Great Barrier Reef half-day tours from Cairns

Great Barrier Reef half-day tours from Cairns is awesome for people who are short of time, arriving into Cairns after most Great Barrier Reef tours have already departed or if you just love the idea of a fast jet boat ride to the outer barrier reef.   This jet boat tour commences at 11 am and returns to Cairns at 4:15 pm.

About our Great Barrier Reef half-day tours from Cairns

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 in half a day!

Enjoy snorkelling, scuba diving, and a glass-bottom boat coral viewing tour and not depart until 11.00 am so plenty of time for a ‘sleep in’.

Our cheerful, helpful crew will greet you and look after you throughout your time with us.

On the jetboat there is only limited space so please only take what you need

No big bags or jewellery or even shoes as we have a ‘no shoe’ policy whilst you are on board the vessel and an excellent soft non-slip deck.

Save time when you arrive at the reef we suggest you wear your swimming costumes under your clothing.

Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling

Included in you Great Barrier Reef half-day tour is a guided snorkelling tour of  Hastings Reef,  your guided tour will visit Nemo Mountain, Seastar Lagoon and the Fishbowl.   We will see brightly coloured fish, coral and clams.

Great Barrier Reef scuba diving

Scuba diving is the best way to interact with the fish on the Great Barrier Reef.  Scuba diving allows you to look through caves and swim-throughs under coral ledges it’s an awesome way to see more of the reef.

Introductory and certified scuba diving is only available for guests who prebook.

Certified Scuba Diving

Certified divers all included a guide on this half-day tour of the Great Barrier Reef.   The scuba diving guides are very familiar with the reef and will make sure that you see the best of the reef.

Introductory Scuba Diving

Try scuba diving,  a completely different view of the reef, while you are scuba diving you will be able to get up close and interact with the brightly coloured marine life.

Glass Bottom Boat Tour

A glass-bottom boat tour will take you over the coral, during this time the skipper will explain about the coral and reef fish as you are floating over the reef.


  • Jetboat
  • half day
  • fun tour
  • outer barrier reef
  • Check in Finger D, Cairns Marlin Marina at 11 am
  •  Safety briefing
  •  Arrive at the Outer Great Barrier Reef at approximately 11:50 am
  • Snorkel tour
  • Snorkelling, scuba diving and glass-bottom boat tours
  • Afternoon tea
  • Arrive back at the Cairns Marlin Marina at approximately 4:15 pm
  • 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
  • Scuba Diving
  • Cool drinks and snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Coach Transfers Northern Beaches
  • 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!

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

Queensland, Australia has some of the strictest scuba diving rules in the world.

We recommend that you complete our dive medical questionnaire as some medical conditions, age and/or medications may prevent you from scuba diving.

Medical Questionnaire

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.

After scuba diving, you must wait 24 hours prior to flying, Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning.
All scuba diving is non-refundable or exchangeable.


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