Water activity

Cairns: Outer Great Barrier Reef Pontoon with Activities

Activity provider: Sunlover Reef Cruises

Cairns: Outer Great Barrier Reef Pontoon with Activities

Activity provider: Sunlover Reef Cruises
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From US$ 158.64 per person

Likely to sell out

Experience the Great Barrier Reef from Sunlover Reef Cruise's spacious multi-level pontoon. This is perfect for adults, kids, and kids at heart. With plenty to do if you do not want to get wet, including a glass-bottom boat or semi-submersible tours.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • Snorkel along the reef with instructions, equipment, and rest stations provided
  • Join a glass bottom boat and semi-submersible tour for non-swimmers to see marine life
  • Lounge on the spacious sun deck
  • Explore the underwater observatory and marine touch tank presentation with marine experts
  • Choose optional activities such as guided snorkel tours
  • Entertain the kids with the only waterslide on the reef
Full description

Sit back and relax on a catamaran cruise from Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef, where you enjoy a raft of water activities from Moore Reef's pontoon. Encounter an outstanding landscape of marine life, enjoy a choice of activities including snorkeling, including a visit to the underwater observatory.

Prior to departure from the marina, sip on some complimentary tea and coffee. Depart from Cairns’ Marlin Marina at 9:30 AM and enjoy a cruise out of the harbor. Witness the stunning landscape before the catamaran makes its way out to open seas.

Sail in air-conditioned comfort onboard the catamaran to the state-of-the-art activity pontoon at Moore Reef. Moore Reef is a prime location on the Outer Great Barrier Reef, abundant with soft corals and marine life. Learn about the reef and its diverse ecosystems on the outward journey with presentations given by resident marine experts. Upon arrival at the pontoon at 11:30 AM, choose from an array of activities suitable for both swimmers and non-swimmers alike. Make use of the inclusive snorkeling equipment, with wetsuits and lycra also available at an additional charge. Alternatively, watch the daily fish feeding presentations, or take a trip on the glass bottom boat or semi-submersible tour with marine experts providing commentary. Soak up the rays on a spacious sun deck, or make a splash on a theme park-style waterslide. See the reef without getting wet in the underwater observatory, and get up close and personal with marine creatures like sea cucumbers and starfish.

  • Catamaran trip to and from the reef
  • Tea and coffee while docked
  • Glass bottom boat
  • Semi-submersible tours
  • Underwater observatory and marine touch tank presentation
  • Snorkeling
  • Fins, snorkel mask, snorkel
  • Life jacket
  • Buffet lunch
  • Guided snorkel tour
  • Food and additional drinks
  • Introductory or certified dive
  • Seawalker helmet dive
  • Photographs or merchandise
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • All participants who are over 16 years old must present proof of full vaccination or lawful exemption. All participants under 16 years old must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult from their household

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Meeting point

Meet at Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Cash

Know before you go

  • Checkin is from 8:30 AM to 9 AM, with season schedules applying
  • There are a limited number of lockers for personal belongings
  • Travel sickness tablets are available for purchase
  • Due to ongoing COVID-19 preventative measures, the buffet lunch will be served by your crew
  • Medical conditions apply for optional extras and no refunds are given for failed medicals
  • There will be head counts and safety demonstrations at scheduled times and you must follow the safety instructions given by the staff at all times
  • It is recommended to bring Australian Dollars or a credit card for onboard purchases and optional extras
  • There is a kiosk onboard the boat that offers a range of beverages and light snacks
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 183 reviews

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I was overwhelmed by which tour to book but I am glad I went with Sunlover Reef Cruises. The staff were very friendly and informative. I was nervous about snorkelling however once I got there I felt safe to go in the water. Life jackets, snorkels and stinger suits were provided. We all really enjoyed the activities on the pontoon, we got carried away snorkelling and didn’t end up going on the glass boat. This option is great for those that do not want to get wet! The slide was also a fun activity not just for kids! Some of my family members purchased the additional scuba diving activity and absolutely loved it! I would suggest to bring your own underwater camera or GoPro as the cost of the images they take is quite costly. Other than that I would definitely recommend this tour and I will do it again when I come back to cairns!

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March 14, 2022

We had such an amazing experience, 10 out of 10, I wish I could give extra rating stars! The crew are super friendly, buffet was great, semi submersible tour is very cool! Highlight of the day was the guided snorkel tour, very knowledgeable guide, my wife doesn't swim at all and had a fantastic time! There's also an underwater photographer onboard who takes great photos!

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July 25, 2021

We had an amazing day on the Reef. We loved all of the activities that were available on the Pontoon, the kids especially loved the Waterside. The trip out to the Pontoon was a tad rough, but the staff went above & beyond to look after those who weren't well. Lunch was very tasty & suitable/ well presented for my daughter who has a food allergy. We will definitely be back for another fabulous day on the reef.

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July 11, 2021

Product ID: 192864