On a budget?

We get it!

You want to see the Great Barrier Reef without spending your whole budget. If you’d like to try a scuba dive without breaking the bank, then our Budget Reef Cruise Resort Divers tour is the one for you!

If you don’t already have a scbua licence, or perhaps it’s you’re very first time diving, you probably think you won’t be able to experience a dive on the Great Barrier Reef in one day.

But you can!

Our Budget Reef Cruise Resort Divers tour is specially designed for introductory or beginner divers.

No experience is necessary. You don’t even need to know how to swim! All instruction is given on the day, and furthermore you’ll be guided on an unforgettable tour around beautiful coral reefs by an experienced scuba Instructor. Furthermore, you’ll have plenty of time to snorkel too!

Already a licenced, qualified diver?

Click here to see our budget scuba dive tour for Qualified Divers

You won’t find a better value tour. Click below to see how your day will run!


Tour Highlights and Inclusions

Up to 4 hours at two Outer Great Barrier Reef locations

One Introductory dive for beginners with all scuba equipment (medical conditions apply)

Unlimited Snorkelling.

Snorkelling mask, snorkel and fins included

Free buoyancy aids – snorkelling vests and noodles

Delicious BBQ Lunch with fresh salads (Dietary requirements are catered for: vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and food allergies – please advise us upon booking)

Fruit Platters while boarding.

Tea & coffee available all day while boat stationary.

Water fountain to fill your water bottle Glass of wine, cheese & crackers on return journey

Assistance for non-confident swimmers from friendly crew Stinger suits are included with your trip during jellyfish season in the tropics

Boomnetting – “The Wild Ride” (weather permitting)

Reef tax, fuel levy & national park fees for visiting the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are included in this trip cost


Tour Itinerary

  • 07:30 – Board the boat Compass, at Cairns Marina ‘Marlin Wharf Berth 18’, for check-in. View map to Cairns Marlin Marina
  • 08:00 –Approximately depart Cairns to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Safety talk, snorkel and dive briefings
  • 10:30 – Arrive at your first Great Barrier Reef Location
  • 12:30 – BBQ Lunch with fresh salads 13:00 – Cruise to 2nd Reef Location
  • 15:30 – Depart the Great Barrier Reef
  • 17:30 – Approximate Arrival time at Cairns Marina


Want more?
There are plenty of extras to keep the adventure going all day!


Optional Extras

  • Second Scuba Dive
  • Dive Guide for a guided tour around the reef.
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tour (weather permitting)
  • Wetsuit Hire (Great for flotation and warmth)
  • Underwater Digital Camera Hire
  • Snack Bar Purchases: Soft drinks, chocolate, chips, alcohol etc.
  • Prescription Mask Hire
  • Bus transfers from accommodation to and from the Cairns Marina.

What to Bring

  • Proof of qualification as a Certified Diver
  • Cash or credit card for purchases
  • Swimming Clothes, Towel, Hat, Sunglasses, Sun Cream[/toggle]

Getting There

Compass Cruises departs from
Cairns Marina: ‘Marlin Wharf berth 18’ View map to Cairns Marlin Marina

Boarding commences at 7:30 am for an approximate 8:00 am departure, directly on the boat ‘Compass’

Arrive back to Cairns Marina at approximately 5:30pm[/toggle]

Know before you go…

Important Information About Scuba Diving

We have a passion to show 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 rules including medical as is the law.

We don’t want you disappointed on the day, therefore we strongly recommend that all of our passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire before booking, since 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. Please fill out our Compass Cruises Medical Questionnaire We are very happy to help you with any questions you may have.

Please Contact our office on 07 4037 2700 or email us at [email protected] Or alternatively, you may like to consult your own 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 24 hours whenever possible
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