Passions of Paradise
Dive, sail and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns
Experience the adventure of snorkelling, diving and sailing on the Great Barrier Reef with Passions of Paradise. The 25 metre high-performance catamaran sails daily from Cairns to two unique locations, world-famous Michaelmas Cay and exclusive Paradise Reef, where you can dive and snorkel with turtles, colourful fish and see an amazing variety of corals.
Enjoy a personalised day on the Great Barrier Reef with a friendly crew dedicated to making your trip memorable and a local operator whose environmental credentials and attention to detail have earned many awards including the Australian Tourism Award for Adventure.
Michaelmas Cay National Park is a world-famous bird sanctuary with a beautiful sandy beach, providing a rare opportunity to snorkel and dive straight off the beach in protected, calm waters. Sea turtles are common and you are also likely to see giant trevally, small black tip reef sharks, bat fish and hundreds of species of colourful reef fish.
Paradise Reef is an exclusive mooring just for Passions so there are no crowds as you snorkel or dive on the outer Great Barrier Reef. It is a hard coral reef featuring a ribbon of small reefs. With depths of up to 25 metres along the edge, water clarity is good and the area is host to many exciting fish species including Wally, our resident Maori wrasse.
Green turtles, manta rays, clown fish, soft and hard corals – you never know what you will come across when you snorkel in the warm, clear waters of the colourful Great Barrier Reef. A full briefing on how to snorkel, fit the equipment and make the most of your time at the Reef is given. Join a free snorkelling tour at Paradise Reef for a unique insight into this special World Heritage area.
Introductory diving is a safe and fun Great Barrier Reef adventure that allows you to get up close to turtles, giant clams, clown fish, coral trout, barramundi cod and a variety of colourful corals at Michaelmas Cay and Paradise Reef. All introductory scuba divers start from the safety of the Passions of Paradise catamaran and dive in a calm, shallow lagoon full of marine life.
Certified scuba divers have an amazing range of exclusive reefs to dive with a selection of drift dives, wall dives and swim throughs. The Passions of Paradise specially designed glass bottom dive tender will take you to the best locations on the day for a fully guided dive with all your equipment, including wetsuits and computers, provided.
Join a glass bottom boat tour at Michaelmas Cay for a fun and lively 30 minute commentary on the coral, fish and unique features of the Great Barrier Reef. Marvel at the difference between hard and soft corals and learn how many of the Reef creatures work together to survive. Look out for the industrious cleaner wrasse and their cleaning station, much like a drive-through car wash for fish!