Outer Great Barrier Reef Day Cruise To Reef Magic Pontoon

Benefit from the expert local knowledge of a Cairns family owned company when travelling with Reef Magic Cruises. Only Reef Magic Cruises comfortable high speed catamarans have access to Reef Magic Pontoon, a private outer reef location of the highest quality.

Departing daily from Cairns and reaching speeds of up to 27 knots, travel time is sliced to 90 minutes leaving a full 5 hours at the reef to experience it all. Unique to Reef Magic Cruises, passenger numbers are strictly controlled to well below the vessels capacity ensuring unmatched space, comfort and attentive service.

Whether you want to snorkel the sheltered coral lagoon, go scuba diving (no experience necessary) or stay dry, this Great Barrier Reef tour with Reef Magic Cruises offers all this and more.

Reef Magic Pontoon is an all weather activity platform, featuring an Underwater Observatory, semi-submersible and Glass Bottom Boat coral viewers for those who are not confident swimmers. For a unique experience try a Helmet Dive without getting your hair wet or view it all from above on a Reef scenic Helicopter flight.

Itinerary Options

Additional charges apply for the below options.

Introductory Dive: Friendly instructors provide an introduction of basic skills for first time divers. Includes 1 dive and all equipment.

Certified Dive: A dedicated dive tender takes certified divers on some of the best drifting wall and channel dives available on a day trip from Cairns.

Helmet Diving: The thrill of scuba diving to a depth of 3 metres without getting your hair wet. Great for the non-swimmer.

Conditions for all diving options - Minimum diving age is 12 years and over. All divers under 18 years of age must have parent/guardian consent. All diving is subject to successful completion of an on-board medical questionnaire. Certain medical conditions (ie asthma) and some medications may exclude individuals from diving. It is recommended to leave at least 12-24 hours between diving and flying.

Coral Gardens Snorkel Tour: Includes a guided snorkel tour with a marine biologist, approximately 30 minutes. Suitable for beginner snorkellers.

Adventure Snorkel Safari: Take a 50 minute guided snorkel drift tour with a marine biologist. Suitable for more confident snorkellers who are comfortable in the water.


  • Reef Magic Pontoon - a spacious all weather platform with shelter and shade
  • Easy access snorkel platform for all ages
  • 5 full hours at the Outer Reef
  • Variety of 'dry' activities with Underwater Observatory and semi-submersible viewing
  • Dedicated dive tender for Certified Divers


  • 90 minute transfer on fast catamaran
  • 5 Hours at a private Outer Reef location
  • Morning & Afternoon Tea
  • Complimentary tea, coffee, water
  • Hot & cold tropical buffet lunch
  • All snorkelling equipment
  • Semi-Submersible tours
  • Glass Bottom Boat tours
  • Underwater Observatory
  • Infants safety swimming enclosure
  • Interactive fish feeding and identification session with Marine Biologist
  • All government taxes and levies


Operates: Daily. Does not operate 25 December
Departs: 9.00am from Marlin Marina, Cairns (please head direct to vessel for check in from 8.30am)
Returns: 5.00pm approx
Transfers: are available ex Cairns or ex Northern Beaches accommodation

Additional Info

Children: 0-3 years are free of charge. Children 4-14 years pay the child rate. Please note that children must be 12 years and over for diving.
Operated By: Reef Magic Cruises

Reef Magic Pontoon
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Introductory Divers
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Wally and Kelly
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Semi Sub
Glass Bottom Boat
Channel Diver