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Christmas Day Reef Trips Cairns - Port Douglas - Xmas

Oct 20

Christmas Day Reef Trips Cairns - Port Douglas - Xmas

If you are holidaying in Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove or Port Douglas over the most festive day of the Christmas holidays then why not shake it up and take your family and friends out to the Great Barrier Reef for Christmas Day to enjoy some snorkelling, or scuba diving or even a helicopter scenic flight?  

You could even give them gift vouchers to try some of these extra activities as your special Christmas gift.

Cairns Holiday Specialists Gift Voucher

Photo: Cairns Holiday Specialists

Seats are selling really fast for all Christmas Day reef trips so if this sounds like a great idea for you and your family then follow the links below and make an instant booking on line to confirm your seats for a Christmas Day like no other before

Book your New Years Day Reef trips as they are selling fast too!

Limited departures to the Great Barrier Reef on both Christmas Day and New Years day so get in early and book your seats for Christmas in Cairns.  

Coach transfers are available from your holiday accommodation to Cairns and Port Douglas and should you wish to try an introductory scuba dive or a scenic helicopter flight then you need to book that at the same time you confirm your reef trip.

Morning and afternoon tea will be provided as well as a buffet lunch. Alcohol can be purchased on board but only after you have finished the in-water activities.

These reef trips are designed to suit persons of all ages and all capabilities so be assured that the younger children, the elderly, non-swimmers and the mobility disabled will all be well looked after on the day.  

Christmas Day Great Barrier Reef Tours 

Green Island Tour

The closest island to Cairns and very popular with families as it has a lot of infrastructure, things to do and things to see. Big wide sandy beaches enabling younger children and the older folks to gradually wade into deeper waters and go snorkelling.

Glass bottom boat tours, semi-submersible submarine tours, scuba diving or even scenic helicopter flight from the beach.

Scenic Flights Over Green

Photo: GBR Helicopters

Pack your own Christmas picnic hamper to take on this reef trip or book in to the Green Island Resort restaurant for a more formal lunch, pick up a casual meal at the birdcage bistro or the other take away outlets on the island.

Christmas Day Fitzroy Island 

Another great option for families is Fitzroy Island just a 45 minute fast twin hull cat ride from Cairns and you are on this island that rises out of the ocean with huge mountains and trails that adventurers love to climb

Again you may choose to bring along your own Christmas Day picnic hamper or locate a table in Foxy’s Restaurant and Bar for a more formal sit down meal. You can buy snacks and drinks in the casual take away shop also.

For more fun upgrade to a Fitzroy Island Pass to enjoy the in-water trampoline, round the island kayak tours, glass bottom boat or a packed lunch.

Fitzroy Island

Great Barrier Reef Pontoon Reef Trips Cairns Christmas Day 

Board your super fast catamaran in Cairns and you will be on the outer Great Barrier Reef in just 90 minutes where you will spend the day on a huge floating platform that will be your base for the day.

These platforms or pontoons as they are sometimes known are around the size of a football field. They offer all the in-water toys like scuba doo, helmet diving, glass bottom boats and semi-submersible submarines and of course introductory scuba diving lessons and certified scuba diving trips.

Seawalker On Green Island

Photo: Seawalker On Green Island

You may also take a scenic helicopter from the pontoon on the reef or you can book a fly cruise to arrive and depart in style for Christmas Day

For Helicopter Scenic Flights

Choose the best Cairns or Port Douglas Pontoon reef trip here.

Or Just the Christmas Day Tour

SV-POP Reef Day Trip Off Cairns

Liveaboard Dive and Snorkel Tours for Christmas Day - Cairns 

Sleeping on the Great Barrier Reef is also a really great way to enjoy a peaceful yet exciting Christmas Day as you will be spending it with people you have just met from all over the world. You wake up to the most amazing sunrises and settle in for the night with equally spectacular sunsets.

Choose from a 2 – 4 day Christmas holiday reef trip.

Other types of reef trips to choose from are the high speed fast cats that have roving permits for certain coral reefs on the Great Barrier Reef. Each boat normally has quite a few permits for various locations and before they leave the Cairns marina the boats captain checks the winds, tides, current and underwater visibility before deciding on the locations they will take the guests for the day 

Take a look at our current availability for Christmas Day tours here.

Cairns Departure:

Port Douglas Departure:


Hurry to book your Christmas Day tours as the seats are selling very fast.

You can make an instant booking on-line by following the links or you can call our team... we are open 7 days a week.


The Cairns Tour Specialists 

Ph 1300 761 612 or 07 4059 5959

Or international +61 7 4059 5959

Author: Nicholas Mason - Destination Specialist

Photos "Courtesy Of Tourism Tropical North Queensland" unless otherwise captioned


Posted on October 20, 2017 at 10:22am by Christina James