Snorkelling and diving out of Cairns
As with elsewhere in this region, there is no shortage of operators to take you out to the reef for a snorkel, a dive or a look around in a glass-bottomed boat. All operators work under strict environmental guidelines, but some are better than others. Most tourists seem to prefer smaller boats, with less people on board, although they might not get out to the reef as fast. Eco-certified operators include the Cairns Dive Centre, which has day trips and two and three-day, live-aboard trips, and Passions of Paradise, which runs tours on a 25-metre catamaran to Michaelmas Cay and Paradise Reef. Big Cat Green Island Cruises was one of the first recipients of the gold ‘Leader’ Climate Action Program certificate, and is carbonneutral. It operates day tours to Green Island out of Cairns.
Passions of Paradise: (07) 4041 1600 or 1800 111 346