Shore Excursion Details

Great Barrier Reef Adventure

Cairns (Yorkey’s Knob), Australia

Great Barrier Reef Adventure


  • 7
    hrs Estimate Duration
  • Family Recommended
  • Meal
  • Limited Accessibility
  • Age

Experience a full day adventure visiting the world's richest marine habitat - Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

It's a short walk to where your fast catamaran awaits to transfer you directly from Cairns to the Marine World activity platform. After approximately 90-minutes, you will arrive at one of the most pristine, accessible and versatile Outer Great Barrier Reef sites available. Your reef experience will provide you with approximately 3 hours at a pontoon over the reef. During your time on the platform, you can choose from several activities included in your package.

Step aboard a semi-submersible ride to view colorful fish and intricate coral reef gardens. The inviting aquamarine waters are sure to provide a tempting attraction for those wishing to snorkel (mask, snorkel, fins and flotation device provided). Optional scuba diving and special escorted snorkeling tours are available at an extra charge, as well as an assortment of souvenirs. Your pontoon conveniently offers an underwater viewing chamber so that you may view the beautiful coral and the magnificent array of fish without getting wet.

The Marine World platform has a spacious lower deck, with ample undercover seating, large easy access snorkel decks, an Underwater Reef Viewing Observatory and a children's safety swimming enclosure. The ultimate in comfort, Marine World also features a spacious upper sundeck with sun lounges (including shaded areas for summer), and access to fresh water showers and changing rooms. Reef life is located just meters away from the platform, making Marine World suitable for all age groups and swimming abilities from the novice snorkeler to the most discerning diver.

Complementing your day aboard, you will be treated to morning and afternoon tea, as well as a hot/cold buffet lunch. Other optional refreshments and a licensed bar are available for an additional cost.

Following what will surely be an unforgettable day at one of the World's greatest natural treasures, you will retrace your route back to Cairns and your awaiting ship.

Need to Know:

Note: Tour is subject to weather/tidal conditions. Seas can be rough during the approximately 90-minutes catamaran transfer; guests prone to seasickness should take preventive measures. Although boat transfer is exclusive for our guests if minimum participation is met, the pontoon might not always be. Tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair and a companion to assist them.

Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their own level of ability. Comfortable clothing, swimwear, towel, proper sun protection (water resistant SPF 30+), rubber soled or reef shoes are recommended. This tour is designated as non-smoking.

Guests must follow safety procedures outlined by staff members while participating in any of the reef activities. Those taking part in any swimming activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. Consumption of alcohol before or during water activities is not recommended. Those who participate in water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility and must know how to swim, be comfortable in the water and able to cope with occasional currents.

Wetsuits and diving equipment are available for rent on site. Certified divers must bring C-Card & Log Book. All diving is subject to successful completion of a medical questionnaire. Certain medical conditions (asthma, epilepsy, high blood pressure or certain medications) may exclude individuals from diving. The minimum age for diving is 12 years. Wildlife sightings, although likely, cannot be guaranteed.

Do not bring valuable items as there are limited security lockers available in the catamaran and pontoon. It is suggested that you bring along a credit card or Australian cash should you wish to purchase any optional items.

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Excursion Type:

Wildlife Tours

Activity Level:

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Tours with this activity level involve physical exertion for extended periods of time; can involve uneven or steep terrain or swimming in a light current. Recommended only for physically fit and adventurous travelers.
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