Evolution Reef Cruise – Great Barrier Reef Tour

Embark on an adventure-filled day as you board the award-winning superyacht Evolution for your Great Barrier Reef day tour. You will be warmly greeted by our professional and expert dive crew, who will ensure you are comfortable and ready for the experience of a lifetime.

About Evolution Reef Cruise

As you cruise from Cairns on your 35-metre luxury superyacht, you can relax and enjoy the stunning scenery en route to two exclusive outer Great Barrier Reef sites. Your tour includes five hours on the outer Reef, visiting two amazing and diverse reefs such as Norman, Saxon and Hastings, renowned for their remarkable coral density and prolific marine life.

First Reef location

Upon arriving at your first Reef location, either Saxon Reef or Norman Reef, you can snorkel and dive (scuba diving is available for an additional cost). With your provided equipment, immerse yourself in the underwater world, filled with multicoloured fish, coral and other marine life. Beginners will receive instruction, and our knowledgeable dive crew will be on hand to offer assistance.
During your time on the Reef, enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch prepared on board, featuring fresh fish, steak, a variety of salads and prawns. Special dietary requirements are also catered for.

Second Reef location

At your second Reef location, North Hastings Reef, you can choose to snorkel or dive once again. Alternatively, if you prefer to stay dry, you can still experience the wonders of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef from above on a 10-minute scenic helicopter flight or our Semi-Submersible tour.  Next, sit back and relax on the cruise back to Cairns.  Celebrate with a glass of wine and afternoon tea at the end of your unforgettable day tour of the Great Barrier Reef.

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Evolution Outer Reef Cruise Itinerary

7:15 am – 7:45 am: Check-in, Reef Fleet Terminal
8.00 am:
Evolution departs Cairns
9.45 am: Arrive at reef location 1
11:30 am: Enjoy a BBQ buffet lunch onboard
1:00 pm:
Evolution arrives at reef location 2
3:00 pm:
Evolution departs for Cairns
4:30 pm:
Evolution arrives back in Cairns

  • Cruise onboard luxury 35-metre superyacht, Evolution
  • 5 hours outer reef time
  • 2 unique outer reef locations
  • Unlimited snorkelling with all equipment
  • Delicious BBQ Lunch including fresh fish, prawns, steak and a variety of salads (Vegan, Vegetarian, GF, DF)
  • Tea, coffee and mini muffins
  • FREE lycra/sun-suit hire
  • FREE glass of wine and snack on return
  • PADI-qualified dive instructors and Master Reef Guide
  • Spacious air-conditioned lounges and upper deck to relax in comfort

Evolution Outer Reef Cruise Optional Extras

Up to 3 Introductory or Certified Dives

Pre-booked 1st dive: $80

2nd Dive: $60

3rd Dive: $45

Scenic Heli Flight $199pp pre-booked

Marine Biologist Snorkel Tour $35pp

Semi-Submersible Tour $20 Adults, $10 Child

Return transfers – Cairns City $20pp, Northern Beaches $29pp, Port Douglas $99pp (min 2)

Wetsuits $10pp onboard

Evolution Outer Reef Cruise What to bring

  • Sunscreen and Hat
  • Travel voucher
  • Change of Clothes
  • Swimmers and a towel
  • Cash or Credit Card for bar and souvenir purchases
  • $20 per person for Reef levy

Evolution Outer Reef Cruise departure details

Check-in is at Reef Fleet Terminal (a large building at the Marina). Please check in from 7.15 am – 7.45 am at the Down Under Cruise and Dive counter. The boat departs at 8 am sharp and returns at approximately 4.30 pm.

Helicopter: 130kg weight restrictions apply for helicopter rides.

Diving: All divers must complete a Queensland Medical Questionnaire onboard. Certified divers must show an internationally recognised scuba card. Minimum age for Introductory divers and dive courses: 12+ years and Certified divers: 10+ years.

Semi-Sub: Please note that due to safety reasons, the Semi Submarine Tour is weather permitting.

Reef Levy: There’s a mandatory $20 per person to be paid onboard on the day of travel.

Tour Features

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Evolution Reef Cruise Tours

Evolution Outer Reef Cairns

Certified Dive: 1 Dive

Includes snorkelling and certified dive


Evolution Outer Reef Cairns

Certified Dive: 2 Dives

Includes snorkelling and 2 certified dives


Evolution Outer Reef Cairns

Snorkel: Standard

Include snorkel and cruise


Introductory Dive: 2 Dives

Includes snorkelling and 2 introductory dives


Introductory Dive: 1 Dive

Includes snorkelling and introductory dive



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