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Great Barrier Reef Full Day Experience

Explore the highlights of Australia’s breathtaking Great Barrier Reef on this action-packed day trip from Airlie Beach.
Whitsundays, Australia
Duration
Duration
Full Day
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
Start 8:00 am. End approx. 6.05 pm.
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Not included
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
All ages
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
Low
Meals
Meals
Included

What's Included

  • Get up to $20 cash back per person when you book with us
  • Scenic return cruise through the Whitsundays to the outer reef
  • 4 hours at Hardy Reef
  • Snorkelling gear
  • Acces to underwater viewing chamber
  • Semi-submarine guided tour
  • Lunch, morning and afternoon tea 

 

WHERE WE VISIT

  • Whitsunday Islands National Park
  • Great Barrier Reef
  •  Hardy Reef

What's Excluded

Optional activities (own expense): guided snorkelling safaris and scuba diving, massages,  scenic helicopter flights. 

Why do we love this

We love that this trip includes all meals - a buffet lunch, morning and afternoon tea and tea and coffee. What a feast! Little extras like this make your day extra special. 

What to Expect

The ultimate way to explore Australia’s stunning Great Barrier Reef, this unforgettable day-out is perfect for getting up close and personal with one of the world’s most impressive natural wonders. Embark on an incredible journey from Airlie Beach to the outer Great Barrier Reef and uncover the highlight of the breathtaking underwater world.

Itinerary


Embark on an out-of-this-world experience and explore all the highlights of the outer Great Barrier Reef and the spectacular Whitsunday Islands National Park. 

Your day starts bright and early, with pick ups from the Port of Airlie at 8am, Daydream Island at 7.45am or Hamilton Island at 9am. Enjoy the spectacular views as you cruise through the breathtaking Whitsunday Islands on a high-speed catamaran. Make your way to the floating pontoon on the pristine Hardy Reef for a fun-filled day of adventure and discovery! 

Explore the colourful coral and tropical fish from the pontoon and enjoy a fascinating insight into the incredible marine life with the underwater viewing chamber!

Onboard, there's a choice of areas to relax, a great range of activities, freshwater showers and incredible food! For those who prefer staying high, you can enjoy the spectacular views from the underwater viewing chamber or experience the unique marine vistas on a reef safari in one of the semi-submersible submarines!

Soak up the sun on the sun-deck or relax in air-conditioned comfort as you enjoy unspoiled panoramas of the breathtaking reef. When all the sea air makes you hungry, treat yourself to delicious morning and afternoon teas! Tuck into an all you can eat buffet lunch, freshly made by chefs on the mainland.

After a full-day of aquatic exploring, your amazing Great Barrier Reef adventures come to an end. As the sun sinks in the sky, take one last dip in the turquoise water before heading back to the mainland. Enjoy the scenic vistas of the Whitsundays with stops at Hamilton Island at 5pm and Daydream Island at 5.50pm before returning to the Port of Airlie Beach at approximately 6.10pm. 

Times
Port of Airlie*
Pick up 8:00am Drop off 6:10pm
Daydream Island    
Pick up 7:45am Drop off 5:50pm
Hamilton Island
Pick up 9:00am Drop off 5:00pm

*Optional transfers to Port of Airlie are available at additional cost

Tour Options
  • Great Barrier Reef Adventures (ex Daydream Island)
    When you first see the colour of the water of Hardy Reef, it will take your breath away – but dive below the tranquil surface and another world will greet you, teeming with bright tropical fish and more than 1,400 species of coral.
    FromAUD $289
    ValueAUD $299SAVE 3%
    Check Availability
    Next available 12 Oct 2022
  • Great Barrier Reef Adventures (ex Port of Airlie)
    When you first see the colour of the water of Hardy Reef, it will take your breath away – but dive below the tranquil surface and another world will greet you, teeming with bright tropical fish and more than 1,400 species of coral.
    FromAUD $289
    ValueAUD $299SAVE 3%
    Check Availability
    Next available 12 Oct 2022
  • Great Barrier Reef Adventures (ex Hamilton Island)
    When you first see the colour of the water of Hardy Reef, it will take your breath away – but dive below the tranquil surface and another world will greet you, teeming with bright tropical fish and more than 1,400 species of coral.
    FromAUD $289
    ValueAUD $299SAVE 3%
    Check Availability
    Next available 12 Oct 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

The Whitsundays are located in the tropics with an average daily temperature of 27°C. During the summer months of December to February, the average temperature is over 30°C and during the winter months of June to August, a mild 23°C is the average.

All activities and day cruises that we offer are able to be experienced regardless of the season, so really, the time of year you visit just depends on your preference. 

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During the months of November to May, mosquitos are more prevalent than at other times of the year. There are also pesky March Flies from February to April (approximately) at Whitehaven Beach. But hey, that's what you get in a tropical place! We always recommend you bring along some repellent. 

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Yes, we sell a range of food and drink (both non-alcoholic and alcoholic) onboard. Personal alcohol cannot be consumed onboard.

 

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Free wifi on our vessels is something we are working on! 

We'd love you to post some pics to social media to spread the news about your amazing holiday with us! #cruisewhitsundays #backpackerdeals

 

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Sorry but smoking is not permitted on any of our vessels in conjunction with Tobacco Laws Qld.

 

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We recommend you bring your swimwear, a beach towel, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, camera, comfortable shoes, a light jacket or sweater to protect against the wind and cooler weather, as well as a credit card for snacks, drinks and optional activities.

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Terms & Conditions:

Please note that the bookings are processed manually and please chat to us before making the booking or you can book with us and your booking is confirmed only once confirmed by the tour operator.

  • Changes may occur due to flight schedule changes, bad weather and sea conditions, including tides, wind, swell, sun and rain and other factors in order to guarantee the safety and comfort for passengers, crew and other vessels.

  • You must check in with our representative at the location stated on your Booking Confirmation 30-40 minutes prior to scheduled departure.

  • Child Fares are for children aged between 4 and 14. Infants under 4 travel free of charge but the operator must be advised at time of booking. With the exception of Great Barrier Reef Adventures, infant meals are not included on Day Cruises. Children under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult carer.

 

 


Cancellation Policy:

In the event that a booking is cancelled, the following fees will apply:

  • Amendments are permitted up to one day prior, but fees may apply
  • Cancellation 48 hours or more before departure: no fee
  • Cancellation within 48 hours of departure: 100% of the total cost

Pickup Locations

  • - Meet at Hamilton Island Marina
  • - Meet at Port of Airlie
  • Daydream Island

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