Cairns Reef Tours | Helicopters & Reef Tours |Dive-Snorkel | Glass Bottom Boat |SL

Tour Code: 114

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove

2nd Child Travels FREE
  • Guided glass bottom boat and semi-submersible submarine tours plus fish feeding. Underwater observatory and touch tank presentation by marine naturalists.
  • Upgrade & book the most popular way to explore the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns. Fly in a helicopter to and from Cairns and see the reef from above and below the water. 
  • Interactive multi-level pontoon at Moore Reef complete with supersized sundeck and the only theme park style spaghetti waterslide on the Reef! Fully enclosed children’s pool keeps the little one's safe.
  • Ask a friend or crew member to capture you sliding down the pontoon water slide and into the Reef! Or bring, or hire, a GoPro to capture your amazing slide action
  • Meet some of Moore Reef’s resident characters, including Wally the giant, intricately marked Maori Wrasse fish and Dora the friendly sea turtle

Included In Price

  • Free Tea & Coffee on boarding the vessel
  • Travel to the Outer Great Barrier Reef in a fast air-conditioned catamaran
  • Marina naturalist presentation
  • Snorkel equipment & expert instruction
  • Glass Bottom boat tours - weather dependent
  • Semi-submersible tours
  • Snorkelling rest & view stations
  • Fully enclosed kids pool
  • Marine Life touch tank
  • Underwater observatory
  • Fish feeding presentations
  • Freshwater showers & changing rooms
  • Buffet lunch
  • Tea & Coffee prior to leaving the pontoon
  • Free WiFi Onboard

A very unique Great Barrier Reef tour perfect for families with children. This floating pontoon has a huge spaghetti waterslide they will simply fall in love with. Experience a day packed with lot's of exciting activities on this Great Barrier Reef tour from Cairns on our interactive pontoon.

On this Great Barrier Reef tour you may partake in all of the in-water activities or just choose a few, there are so many ways for you to explore the Great Barrier Reef in so many different ways on this reef trip from Cairns.

This is the perfect reef trip for families, swimmers and non-swimmers, and adventure seekers alike! 

Your spacious, air-conditioned catamaran for the day cruises from Cairns Marina to the new 45-metre, two-storey pontoon at Moore Reef which features a huge sundeck, dive platforms and the only theme park style spaghetti water slide on the Great Barrier  Reef.

You'll have four incredible hours to explore the Great Barrier Reef, with a host of in water and out of water activities to choose from: 

  • Snorkel the Reef and make some new marine friends
  • Onboard touch tank to experience unique marine life up close
  • Lie back and relax on the spacious upper-level sundeck
  • Waterslide into the Reef! Enjoy unlimited use of the only theme park style spaghetti waterslide on the Reef
  • Semi-submersible submarine and glass bottom boat tours  perfect for non-swimmers or if you don't want to get wet
  • Underwater Observatory
  • Fish feeding presentations
  • There's also a dedicated, fully enclosed pool for kids

Cairns Reef Tour Optional Extras Include:

  • Scuba diving (introductory and certified)
  • Scenic helicopter flights to/from Cairns to pontoon
  • Guided snorkelling safaris  
  • Seawalker Helmet Diving 
  • Helicopter flights from the pontoon

Great Barrier Reef Tour - Moore Reef Floating Pontoon

This Great Barrier Reef tour is like a marine fun park, Moore Reef’s two-storey floating platform is a great interactive activity centre for all ages and an exciting way to explore the Outer Great Barrier Reef. 

Enjoy snorkelling, semi-submersible submarine and glass bottom boat tours, a marine life touch tank, underwater observatory as well as a unique Seawalker helmet diving experience, just to name a few! 

Parents will adore the fully enclosed kid’s pool and theme-park style spaghetti water slide!

There are so many ways to see the Great Barrier Reef on this tour, it is perfect for non-swimmers

Snorkel on the Outer Great Barrier Reef Tour

Moore Reef offers ideal snorkelling conditions with calm, sheltered waters, diverse marine life and stunning coral gardens just metres under the water.

Swimmers of all abilities can take part in snorkelling on the Reef. Your snorkel equipment is provided as part of the tour as well as floatation devices which are great for anyone with limited mobility or if you're uncomfortable in the water. 

Two new large dive platforms on the Moore Reef pontoon make getting in and out of the water fast and easy so you can enjoy snorkelling and exploring the Reef at your own pace at any time throughout the day.

Great Barrier Reef - Glass Bottom Boat Tour

Don’t sit this one out! Instead, seat yourself in comfort and explore the reef in a dry, but no less fascinating way on a glass bottom boat tour.

This is a fabulous way to experience the Great Barrier Reef if you don't want to get wet or aren't a confident swimmer. 

This highly visual and informative reef tour will offer you both lasting images and an understanding of the world's largest coral reef and its inhabitants. 

Glass bottom boat tour is the perfect activity for non-swimmers

Great Barrier Reef Semi-Submersible Submarine Tour

Relax in air-conditioned comfort and view the splendour of the Great Barrier Reef on a semi-submersible submarine tour.

These underwater tours give you the perspective of a scuba diver without getting wet as you come eye to eye with hard and soft corals, turtles, the larger fish, gigantic clams and possibly Nemo the clownfish and his friends hiding amongst their homes in the anemone. 

The semi-submersible submarine tour includes a fascinating interactive ocean briefing from a marine naturalist.

A perfect activity for non-swimmers

Lunch On Board Your Cruise Boat

With so much to see and do on the Great Barrier Reef it's important not to forget about the flavoursome lunch.

The buffet lunch is served on board the air conditioned catamaran where you can sit in the cool comfort or stay outside and breathe in the fresh air with the top decks shaded platform picnic tables and chairs.

Menu - Please note menu may change without notice

Fresh rolls, salted butter

Cured meat and cheese selection – shaved leg ham, pastrami and cheese (GF)

Chilled Endeavour prawns, coral sea cocktail sauce (GF)


Crushed potato salad, mustard mayonnaise & spring onion (V/Veg/GF/DF)

Green leaf salad (V/Veg/GF/DF)

Shredded Rusty’s vegetable slaw (V/Veg/GF/DF)


Tolga beef with sweet tamarind & noodles

Yellow curry with coconut roast vegetables (V/Veg/GF/DF)

Sticky ginger caramel chicken (GF/DF)

Steamed jasmine rice (V/Veg/GF/DF)


Mini pizzettes (Kids offering)


Regional fruit platters(V/Veg/GF/DF)

Banana cake (Veg)

Interactive Snorkel Tour (OPTIONAL ACTIVITY)

A professional marine naturalist will guide you on this personalised 30-minute snorkel tour.

Whilst snorkeling the reef you will learn so much more about the marine life of the Great Barrier Reef such as the impressive longevity of sea turtles, the shy character of clownfish (Nemo), along with fascinating information about molluscs, crustaceans and the dazzling starfish that line the ocean floor. 

Introductory Scuba Diving (OPTIONAL ACTIVITY)

The introductory scuba dive gives you the chance to experience the beauty of Great Barrier Reef up close.

You’ll see and learn about the coral reef and the unique marine life that inhabits it, including giant clams, clownfish (Nemo), rays, turtles and an array of colourful reef fish.

An experienced, qualified dive instructor will brief you and guide you on your underwater journey.

First class equipment is provided and a maximum of four people per instructor ensures a safe and fun activity for all.

Certified Scuba Diving (OPTIONAL ACTIVITY)

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. 

As a certified scuba diver, you and a fellow certified diver will be assigned as dive buddies to enjoy the experience of diving beautiful Moore Reef. 

All equipment including regulator, BCD, fins, mask, tanks, weights and wetsuit are provided.

Seawalker Platform Helmet Diving (OPTIONAL ACTIVITY)

Seawalker Platform Helmet Diving is an exciting way to experience the Great Barrier Reef without getting your hair wet.

No prior dive knowledge or experience is required and you will be guided on your adventure by a qualified instructor.

Unlike traditional scuba diving, Seawalker enables you to breathe through your nose and mouth as you would above water. 

Seawalker offers all the excitement of scuba diving without getting wet and is ideal for non-swimmers.

Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Flight (OPTIONAL ACTIVITY)

View the vastness and beauty of the Great Barrier Reef from above on a scenic helicopter flight over Moore Reef. 

This exciting and breathtaking experience is beauty in its natural form as the Great Barrier Reef will unfold before your eyes and give you the chance to see the brilliant coral formations, groups of turtles, sharks and rays as your helicopter flies approximately 500ft over the Great Barrier Reef and passes the coastline of Cairns.

See more of our Great Barrier Reef tours with floating pontoons and activity centres. 

Tour Languages Offered
  • Chinese
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Spanish
Departs From


Departure Time
  • Cruise/Cruise:
  • 8.30am: Check In at the Reef Fleet Terminal, and board our vessel
  • 9.15am: Boarding closes
  • 9.30am: Depart Cairns
  • 10.15am: Stop off at Fitzroy Island (drop off and pick up only)
  • 11.30am: Arrive at Moore Reef activity platform
  • Enjoy 4 hours at the reef!
  • 3.30pm: Depart Moore Reef activity platform
  • 4.20pm: Stop off at Fitzroy Island (drop off and pick up only)
  • 5.30pm: Return to Cairns and disembark
  • Helicopter Cruise/Fly: 8:30am check in starts - 9:15am check in closes - Departs 9:30am - Returns 3:25pm
  • Helicopter Fly/Cruise: Departs 11:30am - Returns 5:30pm
  • Helicopter Fly/Fly: Departs 11:30am - Returns 3:25pm
Pickup Locations
  • Cairns
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Palm Cove
  • Fitzroy Island
  • Moore Reef
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation


A great Christmas Day tour – operates every day of the year!


90 minute cruise each way
4 hours on pontoon
Times are approximate

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Helicopter flights from Cairns to and from Moore Reef platform 
  • Scenic Helicopter Flights at platform
  • Introductory and Certified Scuba Diving
  • Seawalker Helmet Diving
  • Guided Snorkel Tours
  • Full bar facilities
  • Digital photos & DVD's.
Fitness Level Required

Low, Medium, Disabled


Scuba Diving – minimum age 12

Weight: Up to 130 Kg / 287 Lb


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 scuba diving: a wait of 12 hours is recommended after one dive, 18 hour after 2 dives and at least 24 hours after 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.

Hat, Sunscreen (SPF 30+) & protective clothing, Swimming costume & beach towel, Cash & credit card for onboard purchases

Customer Reviews

Average Rating

shobha S

Reviewed on August 21, 2019

This tour was awesome. well organised in time and could not have asked for more.

Response From Barrier Reef Australia

Dear Shobha, thank you for your review of our Cairns Great Barrier Reef tour out to the pontoon at Moore Reef. We are glad you had a great day as we like to hear the guests feedback on the tours and attractions we have recommended for them when visiting Cairns. We hope to see you or some of your friends back in Cairns soon.

Punit T

Reviewed on December 26, 2017

It was a once in a lifetime experience for us. We went snorkeling for 2 hours. But we missed the glass bottom tour and other attractions as the total time of stay there was very less. It was only 4 hours and it should be increased to atleast 6 hours. The crew were helpful. The lunch was nice. But there was no morning and evening snacks and that was kind of a disappointment. Overall experience was good but I found it expensive considering the services and food provided.

Response From Barrier Reef Australia

Thank you for your review on your Great Barrier Reef tour Punit Most of the reef tour trips allow 4 hours out on the reef itself as the travel time each way is around 1.5 hours so that is 7 hours in the day already. The boats need to return to Cairns before it gets dark for safety. With regards to snacks as you board there is usually tea and coffee and biscuits and in the afternoon the same or with cheeses so maybe you did not see these in the galley? Sorry to hear you missed the glass bottom boat. It departs quite regularly during the day but sounds like you had so much fun snorkelling you missed it. We suggest to guests to do all the pontoon activities before snorkelling and diving to ensure you try all on offer. Hopefully you may be able to return to Cairns in the future and if you do please call us and we would love to recommend the perfect Cairns tours for you

Jennifer R

Reviewed on October 01, 2017

We had an interesting day. We enjoyed the glass bottom boat and the submersible although my husband felt the glass in the submersible was not very clean and this impeded our view of the reef. I was frustrated when snorkelling as my mask continually fogged up and I was unable to swim continuously viewing the coral.

Response From Barrier Reef Australia

Hi Jennifer, thanks for your feedback. We now have a brand new pontoon on Moore Reef with upgraded facilities and even more to see and do. The Tour Specialists are more than happy to point you in the right direction for your next Outer Reef experience.

Eng Hin W

Reviewed on August 20, 2017

The trip is generally good and we enjoyed the facilities provided on the Pontoon. That said, buffet food quality can be improved and guests should be informed prior that the submarine was not working. My wife and some other non-swimmer passengers we spoke to are disappointed that they can only enjoy glass-bottom boat as a result.I

Response From Barrier Reef Australia

Thank you for your review of your Great Barrier Reef Tour Eng and sorry to hear the semi-submersible submarine was not working on that day. They would have to bring out engineers or parts from Cairns to fix it no doubt. Good to hear they enjoyed the glass bottom boat and of course there are always lots of other things happening on the pontoon. Have passed on your comments about the buffet to the tour operator We look forward to welcoming you back to Cairns

  • Child rate is applicable between the ages of 4-15 years inclusive.
  • Family rate comprises of 2 adults and 2 children.
  • Infants under 4 years travel for 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.

  • Bookings cancelled within 72 hours of departure will be subject to a cancellation charge.
  • A 100% cancellation fee will be charged for (free and independent traveller) passengers cancelling within 24 hours of departure.
  • Please note optional activities such as Diving & Sea Walker are not refundable if you do not pass the medical.

Cairns Reef Tours | Helicopters & Reef Tours |Dive-Snorkel | Glass Bottom Boat |SL

Tour Code: 114

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove

2nd Child Travels FREE



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

Child: au$142.00
Family: au$640.00

Tour Code: 114



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