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Compass Cruises has been taking people to the Outer Great Barrier Reef for many years.

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

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

Snorkel and scuba dive 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.

Scuba Diving 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.

Tour Highlights

  • Unlimited snorkelling
  • Up to 4 hours at the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Delicious BBQ lunch with fresh salads
  • Fruit Platters
  • Friendly Crew Assistance for Non confident Swimmers
  • Boom netting – “The Wild Ride” (weather permitting)
  • All Government Reef Levies and Taxes included in the price

Tour Inclusions

  • Snorkel Equipment hire & tuition (excluding wetsuits) 
  • Flotation devices (children and adult sizes)
  • Assistance for non confident swimmers
  • Delicious BBQ Lunch with fresh salads (dietary requirements catered for Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free and Food Allergies) 
  • Fresh fruit platters
  • Tea and coffee all day (whilst boat is stationary)
  • Water fountain to fill your water bottle
  • Boomnetting the “Wild Ride” (weather permitting) 
  • Glass of wine, cheese & crackers on return journey
  • All government reef taxes and levies

Tour Itinerary

  • 07:30 – Check in direct to Compass boat at Cairns Marina, ‘A-Finger’, Marlin Wharf Berth 18
  • 08:00 –Depart Marlin Marina Cairns to the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • 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 – Approximately Arrival time at Cairns Marina  

Optional Extras

  • Certified Dive $55.00 or 2 Certified Dives for $100.00
  • Resort Scuba Diving $65.00 0r 2 Resort Dives for $115.00 (no experience necessary) – (see Medical Conditions  below)
  • 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 return
  • Outside Cairns City area $22.00 per person return
  • 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 

Very Important - About Scuba Diving

Certified Scuba Diving and Resort Scuba Diving on Compass Cruises is an “Optional Extra”

What is a Resort/Introductory Dive? Resort diving requires no previous scuba experience. Conducted in small group of 4 under the supervision of an experienced Dive Instructor, resort dives give beginners an unforgettable Great Barrier Reef experience without having to complete a full scuba diving course.

Can anyone try a resort dive? If you are able to swim and are in good physical health you can probably dive (See Medical Conditions). The Minimum age for resort diving is 12 years.

What is a Certified Scuba Dive? A Certified Scuba dive is when you have completed an “Open Water” Dive Certification or higher and have a divers licence (generally takes 3 – 4 days to complete)

Queensland Dive Laws are the strictest in the World – with the safest dive record in the world.

Please be aware that some Medical Conditions or Medications that are being taken could prevent you from participating in scuba activities. If you wish to partake in our Introductory/Resort Scuba dive OR a Certified Scuba Dive, it is the passengers responsibility to ensure they are medically fit to dive. To prevent disappointment on-the day, if you have had any medical condition OR are taking any medication, please contact our friendly team who can advise whether you are required to get an Australian Standards medical certificate prior to the day of your trip.

If you are taking any Medications for anything we can check if these are safe for diving with the local accredited Scuba Dive Doctor. This is necessary as some medications can become dangerous underwater. These checks may be done within 90 days of your reef trip and are valid as long as there is no change in your medical situation. Medication checks can also be done on the day of travel, however in some instances it can be difficult for the dive doctor to approve without consultation with you, so it is recommended to check in advance if this will be necessary. On your day of travel, we can only give them the information submitted to us on your medical form so please understand that the Dive Doctor may require a medical consultation to clear you to dive in advance of your trip.

Medical Conditions

If you have EVER suffered from any of the following conditions, you will be required to bring a current dive medical certificate stating that it conforms to Australian Standard ‘AS. 4005.1.’ before being allowed to Scuba Dive. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Asthma / Wheezing or use of an inhaler even for sports endurance
  • Brain, spinal cord or nervous disorder
  • Chronic bronchitis or persistent chest complaint
  • Chronic sinus condition
  • Collapsed Lung (pneumothorax)
  • Diabetes
  • Chest Surgery
  • Heart Disease of any kind
  • Crones Disease

If you are CURRENTLY suffering from or have recently had any of the following conditions or procedures, you will be required to bring a current dive medical certificate stating that it conforms to Australian Standard ‘AS. 4005.1.’ before being allowed to Scuba Dive. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Breathlessness
  • Chronic ear discharge or infection
  • High blood pressure
  • Ear Surgery
  • Epilepsy
  • Fainting Seizures or blackouts
  • Recurrent ear problems when flying
  • Tuberculosis or any other long term disease
  • Any illness or operation within the last month Perforated eardrum

Being pregnant will prohibit you from Scuba Diving

Please be aware that the above does not cover every medical condition there maybe other medical conditions not listed.

Please be aware If you have used or are using Ventolin OR an inhaler for sports endurance/enhancement OR for allergies you will still need a Dive Medical before being allowed to Scuba dive

It is not our company’s decision regarding these laws – we are regulated by the Queensland Government

Please contact our office, if you do require any further information regarding possible medical conditions

If you have existing or pre-existing medical conditions, operations, taking medication, have used an inhaler then you will need permission from the Dive Doctor to Scuba Dive. If you have any doubts or queries regarding the above, please be proactive and contact our office to avoid disappointment on the day.

Other Important Information

  • Please advise of any dietary requirements upon booking.
  • We cater for Vegetarians, Vegans, Gluten Free and any food allergies
  • Compass Cruises is also family friendly and disability friendly
  • 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. Please see “Very Important About Scuba Diving”
  • Children prices are for ages 4-14 years.Family prices are for 2 adults + 2 children age 4-14 years only.
  • like all boats to the Great Barrier Reef – Compass is a non-smoking vessel

What to Bring

  • Cash or Credit Card for additional purchases
  • Swimming Clothes
  • Towel
  • Sun Cream
  • Hat Voucher if applicable
  • Proof of certification if you’re a Certified Diver



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