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Explore: Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Tour from Hamilton Island

FROM: $285
75
SingleDay
4.9 (17 Reviews)

Departure Times

Departs: 8:00am - Daily
Returns: 4:00pm - Daily

Departure Point: Hamilton Island Marina 

Pricing Options

$0 AUD / Person - Infant (0 - 4 years) (Between: 31 Mar 2023 and 31 Mar 2025)
$140 AUD / Person - Child (5-14 years) (Between: 31 Mar 2023 and 01 May 2025)
$285 AUD / Person - Adult (Between: 31 Mar 2023 and 31 Mar 2025)
$710 AUD / Family - Family (2A+2C) (Between: 31 Mar 2023 and 31 Mar 2025)

Visit the world renowned Outer Great Barrier Reef on this all-inclusive snorkel day trip! 

  • Explore the amazing Bait Reef for a top quality Outer Reef experience 
  • Visit 2 different locations for varied exploration of the reef
  • Spacious, purpose-built catamaran for a stable and smooth ride 
  • See an abundance of coral and marine life at one of the most famous reefs
  • All snorkelling gear and instruction provided

Looking to Scuba Dive - Check out the scuba diving tour

Explore's Full Day Snorkelling Tour to the Outer Great Barrier Reef offers an action-packed and ideal way to see one of the world's greatest natural wonders. Cruise with speed and comfort from Hamilton Island to the stunning Outer Reef, witnessing breathtaking views and surroundings along the way.  Arrive at your destination Bait Reef to spend ample time at 2 reef locations, viewing vast marine landscapes, colourful corals and an abundance of spectacular marine life. This trip is perfect for all types of adventurers looking to snorkel in the fabulous Great Barrier Reef. 

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Features:

  • Visit dive sites such as Stepping Stone, Paradise Lagoon and Mantaray drop-off
  • Visit two different locations within Bait Reef
  • Spend 3.5 hours snorkelling on the Outer Reef
  • Educational commentary en route
  • Air-conditioned vessel
  • Onboard showers
  • Healthy buffet-style lunch
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • High-quality snorkelling gear provided
  • Professional staff
  • Personalised snorkeling instructions for the not-too-confident
  • Flotation jackets available
  • Brand new custom designed dive vessel

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


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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Depart Hamilton Island

You will cruise from Hamilton Island to the Outer Reef 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 and shaded outdoor areas to ensure you enjoy maximum comfort during your journey! The vessel is equipped with everything you need for your day on the reef, and is an ideal plac...

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Depart Hamilton Island

You will cruise from Hamilton Island to the Outer Reef 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 and shaded outdoor areas to ensure you enjoy maximum comfort during your journey! The vessel is equipped with 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! 

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Bait Reef

Bait Reef is the closest Outer Reef to the Whitsundays and provides amazing individual reefs for snorkelling. Your day tour includes at least 3.5 hours on the reef, with two different reef locations that will be chosen on the day based on tides and weather. Get ready to mingle with the amazing marine life, coral gardens, and colourful fish, and get insights into the world's largest coral reef system. 

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, 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 amazed. If you're a first-time snorkeller or not that confident in the water, instructors and flotation devices are provided so you feel safe. 

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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 reef site visits
  • Quality snorkelling gear and instruction
  • Price per person includes GST and $6.50 Reef Levy.

What's Extra

  • Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks & snacks

Terms and Conditions


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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 reef site visits
  • Quality snorkelling gear and instruction
  • Price per person includes GST and $6.50 Reef Levy.

What's Extra

  • Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks & snacks

Terms and Conditions


Important Information: 

Scuba diving is not offered on this tour - please book the scuba diving tour if you wish to dive!

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. 


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 17 reviews

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Reviews by our Sailing Whitsundays customers

Ebony Brunt , 22 May 24
It was really great and staff were super friendly and helpful. Was a bit disappointed - we were expecting to go to the Great Barrier Reef but went to other reefs instead.
Kristy Kirkwood, 21 Apr 24
Great experience with awesome staff. We were able to snorkel 3 locations on our tour with great visibility. Would defiantly recommend this tour. Our 6 year old and 11 year old loved this!
Tereza Rada, 12 Apr 24
On a windy day, the captain made his best effort to get us out to the reef. As we got closer, it became very clear it was just too rough. The alternate plan to use 2 snorkeling sites at Hook Island was really good. I didn’t feel let down, it was a great experience. Staff are great, boat amazing.
Lindsay Davies , 05 Feb 24
Absolutely awesome experience. The crew were outstanding. Very helpful and courteous. The lunch provided was fantastic. I was very impressed with the skippers briefing and the safety protocols on board. I was snorkelling with my grand kids and several families had young children. We felt very safe.
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