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Address: 100 Abbott St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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Enjoy a wonderful reef day trip with Compass Cruises. Travel on the basic...

Enjoy a wonderful reef day trip with Compass Cruises. Travel on the basic package and tailor your day by selecting the additional activities you wish! It’s the best outer Great Barrier Reef tour for value on the market. Your day includes: - Snorkeling Equipment- 5 hours on the Great Barrier Reef at 2 Outer Reef locations- Free scuba diving demonstration- Lunch prepared fresh daily at the reef- Boomnetting (weather permitting)- Wine & cheese on journey home- Tea and Coffee all day (whilst vessel is stationary)

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What a sight!

The staff were great fun and very knowledgable and knew what beer and wine we wanted throughout the day which was a cherry on top of the cake ;) thanks bar staff. We have been out... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Wynona B
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The staff were great fun and very knowledgable and knew what beer and wine we wanted throughout the day which was a cherry on top of the cake ;) thanks bar staff. We have been out to the reef a few times now and enjoy it every time! Who wouldn't. I would gladly travel out to sea with this great... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The original email stated where we would be departing from, but on the day this had changed, so it was difficult to find the docking area. All of the safety information was very good, and the crew were very friendly. The journey to the first snorkel site took around 2.5 hours, which was fine as there was free water, but... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Booked this trip with a group of ten family from Australia and Canada. This tour was much cheaper than others. The boat was bit older and smaller but that meant a smaller group and way more crew per person. I think this made a huge difference as this crew were way more friendly and interactive than other Barrier Reef snorkel... More 

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1 Thank burnttoast87
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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57 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

About the tour its awesome!! you sailing 2/3hs but you stop 3times to do snorkeling in the best place. Crew Staff are great, very helpful, kindly , funny

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Plusses Half the price of the other cruises Enthusiastic and informative crew High quality snorkeling equipment Lots of time to snorkel on the 2 reef stops (2 hours each) Yummy tropical fruit on the trip out BBQ lunch Bonus wine and cheese for the return journey Minuses Boat is older and could do with a lick of paint Trip out... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The compass cruise tour was great and included all that you could want. Staff were friendly and interacted well with guests. Lunch was lovely. We spent the correct amount of time in each location. Staff were also very health and safety conscious and really helped those who were not confident swimmers. Would highly recommend. The price is also top notch!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I really enjoyed this tour and certainly came away happy with my choice. I was a little skeptical with it being a cheaper tour but I need not have worried. The boat was a little slow going with many other boats passing us but it was an enjoyable journey with information about the reef and snorkeling on the way. The... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked Compass Cruise online after seeing some very good reviews here. And they did not disappoint. It's undoubtedly the cheapest GBR tour from Cairns. The tour takes you to the 2 of the most popular snorkeling spots in the outer reef: Hastings Reef and Michaelmas Reef. However, their boat is unthinkably slow (and old), and it takes about 2.5... More 

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Thank Saptak
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Awesome experience, great crew! Possibly the best value for money ou can get. We were there visiting cairns during Ester Holidays 2017.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went on the day Reef tour and absolutely loved it. The price is the best we could find but t didn't feel budget. Everything was well organised ( slight delay in pick up but was explained to us and we were apologised to so no worries!) and the staff were really friendly and approachable throughout the day. Loved the... More 

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