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"OCEAN FREE" Great Barrier Reef & Green Island TourExclusive - Only 25 Guests - Great Customer Service

Extremely personal Great Barrier Reef Tour with outstanding customer service. We connect with our guests to ensure their expectations are met.

Ocean Free offers you the opportunity to experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef as it was intended. Ocean Free is the only operator in Cairns to offer a personal sailing reef and island tour. Sail, snorkel and scuba dive aboard personalised tours with fun and professional crew. Explore Green Island in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park with Ocean Free. Whether or not you have previous snorkel or dive experience, let us show you the incredible underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef and this stunning tropical island paradise. Sail Ocean Free for that personal touch.

Dear all - We are very incredibly excited to welcome back all our Domestic and International travellers to our beautiful Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef region! Both Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom follow all legislative and WPH&S requirements for recreational snorkelling and diving, and are ATEC accredited for COVID safety, following all our Industry bodies and State and Federal requirements of the present time. Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom intends to be operating daily throughout the holiday period and then may stagger some days in-between holiday periods as all visitors start to return. We continue to operate under flexible booking conditions (24 hr cancellation policy) but can assure you any bookings made which have to change due to any unforeseen COVID restrictions will still be 100% refundable with no stress involved – so let’s all plan our holidays and make it happen - you deserve it! Please enquire if you have any queries 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.

Why Travel with Ocean Free

We're Unique

The only Cairns operator to offer a real sail, reef and island experience, with time on Green Island. On Ocean Free the engines really do get switched off (wind prevailing).

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Escape the Crowds

Ocean Free has an exclusive reef mooring, where only our guests snorkel and dive. You can snorkel straight off the boat at any time or try an introductory dive.

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Personalised Tour

You’re a name not a number, with a crew to guest ratio of 1:6. We take a maximum of 25 guests, even though Ocean Free is surveyed for 52. Outstanding customer service.

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The Best Crew

Our crew really do make the difference, with enthusiasm and service, ensuring all our guests have a memorable and safe Great Barrier Reef experience.

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Exclusive Snorkel Site

Snorkel Pinnacle Reef by just stepping straight off the boat. Take part in our complimentary snorkel tours and be blown away by the different species and colours of corals. Learn all about the reef with our enthusiastic and knowledgeable crew  Equipment provided.

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Dive the Reef

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

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Environment

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

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Value for Money

This is a great value for money day tour with lots of inclusions. You have up to 4.5 hours to explore Pinnacle Reef on the Great Barrier Reef and Green Island.

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OCEAN FREE Testimonials

An amazing day out on the reef! Friendly staff and beautiful marine life. Special thanks to our dive instructor Matt who made me feel completely at ease when doing the intro dive. Highly recommend!
Vibeke K.
Vibeke K.
06:31 08 Aug 22
My wife & I joined the Ocean Freedom tour in July. Both of us don't swim and had snorkeled for the first time. We had a wonderful time. The crew worked well together to deliver the best experience we could have hoped for. Special call out to Jordan for the very informative drift snorkeling and Chris for leading the team. So glad we went with you guys.
Siew Kong L.
Siew Kong L.
03:44 08 Aug 22
Excellent day out on the reef! Staff were friendly and helpful! Food was good can also buy drinks on board! Matt was excellent and provided great education and information on marine life and the reef itself! Would highly recommend!Thank you to the crew for a great day! Cheers!
Ann-Marie W.
Ann-Marie W.
22:56 05 Aug 22
Great day. Staff and facilities are exemplary. The staff were just so positive and helpful. Highly recommend this experience with Ocean Freedom.
Dean & Terri C.
Dean & Terri C.
22:56 03 Aug 22
This was our first time visiting the Great Barrier Reef and we couldn’t have had a better day! The crew was so kind and willing to give more explanations or share their knowledge about the Great Barrier Reef, and the boat wasn’t too crowded. Special thanks to Jaz and Jordan who took us for our first time scuba-dive: they were very patient and reassuring! You guys made this day so special ☺️ Would 100% book here again if coming back!
Léa C.
Léa C.
08:24 03 Aug 22
Talented staff make this trip fun, wonderous and safe.
Diana Q.
Diana Q.
22:24 31 Jul 22
Awesome day out snorkeling! Staff were extremely attentive and patient helping anyone that needed a little extra TLC, particularly my son who had never snorkeled before and is a very cautious kid. Made it a wonderful experience for him & now he loves snorkeling:) They were all very safe and informative, went over rules thoroughly to ensure everyone knew what to expect and do in case of an unexpected event. There were crew members in and out of water the entire time monitoring everyone and offering help when needed. One guest got seasick and a crew member stuck by her side offering support the entire time. Captain Perry, you were amazing & have also chosen awesome caring staff! Atlas, my son, says "whazzup".... lol. You will know what he means;)
cool G.
cool G.
22:24 31 Jul 22
What a fantastic day! The crew were amazing, so friendly and funny. I love that it is family owned and operated, and it was a great size with only about 60 people today (much better than the bigger boats run by large companies). The crew were knowledgeable and friendly.The snorkelling was great, and the highlight for me was seeing turtles for the first time. There was also heaps of food, so you won’t go hungry. Highly recommend Ocean Freedom!
Samantha H.
Samantha H.
07:26 31 Jul 22
Had a great day trip out to the reef. Crew were great and helped make the day. Reef snorkelling, saw plenty of reef life.Really enjoyed it, thanks guys
Justin C.
Justin C.
22:21 30 Jul 22
Wow what an amazing experience! Highly recommend, friendly and made the day super special - well done ocean freedom , we loved it
Shona H.
Shona H.
11:43 29 Jul 22
My friends and I had the best time exploring with Ocean Free. The staff were so friendly and helpful, ensuring everyone was having a great time. The food and drinks provided were great. Our scuba instructor was knowledgeable and we felt very safe diving with her. Would definitely book through this company in the future. Thank you!
Rachael H.
Rachael H.
01:56 29 Jul 22
Ocean Free cruise was wonderful. Mike, Liam and Matt were amazing: knowledgeable, fun, hardworking and caring. The smaller group atmosphere was something we loved, it felt like a private cruise for a group of friends. The two hour trip each way to and from the reef was an enjoyable feature of itself, especially on the way back under sail. This is a great option for anyone who wants a relaxing cruise with a bit of everything.
zhi-long C.
zhi-long C.
01:39 29 Jul 22
Fun, family friendly and professionally run reef tour. The team were brilliant from start to finish. My family and I can highly recommend them!
Lisa M.
Lisa M.
00:16 28 Jul 22
Excellent in all respects. The biologist Kat and instructors Jordan and Etiane were particularly key in making our experience really great.
Tammer K.
Tammer K.
22:13 27 Jul 22
Absolutely incredible experience with the best crew! Everything ran extremely smoothly and we were very impressed by how hard the crew worked throughout the journey to keep everyone safe and having a great time! The reef locations are great, and the snorkeling gear and wetsuits were perfect. Also, you will not go hungry on this trip! Food was plentiful and top quality. Worth every penny. Highly recommend!!!
Stephen S.
Stephen S.
18:24 24 Jul 22
Group of 8. 4 kids , 2 mothers and 2 grand parents. Great day with excellent staff and experience Would recommend to anyone
Tony I.
Tony I.
23:35 22 Jul 22
Amazing team, top service and one of the best experiences of my life, you would never regret choosing them and going for a dive even if you are not a certified diver! 👋👋👋
oscar O.
oscar O.
08:51 22 Jul 22
Amazing crew, wonderful places, we saw a turtle, the food was good.
Patricia J.
Patricia J.
14:24 21 Jul 22
Very friendly and personalized experience. The dive crew was extremely attentive and knowledgeable. Thoroughly enjoyed our experience, and would highly recommend for other guest.
Jill H.
Jill H.
22:23 20 Jul 22
Great day, delightful crew photogenic turtles
Jessica J
Jessica J
06:42 19 Jul 22
Great trip out! But what do you expect when you are on the best boat in cairns and being hosted by the best crew in the world.
Kieran F.
Kieran F.
03:10 19 Jul 22
Had a great time, Jordan was a fantastic dive instructor
John G.
John G.
09:07 18 Jul 22
Simply the best reef tour team out there!You cannot beat the experience of a local skipper and a fun family orientated crew.Excellent snorkeling, food provided and diving can be added to your day if you feeling like it!
Isaac M.
Isaac M.
06:48 18 Jul 22
Best experience than could imagine!The tribulation was really amazing! They make everything easy and enjoyable. The dive together with Etienne was absolutely easy, safe and nice!And the food is perfect.I would absolutely recommend this boat ad the experience.Thank you all!!! 🫶
Ana V.
Ana V.
08:27 15 Jul 22
Fabulous day! We had an amazing day on Ocean Freedom. Great crew, super organised and overall very smooth experience. We did two certified dives and the instructor, Marco, was great and super patient! We were taken to great spots on the reef and would highly recommend it for anyone looking for a fun day out! Thanks again.
Steph S.
Steph S.
22:31 14 Jul 22
I absolutely loved my experience with Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom. I did my very first scuba dive, the weather was perfect, the water was perfect, the boat and crew were awesome. The two dive instructors got everything ready, they took care of everything, taught us well, and made sure we were ready for the dive. They had small dive groups, there were two instructors for 4 people, but in my group there were only 3 people. I got to dive one on one with the instructor and even though I was initially nervous, that all went away once we were in the water and I felt safe and secure the whole time. It was a lovely day and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Thank you!
Anna Jacinta M.
Anna Jacinta M.
03:08 14 Jul 22
Gorgeous day out with an outstanding crew
Renee C.
Renee C.
04:19 13 Jul 22
Great overall experience. The crew were all very friendly and super helpful. Catered to everyone’s needs, food was delicious. Would highly recommend.
angelina P.
angelina P.
23:35 11 Jul 22
Very friendly service, locally owned, caring approach, delicious food, much less populated than the big companies. Delightful!
Katie W.
Katie W.
08:59 11 Jul 22
Fantastic day out on the Barrier Reef with theses guys. The crew were absolutely awesome, friendly and very helpful, nothing was to much of a hassle for them. Led us around on the reef and showed us some pretty cool stuff (thanks Jayden). Great price with everything included.Could not recommend these guys highly enough.Thanks Ocean Freedom Ocean Free for a great experiance
dion l
dion l
07:08 11 Jul 22
We just returned from an amazing day out on the reef with this company, and after having tried other 2 local competitors I can say this is by far the best one to experience the reef.. the boat is super comfortable and well equipped, the staff is young and professional and the destinations were both nice and diverse.. I would suggest to enrich the storytelling about the underwater life and the scuba diving briefings, which I found to be less complete and clear vs. Others. And also cmon, you could offer a glass of wine in the end ;) other than this we really loved it and will reconsider in the future should we come back.. thanks
Marco V. A.
Marco V. A.
08:38 09 Jul 22
This was such a fun experience. The crew had a casual professionalism about them which made them very approachable. The day was well structured without being rushed or pressurred. All levels of ability were catered from which made the experience very inclusive. Highly recommend.
Joanne C.
Joanne C.
22:31 08 Jul 22
Our reef experience was amazing. The boat size was great, the crew were fun, professional and accommodating and the little extras made it feel really special.
Belinda J.
Belinda J.
23:58 06 Jul 22
Amazing team, the best customer service ever. I d book trips with them each time while being in Cairns Thank you!!
Adam P.
Adam P.
01:18 05 Jul 22
Our family of 4 had a great day today despite the dreary weather. The captain and crew are all so helpful and kind. It was crystal clear how genuinely they want you to have the best experience. I noted the captain a few times getting staff to check on specific passengers to make sure they were OK. Maximum guest numbers is 28 so not over crowded. They provided so much beautiful and fresh food and it was plentiful. I had packed extra snacks because often it can be lacking but not here. Highly recommend joining the crew when you are in Cairns.
Kylie K.
Kylie K.
09:27 04 Jul 22
My family had a great Experience sailing to Green Island and snorkling The Great Barrier Reef.Staff were friendly, knowledgeable and supportive.We highly recommend booking with Cairns Premier Reef and Island Tours.Thank you very much.
makrakis F.
makrakis F.
01:28 03 Jul 22
The guides were very friendly and lovely and the entire experience was phenomenal
Andia M.
Andia M.
00:23 03 Jul 22
One thing humans can't control is the weather conditions. It's was opposite to turquoise blue flat waters and sunny sky. But what an adventure to remember. The crew was fabulous. The waves and salt water exhilarating.
sarah M.
sarah M.
23:33 30 Jun 22
Very knowledgeable crew, had lots of options with regards to either snorkeling off on your own, or taking "tours" around the reef with the crew. All of the team was very friendly and attentive to the whole boats needs!
Gabriela H.
Gabriela H.
18:51 28 Jun 22
Great day snorkelling & exploring the reef & Green Island. Knowledgeable crew with lots insights & breakfast & lunch & even wine cheese on the way home.
Gail B.
Gail B.
23:00 25 Jun 22
What a great experience while visiting Cairns. The crew was extremely outgoing and knowledgeable. The first spot on the Great Barrier Reef was the better of the two due to rough conditions, but both were really nice. Even the owner (local) showed up to thank everyone upon docking at the end of the day.
Jeff R.
Jeff R.
23:11 23 Jun 22
Ocean Freedom books small, manageable numbers of people so the service they provide is quite personalized. The staff address you by your name instead of a number and go out of their way to make sure you feel comfortable, safe and well taken care of.I’m tall and thin and prone to getting cold, even in warm water, and one of their staff loaned me his own under suit vest (sleeveless hooded vest with a furry lining), which helped me stay just warm enough that I completed both of my guided dives without freezing.Their lunch spread was amazing and was followed by fruit trays and a dessert tray, with a member of the staff walking around the boat with the fruit and desert trays making sure everyone got some.My diving guide was patient and professional and very good at pointing out the large variety of sea life their diving site offers.I would definitely book with this company again.Bonus: My diving guide even provided my dive stats hand-written on a piece of paper for me to transcribe or just include as is in my dive book.
Phillip S
Phillip S
20:23 23 Jun 22
Great captain and friendly crew
Chantel C.
Chantel C.
06:45 23 Jun 22
Excellent trip and lots of fun. highly recommended for others
Yong Q.
Yong Q.
05:25 21 Jun 22
Friendly staff, very well thought and planned day on the reef. The staff was very accomodating went out of their way to help and check in with the guests. Good food options. I enjoy the day and would definitely pick them again for our next Cairns trip
snehal P.
snehal P.
10:55 20 Jun 22
Saturday 11/6/22 - We went on the sailboat tour to Green Island, which also included snorkelling. The crew (under captain Michael) was very accommodating and made sure that the small group on the boat had a wonderful time.The food was good and we had a great day above and under the surface. The 2 hour stay at Green Island was pleasant and sailing back to Cairns in the afternoon was a joy.Highly recommend!
Daniel T.
Daniel T.
05:01 19 Jun 22
Everything was great. Staff was amazing, boat. If it was cheaper I would be there atleast three times in a week I love snorchling..We were lucky to swim with turtle.
Zdenka T.
Zdenka T.
06:18 18 Jun 22
Amazing day on the reef with ocean freedom.Fantastic crew went above and beyond to make it a really enjoyable experience.Special shout out to Amanda in bookings (so friendly, helpful and informative), Paig ( friendly and accommodating in the galley and the bar), Jordy in and underwater. All of the crew worked so hard to get everything right and help us enjoy our day.Looking forward to returning to the reef again with ocean freedom.Thanks again, well done.Great value!
greg
greg
07:47 17 Jun 22
I can't recommend these guys strongly enough; friendly, knowledgeable, flexible and focused on making sure guests on board had the best day possible. Go with these guys, you won't regret it. Keep up the great work!!
Mike C.
Mike C.
23:11 16 Jun 22
Fantastic experience with Ocean Freedom in Cairns. Staff were extremely friendly and accommodating, gave us a stress free and safe experience swimming at the reef. I was frightened of the water at first, but at the end of the day I was swimming amongst the coral without fear since I felt very safe. The staff were extremely helpful and delightful, they even brought over snack and treats to us while we were sitting at the bow of the boat, amazing service. I would highly recommend Ocean Freedom for your snorkelling reef tour, everything went so smoothly and pleasant memories were made that day! 😊
Tam D.
Tam D.
01:13 15 Jun 22
Great experience with an incredibly kind and patient staff! Couldn’t have been more pleased!!! If we ever visit Cairns again they will be the first adventure we book! I would highly recommend them if you want to experience the reef at a reasonable price!!! Shout out to the amazing crew who took such good care of us!
James F.
James F.
09:22 14 Jun 22
Awesome bunch of guys! - enjoyed my cruise heaps...plus the owner dropped in the boat to say hi too..
Walter P.
Walter P.
07:22 14 Jun 22
My partner and I had a great experience with ocean freedom! Starting with the positives, crew were friendly, energetic and made everything more fun and enjoyable! Scuba diving is a must! A big thanks to Jen for the diving instructions and for being so patient and helpful despite our lack of experience and being so nervous :) also the locations were great, the second location was shallower and was great for us first time divers to try a bit more freedom, and also the boat was really fast!a few minor suggestions or things that could have been better. plastic covering was used in the second floor to stop water splashing into the boat when it was going at high speed. We thought the plastic cover made it look a bit DIY and cheap, perhaps they could be replaced by removable glass panels? In addition to the look, plastic cover were not good at keeping the water out, plenty of water leaked in, anyone sitting in the second floor were soaked wet when returning, also because the floor was carpet it got wet too and was not really pleasant to walk on (perhaps replacing with wood decking?), but to be honest the crew, the location (Upolo reef), the diving equipments and the experience overall were so good that giving it less than 5/5 would not be fair.
Afshin J.
Afshin J.
03:48 14 Jun 22
Un tour en el que te lo pasas muy bien, la tripulación está atenta a lo que necesites. Un día para repetir
Maria Martinez P.
Maria Martinez P.
04:24 11 Jun 22
Crew took care of the group very well. Food served was really good and filling. Plenty of time given to snorkel.
Veronica H.
Veronica H.
18:57 10 Jun 22
Been out on Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom over the past few days. Amazing experiences which we will never forget! Can’t recommend enough!!
Joshua N.
Joshua N.
11:36 10 Jun 22
Really great trip. The staff were very friendly and always put the guests first. Would definitely recommend :).
Nadya K.
Nadya K.
23:01 09 Jun 22
More professional than other boat trips we took in the region. We liked the boat, the food, and the staff. The reef locations were remote and there weren't other tourists, though we didn't luck out in terms of wildlife -- we saw more variety in other parts. That said, this group felt more professional, with better food options and drinks -- but without feeling like a party boat.
Timothy T.
Timothy T.
08:56 05 Jun 22
Loved this family run business. The staff were attentive, friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, funny and relaxed. I cannot speak highly enough of the crew ( THANK YOU CREW 💖) My two travel companions were extremely anxious about their first snorkel and the crew were caring, compassionate and patient. They knew exactly how to settle their anxieties. I highly recommend Ocean Freedom
Tracy
Tracy
22:27 02 Jun 22
Amazing trip. Boat was great, crew went above and beyond, snorkelling locations were amazing.
Tara W.
Tara W.
01:05 01 Jun 22
Highly recommend. My Fiancé and I went out a couple of days ago and were blown away. Staff were helpful and fun. The boat was perfect size. A great spread of food and the locations were amazing. Will definitely do again in the future.
Mathew T.
Mathew T.
23:03 31 May 22
What attracted me to this advertised reef experience was the combination of a sailing and snorkeling trip out to the reef with a relatively small travelling party, also the option of a transfer to Green Island for a spot of sightseeing offered a pretty interesting day. What turned out to be the highlight for me was the very welcoming crew and the effort they extended to all to make the days trip and experiences something to remember.
Peter M.
Peter M.
12:12 31 May 22
We had an amazing day!! The reef locations were phenomenal and the crew was very friendly. Would highly recommend :)
Michelle W
Michelle W
00:38 30 May 22
My Family had an absolutely brilliant experience out on this boat. Great staff, special shout out to Jazz who encouraged my 13 year old son to try scuba diving. He loved it so much he went back for a second dive wants to do his open water certification. We are a family of scuba divers who had little luck in the past encouraging Will to try diving. He trusted Jazz and she looked out for him the entire time as did the instructor on the second dive.The food was great, the atmosphere was great, the staff are all very professional and engaging. We will be back. Highly recommended.
Michelle W
Michelle W
22:41 28 May 22
Had the most amazing day snorkelling with these guys, just brilliant. Couldn't fault them. The crew were absolutely fantastic!!!! professional, welcoming and we had a blast. Food was perfect too !I would definitely recommend going for a reef drive or snorkelling with this business. I'll be back. Thank you for a truly wonderful experience.
Mirella S.
Mirella S.
22:14 28 May 22
Had an incredible time with these guys, so helpful, great food, perfect reef choices and excellent staff
Marcia O.
Marcia O.
22:12 28 May 22
Awesome tour, fantastic experience, very friendly and helpful staff. Food on board was very nice too. We saw so much marine life, 10 of 10. They were the best.
ning L.
ning L.
00:54 27 May 22
Hats off the hiring manager - every staff has the most pleasant and welcoming attitude. A special shoutout to Amanda, who impressed us with her customer sevice and impromptu sales pitch :)The day is filled with exploring the reefs, with lots of time in the water. The whole experience is seemless with good communication, breaks, food and hospitality.One of us had signed up for a scuba dive, but decided against it on the boat, that too after going in the water. They had no reason to reimburse the $$, but they still did. 10/10 for that.
Bharath P.
Bharath P.
22:12 24 May 22
We were really happy with the ocean freedom tour to the GBR. The crew were amazing, they were friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. The tour went to two locations that were both great to see coral, fish and turtles. The food on board was better than we expected aswell. Overall we highly recommend 👌
K W.
K W.
10:16 23 May 22
We took the reef tour with these guys and it was a great experience. All the staff were so lovely and accommodating. The boat was big but not too big. The food served was delicious and the experience itself was great. It was our first time to the barrier reef. The conditions were choppy but they did everything they could to make it a great experience.
Stevie G
Stevie G
23:23 21 May 22
Captain Mike and his crew were amazing from the get go. They were friendly and super accomodating to anything we needed. The boat was clean and comfortable, the food was really yum and the equipment for snorkelling was in excellent condition. We had a lot of fun snorkelling and even though it was choppy we all felt safe and looked after by the crew. If you’re looking to do a Reef tour, CHOOSE THESE GUYS! You will be impressed.
Leonard C.
Leonard C.
23:20 21 May 22
Absolute 10/10 both times I’ve been with these guys! Team is so friendly and fun and is constantly making sure you’re having the best time there! Will be back :)
Natalie A.
Natalie A.
23:54 19 May 22
What an amazing experience with you guys.Great service and very friendly staff.Definitely recommended!
Bnta D.
Bnta D.
09:05 18 May 22
What a great day. The friendliest crew, helpful, nothing was an issue. An amazing and informative day. Well worth it.
Mel A.
Mel A.
07:05 16 May 22
Unfortunately the weather on our Ocean Freedom tour wasn't great and I felt unwell for most of the day. The crew were all fantastic and they made the effort to make sure I was ok. My husband is not a confident swimmer and Shannon went above and beyond by taking him around the reef on a life ring to show him the sights. There was plenty of food available throughout the day. A thank you to the crew for doing a great job in tough conditions.
Ashleigh W
Ashleigh W
11:21 14 May 22
We went on an Ocean Freedom cruise on Anzac day. The crew were so friendly. My partner did an intro to diving with 2 dives and we snorkelled at 2 reef locations. We had a snorkel guide for each location and the crew member would share information on coral and fish as we went through the reef. At the second location, we saw 4 sea turtles. We were the only boat at each reef location. 11/10 would book again!
Leah W
Leah W
10:42 13 May 22
Super experience with the team, did my introductory scuba dive really great and knowledgeable staff.
Henry W.
Henry W.
22:45 12 May 22
Small group and great service. 2 excellent locations. Best experience.
Scott J.
Scott J.
22:26 09 May 22
Such a lovely day on the reef! My parent's and sister came to visit Cairns and this was their first time of the reef and they had such a nice time! Conditions were good so they didn't get too nauseated on the way which is a plus! There was morning tea when we got there, a quick briefing then we were off! There were various options for people of all swimming abilities and my parents loved the guided snorkel as they weren't confident swimmers. The scuba diving was luckily in small dive teams which is always a plus and it was a beautiful day for it! Lunch was great and it was such a wonderful experience. Would love to go again! Thanks team!
Chloe q
Chloe q
13:45 09 May 22
This was such an amazing experience. The boat was really nice and the crew even better. They all went above and beyond for the guests on board, even for my partner who was starting to feel unwell. Once he began to feel better, we were ready to go snorkel however the group was further than I would like to swim to on my own. Sharn (one of the crew members) saw how nervous I was and offered to take my partner and I out and show us the coral and beautiful fish. Would 100% recommend this to anyone looking for a snorkelling tour in Cairns. You don’t have to swim in the group if you don’t want to but they send a crew member out to personally take you to certain spots worth seeing underwater water.
Koeby K.
Koeby K.
03:44 09 May 22
Crew was great and really friendly. Reef locations were spectacular. Overall a really great and worthwhile trip.
Aquila F.
Aquila F.
23:52 02 May 22
Ben and the team were incredible. Very rough seas on the day we went out but the crew went above and beyond to accommodate.
Natalie D.
Natalie D.
02:57 26 Apr 22
This was my second time to the reef and I really appreciated Ocean Freedom’s lower guests numbers. On the ride back there were so many beautiful treats. I highly recommend this company for your trip to the reef. No gold class/others division, everyone is treated with equal respect, kindness, and hospitality! I’d choose them again!
Laura Madonna M.
Laura Madonna M.
10:31 24 Apr 22
Had a brilliant day out on the reef with Ocean Freedom. Knowledgeable and friendly staff along with the smaller numbers of guest made this tour thoroughly enjoyable for our family of four (youngest 10). Snorkelling sites were brilliant and the highlight was to see some turtles thanks to their guides. The provided food was great and plenty of it (much to our children's joy). Would definitely recommend this environmentally friendly and family run cruise.
Hamish W.
Hamish W.
03:07 24 Apr 22
Great experience out on the reef with fun and knowledgeable guides. 👍
Chris C.
Chris C.
08:44 22 Apr 22
My husband and I had the best day as intro scuba students. The crew was full of energy, super hospitable, accommodating, and most importantly patient while in the water getting comfortable with the equipment and our breathing before leaving the boat area. Our dive guide in particular Ambrose was super encouraging when I didn’t think I was capable of completing the demo of the technique we needed to go off on our own.Highly recommend this tour!!
Lindsay H.
Lindsay H.
23:22 18 Apr 22
My boyfriend and I booked this trip to celebrate our anniversary and had a really amazing time! The crew were all very accomodating and lovely. We felt safe and looked after the whole time. We both will recommend this to our family and friends.
Gloria C.
Gloria C.
22:31 16 Apr 22
The crew were great. They went above and beyond.
Luke K.
Luke K.
10:42 15 Apr 22
An absolutely wonderful day! Green island was lovely for a short visit and the place for snorkelling on the reef was spectacular! So many different types of fish, giant trevally, colourful corals, black tip reef sharks and a sea turtle were among the highlights. 🦈🐠☀️Pascal and his team on Ocean Free were AMAZING people who were super friendly, funny, helpful and knowledgeable. Despite some rough weather, Pascal was a professional sailor and we were always in very safe hands. Thanks again for a wonderful day!!!
Rachel K.
Rachel K.
23:34 12 Apr 22
What an amazing day out! Crew friendly, helpful, funny and really looked after everyone. Diving and snorkelling were stunning. Upolo Cay was so relaxing lying on the sand and watching the little waves roll in. My daughters first intro dive (aged 14) and although nervous the staff built up the rapport and trust quickly and she dived straight in! Highly recommended, we will go back!
Danny H.
Danny H.
21:26 12 Apr 22
Thank u so much. Best tour ever.
Éva H.
Éva H.
22:21 08 Apr 22
Great experience. Will organised, lots of good food and great service from Pascal, Chris and Cat. Reef experience was excellent especially in the afternoon on low tide
HM T.
HM T.
00:39 08 Apr 22
We had the best time on board the Ocean Freedom for our Great Barrier Reef experience. I had my first-ever intro dive experience with them and I wouldn’t have it anywhere else. Chris, my dive instructor, made is easy and comfortable for me. The crew headed by Pascal, they were all amazing - fun and made us feel safe. Food was great, too. Couldn’t wait to do this again on our next visit and would of course recommend Ocean Freedom to all my family and friends. This truly was the highlight of our Cairns vacation.
Beatriz
Beatriz
21:08 07 Apr 22
From the get go, the crew and captain were entertaining and approachable with anything we wanted or needed. They took us for a guided snorkel, teaching us about certain things we found along the way. Super knowledgeable with any questions we had. Cold meats and salads for lunch topped it off aswell. Couldn’t recommend more highly
Haydo S.
Haydo S.
04:25 31 Mar 22
Very happy we've chosen to go with these guys. Very friendly and helpful team.
Gowri C.
Gowri C.
09:07 26 Mar 22
Amazing day trip with Ben and his crew! The staff were attentive and full of knowledge about the reef. Would highly recommend for those looking for a day out on the reef!
Jessica W.
Jessica W.
22:19 25 Mar 22
Except for the relatively windy and rough conditions (for which we certainly cannot blame the staff of the Ocean Freedom!) this was a sensational one-day outing. Our booking was made through the Palm Cove Tourist Information and Booking Office. The staff recommended Ocean Freedom, based on our desire to snorkel over the reef, and with a relatively small group.Booking was easy, we were picked up on time by the friendly owner of International Coaches, and delivered to the door of the Reef Fleet Terminal. We checked in with a helpful, cheerful agent at the Ocean Freedom desk, and followed her directions to our boat.We were warmly welcomed by every crew member. The boat departed promptly at 8.00 a.m., and we were given an entertaining, humorous introduction to the day (and safety procedures).An hour later, we arrived at the edge of Upolu Cay. The crew handled everything calmly, thoroughly and in a most friendly manner. We were given as much snorkelling time as one could want before, and again after lunch. Both sessions involved time on a glass bottomed boat, which we would recommend.The friendly, knowledgeable crew appropriately looked after everyone, from timid first-time snorkelers to experienced SCUBA divers; no time was wasted.We would thoroughly recommend the Ocean Freedom.
Tom A.
Tom A.
00:48 21 Mar 22
Absolutely amazing day trip to the Great Barrier Reef. Great overall package: crew, reef, boat, food,… This trip was the highlight of my Australia holiday.
Carina T.
Carina T.
09:18 20 Mar 22
Amazing friendly crew , they know thier stuff , felt very safe and the food was very tasty and lots to go around we had a great time and lots of fun 👍🏼🤿🐠
Sandy
Sandy
21:01 17 Mar 22
The experience on board the Ocean Freedom exceeded all of my expectations. The crew were passionate and professional to everyone and assisted kindly to people who were nervous swimmers. I swam with a turtle, saw clown fish, starfish, sea cucumbers and hundreds and hundreds of fish. The food onboard was delicious and kept coming. The cakes at the end were a real treat. If you’d like to scuba dive, call and get the bookings to run through the safety questions first. It may avoid disappointment on the day if you require a medical clearance before you can dive. Worth every dollar for the smaller more intimate experience.
Adrian M.
Adrian M.
22:43 08 Mar 22
Absolutely incredible experience!!! Couldn’t recommend this company more. They are locally owned and have such an amazing crew. They take us to beautiful parts of the reef- we saw turtles, reef sharks, star fish, Nemo and so much more! On our boat ride out we saw a shark and a giant sea snake! They keep you constantly supplied with good food, tea and coffee, and a selection of drinks. If you have any doubt about which company to take your reef tour with- GO WITH OCEAN FREE OCEAN FREEDOM!!!
Aubrey H.
Aubrey H.
20:01 05 Mar 22
Honestly, after COVID and living through the endless dreary weather in Melbourne the day out on the reef was the perfect cure. Everything was fantastic and the locations where amazing. Such a great experience.
Alex G.
Alex G.
07:36 05 Mar 22
Exceptional day out. Outstanding service from when we first booked to being greeted on the boat and then scuba lessons. Staff were all super friendly and helpful, food on the boat was lovely and boat itself was in great condition. Loved the smaller numbers and got to know a lot of the others we were swimming with. Lovely day out. Would highly recommend the Intro dives for anyone who hasn't dived before. I saw so much more than when I just snorkled and felt super safe the whole time. 5 stars!
Tracy S.
Tracy S.
08:55 02 Mar 22
The most AMAZING experience I have ever had. The crew were so good especially with my sea sick newly husband. They cared for him so well especially that he isn’t the best swimmer. The food was also really good too. One of the best snorkelling experience I have ever been on. I honestly highly recommend to everyone and will be coming back next time
M L
M L
09:59 21 Feb 22
Amazing experience, topped off by a fantastic crew! Despite our sea-sickness, the team ensured that we had the best possible trip on the reef.Thank you once again!
Adam P.
Adam P.
11:30 15 Feb 22
Exceptionally great day out on the reef. No other boats in sight, it felt like we had the reef to our self. Small group of people made it possible to accommodate individually to the point of having crew members assisting in the water with equipment and helping less confident swimmers. The snacks and lunch provided was of high quality and delicious. To top of the day, we seen dolphins on the way home. Thank you so much for this experience we made lifetime memories.
Frances G.
Frances G.
22:56 10 Feb 22
Thank you so much for an amazing day out at the reef! Felt so safe doing the scuba diving with very little previous experience with Matt who made sure we were okay the entire time. The reef was absolutely magical! Highly recommend this experience...so glad we chose Ocean Freedom.
Nicole S.
Nicole S.
23:03 09 Feb 22
Had an amazing time snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef with the Ocean Freedom team. Great food, awesome boat and even better service. The team were friendly, accommodating and very knowledgeable; teaching us as much as they could about the reefs.Would definitely recommend Ocean Freedom without a doubt.
Kiani C.
Kiani C.
04:42 09 Feb 22
I had an amazing day with the Ocean Freedom cruise to the reef. The boat was brilliant, small group size and the staff were fantastic. They were friendly, knowledgeable and genuinely made it their misson to make sure each and every person had a good time. I would encourage anyone to book with this company.
Liam M.
Liam M.
10:07 04 Feb 22
We loved out day out on the reef. The boat was comfortable and well equipped and the food was plentiful! We went to two different snorkelling spots and both offered safe snorkelling for as long as we wanted with plenty to see. Crew were all knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Such a good day out. A must do.
Richard & Pip S.
Richard & Pip S.
05:16 31 Jan 22
Highly recommend ocean freedom. Amazing crew that provided us with the greatest day and experience. The day was very well planned out and everyone was taken care of both in and out of the water. Thanks to the wonderful crew and their guidance, the cruise is a wonderful experience for anyone, no matter their diving or snorkelling abilities.
Inuri M.
Inuri M.
04:48 31 Jan 22
We did the ocean free sailing trip- ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!Staff are super friendly and VERY knowledgeable! Food was amazing, plenty of it. Snorkeling was incredible and green island was very pretty but would’ve stayed in the water to watch the underworld for hours! We got to pull the sail up for a bit and once again was just so fun.. I highly recommend this tour for a more intimate and informative tour.Thanks for sharing you passion with us Nick, Kat and MattJax and Saras
Saras B.
Saras B.
07:29 29 Jan 22
I spent one of the most beautiful days in my whole life.
Amir M.
Amir M.
22:44 27 Jan 22
Could not recommend highly enough!Staff were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. The day ran very smoothly and was well organised.
Jacqueline R.
Jacqueline R.
00:05 24 Jan 22
We had a wonderful trip out to the reef with this tour. The guides were fantastic and looked after us and made sure we had the best trip possible. My wife who isn’t a strong swimmer got an almost one on one snorkeling experience with Jen who was very knowledgeable and made her feel comfortable in the water. Highly recommended.
Guy L
Guy L
23:29 21 Jan 22
Had a great day out on the reef. Great staff, lots of fun and very professional. Food was amazing and loads of it. Could not have asked for more
julie S.
julie S.
07:41 18 Jan 22
By far the best experience. The whole day was just amazing. The crew was so friendly, took us to amazing places to swim and snorkel. Would highly recommend going with this crew.
bintu C.
bintu C.
04:44 11 Jan 22
Amazing experience from start to finish! Everything was well-organised and the crew could not be faulted. The snacks and lunch selections were tasty and generous. Had sea sickness as usual, and they managed to still make it an enjoyable experience.Would definitely recommend to friends and family interested in snorkelling and intro dives.
Nikki N.
Nikki N.
12:02 05 Jan 22
They promised to pamper and they did all the pampering a diver could handle! Food was awesome, staff was out of their way nice, the reef was the reef of course <3, but they did set up the noob ropes and floaters and found some prime spots for us to see.
Agnieszka M.
Agnieszka M.
07:06 05 Jan 22
What an amazing experience we had with them! At first, when we arrived we were a bit doubtful upon checking the boat size. But these guys gave us an unforgettable experience proving they’re the best at every moment. From a warm welcome by staff on entering the boat to saying a goodbye in the end. Everything in between was so so perfect. Hospitality experience better than a 5 star hotel. Super friendly and entertaining staff, proper guidance on every step, delicious and continuous surprising food and drinks. I don’t know how to swim and I was really scared of scuba and I failed my first time. But they pushed me to retry once again and sent me with Taryn who was so so patient with me and took me through the whole reef tour. I couldn’t really believe I could do it after failing the first try but again thanks to Taryn and crew who helped so much in unlocking my achievement. 😂❤️ There’s so much good about these guys you can’t really write in reviews so go and try them. I hope we all can support this local business (Instead of falling for the ones with big boats, who won’t even say hello!) and help them grow more and more so they can provide these lifetime experiences to everyone out there!These guys are definitely the best reef company ever in Cairns! Thankyou so much team Ocean Freedom. See you next time!
Harshil J.
Harshil J.
16:40 29 Dec 21
Great experience with the great crew. Highly recommend it for anyone wanting to do scuba diving in Cairns.
Sitharthan T.
Sitharthan T.
09:59 29 Dec 21
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