1 Day Budget Great Barrier Reef Tour - Compass Cruises

Escape for an unforgettable relaxed day to the Great Barrier Reef, snorkelling among fantastic coral formations teeming with colorful tropical fish.


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  • Hastings Reef - Alive with thousands of vivid tropical fish, this marine park preserve is famous for its Giant Clam Gardens, inquisitive Moray Eels and Huge Cod
  • Breaking Patches - Located off Michaelmas Cay, this great location is renowned for its forest of corals, large sea fans and black coral tree’s, yielding some 400 species of coral in its shallow lagoon’s
  • The Department of Environment and Heritage has granted Compass a special permit to visit this pristine wonder of the reef


  • 2 Spectacular Reef Locations
  • All Snorkelling equipment (Excluding Wetsuit)
  • Floatation devices
  • Friendly crew assistance for non-confident swimmers
  • Up to 4 hours on the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Delicious BBQ lunch with fresh salads made daily and bread rolls
  • Boomnetting  “The Wild Ride” (subject to weather conditions)
  • Fresh fruit platters
  • Tea & Coffee all day (whilst Vessel is stationary)
  • A glass of Wine Cheers & Crackers on the return journey
  • Government Reef Taxes and Levies Included

07:30 – Check in direct to Compass at Marlin Wharf Berth 18

08:00 –Depart Marlin Marina Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef

10:15 – 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 – Approximately Arrival time at Cairns Marina


BOARDING: 7.30am Check in at MARLIN WHARF BERTH 18 - Direct to Compass Boat

Departs CAIRNS: Daily at 8am from Marlin Jetty        Returns: Daily 5-5.30pm

Bus transfers are available from your Accommodation at an extra cost.

Optional Extras bookable onboard:

All Extras are to be paid on board.

Glass Bottom Boat Tour            $15.00

Introductory Dive                       $55.00 or 2 dives for $90/$70

Certified Dive                             $40.00 or 2 for $70.00

Bus Transfers Cairns City           $10.00 

                      Northern Beaches $20.00

Prescription Mask hire                 $10.00

Wetsuit hire                                $5.00


Licensed bar - soft drinks and underwater Cameras are available

Please be aware that Queensland Dive Laws are the Strictest in the World and certain Medical Conditions and Medications WILL prevent you from Scuba Diving 


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