Outer Reef Pontoon Experience from Cairns

Outer Reef Pontoon Experience from Cairns

8 hours Cairns City, Australia

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Travel by air-conditioned catamaran from Cairns Marina to our Moore Reef Pontoon on the Outer Great Barrier Reef, perfectly positioned and equipped for you to explore this reef that is teeming with colourful coral and fascinating fish.

Spend 4 hours exploring the reef by taking advantage of the free inclusions such as unlimited glass bottom boat & semi-submersible tours, an ocean kid's enclosed pool, all snorkelling equipment, underwater observatory, marine life touch tank & fish feeding and a buffet lunch.
The pontoon also features a sundeck to relax in the sun and look out over the turquoise waters in between activities. That's also where you'll find the waterslide - the only theme park waterslide on the reef!

Dial up the adventure and add on optional extras like include Introductory or Certified diving, Seawalker Helmet dive, Guided Snorkel Safari or even a Scenic helicopter flight.

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Stop At: Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Queensland Australia

Sunlover's Marine Base at Moore Reef on the Outer Great Barrier Reef is teeming with colourful coral and abundant marine life in every colour of the rainbow.

Duration: 4 hours

Pass By: Fitzroy Island, Fitzroy Island, Queensland

On our Moore Reef Daily experience we make a brief stop enroute and on the way back from the reef to pick up and drop off passengers.

Fitzroy Island is favourite trip for Cairns' locals with 99% of its landscape covered in lush tropical rainforest as well as granite outcrops, open woodlands, mangroves and coral beaches.

Learn more about the marine life of the Great Barrier Reef with a visit to Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre or the Reef Restoration coral nursery, take a bushwalk to the Summit or Lighthouse, snorkel straight off the beach or simply relax on the sandy shores of the famous Nudey Beach - voted the best beach in Australia.

Inquire about our Fitzroy Island Transfers, which give you 6 hours to explore this paradise. Or, for the ultimate tropical island and reef experience combine it with a Moore Reef Daily cruise and save.


  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Glass bottom boat and Semi-Submersible tours (unlimited)
  • Sunlover waterslide and spacious sun deck
  • Great Barrier Reef and fish feeding presentations by our marine experts
  • Underwater observatory and ocean enclosed pool
  • Lunch - Served Buffet. Please advise of any dietary requirements
  • Coffee and/or Tea - While the vessel is stationary
  • WiFi on board
  • Fresh water showers and change rooms
  • Environmental Management Charge (EMC)
  • Entry/Admission - Great Barrier Reef


  • Additional cost: Wetsuit and prescription snorkel mask
  • Snacks - Additional cost: food & drink from the bar
  • Additional cost: Guided Snorkel Tour, Intro or Certified Diving, Seawalker Helmet Dive, Heli Filghts
  • Additional cost: professional photos or camera hire
  • Additional cost: Secure lockers
  • Additional Cost: Hotel Transfers can be added directly with Sunlover

Departure Point

1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 12 years for SCUBA diving and Seawalker Helmet dive
  • Please ensure you bring your dive certification for Certified SCUBA dives
  • All dives are subject to an on board medical checklist, please contact us for more information.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 308 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands


316 Reviews

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SteveR1720 October 2021

Fantastic trip with plenty to do and see. Friendly staff, good food and enough to keep you occupied. The best snorkeling I’ve experienced anywhere on the Great Barrier Reef.

samantha_f October 2021

Snorkelling the Barrier Reef was amazing. We loved the semi-submersible and the glass bottom boat. The staff were extremely friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.

Nicola_T October 2021

Amazing - honestly one of the best experiences we as a family have experienced. The water was crystal clear - an abundance of marine life including turtles. Right from the beginning of the day - the crew were so friendly and funny. The captain of the vessel was so professional. The pontoon was next level AMAZING. We didn’t want to stop snorkelling so we chose not to do the sub experience…. We didn’t want to waste a single moment. The food was lovely - catering to our fussy eaters. We would recommend this tour to everyone…….

Jillyg65 October 2021

What an amazing day . So well organised . Wonderful, friendly staff . Luke Smith was especially helpful. Pontoon was great. Kids LOVED the slide . Lunch was really good . Great choice . Highly recommend

Andrew_D October 2021

The crew were attentive and made sure our needs were catered to. Our dive master (Matt) was exceptional to the extent that I felt 100% at ease with him looking after my son for a 2nd dive alone with Matt. Very friendly, empathetic and knowledgeable. The facilities were excellent and overall we felt completely safe and comfortable in being out of our comfort zone. Back end booking, and admin staff first rate... friendly and efficient.

Adrian_B October 2021

The whole day was excellent had a great day on the reef and the food was very nice and the staff were very friendly and helpful

Shelley_B October 2021

This tour good if you have small children if you have older children or no children pick one of the other smaller tours on the smaller boats for a better experience. There were far too many small children on this tour which impacted the experience.

Bridget_C October 2021

We did this with kids and friends and it was a great day for everyone. We felt safe at all times and loved the relaxed feel while still constantly doing something. I'd happily go again.

Tamara_C September 2021

Fantastic staff!!!! Lovely food. Great to have the glass bottom boat and semi submergable for older people who don't snorkel

Victoria_G September 2021

Highly recommend this tour. The staff were all lovely and it offered so many activities. The snorkelling was amazing! Great for families or people unsure if they want to swim as they have the semi-submersible and glass bottom boat as well.

douglas_s September 2021

Diving and seeing sea cucumber and turtle
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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