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Silverswift Outer Barrier Reef Snorkelling and Diving Adventure

Silverswift is custom-designed for the thrill of snorkelling and diving. On this experience you will get to explore three different and exclusive sites on the outer Great Barrier Reef at Flynn, Pellowe, Milln and/or Thetford Reefs.

Departing daily from Cairns, the Silverswift is ready to whisk you away for a day of fun and adventure on the Great Barrier Reef. This is an active day which revolves around being in the water for your diving or snorkelling adventure of a lifetime.

You'll explore spectacular coral formations and underwater gardens awash with vibrantly coloured marine creatures as you visit three different outer reef sites at Flynn, Pellowe, Milln and/or Thetford Reefs. Locations vary with the day's conditions, however each site is chosen for visual impact, ecological diversity and the challenge of discovery.

The Silverswift boat is custom-built for snorkelling and diving adventures and with a state-of-the-art ride control system, hot freshwater showers, changing rooms, air-conditioned lounges and a licensed bar, you'll be travelling in comfort and style.

Relax and enjoy a delicious lunch in-between water activities. The spacious deck areas are great to bask in some sunshine or to share tales of your adventures over a refreshing drink from the licensed bar.

Itinerary (subject to change)

  • 7.30am: Check-in at the Silverswift Counter inside the Reef Fleet Terminal for your boarding passes.
  • 8:15am: Vessel boarding. Complimentary morning tea/breakfast served.
  • 8:30am: Depart Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal for the Outer Reef. On the outward journey, certified and introductory dive briefings begin.
  • 9:50am: Arrive at first reef location. Divers gear up, while snorkellers’ site briefing begins. Get ready to view the beauty of this natural wonder!
  • 11:15am: Silverswift departs for the second reef location. Option for introductory divers and certified divers to do a second dive. Snorkellers site briefing.
  • 12:30am: Tropical hot and cold buffet lunch served in the air-conditioned cabin.
  • 1:40pm: Silverswift departs for the third reef location. Snorkellers are once again briefed as to the best areas to snorkel and Guided Snorkel Tour. Option for certified divers to do a third dive or second introductory dive.
  • 2:15pm: Afternoon tea served.
  • 3:00pm: All passengers board vessel for final passenger count.
  • 3:15pm: Silverswift commences return journey to Cairns.
  • 4:30pm: Silverswift arrives at Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal.
  • 4:55pm: Coaches depart for accommodation.

Experience Includes

  • Silverswift Outer Barrier Reef Cruise from Cairns
  • Hotel pick-up from Cairns hotels (if option selected)
  • Morning tea including focaccias and muffin cakes; afternoon team cakes, cheese and biscuits
  • Hot and cold tropical buffet lunch
  • Snorkel equipment (mask, snorkel & fins) and instruction provided
  • Equipment for divers provided including wetsuits
  • Guided snorkel tour
  • Prescription masks available at no extra cost
  • Lycra suit
  • Hot freshwater showers
  • Free Unlimited Wifi

Experience Excludes

  • Diving is not inlcuded unless you select one of the diving options - Introductory scuba diving & certified scuba diving
  • Camera - underwater cameras are available for purchase and underwater digital cameras are available to hire
  • Wetsuits are available for hire on board for snorkellers
  • Additional refreshments other than those mentioned

Departure location

Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal.

Start times

8.30am; check-in is between 7.30am and 8.00am.


8 to 9 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • Diving is not included unless you selection one of the diving tickets.
  • Those wishing to dive will be required to fill out a medical questionnaire on board prior to diving. Certain medical conditions and medications may preclude some people from diving.
  • Silversonic recommends a wait of 12 hours but preferably 24 hours, if doing multiple dives, before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater.
  • Snorkelling can be a strenuous activity. Please use caution and inform the crew of any medical conditions.
  • The minimum age for diving is 12 years. Children under the age of 15 years are unable to travel without a parent or legal guardian. Children between the ages of 15 to 18 years can travel unattended but a dive waiver (either certified or introductory) and a letter signed by the parent/legal guardian, giving permission to the child to dive, must be presented to the crew on the day before travel.
  • Please contact the Silversonic office for the required paperwork.
  • Bring along a towel, sunscreen, hat, swimwear and camera to capture your memories. Limited underwater digital cameras are available to hire onboard.
  • On very rare occasions, services can be subject to the effect of weather or unforeseen circumstances. Should a cruise not operate for any reason passengers will be offered an alternative day or a refund authorised.
  • An Environmental Management Charge of $7.00 is levied on all adults and children 4 years and over entering the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area. This charge is included in the above prices.
  • With fluctuations in world oil prices, it may be necessary to apply a fuel surcharge to your ticket price. In such cases any charge will be collected on departure.
  • Cancellation Policy: Free cancellations for bookings cancelled with the supplier outside 24 hours prior to the tour date/start time. No refunds are given for cancellations made within 24 hours of tour date/start time.