Ocean Safari Tours

Morning Tour

Wake up with two morning snorkels and raft back to the beach before lunch!


Afternoon Tour

Take off after lunch for two afternoon reef snorkels, arriving back before sunset.


Ocean Safari, Cape Tribulation: Exploring Australia’s Natural Wonder

Great Barrier Reef Morning tour

Ocean Safari visits the beautiful Mackay Reef and Undine Reef.

Check-in at the Turtle Rock Cafe at 7:45 a.m. and return at 12:30 p.m.

Great Barrier Reef Afternoon tour

Check-in at the Turtle Rock Cafe at 11:45 a.m., returning at 4:30 p.m.


  • Adults: $184
  • Children: $118
  • Families: $552


Welcome to the breathtaking realm of Ocean Safari, Cape Tribulation! If you’re seeking an unforgettable experience in Australia’s tropical paradise, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll take you on a journey through the wonders of Cape Tribulation, showcasing its unique charm and the thrilling adventures it offers. Get ready to explore this pristine gem of nature, where the rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef, and every moment is an opportunity for awe and wonder.

Ocean Safari, Cape Tribulation: The Jewel of Australia

Nestled in the heart of Far North Queensland, Ocean Safari, Cape Tribulation, is a place of unparalleled natural beauty. Here, the world’s oldest rainforest, the Daintree Rainforest, meets the world’s largest coral reef system, the Great Barrier Reef, creating a haven for biodiversity and adventure enthusiasts.

A Tropical Paradise

Imagine getting on a boat and sailing through emerald waters with the lush green canopy of the Daintree Rainforest as your backdrop. This is the beginning of your Ocean Safari, an eco-tour.

The Great Barrier Reef: A Living Wonder

As your safari boat glides over the crystal-clear waters, you’ll soon find yourself immersed in the mesmerising world of the Great Barrier Reef. With its kaleidoscope of colours and vibrant marine life, it’s no wonder this UNESCO World Heritage site is considered one of the world’s seven natural wonders.

The Ocean Safari Experience

Your Ocean Safari adventure is not just a tour; it’s an expedition into the heart of nature. Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect:

1. Snorkelling Extravaganza

Dive into the azure waters of the Great Barrier Reef and discover a world teeming with life. Snorkelling at Cape Tribulation is like entering a marine wonderland. Swim alongside dazzling coral formations, graceful sea turtles, and schools of tropical fish. It’s a surreal experience that will leave you breathless in more ways than one.

2. Marine Biologist Guides

The passionate marine biologists who lead our Ocean Safari tours will inform you about the delicate reef ecosystem. Their expertise adds depth to your adventure, giving you a profound understanding of the underwater world.

3. Wildlife Encounters

Cape Tribulation is not just about the reef but also about the lush rainforest surrounding it. Watch for the region’s unique wildlife, including the elusive cassowary, colourful birds, and intriguing insects. The combination of rainforest and reef makes Cape Tribulation a biodiversity hotspot.

Advanced Eco Tourism Certified

Ocean Safari has the best snorkelling guides in Cape Tribulation. Take a half-day Cape Tribulation Reef tour to discover the Great Barrier Reef and marine life just off the coast of the abundant Daintree Rainforest.

Ocean Safari is Citizens of the Reef, Advanced Eco Tourism Certified, and has won major awards at the Queensland Tourism Awards for the last five years.


FAQ’s Ocean Safari

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Q. Is snorkelling experience necessary for an Ocean Safari?

No, Ocean Safari tours are suitable for all skill levels. Our guides provide snorkelling instructions and support to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience.

Q. Are there age restrictions for Ocean Safari tours?

A. While there are no strict age limits, it’s essential to consider individual comfort and safety. Children under five are not recommended for snorkelling but can enjoy the boat ride and wildlife viewing.

Q. How can I book an Ocean Safari tour?

A. Booking an Ocean Safari tour is easy! Visit our website. Be sure to book in advance, as these tours are in high demand.

Ocean Safari, Cape Tribulation, is where nature takes centre stage, where you can immerse yourself in the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Whether you are an adventure seeker or a nature lover, this destination offers something extraordinary. Book your Ocean Safari today and embark on a journey that will leave you with memories to cherish forever.


For  Ocean Rafting, visit the Whitsunday Islands!


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Ocean Safari highlights

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

AM Tour

Morning Check-in 7:45 am

Afternoon Check in 11:45 am

After a fast 25-minute ride, you are ready to snorkel to fabulous locations at Mackay Reef. 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.


  • Visit two reef sites, Mackay and Undine Reefs
  • 2 hours exploring the underwater world and swimming with turtles
  • All snorkelling equipment
  • Personalised snorkel instruction
  • Reef interpretation and eco presentations
  • Courtesy bus transfers
  • Sunsuit/Wetsuit Hire
  •  Prescription Mask Hire
  •  Water
  •  Soft Drinks/Juice
  •  Beer/Cider
  •  Chocolate
  • Swimmers
  • Towel, hat and shoes
  • A jacket during winter to protect you from wind and for warmth after snorkelling
  • Waterproof camera
  • Snacks

Tours depart daily. Check-in and meeting point is The Turtle Rock Café, Cape Tribulation Rd, Cape Tribulation at 8.00 am for the morning tour and 12.00 pm for the afternoon tour. Courtesy transfers are available from local accommodation houses – please let us know where you are staying at the time of booking.

Ocean Safari booking information

  • Cape Tribulation is in Tropical North Queensland, 110km north of Cairns
  • Ocean Safari office is in the Turtle Cafe, situated 400m from the beach
  • Ocean Safari does not provide lunch
  • Please call us for last-minute availability
  • Private charter rates available upon request

We strongly recommend checking availability before booking

Please note: The ocean safari in Cape Tribulation is subject to weather conditions and availability. Prices and schedules may vary. Checking with the tour operator for the most up-to-date information is always recommended.

*QLD Public Holiday surcharges of $20 per adult, $10 per child, and $50 per family apply. This will be paid directly to Ocean Safari on the day of travel.

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