazing day out on the reef
Michael B.
Michael B.
00:53 26 Feb 24
Great boat amazing skipper and crewThank you for helping my wife feel more confident snorkeling she had great timeI’m glad I booked this trip
brodie L.
brodie L.
07:55 22 Feb 24
Was a great tour, crew were helpful and knowledgeable of the reef. All of the crew got involved in ensuring we were all happy, when some members of crew were in the water helping out they were constantly looking for interesting things to show us (giant clams, turtles, sharks), and succeeded in showing us many great reef spectacles. The boat wasn't jammed with people either, you could freely walk around without having to dodge people, which when reading reviews of other reef tours, can be an issue. There are a lot of reef tours to pick from, but this was one I'd recommend for the areas we explored and the crew alone.
Joe M.
Joe M.
09:07 20 Feb 24
Had a blast diving with Anna. So happy to return and recommend. Anna took me around made sure that we saw some amazing wildlife: whitetip sharks, giant clams, clownfish-- loved it. Thanks for the great memories 🫶
John Michael C.
John Michael C.
07:10 20 Feb 24
Had a great experience doing a scuba and snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef! Anna was so helpful, knowledgeable, and personable. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone but especially people who want to scuba but lack certification.
Lance W.
Lance W.
07:09 20 Feb 24
Malgré le temps, le skipper à tenter le retour à la voile mais cela n’a pas été possible, c’est le risque !Seul petit bémol, un petit manque de sensibilisation sur l’enjeu de préservation de ce récif, mais en posant la question, le sujet fut abordé.Les rares commentaires négatifs ne reflètent pas du tout notre expérience.
Jean-Baptiste L.
Jean-Baptiste L.
09:00 18 Feb 24
The ocean free is one of the best experiences. With only 25 people plus the crew, it makes this such a personalised experience. The crew are amazing, and once sailing, it's a truly exhilarating experience
Neil M.
Neil M.
23:57 17 Feb 24
Back snorkelling for the first time in a few years. Crew were so welcoming and the experience was fantastic! Everyone was super knowledgeable and happy to answer any and all questions. Give Bernie a wave for me!
Daniel G.
Daniel G.
09:23 15 Feb 24
The second dive was one of the coolest experiences of my life. Went out with the crew today who were lovely, professional and chill. Thanks team.
Steven R.
Steven R.
09:20 14 Feb 24
We had a fabulous time scuba diving. It had been six years since we’ve been diving so my husband and I were both a little nervous. Amber took incredible care of us. She was the dive master we went down with, and she made it so easy and we felt really comfortable. We got to see a turtles, giant stingrays, clown fish, giant clams and tons of other fish. There were some really large barracudas that just hung by the boat. They fed us huge seafood lunch, all you can eat. They also brought us lots of snacks during the day fruit, cakes, and other yummy items. I would definitely recommend booking with this company. Everyone was friendly. We met a lot of fun people and just had a great time.
Melinda J.
Melinda J.
02:52 13 Feb 24
Remarkable tour with the most wonderful crew. The reef was incredible and there were plenty of crew to allow all of the passengers to go where they please when snorkelling and aboard the boat. The crew also rescued some snorkellers from another boat, it was great to see how much they cared about the reef and it's visitors, not just their customers. I have asthma and the skipper- Matt took extra care of me checking in a few times while I'm in the water to make sure I was okay.Highly recommended the Ocean Free to anyone wanting an intimate experience and a chill day on the water. The boat is a much smaller sailboat rather than the big yachts you see, so it was extremely peaceful.
Sam R.
Sam R.
23:22 11 Feb 24
Many thanks to the incredible "Ocean Freedom" team (Master Reef Guides, Dive Masters, Master Barns and the Skipper) who made waves on the Great Barrier Reef! They demonstrated dedication, teamwork and passion for exploration, which truly made this snorkeling trip an unforgettable experience. From navigating the vibrant coral reefs to discovering the fascinating underwater world, their expertise and enthusiasm was evident at every turn. Her commitment to safety and conservation is commendable and ensures that this natural wonder remains protected for future generations. Thank you for your exceptional commitment, and here's to many moreadventures together!"
Klaus W.
Klaus W.
04:54 11 Feb 24
알찬구성에 너무좋은 하루를 만들어준하루였다 ㅎㅎ
박준우 (.
박준우 (.
08:03 09 Feb 24
We booked a day trip with Ocean Freedom and we had an amazing time! The crew were so lovely and keen for everyone to have a good time. We had a group that were very mixed in terms of confidence swimming on the reef. My partner and I did the intro dives and my in-laws stuck to snorkelling. One of our party was a bit anxious when it came to getting in the water, but the snorkel guides were really supportive and understanding. Food was pretty good and plenty of snacks. Boat itself was clean and modern. Only thing is that the intro dives were pretty short and I’m not sure we saw much more than snorkelling. Other than that, could not recommend enough!
Laura W.
Laura W.
05:14 09 Feb 24
Great experience - the crew made 100% of the difference.
John W.
John W.
22:01 04 Feb 24
We had an absolutely amazing day on Ocean Free today! The crew were first class and so friendly. The skipper was born in the UK and we had lots of great conversations with him.We saw so much marine life and even swam with a turtle twice in one day!The food and drinks provided were great.Would highly recommend this tour to anyone looking :)
Rebecca S.
Rebecca S.
07:37 03 Feb 24
Great time on ocean freedom! Saw turtles, clownfish, barracuda, GT, several sharks etc etc. Crew were fantastic and welcoming. Also did 2 amazing scuba dives.10/10 would recommend
Joseph A.
Joseph A.
10:23 01 Feb 24
We booked the same tour 6 years ago, and now being again in Cairns it was clear for us that we have to repeat the same experience, there are many good reasons to book the tour with them: Firstly, the boat is smaller, being the capacity reduced and not making the reef and the experience so crowded. Secondly, all the crew are very nice and pleasant, they are all the time taking care of passengers, being sure that we feel comfortable on the boat and in the water. And lastly, the food offer is also one of the best, I especially love the fresh fruits and cheese snacks while returning to the port :)Thanks to all the crew for such a nice experience again!
Gloria N.
Gloria N.
09:37 31 Jan 24
Recommend A+++! Amazing day out on and in the water. The crew were a blast, very fun and knowledgeable. The boat never felt crowded, there was room to hangout on the open deck areas or the air conditioning. Plenty of snacks and lunch included; having a beer option was nice once we were done in the water. We saw everything from clown fish to barracuda. So much fun!
Tim P.
Tim P.
07:57 30 Jan 24
Superb experience and a great way to see the Great Barrier Reef. Great for everyone from beginners to certified divers. Every one of the staff was friendly and helpful. A special callout to Edwin, our excellent SCUBA guide. Highly recommended.
Bob F.
Bob F.
21:50 28 Jan 24
We had an amazing time on the ocean freedom snorkel and scuba tour. I was able to dive twice with Anna who was amazing and created an extremely memorable experience for my first time scuba diving. The rest of the team was fantastic as well. They were extremely attentive and helpful to myself and my wife the entire trip. We highly recommend the tour! Thank you Anna, Lucy, Blair, Mike and the rest of the ocean freedom team!!
Eric
Eric
05:11 23 Jan 24
Perfekter Tag! Super nettes Team! Sehr gute Erklärungen. Alles sehr easy und viele schöne Elemente (Glasboden-Boot, betreutes Schnorcheln, wenn man mag, etc.). Kann ich absolut empfehlen!
Daniela
Daniela
00:57 19 Jan 24
This is our first trip to the GBR and chose a smaller intimate cruise experience. It was a great mixture of people too; young to older and the crew were accommodating to all of us! It is capped at 75; but today we had about 35 on boardDiving was broken in the groups at a 2:1 ratio! Alexa headed them out over the 3 hours at the first stop and 2.5 hours at the second stop with 30min transit between sides of Upolu Reef.Snorkeling. We were blessed with minimal winds and current today so visibility and snorkeling was at a very leisure pace. It did make the drift snorkeling a swim snorkel more than drifting, but Amber was awesome in helping folk out while guiding us all along the outer wall..and even finding us Nemo! The free swim was great and SO MUCH FISH and time to explore.Food. It kept coming! Boarding pastries and coffee/tea. Seafood Buffet lunch. Fruit and cheese and dessert platters on the way back. Bar after 1130a (additional fee). They even made accommodations for our son's special needs without batting an eye.Service/Crew. Impeccable. They rotate between their two boats and our crew was incredible. Blair on board was constantly checking on everyone, Alexa doing the dives and Amber helping everyone have a snorkeling adventure of their life. I forget the guys and skipper's name! sorry! They were ever attentive in setup and getting everyone into/out of the water efficiently and calmly, making it extremely stress free day!Bonus: turtle, GT, and large barracuda at the 2nd site. That was fun and made our son's day on top of the Nemo clown fish findings.This was an amazing tour. You will not be disappointed.
Steven L
Steven L
09:37 18 Jan 24
Ein großartiger Tag, eine mega-tolle Tour auf der Ocean Freedom! Ich habe mich bewusst für eine kleinere Tour mit etwa 30-35 Gästen entschieden.Meine erste Tour zum Great Barrier Reef, mein erster Tauchgang nach 25 Jahren - ein fantastisches Erlebnis, das ich nicht vergessen werde. Auch, weil die Crew sehr freundlich und immer professionell war.Tauch-Instructor Marten: Ich fühlte mich in jeder Sekunde zu 100 Prozent sicher!!!Kapitän und Co-Kapitän Mike und Jan: freundlich, witzig, hilfsbereit: sie haben sogar meine defekte Kamera repariert!!! Danke! Paul war überall zur Stelle, auch mit guten Tipps beim Schnorcheln. Das Essen war sehr gut. Ich würde jederzeit wiederkommen! Danke!!!
Karl W.
Karl W.
08:13 17 Jan 24
My family & I enjoyed this reef experience with Ocean Freedom to Upolu Cays Reef and would highly recommend booking them to anyone. With thirty customers on board plus crew it made for a fairly intimate experience. The crew were professional, attentive and friendly, supporting all customers with their needs and safety. Also able to answer any questions we had regarding the reef environment and species. Lunch and snacks were great. We were blessed with a sunny clear and glassy day and stoked on spotting lots of cool marine life. Swimming with a large turtle, GT and Barracuda were a highlight. We enjoyed the trip out & back and didn't find it too long. It was our teenage Son's first time experiencing the great barrier reef and he was so pumped and just loved it.
Melanie R.
Melanie R.
22:39 16 Jan 24
experience that I recommend, whether for diving or just snorkeling, the staff is fantastic and always smiling friendly. we went to two reefs, one tending towards green, the other towards blue with different colors of corals, we spent many hours on the ocean, from 9 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon, the buffet was very good with attention to vegans, breakfast, fruit, lunch, dessert.
Leone M.
Leone M.
00:54 16 Jan 24
Fantastic day!Reef was magic.Very professional crew. They are professionals who know the drill and are super helpful and positive.Mike, Matt and Mully proved very helpful and reassuring when helping snorkelers who didn't feel comfortable in water.5 stars for the tour and the staff!
Damien L.
Damien L.
06:11 15 Jan 24
Just amazing. My partner who can't swim was assisted with snorkeling and was able to enjoy the experience "Loved it".I was able to book in for a scuba drive with all gear provided, Fantastic. Good food provided. Smaller group of people compared to other charter groups. Really recommend this company.
Peter B.
Peter B.
03:16 12 Jan 24
The nicest most friendly crew and such a great vibe onboard ! Only 20 passengers so there were more than enough staff to allow anyone to do what they wanted regardless of if we were swimming, scuba diving or sitting on the boat due to seasickness. Open to all levels of swimming skills and time to go off on your own or stick with a tour around the reef. The food was amazing and like a hotel buffet. We saw a shark, turtle, clams and loads of diverse fish. Honestly a must sea (pardon the pun) and a better alternative to bigger boats especially since it’s family run. We met two forever friends on this boat!
Kah Wah W.
Kah Wah W.
07:24 08 Jan 24
I recently did a Reef tour down at Hamilton Island as my first on the GBR and had a great time.

A trip to Cairns (Palm Cove) meant another trip was due!

Ocean Freedom was recommended to us due to the smaller capacity and attention to detail by people at Palm Cove.

It was an amazing day out. A very full day, 2 reefs, well fed and normally I’d just do my own thing in the water, but opted for the glass bottom boat tour and guided snorkel while there and it was great. As little or as much time as you can handle in the water. Excellent reefs, Green Sea Turtles and Manta Rays were spotted by our family.

Highly recommended for your trip to the reef. Very kid friendly also and all provided equipment was top notch.

Loved it!
Mark G.
Mark G.
08:02 07 Jan 24
Fantastic experience! Crew are all super helpful and friendly! I was nervous as it was my first time diving, the instructor is very gentle and very professional! One instructor is holding on to two divers only, so I felt very safe, and the instructor kept checking if we were ok in the water. The diving was very smooth and we saw a lot of amazing fish and reef! One of the best experiences!
Dorothy L.
Dorothy L.
11:07 06 Jan 24
Super journée sur le voilier Ocean Free avec le skipper Pascal (francophone) et son équipage de trois jeunes femmes compétentes et accueillantes. Tout était parfait, service à bord, la restauration comprise et surtout la plongée avec masque et tuba sur la barrière de corail. Nous avons vu une multitude de poissons colorés et deux tortues. Simplement magique !
Lydia M.
Lydia M.
04:03 06 Jan 24
Amazing tour, crew, and experience! Booked ocean freedom and this was my first time scuba diving. I did 2 intro dives - it was so fun and easy to be comfortable in the water with the help of the crew. Want to give a huge shout-out to Blair especially for constant encouragement and an amazing dive experience together. Saw so many fish and other organisms underwater. Was extremely memorable and highly recommend this tour! Light breakfast was provided as well as a big selection for lunch and dessert/fruit. Amount of people per tour was a great ratio as well.
Emma T.
Emma T.
03:15 05 Jan 24
It's risky booking an excursion from half the world away. We had 2 days in Cairns and wanted to make the very most of it. The reviews for Ocean Freedom were excellent (4.7 on over 1,000).We absolutely were not disappointed! Visiting the Great Barrier Reef with Ocean Freedom was excellent!!! From the moment we boarded, the staff was attentive, funny, friendly and so helpful! (Mike, Pascal, Molly, Rose, and many others) When my wife was sick, they took excellent care of her. They were patient with us. The boat and equipment was SO clean. The food was quality (you might not expect that on a boat excursion). The reef diving site was excellent. I highly recommend. The photo does not do the GB reef justice, but gives you an idea.
Seth
Seth
09:42 02 Jan 24
Great crew and trip.Diving instructors were great and knowledgeable. Great focus on safety and overall a good day out at sea.Great scuba diving experience for beginners especially, would definitely recommend.
Nelson X.
Nelson X.
10:07 01 Jan 24
Super Organisation, sehr nette und zuvorkommende Kapitän und seine Mädchen Power Crew. Es gab sehr viel zu sehen aber für mich am erstaunlichesten Haie in Ihrem Lebensraum. Es war möglich schnuppern tauchen und da waren auch Meeres Schildkröte zu sehen.Grüne insel ist wunderschön mit tropischen Wald und ein Krokodil Reservat mit fütterungszeiten um 13.30 was für Kinder sehr interessant war auch für Erwachsenen. Haie schwimmen direkt am Strand und niemand kümmert es .Unmöglich dieses Gefühl zu beschreiben. Auf dem Boot gab es kompetente Beratung für alles und alle untersilien die man braucht sogar Sonnen Cremeum sonst zu Verfügung. Es gab ganzen Tag was zu essen Frühstück, Obst sehr umfangreiches Mittagessen und nachmittags wieder Käse ,crecker ,Obst und kuchen. Wasser, Tee, Kaffee kostenlos andere Getränke meiner Meinung zum Preis vom 3 Euro sehr günstig. Alles in allem ein unvergessliches Erlebnis. Ich war auf Ocean free mit 25 Gästen und fühlte mich als allein Reisende super aufgehoben. Danke
Tatjana J.
Tatjana J.
22:17 29 Dec 23
Great staff, good equipment, nice lunch, great boat. Then add the reef and you have a wonderful day.
Nathan H.
Nathan H.
01:41 29 Dec 23
We had a great day at the Great Barrier Reef. The staff was very friendly and helpful.
Neven B.
Neven B.
11:26 28 Dec 23
Great day, with a great crew! Thanks for the good times.
Henry L.
Henry L.
07:44 27 Dec 23
Perfect tour to explore the Great Barrier Reef & Green Island! Small group, nice crew, great diving & snorkeling and yummi food :-)Thank you Tee & team
Magdalena V.
Magdalena V.
21:52 26 Dec 23
We had the most incredible day scuba diving and snorkelling! The instructors were amazing and we felt so safe going down with them and saw so much marine life at the spot they took us too from turtles to nemos! The day was run so smoothly with delicious food and snacks throughout the trip and the guides and skipper were so friendly and helpful - will be back to go again!
ella W.
ella W.
00:40 03 Dec 23
This was our best snorkel experience in the Great Barrier Reef. We had clear visibility and saw an abundance of fish, coral, sharks, and sea turtles. After lunch, we popped onto Green Island and toured the Marineland Melanesia (crocodile sanctuary) to see Cassius and croc feeding. The staff is so wonderful and knowledgeable and ensured a fun and chill day at sea. Highly recommend Ocean Free!
Jessica H.
Jessica H.
09:03 28 Nov 23
Unbeschreiblich tolles Erlebnis, wir waren einmal in Begleitung tauchen und einmal schnorcheln. Man hatte mehr Zeit als vorher gedacht und das Team war super organisiert informiert und sehr herzlich. Wir können es absolut empfehlen, es war das Highlight unserer Australien Reise! Riesiges Dankeschön an das gesamte Team.
Kevin J.
Kevin J.
07:38 28 Nov 23
Really relaxing and enjoyable day. Great diving on the reef with lots to explore and nice to have a break and time to relax on green island. Will book again next time we’re in cairns.
harry R.
harry R.
09:20 26 Nov 23
Absolutely fantastic! The perfect blend of professional expertise and personal care! Highly recommended to all wanting to explore the Great Barrier Reef through snorkelling and scuba diving! Also great hospitality on board!
Pratibha S.
Pratibha S.
05:49 25 Nov 23
It was Sunday, May 28, and one of my biggest dreams came through - The Great Barrier Reef. I don´t usually write reviews, which is evidenced by my writing this one so late, but this time I do - the experience is still alive within me.There are tons of tour agencies out there and it´s easy to get overwhelmed. I would encouradge everyone to spend a bit more time and choose well. Don´t pick randomly or get caught on a discount. Choose wisely instead - environmentally friendly company, professional crew with "gills between the fingers" :-) that make you feel safe even if it´s your first dive. Moreover board is not packed with people, thanks to which (not only) there is an wonderful, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. They are extremely passionate about what they do.Besides, I appreciate being able to spend plenty of time in water. I literally spent whole day by snorkeling. Plus scuba diving on top of it.The experience on board the Ocean Freedom by far exceeded all of my expectations.Thank you crew, for absolutely incredible experience!!!PS: I would like to named individually, but forgot. I remenber though, that was crew of captain Ben (Cruise Ocean Freedom - Upolu Reaf).
Veronika Z.
Veronika Z.
03:51 21 Nov 23
We had the best time you can have. The crew was so friendly & helpful.Montana booked our trip & said we would have great time.& we did.We were at the Wharf at 07:15 & got on the Boat at 7:30. I will be honest when we saw the Boat, we did not think we would have an Excellent day, as they say (Don't judge a book by its cover).The crew were (Capt. Mat, Mike, Yanu, Lucy and Edwin) excellent, helpful and kind. I'm sorry if I misspelled their names.
Hakan K.
Hakan K.
07:51 19 Nov 23
We had a wonderful experience sailing on the Ocean Free boat to Great Barrier Reef where we snorkelled and our daughter had her first experience diving. The diving instructor gave great instruction and had a genuine care for his clients and the skipper and crew were focused on giving us the best experience possible.
would highly recommend.
Chris H.
Chris H.
23:07 17 Jun 23
We had the best day. The crew on board were fantastic. The spot they moored off Green Island was so close to the reef you could almost stand on it. Snorkeling and diving was brilliant. Lunch on board is very impressive. We met some lovely people from all over the world. Sailing back at under full sail with a lovely glass of wine was exhilarating and exciting. Thanks to all the staff and crew. You made the day for us so easy from booking to leaving. We didn’t want to leave.
Terry M.
Terry M.
21:33 16 May 23
We went on this reef cruise today and it was fantastic! The guides were incredible and the food was great- and there was loads of it! We went on a different snorkeling trip yesterday to Green Island and it was nothing compared to Ocean Freedom. The guides were in the water with us showing us all the fish and marine life. Definitely skip Green Island and go with Ocean Freedom!!!!
Sue Bailey T.
Sue Bailey T.
08:03 04 Apr 23
What a perfect day! The crew was so pleasant and helpful, catering to our every need, even a glass bottom boat for those wanting a break from snorkeling. Good equipment, great food - and awesome to see all we saw while snorkeling!
Elaine K.
Elaine K.
12:18 16 Mar 23
My wife, daughter and myself went out on Ocean Freedom on Wednesday 8 Feb 2023. A great day - the Captain and crew were unbelievably helpful and polite. Nothing was to much trouble. Once at the reef a guided glass bottom boat trip then onto with the snorkelling or SCUBA if you wanted. The food was high quality and heaps for everyone. When you thought it was over out came the cheese and biscuits followed by cake. I’ve been on a number of boat tours around the world and this is by far the best. It is highly recommend. Lastly a shout out to crewman Tom who was very patience with my wife and helped her snorkelling experience.
Campbell M.
Campbell M.
23:29 08 Feb 23
Perfect day out visiting two of the nearby reefs.
The crew are extremely warm, welcoming and a great laugh helping you be at ease wether if it’s your first time snorkelling/diving or somebody used to the ocean.
I did my first (and 2nd) ever scuba dive guided by these guys today and it couldn’t have been any better!
Will definitely go with these guys again next time I find myself in Cairns. Thank you!
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Kgothatso M.
Kgothatso M.
00:27 09 Oct 22
Great crew and a great day out. More food than you could possibly ask for and great attention to detail.
Special shout out to Mike, Liam, Jazz and Jayden who really made the day special. A few people feeding the fish due to bad weather but the crew handled it beautifully.
Thanks all.
Mark D.
Mark D.
06:34 05 Sep 22
Great day had by our family of 5. Mike the Skipper was awesome and lead an amazing crew. Food was great and plentiful. Would definitely recommend this company to anyone. The only fault was the weather
Amy W.
Amy W.
10:10 31 Aug 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Brilliant experience, really knowledgable crew! Highly recommend
Eoin D.
Eoin D.
09:38 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 W.
Candice W.
02:43 12 Jan 22
Amazing introductory diving experience yesterday! 🙌🏼👌🏼
Gemma T.
Gemma T.
00:53 01 Dec 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I was booked on this tour by my travel agent. I had found another cruise by decided to let the agent do the booking work for me. My tour was on 12th August.
From the moment of checking in, I was treated like a VIP for a day. A joke of "permission to come aboard" at the pier started a relaxing day of cruising the reef, 2 introduction dives of scuba diving, snorkelling, great food, and even better, fantastic staff.
I had not dived since 1987 and my instructor Jen took me through the process and I was both excited and nervous about entering the water. Jen made me completely at ease, and I loved every second of my two dives.
Brian W.
Brian W.
23:53 03 Sep 20
We just can't say enough about these guys! The crew were just BLOODY AWESOME! They took us to a place on the reef that wasn't heavily populated by other tour boats so we were spoilt for choice. We got to spend 6 hours in the water snorkelling. There were always guides with us showing us around and sharing information about the marine life around us. Glass bottom boat tours were included.

In between we were kept well fed and watered. Lunch was really good. Simple food, seafood, cold meats and salads but fresh and good quality👍 Morning and afternoon tea was also provided.

The boat wasn't overly packed out either. Plenty of room to move around. If you have 1, DEFINITELY bring a GoPro with you. I hung out with a green sea turtle for a good half an hour and wish I could've captured some of that experience.

An awesome laid back Nth QLD experience at its finest! We will be back again for sure!

Thank you team for a great day out.
Kym W.
Kym W.
21:49 15 Aug 20
Happy team to make you a special day!
Greatly recommended!
Eero L.
Eero L.
08:10 30 Jul 20
I entirely enjoyed my day. The crew was amazing, so attentive and helpful. The captain Pascol ( hope I spelled his name right 😁) made sure we all were safe and can enjoy every moment of the day. Could not have a better day. The food-endless service and very lovely. Thank You all for making such a wonderful day for us.
Ruut Elisabet E.
Ruut Elisabet E.
06:57 29 Jul 20
of all the tour choices for seeing and experiencing the reef, we were somehow lucky enough to have found THE BEST! From beginning to end, the most professional crew , and pristine boat ( we were on the power cat). we had a personal dive master Yatti, who's expertise and direction made us feel safe and well looked after! Thanks heaps mate! Rosie led our guided snorkelling tour and was extremely knowledgeable about the reef, and pointed out all the highlights! Didn't miss a thing! The food aboard was top notch too.. 5 plus stars out of 5!! what a team!
Charlotte W.
Charlotte W.
05:13 28 Jul 20
Great day at the Reef with a experienced young and funny Crew!
Barbara R.
Barbara R.
11:51 03 Mar 20
One of the best crews around, friendly knowledgeable and the service was above and beyond. Would recommend 👌
Mitch T.
Mitch T.
08:23 02 Mar 20
Would recommend! Staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. Great food. A day to remember ✨✨
Tessa D.
Tessa D.
06:04 02 Mar 20
Unforgettable Christmas Adventure !

We highly recommend the Ocean Freedom and their team. They strive to ensure your day is fantastic, safe and memorable. We had a wonderful experience on the introductory to scuba and appreciated the safe system in place to give first time scuba divers a trip of a lifetime. The passionate and enthusiastic crew made sure we had what we needed with gear and instruction. The onboard breakfast, lunch and snacks were delicious. Excellent Ozzie hospitality extended with passing the afternoon snacks around so no one missed out.
We valued the lower number of passengers on board resulting in spectacular memories to last a lifetime. Many thanks for an absolutely awesome experience!!
Charlene Lee Van H.
Charlene Lee Van H.
20:49 29 Feb 20
What a wonderful day with this great team!
I was not a confident snorkeller and mainly booked so my hubby could have his great barrier reef experience, but ended up getting involved and absolutely loving it!
The food was excellent and plentiful.
The ladies on the booking desk were fantastic too!
Many thanks to all! X
Vicky H.
Vicky H.
01:14 22 Feb 20
An amazing day. Staff are so knowledgeable and always available to help. Great snorkeling locations and on board service. Wish I could do it again!!
Molly W.
Molly W.
09:32 16 Feb 20
What a great experience!! What they tell you in their brochure is what you get for the full 100% and more! Paul gave us a briefing of the day which he did with a lot of humor. When we got to the reef we started off with the glass bottom boat. Lou was amazing she explained everything you needed to know about the reef. Doing this first was great because you knew what to expect. After that we jumped into the water for some snorkeling for more than 2 hours. We went on a snorkel tour with Mat which was great. He showed us everything we needed to see. After the tour you could explore the reef by yourself. When we got back on the boat a perfect lunch was prepared for us with prawns, smoked salmon, chicken and some nice salads.
After lunch we headed off to another spot where we again snorkeled for about 2 hours.
After this we cruised back to harbour with fruit and snack served.
Overall.... it was an amazing day!
Thank you guys for making this trip unforgettable!
Greetings Jirvan, Ben and Tosca
Jirvan S.
Jirvan S.
11:07 02 Feb 20
Great day with the best team on GBR. Look no where else because they are the best. Thanks Paul, Lou, Chris and special thanks to Matt for the snorkeling tour and to the rest of the team
Lori Miller W.
Lori Miller W.
07:03 20 Jan 20
Had a fantastic day today .. Thanks to the great hosts Paul and Chris ... took the time with my daughter to help her around the reef ..Chris is a great guide and very knowledgeable .A small group of 10 people ..good food after a snorkel ..thanks for a memorable day .jeannie and mikaila .
Jeannie W.
Jeannie W.
09:20 12 Jan 20
One of the best dive crew I've been out with. Went for my honeymoon and then took my kids out with these guys. Exceptional if I times, the crew are amazing. Genuinely friendly, go out of their way to help and to chat with you and the boat (Ocean Free) makes for a perfect small size trip. I've seen reef sharks, turtles, rays and so many different species of fish on the beautiful reef out near Green Island with these guys, their divers really k ow the area well. They took my 7yo and 4yo out snorkelling too over the reef and they loved it! I'll be back again next year for sure.
Adam E.
Adam E.
09:43 28 Dec 19
Super friendly and knowledgeable staff. Had a great day snorkeling and diving - my first time swimming in the ocean I might add. Felt very safe with the crew. highly recommend!
James Lovekamp A.
James Lovekamp A.
05:18 28 Dec 19
Best tour to go to! The instructors were awesome and the views were amazing. Tried my first time scuba diving and it was just unreal. Would do again!
Morgan Jayde Maree H.
Morgan Jayde Maree H.
06:57 18 Dec 19
First time diving and couldn’t have asked for better staff. Chris was patient and guided us past the nerves. We had a great time. Ben and Eva were fantastic. If you are looking for a smaller group tour and excellent service then go here. Also the food was fantastic. We had lunch, later we stopped for wine and cheese, and before returning we finished off with dessert. We definitely had an incredible experience. Highly recommended.
JD Lovekamp A.
JD Lovekamp A.
07:40 16 Dec 19
My friend and I took a snorkeling tour with them today and it was AWESOME! The staff were the BEST! They were very attentive to everyone’s level of snorkeling and diving! The worked very hard! The food they served was also amazing! They had coffee and pastries for breakfast, served lunch and it wasn’t sandwiches, served cheese and crackers throughout trip along with fruit, figs, deserts and whatever you water along with other drinks!! I would highly recommend them! You would be missing out on a great experience if you didn’t book with them! Thanks to all for a spectacular day!!
Donna McDowell D.
Donna McDowell D.
09:00 10 Dec 19
my mum and mines first experience and what an experience! staff so welcoming and made us feel at ease while both doing our scuba, we would of tested patience with our learning skills but we did not feel judged!! Fab day, and great instructors 😁 def recommend for newbies that want a small group!! PS the food was amazing too. What a day, thank you Ocean Free!
Ruth M.
Ruth M.
07:40 26 Nov 19
I've been trying to break my wife into scuba and needed to find a charter that would take good care of her. Ocean Free did not disappoint. For her first dive ever they took great care to make sure she felt confident in the water and that we all had an amazing experience. The crew was nothing short of exceptional and diving the reef was the experience of a lifetime. The excursion to Green Island and the crocodile park was a nice bonus for those less inclined to be in the water as well. Couldn't be happier.
Anders B.
Anders B.
14:54 23 Nov 19
I had a wonderful experience on Ocean Free Sail. The crew was so accommodating and amazing. They took us to the best side of Green Island and saw stunning marine life.
Danika H.
Danika H.
10:55 26 Oct 19
Fantastic crew, excellent service, amazing experience
Chris L.
Chris L.
05:27 26 Oct 19
Amazing amazing amazing the hi light of our Cairns visit Pasquale The skipper went to great lengths to make our trip memorable Chris entertained us with stories (ask him how far a 200klm lake is) and made us Dave Mathews fans. Pale (excuse the spelling if wrong) very knowledgeable helpful as well. This crew took great care of everyone especially those that didn’t take the tablets a huge thank you guys made this trip the most memorable one we have had, loved the sailing and the crew made the day as perfect as
It could be
Linda D.
Linda D.
08:27 22 Oct 19
Great day out on the reef. Led by Captain Paul the team were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Snorkeling and diving available. Lunch was fabulous and I would through recommend them if you are contemplating a trip out to the reef.
Sue C.
Sue C.
08:35 14 Oct 19
Great day with super helpful staff
James H.
James H.
07:52 14 Oct 19
Thanks Scott, Chris and Ava. Just a perfect day out. If you’re looking for a personal trip lots of laughs then this is the one for you.
Joanne B.
Joanne B.
07:41 12 Oct 19
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Your Ocean Freedom Tour Includes

  • Morning tea and coffee, Danish pastries and fresh fruit on boarding
  • 6 full hours on the reef at 2 destinations, including Upolu Cay Reef & Outer Edge Upolu Reef
  • Snorkelling tuition, tours and in-water assistance if required
  • Adventure Drift Snorkelling Tour with Marine Naturalist
  • Top quality Snorkelling / Diving Equipment (masks, fins, snorkel etc)
  • Lycra or wetsuits (depending on the season) and buoyancy snorkel vests
  • Large smorgasbord lunch: smoked salmon and prawns / mixed meat platter / chicken platter / 3 salads and assorted breads
  • Reef Talk by Marine Interpreter
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tour
  • Prescription masks (please pre-book)
  • Scuba diving demonstration
  • Fish feed
  • Transfers to and from Upolu Cay (when conditions allow)
  • Platter of tropical fruit, cheese, crackers and assorted cake served during day

Ocean Freedom Optional Extras

  • Coach transfers ($23 Inner city return per person; $34 Northern Beaches, as far as Palm Cove, return per person) – must be pre-booked
  • Scuba diving. Ocean Freedom’s highly qualified dive instructors offer introductory and certified diving packages. For beginners, you are taught diving skills, equipment and communication before being taken beneath the water with our professional crew.Ocean Freedom specialise in first time divers, offering a unique ratio of only 2 divers to 1 instructor (usual ratio is 4:1). Certified divers will enjoy first class equipment and a free guide, to ensure you see the very best the Great Barrier Reef has to offer. Experience weightlessness under water and be amazed by the corals and marine life surrounding you.Please note: All diving is subject to you having no medical condition (past or present) or taking any medication which may be contradictory to diving.
  • Refreshments from the licensed bar
  • Underwater cameras
  • Range of quality merchandise

Your Day on Ocean Freedom View Full Itinerary

Check In / Departure

Your adventure begins with check-in at the Ocean Free / Ocean Freedom desk at 7.15am. Boarding commences on Cairns’ Marlin Marina from 7.30am. Enjoy fresh tea, coffee, fruit and Danish pastries on board, prior to the 8am departure when Ocean Freedom commences its cruise to Upolu Cay Reef and the outer edge of Upolu Reef.

Relax While We Cruise

You can relax in the air-conditioned saloon or on the fresh air sundeck. En route to the Great Barrier Reef, the friendly crew will provide an introductory safety briefing and for those wanting to partake in introductory or certified scuba diving, the paperwork and briefs will be completed on the way out, so we’re ready to go on arrival at the reef.

Upolu Cay Reef Site

On occasions the water maybe shallow enough to allow landing on the Cay itself (as shown above). On other days you can sometimes stand in ankle to knee deep water and get photos of you seemingly standing in the middle of the ocean! Some days the cay may be totally submerged, but still has beautiful, crystal clear waters to snorkel in.

Glass Bottom Boat Tour

Enjoy a Glass Bottom boat tour around the crystal clear waters surrounding Upolu Cay Reef. Ocean Freedom is the first boat to arrive, so you can enjoy this pristine area uninterrupted! Surrounded by stunning turquoise water and many types of corals, reef fishes, stingrays, cucumbers and sea stars, this is a great introduction to the reef.

Fresh, Delicious Lunch

Ocean Freedom’s friendly crew provide a delicious lunch at approximately 11:30am in a self-serve buffet style. Enjoy a sumptuous feast of smoked salmon, chilled prawns, cold chicken and meats, three different salads, fresh breads and fruit. While you dine inside or outside on the decks, we cruise slowly to the second site.

Outer Edge Upolu Reef Site

You will be amazed and impressed at the “Wonder Wall” on the Outer Edge of Upolu Reef. Rising 10m – 12m from the ocean floor, “Wonder Wall” plateaus just 0.5m – 1m under the surface (depending on the tide), making it an ideal snorkel and dive site. Enjoy an informative adventure drift snorkel tour with our Marine Naturalist.

Find Nemo & His Friends

The Outer Edge Upolu Reef is home to a diverse array of some of the Great Barrier Reef’s most famous critters, including nemo. In fact, out here, there’s nemos everywhere! Spend your time here viewing many different types of hard and soft coral, in addition to fans, giant clams, turtles and a huge diversity and abundance of reef fish of all sizes.

Maximum Enjoyment

At Ocean Freedom we’re 100% committed to making sure our guests have maximum enjoyment, on and off the boat. That’s why we give our skippers the flexibility to choose the order the two destinations will be visited in, pending the conditions and tides at the time of your travel. It’s all about making you smile!

Farewell, not Goodbye

After a full six hours of unrushed pleasure on the reef and shallow waters surrounding the Cay, cruise home while our crew serve a sumptuous selection of tropical fruit, cheese, crackers and a decadent cake platter. The ultimate way to wind down after a magical day on the one and only Great Barrier Reef! Arrive back into Cairns around 4.30pm.

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