Hop aboard from Cairns on a fast catamaran and head for 5 hours of fun & adventure on the Great Barrier Reef. Our activity platform offers Scuba Diving, Helmet Diving, Guided Snorkelling Tours, and Scenic Helicopter flights.
This full day Great Barrier Reef tour caters for all activity levels.
Our high-speed catamaran will whisk you from Cairns Marlin Marina to the Interactive pontoon, where you’ll enjoy five fun-filled hours on the Outer Great Barrier Reef.
Snorkel straight off the pontoon into the calm coral lagoon and meet some unique marine life, including Wally the famously friendly resident giant Maori Wrasse who loves to say 'hi' and is a known photobomber!
If you prefer not to snorkel or don't want to get wet, you can still experience the magic of the Great Barrier Reef up close on a glass bottom boat tour, riding in a semi-submersible submarine or walking through the air-conditioned underwater observatory and watching the informative fish feding display and commentary.
You can also choose from a range of additional optional activities including introductory and certified scuba diving, helmet diving with Sea Trek, and scenic helicopter flights (Note: Infant age 3 must pay for a seat) over the Reef.
Situated 45kms east of Cairns at Moore Reef with depths ranging from 1 - 25m there is a variety of colourful coral and marine life in this lagoon environment.
Our pontoon is a state of the art interactive pontoon for guests to explore a lagoon full of coral gardens and brilliant marine life on the Great Barrier Reef.
This floating pontoon is over 1003sqm, comprising of three levels with a capacity to accommodate 450 day guests but we will be keeping our daily numbers up to 250 guests only for the best experience possible.
The two level floating pontoon will be powered using the sustainable energy of 18 solar panels and 3 wind turbines.
With a unique and easy water entry point for swimming and snorkelling, a fully functional scientific laboratory for Great Barrier Reef research and projects.
Boarding commences at 8.15am with final boarding at 8.45am from Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal
Depart Marlin Jetty Cairns – Travel time is only 90 minutes direct from Cairns on a fast stable motor catamaran
Included in your booking is morning and afternoon tea, a hot and cold buffet, snorkelling equipment, Glass Bottom Boat Tour and Semi-submersible boat tour and more. We also have extras such as diving, helicopter flights and lockers available for purchase.
Arrive at the Interactive Pontoon on the Outer Great Barrier Reef – Reef duration: 5 hours
A delicious buffet lunch freshly prepared by the highly awarded & renowned Ochre Restaurant & Tropic Spirit Catering is served on the pontoon.
Depart Interactive Floating Pontoon
Arrive back in Cairns
Board a modern catamaran at Cairns Marlin Marina for your journey to the Marine World activity pontoon on the Outer Great Barrier Reef.
Enjoy morning tea and then sit back and relax while you learn about the Reef and receive some top snorkelling tips from the Marine Naturalist on board.
Your journey to the Marine World pontoon will take approximately one and a half hours.
Start your adventure by exploring the vessel itself, with its sunny spacious decks and comfy air-conditioned cabins.
With so many activities on offer for the day, the friendly crew members are always ready to help plan an exhilarating helicopter ride, an introductory first dive, or semi-submersible tour.
This floating all-weather activity platform at stunning Moore Reef is your base for the day.
Your tour includes all-day use of the spacious sundeck, fresh water showers and changing rooms.
Tea, coffee and drinking water are available throughout the day, and a hot and cold buffet lunch with vegetarian options will be served on the platform, with both sunny and shady picnic tables to enjoy.
On arrival at Marine World, friendly crew will provide some handy tips on the correct use of snorkelling equipment and then help fit you with a mask, snorkel and fins.
The snorkel area is supervised at all times and personal flotation devices are available in adult and child sizes.
Stairs lead down from the main deck to a submersed snorkel platform where you can sit down and put on your mask and fins.
Access to the water could not be easier with the snorkel platform opening directly into a bright and sheltered coral lagoon.
There are also floating snorkeller rest stations strategically located around the site where you can take a rest at any time.
You'll be amazed by the array of colourful corals and marine life, and don't be surprised if you spot Wally the giant Maori Wrasse swimming alongside you.
It's his favourite hangout and he loves to come say hi!
For non-swimmers or if you don't feel like getting wet, this is a brilliant way of appreciating the Reef without entering the water!
The glass bottom boat is a small and maneuverable open-air vessel, which allows you to drift easily through the coral gardens.
Spot beautiful Angelfish, Parrotfish and Clownfish, clams, eels and turtles galore, from the comfort of your seat.
You'll also enjoy an interactive reef teach from a friendly marine biologist while onboard, and learn why the amazing eco-system at your feet is one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
A slightly larger vessel for sight-seeing the largest coral reef in the world, the semi-submersible submarine tour is an ideal experience for lovers of land.
Spot colourful shoals of fish & stingrays from a dry, air-conditioned glass submarine; and find out fascinating facts about the Reef from a marine naturalist while on the tour.
Guided Coral Gardens Snorkel Tour:
Perfect for the beginner snorkeller. Join our Marine Naturalist in small groups and learn more about the reef. Explore our sheltered coral lagoon with expert snorkelling assistance and instruction available at all times.
Adventure Snorkel Safari :
Suitable for snorkellers who are comfortable in the water, you have the opportunity to explore even further utilising our dedicated snorkel boat.
Drift snorkel the spectacular outer reef wall with our Marine Biologist. The extensive coral formations and HUGE schools of fish have to be seen to be believed!uitable for snorkellers who are comfortable in the water, you have the opportunity to explore even further utilising our dedicated snorkel boat.
If you've ever wanted to try scuba diving, now's the time!
The stunning location at Moore Reef is known for its calm conditions, superior coral quality and diversity of marine life – the ultimate place to take your first dive.
An introductory dive expert will teach you all the basic skills for this exhilarating experience.
Moore Reef is home to spectacular bommies, giant clams and drop-offs that showcase the endless blue.
With a small and select group, your instructor will be on hand to point out these stunning attractions.
You won't have far to look for unique marine life – the anemones boast some of the largest cities of Clownfish (Nemo) known to man.
You may also find a playful sea turtle or giant Maori Wrasse will take a personal interest in you.
Many a time these characters have followed along during a 30-minute dive.
Get ready to scuba dive one of the most desired diving locations in the world!
Your dive sites for the day are exclusive to your tour, offering calm crystal waters, abundant marine life, mysterious caves, huge canyons and deep drop-offs.
If you don’t have a dive buddy, you’ll be paired with a dive master to share your adventure.
Be sure to give the dive photographer a wink as they capture you amongst the reef fish swimming by.
Love the idea of seeing the Great Barrier Reef first hand, but not too fond of getting wet?
Helmet diving with Sea Trek is an innovative new way to walk along the sea floor while remaining perfectly dry.
You won’t even have to take off your sunglasses! No experience is required, you'll receive a briefing before you get started.
You'll spot giant clams, sea cucumbers, silvery rays, sea turtles and walk amongst an abundance of brightly coloured reef fish.
This is a one-of-a-kind Great Barrier Reef experience not to be missed!
A breath-taking alternative to in-water activities and coral viewing vessels is to soar above it all in a scenic helicopter flight for a spectacular bird’s eye view of the Great Barrier Reef!
5, 10, and 30-minute scenic flights are available from Marine World or fly/cruise, cruise/fly and fly/fly options to/from Cairns.
View the spectacular coral formations from above and spot turtles, rays, reef sharks, schooling fish and whales (during whale season) in the turquoise waters of the Coral Sea.
See more Great Barrier Reef tours on activity pontoons.
January - December
8 hours (approx)
Scuba Diving – minimum age 12
Weight: Up to 130 Kg / 287 Lb
Scuba Diving, Scuba Doo and Helmet Diving Restrictions
Swimmers, Towel, Sun Protection, Hat, Sunglasses, Camera, Cash/Credit Card for Onboard Purchases, Certification Card/Scuba license if "Certified Diving"
All doors are wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs
5 stairs to the snorkel platform~|~5 stairs to the dive platform~|~4 stairs to the glass bottoem boat
There is ramp access from the Quay to the Boat and the Boat to the pontoon
Motorised chair lift between upper and lower decks
Sea Bob – Jet snorkel tour - no leg movement required to use Sea Bob
Glass Bottom Boat Tour
less stairs than semi-submersible options
Disabled Toilets One on lower level
Buoyancy vests included
Buoyancy Noodles included
Glass Bottom Boat Tour
Sea Bob Jet Snorkel Tour
Semi-Submersible Tour - Semi-Submersible Tours all have a steep decline to enter the vessel . It is not recommended, however this will depend on the severity of disability.
You must arrange your own local transport in advance.
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.
Operator’s Cancellation Policy:
A cancellation fee of 100% will apply if less than 24 hours notice is given prior to departure.
Some services may be cancelled or modified as a result of weather/tidal conditions or other unforeseen circumstances.
In the rare event that Reef Magic needs to cancel, the guest will be provided with an alternate day of travel, offered another Reef Unlimited product, or a full refund.
Note: Infants age 3 will be charged the child price for any helicopter component booked, this charge will be added to your booking total
Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.
Tour Code: 110