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Cairns Reef Tours On a Pontoon | Great Barrier Reef

Tour Code: 110

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove

2nd Child Travels FREE
  • The perfect Great Barrier Reef tour from Cairns for non-swimmers to marvel at colourful marine life in the underwater observatory, enjoy a glass bottom boat tour or a semi-submersible submarine tour or helicopter flight 
  • The activity platform on the outer Barrier Reef is the destination your boat will head to from Cairns. Perfect for families with young children, scuba divers, and snorkelers. There are so many different ways to see the reef 
  • The ultimate way to upgrade this Cairns tour is to book a Fly and Cruise Great Barrier Reef tour where you can fly in a helicopter from Cairns out to the pontoon or do it in reverse or fly by helicopter both ways for the best tour experience
  • Everyone loves to meet Wally the giant Maori Wrasse fish on this Great Barrier Reef tour. Don't be surprised if ultra-friendly Wally swims towards you for a cuddle and a selfie! 

Included In Price

  • 5 full hours on the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Unlimited snorkeling... all equipment and instruction supplied
  • Informative reef presentations with Marine Naturalists
  • Underwater observatory to see the reef up close.
  • Fish feeding and coral viewing for the non swimmers and children.
  • Cruising the reef and staying dry in a glass bottom boat
  • A safe swimming enclosure for the children - Children are well catered for!
  • Semi–submersible tours with interactive commentary
  • A Sumptuous hot and cold tropical smorgasbord/buffet lunch, including prawns
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Lowest passenger numbers to a large two storey platform “Marine World”
  • A really friendly, personalised and professional service
  • Wet Suit or Lycra Suit

Save $103.00 on our Cairns Family Great Barrier Reef Package Tour Deal. 2nd Child Travels Free. This is the Great Barrier Reef Tour from Cairns where you can play with Wally, the huge Maori Wrasse!!!

Save $103.00 on our Cairns Family Great Barrier Reef Tour Deal, 2nd Child Travels Free

***Book 2 Certified Dives For The Price Of 1***

The Interactive Marine World platform is excellent for snorkellers, scuba divers and even those that are non-swimmers or if you just do not wish to get wet.

Just enjoy the day on the spacious sundeck area with sun lounges on the first floor!

Be one of the first group of divers to jump in the water and see Wally “the pet Maori Wrasse” waiting to welcome you!

He will not go away until you give him a pat and take a selfie with him!

Moore Reef is one of the Great Barrier Reef’s most beautiful locations just off Cairns with lots of variety in the underwater flora and fauna.

The water visibility is always incredibly excellent on this coral reef and alive with Manta rays, green sea turtles and small harmless reef sharks. Such an amazing life underwater!

After snorkeling and scuba diving you will be ready to tuck into a sumptuous buffet lunch, and get ready for your next activity.

Introductory Scuba Diving

Taking you diving for the first time is a specialty on this interactive platform. An introductory scuba dive requires no experience, just a sense of adventure.

The friendly, highly qualified instructors will give first time divers an underwater experience they will never forget. There is no better way to experience the Great Barrier Reef!

Minimum age restriction for scuba diving is 12 years in Australia. Certain medical conditions (e.g Asthma, epilepsy, high blood pressure) may exclude people from diving.

Please check with us when bookingas a medical questionnaire must be completed onboard.

Certified Scuba Diving

Enjoy certified scuba diving from the dedicated dive tender at exclusive sites such as spectacular drift and wall dives, and colourful coral gardens suitable for divers of all levels.

All certified dives are guided by one of the professional dive team to ensure the best, safest and relaxed Outer Barrier Reef underwater experience.

Guided Marine Snorkel Tour/Adventure Marine Snorkel Safari

Join the Marine Naturalist/Biologist for a personalised and informative guided tour of the reef. A fun, educational and interactive tour, suitable for all ages and swimming capabilities.

See the reef from the air whilst you’re out on the water. You will be amazed.

Cairns Helicopter Flights Great Barrier Reef

  • Cairns Scenic Helicopter Flights

A bird’s eye view of the breathtaking sights of the Great Barrier Reef.
Scenic helicopter flights available throughout the day. A 10 minute flight just to see if you like it!

  • Helicopter Fly/Cruise Combo

A picturesque scenic helicopter flight from Cairns over tropical rainforest, take in the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef, before landing at the floating pontoon on the outer Great Barrier Reef.

This helicopter and reef combo option provides the best value for money as you get to enjoy a 25 minute flight, combined with your snorkelling reef experience. Return by boat to Cairns. 

Half day tours and tailor made private charter tour options also available.

Helmet Diving

Helmet diving is a great option for those who are a little nervous of the full scuba diving gear methods or for people who are non-swimmers but still wish to see the under water world of the Great Barrier Reef.

Helmet divers have the opportunity to explore down to 3 metres depth, without even getting your hair wet while a staff member carefully watches over you.

A large bubble is placed over your head, allowing you total viewing abilities without the hassle of dive gear.

Itinerary

8:00am - 8:30am: Check in at the Reef Fleet Terminal

9:00am: Departs from Cairns Marlin Jetty

10:30am: Arrives at Marine World Interactive Platform/Potoon

3:30pm: Departs from Marine World Interactive Platform/Potoon

5:00pm: Arrives back in Cairns

See more helicopter flights and Great Barrier Reef tour options here 

Tour Languages Offered
  • French
  • German
Departs From

Cairns

Departure Time
  • Boarding: 8:00am to 8:30am
  • Departure: 9:00am
  • Returns: 5:00pm
Departure Instructions

Check in at the Reef Fleet Terminal, located at 1 Spence Street

Pickup Locations
  • Cairns
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Palm Cove
  • Pick-up time will be advised upon booking
Destinations

Marine World located at Moore Reef

Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation

Daily

Duration

8 hours (approx)

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Helicopter scenic flights
  • Helicopter Fly/Fly - Fly/Cruise - Cruise/Fly 
  • Snuba Diving - minimum age 12
  • Security lockers
  • Underwater camera
  • Licensed bar
  • Souvenirs available
  • Prescription Masks
Fitness Level Required

Low, Medium

Restrictions

Weight: Up to 130 Kg / 287 Lb

IN-WATER RESTRICTIONS

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.

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 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.

Intro Dive Medical Advanced Dive Medical Seawalker Medical

Read more about Diving Safety on the Great Barrier Reef.

Additional Information

Adult age: 15 yrs + Child age: 4-14 years inclusive Family package: consists of 2Ad & 2Ch An Environmental Management Charge of $3.50 is levied for all adults and children 4 years and over entering the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area. This charge, along with Jetty tax, Administration Fee and other levies are included in the cruise fares for Marine World & Whale Watching Tours Cairns.

Eco Certifications
Advanced Ecotourism Certified

Swimmers, Towel, Sun Protection, Hat, Sunglasses, Camera, Cash/Credit Card for Onboard Purchases, Certification Card/Scuba license if "Certified Diving"

Containes notes on wheelchair accessContaines notes for the visually impairedContaines notes for the hearing impaired
Wheelchair Accessibility

This is one of the more wheelchair accessible tour vessels for travellers with disabilities.

Disabled toilet, shower and chairlift between upper and lower decks are on board the vessel only - not on the pontoon. (traveler must either have some movement to chairlift or have companion help). Crew will assist with chair and lift operation but cannot physically lift passenger due to health restrictions.

Doorway Measurements For Wheelchair Access

Wide doorways and aisles to accommodate both electronic and folding wheelchairs.

Number of Steps

All facets of tour utilise stairs so companion help will be needed as crew is unable to move passengers due to restrictions.~|~Snorkel platform has 10 stairs to bench seat (floatation devices and rings are available).~|~Glass bottom boat has 4 stairs upon boarding.~|~Semi submarine has 12 stairs.~|~Underwater observatory has 16 stairs at both entrance and exit.

Boarding Access

Wide gangway boarding access with one step at beginning and end.

Onboard Access

Wide aisle access onboard boat, decks and activities platform.

Wide access on activities platform between picnic tables and wheelchair suitable flooring.

Visually Impaired Notes

Wide aisles. However, travel with carer or companion is recommended for safety reasons.

Hearing Impaired Information

Written information sheets on safety and marine education available.

Facilities

Disabled toilet and shower.

Disabled chairlift from lower to upper deck on board vessel only - not pontoon

Activities

There are no specific disabled activities.

Floatation devices are provided for snorkelling.

Pre-order Local Transport

You must arrange your own local transport in advance.

  • Child price applies to children 4 to 14
  • Children under 3 travel free
  • Helicopter Scenic Flight: child price applies to children 3 to 14
  • Diving minimum age: 12

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.

Operator’s Cancellation Policy:

Any cancellations made within 24 hours of travel will incur a 100% cancellation fee. Tours cancelled more than 24 hours from travel will be fully refunded by tour operator.

Cancellations with 24 hours of tour date will incur a 100% cancellation fee.

Cairns Reef Tours On a Pontoon | Great Barrier Reef

Tour Code: 110

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove

2nd Child Travels FREE

From

au$198.37

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

Child: au$98.77
Family: au$495.51

Tour Code: 110

From

au$198.37

15 yrs & over

4 - 14 yrs

0 - 3 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
Phone
1300 761 612
WhatsApp
+61 427 074 745
Phone
1300 761 612
WhatsApp
+61 427 074 745

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