Airlie Beach Shute Harbour Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Tour | EXP

Tour Code: 771

Departing: Shute Harbour

Family Deal Save $140
  • Intimate.  We operate by taking smaller groups to ensure a more personalised and quality experience
  • Spend 3.5 hours snorkelling on Bait Reef on the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Top of the line equipment and vessel. Travel between sites in comfort on our custom designed vessel
  • One of the newest multi storey high speed boats in Airlie Beach we will have you snorkelling the Outer Great Barrier Reef in comfort
  • Professional Team. Our team is passionate about this amazing location and can't wait to show you around
  • Informative. Educational Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Island commentary en route

Included In Price

  • 3.5 hours on location
  • Two different snorkeling locations around Bait Reef
  • Purpose built dive/snorkel vessel with easy water access
  • Healthy buffet style lunch, morning and afternoon tea included to refuel
  • High quality snorkeling equipment including wetsuits/stinger suits and flotation jackets (if required)
  • Personalised snorkeling instructions for the not too confident

Small group snorkelling tours in the Whitsundays to the Outer Barrier Reef departing from Shute Harbour near Airlie Beach to Bait Reef, see the best of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

What to Expect

Experience an unforgettable full-day snorkelling tour in the Whitsundays to Bait Reef from Shute Harbour near Airlie Beach, the closest outer reef location in the Whitsunday Islands. This small group reef tour offers an exceptional opportunity to explore the very best coral reefs and marine life on the Great Barrier Reef.

Features and Highlights

Full-Day Outer Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling Tour

  • Convenient Departures:

  • The tour departs from Shute Harbour at 6:45 AM, returning around 5:30 PM, allowing for a comprehensive day of snorkelling. For guests staying on Hamilton Island, pickup is at 8:00 AM with a return at 4:00 PM.
  • State-of-the-Art Vessel:

  • Travel aboard a newly built, custom-designed boat featuring two levels of air-conditioned luxury, lounge-style seating, and a partially shaded deck. This is a small group tour where everyone onboard is looked after by our dedicated crew. Freshwater hot and cold showers are available onboard for comfort after snorkelling.
  • Easy Water Access:

  • A full-beam swim platform at the aft of the boat makes entering and exiting the water effortless and safe, enhancing your snorkelling experience.
  • Extended Time at Bait Reef:

  • Spend a minimum of 3.5 hours snorkelling the Whitsundays at Bait Reef, allowing ample time to swim amidst the exotic marine life and colourful coral formations under the supervision of our attentive boat crew.
  • Gourmet Refreshments:

  • To keep you fuelled throughout the day, enjoy a delicious buffet-style lunch, along with morning and afternoon tea, all included in your outer reef tour.
  • Snorkelling Equipment Included:

  • All necessary snorkelling gear is provided, including wetsuits or Lycra sun and flotation jackets to ensure your comfort and safety in the water.

This full-day snorkelling tour from Shute Harbour near Airlie Beach to Bait Reef is the perfect way to experience the wonders of the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef. Ideal for marine enthusiasts of all skill levels, this tour combines luxury travel with extraordinary snorkelling opportunities, creating a day of adventure and discovery in one of Australia's most iconic natural settings.

Airlie Beach 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 snorkel equipment and vessel.
  • Informative. Educational Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Island commentary en route
  • 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

Shute Harbour

Departure Time

Departs 6.45am - Returns 5.30pm approx.

Departure Instructions

Departs from Shute Harbour

  • Whitsunday Island
  • Bait Reef
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation


Closed Christmas Day


10.5 hours approx.

Fitness Level Required

Low, Medium


We at Explore reserve the right to make changes to the product including but not limited to: schedule changes and product alterations

Pack as if you were going to the beach, plus credit card for extras such as souvenirs, drinks...etc

Children under 5 on this tour are free of charge.

All cancellations must be in writing.

We understand things may change, so we have made cancellations very easy.

In every instance we always recommend you purchase travel insurance for life’s last-minute hiccups.

Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.

Operators policy:

  • All tours are subject to minimum numbers and to weather conditions and so may be cancelled at the discretion of the operator.
  • We also reserve the right to alter the destination pending the weather for your safety and comfort.
  • Times may also need to be changed due to tidal changes.
  • The company will offer alternative days or refunds in the event of cancellations.
  • Cancel 48 hours prior to the cruise timing - no fee.
  • Cancel between 24 & 48 hours prior to the cruise timing - 50% fee.
  • Cancel within 24 hours prior to the cruise timing - 100% fee.
  • In the event that we cancel due to weather conditions the guest will be offered a full refund or an alternative day.

Please note: guests must be able to swim to participate in snorkeling. There will be a guide in the water for assistance, and floatation devices available for those that require them.

Airlie Beach Shute Harbour Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Tour | EXP

Tour Code: 771

Departing: Shute Harbour

Family Deal Save $140



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

Child: au$140.00
Family: au$710.00

Tour Code: 771



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1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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