Hot Air Balloon and Great Barrier Reef Outer Reef One Day Trip

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  • Day Trip
  • Option
Child (4-14 yrs)
Scuba Doo (12+ yrs only)
10 minutes helicopter

Tour Information

For tour meeting point and time, please take the tour vouchers as the final confirmation. The meeting point and time in the tour info are only for reference. Enquire through our service: LINE ID: @fit_travel or Wechat: FIT_TRAVEL_AU

All day tour pick up from your accommodation (in CBD) between 03:30-04:30am and back to Reef Fleet Terminal about 17:30pm (Make own way back to your accommodation).

Hot Air Balloon Ride Highlights

  • Spectacular Hot Air Balloon ride
  • Pre-flight fruit juice/water
  • Expert commentary
  • Glass of Sparkling wine and Juice on landing
  • Light snack on landing
  • Air Conditioned Transfers from CBD areas and drop off to Kuranda Village
  • Commemorative Certificate

Great Adventure Great Barrier Reef Adventure Norman Reef/Moore Reef One Day Trip

Great Barrier Reef Departure & Arrival Times.

1. Cairns to Outer Reef
Depart Cairns: 10:30
Arrive Reef: 12:30
2. Outer Reef back to Cairns
Depart Reef: 15:30
Arrive Reef: 17:30

Escape into a world of surprises to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Outer Great Barrier Reef. The stable reef activity platform is the perfect base for swimmers and non-swimmers to explore. Snorkel and/or dive, visit the underwater observatory, cruise in a semi-sub, or just relax on the sundeck with a delicious buffet lunch. Join us and the Great Barrier Reef’s vibrant marine life for a voyage into one of the natural wonders of the world.

In addition to the activities included in your tour, there is also a wide range of optional activities to experience on our Outer Great Barrier Reef activity platform. Scuba dive, join a snorkel tour, Scuba Doo below the waves or enjoy the Great Barrier Reef for the air with a scenic helicopter tour.

  • Pre-dawn pick up: 03:30-04:30am from all Cairns accommodation & hotels (in CBD areas) by a Hot Air Balloon Cairns coach for your Hot Air Balloon ride.  There is a one hour transfer.  Pickup times are confirmed on booking.
  • 06:30am: Experience the fun & unique sensation of being in a Hot Air Balloon, flying gently high above the Atherton Tablelands, Australia. The balloon takes off from Mareeba on the Atherton Tablelands.  Enjoy the picturesque landscape at dawn, floating in your Hot Air Balloon, time to really breathe in the wide-open spaces!  We have Australia's largest fleet of Hot Air Balloons and a fun and highly trained crew to maximise the enjoyment of your balloon flight.  It's just like a balloon festival, every day!
  • 07:50am: Our hot air balloon flights are more than an aerial adventure. Upon landing, you're invited to a post-flight celebration featuring an array of locally-sourced refreshments. Delight in a selection of fresh fruits, energising muesli bars, scrumptious muffins, and a delectable variety of savoury pastries and quiche. Pair these with our carefully selected sparkling wine or a refreshing orange juice, as you share your experiences and create connections with fellow adventurers, our pilot, and support crew. Please note, our offerings may vary to continuously provide you with the best of local produce.
  • 09:15 - 09:30am: Drop off to Reef Fleet Terminal and Check in at Great Adventure counter.
  • 10:30 - 12:00pm: Departure from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Outer Reef (Norman or Moore Reef).
  • 12:30 - 15:30pm: Free time On the Outer Reef Pontoon: Semi-submersible coral reef viewing tour, Underwater Observatory, Snorkelling, Reef education presentation and Guided Eco Reef Talk in the underwater observatory
  • 15:30 - 17:30pm: Ferry From Outer Reef back to Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal (make own way back to your accommodation)

Tour Information

The Great Barrier Reef is not one continuous reef, but made up of over 2900 reefs and 900 islands. It is the largest reef structure and marine park in the world. So large in fact that it is visible from the moon!

Enjoy a hot & cold buffet lunch at the outer reef, tea and coffee and a range of snacks & beverages from the on board bar (Own Cost).
  • Morning tea and coffee served until departure from Cairns
  • Morning tea cake selection
  • Hot and cold buffet lunch
  • Afternoon tea and coffee available whilst at the platform, cheese and biscuits on return journey

Our buffet lunch is catered by a 5 Star Cairns Hotel to meet a variety of tastes and needs, including Gluten Free and vegetarian dishes. If you have any food allergies or specific dietary requirements, please advise at time of booking. Please note an extra charge may apply for some requests.

Tour Inclusions

Hot Air Balloon

  • Hotel pick in the morning and drop off to the Reef Fleet Terminal
  • Spectacular Classic Hot Air Balloon ride
  • Pre-flight health shot beverage and light snacks
  • Commemorative Certificate
  • Expert interpretive commentary
  • Glass of Sparkling wine and Juice on landing
  • Free Digital Photo package worth $80
  • The price included the eco levy $35

Great Barrier Reef

  • Return air-conditioned fast catamaran cruise
  • Morning tea and coffee served until departure from Cairns
  • 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.
  • The price included the eco levy $8

Tour Exclusions

  • Options: Scuba Diving, Scuba Doo and Helicopter
  • Private expense
  • Travel insurance
  • High season and public holiday with an extra cost
  • Return transfer from Reef Fleet Terminal back to your accommodation


  • 03:30 - 4:30am (varies depends on the seasons) pick up from your accommodation to Tableland
  • 08:30 - 09:30am Pick up from Tableland to Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal
  • Terminal details: The Reef Fleet Terminal ( 1, Spence Street, Cairns)
  • Departure at 15:30pm from Outer Reef back to Cairns City Terminal and make own way to your accommodation


  • All prices are quoted in Australian dollars and include GST.
  • Children below 4 years old, expectant mothers, and travelers with reduced mobility are not allowed to participate in this activity.
  • Travelers with the following conditions are not recommended for participation: High blood pressure, Cardiac disease, Acrophobia, Pregnancy.
  • Hot air balloons usually fly at an altitude of 2,500–4,500 feet; travelers who went scuba diving the night before this tour are not allowed admission; travelers who went scuba diving in the morning 1 day before this tour are required to consult a licensed diving instructor about this tour and are responsible for their own health.
  • Admission will not be granted to travelers who are under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or medication; refunds will not be granted under such circumstances.
  • Travelers are advised to wear closed-toe shoes or sneakers; note that high heels are not allowed.
  • Please wear long pants for this tour; skirts are not allowed.
  • The temperature is low in the morning, recommend to bring your own jumper.
  • Travelers are advised to wear outdoor clothing and to avoid wearing white clothes.
  • Travelers are advised to bring sun hats and sunglasses.
  • Please make sure to bring sufficient water.
  • If you are prone to seasickness, kindly arrange for the seasick pill and take it 30 minutes before boarding.
  • Please bring swimming suit, sandals, towel and sunscreen when go to the Great Barrier Reef.
  • DIVING All diving is subject to successful completion of an on-board medical questionnaire. Certain medical conditions (i.e: asthma) and some medications may exclude individuals from diving. The minimum legal age for diving is 12 years. All divers under 18 years of age must have parent/guardian consent. Certified Divers must produce their certification card. Please note: it is recommended to leave at least 12-24 hours between diving & flying with the time period dependent on depth, duration & number of dives.
  • HELICOPTERS Bookings can be made for individuals, however a minimum of 2 pax is required for heli to operate. Flights are subject to pilot’s discretion, weather, air traffic control and availability. 1 x FOC infant (0-2 years) is permitted per flight when mentioned at time of booking – subject to pilot approval. Accurate passenger weights are requested at time of booking for all helicopter passengers. Please note: child age for all heli flights and packages is 3-14 years.


  • Can I bring a camera for the Intro Dive?
    For participants in the Intro Dive who do not hold a scuba diving certification for safety reasons, bringing a camera underwater is strictly not allowed. Participants must have an Open Water Dive License or higher to bring a waterproof camera underwater. However, specific arrangements will be subject to the instructions of the on-board instructors from the boat company. (Snorkeling or booking a second dive on the same day will allow you to take a camera underwater.)
  • What should I be aware when participating deep-sea activities?
    Participation in all deep-sea activities, such as scuba diving, helmet diving, underwater scooter, or other high-intensity activities, requires filling out a health declaration form on the day of departure. After booking, you can request the health reference form from our customer service staff in advance. If your health is deemed unfit for diving or participating in the activities on the day of departure, no refund will be provided.

Cancellation Policy

Free Cancellation if cancel outside 3days. No refund if cancel within 3days.
Noticed: If you would like to cancel, please kindly email us to cancel the tour at least 2 business days prior to this cancellation period. Once cancellation is confirmed, you will receive your refund within 7-28 business days.
Cancellation notification needs to be formally replied receipt by us during our office hours as acknowledgement.

NOTE: FIT TRAVEL would adopt suppliers' cancellation policy. Cancellation fees, if any by the suppliers, will be charged according to the supppliers' cancellation policy ( FIT TRAVEL does not charge additional cancellation fees ).
With this specific product's cancellation policy, the suppliers reserve the right of final interpretation.
If your order only pays the deposit of a product: a, if the product has available seats on the departure date and price and contents are the same as the order you placed, the booking would be confirmed by us without additional notification to you, and the deposit is not refundable. b, if the product has no available seats or price or contents are not the same, we might provide alternative options. If you do not agree with the options, the deposit is refundable.



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