Great Barrier Reef Adventure

Great Adventures offers guests a fantastic way to experience the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef! Depart Cairns onboard a modern, comfortable high speed catamaran and cruise across the ocean while you relax before arriving at Great Adventures multi level pontoon. On this Great Barrier Reef cruise you escape into a world of surprises and experience the breathtaking beauty of the most spectacular coral gardens and marine life on the outer reef.

Situated on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef, the pontoon features undercover seating and tables to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, full bar facilities, sun deck, a swimming enclosure for children, change rooms with freshwater showers, snorkel and scuba diving facilities with a semi-submerged platform. If you choose not to swim or snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef, you can stay dry and still embrace the natural wonderland below in the underwater observatory or from the comfort of the semi-submersibles. This Great Barrier Reef Day Tour from Cairns is a great day out as a couple, family or with friends.


From 9.30am: Check-in at Great Adventures reservations counter inside the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal to obtain your boarding pass

10.00am: Vessel boarding. Complimentary tea and coffee served on board vessel until departure

10.30am: Depart Reef Fleet Terminal for the Outer Great Barrier Reef platform via Green Island

11.20am: Morning tea cake selection served on outward journey from Green Island

During your journey to the reef, a reef presentation is shown on the vessel's monitors. Snorkelling demonstration by crew

12.30pm: Arrive at Great Barrier Reef Platform. Free time to enjoy activities. Semi-submersible tour departs every 30 minutes or as advised

Snorkel directly from the platform. Collect your snorkel gear and buoyancy vests once on the platform

Underwater observatory is open throughout the day for coral and fish viewing

1.00pm -2.30pm: Buffet lunch served

3.30pm: Re-board vessel

3.45pm: Depart Great Barrier Reef Platform

5.30pm: Arrive at Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal


  • 3 hour at the Great Barrier Reef Pontoon
  • Coral viewing from the semi submersible craft
  • Guided eco reef walk


  • Morning and afternoon tea & coffee served until departure and at the pontoon
  • Return air-conditioned fast catamaran
  • Reef education presentation
  • Use of snorkelling equipment and buoyancy vests
  • Hot & cold buffet lunch
  • Underwater observatory


Departs: 10.30am daily from Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal. Check in from 9.30am
Returns: 5.30pm
Transfers: Coach transfers are also available from Cairns & northern beaches including Palm Cove, Clifton Beach, Kewarra Beach, Trinity Beach , Yorkeys Knob and Holloways Beach

Additional Info

Children: 0-3 years are free of charge. Children 4-14 are charged at the child rate
What to Bring: Hat, towel, sun block, swimming costume, cash or credit card for souvenirs or optional extras
Operated by: Great Adventures

Reef Tour
Reef Tour - Snorkelling
Reef Tour - Snorkelling
Reef Tour - Snorkelling
Reef Tour - Diving
Reef Tour - Marine Life
Reef Tour - Pontoon Platform
Reef Tour - Pontoon Platform