Great Barrier Reef submarine reef tours permit passengers to truly submerge themselves into the underwater world of the beautiful coral and exotic marine creatures of one of Australia’s most iconic natural landmarks.
The only company which currently operates Great Barrier Reef submarine tours is based on Fitzroy Island, which takes 45 minutes to reach by ferry from Cairns. The island is a national park filled with mountains, rainforests, and a coastline encircling the Great Barrier Reef.
Only two people at a time can experience the Great Barrier Reef submarine reef tours departing from Fitzroy Island’s main beach, allowing for a truly intimate experience. Stinger suits and masks are provided, but passengers must bring their own sunscreen, swimwear, towels, and sunglasses.
All passengers receive instructions and safety briefings before a safety diver guides them into the submarine. The safety diver accompanies the submarine during the entire excursion, while the submarine pilot doubles as a tour guide providing vivid descriptions of the surrounding sea life and corals. The submarine never ventures very far from the shore during this 20-minute journey.
As the submarine contains no hatches, passengers can enjoy a true Great Barrier Reef diving experience without needing scuba diving equipment. Although the entire journey is less than a half-hour long, T-shirts and photo CDs are available so memories can last a lifetime.