There are so many ways for you to explore the reef on this Great Barrier Reef tour! Take advantage of the snorkel equipment and hit the water.
Even if it is your first time to visit Cairns and the reef there are life guards on hand plus bouyancy vests to help you along if you are a non-swimmer.
If you prefer to stay dry and not enjoy snorkeling dont worry, you have the choice of the semi-submersible submarine boat tour, glass bottom boat tour and underwater observatory available throughout the day.
The friendly boat crew will even bring the sea creatures to you with the marine life touch tank on board.
This is the perfect Cairns and Great Barrier Reef trip for non-swimmers and those families with small children.
The next day you can back up your excting reef experience with a day tour into the rainforests of Kuranda.
In this colourful little village, you’ll meet iconic native Australian wildlife and get the chance to handfeed a kangaroo, and even cuddle with a koala for a photo!
You’ll likewise venture to a thrilling ride on an authentic WW II Army Duck, and meet some of the local indigenous Aboriginal people whilst watching a traditional story telling song and dance performance.
See the best of Cairns has to offer by traveling on both the historic Kuranda Scenic Rail and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
Your Great Barrier Reef day tour will begin from Cairns as you sip fresh coffee, and bypass the rainforest-covered mountains and legendary Fitzroy Island on your way to the floating pontoon at Moore Reef.
You’ll find seating inside and out on three spacious decks, with a choice of plush air-conditioned cabin comfort, or languishing outside in the sun.
And as you head to your remarkable pontoon location, you’ll hear a fascinating presentation on some of the incredible marine species you’re about to meet, and a few snorkeling tips to enrich your experience.
The friendly crew is there to assist with any request, and they can likewise help plan the many activities that will ensure the best experience from your Moore Reef experience.
The Moore Reef floating pontoon on the Outer Great Barrier Reef, is your activity centre for the day!
The platform offers something for everyone and provides a stable surface with plenty of space for your to enjoy your day.
You may want to try your first ever introductory dive, or indulge in a semi- submersible submarine tour!
On board the platform you will see a touch tank where you can actually pick up some of the local sea creatures and talk to a marine specialist!
Non swimming persons and marine enthusiasts will love seeing the reefs coral formations from the underwater observatory at the bottom of the platform, and families will appreciate the fully enclosed children’s pool.
This also happens to be the ONLY Great Barrier Reef tour with a spaghetti waterslide - a great day out for kids big & small.
The most classic way to explore the reef is to simply get your mask and fins on and go snorkeling!
Take your time to explore the Great Barrier Reef, swim above giant clams,sea cucumbers, sea anemones and perhaps venture to the edge of the bommie where you might be lucky enough to spot a reef shark.
Entry into the water from the stable floating pontoon is easy with a bench at the lower level making it simple to get your gear on and go.
The fish are so plentiful here that they will be swimming around your ankles as you get ready to get in!
Keep your eyes peeled for the resident Moari Wrasse named Wally who is likely to come for a pat as you swim from the pontoon!
Wally is also a legendary photo bomber too so watch out!
This Great Barrier Reef tour from Cairns is a renowned domain of colourful marine life.
If learning about this remarkable reef, while viewing the subjects up close is your thing, this is the Cairns reef trip for you!
A friendly Marine Naturalist will lead your Snorkel Safari through the coral gardens and beyond the usual limits of the designated snorkel area.
With reef expertise, your guide will know how to spot, and interact with fascinating creatures.
Don’t be surprised to spot a sea-turtle on your tour or perhaps a black tip reef shark.
View Australia's Great Barrier Reef from another perspective!
As you cruise across the ocean you will have the chance to spot some of the fascinating reef creatures through the glass floor of the boat.
With a skilled skipper in control, you’ll also receive an informative presentation about sea-turtle habits, manta-ray behavior, and the evolution of wonderful species that make up the world’s largest living organism.
You won’t even have to get wet on this voyage so this reef trip is perfect for non-swimmers!
The incredible Great Barrier Reef is home to thousands of species and you will learn more via a captivating marine presentation as you take in the views from a divers perspective.
With glass windows, you will have a 270 degree view of the reef and marine life and the time to really soak in the views or getthat perfect photo.
See huge boulder corals, hopefully a turtle, definitely anemones and the colourful Clown Fish within so make sure you do not miss the semi-submersible submarine tour.
The Moore Reef platform is an outstanding location to sample a first ever introductory dive.
First you’ll learn some easy skills from a friendly and experienced instructor, who will then lead the way below.
For the up to 30 minutes, you’ll have the opportunity to get a close view of some of the famous features of the reef - Clown fish (Nemo) among anemone, Parrot fish, Damsels, Angel Fish and more.
If you are already a Certified Diver, you too can add Moore Reef to your dive log.
If you are not ready to try a scua dive, the Seawalker helmet diving experience could be perfect for you especially if you are a non-swimmer.
A friendly guide will suit you up with a helmet, and you won’t even have to get your hair wet as they assist every underwater step of the way!
You’ll see an multitude of aquatic life while walking along the boardwalk below, and specially placed fish treats will ensure the Angels and Damsels are around you.
A professional photographer will also be along to snap every moment.
For your day tour to Kuranda from Cairns, start by boarding a train carriage that boasts the charisma and charm of a bygone era.
Though the Kuranda Train and Scenic Railway is over 100 years old, it is still considered an engineering wonder in this day and age and this famous journey is now recognised as one of the great train journeys of the world.
As the train leaves the station, you’ll climb from Redlynch into the rainforest on the Western side of the Barron Gorge.
With an amazing list of 37 bridges, and no less than 15 handmade tunnels cut into the mountainside, take in the remarkable story of this railway in an historical presentation on board.
Make sure to have your camera at the ready as you pass Stoney Creek Falls and to capture the stunning Barron Gorge.
At the Kuranda Koala and Wildlife Park in Kuranda, you’ll have the chance to hand feed the wallabies and kangaroos, take the chance to have a professional snapshot taken of you cuddling up to a koala!
You’ll be invited to join the zookeepers on a guided tour, or you’re welcome to explore the park at your own pace.
With beautiful rainforest grounds, and shady elevated walkways, you’ll be in a perfect position to view native Australian animals here as you would in the wild.
You can discover the shy 2m cassowary, and meet Australian icons such as Neville, the only Tasmanian tiger in Far North Queensland!
Across the walkways of a billabong, there’ll be the opportunity for a close up view of ‘Jack the Ripper’, the sanctuary’s resident 5m Saltwater crocodile!
The Pamagirri people showcase their Dreamtime legends with an incredible song and dance performance in a stunning rainforest theatre setting at Rainofrestation Nature Park in Kuranda.
There’s an open invitation to jump on stage and try out a few traditional dance moves or perhaps try the didgeridoo.
This skilled tribe once lived off the land, and you’ll have a firsthand experience of how boomerangs and spears were used.
See if your boomerang comes back to you, and try throwing a spear.
This is a wildlife and jungle adventure unlike any other! Your unique vehicle on this part of the tour will be a WW II all-terrain, open air amphibious Army Duck.
This means you can splash through rivers and gullies, climb ravines, and travers the rainforest habitat!
There is simply no better way to explore the oldest forest known to man! Your guide and ‘Duck Captain’ will lead you on tour, pointing out rare fruits (some that taste like custard and chocolate) and even rarer water dragons (who are only found in this part of the universe!).
Set as a picturesque rainforest village in the heart of the mountains, Kuranda is enriched with architectural beauty, unique eateries, and great local shopping.
With the surrounding features of stunning Baron River and lush rainforest, its little wonder this town is an inspiration for craftsmanship.
Renowned for its colourful markets and boutiques, take the chance to wander around and explore the gemstones, indigenous paintings, locally made handbags, shoes and clothing.
With the largest aviary in the country, the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is worth a visit.
Walk through as the colourful butterflies of all shapes and sizes fly freely around you.
For a more interactive butterfly experience, be sure to wear bright colours, as you may be lucky enough to have one land on you. In the adjoining museum, breeding laboratory, and UV room (some butterflies glow in the dark!) you’ll see over 4000 species of caterpillar, andlearn more about the various species.
Travel high above the rainforest canoppy in your Skyrail gondola for a birds eye view of the stunning landscape and rainforest species below.
With two stops along the way, take the time to alight and explore the boardwalks, visit the Interpretive Centre at Barron Falls or join a free guided ranger tour at Red Peak.
As you come across the top of the Macalister Range, be ready for the increidble panorama of Cairns Northern Beaches and the Great Barrier Reef sea beyond.
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January - December
Great Barrier Reef Cruise check in between 8 am and 8:30 am, departs Cairns marlin Marina at 9:00 am
Kuranda Tour pick up from Cairns City between 7 amand 7: 50 am, departs Freshwater Rail Station at 8:50 am.
Scuba Diving – minimum age 12
Scuba Diving Restrictions
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