Great Barrier Reef Pontoon Cairns – the perfect base for both swimmers and non-swimmers alike!

Our Great Barrier Reef Pontoon Cairns day tour takes you to an activity platform permanently stationed on the Outer Great Barrier Reef – an ideal base for any visitor to the GBR.

During three hours at the pontoon, you can enjoy snorkelling, scuba diving, scuba doo, an underwater observatory, a semi-submersible coral reef viewing tour, and a guided eco reef talk. This pontoon tour has heaps to do for those who don’t want to get their hair wet and still offers a range of underwater activities as well!



Our day begins at 9:30 when check-in commences at the Great Adventures Reservations Counter inside the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal.

At 10:30, our vessel departs. We enjoy a selection of cakes while heading for the Outer Great Barrier Reef via Green Island, and watch a presentation of the Reef on the vessel’s monitors. A snorkelling demonstration by the crew gets our underwater explores, ready to jump in the water upon arrival.

At 12:30, we arrive at the activity platform, pontoon! From here, our reef activities commence. Passengers are free to enjoy a range of underwater and above-water activities: snorkelling directly from the platform, a semi-submersible coral viewing tour that departs every 30 minutes and visit the underwater observatory for coral and fish viewing. Optional, additional cost activities also commence, such as introductory or certified scuba diving, guided snorkel tours, Scuba-Doo, or scenic helicopter flights.

From 13:00-14:30, a yummy hot and cold buffet lunch are available for passengers to fill up on before getting back to more reef activities. Otherwise, relax on the sundeck and take in the views!

A blast of the ship’s horn at 16:30 signals it’s time to return to the vessel before departing back to Cairns via Green Island. Enjoy complimentary cheese and biscuits before arriving back to the Cairns Marina at 17:30.



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