See what highlights Cairns Tropical North has to offer with this adventure filled Cairns Reef, Raft and Rainforest package.

Escape for an unforgettable day to The Great Barrier Reef.   Experience the fun, thrills and spills on a White Water Rafting day you will never forget.

Then travel north on one of the most scenic coastal drives in Australia along the Captain Cook Highway from Cairns to the idyllic Port Douglas and onto Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest with guided walks and wildlife spotting.

Great Barrier Reef Day

Escape for an unforgettable day to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef from Cairns aboard ‘Compass Cruises’.  Visit 2 Outer Great Barrier Reef locations and snorkel or scuba dive amongst fantastic coral formations teeming with colourful tropical fish and exotic marine life.

Tour Highlights & Inclusions

  • Up to 4 hours at two Outer Great Barrier Reef locations
  • Unlimited Snorkelling. Snorkelling mask, snorkel and fins included for the adults and kids
  • Free buoyancy aids – snorkelling vests and noodles
  • Delicious BBQ Lunch with fresh salads (Dietary requirements are catered for: vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and food allergies – please advise us 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
  • Stinger suits are included with your trip during jellyfish season in the tropics
  • Boomnetting – “The Wild Ride” (weather permitting)
  • A complete family friendly tour
  • Reef tax, fuel levy & national park fees for visiting the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are included in this trip cost

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 –Approximately 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

Optional Extras

  • Scuba diving for introductory divers and certified divers.  Minimum age is 12 and medical conditions do apply.
  • 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 (Great for 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.

What to Bring

  • Proof of qualification as a Certified Diver
  • Cash or credit card for purchases
  • Swimming Clothes, Towel, Hat, Sunglasses, Sun Cream

Getting There

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

Boarding commences at 7:30 am for an approximate 8:00 am departure, directly on the boat ‘Compass’

Arrive back to Cairns Marina at approximately 5:30pm

Important Information for Scuba Diving

We have a passion to show you Australia’s Great Barrier Reef so please make sure you understand the scuba diving laws.

Queensland, Australia has some of the strictest scuba diving rules in the world  but also the safest scuba diving record.   We are regulated by the Queensland Government Code of Practice and comply with all rules including medical as is the law.

To avoid disappointment on your day of travel we strongly recommend that all of our passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire prior to booking as some medical conditions, age and / or medications may prevent you from scuba diving.   It is always our mission to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef experience.

Compass Cruises Medical Questionnaire

We are very happy to help you with any questions you may have.   Please Contact our office on 07 4037 2700 or email us at [email protected],

Or alternatively, you may like to consult your own Doctor for a Dive Medical using the Australian Standard Forms ‘AS.4005.1

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

Whitewater Rafting Tully River Day

White Water Rafting down the Tully River is Australia’s most famous White Water Rafting full day adventure .

An an action packed experience filled with fun, thrills and spills on a day you will never forget.

White water rafting on the Tully River in this extreme five hour white water adventure in remote World Heritage Rainforest. rating down grade 3 and 4 rapids with an unforgettable backdrop

Tully River Itinerary

  • Rafting through World heritage rainforest
  • Grade 3 and 4 rapids
  • Riverside BBQ Lunch
  • 06:10 – Pick ups from Northern Beaches accommodation
  • 06:30 – Pick ups from Cairns accommodation commence
  • 07:00 – Depart Cairns
  • 07:30 – Pick ups from Mission Beach accommodation
  • 08:00 – Depart Mission Beach
  • 08:30 – Arrive at Rafters Cafe for morning tea and coffee
  • 09:00 – Depart Rafters Cafe & Bar
  • 09:45 – Arrive at top of the Tully River for a safety demonstration and to be supplied with safety equipment
  • 10:00 – Commence rafting. Brave the first few rapids,
  • 12:15 – Arrive Ponytail Falls for  BBQ lunch
  • 12:45 – Commence afternoon rafting
  • 15:00 – Arrive at take out point. Pack up raft and change into dry clothes
  • 15:45 – Arrive at Rafters Cafe & Bar.
  • 17:00 – Return to Mission Beach accommodation
  •  18:30 -Return to Cairns accommodation (approx.)
  • 19:15 – Return to Northern Beaches accommodation

What to Bring

  • Your ticket
  • There is a levy to Pay directly on the day
  • You will need to sign an adventure waiver form
  • A cap or sun visor which can be worn under your safety helmet (eg. baseball hat)
  • Water resistant 15 + sunscreen
  • Swimming costume and towel. (you will need to have your swimming costume already on when you are picked up)
  • Secured footwear is mandatory – lace-up shoes or sandals that will get wet (limited shoe hire available at an additional cost)
  • Some money for photos and souvenirs
  • Change of clothes
  • We strongly recommend you bring an extra t-shirt or rash vest to wear under your life vest to prevent sunburn
  • Enthusiasm for an Awesome day

Additional Information

  • Minimum age: 13 years,
  • under 18 years must travel with a guardian or parent
  • Rafting is not suitable for anyone who is pregnant

Cape Tribulation & Daintree Rainforest Day

Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest – Premier option includes the best of  Cape Tribulation and  Daintree Rainforest with guided walks, lunch, and guaranteed wildlife spotting.

Enjoy  one of the most scenic coastal drives in Australia along the Captain Cook Highway  to Port Douglas before arriving at the oldest rainforest in the World the Daintree Rainforest

Tour Itinerary

  • 06:45 – Bus transfers commence from Cairns City accommodation
  • 0845 – Arrive at The Wildlife Habitat (Port Douglas)
  • 1100 – Cross Daintree River on cable-driven ferry
  • 1215 – Cape Trib Beach House for a Tropical Lunch
  • 1315 – Cape Tribulation Beach and Rainforest boardwalk
  • 1535 – Alexandra Lookout
  • 1600 – Depart north side of Daintree River Cruise
  • 1700 –  Depart South side of Daintree River Cruise
  • 1800 – Arrive Port Douglas Accommodation
  • 1900 – Arrive back to Cairns
  • Please note times are approx only

 

  • Children under 16 years of age are not permitted to travel unless accompanied by an adult

Tour Inclusions

  • Pickup and Return to Cairns Accommodation
  • Scenic Coastal Dive
  • Wildlife Habitat
  • Tropical Lunch
  • Cape Tribulation Beach
  • Rainforest Walk
  • Alexandra Lookout
  • Daintree River Cruise
  • Qualified, knowledgeable and experienced Driver Guides
  • All National Park Fees and Levies

What to Bring

  • Camera
  • Insect repellent
  • Hat
  • Water Resistant 15+ sunscreen
  • Walking shoes
  • Swimming costume
  • Towel Food or money for drinks & meals
  • Note – this Cairns Reef, Raft and Rainforest package does not include any overnight accommodation, evening meals or breakfast.
  • This Cairns Reef, Raft and rainforest package can be done in any order 
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