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Apr 07

Feel the Magic These School Holidays with Reef Magic Cruises Outer Barrier Reef Pontoon

Posted on April 7, 2015 by

Reef Magic Platform

Be quick to book your family on board these school holidays with one of the absolute best family reef tours Reef Magic Cruises; this smooth riding catamaran travels daily to the outer Great Barrier Reef from the Cairns Marlin Marina. The ‘Marine World platform pontoon is located at Moore Reef, which is approximately 40 kms southeast of Cairns Harbour. The large air conditioned catamaran provides a comfortable ride to your scuba diving and snorkelling destination for the day providing 300 seats but only carrying under 200 guests per day ensuring plenty of space for bags and movement around the boat to enjoy the scenery.

Reef Magic Divers

The Reef Magic Marine World pontoon option is ideal for those of all ages and physical abilities, as they have an extensive selection of activities suited to a wide variety of passengers and families with younger children in fold up prams are welcome. A larger catamaran boat and a stable pontoon or platform is also a good option should the weather be a little inclement as it protects you from the winds to a great degree.

The Outward Journey To The Reef

Reef Magic Boat

Check in for your Outer Barrier Reef adventure is at the Reef Fleet Terminal, located at Marlin Marina in the heart of Cairns and commences at 8.00am with an on-time departure of 9.00am.

Once you have checked in and received your boarding passes, the friendly and efficient Reef Magic staff will show you to the boat.

Fresh tea and coffee are served until departure and you have the opportunity to sign up for any optional extras you may want to participate in. These include a guided snorkel adventure, a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef, an introductory or certified scuba dive, or a Marine World helmet diving experience. After departing the Marlin Marina, the journey to the Marine World pontoon platform is approximately 90 minutes, arriving at the outer Barrier Reef pontoon at 10:30am.

Reef Pontoon Location

Moore Reef is a pristine reef that is a favourite with professional scuba divers for its beauty and clarity of colours and marine life and of course the curious marine life that just love to see the visitors each day.

Moore Reef is filled with hard corals such as plate corals, table corals and staghorn corals. There is also a wide variety of soft corals such as spaghetti coral and elephant ear coral. At the Reef Magic Marine World pontoon you will also encounter the resident Maori Wrasse, Wally the famous photo bomber who just loves to play with the kids on board the back of the boats deck, as well as plenty of parrot fish, anemones, scissor tail sergeants, and damsel fish.

Walli Maori Wrasse


Lunch is served on the pontoon as buffet style. Dishes include chicken, beef, vegetarian lasagne, sushi, salads, prawns, bread, cold meats, cheeses and fresh fruit. Help yourself to as much or as little as you like before joining in the fun of the afternoon’s activities aboard the Reef Magic Marine World pontoon.

**Activities for The Children, Mum & Dad and Grandma & Grandpa**

Perfect Reef Tour For Non-swimmers

A trip to the reef to an outer Barrier Reef pontoon is the perfect option for all your snorkelling and scuba diving activities and for those guests that wish to see the reef but stay dry. This particular pontoon offers an underwater theatre so that you may photograph the reef and all the snorkelling and diving activities that are going on in the water along with a glass bottom boat and a semi-submersible submarine that you can cruise around in to see all the marine life and coral atolls away from the activity pontoon. The guided snorkel tour offered by the Reef Magic crew is outstanding and we highly recommend you participate in this as the marine guide will show you all the hidden gems of Moore Reef that you would not normally notice making your Great Barrier Reef experience much more interesting.

Reef Magic Glass Bottom Boat 2

Reef Magic Glass Bottom Boat

Reef Magic Semi Submersible

Reef Magic Semi Submersible


You will see beautiful reef and marine life including anemones, pineapple sea cucumbers, fields of staghorn corals, and boulder corals. For those looking for more non water activity, Reef Magic play a film that can be enjoyed by those of all ages inside the comfortable air conditioned saloon whilst you are cruising along.

Journey back to Cairns

The journey from the Marine World pontoon back to Marlin Marina in Cairns is approximately one hour and 15 minutes and afternoon tea is served during the fast cruise back to the mainland.

Great Barrier Reef Pontoon Inclusions

  • 5 full hours at the Outer Barrier Reef
  • Unlimited snorkelling with all equipment and instruction
  • Semi-submersible tours with interactive commentary
  • Glass bottom boat tours with interactive commentary
  • Underwater Observatory and fish feeding display
  • Marine Biologist presentation
  • Marine World Activity Platform offers shelter and shade and includes sundeck, fresh hot water showers and change rooms
  • Hot and cold buffet lunch
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Lockers
  • Complimentary tea, coffee, and drinking water all day

This is definitely one of the best family day tours in Cairns as the boat and all of the outer reef facilities are designed specifically with children and families in mind to ensure they really get to see and do as much as possible on the reef.

Reef Magic Happy Guest

Read all about it and book your families reef tour here with Reef Magic Cruises

Author: Christina James – The Tour Specialists

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