A wonderful day on a Great Barrier Reef Pontoon

Visit an all-weather Marine World platform, on a day tour to the heart of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef – this tour is an ideal option for families, snorkelers and non-swimmers. With plenty of optional extra activities available – there’s something for everyone!

Stable platforms provide easy water access, shelter and comfort. With unlimited glass-bottom boat tours, semi-submersible tours and an underwater theatre for viewing, you don’t even have to get wet to witness the magic beneath the waves. This tour is family friendly and disability friendly.

Tour Highlights & Inclusions

  • Up to 5 hours at a fixed, Great Barrier Reef Pontoon on one spectacular Outer Great Barrier Reef location
  • Unlimited Snorkeling. All snorkeling equipment included. Adults, children & babies sizes. Flotation aids provided (snorkel vests & noodles)
  • Semi-Submersible tours with interactive commentary (weather permitting)
  • Glass-Bottom Boat tours with interactive commentary (weather permitting)
  • Underwater Reef Observatory – See the life beneath without getting wet!
  • Marine Biology Talk on voyage to the Great Barrier Reef
  • Fish Feeding Event – View the fish from the deck or in the water as your Marine Biologist conducts a commentated fish feed
  • Designated snorkeling area for added safety plus a separate children’s water enclosure
  • Huge, delicious hot & cold buffet lunch. Morning tea (cakes and muffins) upon arrival to pontoon. Afternoon cheese, biscuits & fruit platter upon departure from pontoon
  • Tee & coffee service all day while stationary
  • German and French speaking crew available to assist international visitors – please request other languages if required and we can advise if this is possible
  • $7.00AUD per person is payable on board for national park fees, reef tax & fuel levies. Please be aware that you will pay this directly on-board the vessel when you check-in

Optional Extras

  • Underwater Digital Camera Hire available onboard and professional photography packages
  • Scenic Helicopter Flights
  • Marine Biologist Guided Snorkel Tour of the reef: Snorkel with an experienced Marine Biologist and learn about the marine life you see on an educational and interactive tour. Beginner Tour or Advanced Tour option
  • Massage therapist at the reef (subject to availability)
  • Scuba Diving for qualified divers (Certified) OR No-experience necessary ‘Resort Scuba Diving’ for beginners –  up to 3 dives available. Subject to medical conditions – see ‘Important Information for Scuba & Sea Walkers’ below
  • Sea Walker (Helmet Diving) Subject to medical conditions – see ‘Important Information for Scuba & Sea Walkers’ below
  • Seabob Tours – jet snorkeling machines (subject to availability)
  • Snack Bar Purchases: Soft drinks, ice cream, chocolate, chips, alcohol etc.
  • Great Barrier Reef souvenirs – T-shirts, hats etc
  • Prescription mask hire for those who require strong optical lenses
  • Bus transfers from your accommodation to and from the Cairns Marina. Please expect to be contacted with your pick-up time for bus transfers

Tour Itinerary

  • 08:00 – Check-in inside Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal building: 1 Spence Street, Cairns. View map to Cairns Marlin Marina
  • 09:00 – Depart Cairns
  • 09.30 – Marine Biology Talk
  • 10:30 – Arrive at Outer Great Barrier Reef Pontoon. Up to 5 hours at the reef to enjoy all the activities on offer. Morning tea is served (cakes & muffins)
  • 12.15-1.30 – Lunch is served
  • 15.00 – Afternoon snacks served (cheese, biscuits & fruit)
  • 15:30 – Depart the Great Barrier Reef Pontoon
  • 17:00 – Arrive back into Cairns Marina

What to Bring

  • Cash or credit card for purchases – Credit Card available for purchases over $10.00AUD. Note: credit card surcharges may apply with tour operators
  • Swimming Clothes, Towel, Hat, Sunglasses, Sun Cream
  • Proof of qualification if you’re a Certified Diver
  • Voucher if applicable

Terms of Tour

  • Please read full Policies, Terms & Conditions prior to booking any tour. Below is a brief overview only
  • Please inform of dietary, food allergies or other special requirements prior to date of travel
  • Please re-confirm your reservation 48 hours prior to travel
  • We require 48 hours to re-schedule a trip subject to availability (see Cancellation Policy)
  • Itineraries, locations and prices are subject to change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances (including weather) but with full consideration for your enjoyment and safety
  • Children prices are for ages 4-14 years. Family prices are for 2 adults + 2 children age 4-14 years
  • Travel and dive insurance are highly recommended. We strongly recommend that all clients have travel insurance covering illness, injury, medical evacuation, loss or damage to personal belongings and not being able to travel on the confirmed date of departure
  • Scuba Diving (applies to both certified and beginner scuba, and sea walker tours):
    • No refunds on uncompleted dives
    • Ages 12+ years for all scuba activities
    • You will be required to complete a medical questionnaire before participating in any scuba activities – SEE ‘Important Information for Scuba & Sea Walkers’ below
  • No alcohol may be consumed prior to in water activities
  • Please remember you need to allow 24 hours from your last dive before flying
  • This website acts as an agent and holds no responsibility for operators or the tours advertised within. Please read the conditions of individual tours, located in the ‘Read Policies’ section at the bottom of each tour information page

Getting There

Check-In for your “Great Barrier Reef Pontoon Day Tour” is inside Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal building: 1 Spence Street, Cairns. View map to Cairns Marlin Marina

Check-In and Boarding commences at 8.00am

Arrive back to Cairns Marina at approximately 5:30pm

Important Information FOR SCUBA DIVING & SEA WALKERS

Certified Scuba Diving, Resort Scuba Diving and Sea Walker (a.k.a Helmet Diving) are Optional Extra Activities

What is a Certified Dive? A Certified Scuba dive is when you have completed an “Open Water” Dive Course or higher and have a divers licence as proof of qualification (generally takes 3 – 4 days to complete)

What is a Resort/Introductory Dive? Resort diving requires no previous scuba experience. Conducted in small groups of 4 guests, under the supervision of an experienced Dive Instructor. Resort dives give beginners an unforgettable Great Barrier Reef experience without having to complete a full scuba diving course.

What is Sea Walker (Helmet Diving)? The easiest way to see the marine life – sea walker requires no previous experience and no swimming ability – all you have to do is breathe and walk! Conducted in small groups on a platform beneath the Pontoon, under supervision. Sea walker gives non-swimmers the option to go diving under the water without any need to swim or even get your head wet, while still being surrounded by fish!

Can anyone go Scuba Diving or Sea Walking? If you are able to swim and are in good physical health you can probably participate. These activities in Australia are subject to medical conditions – this applies to qualified Certified Divers AND beginners. Both past and present, medication and/or health concerns may prevent participation in diving activities (See Medical Conditions). The minimum age for resort diving and sea walker is 12 years.

Queensland Dive Laws are the strictest in the World – with the safest dive record in the world

IMPORTANT Please be aware that some Medical Conditions (past or present) or Medications that are being taken could prevent you from participating in scuba activities. If you wish to partake in a Certified Scuba Dive, Beginner Scuba Dive OR Sea Walker tour, it is the passengers responsibility to ensure they are medically fit to dive. To prevent disappointment on-the day, if you have had any medical condition OR are taking any medication OR have ANY health condition, please contact our friendly team who can advise whether you are required to get an Australian Standards Medical Certificate prior to the day of your trip.

If you are taking any Medications for anything we can check if these are safe for diving with the local accredited Scuba Dive Doctor before your tour and let you know in advance by email if they may prevent you diving. This is necessary as some medications can become dangerous under pressure. These checks may be done within 90 days of your reef trip and are valid as long as there is no change in your medical situation. (Medication checks can also be done on the day of travel, however in some instances it can be difficult for the dive doctor to approve without consultation with you, so it is recommended to check in advance if this will be necessary). On your day of travel, we can only give them the information submitted to us on your medical form so please understand that the Dive Doctor may require a medical consultation to clear you for diving in advance of your trip.

Medical Conditions

If you have EVER suffered from any of the following conditions, you will be required to bring a current dive medical certificate stating that it conforms to Australian Standard ‘AS.4005.1‘ before being allowed to Scuba Dive. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Asthma / Wheezing OR use of an Inhaler even for sports endurance or allergies
  • Brain, spinal cord or nervous disorder (including Epilepsy)
  • Chronic bronchitis, persistent chest complaint or any lung condition
  • Chronic sinus condition
  • Collapsed Lung (pneumothorax)
  • Diabetes
  • Chest Surgery
  • Heart Disease of any kind
  • Any Heart Conditions – past or present
  • Crones Disease
  • Anything that may cause fits, faints or blackouts

If you are CURRENTLY suffering from or have recently had any of the following conditions or procedures, you will be required to bring a current dive medical certificate stating that it conforms to Australian Standard ‘AS. 4005.1‘ before being allowed to Scuba Dive. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Breathlessness
  • High or Low Blood Pressure
  • Chronic ear discharge or infection
  • Ear Surgery
  • Recurrent ear problems when flying
  • Any disease
  • Any illness or operation within the last 3 months
  • Perforated eardrum

**Being pregnant will prohibit you from Scuba Diving**

Please be aware that the above does not cover every medical condition there maybe other medical conditions not listed.

It is not the tour operators decision regarding these laws – they are regulated by the Queensland Government

Please contact our office, if you require further information regarding possible medical conditions

If you have existing or pre-existing medical conditions, operations, taking medication, have used an inhaler then you will need permission from the Dive Doctor to Scuba Dive. If you have any doubts or queries regarding the above, please be proactive and contact our office to avoid disappointment on the day.

Flying after Scuba diving

For a single no decompression scuba dive, you should not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours after a scuba dive. For multiple dives you should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive. If Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning you must wait 24 hours after your dive. We recommend waiting a minimum 24 hours whenever possible

Please read the Policies, Terms & Conditions before booking any tour

Children’s prices are for ages 4-14 years old. Family prices are for 2 adults + 2 children age 4-14 years

**Some medical conditions (past or present), medications and/or health conditions may prevent participation in scuba diving activities

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