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Compass Cruises

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Enjoy a wonderful reef day trip with Compass Cruises. Travel on the basic package and tailor your day by selecting the additional activities you wish! It’s the best outer Great Barrier Reef tour for value on the market. Your day includes...more
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100 Abbott St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Amazing time at the reef with this company. Awesome vibes and ample time for snorkelling. Also managed to scuba dive and alfonso the instructor was very patient and encouraging! Loved the day...and the cheese and wine were the cherry on the cake :) My husband...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jessica A
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great day! The crew welcomed us with such enthusiasm, and created such a positive vibe throughout the boat. The ride to the first reef was about 2.5 hours, but there was plenty of space to enjoy the journey while tanning and relaxing. Breakfast...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Kyla R
Karen-HotGetaways, Guest Relations Manager at Compass Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Kyla, Thanks for taking the time to leave us such a nice review! We're proud to offer Cairns' most affordable Outer Great Barrier Reef tour. We aim to make the Great Barrier Reef accessible to anyone at any budget. It's great to hear that...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was one of our favourite things to do whilst travelling around Australia! From the start of the day with the friendliest staff to the amazing photographer who comes diving with you! It was the best day ever!! Special shoutout to Val who made our...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Chloelou29
Karen-HotGetaways, Guest Relations Manager at Compass Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Chloelou29, We're so pleased you enjoyed your day with us. The Great Barrier Reef is incredible and we're so happy we got to introduce it to you on your trip to Australia. We'll be sure to pass on your kind words to Val as...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately we had severely bad weather the day we went out, we heard that most other companies cancelled their tours due to the weather but Compass Cruises still went out. I took sea sick tablets and I (along with a third of the boat) were...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank smileitsali
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The day of our cruise we had the worst weather possible. It had been raining fro days and was still due to rain that day. Boarding the ship, the crew would warn every single passenger of the weather conditions and gave them a chance to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jackiekeane98
Karen-HotGetaways, Guest Relations Manager at Compass Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi jackiekeane98, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for Compass Cruises. We wish we could deliver the best possible weather everyday, but of course this can't be the case! Thank you for understanding that's something beyond our control. It's great to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Compass Cruises was a great deal for going to the outer reef to snorkel! The tour I went on was snorkeling and diving, included two locations, and had a bbq lunch as well as snacks and drinks! The particular day I went the water was...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank BriannaGoesPlaces
Karen-HotGetaways, Guest Relations Manager at Compass Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi BriannaGoesPlaces, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review about your day with Compass Cruises. We love hearing lovely comments about our crew - they work very hard every day to ensure all guests have a great time, especially when the weather...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I understand that it is rainy season there, but I was very disappointed when one of the main reasons to visit Australia was to see the Great Barrier Reef. They warned us that the waters would be rough, but when we got to the reef,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank xTravelerx123
Karen-HotGetaways, Guest Relations Manager at Compass Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi xTravelerx123, We're sorry the weather was less than ideal. Of course safety is our top priority which is why we're unable to offer boomnetting when waters are rough. If you'd like to contact us to talk further about your experience, you can reach us...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome day out. Awesome crew, funny and supportive, safe and high standard. Definitely amazing service for amount you pay, as it’s less than others around the area. Love the vessel 😍 Fritz and food was awesome - beef — wooow 😍 fresh cooked while we...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank laurare29
Karen-HotGetaways, Guest Relations Manager at Compass Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi laurare29, Thank you for taking the time to leave a great review! We absolutely love being able to take people out to see the Great Barrier Reef at an affordable price. It's always so nice to hear such good feedback about our crew. They...More

Reviewed 23 October 2018 via mobile

We had a fantastic cruise, great boat, even better friendly and fun staff, very knowledgeable! We spent about two hrs snorkelling on the reef at the first stop. Very relaxed. Then they served up a descent lunch, while the captain took us to second reef....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank mattcairns86
Laura-HotGetaways, Guest Relations Manager at Compass Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2018

Hi mattcairns86, Thank you for taking the time to leave a great review :) It's always so nice to hear such good feedback about our crew. They work very hard every day to ensure all our guests get the most out of their day with...More

Reviewed 8 October 2018

I had a Wonderfull day with compass cruises. The staff was really friendly, de reef was amazing, de equipment was in great condition, de food was tasty (I had a veggie paddy), and all of this made me enjoying the trip. Great value and I...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Rian H
Laura-HotGetaways, Guest Relations Manager at Compass Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2018

Hi Rian H, Thank you for leaving a great review :) It sounds like you had an awesome day on Compass Cruises and got to enjoy the beautiful Great Barrier Reef. We love giving our guests the opportunity to experience everything for such great value....More

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Bernadette K
12 January 2017|
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Response from WanderLust406 | Reviewed this property |
That's awesome! I'm glad others had a positive experience with Compass as well.
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nbhargava
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Response from kslh79 | Reviewed this property |
There is a glass bottom boat available. They pick the best reefs on the day. It all depends on tge weather and sea conditions. We went to hastings reef and breaking patches the day we went.
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