Great Barrier Reef Tour - Cairns Pontoon Tour

Tour Code: 114

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Fitzroy Island, Palm Cove

Amazing Must Do Reef Tour!
  • Guided glass bottom boat and semi-submersible submarine 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

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 tour
  • Semi-submersible submarine boat tour
  • Snorkelling rest & view stations
  • Fully enclosed children's pool
  • Marine life touch tank
  • Fish feeding presentations
  • Underwater observatory

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

Optional extras include:

  • Scuba diving (introductory and certified)
  • Scenic helicopter flights
  • Guided snorkelling safaris  
  • Seawalker Helmet Diving 

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. 

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

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

Food and Drinks

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. 

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
  • English
  • Japanese
Departs From


Departure Time
  • ***IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Amended schedule from 22/02/2020 to 02/02/2020***
  • 8:30 - 9.15am – check in at Reef Fleet Terminal.
  • 9:30am – departs Cairns Marlin Marina
Departure Instructions
  • ***IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Amended schedule from 22/02/2020 to 02/02/2020***
  • 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
  • Fitzroy Island
  • Palm Cove
  • Pick up time from accommodation will be advised upon booking
  • Fitzroy Island
  • Moore Reef
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation


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


***IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Amended schedule from 22/02/2020 to 02/02/2020***
90-minute cruise each way
Total time on reef 4 hours
Departs from Cairns Marlin Marina 9.30am and returns 5.30pm
Times are approximate

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

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

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.

Eco Certifications
Certified Tourism
Ecotourism Certified
  • Hat
  • Towel
  • Swimming costume & beach towel
  • Sunscreen (SPF 30+) & protective clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera (charged)
  • Cash & credit card for any onboard purchases

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

  • 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

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.

Great Barrier Reef Tour - Cairns Pontoon Tour

Tour Code: 114

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Fitzroy Island, Palm Cove

Amazing Must Do Reef Tour!



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

Child: au$109.00
Family: au$507.00

Tour Code: 114



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