Great Barrier Reef Tour

This Great compass cruise is Cairns best value reef tour and a true Cairns icon. If you’re looking for a memorable day on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, then this has it all!

Outer Reef Locations

This Great Barrier Reef Tour will have you escaping for an unforgettable, un-rushed day enjoying a relaxed, leisurely cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef.
Snorkel among beautiful corals and a colourful variety of tropical marine life at one of the natural wonders of the world.

Try the famous boom netting

Relax on the vast sun deck, see Australia’s Great Barrier Reef from the glass bottom boat (optional extra) or take the “Wild Ride” on the famous Compass Boom net. Scuba Diving is available as an optional extra for all levels of experience.

Fun for everyone!

This Great Barrier Reef Tour offers something for everyone, people of all ages, even those with limited swimming ability.

Tour Highlights & Inclusions

  • Up to 4 hours at two Outer Great Barrier Reef locations
  • Unlimited Snorkelling. Snorkelling mask, snorkel and fins included for the adults and kids
  • Free buoyancy aids – snorkelling vests and noodles
  • Delicious BBQ Lunch with fresh salad.  Please advise if you have any dietary requirements catered for vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and food allergies.
  • Fruit Platters while boarding. Tea & coffee available all day while the vessel is stationary. Water fountain to fill your water bottle
  • A glass of wine, cheese & crackers on the return journey
  • Assistance for non-confident swimmers from the friendly crew, therefore we welcome all ages and abilities on board.
  • Stinger suits during jellyfish season in the tropics
  • Boomnetting – “The Wild Ride” (weather permitting)
  • A complete family-friendly tour
  • Reef tax, fuel levy & national park fees for visiting the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are included in this trip cost

Tour Itinerary

  • 07:30 – Board the boat Compass, at Cairns Marina ‘Marlin Wharf Berth 18’, for check-in.
  • View map to Cairns Marlin Marina
  • 08:00 –Approximately depart Cairns to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Safety talk, snorkel and dive briefings
  • 10:30 – Arrive at your first Great Barrier Reef Location
  • 12:30 – BBQ Lunch with fresh salads
  • 13:00 – Cruise to 2nd Reef Location
  • 15:30 – Depart the Great Barrier Reef
  • 17:30 – Approximate Arrival time at Cairns Marina

Optional Extras

  • Scuba diving for introductory divers and certified divers. The minimum age is 12, and also, medical conditions do apply.
  • Dive Guide for a guided tour around the reef. Scuba dive with a buddy or pay for a guided scuba dive with one of our fantastic crew. Are you travelling alone? The Compass Cruises team will happily organise a buddy for you on the day if you wish to dive without a guide.
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tour (weather permitting )
  • Wetsuit Hire (Great for flotation and warmth)
  • Underwater Digital Camera Hire
  • Snack Bar Purchases: Soft drinks, chocolate, chips, alcohol etc.
  • Prescription Mask Hire
  • Bus transfers from accommodation to and from the Cairns Marina.

What to Bring

  • Proof of qualification as a Certified Diver
  • Cash or credit card for purchases
  • Swimming Clothes, Towel, Hat, Sunglasses, Sun Cream

Getting There

Compass Cruises departs from Cairns Marina: ‘Marlin Wharf berth 18’ View map to Cair Marlin Marina

Boarding for the great barrier reef tour commences at 7:30 am for an approximate 8:00 am a departure, directly on the boat ‘Compass.’

Arrive back to Cairns Marina at approximately 5:30 pm

Important Information for Scuba Diving

We have a passion for showing you Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, so please make sure you understand the scuba diving laws.

Queensland, Australia has some of the strictest scuba diving rules in the world therefor also the safest scuba diving record. Hence we are regulated by the Queensland Government Code of Practice and comply with all regulations, including medical as is the law.

We recommend that all of our passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire, as some medical conditions, age and medications may prevent you from scuba diving.

It is always our mission to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef experience.

Compass Cruises Medical Questionnaire

We are delighted to help you with any questions you may have, therefore, please contact our office on 07 4037 2700 or email us at [email protected],

Alternatively, you may like to consult your Doctor for a Dive Medical using the Australian Standard Forms ‘AS.4005.1

Flying after Scuba Diving

For a single no decompression scuba dive, you should not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours after a scuba dive. Also, for multiple dives, you should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive. If Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning you must wait 24 hours after your dive. We recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible



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9 Reviews for “Great Barrier Reef Tour”

  1. Rajan P

    Each and every one of the crew are amazing, friendly, helpful, caring, lively, hospitable, and many more adjectives. Keep it up guys! We can very well recommend this tour for all back home. Once in a lifetime experience!

  2. Amy

    I booked my day reef trip with Compass Cruises. It was the cheapest reef trip. Crew were brilliant, helpful, fun and great to be around. The best part of the day was scuba diving. Everything was great, the food was great, the crew was friendly and my entire family had an awesome time. Thank you.

  3. Steven

    The chef should cook more! He's too good, his food was amazing!

  4. Kaylene

    Awesome value for money, will book again. Fantastic A1 crew.

  5. Adele

    Entertaining and excellent crew. Thanks for making today an unforgettable experience!

  6. Bill, Jacqui & Nellie

    Loved the trip, great value for money. Excellent team!

  7. Sacha

    Loved the scuba diving. And the crew were super mega TOP! Especially the guy at the bar :)

  8. Janet

    The crew are all very friendly, professional and competent. Best part of the day for me was seeing the reef :) The food was amazing, really wasn't expecting that. Experience of a lifetime!

  9. Nadine G

    I got to swim with turltes and sharks! It was a please to be part of this tour and highly reccomend!


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