A True Cairns Icon!

This Great Barrier Reef Budget Cruise Compass Cruises is Cairns best value reef tour and a true Cairns icon.  If you’re looking for and a memorable day on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef then our budget cruise has it all!

We 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 colorful variety of tropical marine life at one of the natural wonders of the world.

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

Compass Cruises offers something for everyone and can be enjoyed by 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 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)
  • 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.  Minimum age is 12 and 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 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 Cair Marlin Marina

Boarding commences at 7:30 am for an approximate 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 tourdesk@reeftrip.com,

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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Most Recent Traveller Reviews
  • 4 July 2018: Reasonable price and great staff
  • 3 July 2018: Nice reef but took forever to get to
  • 28 June 2018: An average cruise
  • 27 June 2018: Amazing day
  • 20 June 2018: Never again
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30 Reviews for “Great Barrier Reef Budget Cruise”

  1. Great Barrier Reef Budget Cruise review by Peter
    5

    It was a great trip and I really enjoyed it. The crew were very polite/nice and funny and always helpful if you need anything. The best part of the day was diving and swimming with a turtle!

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  2. Great Barrier Reef Budget Cruise review by Almelia
    5

    The crew were lovely, the best part of the day was the glass bottom boat and the dive. Really good day out - thanks a lot! :)

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  3. Reef Day Cruise review by Lara
    5

    I chose Compass Cruises because it is affordable price!!! I had fantastic time snorkelling. Lunch was yummy. Crew is very happy and helpful. They were funny and showed us how to snorkel well.

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  4. Reef Day Cruise review by Tess
    5

    Selected Compass Cruises because they were by far the best price with the most inclusions. Crew were all amazing, funny, kind, hospitable and knowledgeable about all things snorkelling and diving. What we saw when snorkelling was unbelievable - the colours of the coral and the fish was something really spectacular. Food was plentiful and delicious. We were so well looked after. Thank you for providing the highlight of my trip to FNQ.

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  5. Great Barrier Reef Budget Cruise review by Klara
    5

    "Amazing! Super kind and helpful."

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  6. Great Barrier Reef Budget Cruise review by Bethany
    5

    "The crew are very friendly and approachable. There to answer any questions, easy to speak to. The best part was the variety of fish to be seen while snorkeling"

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  7. Great Barrier Reef Budget Cruise review by Michael
    5

    "Snorkeling and learning about the reef was the best part of the day! The crew were very friendly, helpful, and on top of things."

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  8. Reef Day Cruise review by Gabriella
    5

    Very nice, fun and happy crew :) Scuba diving and lunch were outstanding !!!

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  9. Great Barrier Reef Budget Cruise review by Rebecca
    5

    The crew were amazing, very attentive and smile. Lunch and scuba diving were awesome. Everything was amazing, thank you :)

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  10. Great Barrier Reef Budget Cruise review by Saki
    5

    All the crew were nice and kind. The highlight of my trip was scuba diving. I will recommend this tour to my friends!!!

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  11. Great Barrier Reef Budget Cruise review by Margret
    5

    The crew were really Great! helping me with seasickness. The best part of the day was snorkelling with the crew.

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  12. Great Barrier Reef Budget Cruise review by Belle
    0

    The crew were relaxed and interesting to talk to! The best part of the day was talking to the crew about the reef.

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  13. Great Barrier Reef Budget Cruise review by Sanjeev
    5

    Great crew! Very helpful and attentive. The best part of the day was snorkelling

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  14. Great Barrier Reef Budget Cruise review by Chris
    5

    Very helpful and polite

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  15. Great Barrier Reef Budget Cruise review by Thalia
    5

    “The crew were Great! Very helpful and attentive. The best part of the day was snorkelling”

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  16. Reef Day Cruise review by Antis
    5

    Crew were the best of the best. Everything was great. I mean I enjoy having fun from 8:30-5:30 ;) luv it. Will come back again with some family/friends soon.

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  17. Reef Day Cruise review by Julie
    5

    Very supportive, professional, approachable crew and great attitude. I felt safe and comfortable the entire day. The reef was sensational. The lunch was amazing and wine and cheese on the way home was great.

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  18. Reef Day Cruise review by Honey
    5

    Extremely helpful and so hard working crew. The day had been amazing, the first and best adventure of life.

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  19. Reef Day Cruise review by Callie
    5

    Great option if you’re looking to have an awesome day in the reef for a good price! Staff was so much fun, food was delicious and I felt like we had a perfect amount of time at each spot we snorkeled at. Highly recommend!

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  20. Reef Day Cruise review by Jaimie
    5

    We had a fantastic time on the reef. The crew was friendly and passionate towards their jobs. Captain Morgan did a great job in rough seas. Food was very good. Great day out and excellent value for money

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  21. Reef Day Cruise review by David Longley & Kerrie Hill
    5

    We went to the outer reef on 25th May Wow, what a great experience we had, staff were excellent in every aspect to make everyone’s day to be awesome, the snorkeling was out off this world, so amazing & even borrowing a glass bottom boat from another company so the group could see the beauty off the reef that couldn’t snorkel. The lunch was well prepared, with yummy salads & even wine, cheese & bickys on the way back & even a group photo at the end of the day. Thank you Compass Cruises for a wonderful experience. Great day

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  22. Reef Day Cruise review by Haley B
    5

    Incredible experience. The crew was super kind, funny, and helpful, and the food was delicious! It was also so nice to have coffee, tea, and water always on hand. The snorkeling was super cool, BUT I highly recommend paying the extra money to scuba dive! So fascinating and worth the money!!

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  23. Reef Day Cruise review by Haley
    5

    Incredible experience. The crew was super kind, funny, and helpful, and the food was delicious! It was also so nice to have coffee, tea, and water always on hand. The snorkeling was super cool, BUT I highly recommend paying the extra money to scuba dive! So fascinating and worth the money!!

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  24. Reef Day Cruise review by Mary
    0

    Highly recommended! The crew is fantastic

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  25. Reef Day Cruise review by Mark Skeoch
    0

    What an amazing trip with best crew who were friendly and helpful. Delicious food prepared for passengers. Thanks for the experience!!!

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  26. Reef Day Cruise review by Kelle edwards
    0

    Great day, took double the time to get to reef but its twice as cheap, great staff and yummy lunch!!

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  27. Reef Day Cruise review by Rosie
    5

    What a fantastic day trip with compass cruises ! Great friendly helpful staff , great buffet , the reef was amazing ! Deffo worth booking

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  28. Reef Day Cruise review by Hellen Zipser
    5

    I did the Great Barrier Reef Tour with Conpass Cruises two days ago. Weather forecast was not good, weather indeed was rainy and windy. Many people got seasick. But the crew was so awesome!!! They really took such good care of everyone. Even when a girl passed out they were really competent and stayed calm in the situation. Everyone felt so safe! The weather got better, they were so friendly, took their time for everyone. The food on board was perfect, too! They did really tasty salad and BBQ, there were fresh fruit, coffee, and later on even wine! The snorkeling at the two spots was unbelievable!!! One of the greatest experiences of my life! Even the sun came out, we saw so many beautiful fish! I just loved it! Everyone who travels Australia should see the Great Barrier Reef! And I totally recommend compass cruises!!!

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  29. Reef Day Cruise review by Karen McKenzie
    5

    Brilliant day on the reef. Thanks for making it so much fun for the weak swimmer of our group

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