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Cairns: Outer Great Barrier Reef Pontoon with Activities

Cairns: Outer Great Barrier Reef Pontoon with Activities

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From $174.14 $144.54 per person

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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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 8 hours
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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
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Covid-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

Prior to departure from the marina, enjoy complimentary tea and coffee. Depart from Cairns’ Marlin Marina at 9:30 AM and enjoy a cruise out of the Harbour. Witness the stunning landscape before the catamaran makes its way out to open seas. Sail in air-conditioned comfort on board 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. Situated 26 nautical miles from Cairns the journey takes approximately 2 hours with a brief stop off at Fitzroy Island for pickups. On the outward journey, there will be marine presentations given by resident marine experts. You can learn about the reef and its diverse ecosystems. Upon arrival at the pontoon at 11:30 AM you have an array of activities to choose from. They all provide the opportunity to enjoy a truly memorable day and there are great options for both swimmers and non-swimmers alike. For those wishing to participate in water activities, snorkelling equipment is included with fins, mask, snorkel, and life jackets. Wetsuits and lycra suits are available at additional charge. Snorkel rest stations are located throughout the reef for convenience and comfort. Fish feeding presentations occur daily and the marine experts allow you to see the exotic marine life in action. The glass bottom boat and semi-submersible tours travel along a scenic route with marine experts providing commentary. This occurs throughout the day and takes approximately 20 minutes. The spacious sun deck is a great spot to take in the panoramic views and soak up the sun. There is even a theme park style waterslide, which is popular with kids and kids at heart.  The underwater observatory provides a comfortable and relaxing way to witness the underwater world, which is another alternative for those not wishing to get wet yet still see the reef. The experts present an interactive experience where you are invited to get up close and personal with marine creatures like sea cucumbers and starfish. Those wishing to participate in optional extras, such as guided snorkel tours, introductory or certified diving, or saw walker helmet diving can book these on board. 
  • Catamaran trip to and from the reef
  • Tea and coffee while docked
  • Glass bottom boat and semi-submersible tours
  • Underwater observatory and marine touch tank presentation
  • Snorkeling with fins, mask, snorkel, and life jacket
  • Buffet lunch
  • Guided snorkel tour
  • Introductory or certified dive
  • Seawalker helmet dive
  • Photographs or merchandise
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

• Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns • Check-in is from 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM. Seasonal schedules apply. Please contact the local partner for reconfirmation of your scheduled departure.

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Important information

What to bring

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

Know before you go

  • Check-in is from 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM. Seasonal schedules apply. Please contact the local partner for reconfirmation of your scheduled departure
  • There are a limited number of lockers for personal belongings
  • Travel sickness tablets are available for purch
  • Due to ongoing COVID-19 preventative measures, the buffet lunch will be served by your crew
  •  Please note that medical conditions apply for optional extras and no refunds are given for failed medicals
  • The minimum age for diving is 12 years old and certified divers are required to produce their license card
  • 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 on board the boat that offers a range of beverages and light snacks
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 128 reviews

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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

The whole day was incredible. Crew members were friendly & informative. Glass bottom boat was very cool but snorkelling was definitely the highlight. You could go at your own pace & get in & out of the water whenever you wanted. One crew member was in scuba gear & taking photos of everyone & to buy the photos was very reasonably priced.

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June 12, 2021

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