Reef Magic Great Barrier Reef Pontoon Cruise

Departs TUE & THU & SUN
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  • Book
  • Package
  • Optional
$239.00 $223.00
Child(4-14 years)
$119.00 $111.00
$597.00 $556.00
Cruise+10mins Magic Heli Adventure(Adult)
$388.00 $361.00
Cruise+Magic Heli Adventure(Child3-14 years)
$268.00 $250.00
Return Cruise/Fly from Cairns
$499.00 $465.00
Return Fly/Fly from Cairns
$898.00 $836.00
Introductory Diving(12yrs+)
$139.00 $130.00
Certified Dive
$89.00 $83.00
SeaTREK Helmet Diving(12yrs+)
$139.00 $130.00
Guided Coral Gardens Snorkel Tour(Adult)
$40.00 $38.00
Guided Coral Gardens Snorkel Tour(Child4-14 years)
$30.00 $28.00
Adventure Snorkel Safari(Adult)
$50.00 $47.00
Adventure Snorkel Safari(Child4-14 years)
$40.00 $38.00
10 mins Magic Heli Adventure
$199.00 $186.00

Tour Information

May - June Special
Departs before 25 June and save!!

Tours depart daily. Meet at 8:30am at the vessel and return at 5pm

Discover the many wonders and colours of the Great Barrier Reef with this great value Cairns Reef Tour to popular activity platform Marine World! The tour departs out of Cairns on a safe and secure catamaran, taking you out to Reef Magic Cruises' exclusive all-weather Marine World 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.


  • 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

Optional Activities

Don't know if diving is for you? We understand many people are nervous about diving for the first time – that’s normal. Therefore, we offer a unique no obligation “try before you buy” intro dive! Try on the gear, get in the water and run through the basic skills with your instructor. If you decide diving is not for you, that’s fine, at least you gave it a go and we won’t charge you for the experience. Of course if you like it, let’s go diving!

Introductory Diving
No experience necessary. All equipment supplied including wetsuit & souvenir dive certificate to hang on your wall. The Marine World platform provides a safe, controlled environment perfect for the novice diver. Stairs lead into a sheltered “moon-pool” where you will spend time practicing some basic scuba skills in shallow water before heading off on your dive. Group size is kept small with a maximum of 4 divers per instructor (less if nervous divers) so you know you are in safe hands.
Certified Diving
Reef Magic Cruises are renowned for offering some of the best certified diving on the Great Barrier Reef. With Marine World as your base our dedicated dive tender takes you to a selection of drift, wall & channel dives including swim through, small caves, ledges & drop off’s. These are private locations only accessible to Marine World visitors so you are ensured a unique dive experience.With 5 hours actual reef time we can offer up to 3 completely different dives in a day. All dives are professionally guided for your safety and enjoyment.
SeaTREK Helmet Diving
SeaTREK is a guided underwater walking tour designed for non-swimmers and guests aged 12 to 65. Experience the thrill of helmet diving face-to-face with friendly marine life right here at Moore Reef. No diving experience required, so you can experience the thrill of Scuba Diving without getting your hair wet.
Guided Coral Gardens Snorkel Tour
Perfect for the beginner snorkeller. Join our Marine Naturalist in small groups and learn more about the reef. Explore our sheltered coral lagoon with expert snorkelling assistance and instruction available at all times.
Adventure Snorkel Safari
Suitable for snorkellers who are comfortable in the water, you have the opportunity to explore even further utilising our dedicated snorkel boat.Drift snorkel the spectacular outer reef wall with our Marine Biologist. The extensive coral formations and HUGE schools of fish have to be seen to be believed!
Magic Heli Adventure
10 minutes flying time from Marine WorldExperience the limits – climb to 3,000ft and experience soaring views of the reef, islands and sand cays. Spot Turtles, Sharks, Manta Rays and more.
Coach Transfers
Available for just $18 per adult & $9 per child return from all Cairns City accommodation and $22 per adult & $11 per child from all Northern Beaches accommodation. Pick-up time will be notified at time of booking. Sole use charter coaches are a cost effective alternative for groups of 20 or more passengers. Price on application.

Tour Inclusive

  • 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 lunch packs
  • Tea and Coffee and drinking water
  • Reef Levy

Tour Exclusive

  • Private consumption
  • Travel insurance (can be purchased from FIT Travel)
  • Extras : Introductory Scuba Diving, Certified Scuba Diving, Helmet Diving, Guided Snorkel tours, Scenic Helicopter Flights


  • Meet at 8:30am at the vessel. There will be crew on the wharf to help guide you to your vessel.
  • lease arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time with your booking confirmation ready.
  • Please downloaded the Check In QLD app prior to arrival at Marlin Marina, Cairns.
  • There is no parking at the Reef Fleet Terminal. Metered outdoor street parking is available near the terminal and in the Esplanade Lagoon carpark. The Pier shopping complex also provides undercover car parking. It’s only a few minutes on foot to the Reef Fleet Terminal from both of these locations.




  • The itinerary is quoted in Australian dollars (AUD).
  • Minimum numbers apply for tours to proceed, we will let you know at the time of booking if this might affect your tour.
  • Prices listed on this site are per person, unless otherwise specified.
  • Prices advertised include GST.
  • Tours and pricing are subject to change without notice.
  • In line with government regulations due to Covid-19, guests will now be served gourmet lunch packs and individual servings of morning and afternoon tea.
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements.
  • By law, the minimum age to dive is 12 years. Anyone under 18 years will need a parent or guardians permission.
  • All Diving is subject to successful completion of an on-board medical questionnaire. Please answer the following questions on your past and present status with a YES or NO. If you are not sure, answer YES. If any of these items apply to you, we must request that you consult with a physician PRIOR to participating in scuba diving. If medical is failed on board no refund will be given. It can be downloaded here.
  • Please note, certain medical conditions (i.e. asthma, epilepsy, high blood pressure or certain medications) may exclude individuals from diving. Please check when booking or email us with any questions or concerns.
    Certified Divers must produce their certification card

What To Bring

  • Swimmers
  • Towel
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Change of clothes
  • Extra cash or credit card for onboard purchases

Q & A

  • How long is the boat ride to the reef?
    Our fast, stable motor catamaran delivers you to the Outer Reef in only 90 minutes leaving more of your day to enjoy the reef.
  • What is the itinerary for the day?
    Check-in commences inside the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, at 08:00. Our vessel departs Cairns Marlin Jetty at 09:00 arriving at the reef by 10:30, leaving the reef at 15:30 and arriving back in Cairns by 17:00.
  • How long do we spend at the reef?
    You will have 5 hours to explore the reef which is up to 2 hours longer than similar Outer Reef Cruises. You can snorkel in our sheltered coral lagoon, join a guided snorkel tour, try an Introductory Scuba Dive, climb aboard a spectacular Scenic Helicopter Flight, take a Semi-Submersible tour (twice if you like) enjoy lunch and still have time to relax on the sundeck with a cool drink! You have time to do as much or as little as you like without the rush. Most guests will have travelled a long way to visit the Great Barrier Reef and with so much to see and do it is not something you want to hurry.
  • Where is the Marine World platform located?
    The Marine World platform is located at a private Outer Reef Location on the pristine north eastern end of Moore Reef. Located approximately 45km’s offshore from Cairns this site is far enough from coastal rivers, streams and sandy beaches to ensure clear ocean waters and maximum underwater visibility in a range of weather conditions.
  • Is the reef better from Cairns or Port Douglas?
    This depends more on the actual reef site visited rather than the departure point. Both Cairns & Port Douglas locations have professional operators with access to world class snorkel and dive sites. Marine World is one of the most highly regarded sites available anywhere in the region and departs ex Cairns.
  • Where will I generally find the best quality reef – the Outer Reef, a Sand Cay or Tropical Island?
    There are a range of reef options available however if you only experience the reef once you will want to see it at it’s best. While Sand Cays and Islands offer a reef experience of sorts, Outer Reef locations such as Marine World are chosen by those wanting superior coral quality, colour and overall diversity of reef life. Located further off-shore away from coastal rivers and streams, Outer Reef locations are found in clean coral sea water with higher coral densities and less sediment (sand) resulting in maximum water clarity in all weather conditions.
  • So what is the reef like where we go? Is there noticeable bleaching or damage?
    The Marine World site is highly regarded as one of the best quality coral reef locations in the region. Recent independent research from Reef Check Australia has reported no noticeable bleaching on the Marine World site, high hard coral concentrations and a site of excellent overall health. Tropical cyclones and storms or higher than average summer temperatures can effect the extent of bleaching but are a natural part of the reef life cycle. Reef Magic Cruises & Marine World are endorsed with Advanced Eco-Accreditation from Eco-Tourism Australia.
  • What is the temperature of the water?
    December-February 29c, 83fMarch-May 25c, 76fJune-August 22c, 72fSeptember-November 25c, 76f
  • I normally wear glasses or contact lenses. Can I wear these under my mask?
    Depending on the strength of your glasses a standard snorkel/dive mask may be sufficient as they magnify objects underwater by around 25%. Glasses cannot be worn under a mask however prescription masks are available for hire for just $5/day and suit short sighted individuals (trouble with far away objects). Masks range in magnification from -1.5 to -8.0. A $100 deposit is required for prescription masks which is cheerfully refunded when the mask is returned in one piece. We do not carry positive (+) magnification masks.Contact lenses can be worn snorkeling however please note some water may get into your mask. Gas permeable contact lenses are suitable for scuba diving however a prescription mask is preferable.
  • How deep is the water?
    The area directly off the snorkel platform opens into clear, shallow snorkeling lagoon of only 4-5 meters, prefect for the beginner snorkeler. During low tide the reef can often break the surface of the water.The Marine World Outer Reef Wall is a renowned dive location by local dive enthusiasts and keen snorkelers and reaches depths of over 30m.


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