Great Barrier Reef Half Day Tours

Due to COVID-19 this tour has currently suspended operations until further notice. Please contact our friendly team on (07) 4037 2700 and we can help guide you to an alternative tour option.

Departing at 11 am and back by 4 pm our Great Barrier Reef Half-day tours are great if you are short of time.

Do you want to visit the outer Great Barrier Reef and only have time for a half-day tour?  Well, the Great Barrier Reef Half Day Tour is for you.  It is the ONLY half-day trip to the pristine Outer Great Barrier Reef available from Cairns.

About our Cairns Half Day Tours

Jump aboard this Jet-boat and enjoy the ride to the Outer Great Barrier Reef!  This afternoon tour includes exciting, quick travel and all the activities of a full day cruise but just in half a day!  Enjoy snorkelling, an optional scuba dive, and a glass-bottom boat coral viewing tour.

Our cheerful, helpful crew on the Great Barrier Reef Half Day Tours will greet you and look after you throughout your time with us.


  • Up to 2.5 hours snorkelling
  • All snorkelling equipment
  • Free guided snorkel tour
  • Flotation Aids
  • Glass Bottom Boat Coral Viewing Tour
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Coffee, Tea & Water

Included in your trip, you get a guided snorkel tour! This is really great, as the expert guides know all the best spots as well as where all the best marine life can be found. You’ll be provided with the latest masks, snorkels and fins from high-quality brands. Should you become tired, the guides town life rings behind them in case you need a rest.

Scuba Diving

Certified scuba diving and introductory scuba diving is available, but to avoid disappointment on the Great Barrier Reef Half Day Tour you have to prebook these.

Scuba diving is quite a contrast from snorkelling. You have the opportunity to observe everything in more detail, spending 30 minutes underwater.

Get ready for close encounters, as the fish can react to you more curiously. They can feel more comfortable, as you’ll be below them, not above.


Once you are on board and we are ready to depart your captain will introduce you to the crew and they will go through the day with you.  A quick safety demonstration and then hold on, it’s off to the Reef on this mighty jet boat.

Upon arriving at Hastings Reef, the crew will give you a quick briefing and then it is into the water!  We highly recommend the snorkel tour as part of your day, and this is approximately 45 long.  Otherwise enjoy snorkelling the Reef with your buddy.

There is a glass-bottom boat tour is available where you can learn more about the Great Barrier Reef while relaxing and then head back into the water!

Spend about 2 ½ hours at the Reef and then its time for afternoon tea and your return trip to Cairns.

What a fun afternoon!  And to finish the day, your shoes will be laid out on the pier ready for you while you say farewell to the crew!


  • Awesome jet boat ride to Hastings Reef
  • Guided Snorkel Tour
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tour
  • Unlimited fresh drinking water
  • Afternoon tea and coffee
  • Freshwater showers
  • Optical mask
  • Snorkel equipment and instruction
  • Buoyancy vest, flotation device
  • Wetsuit or lycra suit (seasonal)
  • 2½ hours snorkelling approx – not too short, not too long
  • Random photos are taken daily by the crew and uploaded to Facebook for free

Optional Extras

  • Scuba Diving
  • Cool drinks and snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Coach Transfers Northern Beaches

What to bring

  • Booking details
  • Wear your bathers
  • Bring your towel, hat and sunblock
  • Light Jacket/Jumper
  • Water and Snacks
  • Camera
  • Money for the EMC/Port Admin Fee
  • Diving certification card if certified diver
  • A great big smile!

How to get there

We board at 11.00 am directly onto the vessel, Skedaddle, which departs from E Finger, Cairns Marlin Marina
We return at approximately 4:15 pm

Important Information

We have a passion for showing 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 regulations, 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 before 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.

Medical Questionnaire

We are happy to help you with any questions you may have.   Please contact our office on 07 4037 2700 or email us

Alternatively, you may like to consult your 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 of 24 hours whenever possible

  • All diving is non-refundable or exchangeable.


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