Reef Magic Pontoon Outer Great Barrier Reef Day Cruise

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4.73 reviews

Highlights & inclusions

Glass bottom boat & semi-sub tours included
Peak rates from $330 / Off Peak rates from $299
All snorkelling equipment and instruction included
Enjoy a delicious tropical buffet lunch overlooking the reef
Reef Magic pontoon - A floating reef activity platform
5 hours on Cairns newest Pontoon on the Outer Great Barrier Reef
or 4 payments of $82.50 with more info

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Wed, Jul 17, 2024

What you can expect

Discover the many wonders and colours of the Great Barrier Reef with the Cairns Reef Tour .

The tour departs out of Cairns on a safe and secure catamaran, taking you out to Reef Magic's exclusive all-weather Reef Magic pontoon. Here, dive into a stunning coral reef location and discover the diverse marine life. The breathtaking location is a truly once in life time 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

  • Reef Magic 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.
  • All snorkelling equipment
  • On board marine biology presentation
  • Fish feeding and identification session with marine biologist
  • Underwater Observatory
  • Glass bottom boat tour
  • Semi submarine tour
  • Use of sundeck, fresh water showers and changing rooms
  • Morning and Afternoon Tea
  • Hot and Cold buffet lunch
  • Tea and Coffee and drinking water
  • $7 per person administration costs
  • Extras that are not available within the booking cart will be available for purchase on the day of travel
  • Return hotel transfers from Cairns and Northern Beaches. Transfers are available from $30pp, please call us at least 24 hours the day before your tour to book hotel transfers
  • Introductory Scuba Diving
  • Certified Scuba Diving
  • Helmet Diving
  • Snorkel Experience Tour
  • Snorkel Safari Tour
  • Scenic Helicopter Flights
  • Most optional extras attract a discount when pre booking within the booking cart
  • Extras that are not available within the booking cart will be available for purchase on the day of travel
  • 5 hours snorkelling or diving on the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Reef Magic Pontoon - a spacious, floating activity platform providing the best experience for swimmers and non-swimmers
  • All snorkelling equipment provided
  • Spectacular tropical hot and cold buffet lunch
  • Semi-submersible tours
  • Glass bottom boat tours
  • Fish feeding
  • Underwater Observatory
  • Marine biologist presentation on the way out to the reef
  • Exclusive access to stunning coral reef location
  • Fast, stable catamaran providing a smoother ride and reduced travel time
  • Please note seasonal rates apply
  • Off Peak dates: 27th April - 21st June; 12th October - 20th December; 18th January 2024 - 31st March 2025
  • Peak dates: 1st April - 26th April; 22nd June - 11th October; 21st December - 17th January 2025
  • Boarding commences at 8.15am with final boarding at 8.45am from Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal and tour returns at 5pm
  • 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
Terms And Conditions
  • Tours are weather dependent and may need to be cancelled or rescheduled at short notice. In the rare event we deem the weather too bad to travel and you are unable to reschedule, a full refund will be provided
  • Local ID: Valid local photographic ID must be provided at check-in or you will be asked to pay the difference in price. Passengers must live between Townsville and Cooktown to qualify
  • Local rates are only available when booking directly with the operator
Booking Information
  • For more information, contact Reef Magic on +61 7 4031 1588
  • 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, Reef Magic contact details are 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 us within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
  • Transfers are available from $30pp, please call us on +61 7 4031 1588 at least 24 hours the day before your tour to book hotel transfers

Recent reviews

4.73 reviews

Absolutely amazing experience. 100% recommend this trip.

Absolutely amazing experience. My husband and I did this trip and would 100% recommend it. We got to play with a Wally the Wrass, scuba dive, snorkel spend time in the underwater observatory, lunch included was great and the team were amazing and knowledgeable.

Corinne Luckie about 1 year ago

Great for families! Lots of activities! But really crowded.

The trip on the boat to the pontoon was straight forward. We booked the beginner diving experience. And the briefing was done on the boat which was good to spend time on the boat and be free to snorkel once on the pontoon. All equipment is included in the experience and it was good fun to get in the water and see the Great Barrier Reef. It’s definitely a good experience for families as it allows too manage the kids while adults take turns in different activities, and there’s plenty of time on the pontoon. However, overall there’s too many families and too many people in the pontoon. Food is decent.

Federico Povellato over 1 year ago

The Great Barrier Reef is as amazing as it looks!

The day was nice, we had plenty of time to swim around but also to just enjoy the place. The tour guides were very attentive, the tour offers various activities even ones friendly to people not very comfortable on swimming, They also provide the snorkeling gear including the wetsuits.

Rafael Nunes about 3 years ago