Explore the Great Barrier Reef with Passions
Experience the adventure of snorkelling, diving (optional) and sailing on the Great Barrier Reef with Passions of Paradise. The 25 metre high-performance catamaran sails daily from Cairns to two unique locations, we have 24 to choose from so the captain can decide where is best for the day depending on conditions.
Enjoy a personalised day on the Great Barrier Reef with a friendly crew dedicated to making your trip memorable and a local operator whose environmental credentials and attention to detail have earned many awards including the Australian Tourism Award for Adventure.
- Gourmet lunch
- Two Outer Reef locations
- Experienced, professional crew
- Snorkelling equipment
“Passions of Paradise is a multi-award winning product and you really do get extremely well looked after on this boat. There is plenty of food throughout the day, loads of time to experience the reef and sunbake on the deck” – Cameron – One Stop Adventures Travel Expert
- A stylish, fast & modern air-conditioned catamaran taking you to the best reefs
- Morning tea including fresh brewed coffee, tea and muffins
- A diverse tropical buffet of hot and cold dishes including prawns and fresh tropical fruit
- Afternoon cheese platter
- High quality snorkel equipment along with expert tuition
- Flotation devices
- 2 reef locations visited with 24 to choose from
- Guided snorkelling tours
- An onboard marine naturalist presentation on the marine and birdlife
- High calibre sailing on a unique and friendly boat. Recognised by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park as a "High Standard Operator" having achieved the highest level of accreditation for environmentally friendly practices
07:15 - 08:00 Check-in at Reef Fleet Terminal
08:00 - 08:15 Raise sails and safety briefing
08:15 - 10:15 Sail to first Outer Barrier Reef location
Passions of Paradise has a selection of more than 24 exclusive outer reef locations to choose from. Each day we will select the two best sites suited to the weather conditions to give our guests the best possible experience.
10:15 - 12:45 Arrive at first Outer Barrier Reef location – THE POOL IS OPEN!
Snorkelling - Our reef sites are selected for their abundance of marine life and diversity of healthy corals. Access to and from the water is via snorkel platforms at the back of the vessel. Our snorkel guides are on hand to assist new or nervous snorkelers to feel comfortable and at ease.
Introductory Dives - are available for those who wish to try scuba diving for the first time. These are fully guided dives in small groups under the competent instruction of one of our fully qualified and experienced dive instructors.
Certified Divers - have the opportunity to conduct two dives during the day. All dives are guided in small groups of no more than 6, by experienced divemasters.
Glass Bottom Boat Tour - Passengers can enjoy an optional glass bottom boat tour with full commentary by our marine naturalist.
12:15 - 12:45 Lunch
Lunch is served on-board; enjoy a sumptuous hot and cold buffet lunch including local prawns, selection of fresh salads and tropical fruits. Lunch is prepared daily by our chef on-board the vessel for maximum freshness and taste. Vegetarians are catered for daily.
13:00 - 14:45 Arrive second Outer Barrier Reef location
Water activities begin with passengers free to snorkel, conduct another introductory or certified dive or simply soak up the sun on our large sun decks
14:45 Depart second Outer Barrier Reef location
Time to enjoy a cold beverage from the bar as we set sails for a relaxing sail back to Cairns
17:00 Arrive at Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal
We visit 2 destinations everyday and we have 24 to choose from the below!
FLYNN – LITTLE TRACEY - Experience stunning coral formations and a vast array of marine life.
FLYNN – POINT BREAK - The unique current and tidal patters make this location particularly attractive to a diverse range of fish species.
MILNE – THREE SISTERS - One of the most famous dive sites off of Cairns, Three sisters offers excellent visibility and a wide range of marine wildlife.
MILNE – THE WHALE - a one-of-a-kind dive site comprised of one large coral formation that is home to massive giant clams and is frequented by sea turtles.
MILNE – THE EDGE - A unique diving location that takes divers to the edge of the reef and showcases some truly spectacular underwater topography.
MILNE – THE DROP - Stare into the deep blue as you dive The Drop, an impressive site with coral formations that are truly inspiring.
MILNE - Divers and snorkelers alike will enjoy this site, which boasts an excellent variety of hard and soft coral.
THETFORD – 360 - Another well-known site off of Cairns, this site is a stunning lagoon surrounded by large coral gardens.
THETFORD – NOLANS BOMMIE - Divers of all abilities will be impressed with this location, which sees some of the most incredible variety of marine life on the reef.
MOORE – EAST TIMOR - A distinctive dive and snorkel site offering visitors impressive views of a wide array of marine wildlife
MOORE – WEST TIMOR - A stunning location featuring clear waters and an excellent chance to encounter turtles, giant clams, and a variety of other marine life.
MOORE – 5 WAYS - This site offers a spectacular variety of hard and soft coral, and is ideal for snorkelers and divers of all experience levels.
MOORE – WILDSIDE - This location is notable for several remarkable coral structures and the quality of coral cover.
PRETTY PATCHES - A stunning coral garden in a tranquil lagoon makes this site an excellent site for visitors wanting to experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.
BREAKING PATCHES – LONG BOMMIE - Famous for its swim-through for certified divers, this site features several impressive coral formations and is a truly exceptional experience for divers and snorkelers.
BREAKING PATCHES – PARADISE REEF - A double wall of coral split by a shallow lagoon, Paradise Reef is regularly visited by large schools of small fish using this site as a feeding station.
HASTINGS REEF – 1770 - A unique section of coral growth makes this site an ideal spot, as the coral forms a maze-like garden that makes for picture perfect snorkelling and diving.
HASTINGS REEF – STEPPING STONES - As the name implies, Stepping Stones is a series of coral formations that produce a magnificent snorkelling experience, as divers and snorkelers alike have an excellent location to explore at their leisure.
HASTINGS REEF – SPLIT BOMMIE - Featuring an amazing swim-through for certified divers, this location is home to some of the densest coral cover divers and snorkelers can experience while on the Great Barrier Reef.
NORMAN REEF – SHARK MOUNTAIN
NORMAN REEF – ALANS WALL
$20 Reef Tax payable onboard
What to Bring:
- Warm jacket just in case you feel the cold once you're out of the water
All bus transfers come at an additional cost payable at check-in. (Cairns City - $18 per person return, Northern beaches - $25 per person return)
Add on dives while onboard:
First Dive - $70
Second dive - $45
*Certified and introductory dives are available and are the same price