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Explore: Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Tour from Airlie Beach

FROM: $285
75
SingleDay
4.9 (32 Reviews)

Departure Times

Departs: 6:45am - Daily
Returns: 5:00pm - Daily

Departure Point: Shute Harbour, Airlie Beach

Pricing Options

$285 AUD / Person - Adult (15+) (Between: 01 Apr 2023 and 31 Mar 2025)
$100 AUD / Person - Spectator only (no snorkelling or diving) (Between: 01 Apr 2023 and 31 Mar 2025)
$140 AUD / Person - Child (5-14 years) (Between: 01 Apr 2023 and 31 Mar 2025)
$0 AUD / Person - Infant (0-4 years) (Between: 01 Apr 2023 and 31 Mar 2024)
RRP $850 $710 AUD / Family - Family (2A+2C) (Between: 01 Apr 2023 and 31 Mar 2025)

Discover a magnificent underwater world on this full day Outer Reef excursion to Bait Reef! 

  • Snorkel in the world renowned Great Barrier Reef
  • 2 spectacular locations with an abundance of coral and marine life
  • Spacious catamaran, offering a comfortable and stable ride 
  • Experienced certified divers are welcome
  • Smaller groups to ensure a personalised and quality experience 

Explore's Full Day to the Outer Reef offers a unique and incredible day cruising to Bait Reef, relishing in the beauty one of the world's most iconic natural wonders. Depart from Airlie Beach on a comfortable catamaran, and cruise past the Whitsundays with breathtaking views of the islands and your tropical surroundings. Arriving at the Outer Reef, this once-in-a-lifetime experience offers ample time to snorkel at 2 world class reef sites. Take your time exploring and swimming amongst marine landscapes, colourful corals and beautiful marine life. There's absolutely no better way to enjoy your day!

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Features

  • Visit unique dive sites including Stepping Stone, Paradise Lagoon and Mantaray drop-off
  • Minimum of 3.5 hours spent on Outer Reef with 2 different reef sites
  • Spacious and air-conditioned vessel
  • Onboard showers
  • Healthy buffet style lunch 
  • Morning and afternoon tea provided
  • High-quality snorkelling gear provided including stinger suits
  • Brand new custom designed dive vessel
  • Snorkelling instructions for the not too confident
  • Top of the line equipment and vessel
  • Professional team providing informative and knowledgeable commentary
  • Smaller groups to ensure a more personalised and quality experience 

This tour is for snorkellers only. If you prefer to scuba dive, you can book the Explore: Great Barrier Reef Scuba Diving Tour From Airlie Beach

Explore Full Day Outer Reef Example Route


Snorkelling

Your full day tour to the Outer Great Barrier Reef offers the perfect opportunity to snorkel on one of the most diverse reefs in the world! With plenty of time on the reef as well as two dive sites included, snorkellers will be able to get a real feel for the reef, exploring its untouched and stunningly wild outer reefs. The shallow corals and diverse marine life provide a kaleidoscope of colour that will leave you in awe and wonder!


Important Information
  • Please note as this is a water orientated vessel, guests must be able to swim to enter the water.
  • To ensure an enjoyable experience and maximum activity time on windy or inclement weather days, days, the operator may alter the Explore: Great Barrier Reef tour to the following: A full day cruise visiting up to three locations within the shelter of the Whitsunday Islands, which may include a stopover at Whitehaven Beach and up to two snorkel and dive locations situated in the northern section of the islands.

Sample Itinerary

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Bait Reef, Great Barrier Reef

Bait Reef is the closest Outer Reef to the Whitsundays and provides amazing individual reefs for snorkelling. You will cruise out on a comfortable and purpose-built vessel, which has plenty of space for relaxing during the ride. It has two levels of air-conditioned luxury as well as shaded outdoor areas to ensure you get to enjoy maximum comfort during your journey...

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Bait Reef, Great Barrier Reef

Bait Reef is the closest Outer Reef to the Whitsundays and provides amazing individual reefs for snorkelling. You will cruise out on a comfortable and purpose-built vessel, which has plenty of space for relaxing during the ride. It has two levels of air-conditioned luxury as well as shaded outdoor areas to ensure you get to enjoy maximum comfort during your journey! It will have everything you need for your day on the reef, and is an ideal place from which to explore the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and all its wonders. The back of the boat even has a full beam swim platform to make getting and out of the water easy and comfortable. You will be served a buffet lunch during your trip, as well as morning and afternoon tea to keep you energised and ready to go! Both snorkelers and scuba divers are welcome on board, where they will get to spend at least 3.5 hours on the reef, getting up close with the amazing marine life, coral gardens and colourful fish.

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What To Bring

Please take a small bag only with: 

  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Bathers
  • Change of clothes
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Money for onboard purchases

What's Included

  • Buffet lunch
  • Morning and afternoon tea 
  • On board toilets and showers
  • Two site visits
  • Quality snorkelling gear
  • Price per person includes GST and $6.50 Reef Levy.

What's Extra

  • Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks & snacks.

Terms and Conditions


Important Information: 

All...

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What To Bring

Please take a small bag only with: 

  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Bathers
  • Change of clothes
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Money for onboard purchases

What's Included

  • Buffet lunch
  • Morning and afternoon tea 
  • On board toilets and showers
  • Two site visits
  • Quality snorkelling gear
  • Price per person includes GST and $6.50 Reef Levy.

What's Extra

  • Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks & snacks.

Terms and Conditions


Important Information: 

All dietary requirements must be advised at least 72 hours prior to departure.

To ensure an enjoyable experience and maximum activity time on windy or inclement weather days, days, the operator may alter the Explore: Great Barrier Reef tour to the following: A full day cruise visiting up to three locations within the shelter of the Whitsunday Islands, which may include a stopover at Whitehaven Beach and up to two snorkel and dive locations situated in the northern section of the islands.


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:

Please refer to the Explore Whitsundays for Diving Terms and Conditions - https://www.exploregroup.com.au/media/1412/dive-booking-termsplusconditions-online.pdf 


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:

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.


Open Date Vouchers / Gift Certificate:

Shipping Costs are in addition to the ticket price and will be added at check-out. Shipping costs are non-refundable and do not makeup part of the ticket value. 

E-Vouchers incur no shipping fees.

You have 5 years to use the value of the voucher. Seasonal Price Rises will apply if travelling out the current seasons pricing. Vouchers can be exchanged for free up to the full value of the voucher excluding credit card fees and charges.

Cancellations


Client Cancellations:

Cancellations made more than 48 hours prior to departure will not incur a cancellation fee

Cancellations made between 48 and 24 hours prior to departure will incur a 50% cancellation fee

Cancellations on the day of tour or no shows will result in 100% charge

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.


Reviews

Overall Rating

4.9 / 5.0

Based on 32 reviews

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Reviews by our Sailing Whitsundays customers

Alastair Greig, 11 Jan 24
Excellent from start to finish. Beautiful snorkelling, comfy boat, good snorkel gear, yummy food, professional staff who made you feel safe without being over bearing. A great day.
Lucia Blanco Costales, 26 Dec 23
Muy buena experiencia pero al final tuvimos que estar esperando una hora en Hamilton para regresar a Airlie Beach y eso nos supuso un cambio de planes ya que no regresamos a la hora esperada
Kim Cartwright , 04 Dec 23
It was great but probably too many people I. The water in one clump made the snorkeling experience tricky as it was very crowded. Maybe split the group up and have 10 people per guide?
Mark Cotton, 28 Nov 23
Lovely trip and friendly staff. Food and service was great. Was impressed with the snorkeling guides keeping us safe. We were a little underwhelmed with the snorkeling at Bait reef. We heard later that other sites are known to be better.
Sara
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