Airlie Beach Dive & Snorkel Tour Outer Barrier Reef

Tour Code: 771

Departing: Airlie Beach

Pickup: Hamilton Island

Dive and Snorkel The Outer Reef
  • Our Airlie Beach outer Barrier Reef dive and snorkel tour carries only a maximum of 60 guests on busy days making this a personalised reef tour
  • Spend 3.5 hours snorkelling and scuba diving 2 different coral reef locations on Bait Reef on the outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Departing Airlie Beach at 8.00am and picking up guests at Hamilton Island at 8.45am we are in the water at 11.00am to 3.00pm
  • One of the newest multi storey high speed boats in Airlie Beach we will have you diving and snorkelling the outer Great Barrier Reef in comfort

Included In Price

  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Buffet luncheon
  • All Mares diving and snorkelling equipment
  • Hot water showers

Dive and snorkel the outer Barrier Reef departing from Airlie Beach with pickups at Hamilton Island on the way to Bait Reef where we have the choice of two private moorings to show our guests the best of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Experience a full-day outer Great Barrier Reef dive and snorkel tour from Airlie Beach to two coral reef lagoons around Bait Reef - the closest of the Whitsunday Island outer reef Barrier Reef locations.

Departing Airlie Beach at 8.00am and returning 6.00pm, our full day tour visits two dive and snorkel locations within Bait Reef for a minimum of 3.5 hours.

If you are staying on Hamilton Island guests will be collected to join our Great Barrier Reef tour at 8.45am and will return to the island at 5.00pm

Guests can enjoy time scuba diving and snorkelling under the watchful eye of our boat crew on these beautiful reef systems.

Our newly built custom designed dive & snorkel boat, which has two levels of air conditioned luxury, lounge style seating, a partially shaded deck and fresh water hot and cold showers on-board has us going at high speed to reach the outer Great Barrier Reef.

There is a full beam swim platform at the aft which makes entering and exiting the water a comfortable and easy experience.

If you are a Non-swimmer and do not wish to dive and snorkel but still come along for the ride to the reef to watch eveyone else have fun we have a special discounted rate for you to join our Great Barrier Reef tour. 

To keep you energised all day, a delicious buffet style lunch is provided on board, as well as morning and afternoon tea.

Includes high quality Mares Diving & Snorkeling gear; wetsuits/stinger suits & flotation jackets (if required).

Airlie Beach Dive & Snorkel Tour - What We Offer:

  • We operate by taking smaller groups of a maximum of 60 guests to ensure a more personalised and quality experience.
  • Spend 3.5 hours on the reef from 11.00am to 3.00pm
  • Top of the line dive and snorkel equipment and vessel. Travel between sites in comfort on our newly custom designed dive & snorkel cat
  • Informative. Educational Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Island commentary en route
  • 5 Star PADI rating.  We are one of Airlie Beach's few PADI 5 star accredited operators.
  • Various sites. You'll dive and snorkel 2 sites around Bait Reef and your skipper chooses these on the day and these may be Stepping Stones, Paradise Lagoon or Mantaray.
  • Travel time: Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island approx. 45 minutes, Hamilton Island to outer reef 2 hours

Underwater Visibility

The visibility on the Great Barrier Reef changes daily dependent on the current weather conditions.

During the summer months you can expect an average of 8-15m at the outer Great Barrier Reef and 5-8m around the inner fringing reef.

The winter months typically see visibility well in excess of averages due to lower tidal ranges.

What will you see on the Great Barrier Reef?

Bait Reef has some wonderful vibrant coral varieties, colour and busy marine life. The fringing inner reef tends to be slightly more colourful due to the nature of the soft coral that grows around these areas.

You will find numerous smaller reef-dwelling fish such as parrotfish, angelfish, batfish, damselfish and fusiliers. At the outer reef, you can expect to see a hard coral platform reef with impressive drop offs and our friendly resident giant trevallies, along with countless colourful reef fish.

If you're lucky you might even get a visit from a friendly sea turtle, mantaray or white tip reef shark whilst on one of our trips!

Keep an eye out for humpback whales during the months of July to September.

Introductory Scuba Diving

At the moment, we only conduct introductory scuba diving on the full day dive and snorkel tour to Bait Reef on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Please read the terms and conditions for introductory scuba diving.

Click Here to view the Medical check list for Introductory Scuba divers.

See more Airlie Beach Great Barrier Reef tours. 

Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Airlie Beach

Departure Time
  • Departure: Airlie Beach: 7.45am for an 8.00am
  • Departure: Hamilton Island 8.15am for 8.45am
  • Returning: 6.00pm to Airlie Beach
  • Returning: 5.00pm to Hamilton Island
Departure Instructions

Be at Meeting Point D near the umbrellas at the top car park Coral Sea Marina

Pickup Locations

Hamilton Island

  • Make own way to Coral Sea Marina
  • Hamilton Island
  • Bait Reef
  • Stepping Stones
  • Paradise Lagoon
  • Mantaray drop off
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation


Closed Christmas Day


Departing - Airlie Beach 10 hours
Departing - Hamilton Island 8 hours

  • We at Explore reserve the right to make changes to the product including but not limited to: schedule changes and product alterations
  • All bookings are subject to availability, weather, and minimum numbers. Explore will, however, make all efforts to accommodate all bookings
  • Certified Divers must provide the following details:
  • a) Date of last dive. N.B If last dive was over 12 months the diver will require a pool refresher the day prior to their tour
  • b) Approximate amount of dives
  • c) Level of certification
  • d) All contact details as per all bookings
  • Introductory Divers must provide the following details:
  • a) All contact details as per all bookings
  • b) We need to email a booking confirmation which contains a link to a dive registration form. This form must be completed by the guest within 48 hours of booking
  • c) If any further information is required,we will contact the guest directly
  • d) The dive booking is not completed until the registration form is complete
  • The abovementioned necessary details are supplied to Explore within 48 hours of the reservation being made. Failure to do so may result in the booking being cancelled or remaining unconfirmed until the required details have been provided by the guest and approved by Explores Dive Manager.
  • Discover Scuba Diver – Introductory Scuba Dive
  • DSD (Discover Scuba Diver) must complete a pool session the day prior to their Great Barrier Reef cruise. Session times are generally 7am
  • The pool skills training is done at our dive facility and pool at Shingley Beach Resort – 115 Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach. A reminder that DSD’s include one dive and one snorkel session. Guests may have an opportunity to purchase a second dive, however this is not guaranteed.

Scuba Diving Restrictions

  • Certain medical conditions and medications may preclude some people from scuba diving.
  • Participation is subject to a medical questionnaire completed on board with the tour operator
  • Minimum age for scuba diving is 12 years.
  • Flying after scuba diving: a wait of 12 hours is recommended after one dive, 18 hour after 2 dives and at least 24 hours after multiple dives, before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater.

Advanced Dive Medical Intro Dive Medical

Read more about Diving Safety on the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Towel, hat sunscreen money for drinks souvenirs extra dives
  • Divers need to bring dive certification

Children under 5 on this tour are free of charge.

All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions  for details prior to booking.


  • a) Bookings cancelled within 48 and 24 hours of the tour date will incur a 50% cancellation charge
  • b) Bookings cancelled within 24 hours of the tour date or non-attendance on the tour will incur a 100% cancellation charge

Airlie Beach Dive & Snorkel Tour Outer Barrier Reef

Tour Code: 771

Departing: Airlie Beach

Pickup: Hamilton Island

Dive and Snorkel The Outer Reef



Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$150.00
Family: au$800.00

Tour Code: 771



15 yrs & over

5 - 14 yrs

0 - 4 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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