Dive the Outer Great Barrier Reef with our Budget Scuba Dive package!

This Budget Scuba Dive tour is great value for money and a day scuba diving and snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef that you’re after, then our budget scuba cruise has it all!

This ‘Budget Scuba Dive’ tour is for Certified Divers (qualified) who already hold a scuba licence of ‘Open Water Diver’ level or higher.

If you are not a qualified diver please Click here to see our budget reef cruise for beginner Resort Divers

Tour Highlights & Inclusions

  • Up to 4 hours at two Outer Great Barrier Reef locations
  • One Certified Scuba Dive for Certified Divers (qualified) with ‘Open Water Licence’ or higher. Option to add additional dive. Scuba equipment included.
  • Unlimited Snorkelling. Snorkelling mask, snorkel and fins included
  • Free buoyancy aids – snorkelling vests and noodles
  • Delicious BBQ Lunch with fresh salads (Dietary requirements are catered for: vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and food allergies – please advise us upon booking)
  • Fruit Platters while boarding. Tea & coffee available all day while boat stationary. Water fountain to fill your water bottle
  • Glass of wine, cheese & crackers on return journey
  • Assistance for non-confident swimmers from friendly crew
  • Stinger suits are included with your trip during jellyfish season in the tropics
  • Boomnetting – “The Wild Ride” (weather permitting)
  • 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

  • Second Scuba Dive
  • 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 wonderful crew. 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 if you require stronger lenses to see (contact lenses can be worn in most circumstances)
  • 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 Cairns Marlin Marina

Boarding commences at 7:30 am for an 8:00 am departure, directly on the boat ‘Compass’

Arrive back to Cairns Marina at approximately 5:30pm

Important Information for Scuba Diving

We have a passion to show 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  but also the safest scuba diving record.   We are regulated by the Queensland Government Code of Practice and comply with all rules including medical as is the law.

To avoid disappointment on your day of travel we strongly recommend that all of our passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire prior to booking as some medical conditions, age and / or 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 very happy to help you with any questions you may have.   Please Contact our office on 07 4037 2700 or email us at [email protected],

Or alternatively, you may like to consult your own 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.  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 24 hours whenever possible

 

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4 Reviews for “Budget Scuba Dive”

  1. Budget Scuba Dive review by Mary R
    5

    I would recommend this tour in a heartbeat. It was a fabulous day -- well worth the money. We were well cared for. Thank you to every member of the crew--they were very friendly, helpful, kind, patient, well organized and efficient. The best part of the day was SCUBA diving!

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  2. Budget Scuba Dive review by Kasia and Phil
    5

    Fab--very friendly crew and welcoming. I saw a reef shark! (it's ma birthday--awesome present!). Very tasty vegetarian food--thank you! And we're on our honeymoon so free wine was fab :) -also reef presentation was interesting :) "

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  3. Budget Scuba Dive review by Nathan
    5

    How were the crew?: "Awesome. Whole crew were fun, welcoming, full of laughs and awesome instructor (Jackson)." What was the best part of your day?: "scuba with Jackson." Do you have any additional comments?: "Had a great day on the reef despite not great weather. Recommend to others. :) Yew! 5 stars."

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  4. Budget Scuba Dive review by Fiona
    5

    We loved it. It was a great experience and the crew where extremely enthousiastic and helpful. They gave us a great explanation of what we were going to do and see. It was a day to remember.

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