Cairns Great Barrier Reef Pontoon on the Outer Barrier Reef.

This is the perfect trip for both swimmers and non-swimmers alike.  Great Adventures takes you to their all-weather pontoon on the Outer Great Barrier Reef. There are wonderful options for adults, children, and families.  Departing daily from Cairns at 10:30 am and arriving back in Cairns at 5:30 pm.

Cairns Great Barrier Reef is home to 1500 species of fish and 6 out of the World’s seven marine turtles.  The GBR is one of the world’s seven natural wonders, and we look forward to showing it to you.

Cairns Great Barrier Reef Activities

First, this Cairns Great Barrier Reef Pontoon tour travels to an activity reef platform. During this tour, you will be visiting the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. This reef platform offers a range of fantastic activities designed to give you the best  Great Barrier Reef Adventure.  During the day, try some great activities, including an underwater observatory, snorkelling, scuba diving and scuba doo.

Next cruise in comfort on board a fast and modern catamaran. Then we will arrive at a magnificent outer reef location.

Something For Everyone At Cairns Great Barrier Reef!

During your time at the reef, take a semi-submersible coral viewing tour.  This tour includes informative commentary.  Departing every 30 minutes or as advised.

Then snorkel on the spectacular coral garden home to an array of marine life. Turtles and colourful tropical fish are in abundance!

While you are on the reef pontoon, visit the underwater observatory.  It is open throughout the day for coral and fish viewing.

Try Scuba-Doo

This activity allows you to explore the reef on an underwater scooter.  This optional extra is also suitable for non-swimmers.

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The stable reef activity platform is the perfect base for swimmers and non-swimmers to explore to wonders of the Great Barrier Reef


Cairns Great Barrier Reef tour itinerary

  • 9.30 am First check-in at Great Adventures Reservations Counter inside the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal.
  • 10:10 am Next, board the vessel.
  • Complimentary morning tea/coffee served.
  • 10:30 am Journey to the Outer Great Barrier Reef pontoon.
  • 11:20 am  During the day, watch the Reef Presentation shown on the vessel’s monitors.
  • Snorkelling demonstration by the crew.
  • 12:30 pm Arrive at the Outer Great Barrier Reef pontoon.
  • 1:00-2:30 pm Time for hot and cold buffet lunch.
  • Enjoy more reef activities or relax on the sundeck and take in the views!
  • Tea and coffee are available while at the platform.
  • 3:45 pm Departure to Cairns via Green Island.
  • Complimentary cheese and biscuits served on the homeward journey.
  • 5:30 pm Arrive at Marlin Marina, Cairns.


Return air-conditioned fast catamaran cruise
Tea and coffee served until departure from Cairns
Cake selection served for morning tea
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 with fresh prawns
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 crackers served on the return journey.

Optional Extras

  • Coach transfers
  • Scuba Diving
  • Scuba Doo
  • Helicopter tour

What to bring

What to Bring:
– Hat and shirt for sun protection. We recommend marine-friendly sunscreen.
– Swimwear and towel.
– Camera.
– Professional photo service on board (additional cost).
– Cash or credit card for option activities or onboard purchases.

How to get there

Great Barrier Reef Pontoon Cairns check-in at Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns from 09:30 am.

Where Can I Park?

There are several parking stations throughout Cairns in walking distance of the Marina.  Click here to see where

Important Information

Important Scuba Diving Information for Cairns Great Barrier Reef tour

It is always our mission to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef experience.

Queensland, Australia, has some of the world’s strictest scuba diving rules and the safest scuba diving record.   We are regulated by the Queensland Government Code of Practice and comply with all regulations, including medical as is the law.

Would you like to try scuba diving?

To avoid disappointment on your day of travel, we strongly recommend that all of our passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire before booking, as some medical conditions, age, and medications may prevent you from scuba diving.

Medical Questionnaire

We are happy to help you with any questions you may have.   Please get in touch with our office on 07 4037 2700 or email us at [email protected],

Alternatively, you may like to consult your Doctor for a Dive Medical using the Australian Standard Forms’ AS.4005.1

Flying after Scuba Diving

For a single no decompression scuba dive, you should not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours after diving.  For multiple dives, you should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive.  If Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning, you must wait 24 hours after your dive.  We recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible



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