Ocean Safari Reef Trip

Duration | 5 Hours
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Ocean Safari is the only reef trip availble from the Dairtnree Rainforest. Ocean Safari offers morning and afternoon half day tours to the Great Barrier Reef. The Daintree Rainforest is the closest point to the reef and travel time is just 25 minutes. You will have 2 hours to snorkel at 2 reef locations.

Experience an exhilarating ride to snorkel the pristine untouched Great Barrier Reef off the Daintree Coast at Cape Tribulation. This morning or afternoon half day tour visits two different snorkel destinations, each with an extraordinary array of marine life and coral species. 

After a fast 25-minute ride, you are ready to snorkel two fabulous locations at Mackay and Undine Reefs. On most days, the rainforest can be seen along the mainland beach whilst snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef alongside sea turtles, which are found in abundance swimming over reefs full of colourful coral, along with myriads of tropical fish, eagle rays, giant clams and starfish. 

The Ocean Safari Vessel
The Ocean Safari vessel takes a maximum of 25 passengers allowing you to experience tropical paradise and the pleasure of a small group.

Meeting Point & Times
Check-in to the Ocean Safari office located at The Turtle Rock Cafe, Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation, Queensland, Australia.
The tour begins at Cape Tribulation beach where you board the vessel bound for the tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef. 

Morning Tour
Check in: 8.00am
Departs: 9.00am
Returns: 12Noon

Afternoon Tour
Check in: 12Noon
Departs: 1.00pm
Returns: 4.30pm

Cape Tribulation Accommodation Transfers
Courtesy pickups from Cape Tribulation accommodation are included and the Ocean Safari tour.


  • Visit two reef sites, Mackay and Undine Reefs
  • 2 hours exploring the underwater world and swimming with turtles
  • All snorkelling equipment
  • Personalised snorkel instruction
  • Courtesy bus transfers

Optional Extras

  • Sunsuit/Wetsuit Hire
  • Prescription Mask Hire 
  • Water
  • Soft Drinks/Juice
  • Snacks

Driving from Cairns & Port Douglas
It is possible to meet the Afternoon Tour when driving from Cairns or Port Douglas. Allow 3 Hours’ drive from Cairns & 2 Hours from Port Douglas.
The drive north from Cairns or Port Douglas over the Daintree River and through the world heritage rainforest to Cape Tribulation is an unforgettable journey.  

Approximate drive times

From Cairns to Port Douglas – 60 minutes
From Port Douglas to Mossman – 15 minutes
From Mossman to Wonga Beach – 20 minutes
From Wonga Beach to either South of Daintree Ferry or Daintree Village – 15-20 min
From North of Ferry to Cow Bay/Diwan – 15-20 min
From Cow Bay/Diwan to Cape Tribulation – 20-25 min




Small boat and small group of participant that we can have more time and chances to touch the beautiful ocean. Two guys on the boat provide intensive caring of us. Fantastic voyage.


Lyzette Piazza

This was a really good day and a higlight of our stay. The crew and organisation were excellent. They were also very good with the kids which we really appreciated.


Mary Nacey

Lovely well-mannered and well-organised crew from those on shore to those on the boat.
I always felt safe and informed and had a fabulous time on the reef.



Conditions were probably marginal; it was raining when we arrived and as we set off, the sea was choppy, the sky overcast and fairly windy. And it stayed like that for the whole time we were out. Thank goodness for the wetsuits. Still, what a great trip. The Ocean Safari guys were ultra professional, entertaining and knowledgeable, and gave us first-time snorkelers plenty of time and advice. Excellent adventure. Recommended.


Nichola Brabazon

Really enjoyed the snorkling, managed to see quite alot - Turtles, Mantaray, Sting Rays, and an excellent aray of fish and coral! The guides for the day were excellent and very informative.

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The Ocean Safari office is located at The Turtle Rock Cafe, Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation, Queensland, Australia.