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Outer Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Adventure from Airlie Beach

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Departure Times

Departs: 8:00am - Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu
Returns: 4:00pm

Departure Point: Coral Sea Marina - north end

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Pricing Options

$209 AUD / Person - Child (6-14 years) (Between: 01 Apr 2024 and 31 Mar 2025)
$259 AUD / Person - Adult (Between: 01 Apr 2024 and 31 Mar 2025)
RRP $936 $829 AUD / Person - Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) (Between: 01 Apr 2024 and 31 Mar 2025)

Experience the best of the Outer Great Barrier Reef on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure!

  • One of the few day trips departing Airlie Beach that visits the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Come face-to-face with world-class marine life including turtles, rays and more!
  • Fully licensed onboard this comfortable fast boat!
  • Ideal for families, couples or groups of friends who want to connect with the underwater natural world

The Outer Reef Snorkelling Eco-Adventure tour is one to add to the bucket-list! The Great Barrier Reef is listed as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World and is home to thousands of marine species. Zip through the stunning Whitsunday Islands at high speeds as you make your way out to the reef, all in absolute comfort! Spend ample time brushing shoulders with tropical corals, come face-to-face with an array of colourful fish, and keep a look out for green sea turtles, manta rays and giant clams while you visit different reef locations. Enjoy a gourmet-style lunch, freshly prepared by a local catering company.  

Highlights and Features

  • Visit multiple sites on the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Snorkelling equipment provided including fins
  • Delicious lunch, morning and afternoon tea
  • Onboard fully licenced bar
  • Steady vessel suitable for those who suffer from seasickness
  • Accredited Climate Action Leaders 
  • Onboard toilet
  • Experienced and friendly crew
  • Australian owned and family operated
  • Australia's only marine-accredited Savannah Guide Enterprise
  • Stinger and wetsuits provided
  • Speedy and comfortable wavepiercer vessel

Important Information:

  • Please note that the recommended minimum age for this tour is 6 years old.
  • Vegan and halal diets are unable to be catered for. 
  • Advised that you should only book this tour if you are a confident swimmer. 

Sample Itinerary

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Cruise through the Whitsunday Islands

Check in at 7:30am and depart the award-winning Coral Sea Marina at 8:30am. Settle in and get comfortable while you make way to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. The journey takes roughly 2 hours depending on the current weather conditions of the day. Get to know your crew and fellow passengers while taking in the natural surroundings. Enjoy a tasty morning tea...

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Cruise through the Whitsunday Islands

Check in at 7:30am and depart the award-winning Coral Sea Marina at 8:30am. Settle in and get comfortable while you make way to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. The journey takes roughly 2 hours depending on the current weather conditions of the day. Get to know your crew and fellow passengers while taking in the natural surroundings. Enjoy a tasty morning tea of cheesecakes, coffee and tea. Ask the crew about some of the Whitsunday Islands you're cruising through - there are 74 of them after all. If you're travelling between June and September keep an eye-out for whales as it's when the Humpback Whales migrate north in search of warmer waters!

Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef

Once you arrive at the Outer Great Barrier Reef, it's showtime! You'll visit multiple snorkelling locations during the day so make sure you're well rested and ready to go! More than 1,500 species of fish reside on the reef and you'll be lucky enough to meet plenty of them. Not only that but you'll hopefully find sea turtles, manta rays, eels, reef sharks, dolphins and sea snakes so make sure you've got an underwater camera with you. Your stinger/wetsuits, fins, masks and snorkels are all provided on board so you don't have to worry about buying or hiring your own. Ask the experienced crew about what you're looking at or what you found as they are full of knowledge on what goes on down below!

Enjoy lunch on board 

After your adventurous morning of snorkelling, sit back and relax while the crew prepare lunch for you! Take in the sites of the Great Barrier Reef while you indulge in a delicious spread. Enjoy sliced meats, fresh salads, slices, risoni and more. Sip on a refreshing beverage that you can purchase from the onboard bar! It's not every day you can say you ate lunch on the Great Barrier Reef, is it?

Return to Airlie Beach

Farewell the reef and all its glory as you make the journey back to Airlie Beach. Upon your ride home, enjoy an afternoon tea of fresh fruit, crack open a drink from the bar and get comfortable after your exhausting but adventurous day on the reef! You'll return to Airlie around 4:30pm ready for a nap before hitting the town for dinner or drinks!

Our Delicious Sample Menu

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On board the Outer Reef Snorkelling Adventure Tour you will receive morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea during your full day at sea!

Morning Tea:

  • Passionfruit and bush lemon cheesecake

Lunch:

  • Spiced chickpea, balsamic beetroot and Persian feta salad
  • Charred bell pepper, cashew and parmesan ri...

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On board the Outer Reef Snorkelling Adventure Tour you will receive morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea during your full day at sea!

Morning Tea:

  • Passionfruit and bush lemon cheesecake

Lunch:

  • Spiced chickpea, balsamic beetroot and Persian feta salad
  • Charred bell pepper, cashew and parmesan risoni 
  • Sweet corn, basil and goats cheese slice
  • Roasted tandoori pumpkin salad with wild rice, hummus and tomato jam
  • Tomato, cheese and cucumber
  • Sliced meats
  • Bread rolls

Afternoon Tea:

  • Seasonal fresh fruit skewers

More Information

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What To Bring

  • Sunscreen, sun protective hat and sunglasses
  • Towel
  • Practical clothing
  • Underwater camera
  • Light jacket or jumper during cooler months
  • Card for onboard purchased (no cash)
  • Refillable water bottle (fresh water onboard)

What's Included

  • Lunch prepared by gourmet caterers
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Tea and coffee
  • Mask and snorkel
  • Lycra suits and wetsuits
  • Fins
  • Onboard toilet

What's Extra

  • Onboard purchases from the onboard fully ...

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What To Bring

  • Sunscreen, sun protective hat and sunglasses
  • Towel
  • Practical clothing
  • Underwater camera
  • Light jacket or jumper during cooler months
  • Card for onboard purchased (no cash)
  • Refillable water bottle (fresh water onboard)

What's Included

  • Lunch prepared by gourmet caterers
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Tea and coffee
  • Mask and snorkel
  • Lycra suits and wetsuits
  • Fins
  • Onboard toilet

What's Extra

  • Onboard purchases from the onboard fully licensed bar

A surcharge of $20 per adult and $10 per child will apply to trips that fall on public holidays. This surcharge can be paid directly over the phone with Red Cat (07 4946 4444), or by going into the Red Cat office on Airlie Beach Main Street. Below are the dates, until the 31st March 2025, where the public holiday surcharge will apply:

  • Friday, 29th March 2024 (Good Friday)
  • Saturday, 30th March 2024 (Easter Saturday)
  • Sunday, 31st March 2024 (Easter Sunday)
  • Monday, 1st April 2024 (Easter Monday)
  • Thursday, 25th April 2024 (ANZAC Day)
  • Monday, 6th May 2024 (Labour Day)
  • Friday, 21st June 2024 (Proserpine Show Day)
  • Monday, 7th October 2024 (Kings Birthday)
  • Wednesday, 25th December 2024 (Xmas Day)
  • Thursday, 26th December 2024 (Boxing Day)
  • Wednesday, 1st January 2025 (New Years Day)
  • Monday, 27th January 2025 (Australia Day)

Terms and 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. 

A public holiday surcharge of $20 per adult and $10 per child will apply to holidays including Easter Monday, ANZAC Day, Labour Day, Kings Birthday, Boxing Day, New Years Day, Australia Day. The tour does not operate on Christmas Day. 


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:

No shows or client cancellations made within 24 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 (24 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is snorkelling gear provided?

Yes, you will be given a snorkelling mask, snorkel, fins and a lycra/wetsuit. 

What is the minimum age?

The recommended minimum age for this tour is 6 years old. If you are travelling with children under 6, they need to be approved prior to departure. Please note that there are limitations to what water activities they can participate in, and you will need to supply their lifejackets. 

Is the vessel licenced?

There is a fully licenced bar on board where you can purchase alcoholic bevarages. 

How long does it take to get to the Outer Reef?

It depends on the weather and water conditions on the day. Typically, from Airlie Beach you will get to the reef in roughly 2 hours. 

Is there a toilet on board?

Yes, there is a toilet located on board.

Can special dietary requirements be catered for?

The menu has been designed to cater to most dietary requirements including complimentary vegetarian options. Please note that vegan and halal diets are unable to be catered for. 

Reviews

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Reviews by our Sailing Whitsundays customers

Pascal Vanderhoeven, 03 Jun 24
Really nice staff and great snorkeling
Lilli Lengemann, 25 May 24
The Outer Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Adventure was an experience for a lifetime! It was always my dream to see the Great Barrier Reef and it was even better than expected! We visited 3 different Snorkel spots and just WOW.. corals and fish in every size and color.. Thanks for everything!!
Evelina Damm, 27 Feb 24
Was a great experience. The personel was very friendly, food was very good and reef was very good for snorkeling. Love the freedom but still haveing the guide look out for you, some snorkeling in big groups cramped together really isn't enjoyable but this was really great
Jeff Guy , 19 Feb 24
We had a lovely day weather was perfect staff amazing best day we had in our holiday
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