Great Barrier Reef Pontoon Cairns

This is the perfect trip for both swimmers and non-swimmers alike.  Great Adventures takes you to their all-weather pontoon on the Outer Great Barrier Reef.

This Great Barrier Reef Pontoon Cairns tour travels to an activity platform.  This platform offers a range of activities including an underwater observatory, snorkeling, scuba diving and scuba doo.

You will cruise in comfort onboard a fast and modern catamaran. Arrive at a magnificent outer reef location and enjoy the marine biodiversity and pristine reef site.

Something For Everyone

Take our semi-submersible coral viewing tour with informative commentary.  It departs every 30 minutes or as advised. Snorkel directly from the platform.

View the spectacular coral gardens—home to an array of marine life. Turtles and colourful tropical fish are in abundance! The underwater observatory is open throughout the day for coral and fish viewing.


Hop onboard the Scuba Doo, where you can cruise around the Great Barrier Reef on an underwater scooter.  This optional extra is also suitable for non-swimmers.

Want to visit more than one outer reef location in a day? Click HERE!



  • Underwater Observatory
  • Scenic helicopter flights
  • Scuba doo



  • 9.30 am Check-in at Great Adventures Reservations Counter inside the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal.
  • 10:10 am Vessel boarding. Complimentary morning tea/coffee served
  • 10:30 am Journey to the Outer Great Barrier Reef pontoon
  • 11:20 am  Reef Presentation shown on the vessel’s monitors. Snorkelling demonstration by the crew.
  • 12:30 pm Arrive at the Outer Great Barrier Reef pontoon.
  • 1:00-2:30 pm Time for hot and cold buffet lunch. Enjoy more reef activities or relax on the sundeck and take in the views! Tea and coffee are available while at the platform.
  • 3:45 pm Departure to Cairns via Green Island. Complimentary cheese and biscuits served on the homeward journey.
  • 5:30 pm Arrive at Marlin Marina, Cairns.


  • Return air-conditioned fast catamaran cruise.
  • Morning tea and coffee served until departure from Cairns.
  • Morning tea cake selection.
  • Three hours at the Outer Reef Activity Platform.
  • Snorkelling equipment.
  • Use of buoyancy vests & stinger suits.
  • Reef education presentation.
  • Hot and cold buffet lunch.
  • Semi-submersible coral reef viewing tour.
  • Underwater Observatory.
  • A guided Eco Reef Talk in the underwater observatory
  • Afternoon tea and coffee available Ewhilst at the platform. Cheese and biscuits on the return journey

Optional Extras

  • Introductory diving
  • Scuba-Doo
  • Scenic helicopter flights
  • Professional Photos

What to bring

  • Swimming costume, beach towel and also sunglasses
  • Hat, sunscreen and comfortable shoes
  • Money for drinks, souvenirs as well as optional activities
  • A smile and a sense of adventure!

How to get there

Great Barrier Reef Pontoon Cairns check-in at Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns from 09:45 am.

Where Can I Park?

There are several parking stations throughout Cairns in walking distance of the Marina.  Click here to see where

Important Information

Important Scuba Diving Information

It is always our mission to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef experience.

Queensland, Australia has some of the strictest scuba diving rules in the world but also the safest scuba diving record.   We are regulated by the Queensland Government Code of Practice and comply with all regulations, including medical as is the law.

Want to dive?

To avoid disappointment on your day of travel, we strongly recommend that all of our passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire before booking as some medical conditions, age and medications may prevent you from scuba diving.

Medical Questionnaire

We are happy to help you with any questions you may have.   Please contact our office on 07 4037 2700 or email us at [email protected],

Alternatively, you may like to consult your Doctor for a Dive Medical using the Australian Standard Forms’ AS.4005.1

Flying after Scuba Diving

For a single no decompression scuba dive, you should not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours after a scuba dive.  For multiple dives, you should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive.  If Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning you must wait 24 hours after your dive.  We recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible


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1 Spence StreetCairnsQueensland, 4870
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