World’s First Rideshare Submarine Has Launched at the Great Barrier Reef


You can now catch a scUber to the world’s largest ecosystem – the Great Barrier Reef

If you’ve ever wanted to explore the Great Barrier Reef, now’s your chance to do it a little differently. Rideshare company Uber has partnered with the Queensland tourism board to launch scUber — a first-of-its-kind rideshare submarine experience. From May 27th to June 18th, scUber will be available for a limited number of riders to request through the Uber app.

Rich in marine life, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest ecosystem and is renowned as a biodiverse playground. The launch will support the ongoing protection and conservation of the world’s largest coral reef system through Uber’s partnership with Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef. This organisation is committed to engaging the world in the protection and conservation of the Great Barrier Reef and reefs all over the world, using tech, data and a collaborative approach to conservation.

Leanne Coddington, Tourism and Events Queensland’s chief executive officer, said: “In late 2018, consumer research identified that exploring the Great Barrier Reef in a submarine was the most desired future travel experience sought by visitors. scUber makes this wish a reality and reaffirms Queensland tourism’s commitment to providing locals and visitors alike with truly remarkable ways to explore nature’s wonderland.”

scUber started taking riders on Heron Island, off the coast of Gladstone in the Southern Great Barrier Reef region on Monday May 27th, and will move to Agincourt Reef off the coast of Port Douglas in Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef region from June 9th. Availability is strictly limited.

The entire scUber experience will cost $3,000 AUD for two riders and includes:

  • Pickup from your location with the Uber app
  • Return scenic helicopter ride to either Heron Island (for riders requesting from Gladstone) or the Quicksilver Cruises pontoon off the coast of Port Douglas (for riders requesting from Cairns, Port Douglas and Palm Cove)
  • One-hour ride in a scUber submarine
  • Return trip back to your original pickup address with Uber

To celebrate the launch, Queensland and Uber are offering this whole experience to one lucky winner and a friend from each of the following countries: USA, Canada, United Kingdom, France, New Zealand and Australia. Entries can be submitted by visiting and explaining in 25 words or less why you should experience the wonder of the Great Barrier Reef with scUber. Terms and conditions apply.

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