Great Barrier Reef Budget Cruise – A True Cairns Icon!

Compass Cruises is the cheapest Great Barrier Reef Tour operating daily from Cairns. We board at 7:30 am for an 8 am departure travelling to the Outer Barrier Reef.  Where we visit two outer barrier reef locations. When we  departing the reef, we experience the fun of boomnetting.  Adults are $115 children $95 and families $400.

This Great Barrier Reef Budget Cruise is Cairns best value reef tour and a true Cairns icon.

If you’re looking for and a memorable day on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef then tour has it all!

Join us for a fun trip to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel among beautiful coral and a colourful variety of tropical marine life.

Glass Bottom Boat Tours

We do offer a glass bottom boat at our first reef location.  The tour lasts about 20 minutes, gliding right across the top of the reef you will be able to see coral and fish.

Free Scuba diving demonstration

Compass Cruises offers a free scuba diving demonstration.  Where we get you all dressed in the scuba gear and take you under water to see if you are comfortable breathing underwater.


During our time at both outer barrier reef locations you will be able to go snorkelling.

If you have not snorkelled before or if you are not a confident swimmer our crew will get in the water and swim for you.

Scuba Diving

introductory scuba diving

if you do not have a scuba diving licence and would like to breathe under water like the fish.  Compass Cruises does offer introductory scuba diving.   It is an awesome experience so make sure you give it a go.

Certified scuba diving

For everyone who has there scuba diving certification you can do up to do certified dives while we are on the reef.

Boom Netting

There is only one company in Cairns that offers the fun of boom netting and that is Compass.  its equal the amount of fun for spectators and participants.

A giant cargo net is attached to the back of the boat, guests can jump onboard for a wild ride.  It is a free, safe activity for all guests who can swim.

Relax on the vast sun deck, see Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Great Barrier Reef Budget Cruise offers something that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, even those with limited swimming ability.




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Based on 635 traveller reviews
TripAdvisor Ranking #16 of 69 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Cairns
Most Recent Traveller Reviews
  • 12 October 2017: Great day on the reef
  • 12 October 2017: Go on Compass Cruises
  • 10 October 2017: Best value day out on the reef!
  • 9 October 2017: A great full day on the ocean with plenty of time on the reef. At a reasonable price.
  • 9 October 2017: Great trip but a lot of up selling
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2 Reviews for “Great Barrier Reef Budget Cruise”

  1. Thalia

    “The crew were Great! Very helpful and attentive. The best part of the day was snorkelling”

  2. pablo

    Thank you very much for this great experience. My sister did snoreling for the first tiume ever. She was very afraid at the first spot but crew members helped her do so... very proud of her! The crew were really nice, helpful and friendly. Thank you!!


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