Hamilton Island Dive & Snorkel and Airlie Beach (Snorkel Only) Tour – Outer Barrier Reef

Tour Code: 772

Departing: Hamilton Island

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

Included In Price

  • 2 hours cruising to location each way with informative commentary
  • A minimum of 3.5 hours is spent on location
  • Visit at least 2 different locations around Bait Reef
  • Lunch, morning and afternoon tea
  • High quality Mares dive equipment and wetsuits

Hamilton Island dive and snorkel tour to the outer Great Barrier Reef daily on a high speed catamaran with only 60 guests. The reef boat has come from Airlie Beach with guests and calls into Hamilton Island on the way to Bait Reef. We visit 2 reefs on the outer Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

The high speed Hamilton Island dive & snorkel tour boat first departs Hamilton Island at 8.00am and heads out to the Great Barrier Reef.

This tour also offers a full day out snorkel only departing from Airlie Beach Shute Harbour at 7.15am and returning 5.20pm.

Our full day reef tour visits two dive and snorkel locations within Bait Reef for a minimum of 3.5 hours and is the perfect option for certified scuba divers.

For those guests on Hamilton Island you will be returned to the island at 4.00pm 

Join our full-day outer Hamilton Island dive and snorkel tour on the Great Barrier Reef and visit two of our private moorings around Bait Reef - the closest of the Whitsunday Island outer reef Barrier Reef locations.

Under the watchful eye of our dive tour boat crew on these beautiful reef systems, guests can enjoy time snorkelling and scuba diving amongst the colourful fishes and corals.

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.

In the afternoon a delicious buffet style lunch is provided on board. Morning and afternoon tea are also served during the day.

For our in-water activities we include high quality Mares scuba diving & snorkeling gear; wetsuits/lycra sun suits & flotation jackets (if required).

Hamilton Island Dive & Snorkel Tour

On a full boat tour we carry a maximum of only 60 guests to ensure a more personalised and quality Great Barrier Reef tour experience.

We spend approx. 3.5 hours on the reef from 11.00am to 3.00pm

  • Top of the line dive and snorkel equipment and high speed catamaran. 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 the Whitsunday Islands few PADI 5 star accredited operators.
  • We 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

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.

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

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Certified Divers - Need to know:

You must produce your certification card and/or log book at the time of booking
Your full day experience includes two dives at the reef
Your fees include all gear hire
You will be guided by our experience Divemasters or Instructors
As some of our dive locations are advanced dive sites you may be required to complete a refresher programme if you last was more than 12 months ago. Please discuss this at time of booking

See more Great Barrier Reef tours from Hamilton Island.

Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Hamilton Island

Departure Time
  • Departs from Hamilton Island 8.00am - Returns 4.00pm
  • Departs Airlie Beach Shute Harbour at 7.15am
Departure Instructions
  • Make own way to the Hamilton Island marina
  • Make your own way to the Airlie Beach Marina
  • Hamilton Island
  • Two selected moorings around Bait Reef
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation


Closed Christmas Day


8 hours in total
2 hours cruising to location each way
3.5 hours on location
10 hours from Airlie Beach - Shute Harbour: 7.15am - 5.20pm

Fitness Level Required


  • 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.
  • Flying after Diving
  • All divers should be advised that after diving, they should wait a minimum of 12 hours before flying in pressurised aircraft. Where divers have had daily multiple dives for several consecutive days or have made dives that require decompression stops, the minimum time before flying after diving is to be extended to 24 hours.
  • 1 (one) dive – the fly time following 1 (one) dive is 12 (twelve) hours
  • 2 (two) dives – the fly time following 2 (two) dives is 24 (twenty-four) hours

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 must be 5 years and over for this tour.

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
  • Please advise dietary requirements at time of booking.
  • 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.
  • Children must be 12 years and older to participate in diving. You must complete a diving medical questionnaire before being able to dive with us. All certified divers must produce their certification card or log book at the time of booking.

Hamilton Island Dive & Snorkel and Airlie Beach (Snorkel Only) Tour – Outer Barrier Reef

Tour Code: 772

Departing: 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: 772



15 yrs & over

5 - 14 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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