You have now arrived to see one of the seven wonders of the natural world so why not do it in style and without the crowds. Tusa is a fast moving streamlined machine that has you on Australia's Great Barrier Reef in just 90 minutes from Cairns. Limited to only 60 passengers but built to carry 120 you can lounge around in style and receive personalised service from the attentive Tusa crew members. The Tusa company motto is "Diving the Reef is our Passion but "Sharing it is our Obsession" and this rings true once you board Tusa Dive and Snorkel.
Departure From Cairns Queensland Australia
Tusa departs from E Finger, Marlin Marina in Cairns city at 8.00am and returns between 4.00pm and 4.30pm giving you 5 full hours of snorkeling and diving on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The cruise out in this high speed catamaran only takes a maximum of ninety minutes to reach your first outer Barrier Reef dive and snorkel location. The first of two pristine coral reef systems that the skipper will choose to take you based on the days weather, wind, currents, visibility and marine activity.
Tusa Dive & Snorkel The Experience
When you go to the Cairns Great Barrier Reef with Tusa Dive & Snorkel you know you are in good hands as they have been exploring the Great Barrier Reef daily with their passengers for just over 20 years. They have one of the best boats in the Cairns fleet launched in September 2007 making it the newest vessel and a brand new luxury boat on the way in June 2011.
With a crew ratio of only five passengers to each crew member your day on Tusa will not only be memorable but the personal attention will have you leaving the boat as a friend.
With a choice of 17 different dive and snorkel locations only 50 klms off shore from Cairns to choose from each day you can be assured you will see some of the best coral and marine species in the world today on your Tusa Great Barrier Reef Adventure.
Introductory Scuba Diving
If you were thinking of trying Scuba Diving for the first time then this is the perfect opportunity as you will be accompanied by a maximum of three other introductory divers along with your qualified dive instructor. Firstly you will be required to fill out a medical questionnaire and you must be 12 years of age and over and medically fit. You will be diving down to a maximum depth of around 12 metres to see the secrets of the reef up close and you can expect to enjoy this first time experience for around 20 to 35 minutes.
All dive instruction is done on the boat whilst cruising out to the reef and all high quality dive equipment is included along with both short and long wet suits.
If you absolutely loved your first ever Introductory Scuba Dive and want to try it again then make sure you let your dive master know that you would like to sign up for the next reef location of the day.
Once you dive the second reef you will really discover just how wonderful and amazing the Cairns Great Barrier Reef is as no two dive locations are the same. Each one has different coral varieties which means different marine life are then attracted to it making every one a joy to see. Then you will know why people get hooked on diving and want to dive the worlds oceans.
Certified Scuba Diving on Cairns Great Barrier Reef
Are you a Certified Scuba Diver? Then welcome aboard Tusa Dive day boat. You will be able to experience three unique certified scuba dives in locations that are full of marine life, caverns and swim thru's, walls and isolated pinnacles with no crowds and no waiting time to get into the water.
If you travel to the reef with Tusa you can be guaranteed you will not visit any two locations you may have seen the previous day as our guarantee is to be the best and show you the best that the Cairns Great Barrier Reef has to offer.
We only use the highest quality Scubapro equipment, Uwatec Aladin Pro Dive computers, Liberator masks and Tusa imprex fins and booties. If you like to carry your own gear then we can provide the tanks and weights.
Scuba diving with Tusa gives you the choice to go off with your scuba buddy or with one of our instructors and if you are a sporting Nitrox Scuba Diver then you are on the right boat.
PADI or SSI Referral Courses
Now your hooked on scuba diving but you have not yet had the time to finish your certification course before hitting Cairns then don't worry you can complete it on Tusa Dive on the two day SSI Referral Course or the 4 day PADI Open Water Course. Just bring along your manuals and current certification paperwork along with an Australian medical certificate and two passport photos and you are on your way to discovering the worlds oceans.
If you do not want to sleep on the reef but still complete your 4 Day PADI Open Water Course then that's fine you can spend two days in the pool and classroom completing the theory side of things and then get out on the reef for the last two days using your new found passion for scuba diving.
Snorkel & Dive Tour Cairns
- Location: Cairns Marlin Marina
9 hours (approx)
23 Apr 2012
I travelled around Australia for three weeks and found it to be very beautiful. I was very excited to go to barrier reef and tusa really made my day special. I had a wonderful time. Thank you.
11 Mar 2012
We booked this tour with our hotel tour desk and I just wanted to say that it was the most fantastic and memorable tour of our lives! Extemely worth it! We swam with a shark nearby! Thanks once again! Best wishes
21 Jan 2012
The staff were very accomodating. My wife and I were only snorkelling and we were worried that we had signed ourselves up for a dive boat, but there seemed to be alot of snorkellers. We were taken to lots of sites where there was both shallow areas for snorkellers and deeper waters for divers. The coral was colourful and there was variety of fish. Thank you for a wonderful experience of the Great Barrier Reef.
13 Dec 2011
I had a fantastic day out on this boat just over a week ago. We went to two great snorkelling spots and I took the guided snorkelling Tour. The crew are very friendly, food was great, and the attention paid to all guests was outstanding. I would recommend this Tour to anyone looking for either a snorkelling or Diving adventure where you are guaranteed to see the best the Great Barrier Reef has to offer. Commendations to all the Crew!!
06 Dec 2011
I was fortunate enough to go out on an agents famil on the new Tusa 6 on sunday with my family and we absolutely loved the new boat. She went thru the water without a bump so we did not have one seasick person at all and the winds were at 10-15-20 knots. We went to Hastings reef and saw an epelet shark (not sure what it is called but apparently very rare) huge Maori Wrasse and masses of other rather large fish and lots of schools of smaller colourful fish. I actually learnt more about the Cairns Great Barrier Reef from the cruise director who took us on a snorkel adventure than I have on any other boat so a big thank you to him (sorry forgot your name) All of the crew were great, the food great the boat extremely comfortable and the reef beautiful. Thank you Phillip, Katrina and all the team at Tusa 6 we loved your boat.
26 Nov 2011
Tusa is my favorite company out on the reef. I had a totally new experience with them and i saw the reef at its best.
12 Nov 2011
Tusa thanks for a great day, beautiful new boat your crew were very proud of it and they were cool Hopefully see you and the Great Barrier Reef again
27 Sep 2011
Tusa you rock, windy day but when you are on the bottom of the Great Barrier Reef who cares. We scuba dived two great sites awesome marine life and great coral Cheers guys see you again hopefully in the near future
28 Aug 2011
Yahoo I got to go scuba diving on the brand spanking new Tusa Boat T6 to the outer reef from Cairns. I am a certified diver and I can tell you the reef locations they take you to are the best. They choose the best two sites every single day based on the weather so your Great Barrier Reef experience is awesome! Thanks Tusa I''ll be back!
Joan and Doug Collier
10 Aug 2011
Tumbridge Wells, UK
We went out on tusa two days in a row, and both days were so different because with so many reefs sites to choose from they picked sites that we hadn't gone to yet. The diving was incredible. Couldn't be happier with our first trip to Australia.
04 Aug 2011
The Cairns Holiday Specialists Team were very helpful, including recommending the Tusa/T5 operator to visit the great barrier reef. The staff on the boat were fantastic - my mum has significant mobility issues and they helped her on and off the boat 3 times, plus gave her and my dad personal (as in 2 guest to 1 staff member) snorkel tours. They also got my hubby (who dislikes putting his face in the water) back in the water for the second reef, I could not thank them enough for their help. Skipper even found a whale in between the reefs! That day was by far the highlight of our trip.
01 Jul 2011
The dive sites on this company are fantastic. Colourful coral and a wealth of marine life was all I needed fromt his trip. :)
26 Jun 2011
The most INCREDIBLE experience of my life occured on this boat, as it was my first diving experience. Colourful fish and marine life can be seen for miles at miln reef. I liked the small numbers, certainly made the trip very personal and the staff were always very helpful and informative with all of my questions. Thank you.
01 May 2011
I really enjoyed the introductory dives that tusa offered. They did this thing where we got to slowly go down the rungs of a ladder, getting deeper. They checked all of my equipment for me and made sure I felt very safe all the time. Thanks to the staff for doing all the hard stuff while I got to just swim and see all the cool fish and turtles. :)
17 Apr 2011
Petuka, South Australia
Tusa Dive was such an incredible day out. The water was so pristine and there was such good visibilty. They had a photographer on board who took some really great photographs of me in amoungst the coral and clown fish. I did two introductory dives and found my guide really helpful and informative and he certainly put my mind at ease. I swam through a cave and snorkeled above some of the most colourful fish. The food was yummy! and the whole day was of a very high standard. Thank you to the crew for all there help.
10 Apr 2011
WOW I had the most amazing day out with these guys. The staff are solid champs and the food was soooooo good. I did diving for the first time and saw so much. Will definately come back to Cairns.
04 Apr 2011
I was really impressed my Tusa Dive's excellent service and delicious food. And the site's we went to were just so spectacular. I saw some of the most colourful sea life and a couple of turtles. Thank you for a lovely day out, I will certainly be back.