Great Barrier Reef Tours - Cairns Pontoon - Non Swimmers

Tour Code: 126

Prices From

au$243

Live Availability - Book Now

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

Child: au$131.50
Family: au$623.00

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

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Perfect for families, groups and adventure lovers. Choose as much or as little activity as you like. Depart from Cairns on this fun-filled day visiting the world famous Great Barrier Reef from a stationary activity platform. Snorkel, scuba dive, ride an underwater scooter, meet amazing marine life.

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Highlights

  • Swimmers and non-swimmers can choose from a range of aquatic adventures from the stationary activity pontoon 
  • View the rich marine life without getting wet from an underwater semi-submersible submarine 
  • This is the only place in Australia where you can cruise the reef on an underwater scooter (optional activity)
  • View the awe-inspiring beauty of the Barrier Reef from 500ft up on a scenic helicopter flight (optional activity)

Perfect Selfie

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

Itinerary

Morning Pick Up

You’ll be picked up from your accommodation in Cairns or Northern Beaches by your tour bus and tour guide and taken to the Cairns Marina to catch a vessel to the stunning Outer Great Barrier Reef. Transfers are not included in the tour price.

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Included In Price

  • Return air-conditioned fast catamaran cruise
  • Tea and coffee served until departure from Cairns
  • Morning tea cake selection on outward journey
  • 3 hours at the outer reef activity platform
  • Hot and cold buffet lunch with seafood
  • Use of snorkelling equipment
  • Buoyancy vests
  • Reef education presentation
  • Semi-submersible coral reef viewing tour
  • Underwater observatory
  • Eco Reef Talk with marine naturalist in underwater observatory
  • Afternoon tea and coffee available whilst on the platform
  • Cheese and biscuits on the return journey
Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Cairns

Departure Time

10.30am

Departure Instructions
  • Departure from Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence St, Cairns.
  • It is recommended to check-in 45 minutes prior to departure.
  • Coach transfers are available from Cairns City and the Northern Beaches at an additional cost.
Pickup Locations
  • Cairns
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Palm Cove
Destinations

Outer Great Barrier Reef platform

Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation

Daily

Between the months of Feb – April, availability is dependent on numbers and maintenance.
For Christmas and New Year there is a high demand so advance booking is advised.

Duration

7 hours approx

What to Bring
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimming costume
  • Towel
  • Cash or credit card
  • Camera (charged)
  • Rash vest for sun protection whilst snorkelling
  • Spare socks
Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Introductory scuba diving (no experience necessary, subject to medical questionnaire)
  • Certified scuba diving (subject to medical questionnaire)
  • Scuba Doo underwater scooter (subject to medical questionnaire)
  • Guided snorkel tours (subject to availability on day of tour)
  • Helicopter scenic flights (subject to availability – ask us on booking)
  • Towels – available for hire
  • Drinks from licensed bar
Fitness Level Required

Low, Medium

Restrictions
  • Scuba Diving – minimum age 12
  • Helicopter ride – extra cost incurred for any person over 100kg.
IN-WATER RESTRICTIONS

Scuba Diving Restrictions

  • Certain medical conditions and medications may preclude some people from scuba diving.
  • Participation is subject to a medical questionnaire completed on board with the tour operator
  • Minimum age for scuba diving is 12 years.
  • Flying after scuba 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.

Advanced Dive Medical Intro Dive 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 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.

Intro Dive Medical Advanced Dive Medical Seawalker Medical

Read more about Diving Safety on the Great Barrier Reef.

Child Policy
  • Infants 3 years and under travel free.
  • Family Fare: 2 Adults and 2 Children (4-14 years) (not applicable with other discounts)
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.

  • During school holiday and Chinese New Year periods: Any cancellation made after 6.00pm on the day prior to travel will incur a 100% cancellation fee.
  • Any cancellation made between 12.00pm and 6.00pm on the day prior to travel will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
  • Any cancellation made before 12.00pm on the day prior to travel will receive no fee from tour operator and full refund will be provided.
  • Outside of school holiday and Chinese New Year periods: There is no refund if the tour is cancelled by the customer within 24 hours. Other cancellations may receive full refunds at the discretion of tour operator.
Additional Information
  • For scuba diving and helmet diving, medical, height and age restrictions apply; must be 12 to 70 years.
  • All schedules, activities and prices may be vary without notice.
  • If you have a specific language requirement, please advise your Tour Specialist and they can arrange for a member of staff to be on board the day required.
  • Introductory Diving and Scuba Doo offer English, Japanese and Chinese speaking staff members.
Eco Certifications
Eco Advanced Tourism

Customer Reviews

Average Rating

SIOBHAN T

Reviewed on July 21, 2018

Our family of 5 enjoyed it very much. Our only criticism would be the quality of the food for lunch - it really was not very appetising. The staff were fantastic and it's very well organised.

Response From Barrier Reef Australia

Thank you for your review of the Great Barrier Reef tour Siobhan. We have passed on your comments regarding the buffet lunch on the day. We look forward to welcoming you back to Cairns in the future

Gregory L

Reviewed on March 25, 2018

Yes

Response From Barrier Reef Australia

The Tour Specialists are pleased to hear you enjoyed your day on the Great barrier Reef Greg and we look forward to your next visit to our region.

Alma M

Reviewed on August 18, 2016

The trip on the catamaran and the staff were really great. We also enjoyed the semi sub and underwater viewing. Just a bit dissapointing that the lunch seemed a bit chaotic and nowhere to sit on the pontoon as tables taken over with other guests bags etc. We ate on the catamaran- thought we would have been able to relax on a sun bed but that was the same.

Perfect for families, groups and adventure lovers. Choose as much or as little activity as you like. Depart from Cairns on this fun-filled day visiting the world famous Great Barrier Reef from a stationary activity platform. Snorkel, scuba dive, ride an underwater scooter, meet amazing marine life.

Read More

Highlights

  • Swimmers and non-swimmers can choose from a range of aquatic adventures from the stationary activity pontoon 
  • View the rich marine life without getting wet from an underwater semi-submersible submarine 
  • This is the only place in Australia where you can cruise the reef on an underwater scooter (optional activity)
  • View the awe-inspiring beauty of the Barrier Reef from 500ft up on a scenic helicopter flight (optional activity)

Perfect Selfie

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

Itinerary

Morning Pick Up

You’ll be picked up from your accommodation in Cairns or Northern Beaches by your tour bus and tour guide and taken to the Cairns Marina to catch a vessel to the stunning Outer Great Barrier Reef. Transfers are not included in the tour price.

Read More

Included In Price

  • Return air-conditioned fast catamaran cruise
  • Tea and coffee served until departure from Cairns
  • Morning tea cake selection on outward journey
  • 3 hours at the outer reef activity platform
  • Hot and cold buffet lunch with seafood
  • Use of snorkelling equipment
  • Buoyancy vests
  • Reef education presentation
  • Semi-submersible coral reef viewing tour
  • Underwater observatory
  • Eco Reef Talk with marine naturalist in underwater observatory
  • Afternoon tea and coffee available whilst on the platform
  • Cheese and biscuits on the return journey
Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Cairns

Departure Time

10.30am

Departure Instructions
  • Departure from Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence St, Cairns.
  • It is recommended to check-in 45 minutes prior to departure.
  • Coach transfers are available from Cairns City and the Northern Beaches at an additional cost.
Pickup Locations
  • Cairns
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Palm Cove
Destinations

Outer Great Barrier Reef platform

Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation

Daily

Between the months of Feb – April, availability is dependent on numbers and maintenance.
For Christmas and New Year there is a high demand so advance booking is advised.

Duration

7 hours approx

What to Bring
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimming costume
  • Towel
  • Cash or credit card
  • Camera (charged)
  • Rash vest for sun protection whilst snorkelling
  • Spare socks
Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Introductory scuba diving (no experience necessary, subject to medical questionnaire)
  • Certified scuba diving (subject to medical questionnaire)
  • Scuba Doo underwater scooter (subject to medical questionnaire)
  • Guided snorkel tours (subject to availability on day of tour)
  • Helicopter scenic flights (subject to availability – ask us on booking)
  • Towels – available for hire
  • Drinks from licensed bar
Fitness Level Required

Low, Medium

Restrictions
  • Scuba Diving – minimum age 12
  • Helicopter ride – extra cost incurred for any person over 100kg.
IN-WATER RESTRICTIONS

Scuba Diving Restrictions

  • Certain medical conditions and medications may preclude some people from scuba diving.
  • Participation is subject to a medical questionnaire completed on board with the tour operator
  • Minimum age for scuba diving is 12 years.
  • Flying after scuba 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.

Advanced Dive Medical Intro Dive 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 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.

Intro Dive Medical Advanced Dive Medical Seawalker Medical

Read more about Diving Safety on the Great Barrier Reef.

Child Policy
  • Infants 3 years and under travel free.
  • Family Fare: 2 Adults and 2 Children (4-14 years) (not applicable with other discounts)
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.

  • During school holiday and Chinese New Year periods: Any cancellation made after 6.00pm on the day prior to travel will incur a 100% cancellation fee.
  • Any cancellation made between 12.00pm and 6.00pm on the day prior to travel will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
  • Any cancellation made before 12.00pm on the day prior to travel will receive no fee from tour operator and full refund will be provided.
  • Outside of school holiday and Chinese New Year periods: There is no refund if the tour is cancelled by the customer within 24 hours. Other cancellations may receive full refunds at the discretion of tour operator.
Additional Information
  • For scuba diving and helmet diving, medical, height and age restrictions apply; must be 12 to 70 years.
  • All schedules, activities and prices may be vary without notice.
  • If you have a specific language requirement, please advise your Tour Specialist and they can arrange for a member of staff to be on board the day required.
  • Introductory Diving and Scuba Doo offer English, Japanese and Chinese speaking staff members.
Eco Certifications
Eco Advanced Tourism

Customer Reviews

Average Rating

SIOBHAN T

Reviewed on July 21, 2018

Our family of 5 enjoyed it very much. Our only criticism would be the quality of the food for lunch - it really was not very appetising. The staff were fantastic and it's very well organised.

Response From Barrier Reef Australia

Thank you for your review of the Great Barrier Reef tour Siobhan. We have passed on your comments regarding the buffet lunch on the day. We look forward to welcoming you back to Cairns in the future

Gregory L

Reviewed on March 25, 2018

Yes

Response From Barrier Reef Australia

The Tour Specialists are pleased to hear you enjoyed your day on the Great barrier Reef Greg and we look forward to your next visit to our region.

Alma M

Reviewed on August 18, 2016

The trip on the catamaran and the staff were really great. We also enjoyed the semi sub and underwater viewing. Just a bit dissapointing that the lunch seemed a bit chaotic and nowhere to sit on the pontoon as tables taken over with other guests bags etc. We ate on the catamaran- thought we would have been able to relax on a sun bed but that was the same.

Tour Code: 126

Prices From

au$243

Live Availability - Book Now

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

Child: au$131.50
Family: au$623.00

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

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