Cairns Great Barrier Reef Pontoon

Cairns Great Barrier Reef pontoon is the perfect trip for swimmers and non-swimmers.

Great Adventures takes you to their all-weather pontoon on the Outer Great Barrier Reef.  There are beautiful options for adults, children and families.  Departing daily from Cairns at 10:30 am and arriving back in Cairns at 5:30 pm.

Cairns Great Barrier Reef is home to 1500 species of fish and 6 out of the world’s seven marine turtles.  The GBR is one of the world’s seven natural wonders, and we look forward to showing it to you.

Cairns Great Barrier Reef Activities

First, this Cairns Great Barrier Reef Pontoon tour travels to an activity Reef platform.  You will visit the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park during this tour.

This Reef platform offers a range of great activities designed to give you the best  Great Barrier Reef Adventure.

During the day, try some great activities, including an underwater observatory, snorkelling, scuba diving and scuba doo.

Then we will arrive at a magnificent outer Reef location.

Something For Everyone At Cairns Great Barrier Reef

During your time at the Reef, enjoy a semi-submersible coral viewing tour.  This tour includes informative commentary.  Departing every 30 minutes or as advised.

Then snorkel on the spectacular coral garden home to an array of marine life.  Turtles and colourful tropical fish are in abundance!

While you are on the Reef pontoon, visit the underwater observatory.  It is open throughout the day for coral and fish viewing.

Try Scuba-Doo

This activity allows you to explore the Reef on an underwater scooter.  This optional extra is also suitable for non-swimmers.

Compare our other Great Barrier Reef tours.


  • Underwater Observatory
  • Scenic helicopter flights
  • Scuba doo


Cairns Great Barrier Reef tour itinerary

  • 9.30 am First check-in at Great Adventures Reservations Counter inside the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal.
  • 10:10 am Next, board the vessel.
  • Complimentary morning tea/coffee served.
  • 10:30 am Journey to the Outer Great Barrier Reef pontoon.
  • 11:20 am  During the day, watch the 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 on the platform.
  • 3:45 pm Departure to Cairns via Green Island.
  • Complimentary cheese and biscuits are served on the homeward journey.
  • 5:30 pm Arrive at Marlin Marina, Cairns.

Return air-conditioned fast catamaran cruise
Tea and coffee served until departure from Cairns
Cake selection served for morning tea
Three (3) hours at Outer Reef Activity Platform
Snorkelling equipment
Use of buoyancy vests and lycra/stinger suits
Reef education presentation
Hot and cold buffet lunch with fresh prawns
Semi-submersible coral reef viewing tour
Underwater Observatory
Guided Eco Reef Talk in the underwater observatory
Afternoon tea and coffee available whilst at the platform
Cheese and crackers served on the return journey.

– Hat and shirt for sun protection. We recommend marine-friendly sunscreen.
– Swimwear and towel.
– Camera.
– Professional photo service on board (additional cost).
– Cash or credit card for optional activities or onboard purchases.

What to Bring

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

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 within walking distance of the Marina.  Click here to see where

Essential Scuba Diving Information for Cairns Great Barrier Reef tour

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

Queensland, Australia, has some of the world’s strictest scuba diving rules and 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.

Please take a few minutes to complete our dive medical questionnaire.

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 get in touch with 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, do not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours.

Do not fly for 24 hours after your last dive for multiple dives.

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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