Great Barrier Reef Cruise to Reef Magic Pontoon

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Fitness level low
Wheelchair friendly
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5.09 reviews

Highlights & inclusions

5 hours on the Great Barrier Reef
All snorkelling equipment and instruction
Delicious hot and cold buffet lunch
FREE wet-suit or lycra suit hire
Glass bottom boat tour
Marine Biologist presentation

What you can expect

Discover the many wonders and colours of the Great Barrier Reef with this great value Cairns Reef Tour to popular activity Reef Magic pontoon! The tour departs out of Cairns on a safe and secure catamaran, taking you out to Reef Magic Cruises' exclusive all-weather Reef Magic platform. Here, dive into a stunning coral reef location and discover the diverse marine life. The breathtaking location is a truly once in a lifetime experience that includes snorkelling in a sheltered coral lagoon, scuba diving, and/or a guided Snorkel Safari by an esteemed Marine Biologist. No matter your fitness and experience levels, the Cairns Reef Tour will ensure you make the most of your time out at sea. The cruise includes all snorkelling equipment and provides a full hot and cold buffet lunch, ensuring that you can discover the reef stress-free. Lay back and enjoy the sunshine on the top deck, or hang out in the underwater observatory and view the rich marine life. The Great Barrier Reef is one of Australia's most prized natural possessions and boasts as one of the seven wonders of the natural world. Book today for an experience you will hold close to your heart for a lifetime.


What you need to know

  • __Please note seasonal rates apply__
  • Off Peak dates: 24th April - 24th June; 1st November - 20th December; 16th January 2024 - 28th March 2024
  • Peak dates: 1st April - 23rd April; 25th June - 31st October; 21st December - 15th January 2024; 29th March - 31st March 2024 __Great Barrier Reef Pontoon__ Experience Co are delighted to be bringing a brand-new pontoon to the Great Barrier Reef in 2022. With a focus upon three main pillars – Sustainability, Marine Biology and Indigenous story telling - the new pontoon will feature a two-storey structure for reef-based exploration and onboard scientific learning via a purpose-built laboratory, the first of its kind on the Great Barrier Reef. Innovative in its design, the platform will focus on reducing the impact on the environment with wind, solar and, where possible, electricity generation to power the pontoon and smaller support vessels – another first for the region. The new pontoon, will replace Marine World that you may be familiar with.
  • Snorkelling or Diving the Great Barrier Reef
  • All snorkelling equipment
  • Exclusive access to stunning coral reef location
  • Fast, stable catamaran providing a smoother ride and reduced travel time
  • On board marine biology presentation
  • Fish feeding and identification session with marine biologist
  • Underwater Observatory
  • Use of sundeck, fresh water showers and changing rooms
  • Morning and Afternoon Tea
  • Hot and Cold buffet lunch
  • Tea and Coffee and drinking water
  • Reef Levy
  • Hotel transfers
  • Introductory Scuba Diving
  • Certified Scuba Diving
  • Helmet Diving
  • Guided Snorkel tours
  • Scenic Helicopter Flights
  • Snorkelling or Diving the Great Barrier Reef
  • Exclusive access to stunning coral reef location
  • Fast, stable catamaran providing a smoother ride and reduced travel time
  • On-board marine biologist
  • Tours depart daily at 9am and return at 5pm
  • Check-in commences from 8am
  • Tours depart from Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal
  • Guests will receive a text message the afternoon prior to departure with berth number and vessel as well as a link to a map directing them to the correct location
What To Bring
  • Swimmers
  • Towel
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Change of clothes
  • Extra cash or credit card for onboard purchases
Booking Information
  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Cruise vessel subject to change without notice
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements

Recent reviews

59 reviews

Dive into a world of wonder at the Great Barrier Reef - an unforgettable snorkeling experience.

I recently had the pleasure of snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef with Reef Magic and it was an incredible experience. The location we visited was easily accessible and the water was crystal clear. The marine life was abundant and diverse, with colorful fish, coral, and even sea turtles swimming alongside us. The equipment provided was of high quality and made the experience comfortable and enjoyable. Safety was clearly a priority, with a thorough briefing provided before the activity and experienced guides in the water with us at all times. It was reassuring to know that we were in good hands. One standout moment was encountering a school of vibrant clownfish darting in and out of their anemone homes. It was like being in our own private Finding Nemo scene. The underwater scenery was breathtaking and I couldn't help but be in awe of the natural beauty that surrounded us. Aside from snorkeling, there were also other amenities such as food and beverages available, as well as underwater photography services. It was a well-rounded and unforgettable experience. Overall, I highly recommend Reef Magic to anyone who has the opportunity. It's a must-do activity that allows you to witness the stunning biodiversity of this world-renowned natural wonder.


Snorkelling day cruise with Reef Cruises. Fantastic day out on the reef!

The best day out on the Reef! It was our first time snorkelling on the reef and it was everything we imagined and more. The additional activities were entertaining especially the fish feeding from the pontoon and the cultural show was fantastic! The crew were very informative and we felt safe and in good hands. The facilities were also of a high standard on board and on the pontoon e especially the smorgasbord lunch which was of a high standard. Highly recommend Reef cruises to anyone considering a full day reef tour. You won’t be disappointed!

Tanya Jhoomun about 1 year ago

Brilliant experience, would definitely recommend to do

I had a fantastic time. The staff were amazing and friendly, the diving instruction was thorough, and the experience overall awesome. My girlfriend got sea sick on the boat travel and they very helpful throughout. Even though she wasn’t feeling great, she still got to experience the reef up close on their many options. They even actively helped us get a refund for her diving due to this. The buffet was fantastic, and as a Potato Bake Connoisseur, the potato bake served was *chefs kiss*, could eat it all day. Overall, a very worthy experience. Staff, experiences, and food were awesome. Even the beer was reasonably priced. Room for improvement: I couldn’t find out what reef they go to until we got there. Now I’ll be going to the same reef twice (something I didn’t want to do with the many trips booked so that I could cover as many as possible). It would be really cool if they would advertise that the pontoon is at Moore Reef.

James Marshall over 1 year ago

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  • This experience is supplied by Great Barrier Reef Cruise to Marine World Pontoon


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  • We are committed to sustainability
  • We have an approved Science Based Target
  • We use third party verified standards
$299.00 AUD
or 4 x $74.75 with more info
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