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Evolution Reef Cruise –Best Value

Snorkel - Dive - Semi-Sub - Heli Flight

Why we Love an Evolution Reef Cruise

Evolution departs Cairns daily and offers a fast, spacious and affordable outer Great Barrier Reef day tour. The 90 minute journey to exclusive reef sites on Norman, Saxon and Hastings Reefs allows for up to five hours of snorkelling, diving, scenic helicopter flights and semi-submersible tours.

Evolution is a large modern vessel that provides a superior ride in all weather conditions, spacious deck and air-conditioned saloon lounges with professional, friendly and attentive staff on-hand to ensure a safe and enjoyable fun filled experience.

The family rates are excellent, where child age is from 4 to 16 years of age and a family pass (2 adults 2 children) offers a great discounted rate.

Your cruise will include the following highlights;

  • Spend over 5 hours on the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Visit 2 Exclusive Reef sites
  • Unlimited Snorkelling
  • Guided Snorkel Tours
  • Introductory and Certified Scuba Diving
  • Scenic Helicopter Flights
  • Semi-submersible Tours

  • Departs Cairns Marina @ 8:20am
  • Returns approx. 4:45pm
  • Accommodation Pick-ups available at additional cost
What is included:
  • 5 hours at the Great Barrier Reef
  • Two Outer Reef Locations
  • Fast Luxury Boat
  • 90 minutes travel time to outer reef locations
  • High Quality Snorkelling Equipment & Tuition
  • Certified or Intro Scuba Dive & Equipment (Dive Packages)
  • Life vests and flotation devices
  • Guided Snorkel Tours
  • Hot BBQ Lunch
  • Tea/Coffee
  • Cheese/Biscuits, Fruit & Wine on cruise back to Cairns
  • Marine Naturalist Presentations
  • Semi-sub Coral Viewing Tour (additional cost)
  • Scenic Helicopter Flights (additional cost)

What you need:
  • Swim wear and beach towel
  • Hat and Sunglasses
  • Please consider a Re-useable/Sustainable Water Bottle
  • Please use Reef/Coral Safe Sunscreen
  • Camera/Phone
Cruise itinerary:
(This is an example itinerary of a typical day)
  • 07.30am Check-In at the Reef Fleet Terminal (Evolution Reef Cruise / Down Under Dive Counter)
  • 08.20am Departs Cairns
  • 10.00am Evolution arrives at our first Reef site – Saxon Reef or Norman Reef (3 hours of snorkelling &/or diving)
  • 11.30am to 12.45pm Hot BBQ lunch with Salads
  • 1.00pm Arrives at Reef no.2: Hastings Reef (2+ hours of snorkelling &/or diving, Scenic helicopter flight options commence and semi-submersible tours available)
  • 3.15pm Departs reef and fruit platters, cheese/biscuits and wine with free Onboard entertainment provided.
  • 4.45pm Arrives back in Cairns where you will ay goodbye to your crew.
Additional Options

Scenic Helicopter Flight Options:

  • Half Day Fly / Cruise option (25 minute Helicopter Flight from Cairns to Reef)
  • Full Day Cruise / Fly option (25 minute Helicopter Flight from Reef to Cairns)
  • “Get High Package” includes 10 minute flight from boat and 1x Scuba Dive
  • “Get High Package Snorkel Only” includes 10 minute flight from boat

Optional Extras:

  • Marine Biology Lesson & Snorkel Tour – AU$25 per person
  • Semi Submersible Coral Viewing Tour – AU$10
  • Guided Dive (certified divers) – AU$10 per dive
  • Wet Suit / Stinger Suit Hire – AU$10 (included for cert divers)
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Range of quality Evolution Reef Cruise merchandise

Important Information
  • $20 Marine Park Fees and Port Authority Levies
  • Most additional Dietary Requirements can be catered for – Please ask upon booking
  • Itineraries may be subject to change dependant on weather and other circumstances
  • Prices are in Australian Dollars (AU$)

Scuba Divers Medical Info

You will be required to sign a Waiver Release & Indemnity Deed onboard the vessel.

Some medical conditions may prevent you diving. You will be required to complete a waiver and medical statement prior to diving. If you would answer ‘Yes’ to any of the questions below you will need to consult a doctor and acquire a medical certificate stating that you’re ‘fit to dive’ prior to your dive trip.

  • Since completing your last dive medical assessment have you suffered any illness or injury that may affect your ability to dive safely?
  • Are you currently suffering any illness or injury?
  • Are you currently taking any prescription medication other than the contraceptive pill?
  • Is there any other condition, fact or circumstance that may affect your fitness or ability to dive safely?

Flying after diving? We recommend that you do not fly until at least midday the day after your dive trip returns. This will give you 24 hours of surface interval after diving.

Cancellation/Refund Policy
  • If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 48 hours of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
  • Pre-booked scuba divers that fail the onboard medical questionnaire are NOT entitled to a refund.
  • Unless otherwise stated all refunds will incur a 10% administration fee.

Eco-Certification Awards

The following Eco-Accreditation from Eco Tourism Australia had been achieved.Ecotourism Australia: Setting Ethical Standards for the Travel Industry

  • Eco Certified Advanced Ecotourism

Australia’s leading and most innovative ecotourism products, providing an opportunity to learn about the environment with an operator who is committed to achieving best practice when using resources wisely, contributing to the conservation of the environment and helping local communities.

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How Do We Do That ?

We fund it with Your travel bookings and our eco-rewards programme.

  • Every dollar earns an eco-reward
  • For example: Spend $100 ⇢ Earn 100 eco-rewards
  • Reaching 750 eco-rewards will enable us to fund the permanent protection of 1/4 Acre of Real Rainforest in Real Places.
  • Continue earning and every 750 eco-rewards Tree Hugger Travel will continue protecting.

☆ Recognising Your Contribution ☆

You made this happen and in recognition, You will receive a colourful and informative gift pack by post.

This includes a personalised certificate, information about the project you supported and a letter from World Land Trust thanking you for Your support.

More information? Head to our Eco Rewards Programme page.


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Earn Eco-Rewards that fund the purchase of biologically important threatened rainforests around the world.

We partner with the World Land Trust to make this happen and you, our customers, will receive a personalised certificate in recognition of the land you have helped to save.

Your Bookings Save Rainforest

Earn Eco-Rewards that fund the purchase of biologically important threatened rainforests around the world.

We partner with the World Land Trust to make this happen and you, our customers, will receive a personalised certificate in recognition of the land you have helped to save.

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