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RM - Outer Barrier Reef Pontoon

Rate Option Adults Children Infants Families Extras
Cruise $213.00 $103.00 N/A $529.00 $7.00
Cruise + 1 Intro Dive $338.00 $228.00 N/A N/A $7.00
Cruise + 2 Intro Dives $413.00 $303.00 N/A N/A $7.00
Cruise + 1 Helmet Dive $338.00 $228.00 N/A N/A $7.00
PRE BOOKED SPECIAL: Cruise + 2 Certified Dives $288.00 $178.00 N/A $829.00 $7.00
PRE BOOKED SPECIAL: Cruise + 10 Minute Helicopter Scenic Flight $341.00 $236.00 N/A $1,107.00 $7.00
Cruise / Fly $485.00 $485.00 N/A N/A $7.00
Fly / Cruise $485.00 $485.00 N/A N/A $7.00
Fly / Fly $880.00 $880.00 N/A N/A $7.00

Inclusions: 5 Full Hours at the Outer Great Barrier Reef, Morning and Afternoon Teas, Full Hot and Cold Buffet Lunch, Unlimited Snorkelling with all Equipment and Instruction, Semi-Submersible and Glass Bottom Boat Tour with Interactive Commentary, Underwater Observatory with Fish Feeding and Identification, Marine Biologist presentation

EXTRA:  $7 per person EMC reef levy payable on the day of travel.

Cruise/Fly or Fly/Cruise Package:  Includes the above standard inclusions + 25 minute scenic helicopter transfer flight from Cairns to Pontoon or from Pontoon back to Cairns. Children charged from age 3-14yrs.

Fly/Fly Package:  Includes the above standard inclusions + 25 minute heli transfer to and 25 minute heli transfer from pontoon.  Children charged from age 3-14yrs.

Optional Extras: Return transfers $18 per person from Cairns & Northern Beaches $22 pp

Marine World Cruise - Children: Aged 4-14 years.

Family Rate: 2 adults + 2 children.

** Weight restrictions apply for helicopter flights.

Rates valid until 31st March 2019.

Prices are shown in Australian dollars and include GST. Prices subject to change without notice.

This company travels with the lowest passengers numbers of all the pontoon trips to the reef. Although licenced to carry 300 passengers they cap their numbers at only 190, which ensures unmatched space and comfort on their platform.

A fantastic day on the reef, suitable for all types of people with different requirements, especially good for groups and families with younger children or nervous/non swimmers.  The pontoon is situated on the eastern end of Moore Reef and is a purpose built double story platform. Features include a spacious lower deck with ample undercover seating, an upper sundeck with sun lounges, lockers, fresh water showers and change rooms.

Of the 3 platforms accessible from Cairns, this company offers the most amount of time at the pontoon, a total of five (5) hours. A large twin hulled catamaran travels to the Outer Reef in 90 minutes and moores against a fixed pontoon. From the pontoon there is easy access into the water that has a large roped off snorkelling area with rest stations to hang on to for those who are not strong or confident in the water.  The friendly crew will assist & guide you, and free snorkel lessons are available for those with little or no experience.  The snorkel site is well supervised and swimming aids plus flotation devices are available.  A kids safety swimming enclosure is available for the little ones.

This pontoon offers a glass bottom boat and semi submersible free of charge. Or you can choose from guided snorkel tours, certified diving, introductory diving, massage treatments, helicopter tours and helmet diving all for an additional charge. After lunch you can photograph or video the fish feeding session or you may want to enjoy the excitement of being in the water and having the fish swim around you to get to their food.

The journey out and in includes morning and afternoon tea.  At the pontoon a full hot and cold buffet lunch is provided.  If you have a highly specialised dietary requirement please mention this at the time of booking.

Check in: 8.00-8.30am Reef Fleet Terminal

Departs Cairns: 9.00am

Returns Cairns: 5.00pm

Standard Inclusions:

  • All snorkelling equipment including personal flotation devices in adult & child sizes
  • On board Marine Biology presentation/talk en-route to the reef
  • Semi-submersible boat tour with interactive commentary
  • Glass bottom boat tour with interactive commentary
  • Fish feeding and identification session with the Marine Biologist
  • Childrens swimming enclosure
  • Use of sundeck, fresh water showers and change rooms
  • Morning & afternoon tea
  • Full hot & cold buffet lunch with vegetarian options
  • Tea, coffee and drinking water is available free of charge throughout the day
  • Access to reference materials on the reef
  • German & French speaking crew are available to assist international visitors
  • Free Wi-Fi onboard

Optional Activities:

  • Guided Snorkel Tour (30 mins) - Adults: $35 pp / Child: $25pp / Family $120

Join a guided snorkel tour for a relaxed and educational introduction to the reef.  This optional tour is conducted in a shallow, bright and sheltered coral lagoon directly off the pontoon.

  • Guided Snorkel Safari (50 mins) - Adults: $45 pp / Child $35pp / Family $160

Join a guided snorkel safari and explore reef further away from the Platfrom via the dedicated snorkel tender boat.  Drift snorkel one of the spectacular Reef Walls (weather permitting).  This optional tour is suited to those that are comfortable in the water with good snorkelling abilities.

  • 5 minute Helicopter Flight - $113pp

From the moment you "lift off" enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the amazing Great Barrier Reef.

  • 10 minute Helicopter Flight - $189pp

Experience the limits during this 10 minute helicopter flight - climbing up to 3000ft (weather permitting).  You will have soaring views of the reef, islands and sandy cays.

  • Certified Diving - 1st Dive: $75pp (pre-book the 2 Cert Diver Package and get your 2nd dive free)

The specialised dive tender boat takes you away from the platform to a selection of drift, wall and channel dives including swim throughs, small caves and drop off's.  These are private locations only accessible to Marine World's visitors so you are ensured a unique dive experience. 

  • Introductory Dive - 1 Dive: $125 pp / 2 Dives: $200pp

No experience necessary!  Experience the thrill of scuba diving for the very first time from the safe, controlled environment on the Marine World Platfrom.  Minimum age 12 years.

  • Helmet Diving - 1st Dive: $125pp

Enjoy a unique underwater experience exploring to a depth of 3m without even getting your hair wet.  Perfect for the non-swimmer.

*  Diving is subject to medical checklist.  Minimum age is 12 years.  After diving, intervals of 12-24 hours hours are recommended prior to flying dependant on depth of dives and accured total dive time.

  • Seabob Jet Experience - $125pp

Fancy trying out the coolest underwater jet in the world? The SEABOB has finally arrived in Australia and you be amongst the fist in the nation to experience the most exciting , adrenaline-packed way to see the reef. Glide silently both on and under the water, using simple body movements to control this sleek, powerful highly environmentally friendly machine.


PRE-BOOKED Packages:

(Packages include Cruise Fare/Standard Inclusions)


  • Marine World + 2 Certified Diver Package - Adult: $288pp / Child: $178pp / Family: $829
  • **$7pp EMC levy extra. 

  • Marine World + 10 minute Helicopter Flight - Adult: $341pp / Child: $236pp / Family: $1107
  • *$7pp EMC levy is extra.
  • Fly/Cruise or Cruise/Fly - $485pp  *$7pp EMC levy is extra

           Fly/Cruise departs 10.25am / Returns 5.00pm

           Cruise/Fly Departs 9.00am / Returns 3.30pm.

  • Fly/Fly - $880pp   *$7pp EMC levy is extra.
  • Departs 10.25am / Returns 3/30pm


** Fly/Cruise and Cruise/Fly includes a one way 25 minute scenic helicopter flight to or from the platform.  Fly/Fly includes return helicopter flight transfers to and from the platform.  Helicopter child age - charges from 3 years-14 years.



** CHRISTMAS DAY SURCHARGE - $40 per adult and $30 per child surcharge applies to anyone travelling on Christmas Day.

This company also offers a 2 Day package combining Outer Barrier Reef Tour and Kuranda All Inclusive Tour.  Please visit the link below for more information:

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