Great Barrier Reef Tour - Cairns Pontoon Tour

2nd Child Travels FREE

Tour Code: 114

Prices From

au$229

Live Availability - Book Now

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

Child: au$119.00
Family: au$577.00

Check Prices and Availability Have A Question? Call +61 7 4059 59 59

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Experience a day packed with exciting activities on this full day tour from Cairns to the Outer Great Barrier Reef and Moore Reef pontoon. Choose to do as much or as little as you like. Great for families, swimmers and non-swimmers, and adventure seekers alike!

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Highlights

  • Guided glass bottom boat and semi-submersible tours plus fish feeding
  • Underwater observatory and touch tank presentation
  • New 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
  • Meet some of Moore Reef’s resident characters, including Wally the giant, intricately marked Maori Wrasse fish and Dora the friendly sea turtle

Perfect Selfie

  • 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

Share your selfie on our Facebook page and tag your best Instagram pics with #barrierreefaustralia for your chance to be featured.

Itinerary

Moore Reef Floating Pontoon

Like a marine fun park, Moore Reef’s new two-storey floating platform, completed mid-2017, is a great activity centre for all ages and an exciting way to explore the Outer Great Barrier Reef. 

Indulge in a buffet lunch with seafood as well as snorkelling, 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!

Read More

Included In Price

  • Travel to the Outer Great Barrier Reef aboard an air-conditioned catamaran
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on boarding vessel
  • Multi-level pontoon with large upper level sundeck and waterslide into the Reef
  • Buffet Lunch
  • Freshwater showers and changing rooms
  • Snorkel equipment
  • Glass Bottom Boat
  • Semi-submersible boat
  • Snorkelling rest & view stations
  • Fully enclosed children's pool
  • Marine life touch tank
  • Fish feeding presentations
  • Underwater observatory
Tour Languages Offered
  • Chinese
  • English
  • Japanese
Departs From

Cairns

Departure Time
  • 8:30 - 9.15am – check in at Reef Fleet Terminal.
  • 9:30am – departs Cairns Marlin Marina
Departure Instructions

If you are making your own way / self drive to the Reef Fleet Terminal, please note your check in is at 8:30am

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

Moore Reef

Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation

Daily

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

Duration

90-minute cruise each way
Total time on reef 4 hours
Departs from Cairns Marlin Marina 9.30am and returns 5.30pm

What to Bring
  • Hat
  • Towel
  • Swimming costume & beach towel
  • Sunscreen (SPF 30+) & protective clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera (charged)
  • Cash & credit card for any onboard purchases
Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Accommodation transfers from Cairns, Palm Cove and Northern Beaches, please pre-book with us
  • Introductory and certified scuba diving
  • Seawalker helmet diving
  • Guided snorkelling tours
  • Scenic helicopter flights
Fitness Level Required

Low, Medium, Disabled

Restrictions
  • Scuba Diving – minimum age 12 and subject to a medical questionnaire
  • Medium fitness is required for snorkel safari tour
IN-WATER RESTRICTIONS

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 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.

Seawalker Medical

Read more about Diving Safety on the Great Barrier Reef.

Child Policy
  • 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.
  • Parents can take prams, strollers and capsules on boat
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.

  • 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.
Eco Certifications
Certified Tourism
Ecotourism Certified

Customer Reviews

Average Rating

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

Experience a day packed with exciting activities on this full day tour from Cairns to the Outer Great Barrier Reef and Moore Reef pontoon. Choose to do as much or as little as you like. Great for families, swimmers and non-swimmers, and adventure seekers alike!

Read More

Highlights

  • Guided glass bottom boat and semi-submersible tours plus fish feeding
  • Underwater observatory and touch tank presentation
  • New 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
  • Meet some of Moore Reef’s resident characters, including Wally the giant, intricately marked Maori Wrasse fish and Dora the friendly sea turtle

Perfect Selfie

  • 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

Share your selfie on our Facebook page and tag your best Instagram pics with #barrierreefaustralia for your chance to be featured.

Itinerary

Moore Reef Floating Pontoon

Like a marine fun park, Moore Reef’s new two-storey floating platform, completed mid-2017, is a great activity centre for all ages and an exciting way to explore the Outer Great Barrier Reef. 

Indulge in a buffet lunch with seafood as well as snorkelling, 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!

Read More

Included In Price

  • Travel to the Outer Great Barrier Reef aboard an air-conditioned catamaran
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on boarding vessel
  • Multi-level pontoon with large upper level sundeck and waterslide into the Reef
  • Buffet Lunch
  • Freshwater showers and changing rooms
  • Snorkel equipment
  • Glass Bottom Boat
  • Semi-submersible boat
  • Snorkelling rest & view stations
  • Fully enclosed children's pool
  • Marine life touch tank
  • Fish feeding presentations
  • Underwater observatory
Tour Languages Offered
  • Chinese
  • English
  • Japanese
Departs From

Cairns

Departure Time
  • 8:30 - 9.15am – check in at Reef Fleet Terminal.
  • 9:30am – departs Cairns Marlin Marina
Departure Instructions

If you are making your own way / self drive to the Reef Fleet Terminal, please note your check in is at 8:30am

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

Moore Reef

Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation

Daily

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

Duration

90-minute cruise each way
Total time on reef 4 hours
Departs from Cairns Marlin Marina 9.30am and returns 5.30pm

What to Bring
  • Hat
  • Towel
  • Swimming costume & beach towel
  • Sunscreen (SPF 30+) & protective clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera (charged)
  • Cash & credit card for any onboard purchases
Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Accommodation transfers from Cairns, Palm Cove and Northern Beaches, please pre-book with us
  • Introductory and certified scuba diving
  • Seawalker helmet diving
  • Guided snorkelling tours
  • Scenic helicopter flights
Fitness Level Required

Low, Medium, Disabled

Restrictions
  • Scuba Diving – minimum age 12 and subject to a medical questionnaire
  • Medium fitness is required for snorkel safari tour
IN-WATER RESTRICTIONS

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 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.

Seawalker Medical

Read more about Diving Safety on the Great Barrier Reef.

Child Policy
  • 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.
  • Parents can take prams, strollers and capsules on boat
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.

  • 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.
Eco Certifications
Certified Tourism
Ecotourism Certified

Customer Reviews

Average Rating

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

Tour Code: 114

Prices From

au$229

Live Availability - Book Now

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

Child: au$119.00
Family: au$577.00

Check Prices and Availability Have A Question? Call +61 7 4059 59 59

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