Reefkist only takes 50 people to the Great Barrier Reef.
This Program is known as Island Diver

MV Reefkist runs the Island Diver day trips and they depart daily and visit two separate dive sites at the outer Great Barrier Reef, which is one of the most popular reef trips in Cairns. Travelling at 20 knots, our speedy catamaran, with a comfortable 50 passengers, will take you to some of the most pristine locations on the reef. Your first stop will be at the stunning Briggs Reef, a mooring exclusive to Cairns Dive Centre. This stunning 90 hectare round reef system is a Planar Reef, with a centre sandy feature that we like to call "The Fish Bowl". From here, the next system we journey to is the beautiful reefs and soft sands of Sudbury Cay. While the reef here is truly breathtaking, the cay itself is only the size of a cricket pitch!

Our reef systems are teeming with life, ranging from sea turtles to manta rays, colourful corals and plenty of giant clams. Search for tiny and beautiful creatures playing amongst the coral and anemone, all while diving and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of the reef. The reef system features a shallow cay facing the centre, surrounded by many different types of corals just 3-5 metres deep. Snorkel above a colourful field of stunning plate, brain and elephant ear corals filled with hundreds of different and intricate types of fish. You may even get to meet the resident Maori Wrasse "Wally" - a large, inquisitive and friendly sea creature that welcomes everybody to his home. Further immerse yourself in the wonders of the reef by going for a dive off the drop off, where you can discover even more beautiful creatures at depths of 20-30 metres.

Lunch is served between Briggs Reef and Sudbury Cay with a cold buffet selection of meats, salads and tropical fruits. Spaces are limited, so we strongly advise to book now to avoid missing out!


Island Diver Sudbury Cay - Everybody onboard Island Diver is a snorkeler $170

Island Diver Sudbury Cay - Everybody onboard Island Diver is a snorkeler $170

Introductory Dive $230 or Certified Dive $230 - Includes snorkel trip

Introductory Dive $230 or Certified Dive $230 - Includes snorkel trip

Would you like a second DIVE? Pay on board - $40 per person per dive.

Island Diver visits two exclusive and pristine reef sites

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Sunkist carries only 20 day trip divers to the Great Barrier Reef

The Sunkist departs daily to the outer Great Barrier Reef. A single hull vessel with open rear deck, the Sunkist will take you via the beautiful Fitzroy Island to our liveaboard boat, the MV Kangaroo Explorer. There we will remain alongside Kangaroo Explorer all day, which will be located as far south as Sudbury Cay, Sudbury Reef, Elford Reef, Channel Reef, Moore Reef, Thetford Reef or Milne Reef. It ventures up and down the CDC Reef sites daily, finding the most comfortable and best reef site for us to meet and spend the day

With 19 pristine reef systems, we optimize your day's experience by considering the ocean's best conditions and taking you to the reefs that will offer the highest visibility. Being on the reef 24/7, our knowledgeable crew are the best in Cairns in ensuring that you can see the best of what the Great Barrier Reef has to offer. You can enjoy lunch on the sea with a cold buffet selection of meats, salads and tropical fruits provided.

The $120 snorkeler day trip is a great option for experiencing the beauty of the reef, with all of the latest gear supplied and lunch provided. But for the full reef experience, we have tours available for either the first time diver wanting to experience a small taste of diving, or the adventurous certified diver. At $170 for 1 dive - it's your best choice for a quality and price-conscious Great Barrier Reef Trip!

Fitzroy Island - Welcome Bay

Fitzroy Island - Welcome Bay

Transfer to Fitzroy Island and return $75 per person

MV SUNKIST will take you from Cairns to Fitzroy Island, where you can explore a wonderful tropical island with rainforests, nature walks, famous beaches, a modern resort and the best dive shop located off Cairns - Fitzroy Island Dive Centre. Here we can help you to arrange snorkel gear hire, glass bottom boat tours, diving (introductory or certified), paddle board (hire, tours or lessons ) and kayak hire (single or double). 

Fitzroy Island Day Trip plus ACTIVITIES is a way to book NOW and SAVE. CDC offers many choices of activities for you to do whilst you stay and play on Fitzroy Island. 

  • Snorkel Hire
  • Glass Bottom Boat - WET or DRY
  • Paddle Skis
  • Stand Up Paddle Boards