1 Day Compass Outer Barrier Reef Budget Tour from Cairns

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86% of 100
from $115
Explore the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef by swimming and snorkeling followed by an Aussie barbeque lunch.
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Spend four hours snorkelling at two Outer Barrier Reef locations, feast on a barbeque lunch and sip on wine with crackers on your trip back to shore.

  • Small-group full-day budget tour to the outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Four hours of snorkelling at two premium reef locations
  • Guidance from friendly and experienced crew
  • Fruit platters, refreshments, and a tropical lunch on-board
  • Includes snorkel gear and swimming aids

Get aboard Compass and embark on a budget family-friendly tour to the Outer Barrier Reef spots which are teeming with life. Snorkel and swim through colourful coral gardens, get close to a variety of marine life, including giant clams, stingrays, sea cucumbers and even white-tip sharks.

At noon, break for a BBQ lunch along with fresh, healthy salads and head to the second location to see more of the marine world. Enjoy wine and crackers on the ride back to Cairns.

Includes
  • National Park Fees
  • Fruit Platters on Boarding
  • BBQ Lunch with Assortment of Salads
  • Glass of Wine, cheese & crackers
  • Snorkelling Gear & Tuition
  • Boom-Netting (Subject to weather conditions)
  • Complimentary Tea & Coffee
  • Flotation Devices
Transport
Group Size: 80ppl max
Schedule
Departures: Daily

08:00 AM - 05:30 PM (9 Hours)

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Day 1

The below itinerary can change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility.

Pickup from Northern Beaches and Outer Cairns Accommodation
Pickup from Northern Beaches and Outer Cairns Accommodation
6:15 - 7:00
(Extra $22pp)
Pickup from Cairns City Accommodation
Pickup from Cairns City Accommodation
7:00 - 7:30
(Extra $12pp)
Meet at Marlin Jetty, Cairns and Board Vessel for a 8am Departure
Meet at Marlin Jetty, Cairns and Board Vessel for a 8am Departure
7:30
Marlin Marina, 'A Finger' Cairns (No Pickup Required - Board Here)
Arrive at First Reef Location
Arrive at First Reef Location
10:30
Reef chosen may be a choice of Norman, Saxon, Hastings or Breaking Patches Reefs.
Snorkelling
Snorkelling
Snorkel amongst the beautiful corals, fishes, turtles and more, up close and personal.
Swimming
Swimming
Enjoy a relaxing swim in the warm tropical waters!
Opportunity to enjoy a Scuba Dive!
Depart First Reef Location
Depart First Reef Location
Humphead Wrasse, moray eels, giant clams, anemones and living organisms are almost always seen here.
BBQ Lunch with fresh salads
BBQ Lunch with fresh salads
12:30
Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch on tour!
Arrive and Second Reef Location
Arrive and Second Reef Location
13:00
Reef chosen may be a choice of Norman, Saxon, Hastings or Breaking Patches Reefs.
Snorkelling
Snorkelling
Snorkel amongst the beautiful corals, fishes, turtles and more, up close and personal.
Glass Bottom Boat
Glass Bottom Boat
Subject to weather conditions
Depart Second Reef Location
Depart Second Reef Location
15:30
Sensational location for diving and snorkeling, home to many angelfish, lionfish and parrotfish.
Boomnetting
Afternoon Tea
Afternoon Tea
Enjoy the provided afternoon tea.
Return to Marlin Jetty, Cairns
Return to Marlin Jetty, Cairns
17:30
Marlin Marina, 'A Finger' Cairns (No Pickup Required - Board Here)
Dropoff at Cairns City Accommodation
Dropoff at Cairns City Accommodation
17:30 - 18:00
(Extra $12pp)
Dropoff at Outer Cairns and Northern Beaches Accommodation
Dropoff at Outer Cairns and Northern Beaches Accommodation
18:00 - 18:30
(Extra $22pp)
TicketPrice
Adult$115.00
Child$95.00
Family (2+2)$400.00
Infant$0.00
Extras
Glass Bottom Boat TourBook & Pay on the day, price subject to change$15.00
Wetsuit HireBook & Pay on the day, price subject to change$5.00
Underwater Camera HireHire of an Underwater Digital Camera (Must Pre-Book)$59.00
Prescription Mask HireBook & Pay on the day, price subject to change$10.00
Pickup Cairns City$12.00
Pickup Northern Beaches$22.00
1 x Certified Scuba DiveBook & Pay on the day, price subject to change$40.00
2 x Certified Scuba DivesBook & Pay on the day, price subject to change$70.00
1 x Intro Scuba DiveBook & Pay on the day, price subject to change$55.00
2 x Intro Scuba DivesBook & Pay on the day, price subject to change$95.00
Glass Bottom Boat TourBook & Pay on the day, price subject to change$15.00
Wetsuit HireBook & Pay on the day, price subject to change$5.00
Pickup Cairns City$12.00
Pickup Northern Beaches$22.00
Glass Bottom Boat Tour 4-11yrsBook & Pay on the day, price subject to change$60.00
Wetsuit Hire 4-11yrsBook & Pay on the day, price subject to change$20.00
Pickup Cairns City 4-11yrs$48.00
Pickup Northern Beaches 4-11yrs$88.00
Our Tour Review
The Good
This tour appeals to adventurous budget travellers who can swim and want to snorkel or scuba dive (certified scuba diving and introductory scuba diving are optional extras). It is a basic budget tour which includes lunch and snorkeling at the outer reef at a value-for-money price.
Things to Consider
2.5 hour cruise to the outer Great Barrier Reef on an older and slower boat so it may not suit people who suffer sea sickness. Basic price of $109 suits people who are on a budget but still want a full day trip which goes to the outer reef.
Our Recommendation
This tour is ideal for price-conscious travellers who want to see the outer Great Barrier Reef.