Compass Cruises is a local Cairns icon and has been taking families to the Outer Great Barrier Reef for many years.

If it’s value for money you’re looking for and a memorable day for your family on the Great Barrier Reef then our budget cruise has it all!

We will have you all escaping for an unforgettable, unrushed day enjoying a relaxed leisurely cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef.

Your family will be Snorkelling amongst beautiful corals and a colourful 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.

If you would like to try a Scuba Diving it is available as an optional extra for all levels of experience.

Compass offers something for everyone and can be enjoyed by people of all ages, even those with limited swimming ability.

Travel on our family day tour to the Great Barrier Reef with Compass Cruises and enjoy the magic of the outer Great Barrier Reef !

This snorkelling package is for families of 2 Adults and 2 Children age 4-14 years. (Under 4 years travel free). 

It’s fun for everyone as you select activities you wish to participate in.

Your Family Day Includes

  • Two spectacular locations (weather permitting)
  • Unlimited Snorkelling
  • Snorkel Equipment & Tuition (excluding wetsuits)
  • Free Scuba Diving Demonstration (+12 years only)
  • Up to 4 hours on the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Delicious BBQ lunch with Fresh Salads made daily on the Reef
  • Friendly crew assistance for non confident swimmers
  • Flotation devices / buoyancy aids
  • Boomnetting the “Wild Ride” (weather permitting)
  • A glass of Wine, (cordial for children), cheese & biscuits on return journey
  • Complimentary tea & coffee all day while boat is stationary
  • Experienced & helpful crew


0730 – Check in direct to Compass at Marlin Wharf Berth 18

0800 –Depart Marlin Marina Cairns to the Outer Great Barrier Reef

1030 – Arrive at your first Great Barrier Reef Location

1230 – BBQ Lunch with fresh salads

1300 – Cruise to 2nd Reef Location

1530 – Depart the Great Barrier Reef

1730 – Approximately Arrival time at Cairns Marina 

What to Bring

  • Towel
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Voucher
  • Swimmers
  • Cash or credit card for extra purchases 

Optional Extras

  • Certified Dive $55.00 or 2 Certified Dives for $100.00 (qualified)
  • Resort Scuba Diving $65.00 0r 2 Dives for $115.00 (no experience necessary) – (see Medical Conditions)
  • Dive Guide for Certified Divers $15.00 per person per dive
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tours available (weather permitting)  $15.00
  • Return Bus transfers from your Cairns City Accommodation  $12.00
  • Wetsuit hire $5.00 (During stinger season, stinger suits are included with your equipment. These are not the same as wetsuits, which provide flotation and warmth)
  • Prescription masks $10.00
  • Underwater Camera Hire $59.00
  • Fully licensed bar 

Please read the important information, terms and conditions prior to booking your trip. 

Some medical conditions and/or medications may prevent from participation in scuba diving activities. 

Family prices are for 2 adults + 2 children age 4-14 years.


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Enjoy a wonderful reef day tour with Compass Cruises. Travel on the basic package & tailor your day by selecting the activities you wish! It's Cairns BEST BUDGET REEF TRIP: Snorkel, Scuba Dive, Glass Bottom Boat, Boomnetting & much more.



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