Evolution Barrier Reef Day Tour

Duration | 8.5 Hours
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EVOLUTION Great Barrier Reef Experience
Cruise from Cairns on-board the fastest, award-winning luxury vessel, for the best value tour to the Outer Great Barrier Reef.

The best value tour for families with children up to 16 years at kids prices.  And, the second child in each family travelling free. 

Key Features

  • No More to Pay ($20 EMC included)
  • Short travel time to the reef 
  • 5 hours Reef time

What's included

  • 2 exclusive & stunning outer reef sites
  • High-speed comfortable vessel
  • 5 hours Reef time
  • Snorkel equipment & flotation devices 
  • Hot BBQ Lunch (Hot meats, fish, prawns & a variety of fresh salads, vegetarian option available)
  • Free lycra/sun suit hire
  • Fruit platter, cheese and a glass of wine on return journey
  • Experienced, professional dive instructors
  • Large air-conditioned modern lounges to relax in comfort
  • Sundecks for relaxing

With five hours reef time, this tour gives you more time to explore the world’s most famous National Park.  A BBQ buffet lunch, together with live music and free glass of wine with nibbles provide a level of service and comfort unmatched.

Your day on Evolution
The Evolution Great Barrier Reef Tour departs daily from Cairns.

  • 7:30AM : Check-in at the Reef Fleet Terminal - 1 Spence St, Cairns
  • 8.00AM : Evolution departs Cairns to its first location
  • 11:30AM : Enjoy a BBQ buffet lunch on-board 
  • 1:00PM : Evolution arrives at second location
  • 3:00PM : Evolution departs for Cairns
  • 4:30PM : Evolution arrives back in Cairns

Snorkel on the outer Great Barrier Reef.

The most popular activity on the reef is snorkelling.  Jump in and explore the underwater world at two distinctive and stunning outer reef locations.

All snorkel equipment is included and our gear is best quality and well maintained.  Guests are greeted upon boarding Evolution by our team, and will be personally fitted with snorkel, mask and fins and if you require them - we offer flotation vests & noodles if you need a little more assistance in the water.

Our amazing team will assist you with getting your gear, with every guest given a number indicating a storage space where they can keep all their equipment together and ready to use from the back deck throughout the day.

We have a variety of equipment sizes to suit everyone (from small kids masks to big adult feet) and we offer prescription mask too (ask our friendly staff for assistance)

Introductory Dives
No experience necessary!
Try your first scuba dive on the outer Great Barrier Reef
The best value introductory dive package in Queensland

That’s right, if you have never dived before, and have always wished to experience first-hand the beauty of the underwater world you can arrange an Introductory dive with one of our friendly and professional Instructors.

Through the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program you will be taught all the basic skills required to dive down to a depth of up to 12 metres while accompanied by one of our experienced PADI qualified instructors. 

Small groups of 4 people, are always guided and the experience lasts up to 20 minutes giving you time to feel comfortable and begin to enjoy your first dive on the Great Barrier Reef. 

Evolution's massive back deck, combined with specially designed fold out 'Wings' provide more space, comfort and safety for our guests as they enter the water.

Certified Dives
Scuba Diving on Evolution Great Barrier Reef Tour.
Jump in from Evolutions perfectly designed outer 'wings' platforms, providing you with unequalled access to explore an underwater world 10,000 years in the making. Buddy up and dive at your own pase, or hire one of our marine guides who will take you on trails, including Fish Bowl and The Tunnel! 

EVOLUTION travels to 2 of our 12 exclusive outer reef dive locations every day. With over 5 hours at the reef, there's plenty of time between dives for snorkelling and relaxation. Our certified divers can enjoy up to 3 dives per day, either guided with one of our professional Divemasters or with your own dive buddy or one we can provide for you.

Each dive takes up to 50 minutes and to a depth of up to 18 metres.

Our experienced, environmentally conscious Divemasters know all the best areas at our sites, and know how to find and interact with all the amazing marine life.

All snorkel & scuba equipment is provided for you on the day but you are welcome to use your own enquipment if you have it with you.

Important information for diving:

  • Participants must be at least 12 years of age
  • All divers must complete a Medical Questionnaire. Please be aware that certain medical conditions (eg asthma, heart disease, diabetes) and/or prescription medication may preclude some people from diving.
  • You will need to fill out the following documents for diving - you can download them and fill them out now or fill them out on the day. Please have a look at them to see what is required:
    Divers medical questionnaire
    Divers waiver
  • Divers over 65yrs require a medical - if you answer YES to any question you will be referred to a qualified physician for a Dive Medical assessment. You will not be allowed to dive until you are declared medically fit to dive.
  • For advice please contact our office directly. Final decisions rest with our qualified dive instructors who consider your safety – our highest priority.
  • Lycra suits are included free of charge. Wet Suits are available for hire at $10 per person.

Marine Biology Guided Snorkel Tour
Learn the secrets of the reef from our marine biologist and then explore the coral gardens on a guided snorkel tour.

Our team of dedicated Marine Biologists are actively engaged in conservation work on the Great Barrier Reef. Their weekly tasks include collation of data via observational surveys as part of the Eye on the Reef program with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. 

Join these professional men and women for a guided snorkel tour, which takes approximately 20 minutes - and which will bring you up close and personal with the extraordinary marine life and colourful coral.

For first timers, this is also a great way to learn the art of snorkelling and feel comfortable in the water. For more experienced snorkellers this is an interactive tour that will put you on the key coral formations and marine creatures - setting you up for a great day of exploration at your own pace.

SubXplorer Semi Submersible
Enjoy the spectacular coral formations without getting wet on our board SubXplore - our semi-submersible. 

The tour operates at Hastings Reef and runs for approximately 20 minutes.  Our friendly team help guests board directly from Evolution safely.  Once inside everyone has a seat by the enourmous viewing windows and you will be welcomed on-board by our Marine Biologist who will provide live commentary in English throughout the tour - helping you understand the enormity of the world's largest living organism.

(The Semi Submarine Tour is weather permitting. This optional activity is fantastic for all ages, particuarly families with small children and non-swimmers)

What to bring

  • Sunscreen & Hat
  • Change of Clothes
  • Swimmers and a towel

Departure Point
Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal,  Down Under Cruise & Dive counter

Check-in is from 7.15 am for an 8:00 am departure

Reef Fleet Terminal, Cairns distances

15 Minutes by car from the Cairns Airport
Up to 25 minutes walk from Cairns Esplanade Hotels
Up to 15 minutes walk from Cairns City Hotels
30 Minutes drive from Palm Cove
60 Minutes drive from Port Douglas

The Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal Car Park offers all day parking for a cost of $10/day. The ticket machines can take payment via Credit Card or Cash.  This car park is just 5 minutes walk from the Reef Fleet Terminal




Thanks Jodi you made our trip easy and we had an amazing time


Jonathan Chapman

The whole experience provided on board the Evolution was second to none. We have waited a long time for this experience and it didn't disappoint us. The crew did you proud and the service they provided was excellent and the food was so tasty and plenty of it.


Glenda Gabin

Had an amazing day out. Everything was just perfect. Highly recommend!


Stephanie Bryan

Our day with Down Under tours on the Evolution was everything we hoped for and a once in a lifetime experience.
The staff were all friendly and helpful and we thoroughly enjoyed the scuba, snorkeling and helicopter flight.
Go if you can!


Scott Prettejohn

Fantastic boat, great staff and awesome snorkeling!


Rachel Schembri

Absolutely the best service and facilities. The staff went above and beyond to make sure all guests were comfortable and had the best possible experience. Exceeded our expectations. It was an expensive day for our family but you pay for what you get.

More Reviews

The Evolution Great Barrier Reef Tour departs daily from Cairns . Checkin is from 7.15am - 8.00am at the Reef Fleet Terminal.

7:30AM : Check-in at the Reef Fleet Terminal - 1 Spence St, Cairns
8.00AM : Evolution departs Cairns to its first location
11:30AM : Enjoy a BBQ buffet lunch onboard
1:00PM : Evolution arrives at its second location
3:00PM : Evolution departs for Cairns
4:30PM : Evolution arrives back in Cairns