Dive the Outer Great Barrier Reef on a Budget!

If it’s value for money and a day scuba diving and snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef that you’re after, then our budget scuba cruise has it all!

Our ‘Budget Scuba Dive’ tour is for qualified divers who already hold a scuba licence of ‘Open Water Diver’ level or higher. Not a qualified diver? …Click here to see our budget reef cruise for beginner Resort Divers

Tour Highlights & Inclusions

  • Up to 4 hours at two Outer Great Barrier Reef locations
  • One Certified Scuba Dive for qualified divers with ‘Open Water Licence’ or higher. Option to add additional dive. Scuba equipment included. Certified diving is subject to medical conditions in Australia – see ‘Important Information for Scuba Divers’ below
  • Unlimited Snorkeling. Snorkeling mask, snorkel and fins included
  • Free buoyancy aids – snorkeling vests and noodles
  • Delicious BBQ Lunch with fresh salads (Dietary requirements catered for: vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and food allergies – please advise upon booking)
  • Fruit Platters while boarding. Tea & coffee available all day while boat stationary. Water fountain to fill your water bottle
  • Glass of wine, cheese & crackers on return journey
  • Assistance for non-confident swimmers from friendly crew
  • Boom netting – “The Wild Ride” (weather permitting)
  • Reef tax, fuel levy & national park fees for visiting the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are included in this trip cost
  • Optional extra activities include adding an additional Second Scuba Dive and Glass-Bottom Boat Tours

Optional Extras

  • Second Scuba Dive. Subject to medical conditions – see ‘Important Information for Scuba Divers’ below
  • Dive Guide for a guided tour around the reef. Scuba dive with a buddy or pay for a guided scuba dive with one of our wonderful crew. Travelling alone? The Compass Cruises team will happily organise a buddy for you on the day if you wish to dive without a guide.
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tour (weather permitting)
  • Wetsuit Hire (During jellyfish season in the tropics, stinger suits are included with your trip. These are not the same as wetsuits, which provide flotation and warmth)
  • Underwater Digital Camera Hire
  • Snack Bar Purchases: Soft drinks, chocolate, chips, alcohol etc.
  • Prescription Mask Hire if you require stronger lenses to see (contact lenses can be worn in most circumstances)
  • Bus transfers from accommodation to and from the Cairns Marina: From Cairns City accommodation $12.00AUD return per person / Outside Cairns City area $22.00AUD return per person

What to Bring

  • Proof of qualification as a Certified Diver
  • Cash or credit card for purchases – Credit Card available for purchases over $10.00AUD
  • Swimming Clothes, Towel, Hat, Sunglasses, Sun Cream

Getting There

Compass Cruises departs from Cairns Marina: ‘Marlin Wharf berth 18View map to Cairns Marlin Marina

Boarding commences at 7:25 am for check-in, directly on the boat ‘Compass’

Arrive back to Cairns Marina at approximately 5:30pm

Terms of Tour

  • Please read full Policies, Terms & Conditions prior to booking any tour. Below is a brief overview only
  • Evidence of your certification level as a qualified diver must be provided to the Dive Supervisor on the day of your tour. Your scuba qualification must be ‘Open Water Level’ or higher, for you to go diving as a Certified Diver. This will be checked by the Dive Supervisor at the start of your trip. Proof of qualification can be in the form of a certification card or dive license, a signed and stamped divers logbook with details of your training, or verification from your training agency. You can contact your training agency for your certification details prior to your trip, if you have lost your licence and do not have a record of your training in your divers log-book. If you cannot find proof of your dive qualification, please contact our helpful team prior to your tour. For most major dive agencies, we can often assist you to find proof of your qualification via the training agency if we are given enough time in advance of your trip. If unable to verify your certification level, we reserve the right to refuse a person scuba diving as a certified diver. If you hold a lower scuba qualification than ‘Open Water Diver’ level, then you may go scuba diving as a ‘Resort Diver’ – please click here to book a budget Resort Scuba Diver Tour
  • Compass Cruises can cater for vegetarians, vegans, gluten free and any food allergies. Please inform of dietary or other special requirements prior to date of travel
  • Please re-confirm your reservation 48 hours prior to travel
  • We require 48 hours to re-schedule a trip subject to availability (see Cancellation Policy)
  • Locations, prices, vessel and itinerary are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances without notice but with full consideration for your enjoyment and safety
  • Children under 18 years old who are qualified ‘certified’ scuba divers must dive with a qualified ‘certified’ parent or guardian or pay an additional fee for a crew member as Dive Guide
  • Travel and dive insurance are highly recommended. We strongly recommend that all clients have travel insurance covering illness, injury, medical evacuation, loss or damage to personal belongings and not being able to travel on the confirmed date of departure
  • Scuba Diving Activities (applies to both certified and beginner divers):
    • No refunds on uncompleted dives
    • Ages 12+ years for all scuba activities
    • You will be required to complete a medical questionnaire before participating in any scuba activities – SEE Important Information for SCUBA DIVING below
  • No alcohol may be consumed prior to in water activities
  • Please remember you need to allow 24 hours from your last dive before flying
  • As with all boats to the Great Barrier Reef, Compass is a non-smoking vessel

Tour Itinerary

  • 07:30 – Board the boat Compass, at Cairns Marina ‘Marlin Wharf Berth 18’, for check-in. View map to Cairns Marlin Marina
  • 08:00 –Depart Cairns to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Safety talk, snorkel and dive briefings
  • 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 – Approximate Arrival time at Cairns Marina

Important Information FOR SCUBA DIVING

Our ‘Budget Scuba Dive Tour’ is for Certified Divers (qualified) who already hold a scuba diving licence of ‘Open Water Diver’ level or higher. Not a certified diver? …Please see our budget reef cruise for beginner Resort Divers

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

What is a Resort/Introductory Dive? Resort diving requires no previous scuba experience. Conducted in small groups of 4 guests, 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. Please follow the link above if you are not a qualified Certified Diver to book a budget Resort Dive tour

Can anyone go Scuba Diving? If you are able to swim and are in good physical health you can probably dive. Certified Scuba Diving in Australia is subject to medical conditions – this applies to qualified divers AND beginner divers alike. Both past and present, medication and/or health concerns may prevent participation in scuba activities (See Medical Conditions). The minimum age for scuba diving is 12 years.

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

IMPORTANT Please be aware that some Medical Conditions (past or present) or Medications that are being taken could prevent you from participating in scuba activities. If you wish to partake in our Certified Scuba Dive OR Beginner 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 OR have ANY health condition, 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 before your tour and let you know in advance by email if they may prevent you diving. This is necessary as some medications can become dangerous under pressure. 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 for diving 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 or allergies
  • Brain, spinal cord or nervous disorder (including Epilepsy)
  • Chronic bronchitis, persistent chest complaint or any lung condition
  • Chronic sinus condition
  • Collapsed Lung (pneumothorax)
  • Diabetes
  • Chest Surgery
  • Heart Disease of any kind
  • Any Heart Conditions – past or present
  • Crones Disease
  • Anything that may cause fits, faints or blackouts

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
  • High or Low Blood Pressure
  • Chronic ear discharge or infection
  • Ear Surgery
  • Recurrent ear problems when flying
  • Any disease
  • Any illness or operation within the last 3 months
  • 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.

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

Please contact our office, if you require 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.

Flying after Scuba diving

For a single no decompression scuba dive, you should not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours after a scuba dive. For multiple dives you should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive. If Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning you must wait 24 hours after your dive. We recommend waiting a minimum 24 hours whenever possible

Evidence of your certification level as a qualified diver must be provided to the Dive Supervisor on the day of your tour. Your scuba qualification must be ‘Open Water Level’ or higher, for you to go diving on this ‘Budget Scuba Dive Package Tour’. Please contact us if you require assistance verifying your qualification

Please read the Policies, Terms & Conditions before booking any tour

**Some medical conditions (past or present), medications and/or health conditions may prevent participation in scuba diving activities

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  1. Fiona
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    We loved it. It was a great experience and the crew where extremely enthousiastic and helpful. They gave us a great explanation of what we were going to do and see. It was a day to remember.

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