Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
When do we depart?
When do we arrive back into Cairns?
How do I get to the Compass Cruises?
Cairns city district $12.00 Cairns Northern Beaches $22.00You can add bus transfers from your accommodation during booking.
How long does it take to get to the reef?
Can anyone try scuba diving?
Most people can try scuba diving while on board Reef Experience.
Age, medical and health restrictions apply for resort/introductory & certified scuba diving in Australia – and are stricter than in many other countries. *If you are thinking about trying a scuba dive, please read the Important Information page to ensure that you are fit to dive according to Australia’s regulations for diving.
Age limit Minimum age for participating in a resort dive is 12 years old. There is currently no maximum age limit, however scuba diving is a potentially strenuous activity and should be undertaken by fit and active people of all ages.
Medical & Health Restrictions It is important that if you are thinking about going scuba diving while on board Reef Experience, that you read the Important Information’ page first, to ensure that you are fit to dive according to Australia’s health regulations for diving. You will be required to complete a medical questionnaire before participating in any scuba activities. Some medical conditions, health issues and/or medications may prevent you from scuba diving (both past and current).
For example: Heart disease, asthma, epilepsy or diabetes, high or low blood pressure or anything that may cause fits, faints or blackouts. If you have ANY medical condition (past or current), health concern or ANY medication, please contact our friendly team before booking your dive – we’re here to help you have the reef trip of a lifetime and most medical restrictions for scuba in Australia can be addressed in advance with a simple email, whereas once you’re at sea it can be extremely difficult for us to get clearance for people to go scuba diving with a medical condition and/or medication – causing disappointment during the trip.Please contact our office if unsure or for any questions.
What is included?
- Unlimited snorkeling at 2 outer barrier reef locations
- All snorkel equipment with the exception of wet suit
- Snorkeling instruction
- Scuba diving demonstration
- Boomnetting activity – weather permitting
- BBQ and salads lunch prepared daily at the reef
- Fresh fruit platters
- Tea & coffee all day (while vessel is stationary)
- Glass of wine, cheese & crackers on return journey
- Reef tax/fuel levy/admin fees
What is boom netting?
Are there allocated seats on Compass?
Is Compass air-conditioned?
Are there toilet onboard Compass?
What shall I bring?
- Hat & sunscreen (SPF 30+)
- Sun protective clothing, like a t-shirt or rash vest
- Swimming costume
- Beach towel
- Cash for drinks at the bar (soft drinks, beer, wine)
- Credit card for on-board shopping and optional adventures
Will I need any money?
- Certified diving $55.00 for 1 dive or $100.00 for two dives
- Introductory/resort dives for 1 dive $65.00 or $115.00 for two dives
- Glass bottom boat & commentary $15.00
- Wet suit Hire $5.00
- Prescription mask $10.00
- Underwater cameras to purchase onboard
- Licensed bar with drinks and snacks available for purchase
- Purchase photos taken of your day
How long are we at the reef for?
Do you go to the reef every day?
Will the water be cold?
What if the weather is really bad?
Do you ever cancel?
Will I get sea-sick?
Can I use my credit card on the boat?
Where can I park my car?
What is served for lunch?
Do you cater for vegetarians?
What if I can't swim?
Do I need experience to Scuba Dive?
I am a certified diver but can't find my certification papers. Can I still do a certified dive?
My partner and I want to go diving but we will have our children with us, is there anyone to supervise our children while we dive?
Will there be jellyfish in the Water?
They breed in the freshwater streams and creeks and when the wet season arrives normally late January early February they get flushed back along the beaches which is the reason that you can’t swim at the beach in Tropical North Queensland unless you use a net – we have some of the most beautiful rainforest waterfalls and freshwater swimming holes in the World and of course you can swim at the Outer Barrier Reef all year round
Normal jellyfish the type that don’t hurt you are sometimes at the reefThere are also Irukandji sometimes at the reef but they are rare ….and it would be far worse odds to travel by plane or car and be involved in an accident than it would be to be stung at the Great Barrier Reef however we think it is a great idea to wear a wet suit.
Will I get sunburnt and wearing a wet suit?
Are there any sharks?
Important Information for Scuba Divers:
- You need to allow 24 hours from your last dive before flying.
- Certified divers are required to provide proof of their qualification aboard – dive license card
- Minimum age for trying scuba diving is 12 years. Minimum age for certified scuba divers is 10 years.
- All divers will be required to complete a medical questionnaire onboard the vessel before diving.
- Some medical conditions and/or medication may stop you from participating in Scuba Diving.
- Please read our important information page & medical questionnaire if you answer yes to any of the questions then we suggest you see a Dive Doctor prior to your trip with us to avoid disappointment.
- For any questions concerning a medical condition or medication, please contact our office before booking your trip to avoid disappointment on the day.