Reef and Tropical Adventure

Experience the joy of a full day Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef and a half day day riding on horse back through the Aussie Bush, Rainforest, Mangrove Wetlands on this 2 day Reef and Tropical Adventure.

Great Barrier Reef

Compass Cruises is a local Cairns icon.  We have been taking people to the Outer Great Barrier Reef for many years. If it’s value for money you’re looking for and a memorable day then our budget cruise has it all!

Snorkel and scuba dive amongst beautiful corals. See a colourful variety of tropical marine life. Relax on the huge sun deck. See the Great Barrier Reef from the glass bottom boat (optional Extra). Take the “Wild Ride” on the famous Compass Boomnet.

Horse Riding Adventure

Experience the joys of horse-riding through the Aussie bush, Rainforest, Sugar-cane fields and Wetlands all in one ride. The horses are of a friendly, mature nature and are hand-picked to match your skill level and ability. After a safety and introductory riding lesson you will then be divided into groups to match your skill levels to ensure you have a safe and fun horse riding experience.



  • 0730 – Check in direct to Compass at Marlin Wharf Berth 18
  • 0800 –Depart Marlin Marina Cairns to the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • 1030 – Arrive at your first Great Barrier Reef Location
  • 1230 – BBQ Lunch with fresh salads
  • 1300 – Cruise to 2nd Reef Location
  • 1500 – Depart the Great Barrier Reef
  • 1730 – Approximately Arrival time at Cairns Marina


(time depends on if you’d prefer morning or afternoon tour)

  • Pick up at Your Accommodation
  • Arrive at Blazing Saddles and be greeted with Morning Tea
  • Helmets fitted and horses assigned, safety lessons, Tour Commences
  • Return to base with Refreshments and hot snacks
  • Return to your Accommodation



  • Snorkel equipment hire & tuition (excluding wetsuits)
  • Two spectacular Reef locations (weather permitting)
  • Up to 5 hours at the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Friendly Crew Assistance for Non confident Swimmers
  • Floatation devices (children and adult sizes)
  • Assistance for non confident swimmers  and flotation devices
  • Delicious BBQ Lunch with fresh salads (dietary requirements catered for)
  • Fresh fruit platters
  • Tea and Coffee all day (whilst boat is stationary)
  • Boomnetting the “Wild Ride” (weather permitting)
  • Glass of wine, cheese & crackers on return journey
  • Complimentary tea & coffee all day (whilst vessel is stationary)
  • All reef taxes and levies


  • Return City Transfers to and from your accommodation
  • All Safety Equipment
  • Morning or Afternoon Tea
  • Horse riding Guide

Optional Extras


  • Certified  and Introductory/Resort Dives available (Medical Conditions Apply Click Here for more Information) 
  • Dive Guide for Certified Divers  
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tours available (weather permitting)
  • Return Bus transfers from your Cairns City Accommodation (please advise when booking where you are staying to enable us to process your reservation efficiently)
  • Wetsuit hire  (During stinger season, stinger suits are included with your equipment. These are not the same as wetsuits, which provide flotation and warmth)
  • Prescription masks
  • Underwater Camera Hire  (capture your days memories)
  • Professional Photographer photos on board
  • Fully licensed bar

What To Bring


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


  • Long pants
  • Covered shoes (no thongs or trail sandals, runners are OK),
  • At least a T-Shirt (no Singlets or sleeveless shirts)
  • Optional items that may be helpful
  • Sunscreen
  • Bush hat or truckers hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Socks

Important Information


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.

To avoid disappointment on your day of travel we strongly recommend that all of our passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire prior to booking as 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.

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


This Cairns Horse riding tour is suitable for all ages (minimum child age is 4 years) and levels from beginners to the more experienced along with being a perfect family adventure. (minimum age is 4 years)

  • No experience is necessary and we have a range of horses suitable for all levels of experience.
  • We believe the soundest method to reduce risk of accident is to employ suitably experienced staff and to train them to our own high standards of safety.
  • We know each of our horses well and being able to match horse and rider is part of our “workplace horse and safety programme”.
  • Horse Selection – Horses must be chosen for beginner rides with a suitable temperament.
  • All Lead guides are First Aid certified and highly experienced horse riders.
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