Great Barrier Reef Full Day Experience

Explore the highlights of Australia’s breathtaking Great Barrier Reef on this action-packed day trip from Airlie Beach.
Whitsundays, Australia
Full Day
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
Start 8:00 am. End approx. 6.05 pm.
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Not included
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
All ages
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
What's Included

  • Get up to $20 cash back per person when you book with us
  • Snorkelling gear 
  • Access to spacious reef pontoon
  • Travel on high-speed catamarans with air-conditioned lounges and large viewing decks
  • Access to semi-submersible
  • Acces to underwater viewing chamber
  • Buffet lunch and morning and afternoon tea
  • Free tea and coffee 
  • Presentations by reef experts
  • Free wetsuit usage
  • Reef Environmental Management Charge


  • Whitsunday Islands National Park
  • Great Barrier Reef
  •  Hardy Reef
What's excluded

Massages,  scenic helicopter flights, guided snorkelling tours and scuba diving available at additional cost. 

Why do we love this

We love that this trip includes all meals - a buffet lunch, morning and afternoon tea and tea and coffee. What a feast! Little extras like this make your day extra special. 

What to Expect

The ultimate way to explore Australia’s stunning Great Barrier Reef, this unforgettable day-out is perfect for getting up close and personal with one of the world’s most impressive natural wonders. Embark on an incredible journey from Airlie Beach to the outer Great Barrier Reef and uncover the highlight of the breathtaking underwater world.


Embark on an out-of-this-world experience and explore all the highlights of the outer Great Barrier Reef and the spectacular Whitsunday Islands National Park. 

Your day starts bright and early at 8.00 am, with pick ups from the Port of Airlie, Daydream Island or Hamilton Island. Enjoy the spectacular views as you cruise through the breathtaking Whitsunday Islands on a high-speed catamaran. Make your way to the floating pontoon on the pristine Hardy Reef for a fun-filled day of adventure and discovery! 

Explore the colourful coral and tropical fish from the pontoon and enjoy a fascinating insight into the incredible marine life with the underwater viewing chamber!

Onboard, there's a choice of areas to relax, a great range of activities, freshwater showers and incredible food! Splash out on an amazing helicopter flight to see the iconic Heart, enjoy a scuba dive into the depths of the reef or take to the water on a guided snorkelling tour through the incredible coral. 

For those who prefer staying high, you can enjoy the spectacular views from the underwater viewing chamber or experience the unique marine vistas on a reef safari in one of the semi-submersible submarines!

Soak up the sun on the sun-deck or relax in air-conditioned comfort as you enjoy unspoiled panoramas of the breathtaking reef. When all the sea air makes you hungry, treat yourself to delicious morning and afternoon teas! Tuck into an all you can eat buffet lunch, freshly made by chefs on the mainland.

After a full-day of aquatic exploring, your amazing Great Barrier Reef adventures come to an end. As the sun sinks in the sky, take one last dip in the turquoise water before heading back to the mainland. Enjoy the scenic vistas of the Whitsundays with stops at Hamilton Island and Daydream Island before returning to the Port of Airlie Beach. Tour ends at approximately 6.05 pm. 

Port of Airlie*
Pick up 8:00 AM Drop off 6:10 PM
Daydream Island    
Pick up 7:50 AM Drop off 5:40 PM
Hamilton Island
Pick up 9:00 AM Drop off 5:00 PM

*Optional transfers to Port of Airlie are available at additional cost

Tour Options
  • Great Barrier Reef Adventures (ex Daydream Island)
    When you first see the colour of the water of Hardy Reef, it will take your breath away – but dive below the tranquil surface and another world will greet you, teeming with bright tropical fish and more than 1,400 species of coral.
    FromAUD $275
    ValueAUD $285SAVE 4%
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  • Great Barrier Reef Adventures (ex Port of Airlie)
    When you first see the colour of the water of Hardy Reef, it will take your breath away – but dive below the tranquil surface and another world will greet you, teeming with bright tropical fish and more than 1,400 species of coral.
    FromAUD $275
    ValueAUD $285SAVE 4%
    Check Availability
    Next available: Tomorrow
  • Great Barrier Reef Adventures (ex Hamilton Island)
    When you first see the colour of the water of Hardy Reef, it will take your breath away – but dive below the tranquil surface and another world will greet you, teeming with bright tropical fish and more than 1,400 species of coral.
    FromAUD $275
    ValueAUD $285SAVE 4%
    Check Availability
    Next available: Tomorrow
Frequently Asked Questions

The Whitsundays are located in the tropics with an average daily temperature of 27°C. During the summer months of December to February, the average temperature is over 30°C and during the winter months of June to August, a mild 23°C is the average.

All activities and day cruises that we offer are able to be experienced regardless of the season, so really, the time of year you visit just depends on your preference. 

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During the months of November to May, mosquitos are more prevalent than at other times of the year. There are also pesky March Flies from February to April (approximately) at Whitehaven Beach. But hey, that's what you get in a tropical place! We always recommend you bring along some repellent. 

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Yes, we sell a range of food and drink (both non-alcoholic and alcoholic) onboard. Personal alcohol cannot be consumed onboard.


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Free wifi on our vessels is something we are working on! 

We'd love you to post some pics to social media to spread the news about your amazing holiday with us! #cruisewhitsundays #backpackerdeals


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Sorry but smoking is not permitted on any of our vessels in conjunction with Tobacco Laws Qld.


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Our vaccination policy provides guidance in the absence of mandated state-based health orders and/or other Government directives.

We believe that this policy helps to safeguard our valued guests, our employees, and the communities in which we operate across the country.

We will continue to diligently monitor this ever-evolving landscape and will make amendments to our policy as and when required.

Extended Journeys: Guests booked on the below journeys will be required to be fully vaccinated for travel from 1 January 2022.

Extended journeys and tours where overnight accommodation is necessary include: The Ghan, Indian Pacific, and Great Southern rail journeys; Outback Spirit, its camps, and lodges; Sal Salis, Cruise Whitsunday’s Reefstays and Horizontal Falls overnight adventures.

Proof of vaccination will be required at check-in and must be sighted by the supplier's staff.

Any Federal and/or State government mandates requiring vaccination before the date mentioned above will supersede the above date.

The supplier aims to provide guests with confidence that our incredible crews, guides, hosts and fellow travellers who will be with them on their extended journey/tour will be fully vaccinated.

Guests and employees with a contraindication to any available COVID vaccine may receive an exemption provided they can provide a valid medical certificate and record a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours prior to the time of departure.

Non-vaccinated exempted guests may also be subject to additional specific requirements, such as the use of PPE, for example wearing a face mask throughout their journey, except while eating and drinking, or in their private cabin/quarters.

Guests who are unable to meet these vaccination requirements are requested to contact the supplier or their travel agent for assistance with their booking, which will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Guests who are unable to receive both vaccines for travel from 1 January 2022, will unfortunately not be able to travel with us at this time.

In this circumstance, please notify the supplier a minimum of 45 days prior to your departure/stay/experience for assistance in organising a future travel credit or alternative arrangement.

Day Experiences: Our preference is that all guests who book and travel with us on a day experience are fully vaccinated.

Guests may be requested to verify their vaccination status and if unvaccinated, should be aware that they may be required to wear face masks and physically distance.

All government mandates applicable to vaccine requirements for visitors to day venues and service experiences will supersede the supplier's day experience policy.

Day experiences include: The Overland, Cruise Whitsundays day tours, Rottnest Express, Journey Beyond Cruise Sydney, Darwin Harbour Cruises, Eureka Skydeck and Eureka 89, Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures day trips.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • Changes may occur due to flight schedule changes, bad weather and sea conditions, including tides, wind, swell, sun and rain and other factors in order to guarantee the safety and comfort for passengers, crew and other vessels.

Please note that the bookings are processed manually and please chat to us before making the booking or you can book with us and your booking is confirmed only once confirmed by the tour operator.

Cancellation Policy:

In the event that a booking is cancelled, the following fees will apply:

  • Cancellation 48 hours or more before departure: no fee
  • Cancellation within 48 hours of departure: 50% of the total cost
  • Cancellation within 24 hours of departure: 100% of the total cost

Pickup Locations
  • - Meet at Hamilton Island Marina
  • - Meet at Port of Airlie
  • Daydream Island
or 6 weekly interest free payment from $44.83 with

Child (4-14 years):
Youth Student (15 - 17 years):
Levy included

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