Reef and Tropical Adventure

Experience the joy of a full day Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef and a half-day day riding on horseback through the Aussie Bush, Rainforest, Mangrove Wetlands on this two day Reef and Tropical Adventure.


Great Barrier Reef

Compass Cruises is a local Cairns icon.  We have been taking people to the Outer Great Barrier Reef for many years. If it’s value for money, you’re looking for, and a memorable day then our budget cruise has it all!

Snorkel and scuba dive amongst beautiful corals. See a colourful variety of tropical marine life. Relax on the vast sun deck. See the Great Barrier Reef from the glass bottom boat (Optional Extra). Take the “Wild Ride” on the famous Compass Boomnet.

Horse Riding Adventure

Experience the joys of horse-riding through the Aussie bush, Rainforest, Sugar-cane fields and Wetlands all in one ride. The horses are of a friendly, mature nature and are hand-picked to match your skill level and ability. After a safety and introductory riding lesson, you will then be divided into groups to match your skill levels. This way, you will have a safe and fun horse riding experience.


Great Barrier Reef

  • 0730 – Check-in directly to Compass at Marlin Wharf Berth 18
  • 0800 –Depart Marlin Marina Cairns to the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • 1030 – Arrive at your first Great Barrier Reef Location
  • 1230 – BBQ Lunch with fresh salads
  • 1300 – Cruise to 2nd Reef Location
  • 1500 – Depart the Great Barrier Reef
  • 1730 – Approximately Arrival time at Cairns Marina


(time depends on if you’d prefer morning or afternoon tour)

  • Pick up at Your Accommodation
  • Arrive at Blazing Saddles and be greeted with Morning Tea
  • Helmets fitted and horses assigned, safety lessons, Tour Commences
  • Return to base with Refreshments and hot snacks
  • Return to your Accommodation


Great Barrier Reef

  • Snorkel equipment hire & tuition (excluding wetsuits)
  • Two spectacular Reef locations (weather permitting)
  • Up to 5 hours at the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Friendly Crew Assistance for Non-confident Swimmers
  • Floatation devices (children and adult sizes)
  • Assistance for non-confident swimmers  and flotation devices
  • Delicious BBQ Lunch with fresh salads (dietary requirements catered for)
  • Fresh fruit platters
  • Tea and Coffee all day (while the boat is stationary)
  • Boomnetting the “Wild Ride” (weather permitting)
  • A glass of wine, cheese & crackers on the return journey
  • Complimentary tea & coffee all day (while the vessel is stationary)
  • All reef taxes and levies

Horse Riding

  • Return City Transfers to and from your accommodation
  • All Safety Equipment
  • Morning or Afternoon Tea
  • Horse riding Guide

Optional Extras

Great Barrier Reef

  • Certified  and Introductory/Resort Dives available (Medical Conditions apply, please see Important information below) 
  • Dive Guide for Certified Divers  
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tours available (weather permitting)
  • Return Bus transfers from your Cairns City Accommodation (please advise when booking where you are staying to enable us to process your reservation efficiently)
  • Wetsuit hire  (During stinger season, stinger suits included with your equipment. These are not the same as wetsuits, which provide flotation and warmth)
  • Prescription masks
  • Underwater Camera Hire  (capture your days’ memories)
  • Professional Photographer photos on board
  • Fully licensed bar

What To Bring

Great Barrier Reef

  • Towel
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Voucher
  • Swimmers
  • Cash or credit card for extra purchases

Horse riding

  • Long pants
  • Covered shoes (no thongs or trail sandals, runners are OK),
  • At least a T-Shirt (no Singlets or sleeveless shirts)
  • Optional items that may be helpful
  • Sunscreen
  • Bush hat or truckers hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Socks

Important Information

Great Barrier Reef

We have a passion for showing you Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, so please make sure you understand the scuba diving laws.

Queensland, Australia has some of the strictest scuba diving rules in the world but also the safest scuba diving record.   The Queensland Government Code of Practice regulates us and comply with all regulations, including medical as is the law.

We recommend our passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire before booking as some medical conditions, age and medications may prevent you from diving.   It is always our mission to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef experience.

Compass Cruises Medical Questionnaire

We are delighted to help you with any questions you may have.

Please contact our office on 07 4037 2700 or email us at [email protected],

Alternatively, you may like to consult your Doctor for a Dive Medical using the Australian Standard Forms ‘AS.4005.1

Flying after Scuba Diving

For a single no decompression scuba dive, you should not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours after a scuba dive.  For multiple dives, you should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive. If Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning you must wait 24 hours after your dive. We recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible


This Cairns Horse riding tour is suitable for all ages and levels from beginners to the more experienced along with being a perfect family adventure. (minimum age is four years)

  • No experience is necessary, and we have a range of horses suitable for all levels of experience.
  • We believe the soundest method to reduce the risk of an accident is to employ suitably experienced staff and to train them to our high standards of safety.
  • We know each of our horses well and being able to match horse and rider is part of our “workplace horse and safety programme”.
  • Horse Selection – Horses chosen for beginner riders with a suitable temperament.
  • All Lead guides are First Aid certified and highly experienced horse riders.
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