Tours & Programs

To get the most out of your visit to the Great Barrier Reef, a number of exciting and informative activities are possible for an additional charge. Inquire at Reception or the Marine Centre for availability when you arrive, or pre-book by contacting



Semi-Submersible “I-Spy” Tour

About 1 hour

Perhaps you’re not so comfortable putting on a mask and fins? Not a problem, the I-Spy semi-sub is perfect for you. Turtles, sharks and rays are often seen from the I-Spy. Your Naturalist Guide will commentate on the many species of marine animals that are encountered, and provide information about the biology and ecology of coral reefs.

The I-Spy normally operates several times each day, subject to demand and weather conditions. Book at the Marine Centre.

Adults $60 AUD
Children $40 AUD




U of Queensland Research Station

Variable times

Subject to availability. Researchers associated with the University of Queensland Research Station discuss their current investigations and experiments in and around Heron Reef.

Adults $10 AUD
Children $3 AUD



kayaking and paddle boarding tour

Kayaking & Paddle Boarding Tours

About 1 hour

Another active way to explore the waters and reefs around Heron Island. Your guides will take you to areas where you’ll glide above abundant coral life, sharks (small ones!), and rays.

Single Kayak $40 AUD
Double Kayak $70 AUD
Paddle Boards $40 AUD




Sunset Cruise

About 1 hour

Enjoy a peaceful end to the day aboard one of our launches, and watch the sun set over The Great Barrier Reef and Heron Island. Of course a sunset isn’t complete without some fine Australian wines and cheeses to go along with the friendly conversation.

Sunset Cruises run Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, and subject to weather conditions and bookings (4-20 people max). Book at the Marine Centre by 3:30 pm on the day. For adults 18 and over.

Adults $60 AUD

Sunset Cruise (Private Charter)

About 1 hour

For friends or family groups, we offer the choice of a private boat charter Sunset Cruise.

Up to 4 people — $600 AUD
Up to 8 people — $800 AUD



Guided Fishing Tour

About 3 hours

The Great Barrier Reef offers exceptional opportunities for fishing in a number of areas close to Heron Island. Tour includes boat trip, bait and tackle. Best of all, our chef will gladly prepare your catch for evening dinner.

There is an minimum age of 7 years old on Fishing Tours, and your self-caught evening meal in the Shearwater Restaurant is charged at $35 AUD per adult, $20 AUD per child.

Adults $180 AUD
Children $120 AUD

Fishing — Private Charter

For friends or family groups, we offer the choice of private boat charter fishing excursions.

Half Day (3 hrs) — $920 AUD


Rates in effect to March 31, 2019. Heron Island reserves the right to discontinue or alter services and rates without notice.