CW: Great Barrier Reef Tour from Airlie Beach

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Departure Times

Departs: 8:00am - Daily
Returns: 6:10pm - Daily

Departure Point: Port Of Airlie, Airlie Beach

Pricing Options

RRP $279 $255 AUD / Person - Adult (Between: 01 Apr 2020 and 31 Mar 2022)
RRP $129 $125 AUD / Person - Child (4-14 years) (Between: 01 Apr 2020 and 31 Mar 2022)
RRP $251 $235 AUD / Person - Senior (60+ years) (Between: 01 Apr 2021 and 31 Mar 2022)
RRP $251 $235 AUD / Person - Youth (15-17 years) (Between: 01 Apr 2021 and 31 Mar 2022)
RRP $816 $725 AUD / Family - Family (2A+2C) (Between: 01 Apr 2020 and 31 Mar 2022)
$0 AUD / Person - Infant (0-3 years) (Between: 01 Apr 2020 and 31 Mar 2022)

See the Outer Great Barrier Reef on an action-packed full day trip!

  • Spend a day on a pontoon on the Great Barrier Reef!
  • Snorkelling and scuba diving available
  • One of the few day trips to visit the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • See marine life up close in our underwater observatory
  • Great for the whole family!
  • Introductory and certified divers welcome

Join the beloved Great Barrier Reef Adventure for a unique and unforgettable trip to the outer reef via the Whitsundays! After departing from Airlie Beach, we’ll cruise to the incredible Outer Reef onboard our elegant, comfortable and spacious Cruise Whitsundays boat. We’ll head for Hardy Reef, which is home to our amazing pontoon - get ready for a huge day of fun and adventure! Experience the Outer Reef like never before, with a range of incredible activities including snorkelling and swimming. Get up and close to our wondrous marine life and end the day by relaxing  - there’s no better way to spend a day at sea! 

During your cruise, you’ll witness the best of the Whitsunday Islands. Soak up the spectacular scenery as we delve deeper and embark on a journey towards the world-famous Great Barrier Reef.

This day trip offers an incredible range of opportunities that will leave you in awe. The incredible scenery - both above and below the water - will leave you speechless.  Dive right in and swim and snorkel the cool, aqua waters, leaving you with an incredible insight into the world below. If you’re up for a unique perspective or don’t want to dive, we’ve got you covered - take a trip down to our underwater viewing chamber and join in the fun!

After exploring, it’s time to enjoy a scrumptious buffet lunch, provided by an incredible and local award-winning restaurant. 

Once your tummy is full, you’ll have the opportunity to try scuba diving or enjoy a scenic flight (for an extra cost). Up for relaxing instead? The pontoon is calling your name - providing a spacious and secure way to enjoy the beautiful Outer Reef all afternoon, find your zen while floating above millions of years of evolution. Regardless of how you choose to spend your afternoon, taking a day trip aboard the Great Barrier Reef Adventure is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure!

Heart Reef, Whitsundays, Australia

Highlights & Features:

  • Depart Airlie Beach and head towards the Great Barrier Reef
  • Enjoy a stable pontoon with plenty of room for relaxing
  • Free to use snorkelling gear and wet/stinger suit
  • Munch on a delicious buffet lunch
  • Enjoy morning and afternoon teas/coffees
  • Semi-submersible
  • Fun for the whole family
  • Underwater viewing chamber
  • Sun loungers on the top deck
  • Several other activities available for purchase onboard such as scuba diving, scenic flights, snorkel tours

Jump on board the Sunshine State’s most luxurious and innovative reef pontoon, proudly located at Hardy Reef. Featuring Queensland’s largest and most spectacular underwater viewing chamber, a trip with Great Barrier Reef Adventure is one of the most unique and incredible ways to spend your time in the Whitsundays.

Great Barrier Reef Adventures


Important Information:

  • This tour is also available to depart from Hamilton Island and Daydream Island.
  • Youth must be aged 15-17 and have a valid high school ID.
  • Backpackers must be aged 18-35 and have either a valid backpacker card OR proof of staying at an Airlie Beach hostel or campervan - Please Enquire For More Information

Sample Itinerary

Departing at 8am from Airlie Beach, Great Barrier Reef Adventure is set to be an incredible adventure. Our first port of call is the pontoon, also known as Reefworld. Placed adjacent to coral walls, it’s the perfect spot to safely explore the surrounding reefs. The reefs around Reefworld boast its very own magnificent ecosystem, with an incredible and diverse range of coral and marine life to spot. It’s a unique and humbling opportunity to rub shoulders with the lively fish population who are bound to surprise and delight you - especially our beloved giant grouper!

In case your curiosity peaks, guided snorkelling tours are also available to purchase on board. Catering to small groups, our intelligent and passionate guides will escort you to a few very special areas where you’ll get to spot marine life. Get up close and personal to the Maori Wrasse, tropical fish, turtles and reef sharks, before being awestruck by incredible and colorful coral formations. For those who’d prefer to stay dry, make use of our wonderful underwater viewing chamber - it’s hands-down one of our favourite pontoon activities!

If it tickles your fancy, you’ll also get the opportunity to try out scuba diving. Both introductory and certified divers are welcome to join us in exploring the incredible life of the Great Barrier Reef. The magic will be right at your fingertips - there’s absolutely no better place to experience the enchantment of your first scuba dive than here. The wonder also remains for experienced divers: the incredible coral formations and vivid marine life in the Great Barrier Reef are like no other! As a major bucket list item for any diver, Hardy Reef is set to impress!

Guided Snorkel Tour 
If you’re ready to dive deeper into the sights you’ll see on your dive, there’s no better way to learn more than taking a guided snorkelling tour with Reef Safari. Your passionate guide will point out all of the incredible species and coral you come across, leaving your curiosity qualmed and your mind at ease. 

Scenic flights
If you’re looking for an incredible and unique way to see the reef, look no further than up! Take the ride of your life in a helicopter - see the brilliant hues of green and blue from above, enjoy the incredible maze of coral reefs and gaze lovingly at the iconic Heart Reef.

Photos
Our passionate team of onboard photographers will capture your incredible day with ease - from your first underwater experience to rubbing shoulders with a magnificent Maori Wrasse, our team will be snapping away! Photos will be available for purchase at the end of the day, where you can walk away with an array of incredible captured memories that will last a lifetime! 

Please note: The above optional activities are available for an additional cost. Please advise us at the time of booking if you would like to add any of the above optional extras. Age and medical restrictions apply to all activities with Great Barrier Reef Adventures. Please ask us if you have any questions.

Sample Menu

To view the sample menu for CW: Great Barrier Reef Adventures please click here

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More Information

What To Bring

Please bring only a small bag with:

  • Photo identification
  • Sun protection (hat, sunscreen, sunglasses etc)
  • Swim-wear
  • Beach towel
  • Camera
  • Jumper or jacket (seasonal)
  • Cash or credit cards for onboard purchases

What's Included

  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Wet/stinger suit
  • Buffet lunch
  • Morning and afternoon tea and coffees
  • Semi-Submarine/Glass Bottom Boat Tour
  • Underwater Observatory 

What's Extra

  • On board purchase such as drinks, alcohol and snacks
  • Photographs
  • Souvenirs
  • Scenic flights
  • Guided snorkelling tours
  • Scuba diving (subject to medical conditions and age restrictions)

Terms and Conditions


Important Information: 

Infants 0-3 years travel free of charge, however no infant meals are included. Guests must be able to show valid ID at check in to support their ticket type (i.e Senior or Child ticket). If you cannot produce the valid identification to meet your ticket requirements, you will not be able to travel without paying a surcharge/difference in fare.

The "Backpacker" price shown is only available clients between the age of 18-35 years who are able to present a genuine backpacker card or proof backpacker accommodation. Backpacker cards are classified as Student Flights, ISIC, YHA, IYTC, ISE, Nomads, Base, or SUT cards. Backpacker accommodation is defined as a hostel, campervan or Sailing Whitsundays accredited Airbnb. Clients will be asked to present their card, photo identification and accommodation receipt at check-in. If the above cannot be produced, the client will not be able to travel without paying a surcharge and may face cancellation fees. The operator retains full rights to grant or refuse a backpacker discount at its absolute discretion so that the backpacker price is only made available to genuine backpackers. Please assist us by adhering to these conditions.


Your Responsibilities:

Please advise us before booking if any passengers are under 18 years old to ensure this is the appropriate trip. 

You must reconfirm all booked tours prior to travel as specified on your voucher. If applicable, notes such as dietary requirements, pick-up locations and additional fees should also be confirmed at this time. Reconfirmations cannot be actioned through Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel, and must be done so directly through the Service Operator as specified on each ticket.

It is your responsibility to notify us of ticket discrepancies. Please read through the details on your voucher thoroughly to ensure all details such as passenger names, ages and dates of travel on vouchers are correct.

It is the responsibility of all passengers travelling to advise both your travel agent at the time of booking and vessel check-in agent before boarding of any medical conditions including food allergies you may suffer from.

You need to allow adequate time to check-in prior to the specified departure time. 


Scuba Diving/Medical Disclosure:

Age and medical restrictions apply to diving activities. A medical questionnaire must be completed. Divers cannot fly for 24 hours after diving and the company accepts no liability for medical conditions experienced as a result of flying after diving. All diving is operated by Reef Safari Pty Ltd and booking to dive with them deems acceptance of the terms and conditions as published on their website www.reefsafari.com.


Prices/Extra Costs:

All prices are stated in Australian dollars and include GST. Surcharges over peak holiday seasons may apply. 

The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices and extra costs. Extra costs may include EMC fees, Stingersuit/Wetsuit Hire, Luggage Storage, Insurance, Linen Hire, National Park Fees, Fuel Levies, Dietary Fees, etc. Bonds may also apply.

We will also endeavour to communicate these extra costs with you at the time of booking, and on your ticket. However, it is your responsibility to confirm which (if any) additional costs apply with each Service Operator upon reconfirming your trip.


Travel Risk/Insurance:

It should be noted that adventure travel involves risk. Whilst we make every effort to safeguard clients, we cannot be responsible for personal injury or loss due to the actions of our clients which are beyond our control. We highly recommend that all clients have travel insurance covering illness, injury, loss or damage to personal belongings and not being able to travel on the confirmed date of departure. You should also ensure your travel insurance will cover special circumstances including weather events preventing guests from travelling to their tour departure destination and cancelled flights due to unforeseen circumstances. 


Transfers:

Transfers are at an additional cost. Please enquire if you would like to add transfers to your booking.

The Service Operator reserves the right to limit courtesy transfers to select local accommodations. Private residences or Airbnb properties may be asked to meet at the closest confirmed location. Failure to meet at the specified pick-up location may be treated as “No Show”, for which the Client Cancellation Policy applies.


Merchant Fees:

Please be aware operators pass on credit card merchant fees so there is a non-refundable 1% surcharge for VISA and MASTERCARD card purchases.


Other: 

Terms and Conditions (including the Cancellation Policy) are subject to change. The most recent versions can be found online on the relevant product pages. 

All ticket/voucher reissues attract a $20 administration fee.


Cancellations


Client Cancellations:

No shows or client cancellations made within 48 hours of departure forfeit 100% of the total ticket price. 

Sailing Whitsundays are required to notify the operator of any cancellations within the specified cancellation period (48 hours). It is your responsibility to make sure you submit your cancellation request with adequate time, and during standard business hours (9am-5pm), to allow us to contact the tour provider.

Transfers between tours can be made at the suppliers discretion, however, it should be noted that supplier fees may apply. Tour transfers also incur a $20 administration fee. 

It is compulsory that all cancellation requests are in writing and sent via email to admin@mr-travel.com. Cancellations attempted via online chat or phone will not be actioned.


Supplier Cancellations:

The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices, alter itineraries, apply a fuel surcharge, cancel departures, arrange alternative transport and vary itineraries and services if necessary.

All departures and itineraries are subject to weather. Tours may be changed or cancelled for any reason at the discretion of the Service Operator. If the Service Operator has to cancel the trip or activity (prior to departure) and we cannot offer a suitable alternative, then a refund will be given minus a 20% administration fee and any associated card fees. We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance, especially during the wet season.

In the unlikely event of your trip being cancelled or stood down, all guest communication is required to go through our Online Store via telephone or email. While there is a Sailing Whitsundays retail outlet located Airlie Beach, please be aware that they operate as a separate entity and are unable to access reservations made by the Mr Travel online department.


Refunds:

All refunds are in Australian Dollars and must be made to the card of payment. Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel is not liable for exchange rate fluctuations or fees, or any other merchant/bank fees associated with domestic and/or international transactions.

Where a full refund is applicable, there is the option to transfer the whole cost of the tour to another tour or “Credit” to avoid the administration fee. A transfer fee of $20 will apply.

You will be emailed confirmation once the refund has been processed. Once the refund has been processed, it may still take time for the banks to clear the amount. Please allow 7-10 business days for the funds to clear into Australian accounts and up to 21 business days for international accounts.


Accountability/Misconduct:

All Service Operators have the right to provide client feedback and to cancel bookings based off of feedback from other Service Operators. 

Please enjoy your travel experience in a kind and responsible manner.

Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel will treat this as any normal client cancellation and therefore the cancellation fees stated in the Client Cancellation Policy will apply.


Thank you for booking with our East-Coast travel experts here at Mr Travel/Sailing Whitsundays. If you would like any further advice, assistance in arranging accommodation, transfers or additional tours please get in touch.


"A must do in order to see the Outer Great Barrier Reef! I did two Introductory Dives and the crew was amazing, making me feel very comfortable and getting very close to the beautiful coral, pointing out all the funny tricks nature has in store. I also had plenty of time to go snorkelling by myself and keep exploring. I can only recommend this tour!"
Isabel
"The Great Barrier Reef tour is a long trek from Airlie but definitely worth the wait, with all the staff to help you with whatever queries you had and informing you of all the marine life it was great. You can choose to snorkel, dive or just ride on the glass bottom boat there is something for everyone to do to be able to see the reef."
Rikeeli
"The pontoon has so much to offer! The semi submarine ride was a lot of fun, the underwater observatory perfect for the kids and the pontoon offers enough space to sit down and relax or eat after snorkelling. A great tour for everyone!"
Elena
"I took my 75 y/o mum on the GBR tour and we had the most amazing day. The care from the crew exceeded my limits and the boat ride out there was so smooth over the waves which was nice considering I usually get quite bad sea sickness. We both went for a snorkel in the reef and there was always someone with us to make sure we were okay and safe. Great day, will defiantly be back to do it again with some mates!"
Lewy
"great day. saw the most beautiful fish and a turtle whilst scuba diving. will be back, thanks."
Debbie
"I really liked this tour as the Big Vessel that took us out to the reef was fast and stable. Then the pontoon at the reef was new and not run down like other tours I did up north. I have recommended that my friends do this tour when visiting Airlie. A great day out on the water."
Stewart
"I had a really great day at the Great Barrier Reef with CW. The pontoon gives you easy access to the Hardy Reef. I also got to Scuba dive with giant Maori Wrasse fish!"
Dave from UK
"An amazing way to experience the Great Barrier reef, I really enjoyed the diving and snorkelling as many of the larger fish you will not see on a usual boat trip take up residency under the Pontoon. Time flies on this tour."
Ryan
"If you want to snorkel the GBR this is a great option, even as families. There are guided snorkeling areas, kids’ section as well as an underwater observatory and submarine which are free to use. The lunch is buffet, good selection of foods."
Leigh Fields
"Booked the family on this tour. The vessel was large and comfortable with plenty of space to move about. Once we arrived at the pontoon we had a blast taking tours on the semisubmersible, snorkelling on the reef and splashed out on a 10min helicopter scenic flight over Heart Reef. Certainly not to be missed! Would recommend this tour to families in a heartbeat."
Tim Hobbs
"A large pontoon with everything you need for an amazing day at the reef. The resident maroi wrasse followed us around the entire time during our drift dive. It's really given me a new perspective on fish personalities! Hardy Reef is a great site with marine diversity and large coral formations."
Bianca
"Sailed with these guys on a few of their tours and have never been let down. They continue to exceed our expectations. "
Tylor Horne
"I didn't get seasick! Food is awesome! 10/10 "
Francis O'Reilly
"I have completed many dives in the past but my friend completed her first dive at the pontoon today I am impressed with how easy they make it for her. The moon pool on the platform is a very good place to practice and the instructor made her very relaxed and happy before she did her dive. "
Annika
"I am not usually one to write reviews but I feel compelled to write one for this trip. Exceptional. I struggle to find any faults at all. The boat journey out to the reef was smooth and the crew are engaging and attentive. Well organised trip and to a high professional standard. The pontoon itself is stunning with a plethora of activities to keep you occupied. I could not recommend this tour anymore. "
Ben Fraser
"I had reservations about going out to a pontoon as we have been to some in the past that are too overcrowded but this pontoon is different, there is so much going on you never find yourself as a loss of things to do. It is spacious and very well staffed, the snorkelling was some of the best I have done and I have done A LOT of snorkelling. The glass bottom boat is a nice touch, very informative about the reef so you actually learn something too! I will definitely do it again if I find myself in Airlie! "
Ebony P
"I chose to book the pontoon because my mother is disabled and finds it hard to get around. Even though she couldn't snorkel she still had a fantastic time. She sat in the sun loungers on the pontoon, went in the glass bottom boat and checked out the underwater observatory. We all enjoyed our lunch together on the deck. She thoroughly enjoyed the day and it turned out to be the highlight of her entire trip. Thank you so much to the staff who did everything they could to make it a fantastic day. "
Hakeem Diaz
"This is a very well made trip. The crew are so helpful and the snorkelling was amazing. Food is also very good! "
Ella Nielsen
"I usually suffer from getting seasick but this boat is HUGE so I had no issues. Pro tip - They do Gopro hire on the boat, you just keep the SD at the end of the day."
Hanna Franks
"I have lived in the area for 4 years and had my parents visit from Wales, it is their first time to Australia so i wanted them to see the reef. My dad is 58 and has always wanted to go diving, so wheres a better place to do your first dive than the Great barrier reef! The staff are really good, they let you try out the diving to see if your comfortable, if your not they will give you the money back. We had a great experience and they have the pictures up on the wall back home. "
Glyn Thomas
"As a keen diver, I enjoyed the experience that Hardy Reef Pontoon offered us. We booked 2 certified dives, which were taken on different parts of the reef. The coral and marine life were amazing. A big maori wrasse (named Wanda), followed us the entire time! Yes, it is a big boat welcoming a lot of people, but we found that it was a comfortable journey and we appreciated having all the staff available to assist us with our every need. They even have marine biologists on board who share insight about the ecosystems."
Bianca. S.
"This has topped off an already awesome holiday! The staff were so friendly and helpful! My 8 year old daughter was encouraged (by staff) and her confidence sky rocketed! Went from being a bit worried to dragging me all around the reef! This was by far one of the best experiences I have ever had, and will remember it for the rest of my life. Thank you reef world!!"
Hayley
"Staff were brilliant - every person was helpful, happy and clearly knew what they were doing and enjoyed their job. Diving was great, food was great, cannot fault any part of the day. I did two dives, down to 20m and fish, corals, starfish, turtles etc were amazing."
Sam
"Amazing trip to the outer Great Barrier Reef with the Cruise Whitsundays team! My wife and I tried scuba for the fist time and were looked after perfectly by our instructor. What an unbelievable experience, would recommend to all!"
John
"Well worth the journey. Great Barrier Reef is so beautiful. Beyond expectations. Crew were outstanding and very friendly, food was very yummy. I also did my first dive, unreal."
Shane Walker
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