Spend a wonderful day on a Great Barrier Reef Pontoon

Visit an all-weather Marine World platform, on a reef cruise located in the heart of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef – this tour is an ideal option for non-swimmers!

Stable platforms provide easy water access, shelter and comfort. With glass bottom boat tours, semi-submersible tours and an underwater theatre, you don’t even have to get wet to witness the magic beneath the waves!

Tour Highlights

  • Up to 5 hours at a fixed, Great Barrier Reef Pontoon located at the spectacular Great Barrier Reef
  • Semi-submersible tours with interactive commentary
  • Glass bottom boat tours with interactive commentary
  • Underwater reef observatory – see the life beneath without getting wet!
  • Fish feeding time – watch the fish from the deck or in the water as your Marine Biologist conducts a commentated fish feed
  • Unlimited snorkelling & snorkelling equipment
  • Designated snorkelling area for added safety plus a separate childrens water enclosure
  • Hot & cold buffet lunch
  • Tee & coffee service all day while stationary
  • Marine Biology commentary on your voyage to the Great Barrier Reef
  • $7.00AUD per person payable on board for Reef Tax and Levies – Great Barrier Reef national park fee – Please be aware you will pay this directly on-board the vessel when you check-in

Tour Inclusions

  • All snorkelling equipment including personal flotation devices in adult/child /infant sizes
  • FREE Wet suit or lycra suit use for year round comfort and in-water safety
  • Wet suits are 5mm with short arms/legs (available in winter months)
  • Lycra suits provide fantastic sun protection and in season are useful in reducing the risk of jelly fish stings (available in summer months)
  • On board Marine Biology presentation/talk en-route to the reef
  • Semi-Submersible tours with interactive commentary
  • Glass Bottom Boat tours with interactive commentary
  • Fish feeding and identification session with our Marine Biologist
  • Underwater Observatory
  • Use of Sundeck, Fresh Water Showers and Changing Rooms
  • Morning/Afternoon Tea plus a full hot/cold buffet lunch with vegetarian options
  • Tea, coffee and drinking water is available free of charge throughout the day
  • Access to reference materials on the reef
  • German & French speaking crew are available to assist international visitors – please request other languages if required and we can advise you if this is possible

Tour Itinerary

  • 08:00 – Check-in inside Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns Marina
  • 09:00 – Depart Cairns Marlin Jetty
  • 10:30 – Arrive at Marine World on the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • 10:45 – 15:00 – Up to 5 hours at the reef to enjoy a range of wet & dry activities. Includes morning & afternoon tea & huge hot & cold buffet lunch
  • 15:30 – Depart the Great Barrier Reef Pontoon
  • 17:00 – Arrive back into Cairns Harbour

Optional Extras

  • On-board camera hire and professional photography packages
  • Massage therapist at the reef (subject to availability)
  • Prescription mask hire for those who need strong optical lenses
  • Licensed bar and souvenir purchase
  • Guided Snorkel Tours
  • Scuba Diving or Helmet Diving or Sea Bob
  • Helicopter Flights
  • Bus transfers $18 per adult & $9 per child return from Cairns City accommodation. Bus transfers $22 per adult & $11 per child from all Northern Beaches accommodation.Pick-up time will be notified at time of booking – price on application

Very Important - About Scuba Diving


Queensland Dive Laws are the strictest in the World – with the safest dive record in the world. If you are intending in participating in any additional activity involving SCUBA, please read the information below carefully

Please be aware that Some Medical Conditions or Medications that are being taken could prevent you from participating in scuba activities.

To prevent disappointment on-the day, If you wish to partake in our Introductory/Resort Scuba dive, Certified Scuba Dive or Helmet Scuba Dive, it is the passengers responsibility to ensure they are medically fit to dive.

Medical Conditions

If you have EVER suffered from any of the following conditions, you will require a dive medical to Australian standard AS. 4005.1. Before being allowed to Scuba Dive.

If you are CURRENTLY suffering from or have recently had any of the following conditions or procedures, you will require a dive medical to Australian standard AS. 4005.1. Before being allowed to Scuba Dive.

Being pregnant will prohibit you from Scuba Diving

Please be aware that the above does not cover every medical condition there maybe other medical conditions that I not listed.

If you are taking any Medications for anything we can check if these are safe for diving with the local Dive doctor. This is necessary as some medications can become dangerous underwater.  These checks are done on the day of travel and can be difficult for the dive doctor to approve without consultation with you.

We can only give them information submitted to us on your medical form so please understand that the dive Doctor may require a full dive medical to clear you to dive.

Please be aware If you have used or are using ventalin or an inhaler for Sports endurance/enhancement you will still need a Dive Medical before being allowed to Scuba dive.

It is not our company’s decision regarding these laws –  we are regulated by the  Queensland Government.

Please contact our office, if you do require any further information regarding possible medical conditions.

If you have existing or pre existing medical conditions, operations, taking medication, have used an inhaler then you will need permission from the Dive Doctor to Scuba Dive.  If you have any doubts or queries regarding the above, please be proactive and contact our office to avoid disappointment on the day.

  • Breathlessness
  • Chronic ear discharge or infection
  • High blood pressure
  • Ear Surgery
  • Epilepsy
  • Fainting Seizures or blackouts
  • Recurrent ear problems when flying
  • Tuberculosis or any other long term disease
  • Any illness or operation within the last month
  • Perforated eardrum
  • Asthma / Wheezing or use of an inhaler even for Sports endurance
  • Brain, spinal cord or nervous disorder
  • Chronic bronchitis or persistent chest complaint
  • Chronic sinus condition
  • Collapsed Lung (pneumothorax)
  • Diabetes
  • Chest Surgery
  • Heart Disease of any kind
  • Crones Disease

What to bring

  • Cash or Credit Card for purchases
  • Swimming Clothes, Towel, Sun Cream & Hat
  • Voucher if applicable
  • Proof of certification if you’re a Certified Diver

Some medical conditions and/or medications may prevent from participation in scuba diving activities.

Childrens prices are for ages 4-14 years. Family prices are for 2 adults + 2 children age 4-14 years.


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