Water activity

Cairns: Outer Great Barrier Reef Pontoon with Activities

Activity provider: Sunlover Reef Cruises
Water activity

Cairns: Outer Great Barrier Reef Pontoon with Activities

Activity provider: Sunlover Reef Cruises

From US$ 167.05 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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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
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

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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

  • Dietary requirements can be accommodated for if communicated in advance
  • 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

4.6 /5

based on 217 reviews

Review summary

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Fue una grata experiencia y es algo que no se deber perder si va a Cairns. El trayecto hasta el pontón es de aproximadamente 45 min y para quienes no estamos acostumbrados a navegar, se pueden sentir vomitos o mareos, pero dura poco. Todo el equipo para snorkel y buceo te lo entregan ellos y están todas las facilidades para pasar una buena salida. También tienen un bote más chico con fondo transparente para ver los corales. Tienen incluido un buffet de comida con varias opciones. Y el personal, está siempre dispuesto a atender cualquier necesidad. Creo que vale lo que cuesta

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March 29, 2023

Brilliant day on the reef despite a black sky and pouring rain on the ferry. The sky cleared and the sun came out and we had plenty of time to snorkel seeing turtles and the reef. We hired an underwater camera which was brilliant for capturing everything.

March 29, 2023

Great trip from Cairns, left at 9:30 in the morning and returned by 5:30 pm. It is a nice big boat with friendly and supportive crew. The pontoon at Moore reef was nice and spacious with a big area to snorkel and explore the reef. We saw lots of corals and many colorful fish including a turtle. Highly recommend this tour particularly for beginners and family trips.

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March 29, 2023

Product ID: 192864