Budget Reef Day Trip
Prices from $109 AUD


Escape for an unforgettable day to the Great Barrier Reef onboard Cairns' best value reef day trip. Try snorkelling at 2 outer Great Barrier Reef locations amongst fantastic coral formations teeming with colourful tropical fish and an abundance of exotic marine life. 




  • 2 reef locations
  • Snorkelling
  • Buffet Lunch
  • Boomnetting & GBB
  • Tea & Coffee
  • Wine & Cheese
  • Scuba Diving

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From 1/04/2016 to 31/03/2018 adultchildinfantfamily  
Budget Reef Day Trip includes lunch, snorkelling, boomnetting $109.00$89.00$0.00$350.00
+ 1 certified scuba dive includes all gear $55.00   
+ 2 certified scuba dives includes all gear - per person $100.00   
+ 1 introductory scuba dive includes all gear and short lesson $65.00   
+ 2 introductory scuba dives includes all gear and short lesson - per person $115.00   
+ Transfers - Cairns city return coach transfers from/to your accommodation $12.00$12.00$0.00$48.00
+ Transfers - Nthn Beaches return coach transfers from/to your accommodation $22.00$22.00$0.00$88.00
PLEASE NOTE: child rate is 4 - 14 years, infant is 0 - 3 and family is 2 adults and 2 children.
Reef Tax/EMC is included in the above prices.

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Tour Info 

  • Two spectacular locations
  • Unlimited Snorkelling
  • Up to 5 hours at the reef
  • Delicious Buffet Lunch
  • Snorkelling Equipment
  • Boomnetting (weather permitting)
  • Wine, cheese, biscuits & fruit platter
  • Complimentary tea & coffee
  • Experienced, friendly & helpful crew


Snorkelling is a popular recreational activity, particularly on the Great Barrier Reef! The primary attraction of snorkelling is the opportunity to observe underwater life in a natural setting. The coral reef has many inhabitants such as dolphins, turtles, starfish, rays, and molluscs as well as an abundance of brightly coloured fish only found on Australias Great Barrier Reef. 

The Great Barrier Reef boasts more species of marine life than any other place on the globe, and as the "barrier" of the Great Barrier Reef protects the snorkelling locations, the conditions for appreciating them are optimal.

Never snorkelled before? If you are new to snorkelling or aren't confident in the water, a friendly crew member will be happy to assist you around the reef and ensure you have a safe and fun snorkelling experience. Buoyancy aids such as wetsuits, noodles and life rings are available to assist non-swimmers.  Join us for a wonderful snorkel experience.


Scuba Diving

Both certified and Introductory scuba diving is available, however this is primarily a snorkel boat. You'll need a licence to dive by yourself as a certified scuba diver, however no licence or prior training is required to experience an introductory scuba dive. All gear is included, as is some quick training for introductory divers. You are able to do 2 scuba dives as part of your day.

The minimum age for scuba divers in 12 years old. Some medical conditions and/or medication may stop you from participating in Scuba Diving.  Please check with us when booking your trip if you have a medical condition or are taking medications, to avoid disappointment on the day.


Glass Bottom Boat

If you don't want to get wet - or for a different view of the reef we offer Glass bottom boat tours with Marine naturalist reef interpretation. These short tours can be booked onboard and are weather dependent.

Boom - Netting

This is the only cruise to the Great Barrier Reef that offers this fun activity. A net is dragged behind the boat at low speed allowing you to experience this fun activity. Think of it as a natural spa. It's not only for the kids either, the whole family will love it.



Your Day










Boarding commences at the Marlin marina

Depart for the Great Barrier Reef

Arrive at the 1st location

Buffet lunch is served

Cruise to the 2nd location

Boomnetting time

Depart the reef - complimentary wine & cheese

Arrive back in Cairns


Your day starts with boarding at 7:30am at the Marlin Jetty in Cairns, we then cruise to the Outer Barrier Reef, where we spend 5 full hours, visiting 2 spectacular reef locations - Hastings Reef and Breaking Patches.

We offer Glass bottom boat tours with Marine naturalist reef interpretation for an extra cost, snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming, or simply relax on the sundeck.

Enjoy a delicious tropical buffet lunch as we cruise between sites.

As we leave the Great Barrier Reef maybe try some Boom netting.

Complimentary wine, cheese and a selection of tropical fruits are served on the journey back to Cairns.

Our Reef Destinations


We visit 2 of these great locations daily. Which one's depends on the days weather, wind and tides

  • Hastings Reef - Alive with thousands of vivid tropical fish, this site is famous for it's Giant Clam Gardens, inquisitive Moray Eels and huge cod species.

  • Breaking Patches - Located off Michaelmas Cay, this great location is renowned for its forest of corals, large Sea Fans and Black Coral Trees, yielding some 400 species of tropical coral in its shallow lagoons.

  • Virgin Reef - Home to an abundance of tropical fish, spectacular coral varieties, Bronze Whaler Sharks and Manta Rays.

  • Long Bommie Reef - home to schools of Barracuda, Sweetlips, Coral Trout, Red Bass, Lionfish and our favourite - the green sea turtle!


Contact Details

07 4057 4312
+61 7 4057 4312

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