Arlington Reef Tour

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove

  • Leave Cairns at 10am and head out to the floating pontoon to spend 3.5 hours exploring the Great Barrier Reef.
  • The children will love the Marine Life Touch Tank presentation & safe kids pool.
  • A great tour for  both scuba divers & snorkelers, a very pristine coral reef system that is only visited by one tour company.
  • There is so much to see and do on a floating pontoon and it is the perfect option for non-swimmers to see the Great Barrier Reef also on the glass bottom boat tours, underwater observatory and scenic helicopter flights.
  • Upgrade your Great Barrier Reef tour to include a scenic helicopter flight on a cruise/fly over the reef and a Sea Walker helmet dive, where you walk on a platform under the water.

Enjoy a later departure and a shorter ride to the Great Barrier Reef, 3.5 hours to explore swim, dive & snorkel, or add a helicopter flight to make it simply amazing

One of the largest reef systems on the Great Barrier Reef, Arlington Reef is also the closest Outer Reef location to Cairns. 

Enjoy a shorter travel time and 3.5 hours to explore swim, dive & snorkel.

This is Cairns best deal on a Great Barrier Reef tour, taking guests out to one of the largest coral reef systems in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park at the Arlington Reef pontoon and provides all the extra options that make an outer reef pontoon experience the ideal day on the water.

Departing from Cairns at 10:00 am, guests enjoy 3.5 hours “reef time” on the Arlington Reef pontoon, before returning to Cairns at 4:00 pm.  This great value shorter day reef trip offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy other Cairns attractions and touring options early in the morning and late afternoon or simply to enjoy a bit of a sleep in.

Enjoy many of the Great Barrier Reef’s signatory inclusive activities including snorkelling, viewing the marine life and coral formations from the Underwater Observatory on the platform & Marine Touch Tank presentations with a marine naturalist. 

There is a safe swimming enclosure for younger children, a fish feeding presentation and of course a BBQ lunch.

Make your day on this great value Great Barrier Reef tour even more immersive by upgrading to one or more of the optional activities such as Glass Bottom Boat tours with commentary, Introductory & Certified Scuba diving, Guided Snorkel tours and Scenic Helicopter Flights.

At the time of booking, you may also choose to book a Fly & Cruise, Cruise & Fly or Fly & Fly option and include a 25 minute scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef.  This is another great way to optimise your travel time with either a later departure or earlier arrival into Cairns.

This Great Barrier Reef tour from Cairns is perfectly suited to cater to guests who are non-swimmers or for families with young children.

Late Departure Great Barrier Reef Tour

9.00 am – Check in starts at the Reef Fleet Terminal in Spence Street Cairns

9.45 am – Check in closes and you are on board your boat for your Great Barrier Reef tour.

10.00 am – Boat departs Cairns Marina and you can sit back and listen to the marine safety presentations, watch the videos, enjoy some snacks. If you have pre-booked scuba diving, Sea Walker Helmet Diving, scenic helicopter flights or other activities this is the time you need to sit with the crew and listen to all the safety instructions and take note of the times you are booked to do these extra activities on the reef

11.30 am – Arrive Arlington Reef pontoon

Enjoy 3.5 full hours at the Outer Great Barrier Reef - Snorkelling, swimming, enjoying the sunshine

3.00 pm – Depart Arlington Reef pontoon

4.00 pm – Arrive back at Cairns Marina

See more good deals on Cairns Great Barrier Reef tours for non-swimmers and pontoon tours.

Included In Price

  • Travel to Arlington Reef on fast air-conditioned catamaran
  • Complimentary tea & coffee on boarding vessel & prior to pontoon departure
  • Up to 3.5 hours reef time
  • BBQ Buffet lunch
  • Full bar facilities
  • Freshwater showers and change rooms
  • Free wifi on board vessel
  • Free lycra suit hire
  • Snorkelling enclosures with rest stations
  • Fully enclosed ocean kids pool
  • Glass bottom boat tours
  • Marine naturalist presentations
  • All snorkelling equipment & expert instruction
  • Marine life touch tank
  • Underwater observatory
  • Fish feeding presentations
Tour Languages Offered
  • Chinese
  • English
  • Japanese
  • Korean
Departs From


Departure Time

Check in 9:00am - Departure 10:00am - Returns in Cairns 4:00pm

Pickup Locations
  • Cairns
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Palm Cove
  • Pick up time to be confirmed at time of booking
  • Please be ready for pick up 5 minutes early as coach cannot wait

Arlington Reef

Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation



Up to 3.5 hours reef time

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Guided Snorkel Tour
  • Seawalker Helmet Platform
  • Introductory Scuba Dive
  • Certified Scuba Dive
  • Coach Transfers
  • On board extras: prescription masks, coin operated locker, wetsuit and stinger suit
Fitness Level Required

Low, Medium

  • Minimum age for Seawalker and scuba diving is 12 years
  • Scuba diving and Seawalker Helmet Dive must be booked
  • Scuba & helmet diving is subject to a medical questionaire

Scuba Diving, Scuba Doo and Helmet Diving Restrictions

  • Certain medical conditions and medications may preclude some people from scuba diving and helmet diving/scuba doo.
  • Participation is subject to medical questionnaires completed on board with the tour operator.
  • Minimum age for scuba diving and helmet diving/scuba doo is 12 years.
  • Flying after diving: A wait of 12 hours is recommended but preferably 24 hours, if doing multiple dives, before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater.

Intro Dive Medical Advanced Dive Medical Seawalker Medical

Read more about Diving Safety on the Great Barrier Reef.

Eco Certifications
Ecotourism Certified
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimming costume
  • Towel
  • Camera (charged)
  • Cash or credit card for drinks and snacks

2nd child travels free

All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions  for details prior to booking.

100% cancellation fee will be charged for FIT passengers cancelling within 24 hours of departure

Cairns Best Deal Great Barrier Reef Tour | Pontoon | Late Departure

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove




Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$129.00
Family: au$553.00

Tour Code: 633



16 yrs & over

4 - 15 yrs

0 - 3 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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