Tour ID: 10000462

This day cruise will make sure you see it all in a day. You travel from Cairns in a wonderful catamaran admiring all the beautiful scenery before arriving at Moore Reef Pontoon. There is something here for everyone. Swimming and snorkeling will get you up close to the coral and colourful fish. You will be amazed at what you see. There are other options such as our glass bottom boat, semi submersible and you can even experience a seabed walk with the option of helmet diving! This day will remain with you for a lifetime.

  • Great Barrier Reef presentation by marine biologist
  • 4 hours on the reef
  • Snorkelling & equipment
  • Visit the underwater observatory
  • Travel in a semi-submersible & glass bottom boat with marine expert
  • Fish feeding & touch-tank  presentation
  • Afternoon tea & lunch

From Catamaran to Moore Reef pontoon, enjoy an amazing day snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef. Viewing coral and marine life from our glass bottomed boat or semi-submersible and delighting in a delicious buffet lunch. The underwater observatory and marine touch tank will bring you up close to the colourful sea life, while a marine naturalist will educate you on their ecology. There is even a Theme Park style waterslide, the only one on the Great Barrier Reef!

  • Explore Moore Reef on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef, where you can swim and snorkel in temperate seas, with exotic marine life including Giant Clams, Clown Fish, Starfish and Sea Turtles.
  • Enjoy zooming over the crystal clear waters from Cairns Marina to Moore Reef on board our sleek catamaran, where you can enjoy the marine touch tank and the underwater observatory.
  • Delight in a chef prepared fresh buffet luncheon of local produce, as well as afternoon tea.
  • Engage in a fascinating and informative talk on reef ecology with our Marine Naturalist.

Optional extras

  • Certified & introductory diving
  • Snorkelling guided tour
  • SeaWalker helmet dive
  • Scenic helicopter flight

Begin your full day of reef cruising from Reef Fleet Terminal, Cairns Marina, departing at approximately 9:30am, or Fitzroy Island Wharf at around 10am. Boarding the super-fast, air-conditioned catamaran, you will wind your way through the crystal clear waters of the outer fringes of the Great Barrier Reef to our large floating pontoon at Moore Reef.

Engage in a variety of activities from the semi-submersible craft and the glass-bottomed boat, including guided coral viewing and snorkelling (equipment and instruction provided). See and touch unique marine creatures in the marine touch tank and marvel at the exotic sea life in the underwater observatory. Enjoy the on board reef ecology presentation with our Marine Naturalist and learn of the exceptional characteristics unique to Clown Fish, Giant Clams, Giant Blue Starfish and a myriad of other sea creatures whose home is the Great Barrier Reef.

Enjoy a buffet luncheon prepared by our talented chef, of hot dishes, fresh seafood, salads and refreshing tropical fruit and afternoon tea as you relax and enjoy the peaceful tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

With on board freshwater showers and change rooms, a fully enclosed wading pool for children, free on board Wi Fi and full Cash Bar facilities, this wonderful cruise has everything you could want and more.

Return to Cairns at approximately 5:30pm after a wonderful day of fun in the Barrier Reef sun!

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Tour Details

  • Included in price:

    In Early 2017 there was a new pontoon installed on Moore Reef, this new platform includes a waterslide.

    The video is the day from a 9 year olds perspective - it was a great day!

    Hot and cold buffet lunch with seafood

    Afternoon tea

    On-board Wi-Fi access

    Glass bottom boat

    Semi-submersible coral viewing tours

    Underwater observatory

    Theme Park style waterslide

    Touch some of the reef’s unique marine creatures in the marine touch tank

    On-board reef ecology presentation by marine naturalist

    Children can enjoy the safety of the fully enclosed children’s wading pool

    Snorkelling equipment (including stinger suits) provided.

  • Available for purchase/hire:

    Seawalker Platform Helmet Diving.
    Introductory and Certified Scuba Diving.
    Guided Snorkel Tours.
    Scenic Helicopter Flights.
    Digital photos & DVD's.

    Wet Suits (AUD$10) and Prescription Masks (AUD$5 +$50 deposit), small lockers ($6) may be hired once you are onboard the vessel.

  • Duration:

    8hrs (from Cairns) or 6.5 hrs from Fitzroy Island.

  • Departure:

    9:30 AM Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun

  • Return:

    5:30pm to Cairns or 4.30pm to Fitzroy Island,

  • Departure points:

    Cairns, Palm Cove, Cairns Beaches, Trinity Beach, Yorkeys Knob, Lake Placid, Clifton Beach, Kewarra Beach and Holloways Beach

  • Pickup/departure instructions:

    If you are making your own way to our departure point at the Reef Fleet Terminal, please check opens at 08.30 am and closes at 9:15 sharp.
    The boat departs Cairns Marina at 9.30 am and returns to Cairns approximately at 5.30 pm.
    Passengers joining the cruise at Fitzroy Island should meet at the Fitzroy Island wharf at 10am for a 10.15am departure.
    Reef Fleet Terminal is located in central Cairns within walking distance to most accommodation located in the city.
    Return transfers from Cairns City and Northern Beaches suburbs (including Palm Cove) can be arranged as option extra at the time of booking. (extra charge)

  • What to bring:

    Hat, sun protective clothing, towel, swimming costume, sunscreen SPF 30+, cash and credit card (safety deposit box on board).

  • Fitness level required:


  • Child policies:

    Children aged from 4 to 15 years pay the child price for the Reef Cruise.

    Children aged 0 to 3 years are classified as infants and travel fee.

    Child prices for diving are valid for the ages of 12-15 years only.

    Children under 12 are not permitted to dive.

    This is an excellent tour to take with children, read our review here.

  • Additional Information:

    Please contact us prior to your departure if you require coach transfers from your accomodation.

    All Scuba and Helmet Dive participants must complete a medical questionnaire/declaration on board. A history of asthma, high/low blood pressure, heart conditions and/or other medical conditions or medications may prohibit Scuba or Helmet Diving. If medical is failed on-board no refund will be given for dive options.
    Guests are advised to review medical checklists/requirements in the example document at this link.

  • Destinations:

    Great Barrier Reef, Outer Barrier Reef and Outer Barrier Reef Pontoon

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