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Outer Barrier Reef Cruise - Port Douglas

Departing: Port Douglas

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove, Port Douglas

2nd Child Travels FREE
  • Great Barrier Reef pontoon tour from Port Douglas the only reef trip than can accommodate disabled guests-wheelchairs and non-swimmers, all activities on offer enable you to see the reef in many ways
  • This is the one and only outer Great Barrier Reef tour from Port Douglas that has a floating activity platform. The multitude of fully inclusive activities and options enable guests to see the reef in such a rich varied variety of ways.  
  • If you are prone to seasickness then this Port Douglas reef trip is the best reef tour for you. If you wish to avoid a boat trip to the pontoon, you can take a scenic helicopter flight to take you one way and or return.
  • Enjoy a semi-submersible submarine tour, underwater observatory, Ocean Walker Helmet diving, scenic helicopter flight, snorkeling, scuba diving, M&T lunch, marine biology presentation, snorkel tours 
  • For the ultimate outer Great Barrier Reef tour from Port Douglas book the Fly/Fly in a helicopter to the floating pontoon

Departing from Port Douglas choose to travel to the Great Barrier Reef by helicopter or cruise by catamaran to the activity pontoon platform on Agincourt Reef. Once there, you’ll find a host of in-water activities that you’ll wonder how you are going to fit everything in in just one day!

This is the one and only Great Barrier Reef tour from Port Douglas that take you to the outer reef to spend the day on a floating pontoon and activity platform where you can do scuba diving, snorkeling, helmet diving, scenic helicopter flights, listen to informative fish feeding presentations, observe all the underwater activities in the submerged viewing room, take a ride around the reef in a semi-submersible submarine and see all the coral and marine life.

After spending a day like this on our Great Barrier Reef tour and fitting in all of these activities you will cruising back to Port Douglas as a bunch of very weary people at the end of the day. 

Whilst spending your day tour on the reef with us always look to our helpful crew for assistance. They will help get you sorted for some wonderful snorkelling and show you where to be to take a ride around the reef in the semi-submersible submarine so you can visit some outer reefs and look at the marine life through the perspex windows.

Make your way to the submerged underwater observatory and take a peek at all the snorkellers and introductory scuba divers enjoying themselves looking at the corals and reef fish.

Later in the day soak up some sunshine on the sundeck, relax with a drink from the licensed bar and feast on a delicious buffet lunch.

Optional activities you can include to make the most of your Great Barrier Reef trip is to fly by helicopter over the coral reefs on a fly and cruise experience or try helmet diving where you will walk under water on a platform like an astronaut, or experience an introductory scuba dive. 

This multi award winning Great Barrier Reef tour is also the best Port Douglas Outer Reef trip option for those with a handicap or mobility issues, or those families with young children.

This pontoon tour is simply the best option for non-swimmers also as it offers so many different ways to explore the reef without even getting wet.

The unique wave piercer vessel is also ideal for guests prone to sea sickness do to its hydrofoil like speed action across the water and the large multi-level platform on the Agincourt Ribbon Reef offers so many things to do to ensure you get to see the be very best of the Great Barrier Reef.

If you are on a cruise ship tour pulling into Port Douglas for a day or overnight then this is the tour to book to see the Great Barrier Reef from our interactive platform where there is something for everyone to do.  

Great Barrier Reef Tour - Port Douglas

You will cruise to the Great Barrier Reef pontoon from Port Douglas on a spacious catamaran with full air conditioning and a licensed bar.

On boarding the boat you can choose from tea or coffee with pastries and focaccia.

Kick back and relax and enjoy as you speed over the Coral Sea to the outer section of the Great Barrier Reef on our wave piercer catamaran.

Our boat is fast and the best choice for guests who may suffer from seasickness as it is designed to cut thru waves and provide smooth passage to the Agincourt Reef pontoon. 

Outer Barrier Reef Activity Platform

Once you arrive at the Agincourt Ribbon Reef activity platform, you will have an amazing 3.5 hours of exploration and adventure on the Great Barrier Reef.  

Your tour price includes all of your snorkelling equipment (masks, prescription masks, fins, snorkels and buoyancy aids). 

A marine eco presentation is also included in the reef tour ticket price.

This is a great opportunity for children and adults to learn about the wealth of marine life that will be brought to life, when you see it all close up and personal on your day.

There are even more free in-water activities you can choose from that will have you eye-to-eye and fully immersed in the amazing underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef.  

Snorkel Tour Port Douglas

Snorkelling instructions and guidance will be given, allowing you to be more comfortable in the water and so enable you to enjoy your Great Barrier Reef trip more.  

If you are not a strong swimmer and would like a little more support in the water your reef ticket price does include the use of buoyancy vests and floatation noodles.  

There are easy access steps off of the Barrier Reef pontoon for snorkelers, so everything is made as simple and as less stressful as possible. 

Disabled or mobility challenged guests can make use of the hydraulic wheelchair lift to access the waters of the reef for snorkelling.

Reef Education and Guided Eco Reef Talk

On this reef trip you will have the opportunity to learn more about the amazing marine life you will be viewing.

Eco presentations are given throughout the day and are included in the tour price.

If you would like a special guided snorkel tour with a marine biologist (extra cost) then this a great way for all the family to have fun learning about the fish and the corals on the reef whilst you are witnessing them first hand.

Semi-submersible Submarine - Great Barrier Reef Tour

The semi-submersible submarine tour is a comfortable viewing vessel which sits you about one metre under the surface of the water.

Despite being shallow you will feel like you are sitting in a proper submarine.

Enjoy the ongoing commentary, as you cruise around the coral bommies (coral mountains), learning about the amazing shoals of fish and stunning underwater life that will be passing by your viewing window.

The semi-submersible submarine tour is also included in the reef trip price. 

Underwater Marine Observatory

This is a unique viewing platform that is located at the front of the platform between all the “action”.

You can sit in the auditorium and watch the Helmet Ocean Walkers and the fish feeding and see novice introductory scuba divers experiencing their first time diving underwater. 

You will see in the distance the exotic formations of the coral gardens of the Great Barrier Reef, the shoals of reef fish, parrotfish and butterfly fish and realise just how stunning the underwater world is and all from standing by this underwater viewing window.

Ocean Walker Helmet Platform Diving

Helmet Walking is a great extra activity option if you would like to view the amazing underwater world without getting your hair wet and still wear your glasses.  

A briefing will be given before you Helmet ocean walk for your safety and comfort.

Your ocean walk will take you along an underwater viewing platform where you will see the amazing array of fish in underwater presentations.

You will be shown amazing corals, sea cucumbers and fish feeding with groupers, snappers and shoals of reef fish. 

 A certificate will be given on completion that you can frame and put on your wall as a holiday souvenir of the Great Barrier Reef of an amazing experience you will never forget.

This is another perfect activity for the non-swimmers.

Introductory Scuba Diving

You will join a small group and after completing some basic skills you will be taken by your dive instructor to explore the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. 

Your dive instructor will take you down slowly on guide ropes to a depth of maximum 12 m where they will then take you on a dive tour and show you the colours of the many fish and the various corals that are home to many marine creatures we may have never seen before whilst snorkelling.  

Your introductory scuba dive will last approximately 30 minutes.

Certified Scuba Diving

You can choose how many certified scuba dives you would like to do (up to 3) all from the activity platform.

All dives are gentle and relaxing with maximum depth 18 m (60ft). 

Despite diving from the one pontoon, there are various dive sites that can be accessed, so you don’t have to worry that you will be seeing the same sights on all dives.

Your dive will be led by an experienced dive instructor or dive master that know the dive sites well.

These professionals can find all the best marine life and show you the best of the Great Barrier Reef.

This trip is ideal if you wish to go for a dive, yet worried about leaving behind your family members who aren’t divers.

Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Flights

The ultimate way to see the Great Barrier Reef is by booking a helicopter fly and cruise tour.

Leaving Port Douglas enjoy a low level scenic helicopter flight across the coral reefs and out to the Agincourt Ribbon Reef Platform where you may then snorkel and dive the same and see it in every other way possible.

You will simply be stunned at the site of this beautiful place from the air in your helicopter seat. 

Your helicopter will be flying at 500 ft (150 m) above the Agincourt Reef system. 

The natural beauty of the place will take your breath away.  You might even see shadows of sharks, whales, turtles, dolphins and rays as they go about their business below. 

Helicopter flights must be pre-booked beforehand as seats and helicopters are limited.

If you wish to avoid the catamaran journey back to Port Douglas, you can also book a return helicopter flight back to Port Douglas or Cairns

Guided snorkel tour with marine biologist

If you wish to make your snorkelling experience more alive and more meaningful, then understanding and learning about the marine life you are seeing on a tour with a guided marine biologist can add to your Great Barrier Reef experience.

Your marine biologist is a qualified university degree scientist and they will share their love of the marine kingdom with you on this snorkel tour.

You will be in a small group so it will be a highly personal learning experience. 

There are two different snorkel tours offered to enable all visitors, regardless of their skill levels to enjoy and learn about the amazing Great Barrier Reef. 

See more Great Barrier Reef tours on activity platforms and pontoons.

Included In Price

  • Return Wave piercer cruise from Port Douglas to our exclusive activity platform on Agincourt reef.
  • Reef education presentation by Marine Biologist
  • Morning Tea
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Hot and Cold Tropical Smorgasbord lunch
  • Eco Reef Talk
  • All snorkeling equipment & instructions provided
  • Use of buoyancy vests and noodles
  • Qualified Lifeguard on hand
  • Underwater observatory
  • Coral Viewing Semi Submersible Tours
  • Glass Bottom Boat
  • Fish feeding presentation
Tour Languages Offered
  • Chinese
  • English
  • Japanese
Departs From

Port Douglas

Departure Time

Boat departs at 10:00

Departure Instructions

9.15am- Check in for 10:00am departure

Pickup Locations
  • Cairns
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Palm Cove
  • Port Douglas
  • Pick up time to be confirmed at time of booking
Destinations
  • Agincourt Ribbon Reef
  • Outer Great Barrier Reef
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation

Daily

This tour operates on Christmas Day, bookings need to be made well in advance

Duration

10:00 - 16:30
3.5 hours on the Outer Reef

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Scuba Diving
  • Helicopter Flights
  • Ocean Walker Helmet Diving
  • Snorkelling Tours with Marine Biologist
  • Return coach transfers
Fitness Level Required

Low, Medium, Disabled

Restrictions
  • Scuba Diving – minimum age 12
  • Maximum weight for scenic heli flights is 100kg
IN-WATER RESTRICTIONS

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.

Additional Information
  • Scuba Diving/Ocean Walker - must be minimum of 12 years old and pass dive medical questionaire
  • Certified Scuba Divers must present dive card on day of travel
Eco Certifications
Eco Advanced Tourism
  • Swimming costume
  • Towel
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen (waterproof)
  • Rash vest for sun protection whilst snorkelling
  • Camera (charged)
  • Cash or credit card for drinks and snacks

Customer Reviews

Average Rating

Sarah F

Reviewed on July 10, 2018

My Daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed the reef tour - we went on the advanced snorkel group with marine biologist Greg - he was attentive and informative The food was really good and the day ran smoothly although it was a rough trip out - the crew were very diligent and caring with the ill The sea turtles were a highlight for my daughter - 16 yo

Response From Barrier Reef Australia

Sarah thank you very much for your review of the Quicksilver tour from Port Douglas out to the platform Your feedback is greatly appreciated by other guests and our team at The Tour Specialists We hope to see you back in Port Douglas soon

Sharon M

Reviewed on August 25, 2017

what an awesome experience! the helicopter flight was amazing, the only way to see the beauty of the barrier reef, the pilot was very informative all the way, the pontoon at the reef was awesome too, the staff were great, the food was great we couldn't fault anything on our day out with quick silver, highly recommend them.

reegan v

Reviewed on October 11, 2016

We changed to saturday the 8th as it was so windy. Loved our day out on the reef.very choppy but amazing. Staff were fabulous and food was great. So pleased we went

Response From Barrier Reef Australia

Dear Reegan, We are very pleased that you had a great day on the Great Barrier Reef. As you experienced first-hand, reef trip is worth doing even on a choppy day! Please don't hesitate to contact us next time you are visiting Cairns area and want to try some other adventures whether it will be the reef, rainforest or adventure activities!

Angela O

Reviewed on October 08, 2016

There is nothing more beautiful than this gift that God has created for us all! Your staff played a important role in this lifetime experience; the knowledge and the little things they did for me like find a giant clam! I have already sent pictures to my American friends and they are eager to come next year. Congratulations Quicksilver on a job well done! I'll be back soon

Response From Barrier Reef Australia

Dear Angela, We are very pleased that you appreciate this miracle of nature as much as we do. Great Barrier Reef is really something special and you will have to experience it yourself to truly appreciate it. Please let us know when you are travelling next time in Cairns and Port Douglas area, we would love to assist with your Great Barrier Reef and other amazing tours.

Tania V

Reviewed on October 08, 2016

The experience was good we all enjoyed snorkeling and the semi submersible

Response From Barrier Reef Australia

Thank you Tania, The quicksilver Outer Barrier Reef Cruise does offer a wide range of activities for all ages so we are delighted your family all got to experience this Natural wonder! The Agincourt Ribbon Refs do offer some of the best coral in the region and the semi-submersible is a great way to see and learn about it while staying dry

gerald c

Reviewed on June 23, 2016

Reef tour very good but the food was pretty average

Response From Barrier Reef Australia

Thank you for your feedback Gerald, Quicksilver Outer Barrier Reef Cruises offer amazing snorkelling on Agincourt Reef & the fish feeding from the underwater viewing platform or observatory is also very exciting! We have noted your comment on the food and will follow this up with of chefs who do strive to mantin a variety of fresh & seasonal food options each day. We are glad you enjoyed your time onboard and look forward to seeing you on the Great Barrier Reef Port Douglas again soon

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Containes notes on wheelchair accessContaines notes for the hearing impaired
Wheelchair Accessibility
Doorway Measurements For Wheelchair Access

All doors are wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs

Number of Steps

There are ramps from the quay and the ponton to the catamaran.~|~Wheelchair ramps are available from the catamaran to the pontoon~|~8 steps to the Semi-submersible.

Boarding Access

Ramps

Onboard Access

Ramps at all points of access

Hearing Impaired Information

Information sheets are available

Facilities

Disabled toilets* are available onboard the catamaran

*From the pontoon, toilet access is via a ramp to the toilets on the catamaran

Additional Information

Transfer from Cairns/Northern Beaches accomodation to be organised seperately (speak to your tour specialist if you have any special requirements for this transfer)
Wheelchair Accessibility

There are ramps from the quay and the ponton to the catamaran.

All doors are wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs

Number of Steps

4 steps to diving area~|~6 steps from diving area to entry water area

Boarding Access



There are ramps from the quay and the ponton to the catamaran.

Onboard Access

Wheelchair ramps are available from the quay to the catamaran

Wheelchair ramps are available from the catamaran to the pontoon

Tanks and weight belts can be put on and taken off in the water if you are unable to walk with equipment on

Ramps at all points of access – allows access to ground area and toilet facilities

Facilities

Disabled toilets are available onboard the catamaran

Additional Information

A certain level of mobility is required for this activity as there are steps to enter the diving areas that then lead with steps to the water entry area.
Wheelchair Accessibility

Catamaran - All doors are wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs.

Helicopter – wheelchair will be bought over on the boat if you fly from Port Douglas to the pontoon or vice versa.

This tour is not suitable for non-mobile passengers. There is a step into the helicopter but a certain amount of mobility is required.

Boarding Access

There are ramps from the quay and the ponton to the catamaran.

The helicopter lands and takes off from a separate landing station away fro the pontoon that is reached by small boat

A certain amount of mobility is required stepping down into and out of a small boat (onto the pontoon and helicopter platform)

A certain amount of mobility is required stepping up and down off of the helicopter

Onboard Access

In seated position for the helicopter trip

Ramps at all points of access on vessel and at quay

Facilities

Disabled toilets* are available onboard the catamaran

*From the pontoon, toilet access is via a ramp to the toilets on the catamaran

Wheelchair Accessibility
Number of Steps

16 steps to the Underwater Observatory

Boarding Access

Wheelchair ramps are available from the quay to the catamaran

Wheelchair ramps are available from the catamaran to the pontoon

Facilities

Disabled toilets* are available onboard the catamaran

*From the pontoon, toilet access is via a ramp to the toilets on the catamaran

Wheelchair Accessibility

Hydraulic chair lift is on the pontoon to allow access to the water for snorkeling

Number of Steps

Wheelchair ramps are available from the quay to the catamaran~|~Wheelchair ramps are available from the catamaran to the pontoon

Boarding Access

There are ramps from the quay and the pontoon to the catamaran.

Onboard Access

Ramps at all points of access

Facilities

Disabled toilets* are available onboard the catamaran

*From the pontoon, toilet access is via a ramp to the toilets on the catamaran

Transfers

Transfer from Cairns/Northern Beaches accomodation to be organised seperately (speak to your tour specialist if you have any special requirements for this transfer)

Pre-order Local Transport

You must arrange your own local transport in advance.

  • Children under 4 years travel FREE
  • Family : Maximum 2 Adults & 2 Children ages 4-14 years. Normal Fare applies for additional children. Not applicable to any other discount.

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.

Port Douglas Reef Tours | Snorkel, Scuba Dive, Helicopter

Departing: Port Douglas

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove, Port Douglas

2nd Child Travels FREE

From

au$264.00

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

Child: au$136.00
Family: au$671.00

Tour Code: 26

From

au$264.00

15 yrs & over

4 - 14 yrs

0 - 3 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
Phone
1300 231 118
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+61 427 074 745
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Phone
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WhatsApp
+61 427 074 745
WeChat
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