Cairns Reef Tours On a Pontoon | Great Barrier Reef

Tour Code: 110

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove

2nd Child Travels FREE
  • The perfect Great Barrier Reef tour from Cairns for non-swimmers to marvel at colourful marine life in the underwater observatory, enjoy a glass bottom boat tour or a semi-submersible submarine tour or helicopter flight 
  • The activity platform on the outer Barrier Reef is the destination your boat will head to from Cairns. Perfect for families with young children, scuba divers, and snorkelers. There are so many different ways to see the reef 
  • The ultimate way to upgrade this Cairns tour is to book a Fly and Cruise Great Barrier Reef tour where you can fly in a helicopter from Cairns out to the pontoon or do it in reverse or fly by helicopter both ways for the best tour experience
  • Everyone loves to meet Wally the giant Maori Wrasse fish on this Great Barrier Reef tour. Don't be surprised if ultra-friendly Wally swims towards you for a cuddle and a selfie! 

Included In Price

  • 5 full hours on the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Unlimited snorkeling... all equipment and instruction supplied
  • Informative reef presentations with Marine Naturalists
  • Underwater observatory to see the reef up close.
  • Fish feeding and coral viewing for the non swimmers and children.
  • Cruising the reef and staying dry in a glass bottom boat
  • A safe swimming enclosure for the children - Children are well catered for!
  • Semi–submersible tours with interactive commentary
  • A Sumptuous hot and cold tropical smorgasbord/buffet lunch, including prawns
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Lowest passenger numbers to a large two storey platform “Marine World”
  • A really friendly, personalised and professional service
  • Wet Suit or Lycra Suit

Save $103.00 on our Great Barrier Reef Family Package Tour Deal. Spend an unforgettable day exploring the Great Barrier Reef from the all-weather Interactive Marine World platform at beautiful Moore Reef.

The perfect Great Barrier Reef tour from Cairns for swimmers and non-swimmers, travellers with disabilities and families, 2nd child travels free.

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 Reef up close on a glass bottom boat tour, riding in a semi-submersible submarine or walking through the underwater observatory. 

You can also choose from a range of additional optional activities including introductory and certified scuba diving, helmet diving, and scenic helicopter flights over the Reef. 

Cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef

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. 

Interactive Floating Pontoon Platform

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! 

Glass bottom boat tour

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. 

Semi-submersible Submarine tour

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.

Introductory scuba diving (optional extra activity)

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.

Certified scuba diving (optional extra activity)

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. 

Helmet diving tour (optional extra activity)

Love the idea of seeing the reef first hand, but not too fond of getting wet?

Helmet diving 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 experience not to be missed!

Scenic helicopter flight (optional extra activity)

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.

Tour Languages Offered
  • French
  • German
Departs From


Departure Time
  • Boarding: 8:00am to 8:30am
  • Departure: 9:00am
  • Returns: 5:00pm
Departure Instructions

Check in at the Reef Fleet Terminal, located at 1 Spence Street

Pickup Locations
  • Cairns
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Palm Cove
  • Pick-up time will be advised upon booking

Marine World located at Moore Reef

Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation



8 hours (approx)

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Helicopter scenic flights
  • Helicopter Fly/Fly - Fly/Cruise - Cruise/Fly 
  • Snuba Diving - minimum age 12
  • Security lockers
  • Underwater camera
  • Licensed bar
  • Souvenirs available
  • Prescription Masks
Fitness Level Required

Low, Medium


Weight: Up to 130 Kg / 287 Lb


Scuba Doo and Helmet Diving Restrictions

  • Certain medical conditions and medications may preclude some people from helmet diving and scuba doo.
  • Participation is subject to a medical questionnaire completed on board with the tour operator
  • Minimum age for 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.

Seawalker Medical

Read more about Diving Safety on the Great Barrier Reef.

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.

Additional Information

Adult age: 15 yrs + Child age: 4-14 years inclusive Family package: consists of 2Ad & 2Ch An Environmental Management Charge of $3.50 is levied for all adults and children 4 years and over entering the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area. This charge, along with Jetty tax, Administration Fee and other levies are included in the cruise fares for Marine World & Whale Watching Tours Cairns.

Eco Certifications
Advanced Ecotourism Certified

Swimmers, Towel, Sun Protection, Hat, Sunglasses, Camera, Cash/Credit Card for Onboard Purchases, Certification Card/Scuba license if "Certified Diving"

Containes notes on wheelchair accessContaines notes for the visually impairedContaines notes for the hearing impaired
Wheelchair Accessibility

This is one of the more wheelchair accessible tour vessels for travellers with disabilities.

Disabled toilet, shower and chairlift between upper and lower decks are on board the vessel only - not on the pontoon. (traveler must either have some movement to chairlift or have companion help). Crew will assist with chair and lift operation but cannot physically lift passenger due to health restrictions.

Doorway Measurements For Wheelchair Access

Wide doorways and aisles to accommodate both electronic and folding wheelchairs.

Number of Steps

All facets of tour utilise stairs so companion help will be needed as crew is unable to move passengers due to restrictions.~|~Snorkel platform has 10 stairs to bench seat (floatation devices and rings are available).~|~Glass bottom boat has 4 stairs upon boarding.~|~Semi submarine has 12 stairs.~|~Underwater observatory has 16 stairs at both entrance and exit.

Boarding Access

Wide gangway boarding access with one step at beginning and end.

Onboard Access

Wide aisle access onboard boat, decks and activities platform.

Wide access on activities platform between picnic tables and wheelchair suitable flooring.

Visually Impaired Notes

Wide aisles. However, travel with carer or companion is recommended for safety reasons.

Hearing Impaired Information

Written information sheets on safety and marine education available.


Disabled toilet and shower.

Disabled chairlift from lower to upper deck on board vessel only - not pontoon


There are no specific disabled activities.

Floatation devices are provided for snorkelling.

Pre-order Local Transport

You must arrange your own local transport in advance.

  • Child price applies to children 4 to 14
  • Children under 3 travel free
  • Helicopter Scenic Flight: child price applies to children 3 to 14
  • Diving minimum age: 12

Cancellation Policy:

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:

Any cancellations made within 24 hours of travel will incur a 100% cancellation fee. Tours cancelled more than 24 hours from travel will be fully refunded by tour operator.

Cancellations with 24 hours of tour date will incur a 100% cancellation fee.

Cairns Reef Tours On a Pontoon | Great Barrier Reef

Tour Code: 110

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$98.77
Family: au$495.51

Tour Code: 110



15 yrs & over

4 - 14 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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