Great Barrier Reef pontoon day  tour includes an activity platform perfect base for both swimmers and non-swimmers alike.

You can snorkel, scuba dive or choose to not get wet and visit the underwater observatory or the semi submersible.

  • Return air-conditioned fast catamaran cruise
  • Morning tea and coffee served until departure from Cairns
  • Morning tea cake selection
  • Three (3) hours at Outer Reef Activity Platform
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Use of buoyancy vests & lycra/stinger suits
  • Reef education presentation
  • Hot and cold buffet lunch
  • 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 biscuits on return journey

What to Bring

  • Swimming costume and beach towel
  • Hat, sunscreen and comfortable shoes
  • Money for drinks, souvenirs and optional activities
  • And a sense of adventure!
  • Passengers must check-in at the Great Adventures counter for boarding passes before boarding vessel.
  • Boarding is 30 minutes prior to departure time.
  • Your Great Barrier Reef Pontoon Adventure
  • From 9.30 am
  • Check-in at Great Adventures Reservations Counter inside the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal to obtain your boarding pass.
  • 10:10am
  • Vessel boarding.
  • Complimentary morning tea/coffee served on boarding.
  • For your safety hot drinks are not served once the vessel is underway.
  • 10:30 am
  • Depart Reef Fleet Terminal for the Outer Great Barrier Reef pontoon via Green Island.
  • 11:20 am
  • Cake selection served on forward journey.
  • During your journey to the reef, a Reef Presentation is shown on the vessel’s monitors.
  • Snorkelling demonstration by crew.
  • 12:30 pm
  • Arrive at the Outer Great Barrier Reef pontoon
  • Reef activities commence…
    • Semi-submersible coral viewing tour with informative commentary departs every 30 minutes or as advised.
    • Snorkel directly from the platform. Collect your snorkel gear and buoyancy vests once on the platform.
    • Underwater observatory is open throughout the day for coral and fish viewing.
  • Pre-booked optional activities including introductory diving, Scuba-Doo and scenic helicopter flights commence as advised.
  • 1.00-2.30pm
  • Hot and cold buffet lunch is served.
  • Time for more reef activities or just relax on the sundeck and take in the views!
  • Tea and coffee is available whilst at the platform
  • 3:30pm
  • A blast on the ship’s horn will signal the time when all passengers should return to the vessel ready for departure.
  • 3:40pm
  • A passenger count is conducted before leaving the Reef. Crew will announce when this commences and we ask all passengers to co-operate during this very important procedure by not moving about the vessel.
  • 3:45pm
  • Departure to Cairns via Green Island.
  • Complimentary cheese and biscuits served on homeward journey.
  • 5:30pm
  • Arrive Marlin Marina, Cairns
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