Choose a Day Tour to suit you

View our selection of the best Great Barrier Reef day tour to suit anyone’s budget! Choose from a selection of Great Barrier Reef Tours and read on to discover why to book your Great Barrier Reef Tour with…

Great Barrier Reef Scuba dive and Snorkel day tours

Budget Reef Cruise

Day Tour

Compass Cruise

Compass Cruises is one of Cairns most famous day trips, and has been assisting passengers see the Great Barrier Reef for over 20 years.

A popular budget snorkel trip, Compass is a favourite for those who wish to see premium outer reef locations – without the price tag of the more up-market vessels.

Guided snorkel tours for non-swimmers are included in the trip cost and free snorkeling assistance is available for all.

Scuba diving is available for all level divers from beginners to advanced.

Compass visits two Outer Reef locations daily and includes snorkel equipment, unlimited snorkeling, buffet lunch and reef taxes.

Deluxe Reef Cruise

Day Tour


All inclusive day tour Reef Experience

Reef Experience is Cairns ONLY all-inclusive Great Barrier Reef Day tour, providing the most time at two Outer  Great Barrier Reef locations.

Included in the day is one resort scuba’ dive or certified Scuba dive (optional), unlimited snorkeling and equipment, wetsuit hire, glass bottom boat tour, breakfast, lunch and afternoon wine, cheese and biscuits.

Free snorkel guides are available to non-swimmers and there is an optional Marine Biologist Snorkel Tour for those who wish to learn about the reef while snorkeling (at additional cost of $25 AUD). A marine life presentation en-route to the reef gives guests a great start to the day.

VIP Reef Cruise

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Top Deck Club Reef Experience

The reef day tour with a difference – Reef Experience is the only Great Barrier Reef operator to offer a VIP service to guests.

This tour comes with a private in-water expert snorkeling/scuba diving guide, a free private scuba dive (optional), an exclusive spacious seating area, chef prepared breakfast, lunch and afternoon canapes, and wine or champagne on the return journey.

Visiting 2 outer reef locations daily, this high speed vessel provides optimal snorkel & relaxation time while at the reef. Glass bottom boat tour included.           Minimum of 2 people per booking required.


Great Barrier Reef PontoonGreat Barrier Reef Day Tours

Great Barrier Reef day tour

visits a floating, stable marine-world pontoon situated on the Great Barrier Reef.

Ideal for people who do not want to spend all day in the water, it includes unlimited glass bottom boat and semi-submarine tours, an underwater theatre for dry-viewing, and snorkeling equipment.

Snorkeling assistance is available at an additional cost, with other optional extras such as scenic reef helicopter flights, scuba diving and helmet diving. This tour visits 1 reef location and includes a buffet lunch.

Green Islandday tour

Half Day or Full Day Reef Cruises

Great Barrier Reef Cruise to Green Island  runs either half or full day trips to the idyllic Green Island, just a short boat journey from Cairns mainland.

Ideal for non-swimmers, Green Island is situated on the inner Great Barrier Reef and boasts lush tropical rainforest, optional seaplane or helicopter tours, souvenir shops, restaurants and even a nautical marine-land museum.

This tour includes EITHER snorkeling OR glass bottom boat, with many optional extras available for purchase. Buffet lunch is available at additional cost.

Tour is ideal for families with young children

Sail to Michaelmas CayReef sailing tour Full Day Sailing Tour  to Michaelmas Cay with Ocean Spirit  

Visit Michaelmas Cay a bird life sanctuary

Sailing daily from Cairns on Ocean’s Spirit 32 metre luxury sailing catamaran

Michaelmas Cay is a great combination of Great Barrier Reef and white sandy beach

Included in your day is Marine Biologist Presentation; an informative reef tour in a Semi-submersible coral viewing tour

Snorkeling assistance is available for those who need assistance

Optional extras include scuba diving and guided snorkel tour