Whitsundays Great Barrier Reef Adventures
The Great Barrier Reef is 2600 km long stretching from the Torres Strait in the north, along the east coast of Queensland to Lady Elliot Island in the south. The Whitsundays Great Barrier Reef Adventures departs from Airlie Beach in the beautiful Whitsundays. Airlie Beach is on the Queensland coast between Townsville and Mackay. This tour can also pick up passengers from Hamilton Island on the way to the Great Barrier Reef.
We have two pontoons at two different Whitsundays reef sites. The majority of our day cruises visit Hardy Reef, but if you’re booking large groups or visting on a cruise ship, we will usually take you to Knuckle Reef Lagoon. The pontoons have a choice of areas to relax and a great range of activities. There is undercover seating and tables, sun decks for topping up the tan, freshwater showers, change rooms and full access to the air conditioned comfort of our reef vessel. There are numerous ways to explore the reef, from the underwater viewing chamber, to the semi-submersible submarines, or snorkelling like a fish beneath the sea!
The Whitsundays pontoons are adjacent to coral walls, the length of which you can explore. The sites have their own ecosystem with magnificent corals and a diversity of marine life found only in sheltered areas, providing a unique world for you to explore. The prolific fish life will surprise and delight you – especially the giant groper!
Whitsundays Great Barrier Reef Adventures inclusions:
- Unbelievable snorkeling with all gear provided
- An innovative and spacious reef pontoon
- Semi-submarine boat ride
- Underwater viewing chamber
- Waterslide and activities for the kids
- All you can eat buffet lunch
- Morning and afternoon tea
- Presentations by reef experts
- FREE wetsuit usage
- Sun deck for topping up your tan
- Complimentary coach pickup and drop off at your Airlie Beach hotel, hostel or resort.
- Scenic helicopter flights
- Introductory and certified scuba diving
- Guided snorkel tours
Enjoy a full day of adventure exploring the reef.
Discover the magnificent colours of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
Snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of the reef, coming face to face with brightly coloured marine life and coral.
Scuba diving is available at an extra cost for certified divers and introductory divers is a lot of fun and a great way to see more of the reef.
The all purpose pontoon has a large sundeck, underwater observatory, semi-submersible so there are plenty of wonderful options if you choose not to get in the water.
So Much Packed Into 1 Day!
Snorkeling with all gear provided
An innovative and spacious reef pontoon
Semi-submarine boat Tour
Underwater viewing chamber
Impressive buffet lunch
Morning and afternoon tea
Tea and coffee
Wetsuit and stinger suit usage
This tour is also available from Hamilton Island and Day Dream Island
Government Reef Levies
Scenic helicopter flights
Introductory and certified scuba diving (medical conditions apply)
Guided snorkel tour
Seabob Tour (medical conditions apply)
What to bring
Swimwear and Towel
Protective clothing from the sun including a hat
Light jacket/sweater during cooler months
Money / credit card for optional purchases
A camera and a sense of fun
How to get there
Great Barrier Reef tour takes 2.5 to 3 hours to get to Hardy Reef depending on weather and sea conditions.
Daily Departures & Return times
Port of Airlie departs at 8:00am and returns at 6:10pm
Hamilton Island Departs at 9:00am and returns at 5:00pm
Coach transfers to Port of Airlie are available at an additional cost. Return times when the vessel arrives back at island resort or mainland.
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.
We are very happy to help you with any questions you may have. Please Contact our office on 07 4037 2700 or email us
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