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Evolution Reef Cruise

FROM: $245
4.8 (30 Reviews)

Departure Times

Departs: 8:00am - Daily
Returns: 4:30pm - Daily

Pricing Options

RRP $215 $195 AUD / Person - Adult (Between: 01 Apr 2022 and 31 Mar 2023)
RRP $265 $245 AUD / Person - Adult - 1 Introductory Dive (Between: 01 Apr 2022 and 31 Mar 2023)
RRP $265 $245 AUD / Person - Adult - 1 Certified Dive (Between: 01 Apr 2022 and 31 Mar 2023)
RRP $295 $275 AUD / Person - Adult - 2 Cert Dives (Between: 01 Apr 2022 and 31 Mar 2023)
$130 AUD / Person - Child (4-16 years) (Between: 01 Apr 2022 and 31 Mar 2023)
$180 AUD / Person - Child - 1 Intro/Cert Dive (12-16 years) (Between: 01 Apr 2022 and 31 Mar 2023)
$180 AUD / Person - Child - 1 Certified Dive (12-16 years) (Between: 01 Apr 2022 and 31 Mar 2023)
$0 AUD / Person - Infant (0-3 years) (Between: 01 Mar 2022 and 31 Mar 2023)
RRP $650 $590 AUD / Family - Family (2A + 2C) (Between: 01 Apr 2022 and 31 Mar 2023)

Experience the best of the reef aboard an award-winning 35-metre superyacht, the ultimate affordable day of aquatic adventure from Cairns!

  • Cruise at high speeds to two spectacular locations on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Relax and play aboard an air-conditioned, three-level reef vessel
  • Enjoy ample snorkelling time and scuba diving opportunities 
  • Explore colourful reefs and spot unique marine species
  • Adventure-filled day perfect for all ages and groups!

Cruise from Cairns to the Outer Great Barrier Reef with Evolution Reef Cruise for a relaxing adventure aboard a high-speed, modern superyacht vessel. Boasting 5 full hours on the reef, guests can explore vibrant coral walls at two exclusive reef locations! Snorkel, kick back, or try your hand at scuba diving during your day of marine fun. With PADI-qualified dive instructors and a Master Reef Guide, Evolution welcomes both introductory and certified divers. Providing all the comforts you need, a fast and affordable way to see one of the world's natural wonders is awaiting onboard Evolution!


  • Full day tour visiting two Outer Great Barrier Reef destinations
  • Comfortable, stabilized vessel with ample relaxing spaces
  • Air-conditioned for guest's comfort
  • Aussie BBQ lunch with steak, prawns and tropical salads!
  • Unlimited snorkelling with high-quality equipment provided
  • Add on up to 3 introductory or certified dives to your day tour (extra)
  • Optional scenic helicopter tours above the reef (extra)
  • Complimentary glass of wine & snack on return

Important Information

  • Please click here for more diving information and to read the medical questionnaire.
  • Helicopter: 130kg weight restrictions apply for helicopter rides.

Sample Itinerary

7:15 am

Check in at the Reef Fleet Terminal for your day aboard Evolution.

8:00 am

Evolution Reef Cruise departs Cairns for the Great Barrier Reef.

9:45 am 

Arrive at your first reef location at Saxon Reef or Norman Reef for 3 hours of snorkelling or diving (at additional cost).

11:30 am

Enjoy a fresh, locally-sourced BBQ lunch aboard Evolution.

1:00 pm 

Arrive at your second reef location at Hastings Reef for 2 hours of snorkelling or diving, in addition to semi-submersible tours and helicopter flight add-ons.

3:00 pm

Evolution departs back to Cairns. Cheese and fruit platters and a glass of wine are served.

4:30 pm

Arrive back in Cairns after a day of sun-soaked fun.


    Evolution Reef Cruise is happy to offer Outer Reef snorkelling in some of the world's most biodiverse reefs! Chosen for their variety, they provide an excellent experience for both experienced snorkellers, beginners and children. Your experienced crew will keep an eye out while you explore what lies below, pointing out where you can find all the amazing corals and fish families that await you! With wet suits, buoyancy aids and free snorkel guides available, get ready to experience the best of the Outer Reef with Evolution.

    Group of people wearing lycra suits and snorkel masks on the Great Barrier Reef

    Scuba Diving

    Evolution offers scuba diving to both introductory and certified divers, meaning even if it's your first time, you can still enjoy the wonders of the Outer Reef. Introductory divers will get to know the ropes through the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program, where they'll be taught all the basic skills required to dive down to 12 metres accompanied by a PADI-qualified instructor. For the experienced divers on the Evolution Reef Cruise, pre-book up to 3 dives for your day trip!

    Scuba diver looking at a reef fish on the Great Barrier Reef

    Semi-submersible Reef Tour

    After snorkelling up a storm at your first Great Barrier Reef location, kick back under the sun as you cruise to your second destination for the day. Immerse yourself into the underwater activity once more with a snorkel or dive, or add on a semi-submersible tour for the chance to learn all about the reef ecosystems without getting wet! Alongside a marine naturalist guide, cruise along the reef shallows to spot unique marine life and corals of the reef. Ideal for families and those who aren't entering the water!

    Blue reef fish swimming on the Great Barrier Reef

    Scenic Helicopter Flight

    Experience the wonder of the reef from a new perspective with an exclusive scenic helicopter flight over the teeming Hastings Reef. Take to the air from Evolution's dazzling helicopter pontoon before soaring above turquoise lagoons and flourishing reef systems of the world's most extensive reef system. The perfect way to surprise a special someone, celebrate on the reef or add that extra thrill to your day!

    Evolution red helicopter flying over Hastings Reef

    Sample Menu

    BBQ Lunch

    • BBQ steak, prawns and fish (Lasagne with quinoa and bean sprout salad on request)
    • BBQ veggie patties
    • Potato dill salad, roast vegetable salad, tossed salad, sundried tomato pesto pasta salad
    • Couc cous salad and spinach salad
    • Coleslaw 
    • Bread - cottage loaves, french sticks, focaccia

    BBQ lunch selection on Evolution Reef Cruise

    Morning Tea - muffins and scones.

    More Information

    What To Bring

    • Towel
    • Sunscreen & hat
    • Swim suit 
    • Sunglasses
    • Cash or Credit Card for bar and souvenir purchase
    • Change of clothes and warm jumper/ jacket for cooler days.
    • Certified Divers must bring C Card
    • Dive Medical if required

    What's Included

    • Cruise on board luxury 35-metre superyacht
    • Visit 2 unique outer reef sites
    • 5 hours of snorkeling or diving
    • Unlimited snorkelling with all equipment
    • Hot BBQ lunch including fresh fish, prawns, steak and salad
    • Tea, coffee, and mini muffins
    • Free lycra/sun-suit hire
    • Free glass of wine and snack on return
    • PADI qualified dive instructors and Master Reef Guide
    • Spacious air-conditioned lounges and upper deck to relax
    • Reef Levy

    What's Extra

    • Scenic Heli Flight $199 pre-booked
    • Marine Biologist Snorkel Tour $25
    • Semi-Submersible Tour $20 Adults, $10 Child
    • Return Transfers $18pp Cairns City, $27pp Northern Beaches
    • Wetsuits $10pp 
    • 10 Minute Helicopter Flight - $199pp
    • Underwater Camera Hire - $55

      Terms and Conditions

      Department of Transport Regulations state seat belts are compulsory for all passengers and infants and must be worn at all times. 

      Your Responsibilities:

      Please advise us before booking if any passengers are under 18 years old to ensure this is the appropriate trip. 

      You must reconfirm all booked tours prior to travel as specified on your voucher. If applicable, notes such as dietary requirements, pick-up locations and additional fees should also be confirmed at this time. Reconfirmations cannot be actioned through Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel, and must be done so directly through the Service Operator as specified on each ticket.

      It is your responsibility to notify us of ticket discrepancies. Please read through the details on your voucher thoroughly to ensure all details such as passenger names, ages and dates of travel on vouchers are correct.

      It is the responsibility of all passengers travelling to advise both your travel agent at the time of booking and vessel check-in agent before boarding of any medical conditions including food allergies you may suffer from.

      You need to allow adequate time to check-in prior to the specified departure time. 

      Prices/Extra Costs:

      All prices are stated in Australian dollars and include GST. Surcharges over peak holiday seasons may apply. 

      The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices and extra costs. Extra costs may include EMC fees, Stingersuit/Wetsuit Hire, Luggage Storage, Insurance, Linen Hire, National Park Fees, Fuel Levies, Dietary Fees, etc. Bonds may also apply.

      We will also endeavour to communicate these extra costs with you at the time of booking, and on your ticket. However, it is your responsibility to confirm which (if any) additional costs apply with each Service Operator upon reconfirming your trip.

      Travel Risk/Insurance:

      It should be noted that adventure travel involves risk. Whilst we make every effort to safeguard clients, we cannot be responsible for personal injury or loss due to the actions of our clients which are beyond our control. We highly recommend that all clients have travel insurance covering illness, injury, loss or damage to personal belongings and not being able to travel on the confirmed date of departure. You should also ensure your travel insurance will cover special circumstances including weather events preventing guests from travelling to their tour departure destination and cancelled flights due to unforeseen circumstances. 


      The Service Operator reserves the right to limit courtesy transfers to select local accommodations. Private residences or Airbnb properties may be asked to meet at the closest confirmed location. Failure to meet at the specified pick-up location may be treated as “No Show”, for which the Client Cancellation Policy applies.

      Merchant Fees:

      Please be aware operators pass on credit card merchant fees so there is a non-refundable 1% surcharge for VISA and MASTERCARD card purchases.


      Terms and Conditions (including the Cancellation Policy) are subject to change. The most recent versions can be found online on the relevant product pages. 

      All ticket/voucher reissues attract a $20 administration fee.

      Open Date Vouchers / Gift Certificate:

      Shipping Costs are in addition to the ticket price and will be added at check-out. Shipping costs are non-refundable and do not makeup part of the ticket value. 

      E-Vouchers incur no shipping fees.

      You have 5 years to use the value of the voucher. Seasonal Price Rises will apply if travelling out the current seasons pricing. Vouchers can be exchanged for free up to the full value of the voucher excluding credit card fees and charges.


      Client Cancellations:

      All client cancellations forfeit 25% of total ticket price. No shows or client cancellations made within 48 hours of departure forfeit 100% of the total ticket price. 

      Sailing Whitsundays are required to notify the operator of any cancellations within the specified cancellation period (24 hours). It is your responsibility to make sure you submit your cancellation request with adequate time, and during standard business hours (9am-5pm), to allow us to contact the tour provider.

      Transfers between tours can be made at the suppliers discretion, however, it should be noted that supplier fees may apply. Tour transfers also incur a $20 administration fee. 

      It is compulsory that all cancellation requests are in writing and sent via email to admin@mr-travel.com. Cancellations attempted via online chat or phone will not be actioned.

      Supplier Cancellations:

      The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices, alter itineraries, apply a fuel surcharge, cancel departures, arrange alternative transport and vary itineraries and services if necessary.

      All departures and itineraries are subject to weather. Tours may be changed or cancelled for any reason at the discretion of the Service Operator. If the Service Operator has to cancel the trip or activity (prior to departure) and we cannot offer a suitable alternative, then a refund will be given minus a 20% administration fee and any associated card fees. We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance, especially during the wet season.

      In the unlikely event of your trip being cancelled or stood down, all guest communication is required to go through our Online Store via telephone or email. While there is a Sailing Whitsundays retail outlet located Airlie Beach, please be aware that they operate as a separate entity and are unable to access reservations made by the Mr Travel online department.


      All refunds are in Australian Dollars and must be made to the card of payment. Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel is not liable for exchange rate fluctuations or fees, or any other merchant/bank fees associated with domestic and/or international transactions.

      Where a full refund is applicable, there is the option to transfer the whole cost of the tour to another tour or “Credit” to avoid the administration fee. A transfer fee of $20 will apply.

      You will be emailed confirmation once the refund has been processed. Once the refund has been processed, it may still take time for the banks to clear the amount. Please allow 7-10 business days for the funds to clear into Australian accounts and up to 21 business days for international accounts.


      All Service Operators have the right to provide client feedback and to cancel bookings based off of feedback from other Service Operators. 

      Please enjoy your travel experience in a kind and responsible manner.

      Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel will treat this as any normal client cancellation and therefore the cancellation fees stated in the Client Cancellation Policy will apply.

      Thank you for booking with our East-Coast travel experts here at Mr Travel/Sailing Whitsundays. If you would like any further advice, assistance in arranging accommodation, transfers or additional tours please get in touch.


      Overall Rating

      4.8 / 5.0

      Based on 30 reviews

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      Reviews by our Cairns Tours customers

      Calum Burgess-Wylie, 15 Aug 22
      Great boat, lovely crew, great food! SCUBA dove on both Saxon and Hastings and they were both great in different ways. On Saxon we saw a fantastic selection of coral and fish, including multiple pufferfish, and a shoal of great barracuda. A large hawksbill turtle hung around eating off the coral without caring about us, and while we stayed with it we could hear whalesong. Awesome time!
      Emile van Schijndel, 08 Aug 22
      This is a very big and comfortable boat with very nice crew. The bbq steak lunch is great and the underwater boat was very cool. I saw a little shark from the boat.
      Rhys from Melbourne , 31 Jul 22
      Great experience, good crew, entertaining and very helpful. And a super big blue fish.
      Micheal , 29 Jul 22
      Overall a really great experience! The food was great, the crew were organised and very professional and friendly and happy to answer any of our questions. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
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