Evolution Reef Cruise – Day trip

  • Full-day Great Barrier Reef Tour
  • Adults $240
  • Children $140
  • Family $640 ( 2 adults and two children)

Embark on an adventure-filled day as you board the award-winning superyacht Evolution for your Great Barrier Reef day tour.  You will be warmly greeted by our professional and expert dive crew, who will ensure you are comfortable and ready for the experience of a lifetime.

About Evolution Reef Cruise

As you cruise from Cairns on your 35-metre luxury superyacht, you can relax and enjoy the stunning scenery en route to two exclusive outer Great Barrier Reef sites.  Your tour includes five hours on the outer Reef, visiting two amazing and diverse reefs such as Norman, Saxon and Hastings, renowned for their remarkable coral Reef and prolific marine life.

First Reef location

Upon arriving at your first Reef location, either Saxon Reef or Norman Reef, you can snorkel and dive (scuba diving is available for an additional cost).  With your provided equipment, immerse yourself in the underwater world, filled with multicoloured fish, coral and other marine life.  Beginners will receive instruction, and our knowledgeable dive crew will be on hand to offer assistance.
During your time on the Reef, enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch prepared on board, featuring fresh fish, steak, a variety of salads and prawns.  Special dietary requirements are also catered for.

Second Reef location

At your second Reef location, North Hastings Reef, you can choose to snorkel or dive once again.  Alternatively, if you prefer to stay dry, you can still experience the wonders of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef from above on a 10-minute scenic helicopter flight or our Semi-Submersible tour.  Next, sit back and relax on the cruise back to Cairns.  Celebrate with a glass of wine and afternoon tea at the end of your unforgettable day tour of the Great Barrier Reef.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – Evolution Reef Cruise

Q: What makes the Evolution Reef Cruise unique?

A: ThEvolution Reef Cruise stands out for its luxurious catamaran vessel, exceptional service, and commitment to providing an unforgettable reef experience with a touch of comfort and style.

Q: What activities are included in the Evolution Reef Cruise?

A: The Evolution Reef Cruise offers various activities, including snorkelling, introductory scuba diving, and a thrilling semi-submersible ride.  Guests can also relax on spacious sundecks and enjoy onboard entertainment.

Q: Do I need prior snorkelling or diving experience to join the cruise?

A: No prior experience is necessary to join the Evolution Reef Cruise.  Professional instructors guide snorkelling and introductory scuba diving, ensuring everyone can participate safely.

Q: How long does the Evolution Reef Cruise last?

A: The Evolution Reef Cruise typically lasts around 8.5 hours, giving guests ample time to explore the reef, indulge in sumptuous meals, and create lasting memories.

Q: Where does the Evolution Reef Cruise take us on the Great Barrier Reef?

A: The cruise visits two exclusive reef sites, Hastings Reef, Norman Reef and Saxon Reef, known for their vibrant coral formations and abundant marine life.

Q: Is the Evolution Reef Cruise suitable for families with children?

A: Absolutely!  The Evolution Reef Cruise is family-friendly and caters to guests of all ages.  Children can enjoy the snorkelling experience with parental supervision, and there are options for non-swimmers to see the reef too.

Q: Are there age restrictions for scuba diving during the cruise?

A: Yes, scuba diving has age and medical restrictions.  Introductory scuba diving is available for guests aged 12 years and above, and certified divers can enjoy guided dives.

Q: What safety measures are in place during the cruise?

A: Safety is a top priority during the Evolution Reef Cruise.  The crew provides comprehensive safety briefings, and all necessary safety equipment is readily available for snorkelers and divers.

Q: Is snorkelling equipment provided during the cruise?

A: Yes, snorkelling equipment, including masks, snorkels, fins, and buoyancy aids, is provided on the cruise, ensuring that guests have everything they need for a fantastic underwater adventure.

Q: Can I charter the Evolution Reef Cruise for private events?

A: Yes, the Evolution Reef Cruise can be chartered for private events, providing a unique and unforgettable venue for celebrations, corporate gatherings, and special occasions.  Please get in touch with our team for more information.

Q: How do I book the Evolution Reef Cruise?

A: Booking the Evolution Reef Cruise is easy.  Guests can book online by clicking on the book button, and we complete the information in a few easy steps.

Q: Can I extend my stay on the Great Barrier Reef after the cruise?

A: While the Evolution Reef Cruise operates as a day trip, visitors can explore other reef experiences, such as liveaboard trips or multi-day tours, to further immerse themselves in the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.

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Evolution Outer Reef Cruise Itinerary

7:15 am – 7:45 am: Check-in, Reef Fleet Terminal
8.00 am:
Evolution departs Cairns
9.45 am: Arrive at reef location 1
11:30 am: Enjoy a BBQ buffet lunch onboard
1:00 pm: A
rrives at reef location 2
3:00 pm: D
eparts for Cairns
4:30 pm:
Evolution arrives back in Cairns

  • Cruise onboard luxury 35-metre superyacht, Evolution
  • 5 hours of outer reef time
  • Two unique outer reef locations
  • Unlimited snorkelling with all equipment
  • Delicious BBQ Lunch including fresh fish, prawns, steak and a variety of salads (Vegan, Vegetarian, GF, DF)
  • Tea, coffee and mini muffins
  •  Lycra/sun-suit hire
  •  A glass of wine and snack on return
  • PADI-qualified dive instructors and Master Reef Guide
  • Spacious air-conditioned lounges and upper deck to relax in comfort

Evolution Outer Reef Cruise Optional Extras

  • Up to 3 Introductory or Certified Dives
  • Pre-booked 1st dive: $80
  • 2nd Dive: $60
  • 3rd Dive: $45
  • Scenic Heli Flight $199pp pre-booked
  • Marine Biologist Snorkel Tour $35pp
  • Semi-Submersible Tour $20 Adults, $10 Child
  • Return transfers – Cairns City $20pp, Northern Beaches $29pp, Port Douglas $99pp (min 2)
  • Wetsuits $10pp onboard

What to bring for your day on Evolution

  • Sunscreen and Hat
  • Travel voucher
  • Change of Clothes
  • Swimmers and a towel
  • Cash or Credit Card for bar and souvenir purchases
  • $20 per person for Reef levy

Departure details for Evolution Outer Reef Cruise

Check-in is at Reef Fleet Terminal (a large building at the Marina). Please check in from 7.15 am – 7.45 am at the Down Under Cruise and Dive counter. The boat departs at 8 am sharp and returns at approximately 4.30 pm.

Helicopter: 130kg weight restrictions apply for helicopter rides.

Diving: All divers must complete a Queensland Medical Questionnaire onboard. Certified divers must show an internationally recognised scuba card. Minimum age for Introductory divers and dive courses: 12+ years and Certified divers: 10+ years.

Semi-Sub: Please note that due to safety reasons, the Semi Submarine Tour is weather permitting.

Reef Levy: There’s a mandatory $20 per person to be paid onboard on the day of travel.

Tour Features

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Evolution Reef Cruise Tours

Evolution Outer Reef Cairns

Certified Dive: 1 Dive

Includes snorkelling and certified dive


Evolution Outer Reef Cairns

Certified Dive: 2 Dives

Includes snorkelling and 2 certified dives


Evolution Outer Reef Cairns

Snorkel: Standard

Include snorkel and cruise



Introductory Dive: 2 Dives

Includes snorkelling and 2 introductory dives



Introductory Dive: 1 Dive

Includes snorkelling and introductory dive




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