The ultimate outer Great Barrier Reef trip
This incredible full day experience lets you enjoy an outstanding range of interactive Great Barrier Reef Adventures.
The day trip to our pontoon departs Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island every day, journeying past spectacular islands enroute to the outer Great Barrier Reef.
Once at the reef, board our incredible interactive pontoon and spend the day exploring the colourful underwater world of magnificent corals, colourful fish and marine life.
Cruise Whitsundays operates a range of comfortable cruising vessels to the Great Barrier Reef. All of our vessels are high speed catamarans with spacious air conditioned lounges, large outer viewing decks, bars serving refreshments and comfortable seating.
All this sea air makes you hungry! Throughout the day curb your hunger with morning and afternoon tea and a sumptuous buffet lunch. Fish D'Vine, a leading restaurant from Airlie Beach supply our catering, taking care to base the menu on seasonality and the best produce available. Free tea and coffee is available and there is also a bar onboard serving a full range of alcoholic and soft drinks.
See the reef the best way - up close and personal - by diving right in. There's no experience necessary
We specialise in introducing first timers to the wonders of the underwater world – even if they’re nervous. The dive can be hand-held if you prefer – or offer you the freedom to swim alongside the group if you’re feeling more adventurous. The depth will vary from 1 metre to 12 metres, depending entirely on your comfort level.
The Hardy Reef pontoon has been designed with first-time divers in mind, with a swimming pool-like area to start the dive. Here you can stand up in waist-deep water and get used to breathing underwater before embarking on your reef adventure.
Our experienced Dive Masters will guide you in a small group of no more than 4-5 divers around some of our favourite parts of the reef.
While you're there you'll have time to do two dives so even if you go for a day trip with family the diving isn't going to interrupt your day out.
Our focus as a company is always on nice slow dives with lots of interpretation of marine life. We think even the most knowledgeable diver will learn something. Hey, if we're lucky maybe you'll teach us something too.
Discover the reef and its wonders by getting up close and personal. We take small groups (of up to five people) and show them our favourite parts of Hardy Reef.
During the 30 minute "Snorkel Safari" you'll learn how the reef was formed, how coral feeds, grows and breeds as well as seeing some very special inhabitants - from parrotfish to magnificent anemones, cleaner wrasse and of course, anemone fish (Nemo!).
If you're new to snorkelling, then a snorkel safari is also a terrific way to ease a few of those first-time nerves. Our guide will be in the water with you the whole time, holding your hand if need be. On the other hand, if you're a confident snorkeller, then you'll find that the more you learn about the reef, the more fascinating everything you see becomes.
Daily Departure & Return Times
|Port of Airlie||8:00 AM||6:10 PM|
|Hamilton Island||9:00 AM||5:00 PM|
COACH TRANSFERS to Port of Airlie are available at an additional cost. Return times are when the vessel arrives back at island resort or mainland. NOTE: Changes may occur due to flight schedule changes and other factors. Where a Day Cruise is cancelled we will send notification to the contact details provided at the time of your booking. Itinerary is subject to prevailing weather and sea conditions including tides, wind, swell, sun and rain. The vessel's Master must at his discretion determine the most appropriate course to ensure acceptable levels of safety and comfort for passengers, crew and other vessels.
The following prices are per person
|Great Barrier Reef Adventure||From 1 April 2018||From 1 April 2019|
|Child (4 - 14)||$125||$125|
|Child (4 - 14)||$7.50|
|NOTE: most Airlie accommodation is within walking distance to Port of Airlie. Coach transfers are however an option.|
|*Optional Extras||From 1 April 2018||From 1 April 2019|
|Introductory Scuba Dive||$139||$139|
|Second Intro Dive||$59||$59|
|Certified Scuba Dive||$99||$109|
|Second Cert Dive||$59||$59|
|Snorkel Safari (Adult)||$59||$59|
|Snorkel Safari (Child)||$35||$35|
Prices are in AUD and per person. Please note a non refundable credit card surcharge fee of 1.42% (Mastercard & Visa), 1.1% (WeChatPay), 2.8% (Amex), 2% (China Union Pay) or 1.54% (Alipay) applies to all bookings. This fee is not included if payment is made via POLi.
Great Barrier Reef Environmental Management Charge (EMC)
Included in your cruise fare is a per head fee which goes to the Government. The money collected is used by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) for the management and protection of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
There's plenty to do at the Great Barrier Reef.
Highlights & Inclusions
- Unbelievable snorkelling with all gear provided
- Guided snorkelling tours*
- Introductory and certified diving*
- Scenic helicopter flights*
- An innovative and spacious reef pontoon
- Underwater viewing chamber
- All you can eat buffet lunch
- Morning and afternoon tea
- Presentations by reef experts
- FREE wetsuit and stinger suit usage
- Sun deck for topping up your tan
What to bring
- Swimwear and towel
- Protective clothing, hat and sunscreen lotion
- Your camera and a sense of fun!
- Light jacket/sweater for windy or cool days
- Money/credit card for optional purchases such as dives, massages or a helicopter flight
Did you know it is common to see whales on the way to the reef during the months of July to September?
To ensure the reef will be preserved for the future generations all our activities and operations are designed to follow higher standard of environmental practices. We hold an Advanced Eco Certificate for our Great Barrier Reef Adventures.
Check out our daily weather report from Hardy Reef.