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Evolution Reef Cruise

FROM: $229
150
SingleDay
4.9 (36 Reviews)

Departure Times

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

Departure Point: Reef Fleet Terminal, Cairns

Pricing Options

RRP $249 $229 AUD / Person - Adult (17+) (Between: 01 Apr 2024 and 31 Mar 2025)
RRP $329 $309 AUD / Person - Adult - 1 Introductory Dive (Between: 01 Apr 2024 and 31 Mar 2025)
RRP $389 $369 AUD / Person - Adult - 2 Intro Dives (Between: 01 Apr 2024 and 31 Mar 2025)
RRP $329 $309 AUD / Person - Adult - 1 Certified Dive (Between: 01 Apr 2024 and 31 Mar 2025)
RRP $389 $369 AUD / Person - Adult - 2 Cert Dives (Between: 01 Apr 2024 and 31 Mar 2025)
RRP $434 $414 AUD / Person - Adult - 3 Cert Dives (Between: 01 Apr 2024 and 31 Mar 2025)
RRP $165 $160 AUD / Person - Family (2A+2C) ($640 Total) (Between: 01 Apr 2024 and 31 Mar 2025)
$90 AUD / Person - Additional Child with Family Package (Between: 01 Apr 2024 and 31 Mar 2025)
$149 AUD / Person - Child (4-16 years) (Between: 01 Apr 2024 and 31 Mar 2025)
$229 AUD / Person - Child - 1 Intro/Cert Dive (12-16 years) (Between: 01 Apr 2024 and 31 Mar 2025)
$20 AUD / Person - Semi Submarine - Add On (Between: 01 Apr 2024 and 31 Mar 2025)
$0 AUD / Person - Infant (0-3 years) (Between: 01 Apr 2024 and 31 Mar 2025)

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!

Features

  • 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

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  • 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 loca...

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  • 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.

    Snorkelling

    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

    Our Delicious Sample Menu

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    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

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    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

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    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 snorkelling or diving
    • Unlimited snorkelling with all equipment
    • Hot BBQ lunch including fresh fish, prawns, ...

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    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 snorkelling 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

    • 10 Minute Scenic Helicopter Flight - $199pp
    • Introductory Dive: 1st dive $80, 2nd dive $60, 3rd dive $45
    • Certified Dive: 1st dive $80, 2nd dive $60, 3rd dive $45
    • Marine Biologist Snorkel Tour $45
    • Semi-Submersible Tour $20 Adults, $10 Child
    • Wetsuits $10pp 
    • Underwater Camera Hire (SD card included) - $60
    • Underwater phone case - $35
    • Return Coach Transfers starting from $23pp
    • Prescription Mask Hire - $50 refundable deposit

    Optional extra prices are subject to change without notice. 

      Terms and Conditions

      All information provided at any time by Cairns Tours and our affiliates is subject to these Terms & Conditions. This includes but is not limited to tour information, pricing, blog posts, travel advice, itinerary information and availability.


      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 Cairns Tours/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.

      Bookings made from the 1st of March 2023 include Levy Fee.

      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. 


      Transport:

      It should be noted that any transport you have booked (buses, flights and ferries) through Cairns Tours is non-refundable and non-transferable. It might be possible to change flights however do note this must be done directly with the flight operator and we are unable to offer any support with this. This may incur change fees or cancellation fees, it depends on the T+Cs of the flight operators themselves. As we acted as a booking agent for you, it is possible to liaise with the airline directly should there be any unexpected events and the airline is forced to cancel your flights. If there are any changes to your flight times or days, we will get notified and send this email directly to you in a reasonable time.


      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.


      Other: 

      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.


      Transfers:

      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. Not all tours offer transfers, please refer to the individual product to see if this is applicable to your tour.


      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.

      Cancellations


      Client Cancellations:

      All cancellations forfeit 25% of the recommended retail price (RRP) - not the discounted/sale price. No shows or client cancellations made within 24 hours of departure forfeit 100% of the total ticket price. 

      Cairns Tours is required to notify the operator of any cancellations within the specified cancellation period. 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.

      All add-on activities (including but not limited to scuba diving, stand-up paddleboarding, helmet diving, guided snorkel tours, banana boat rides and waterslides) are subject to availability and price changing, and may not be available during your tour without notice. Guests are not eligible for refunds on the grounds of non-operating extra activities.

      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 Travel Shop retail outlet located in Cairns, please be aware that they operate as a separate entity and are unable to access reservations made by the Cairns Tours/Mr Travel online department..


      Refunds:

      All refunds are in Australian Dollars and must be made to the card of payment. Cairns Tours/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.


      Accountability/Misconduct:

      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.

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


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      All information, advice or pricing provided by Cairns Tours and our affiliates, or through any of our team, is subject to change. Cairns Tours articles and products are provided online for general information purposes only and are intended as guides. Any advice interpreted from information on the website (including but not limited to financial, immigration, employment and tax information) is not specialist advice and does not constitute legal, tax or other professional instruction. Cairns Tours does not guarantee that any information provided is up-to-date or accurate. Please obtain professional advice before actioning any advice, including but not limited to tax, immigration, employment, travel restrictions and finances.


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

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Where does the boat depart from and what time?

      Check in starts from 7:15am at the Down Under Dive counter located inside the Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns. The Evolution yacht is located at A Finger, Cairns Marlin Marina and departs at 8am sharp.

      How many hours do we spend out on the reef?

      Enjoy over 5 hours at the reef snorkelling, diving and relaxing at 2 outer reef sites.

      What reef sites do Evolution visit?

      Evolution has access to 12 exclusive moorings at six different reef spots. The locations you go to are chosen each day depending on weather conditions and water clarity to ensure the best experience for all activities. Generally, Evolution will travel to one of the two outer reef locations in the morning (Norman Reef or Saxon Reef), then travel to North Hastings Reef in the afternoon where they also conduct Helicopter Flights and the Semi-Submersible tour.

      What if I get sea sick?

      If you’re prone to seasickness, it’s advisable to take something around 20 minutes prior to boarding the boat. As Evolution is a catamaran, it is a more stable vessel in choppy weather compared to monohulls. You can purchase seasickness pills on the boat, but please note that tablets are a preventative and will not help if you are already feeling nauseous.

      Are special dietary requirements catered for?

      Evolution provides a delicious Aussie BBQ lunch including prawns, fish, steak, vegetarian option, vegan option and tropical salads. They can cater to guests with vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free diets - but you must advise reservations of your special dietary requirement at least 48 hours prior to travel. You are also welcome to bring your own snacks for morning and afternoon tea if you have any concerns regarding the options provided.

      Are there sharks on the reef?

      There are sharks in every ocean, but the ones you are most likely to encounter on the Great Barrier Reef are black and white tipped reef sharks. They are super timid creatures and pose no threat to humans. You should count yourself very lucky if you get to see one! Sightings of a reef shark is considered a good indication of a healthy reef and underwater ecosystem.

      Is the Evolution boat wheelchair friendly, and is there disability access?

      Evolution can accommodate guests with limited mobility, but it is advised to speak to staff when inquiring to ensure if the crew can meet your specific needs.

      Where does the scenic helicopter fly?

      The 10-minute scenic helicopter flight departs from Hastings Reef private helicopter pontoon. You’ll fly over Hastings Reef and surrounding areas before arriving back to the pontoon where the Evolution crew will transfer you back to the yacht.

      Does Evolution visit an island or pontoon?

      No, it doesn’t. Evolution is a beautiful 3 story luxury catamaran that moors on the outer reef while you enjoy the delights of the Great Barrier Reef.

      How long does it take to get to the outer reef?

      The journey takes about 90 minutes to reach the Outer Reef location from Cairns. Evolution is one of the fastest boat trips to the Outer Reef giving you 5 hours of snorkelling and scuba diving at 2 Outer Reef Sites.

      Reviews

      Overall Rating

      4.9 / 5.0

      Based on 36 reviews

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      Reviews by our Cairns Tours customers

      Julia Eder, 22 Nov 23
      loved it - the best days i had so far in australia- its such a unique experience and i made friends super easy. also love going back to the roots for a few days without signal and just living in the moment.
      Julia Eder, 22 Nov 23
      pretty good, bit hard to socialize since we had two big groups
      Julia Eder, 22 Nov 23
      easy way of transportation, very convenient
      Julia Eder, 22 Nov 23
      i loved it, this day was just perfect and the food was delicious
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