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:
Optional extras include:
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.
Indulge in a buffet lunch with seafood as well as 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.
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.
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
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
Tea and coffee are served on boarding and available all day. Enjoy a hot and cold full buffet lunch with seafood (vegetarian/dietary requirements are catered for) included in your tour and provided on board.
On the return trip back to Cairns, you'll be served afternoon tea with a refreshing tropical fruit platter.
Your catamaran also has a fully stocked bar with beer, wine, juices, pre-mixed drinks and soft drinks offered as extras, to be paid on consumption.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
If you are making your own way / self drive to the Reef Fleet Terminal, please note your check in is at 8:30am
January - December
A great Christmas Day tour – operates every day of the year!
90-minute cruise each way
Total time on reef 4 hours
Departs from Cairns Marlin Marina 9.30am and returns 5.30pm
Low, Medium, Disabled
Scuba Doo and Helmet Diving Restrictions
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
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.
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
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