Compass Cruises Info
COMPASS CRUISES outer barrier reef trip is a great day for young travellers on a budget, and is very popular with backpackers that visit Cairns.
This trip is a local icon and has been taking people to the Great Barrier Reef for many years. The day is very relaxed, easy going and great fun with friendly personal service and helpful crew. Boom netting is a highlight, with Compass being the only boat that offers this activity.
At a value price this is an affordable Outer Reef tour for everyone. Chill out, smile and enjoy the day like many have before.
Compass cruised to 2 fantastic locations - Hastings reef and Breaking Patches near Michaelmas Reef.
Departures: Compass departs daily form the Cairns Marlin Marina, ‘A Finger’ with boarding commencing at 7:30am for a 8am boat departure and returns at approximately 5.30pm.
- Two spectacular outer reef locations - Hastings Reef & Breaking Patches Reef
- Up to 4 hours on the Great Barrier Reef
- Unlimited snorkelling inc. flotation devices, mask, snorkel, fins
- Friendly crew assistance for non-confident swimmers
- Boomnetting - The Wild Ride!!! (weather permitting)
- Delicious BBQ lunch, fresh salads
- Fresh fruit platters
- Complimentary tea & coffee
- Wine, cheese & biscuits on journey home
- Environmental Management Levy (reef tax)
7:30am - Boarding at Marlin Wharf Cairns (near Reef Fleet Terminal)
8am - Boat departure for The Great Barrier Reef
10:30am - Arrive at the first spectacular reef site where you will have the opportunity to snorkel with thousands of vivid tropical fish, giant clam gardens, inquisitive moray eels and huge cod.
12:30pm - Delicious chef prepared lunch
1pm - Cruise to second spectacular location. Snorkel through forests of corals, large sea fans and black coral trees yielding some 400 species of coral in its shallow lagoons.
3pm - Boom netting! Just before departure you will have the chance to try your hand at hanging off the back of the boat on the specially designed boomnet! Fun for all ages (and just as much fun to watch!)
3:30-4pm - Depart Great Barrier Reef with a glass of wine, tropical fruits, cheese & biscuits.
5:30pm - Return Marlin Wharf, Cairns
Glass Bottom Boat tour $15 (weather dependent)
Scuba Diving: Certified or Introductory Guided dives
Wetsuit hire - $5
Prescription masks - $10
Beer, wine soft drinks and snacks
Underwater cameras are available from the on-board bar.
Scuba Diving Activity information:
Catering to first time & certified divers is a specialty aboard Compass. Patient and experienced instructors and dive crew are ready to assist.
Dive at clear, calm, protected outer reef sites in your day.
You need to allow 24 hours from your last dive before flying. Minimum age for trying scuba diving is 12 years. All divers will be required to complete a medical questionnaire on-board the vessel before diving. Some medical conditions and/or medication may stop you from participating in Scuba Diving. These include asthma or wheezing, brain/spinal cord or nervous disorder, chronic bronchitis or persistent chest complaint, chronic sinus, collapsed lung, diabetes mellitis, chest surgery, epilepsy, fainting, seizure or blackouts, heart disease of any kind, recurrent ear problems when flying, tuberculosis or other long-term lung disease and high blood pressure. Please check with our friendly office before booking your trip if you have a medical condition or are taking medications, to avoid disappointment on the day. Certified divers are required to provide proof of their qualification on the day – dive license card or divers logbook acceptable.
Compass is the best
Excellent value for money with friendly and helpful staff.
Posted By Robyn Bell
The day was made by your friendly, crowd pleasing team, excellent catering and attention to safety.
Posted By Noel & Jenny Holmes
Worth every penny
The crew was so fun and friendly, the locations were spectacular, and I even got to drive the boat for a bit. Worth every penny, so glad we picked Compass!!
Posted By Madeline Shepard
Excellent service and experience
Excellent service and experience. Also very flexible with last minute bookings. Great team, highly recommended.
Posted By Balazs Gyorgy
Cannot recommend them highly enough.
Kim and the team at Travstar organised an amazing day at the Great Barrier Reef for my daughter and I, the team were so helpful. Cannot recommend them highly enough.
Posted By Cheyenne Morrison
A great day and a great memory.
Not the newest or fastest boat, but the crew was lovely-engaging and helpful. A great day and a great memory.
Posted By Jean Hood
Excellent staff, service, food and experience.
Posted By Samiksha Solanki
Very happy with the services
Posted By Abhijit Majumdar
Had a great day.
Had a great day. Staff were very informative and helpful. Will definitely return.
Posted By Maria Manolis
Had a really good
Had a really good time out on the reef even though it was really rough, once we dived down into the reef doing the scuba dive it was really nice to see all different forms of life. The crew were really good and easy to talk to. highly recommend going with this company
Posted By David Kredschmann
Very good team
Posted By Cecile Noel
Enjoyed the hospitality.
The Crew were exceptionally very friendly ,informative and enjoyed the hospitality.
Posted By Dunston Dsouza
Great value for money
I was surprised at what great value for money this reef experience was, a fantastic day out.
Posted By Penny Miller
The most awesome trip
The most awesome trip we have been on this Australian tour, one for a life time memory and not too be missed, staff and crew very knowledgable, helpful and friendly, can not thank you enough and already recommended you to many friends, would come too you first for any future trips, again many thanks.
Posted By Margaret Owen
Staff were friendly and fantastic
thankyou for an awesome day on the reef! Staff were friendly and fantastic. We were well looked after and thoroghly enjoyed every aspect of the day!!
Posted By Katherine Lumatz
really enjoyed our trip
We really enjoyed our trip to the Great Barrier reef
Posted By Victor C. Holloway
i loved it
i loved it.. awesome value and awesome crew!
Posted By Lucy Street
dives were amazing
The stafff working on the cruise where exceptional. they made us feel welcome on board and the reef dives were amazing. We highly recommend them.
Posted By Shaun Van Leeuwen
totally awesome! staff were fantastic! overall experience was 100%!!!!!
Posted By Kristy Jenkins
Had a great day
Patient and understanding crew (I wimped out of diving) but was glad I at least tried. Had a great day, very good value, money well spent. Travelled all over and this was the best tour we did anywhere.
Posted By Rhonda Jenkinson
Very good value
The crew were excellent - very attentive to us. An overall very enjoyable day. Very good value for the service
Posted By Stephen Jenkinson
Saw a dolphin and turtle!
Fantastic day. Liked the relaxed atmosphere. Food good. Thanks for the ginger tablet advice. The photographer was helpful and lovely.
Posted By Robyn Leggatt
Compass Cruises Rates
All prices shown in Australian Dollars
Prices valid from now until 31 March 2021
Prices valid from Prices valid from now until 31 March 2021
|1 x Cert. Dive||$55|
|Cairns Hotel Transfer Return||$12|
Child Age = 4-14 years
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