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Skedaddle Express Outer Great Barrier Reef Tour from Cairns

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  • Spectacular views as you cruise to Hastings Reef
  • Snorkel or scuba dive at the Great Barrier Reef
  • Underwater coral viewing on a glass-bottom boat excursion
  • Express tour means maximum time on the island
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Skedaddle Express Outer Great Barrier Reef Tour from Cairns
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The sandy shores and colorful corals of Hastings Reef are part of the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef and lie just off the coast of Cairns. On this express tour, travel by high-speed jet boat, ensuring that you maximize your time at the island. On arrival, join a snorkeling or scuba diving excursion, cruise around the reef on a glass-bottom boat, then enjoy a delicious afternoon tea before returning to Cairns.
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Snorkel the Outer Great Barrier Reef

Duration: 2 hours

Location: Skedaddle, 73 Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia

Make your way directly to Skedaddle at 11.15 am on E Finger at the northern side of the Cairns Marina (adjacent to the easily visible “Salt House” restaurant). On arrival you will be welcomed by your skipper before stepping aboard Skedaddle to meet your crew.
Check-in is at 11.15 am Skedaddle E Finger Cairns Marlin Marina.
All equipment is provided and your crew will assist you with fitting the correct size snorkel or dive equipment as you board the vessel.
The dive briefing for scuba divers commences promptly at 11:15am (don’t be late) and details in-water skills.
Departing Cairns, the safety briefing explains the various safety systems and procedures on-board, how the day will run and where to find your crew.
Being the fastest reef tour in Cairns, it only takes 45 minutes for Skedaddle to reach Hasting Reef, Outer Barrier Reef.
On arrival, there is a site briefing then a snorkel demonstration to ensure all are aware of the equipment, health risks of snorkelling and things to be aware of at the reef. After which you gather your equipment, organise a buoyancy vest or noodle and collect your suit
Experienced or novice, the snorkel tours will commence from the stern of the vessel.. The tour guides depart in small groups, towing a life ring. Your guide will assist you with your equipment and although the high-quality mask and snorkel are easy to fit..
Introductory divers commence their Scuba dive from Skedaddle under the supervision of our dive instructors.
After your dive or snorkel excursion, there is ample time to revisit the reef with you snorkel buddy. Or you can relax and take the glass bottom boat tour.
With a good 2½ hours of diving, snorkelling, or coral viewing you are ready for afternoon tea where the safety head count is conducted and with all signed back on-board, Skedaddle returns to Cairns.
Children must be taller than 1.3 metres or 4 feet 3 inches to travel – height is checked at boarding.
Skedaddle is not recommended for persons with: back or neck problems, recent operations, recent injuries, broken bones or are pregnant.

Duration: 2 hours

Location: Skedaddle Cairns, 75 Esplanade, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on a cloudy and rainy day. The boat is a lot of fun and even though the weather wasn’t perfect the trip and crew were lovely. The snorkel tour was great and the equipment was clean and well taken care of. I was...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Cotecotecody
SkedaddleCairns, Public Relations Manager at Skedaddle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi @Cotecotecody, Thanks for your honest review. We are super happy you enjoyed the half day trip with our fast jet-boat accompanied by our staff members, even though the weather wasn't perfect. We would like to have you on board again in the future, Skedaddle...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went on a half day snorkel tour! Boat was small and fast, got there in 1hrs or so, can't completely remeber but it was quicker than other boats! Was a bumpy ride but your fastened in the belts really securely! Small group, clean boat, cool...More

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SkedaddleCairns, Public Relations Manager at Skedaddle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear @nkftravels, Thank you very much for your great review and the cool picture with your fins on! So happy you saw some turtles and a variety of fish when you snorkelled at Hastings reef. Unfortunately we cannot control which underwater animals you will see...More

Reviewed 9 May 2019

With so many snorkeling options to choose from for the Great Barrier Reef, we're glad we went with Skedaddle. Their tour was perfect for our time schedule, and the staff was simply wonderful--very friendly and accommodating. The entire experience from booking to disembarking was great....More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Denise V
SkedaddleCairns, Public Relations Manager at Skedaddle, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2019

Dear Denise, Thank you very much for your amazing review. We are glad you enjoyed the half day tour with us. Travelling on Skedaddle is perfect if you don't have a full day and still want to explore the diverse underwater world of the outer...More

Reviewed 8 May 2019 via mobile

Was so lucky to have a chance to do a half day tour w Skedaddle crew, brilliant caring & fun staff. The quickest & coolest way out to the outer reef. Small & personal size on the boat. Will definitely be back again thank you...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Carol-Anne A
Reviewed 4 May 2019

Staff were amazing, best way to see the reef! Highly recommend. Introductory scuba dive was fantastic with knowledgeable and experienced staff.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Marion C
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Response from petemandysept77 | Reviewed this property |
I 'm not sure you can e mail them they are extremely nice so I'm sure they will advise there are plenty of full face masks available to buy and plenty of sea to use it in but get in touch with them have a wonderful trip it... More
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I think they max out at 35. We had around 29 when we went and it didn't feel crowded at all.
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