During your 3 Day Rafting – Reef and Rainforest adventure experience a full day on the Outer Great Barrier Reef, snorkelling amongst the beautiful corals and colourful tropical marine life and 2 hours of  fun filled Whitewater Rafting on the Barron River National Park.

Then travel to the stunning Kuranda Village the village in the Rainforest by Kuranda Scenic Train and Skyrail Cablecar.

This Reef and Rafting on a Budget package can be done in any order and you can also have a days break in between if you wish.

Day 1 – Great Barrier Reef

Compass Cruises will have you escaping for an unforgettable, unrushed day enjoying a relaxed leisurely cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef.

Snorkel amongst beautiful corals and a colourful variety of tropical marine life at one of the natural wonders of the world.

Relax on the huge sundeck,  or take the “Wild Ride” on the famous Compass Boomnet.

Tour Highlights

  • Unlimited snorkelling
  • Up to 4 hours at our Outer Great Barrier Reef Locations
  • Delicious BBQ lunch with fresh salads
  • Fruit Platters
  • Friendly Crew Assistance for Non confident Swimmers
  • Boom netting – “The Wild Ride” (weather permitting)
  • All Government Reef Levies and Taxes included in the price

Great Barrier Reef Cruise Inclusions

  • Snorkel Equipment hire & tuition (excluding wetsuits and stinger suits)
  • Floatation devices (children and Adult Sizes)
  • Fresh fruit platters,
  • Coffee and Tea when boarding and while boat is stationary
  • Delicious BBQ Lunch with an assortment of fresh salads (dietary requirement catered for)
  • Boomnetting the “Wild Ride” (weather permitting)
  • Glass of Wine, cheese & crackers on return journey (cordial for the children)
  • Complimentary tea & coffee all day (whilst vessel is stationary)
  • All Government Reef Taxes and Levies
  • Assistance for non confident swimmers

What to Bring

  • Towel
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Voucher
  • Swimmers
  • Cash or credit card for extra purchases

Additional Information

  • Please advise of any dietary requirements upon booking.
  • Compass Cruises is also family friendly and disability friendly
  • Please read the important information, terms and conditions prior to booking your trip.
  • Scuba Diving is an optional extra in this tour. If you are considering scuba diving please be aware that some medical conditions and/or medications may prevent from participation in scuba diving activities.
  • Minumum age for Resort Scuba Diving is 12 years of age
  • Children prices are for ages 4-14 years.
  • Family prices are for 2 adults + 2 children age 4-14 years only
  • Infants 0-4 years travel free on our Compass Cruise

Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

0730 – Check in direct to Compass at Marlin Wharf Berth 18

0800 – Depart Marlin Marina Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef

1015 – Arrive at your first Great Barrier Reef Location

1230 – BBQ Lunch with fresh salads 1300 – Cruise to 2nd Reef Location

1530 – Depart the Great Barrier Reef

1730 – Approximately Arrival time at Cairns Marina 

Optional Extras

  • Certified Dive $55.00 or 2 Certified Dives for $100.00
  • Resort Scuba Diving $65.00 0r 2 Resort Dives for $115.00 (no experience necessary) – (see Medical Conditions)
  • Dive Guide for Certified Divers $15.00 per person per dive per person
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tours available (weather permitting)  $15.00
  • Return Bus transfers from your Cairns City Accommodation  $12.00 return
  • Outside Cairns City area $22.00 per person return
  • Wetsuit hire $5.00
  • Stinger Suit Hire $5.00
  • Prescription masks $10.00
  • Underwater Camera Hire $59.00
  • Fully licensed bar 

Very Important - About Scuba Diving

Certified Scuba Diving and Resort Scuba Diving on Compass Cruises is an “Optional Extra” and is subject to medical conditions – please read the medical conditions below

The Minimum age for resort diving is 12 years.

What is a Resort/Introductory Dive? Resort diving requires no previous scuba experience. Conducted in small group of 4 under the supervision of an experienced Dive Instructor, resort dives give beginners an unforgettable Great Barrier Reef experience without having to complete a full scuba diving course.

Can anyone try a resort dive? If you are able to swim and are in good physical health you can probably dive (See Medical Conditions). The Minimum age for resort diving is 12 years.

What is a Certified Scuba Dive? A Certified Scuba dive is when you have completed an “Open Water” Dive Certification (generally takes 3 – 4 days to complete)

Queensland Dive Laws are the strictest in the World – with the safest dive record in the world.

Please be aware that Some Medical Conditions or Medications that are being taken could prevent you from participating in scuba activities.

To prevent disappointment on-the day, If you wish to partake in our Introductory/Resort Scuba dive, it is the passengers responsibility to ensure they are medically fit to dive.

Medical Conditions

If you have EVER suffered from any of the following conditions, you will require a dive medical to Australian standard AS. 4005.1. Before being allowed to Scuba Dive.

      • Asthma / Wheezing or use of an inhaler even for Sports endurance
      • Brain, spinal cord or nervous disorder
      • Chronic bronchitis or persistent chest complaint
      • Chronic sinus condition
      • Collapsed Lung (pneumothorax)
      • Diabetes
      • Chest Surgery
      • Heart Disease of any kind
      • Crones Disease

If you are CURRENTLY suffering from or have recently had any of the following conditions or procedures, you will require a dive medical to Australian standard AS. 4005.1. Before being allowed to Scuba Dive.

      • Breathlessness
      • Chronic ear discharge or infection
      • High blood pressure
      • Ear Surgery
      • Epilepsy
      • Fainting Seizures or blackouts
      • Recurrent ear problems when flying
      • Tuberculosis or any other long term disease
      • Any illness or operation within the last month
      • Perforated eardrum
      • Recent Surgery

Being pregnant will prohibit you from Scuba Diving

Please be aware that the above does not cover every medical condition there maybe other medical conditions that I not listed.

If you are taking any Medications for anything we can check if these are safe for diving with the local Dive doctor. This is necessary as some medications can become dangerous underwater.  These checks are done on the day of travel and can be difficult for the dive doctor to approve without consultation with you.

We can only give them information submitted to us on your medical form so please understand that the dive Doctor may require a full dive medical to clear you to dive.

Please be aware If you have used or are using ventolin/ventalin or an inhaler for Sports endurance/enhancement you will still need a Dive Medical before being allowed to Scuba dive.

It is not our company’s decision regarding these laws –  we are regulated by the  Queensland Government.

Please contact our office, if you do require any further information regarding possible medical conditions.

If you have existing or pre existing medical conditions, operations, taking medication, have used an inhaler then you will need permission from the Dive Doctor to Scuba Dive.  If you have any doubts or queries regarding the above, please be proactive and contact our office to avoid disappointment on the day.

Day 2 – Whitewater Rafting

Pay on Board Rafting Levy of $25.00 per person

Minimum age 13 years

This half day Whitewater Rafting on the Barron River is a great and fun way to discover the pristine  rainforest surrounding Cairns, in Tropical North Queensland.

Take in the  breath-taking scenery and alternating smooth and bumpy waters of the Barron river as it winds it way through the heart of the Barron gorge National Park. All the time being Guided by your experienced River Guide.

Feel the rush of white water rafting within the awesome wilderness of  Australia’s tropical rainforests.

When finished, enjoy a swim, pack up your raft and change into dry clothes, then enjoy tea and coffee before transferring back to your accommodation.

Whitewater Rafting Inclusions

  • Up to 2 hours rafting through Barron Gorge National Park
  • Grade 2 and 3 rapids
  • 8 Person inflatable Raft
  • Return air-conditioned coach transfers from your accommodation
  • Rafting Safety equipment – life jacket, helmet and spray jacket
  • Safety Training
  • Tea and coffee at the end of your rafting trip

What to Bring

  • Ticket or voucher
  • Swimming costume (you will get wet)
  • Lace up shoes or sandals that won’t fall off
  • Towel
  • Dry clothes
  • Sunscreen but don’t apply to the back of your legs
  • Money for photos & rafting levy

Optional Extras

  • Digital photos available for purchase
  • Shoe hire $5.00

Day 3 – Scenic Train & Skyrail

Travelling by the scenic rail you will learn about the pioneering history of the tropical north.

During the 90 minute journey  climbing over 40 small bridges and through many dark tunnels while winding its way from Cairns to Kuranda.

You will be in awe of the excellent views of the world listed rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls within the Barron Gorge National Park.

Whilst Kuranda Scenic Rail gives visitors an amazing view of the rainforest at ground level, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway provides an extraordinary birds-eye-view of the rainforest as it soars silently only meters above the rainforest canopy.

You’ll glide just metres above the rainforest canopy before descending through the canopy layers and deep into the heart of the rainforest at Skyrail’s two mid-stations where you can hop off and enjoy rainforest walks along the boardwalks.

Pickups are not available from Northern Beaches and Port Douglas

What's Included

  • Return bus transfers to and from Cairns City Accommodation
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Skyrail Cablecar
  • Time in Kuranda Village

What to Bring

  • Comfortable Walking shoes
  • Camera Cash/Creditcard for purchases
  • bottle of water

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