Discover Bait Reef Snorkel or Dive the Great Barrier Reef

Dive or snorkel the Great Barrier Reef with this small and exclusive tour to some of the reef’s lesser-visited but most pristine areas.

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Opening hours
Snorkelling: Most days
Certified Diving: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Introductory Diving: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

9.00am to 5.00pm

 
Pricing
Snorkelling:
Adult $240.00
Minor (5-17years) $140.00

Introductory Diving (pool skills and one dive):
Adult normally $370, special offer now $299.00
Minor $270.00 (14-17years)

Certified Diving (two dives):
Adult $340.00
Minor $240.00 (14-17years)

PADI Reactive Programme:
$89.00 per person

Refresher Only:
$60.00 per person

Divers must fill out a medical questionnaire to ensure general fitness. All divers over 55 years of age will require a medical certificate stating they are fit to dive; this must be completed before they leave for the cruise. Minimum age for scuba diving is 14 years.
Inclusions
Hydraulically lowered stairs and platform that rests just below water level makes access to the reef easy and comfortable.

Also featuring lounge style seating, air conditioned interior, partially shaded deck and fresh water hot and cold showers onboard.

A sumptuous buffet style lunch is provided on the dive vessel, plus morning and afternoon tea.

Includes high quality Mares Diving & Snorkelling gear; wetsuits/stinger suits & flotation jackets (if required).
Sights and highlights
Small tour groups, so you can have a more intimate experience.

Explore various sites around Bait Reef, including Stepping Stones, Paradise Lagoon and Banjouras Lagoon.

Travel in comfort on one of Hamilton Island’s 24-metre catamarans.

Enjoy using quality Mares diving and snorkelling gear, wetsuits/stinger suits and flotation jackets (if required).
Sample itinerary
Day prior to tour - Meet at Sails Pool for introductory scuba training (introductory dive bookings only).
8.45am check in at Explore dock on the marina.
9.00am - Depart Hamilton Island Marina for Bait Reef Marine Park.
11.00am - Arrive Bait Reef Marine Park for diving and snorkelling.
3.00pm - Depart Bait Reef Marine Park for Hamilton Island Marina.
5.00pm - Arrive back at Hamilton Island Marina.
What to bring
Hat
Towel
Sunscreen
Swimmers
Cash or credit card for extra drinks or souvenirs.
Light jacket or warm clothes for after swimming.
Booking information
Bookings are essential. Please complete online booking request, call the Tour Desk on 07 4946 8305 or visit the Tour Desk located in the Resort Centre and Reef View Hotel.
How to get there
Explore's Pure Dive and Reef Explorer vessels are located in the Marina Village at A9/10 Arm, opposite Explore's office.
Terms and Conditions
All tours are subject to minimum numbers and to weather conditions and so may be cancelled at the discretion of the operator.
Explore 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.
Explore will offer alternative days or refunds in the event of cancellations.
Explore reserve the right to use other vessels should Pure Dive or Reef Explorer be unavailable for any reason.

Windy Weather Cruise
When cruising to the Outer Reef the strength of the wind plays a large factor in the quality of the experience. For guestscomfort we know wind strength should be under approx 20knots (35km per hour) to visit the Outer Reef. In the Whitsundays, we are fortunate to have Islands offering protected cruising areas, along with Fringing Reef for snorkelling. On windy days, we change our cruise to within the islands, visiting two separate dive/snorkel sites as well as a stopover at world famous Whitehaven Beach as a bonus.
Cancellation policy
If your booking is cancelled within 24 to 48 hours notice, 50% of the ticket price will be forfeited.
If your booking is a no show or cancelled less than 24 hours notice, 100% of the ticket price will be forfeited.
 
The information above should be used as a guide only. Activity/tour details, prices and timings are subject to change at any time.