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.
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
Check in 9:00am - Departure 10:00am - Returns in Cairns 4:00pm
January - December
Up to 3.5 hours reef time
Scuba Diving, Scuba Doo and Helmet Diving Restrictions
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
Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.
Tour Code: 633