Great Barrier Reef half-day tours from Cairns

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.

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 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

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.


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
  • 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

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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