Visiting the Great Barrier Reef with Passions of Paradise – RatPack Travel



Visiting the Great Barrier Reef with Passions of Paradise

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The Great Barrier Reef is on every backpackers east coast bucket list, and once you visit you will see why. This place is E P I C and one of our faves when it comes to exploring the underwater world. We’re talking turtles, sharks, coral for days and a ridiculous amount of fish!
When it comes to visiting the Great Barrier Reef you have many different options of boats, we’ve tried and tested many of these and selected the best ones when you combine experience and fits in to that all important backpacker budget! Passions of Paradise is a beaut new catamaran that goes out each and every day to the outer section {aka the beautiful part} of the reef.

Why Passions?

Passions is an epic option for those who want to snorkel or dive on the Great Barrier Reef, this super chill awesome catamaran is one of our favourites for sure as not only does it go to the premium part of the reef but it’s also great value for money, it’s a perfect in between those budget trips and the pricey all singing all dancing trips that you’ll find the oldies on {soz mum}.

This catamaran is unreal for heavy chills after a long day of snorkelling/scuba, they have the BEST spot for just that, so kick back with a bevvy and take in those views! Expect from this trip – epic food {trust us, this buffet is a good un}, a day getting up close and personal with marine life that you’ll never forget, scuba dive for the first time and you’ll meet onboard legends who will take photos, give you snorkel tips and are on hand all day to make sure you have an epic time!

The Deets...

Where does it start?

This trip starts from Reef Fleet Terminal, you’ll need to check in between 7 and 7:30am {so you might want to think twice about that night out at woolshed before!}.

From the major hostels aka Giligans and Mad Monkey we say allow 15 mins to walk there.

What does the day look like?

  • 8am – Safety Briefing & tea/coffee!
  • 10-12 – Snorkel stop number 1
  • 12-1 – Lunch yewwwwww
  • 1-3 – Snorkel stop number 2
  • 3-4:30 – Snack, bevvy and chill time
  • 4:30pm – Arrive back in Cairns!

What does the ticket include?

  • Morning tea & Afternoon Coffee
  • Buffet Lunch
  • Afternoon Snack
  • Snorkel equipment & life jacket

What should you bring?

  • Sunscreen {trust us, those UV rays yoooo}
  • Water
  • Hat/cover up
  • Swimmers
  • Go Pro with a wrist strap {don’t learn the hard way haha}
  • A hoodie for the way back
  • $20 for your national park fee

Fancy a scuba?

With these guys you have two choices on how you want to see the Great Barrier Reef, you can choose to snorkel or scuba dive! If you have never scuba dived before and fancy trying it out for the first time then where better to start!

Pre book the dive option before you go – they will provide all the equipment and tuition – an intro dive will give you 20 – 30 mins to discover the reef & you’ll go to a maximum depth of 10 metres! You do not need any prior experience so it’s perfect for first timers. We get this on a special BackPacker rate >> $45 yewwww > hit us up if you fancy it?!

Ready to visit the Great Barrier Reef?

Checking out the Great Barrier Reef is a must do when you are in Cairns! Whether you are starting or ending your East Coast adventure in Cairns get it on ya list!

What else can you do in Cairns?

  • Visit Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest
  • Explore Atherton Tablelands and the waterfalls
  • Try a bungy jump or a skydive!
  • Visit some of the nearby islands including Fitzroy Island or Green Island

Head out to the reef..

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We operate a 24/7 service across multiple time zones. Our RatPackers have all been there and done it! Get the ball rolling on your upcoming trip. Send over your rough travel plans (including your flight details / dates). If you are yet to book a flight and seeking advice – HIT US UP ↡

The Great Barrier Reef is absolutely incredible! The guys at Passions of Paradise are total legends and will make your day incredible, they are so friendly and will put you at ease when it comes to diving and snorkelling as well as educating you on the amazing reef.

Have an UNREAL time whilst you are on the reef and capture those epic moments with a Go Pro!


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