Ocean Freedom Info


Cruise to Upolu Cay Reef and the outer edge of Upolu Reef.

Ocean Freedom's 20m luxury cruising catamaran travels at 23 knots, reducing travelling time to the Great Barrier Reef to just one hour, taking a maximum of 75 guests.

Departs: (Daily)

  • Check-in from 7.15 am at the Reef Fleet Terminal at Ocean Freedom desk. After check-in proceed to boarding location from 7.30am
  • Boarding location: A Finger No.5 at the Marlin Marina, Cairns (near Reef Fleet Terminal) for an 8.00am departure.
  • Returns back to Cairns approx 4:30pm

Included in your day:

  • Coffee & tea, fruit and Danish pastries on boarding
  • 6 hours at 2 reef destinations including Upolu Cay Reef & Outer Edge Upolu Reef
  • Snorkelling tuition and snorkelling equipment: masks, fins, snorkel, buoyancy snorkel vests, lycra suits /or wet suits (depending on the season)
  • Adventure Drift Snorkelling tour with Marine Naturalist
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tour with informative reef talk
  • Large smorgasbord lunch: smoked salmon and prawns / mixed meat platter / chicken platter / 3 salads and assorted breads
  • Tropical fruit platter, cheese & crackers served on the cruise home
  • Environmental Management levy

Upolu Cay is a naturally formed coral cay situated 30 kilometres from Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef. Its protected shallow waters make it the perfect location from which to explore the reef, for both snorkellers and scuba divers. As it is a natural pontoon - the cay size and visibility is subject to conditions on the day but the clear shallow blue waters surrounding the cay (whether visible or not) are always there.

Adventure Drift Snorkel Tour:
For the more adventurous, a drift snorkel tour is included in your day.  Get in a dinghy to the edge of the wall and learn about the reef as you drift snorkel back to the boat under the guidance of your very capable crew.

Whale Watching:
Humpback Whales migrate to the warmer waters of the Great Barrier Reef from July to September and are often seen frolicking in the waves from Ocean Freedom.  An unforgettable experience.

Additional Costs:

  • Coach transfers from your Cairns or Northern Beaches (Trinity Beach, Palm Cove) accommodation
  • Scuba diving ? Introductory/Certified (1-2 dives)
  • Refreshments/drinks
  • Underwater cameras
  • Range of quality merchandise

Scuba Diving:

Introductory Diving is for guests who have never dived and wish to try it, no previous experience necessary.

Introductory Dive includes:

  • Scuba Diving Lesson / Tuition
  • Top quality scuba diving equipment (including Wet / Stinger Suit)
  • 30 minute hand-held, fully guided scuba dive. Maximum 2 divers to one instructor for your first dive

Certified Dive includes:

  • Detailed Dive Brief on location and procedures
  • Certified Dive Guide (Dive Master or Instructor)
  • State of the art diving equipment (Aqualung / Scubapro)

Please Note:

  • Scuba Diving: If a diver has any history of asthma, heart conditions, epilepsy, diabetes or any other medical conditions or are taking any medication may prevent you from diving ? all potential divers will need to fill out a diving medical questionnaire onboard to assess suitability to dive.

GREAT NEWS! All payments made to Travstar do not incur a credit card surcharge.

Ocean Freedom Gallery

Guest Reviews

Need Help With Your Booking?

Our Cairns Office is open again in 4 hours

About Travstar Booking Requests
There are some things a computer can't do.
We love helping people plan their holidays and we want to make sure we get it right.
Some holiday packages can be quite complicated with multiple tours and accommodation, pick-up times and extras.
That's why every booking made through a Travstar Website is checked by our local consultants.
It takes a little bit longer to get your tickets but we want to make sure everything is going to run smoothly for you.

How long wil it take to get my tickets?
Our team are alerted to new booking requests as they come in. During office hours you can expect to have your tickets within an hour or two.
After office hours your tickets may take up to 12 hours to arrive.