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Red Cat Great Barrier Reef Tour From Airlie Beach

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Product –  1 day Great Barrier Reef Tour From Airlie Beach
Price – Adults $249, Children $199 (Ages 6 – 14), Family $799 (2 Adults and 2 Children)
Price Includes – Lunch, snacks, snorkel equipment, wetsuit
Location – Coral Sea Marina, Airlie Beach QLD 4802
Type Of Boat – Catamaran Power Boat
Boat Name – Red Cat
Departure Time – 8:00 am
Return Time – 4:00 pm
Maximum Guests – 40
Tour Locations – Outer Great Barrier Reef.

Discover the beauty of the world-famous Great Barrier Reef on this small-group snorkelling eco-adventure from Airlie Beach! Climb aboard a comfortable wave-piercer and journey to the majestic coral wonderland of the outer reefs. Explore various snorkelling locations at your own pace before taking a break for lunch with a delicious locally catered lunch. Relax and take in all the sights and sounds from the top deck while reconnecting with nature. Whether it’s a family bonding day, a romantic escape or an adrenaline-filled adventure, this all-inclusive Great Barrier Reef Tour From Airlie Beach will deliver unforgettable memories that you’ll cherish forever.

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Tour Highlights
  • All-inclusive package with lycra suit, snorkelling equipment, fins and wet suit (winter months)
  • Take a ride through the iconic Whitsunday Islands on your way to the Great Barrier Reef
  • Snorkel Multiple sights at the breathtaking outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Enjoy a full day tour from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm so you can spend more time exploring iconic locations
  • Onboard bar for drinks, tea and coffee throughout the day
  • Travel with accredited Climate Action Leaders and leave no trace behind!
  • Onboard toilet for passenger comfort
  • Local suppliers providing lunch and snacks catered by qualified chefs
  • Stable catamaran custom-built specifically for the Whitsundays – perfect for those who suffer from seasickness!
  • Australian owned & family operated business for 11 years.
Is This Tour Suitable For You?

This Great Barrier Reef Tour from Airlie Beach is not suitable for those under six years of age.

Recommended for confident swimmers that have previously snorkelled.

Tour Departure Point Map

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Snorkelling The Reef

During your day tour, you will get 2 opportunities to snorkel the coral-filled bays on the coastal fringes of the islands. Here you can see turtles, Maori wrasse, batfish, parrot fish, clown fish (Nemo) plus plenty more! in most bays, the coral starts close to shore and is easily accessible by the small tender boats. For the nonconfident swimmers, there are noodles and flotation devices available for safety.

Food on the tour

Morning Tea

Passionfruit and bush lemon cheesecake


Bread rolls
Sliced meats – 3 selections
Tomato, cheese and cucumber
Spiced chickpea, balsamic beetroot and persian feta salad
Roasted tandoori pumpkin salad with wild rice, hummus and tomato jam
Sweet corn, basil and goats cheese slice
Charred bell pepper, cashew and parmesan risoni.

Afternoon Tea

Seasonal fruit skewers

Finer Details

What To Bring

  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, a towel and a hat
  • Practical clothing and footwear (warmer items during winter)
  • Underwater camera
  • Card for purchases, no cash
  • Refillable water bottle
  • A sense of fun and adventure!


If you are not quite sure whether or not you may suffer from Travel Sickness, please make sure that you are prepared. As
the trained crew will assist as much as possible in making you comfortable but they are not allowed to provide you with any
medication to help with the problem.

Masks and snorkels are all included in the price of your trip and will be distributed on board.

Wearing a Lycra stinger suit will prevent UV exposure and significantly reduce your risk to marine stingers.
You will be fitted for your Suit onboard the boat.

Terms and Conditions Of Travel

Red Cat Adventures Great Barrier Reef Tour From Airlie Beach: All prices are per person in AUD and include GST, National Park and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park entry fees, professional skipper and host, live aboard, all meals, fresh linen and use of snorkelling equipment and snorkel suits. Cancellations made less than 24 hours before departure (Thundercat, Outer Reef Snorkeling Adventure and Tongarra Day Sail) or less than three weeks before departure private charters will result in complete forfeiture of the full price. We reserve the right to substitute vessels without notice at any time for any reason. We recommend you take out travel insurance covering illness, injury, loss of personal goods and the inability to travel due to weather. Clients should note that adventure travel involves risk. Whilst we make every effort to safeguard guests, we cannot be responsible for any damage, personal injury or loss due to the actions of passengers that are beyond our control. All cruises are subject to weather and the vessel operator’s discretion. Please allow extra time to travel during the wet season (Dec-May) as we occasionally have road closures due to flooding. At certain times of the year, ‘dangerous’ jellyfish inhabit these waters, and passengers should take care of their own safety. Passengers entering the water do so at their own risk, and the vessel’s owner will not be liable for any personal injury, illness, death or other consequences of passengers being stung by jellyfish. To minimise this risk, you will have a full-length protective ‘Snorkel Suit’ to wear while swimming and snorkelling during the cruise. Accordingly, Red Cat Adventures shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever which is suffered (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss) or for any injury to a person or property which is suffered or sustained by any passenger as a result of participating in any of its sailing adventures, except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law.

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Ivi Sims
Ivi Sims
06:15 16 Sep 23
Rebecca Molloy
Rebecca Molloy
06:34 15 Sep 23
Laura Nutton
Laura Nutton
06:35 14 Sep 23
Shannon and Zac were amazing, enthusiastic, GREAT with kids and so knowledgeable about the beautiful spots we visited. Certainly a trip to remember
Angela Stead
Angela Stead
06:32 14 Sep 23
Great team and crew, great day out. Highly recommend!
jay christopher
jay christopher
14:22 12 Sep 23
No fins supplied for snorkelling which made for hard work with the surge and wind we had. They fed the fish a lot to bring them closer to the boat, that doesn’t seem eco friendly/ responsible to me. Everyone got absolutely soaked and cold on the ride out there, the guide just said ‘you’re going to get wet snorkelling anyway’ but it meant our dry clothes and bags were wet too. Pickup and drop off from accommodation was nice though.
Heather Brockway
Heather Brockway
08:35 22 Aug 23
Brilliant day out with Mark and Fabian. Beautiful coral. Breath taking adventure with tropical fish. Panoramic views of Whitehaven Beach. The team was fun and informative. Thanks for a great day out. Will be signing up for jet skis next...
Yasmine Shakib
Yasmine Shakib
05:11 20 Aug 23
My partner and I got on a Thundercat on Aug 18 for a day trip to Whitehaven and then to two snorkeling spots. I don’t have a single complaint - we had the BEST time. We saw about 10 whales on our way there and back and they stopped the boat each time so we could enjoy the incredible sight that the whales are.Shannon and Zack took great care of us. They were fun, helpful and very organized. They gave us a lot of great historical and biological information throughout the tour.When at Whitehaven, Shannon was kind enough to take photos for everyone at the lookouts as she recognized this was the easiest way to get the traffic to flow and for everyone to get clean photos. This meant a lot to me as it was my birthday gift from my partner to tick this unbelievable bucket list item off.Snorkeling at the first spot was really cool but Mantaray Bay was a mind blowing experience. We had gorgeous yellow fins surround my partner and I in a little fish tornado and they came right up to our faces. I couldn’t believe it! I felt like a mermaid all the while holding the hand of my favorite person in the world. Incredible :)The Red Cat team provided wet suits, goggles and snorkels although we brought our own face masks. Shannon was kind enough to spray the inside of our masks for us with a little shampoo mixed with water to prevent fogging. Fab customer service.Red Cat also provided lunch. Sandwich, cold Thai noodles and potato salad. They also had free water and soft drinks for purchase onboard. You can also bring your own drinks and snacks if you prefer.When snorkeling, the team has a bunch of pool noodles that you can use if you’re not a very strong swimmer or just want to be a bit more leisurely. I used one so I could focus more on observing the wildlife than staying afloat, it was great!Thank you, Red Cat, for an unbeatable experience. You made this birthday really special! Keep up the amazing work and keep spreading the word about environmental change and action.
Lisa Jenschke
Lisa Jenschke
07:32 06 Aug 23
We had an amazing day snorkeling and visiting Whitehaven beach with Red Cat guides Shannon, Justin, and Zach on August 1. They were all warm and friendly and incredibly knowledgeable. I was particularly taken with our guides’ stewardship of the land and pride in the long indigenous history of the area. The snorkeling and the beach were, of course, wonderful. We saw great coral and tons of different fish. All in all, we had an amazing time. And on the boat ride back, we really enjoyed laughing and singing to the music with the salt spray on our faces! It was a wonderful day!
Emily Forova
Emily Forova
07:21 30 Jul 23
Thank you Johnny and Cassie 🤩 we had a blast and enjoyed every minute of the trip. Cassie and Johnny are full of information and made sure we all had a good laugh along the way! Thank you again for a funtastic day and keep up the great work you guys are doing to help our reefs 🪸 🐠🌅
Liam Heffernan
Liam Heffernan
11:57 21 Jul 23
We had an Amazing day with JJ & Scott on 03.. they looked after us from start to finish we had such a fun time. Whitehaven beach was amazing standing in the water with the baby rays swimming around you then onto the snorkeling amongst the coral and fish. If you come to Airlie Beach you MUST go on a day trip on the Thundercat, you will not regret it.. PS JJ we couldn’t find a wallaby but the next best thing, where they had been!!
Daniel Ryken
Daniel Ryken
09:26 13 Jul 23
An amazing experience! The day we went wasn’t ideal conditions, but if you’re coming to Airlie, this is a “must do”.During the island visit, we did a walking track to Chance Bay. If you’re going to do that, it takes a while to get there, so get started straight away. It’s about 2.2km.I’d recommend bringing some water resistant clothing, as we copped a bit of spray with the rough conditions on the way back.The first island we stopped at had phenomenally white soft sand. Beautiful!Next stop was snorkelling on the reef to check out some fish, then after that, we stopped off in a different reef area to check out some coral life.I’m not sure what Fabian’s getting paid, but you should double it! He was a great tour guide!Donna our shuttle bus driver was also lovely. Lovely to chat to and had some great local advice.Highly recommended!
Aimee Jeffrey
Aimee Jeffrey
03:07 26 Jun 23
Had the best day out with Shannon and Reece yesterday! Great vibes, amazing snorkelling and Whitehaven beach was heaven on earth. The crew made it fun, informative and an amazing day I won’t forget! Thanks for looking us so well, highly recommend this day out in the Whitsundays.
fadi haddad
fadi haddad
09:02 24 Jun 23
Amazing experience. Ash and Ella very professional and friendly. The boat trip was nice and enjoyable, snorkelling was great fun and Whitehaven beach was enchanting. Highly recommended experience.
Colleen DeFraites
Colleen DeFraites
20:15 18 Jun 23
Wow amazing day with Shannon and Reese ! Such brilliant young people who are passionate about the Reef and gorgeous environment . We had a great boat ride to the lookout and the scenery was fantastic! Loved the short easy hike to the lookout.Whitehaven beach is beautiful.Delicious lunch was served on the boat after.Reese and Shannon took such good care of all .. lots of choices for folks with dietary restrictions.Amazing snorkeling followed in 2 different spots.On the return trip Reese spotted 2 humpback whales and slowed the boat and floated so we could watch them. Just incredible to see them in their natural habitat.Again a fabulous day with Reese and Shannon who are a great asset to Red Cat Adventure and we thank them!
Schonnel Gosson
Schonnel Gosson
07:06 17 Jun 23
Dave B and Ella made our day just perfect!!! Fun, supportive and made us feel safe. We have never Snorkelled before and they made us feel confident and comfortable. We loved the whole day! Thankyou for going the extra mile! We also loved hearing about some of the local stories, history and facts. I would highly recommend the tour and these 2 superstars! (Congrats on a first awesome day Ella and hope to see you both again soon)
Emma Oakes-Richards
Emma Oakes-Richards
01:38 09 Apr 23
What an absolutely beautiful day. We did the Tongarra day sail and it was definitely a memorable experience. Our crew, Ian and Charlie were absolutely fantastic. Lovely and warm to talk to, and really hands on with the visitors in making sure we all had a great day! Thank you guys, we will definitely be back again ☀️
Kristen Bean
Kristen Bean
21:20 25 Sep 22
Did the thunder cat boat tour last Saturday and it was amazing. The boat not only took us to Hill Inlet lookout and 2 amazing snorkel spots it was also a bit of a thrill ride!The weather was perfect and the views of Whitehaven Beach were stunning. The first snorkel spot had the most lush looking coral and the second was full of fish. All around it was the perfect day.
23:24 27 Aug 22
Had a fun day with red cat visiting Whitehaven Beach (Betty's Beach) and snorkelling at two locations, one was reef orientated, the other was fish focused. The fish were amazing! Was fun to feel like you were swimming in an aquarium. I've seen more spectacular areas of the reef before, but the place we went to was nice. We saw sea turtles in Tongue Bay.We also saw a whale on the trip out.Conditions were a little rough and we got pretty well soaked on the trips out and back as we were sitting at the front (rain jackets were provided) but it added to the fun and adventure.
Matthaeus Hirsch
Matthaeus Hirsch
04:38 11 Aug 22
We really liked our trip. Shawn our driver was great. He kept us entertained with music and also some cool history facts about the islands history. Snorkelling was great as well with lots of fish and turtles. However I would recommend doing the trip in summer. We did our trip in August and it was pretty cold on the boat after snorkelling.
22:08 17 Jul 22
Snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef and seeing the Whitsundays was one of the best experiences of my life. It is truly stunningly beautiful to see these attractions in real life and I will never forget this day. Thank you Red Cat for making it so unforgettable! Also the tour guide Jay Jay was highly motivated and a knowledgeable local, who made the experience unique. All of them were so friendly and trying their best to make your stay as pleasant as possible! I’d truly recommend Red Cat as it will be a once in a lifetime experience with the best crew!
Richard Newton
Richard Newton
21:37 13 Jul 22
Hi Guys, went out on the Wildcat with Scott and Ben and had an absolutely amazing time. These two guys really know how to make you feel welcome and part of the team. Money very well spent and these guys need a pat on the back for what I think was excellent customer service as after all that is what it is about. I have never been up here to the Whitsunday's before but I will be coming back and telling everyone how wonderful this experience was. My family and our friends we are travelling with all loved the day out. Thanks to Scott and Ben for making my family and friends feel welcome.
Georgie Hindle
Georgie Hindle
07:49 08 Jun 22
Matt and Corey were fantastic captain and deck hand. They prepared snacks and a big meal for us. As well as taking us to Manta Ray Bay for snorkeling (they have a fish feeding licence so all the fish come out to greet you) as well as taking us to Whitehaven beach. Both places you can only get to through a tour, and this is the one to pick. The thundercat boat itself is such a fun vessel. The tunes were great, and as Corey says "the thundercat is like a waterside and a roller coaster in one". It's great for adventurers and families. Would 100% do again. Worth the money, a great day out, and the best snorkeling and beach tour I've done. Thanks again Matt and Corey 😍
David Ramos
David Ramos
21:26 07 Jun 22
We book for our Honeymoon with Red Cat the stay for 2 nights in the Villa at the Paradise Cove adventure. Can't describe with words how wonderful and amazing time we had there. Astonishing landscape and unbeatable service by the staff. On our visit to Whitsundays for snorkelling and enjoying the beach we were very lucky to experience the play between a Mother and Baby whale at 20 metres from our boat! As you can imagine we thoroughly recommend them to plan your trip. They won't fail. And very important, everyday awaits for you after any activity a full plate of fresh and tasty fruits. Thanks guys for everything. Never will forget you!
Karen Astill
Karen Astill
09:15 25 May 22
We had an amazing day doing the Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet tour. The snorkeling was just fantastic! The commentary from Shaun during the trip was funny yet extremely informative. Rahn was a great skipper as well. The lunch was also lovely. Definitely could not fault anything. We had a brilliant day 😁
David Yastremsky
David Yastremsky
10:15 01 May 22
If you’re looking to experience Whitsundays magically—and minimize your footprint—this is a great choice. Really kind and caring tour guides. Amazing time snorkeling for coral and fish, and the guides really do care about the areas. They provide a lot of info and the organization also does a lot to help animals outside tours.Compostable utensils aboard. Food options to accommodate most diets, including fruit skewers, gluten-free vegan brownies, vegan potato salad, and vegan noodle salad on our trip. The vegan options were gone first—they know their audience (quite good, and also at least 4 vegans on our tour). Food is pretty basic and mix-and-match otherwise, so gets the job done. Also appreciated the pool noodles for snorkeling, made it way easier to float and explore.Lots of fun, would happily go again!
13:42 17 Apr 22
Fantastic full day experience! They collected us a short walk from our accommodation as there is limited parking at the marina. Provided us stinger suits before heading out to the Whitsunday islands. We never felt rushed the entire time, very fun, friendly staff who were knowledgeable and patient. Great balance of activities and relaxation, average fitness level required. They knew the best places to take us for snorkeling and as a first timer; we felt very safe. Very accommodating for dietary restrictions which was surprising - great gluten free options. The boat is custom built for this trip and was incredibly stable. Was a windy day and dispute the waves, we felt safe a comfortable. I did another tour like this with a different company back in 2016 and this one was much better value for money!
Anna Cassar
Anna Cassar
08:56 25 Mar 22
Wow!!! Fantastic experience. Matty and Scotty gave us all a fun filled day. The 2 snorkelling locations were fantastic but the view from the lookout was breathtaking and well worth the walk up. Whitehaven beach is the best with its beautiful white sand and clear azzure waters. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea all provided and wonderful. Thanks guys and thanks for the excitement on the way back to Airlie.
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