Join our research team in our one of a kind eco-experience and help protect the Great Barrier Reef!

An exclusive experience. Take part in our one of a kind Citizen Science and Research Team and contribute to ongoing reef conservation projects on the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef.

This exclusive program is designed for certified divers with a true commitment to protecting our precious marine ecosytems

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Limited spots available – Maximum 8 participants

Full Day Reef Tour & Eco Experience

Only $399


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What will I be doing as a citizen science & research team member?

  • You’ll focus on supporting the work of local conservationists on the Great Barrier Reef. Here are some examples of the citizen science activities you can expect to participate in during your expedition:
  • Completing Sightings Network submissions and Rapid Monitoring Survey Reports for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority as part of the Eye on the Reef network.
  • Assisting our Master Reef guides as they survey reef locations and monitor reef health.
  • Monitoring Coral Planting as part of the Coral Nurture Program, supervised by the University of Technology Sydney.

Quick facts about this experience

  • Each expedition is supervised by a certified Master Reef Guide, recognised as the world’s leading reef guides, interpreters and story tellers sharing the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
  • Each Master Reef Guide is also a certified PADI Dive Professional. Safety is our number one priority, and we enlist only the best PADI Professionals to guide our participants.
  • Small group sizes. This program is designed for a maximum of 8 participants: We’re seeking advanced certified divers with a passion for conservation and desire to elevate and become a steward and ambassador for our ocean planet.

With the exception of extreme weather conditions – this program is guaranteed every Friday!

ECO Experience Includes

  • A full day visiting our exclusive Outer Great Barrier Reef locations on board our sailing catamaran.
  • Reserved seating exclusively for our research team
  • A dedicated Master Reef Guide host for the day providing a personalised experience from start to finish!
  • Two certified scuba dives as part of your citizen science activities
  • Morning tea & afternoon tea
  • A chef prepared hot & cold buffet lunch with allergies catered for on request.

Your day on the Great Barrier Reef

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Cruise from Cairns at 8am aboard the stylish Passions Catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef

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Relax with morning tea and get to know your fellow team members as our Master Reef guide introduces the team and the itinerary for the day.

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Arrive at our first location for your first Citizen Science Dive of the day!

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After a team debrief it is time for a tropical buffet lunch of hot & cold dishes

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Arrive at our second location for our 2nd citizen science dive!

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Wind down with a cold drink while we collate and record our data from the day. Afternoon tea is served to keep our energy up!

Don’t just take our word for it…

Read our reviews on TripAdvisor & Facebook or leave us one yourself

The most extraordinary experience for our family on The Great Barrier Reef. With so many operators it was hard to work out which would be best suit our family, we ended up with Passion s of Paradise, they did not disappoint, the superstar crew were fun, knowledge and passionate, looking after us from the moment we stepped foot on the boat. A Travelling family with a 14, 11, & 9 year olds, the crew made sure the kids were safe and experienced the reef, guiding them and us through the reef, as a parent I was able to enjoy my experience, while the kids were in safe hands. Loved the informative talk, providing our family with a deeper understanding of the reef. Oh and kept feeding the kids cookies. Highly recommend this crew.

Review on TripAdvisor

We had such a great day on the reef with Passions of Paradise! The boat was comfortable and not too crowded. The crew was professional, knowledgable and approachable, and had high safety standards. They really took care of every passenger, from experienced divers to those who could not swim. You get plenty of time to snorkel at two reef locations, and scuba diving or glass-floor boat tours are optional extras. We had an experience of a lifetime, and would highly recommend it.

Therese - TripAdvisor

We were unsure of which boat to choose for our tour of the reef, but knew we wanted to give the kids a sailing experience of some sort so ended up choosing Passions Of Paradise... We are so glad we did. From the friendly crew, who let the kids "drive the boat", to the water crew that made them feel comfortable having never snorkelled before, they were all amazing. The food onboard was delicious, organised and prepared by the well oiled machine that the crew really are. The best thing about it was how personal it felt... The crew were happy to sit and chat, answer both ours and the kids questions and generally make you feel part of their little family for the day... Great choice for all age groups, families, couples, young groups etc. The scenery was a bonus, exclusive reefs made it that bit more special. Thanks again POP! Can't wait to visit you all again! Love Hayley, Paul, Sam & Charli

Hayley - Facebook

The whole team at Passions made our group feel so welcomed and relaxed. They were informative, and catered for a variety of people's needs; kids, through to grandparents. Locally owned as well. Would highly recommend these guys to anyone for an amazing reef experience.

Elle - Tripadvisor

I went snorkelling back in February as part of a top deck group activity! I wasn't going to go because I can't swim and thought I would be in the way! I'm terrified of the water but I didn't want to leave Oz without seeing the Reef. All the crew on passions were so helpful, professional and encouraging. I wasn't made feel silly for being unable to swim, in fact quite the opposite!
Kieran, a cool guy working onboard, looked after me. He took me out snorkelling and ensured me I was safe and nothing would happen to me! All I had to do was hold onto the life ring and he did the swimming! It was the best experience of my life! I felt so safe despite being terrified! I was so proud of myself. However I don't think I could have done it without Kierans help. Hopefully he reads this. Thank you

Norma - Facebook

Excellent service from Passions of Paradise Great Barrier Reef experience operatin operating out of Cairns in Northern Queensland, Australia. I have just completed second day trip in a month with this company - taking groups of folks for SCUBA & snorkelling bon the reef. A local independent outfit, very professionally run with really positube and supportive atitudes from everyone on board and from the back office staff too. Many thanks to Mossy, Aelx, Nicky, Nichola, Sion & Kate - plus all of the others. I will definitely be recommending you to others! Best wishes from Michael Perrins in Cleveland, Ohio!

Michael - Facebook

The Passions of Paradise tour exceeded all expectations. The crew is friendly, relaxed, extremely service-minded and passionate about the reef and its inhabitants. On top of all this, the lunch was of very good quality. I do recommend to bring something warm to wear after the snorkling though!

Lina - Tripadvisor

Great day scuba diving and snorkeling. Knowledgeable crew with a sense of humor and a great passion for the reef. Not just involved in diving but devoted to the care of the reef and saving it. A pleasure to see and experience! Thank you to Mossy, Russel and Zoe.

Debra - Facebook

Departure Details and What to Bring

  • Check-in is at the Passions of Paradise desk at the Reef Fleet terminal, 1 Spence street. Please meet our Master Reef Guide here at 7.15am.
  • Bring, hat, sunscreen, bathing gear, sunglasses, towel, etc. as you would for travelling to the beach. We have credit card facilities on the boat.
  • We welcome you to visit us at our counter at the Reef Fleet terminal, open 7 days a week, until 4 pm for more information or email us.

Got Questions?

There are so many questions we are frequently asked and hopefully, the answer to yours are below, however, if you would like to know more, why not test out our email skills. Contact Us, we’d love to fill in the blanks.

Can I do the ECO experience with no scuba dive experience?

Unfortunately, currently we only have a program available for experienced certified scuba divers. Given the sometimes-technical nature of these activities it important that team members are experienced divers with good buoyancy skills.

Where do you check in and what time do you depart?

Your Master Reef Guide host will meet you at check in at 7.15am at the Passions of Paradise desk at the Reef Fleet terminal, 1 Spence street.

When do you return?

We return at around 5 pm. We always try to do some genuine sailing on the way home (no motors), and so times can vary either way by 10 or 15 minutes – but generally it is 5 pm.

Do you provide transfers?

Yes, at a small extra charge, because we use a bus company to do this for us. We do transfers locally as well as from the Northern Beaches. We do not, unfortunately do transfers from Port Douglas as it is more than one hour away from Cairns. Please see our cost page for latest prices.

Do you have a photographer onboard?

Yes, we do. Our friendly photographer is on hand every day to capture those special family memories!

Are there many sharks?

You may be lucky enough to see a little white or black tip reef shark pass you by as small reef sharks are common. However, they are very shy.

Is there a shaded area to sit?

Yes! When you arrive on onboard our crew will escort you to your table for the day. All of our tables are in the airconditioned salons, here you can park your belongings for the day and then choose to sunbath outside or stick to the shade indoors! If you are bringing a stroller on board we just ask that you make sure to arrive early to check in so we can get you on board first!

Will the weather affect the program?

Due the varied nature of our activities and the unpredictability of the weather we will tailor each weekly program to suit the conditions. Some times the weather will dictate which sites we visit. Our Master Reef Guide will plan your itinerary in accordance with the environment on the day!

Do you provide all of the dive and snorkel equipment?

Yes, everything. We have snorkel equipment sized for children and parents. Life jackets are available for the little ones and flotation belts for the slightly bigger little ones. We even have dive computers for the certified divers!

What if I get seasick?

If you are prone to seasickness, it is advisable to take something before you go. Check with a chemist. As Passions is a catamaran, it is a lot more stable in rough weather than monohulls and the sails act as a stabiliser. We do sell sea sickness pills on board the boat, but please remember, tablets are a preventative, not a cure, so take them just before we depart.

What if I forget my diving certification card?

If you have your log book, bring that with you on the boat. If you have neither, call your certifying agency and get them to fax you a copy of your scuba diving certification. Otherwise, we have a pre-dive check out test you can do with the Instructor on the boat to verify your skill level and current scuba diving knowledge.

Do you cater for vegetarians?

Yes we do. We have five different salads, plus one of the two hot dishes is always vegetarian. Other special requests are sometimes possible with notice ….by all means ask….

Book Your ECO Experience Now

Passions of Paradise are celebrating 31 years in business and we cannot wait for you to join our ongoing conservation efforts to help protect the Great Barrier Reef. Book today and find out why we are one of the top-rated reef trips in Cairns!