Ocean Safari, Cape Tribulation

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Ocean Safari offers an exhilarating ride to snorkel the pristine untouched Great Barrier Reef off the Daintree Coast at Cape Tribulation. This half day eco 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, you can snorkel 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 tour begins at Cape Tribulation beach where you board the vessel bound for the tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef. The Ocean Safari vessel takes a maximum of 25 passengers allowing guests to experience tropical paradise and the pleasure of a small group. The vessel is based on the original design of a rescue craft and is a rigid inflatable boat driven by 700hp engines. The experienced Skipper and Eco Host ensure the trip is filled with fun and appreciation of the Great Barrier Reef and the coastal rainforest of the Daintree, two world heritage areas side by side.

The Ocean Safari check in office is also home to Safari Lodge. Situated just 400 metres from the beach, Safari Lodge offers both Safari Huts and camp sites in the tropical Cape Tribulation rainforest and is the perfect base for exploring this famous region. Far away from the stresses of city life, the Safari Lodge offers comfortable and affordable accommodation and a range of facilities in the tropical rainforest including a swimming pool, fully equipped camp kitchen, amenities block with toilets and showers and laundry. Sleep in the jungle and enjoy the sounds of the rainforest at night, or rise early to experience the sunrise over beautiful Myall beach only minutes away.

Also located onsite, the Turtle Rock Cafe offers fresh wholesome food, great coffee and outdoor dining, with a casual friendly atmosphere. With a menu offering healthy sandwiches and wraps, burgers, cakes, muffins and delicious meals made to order. The Turtle Rock Cafe showcases the wide variety of delicious produce the Tropical North Queensland region has to offer. Using Malanda milk, farm fresh eggs and cheese from the Southern Tablelands, Mareeba grown coffee and locally grown exotic fruits, you can experience the best of North Queensland produce. You are welcome to order lunch from the boat and have it waiting for you to enjoy under the rainforest canopy on your return.
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  • Wonderful and beautiful time spent on the water with great tour guides and pods of dolphins. Very friendly and very helpful and great assistance for people with health issues 
    Wonderful and beautiful time spent on the water with great tour guides and pods of dolphins. Very friendly and very helpful and great assistance for people with health issues  more »
  • We were excited for our afternoon tour today after hearing others at our accommodation describe their tour yesterday— they saw turtles and said the first stop was fine but the second snorkeling stop.....  more
    We were excited for our afternoon tour today after hearing others at our accommodation describe their tour yesterday— they saw turtles and said the first stop was fine but the second snorkeling stop.....  more »
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  • We absolutely loved our snorkelling trip with ocean safari in cape tribulation! We were taken to the most beautiful spots and had such an enjoyable time. The short 30min trip out to the reef was super fun and way more enjoyable than on the big boats that leave from cairns and take 1/1&2 to 2hrs to get to the reef. The reef was really beautiful and we saw lots of colour fish and other creatures. But what made the experience the best was our two guides who were not only super helpful and professional but they were so friendly and funny we laughed all day! Highly recommend the snorkelling trip with ocean safari
  • Went on the tour with Feddi and Oscar out from Cape Tribulation. They were both great and so was the tour. The morning tour gets you 2 hours snorkelling on the reef, which was the perfect amount of time. We saw about 3 green sea turtles and plenty of giant clams. The tour has two stops, the second is on a sand cay, where you can relax for a bit or continue to snorkel. Some food and drinks are available on the boat (alcoholic too) and you can grab lunch back at the Turtle Rock Cafe. Highly recommend.

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