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Ultimate Great Barrier Reef Cruise with Marine World Pontoon

4.7 / 5

72 reviews

Ultimate Great Barrier Reef Cruise with Marine World Pontoon

From US$ 172.71 per person

This reef cruise has exclusive access to a stunning coral reef location selected for it’s superior water clarity, coral quality and overall diversity of marine life.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • Enjoy the largest range of activities on the reef including semi-sub, glass bottom boat, snorkeling and more
  • Venture to the outer reef: where the reef is the healthiest and the water the clearest
  • See exotic fish and marine life and learn about the vast underwater ecosystem from qualified on-board marine biologists and a multilingual crew
  • Make the most of your day with 5 hours at the reef and quick travel time of only 90 minutes
  • Feast on a delicious buffet for lunch including fresh seafood
Full description
Depart direct from Cairns on a fast, stable catamaran providing a smoother ride and reduced travel time, leaving more of your day to experience the magic of the Great Barrier Reef.  The all-weather Marine World platform caters for all activity levels. Snorkel in the sheltered coral lagoon, join a marine biologist on a guided snorkel safari, “go beyond snorkeling®” and try SNUBA®! the latest activity on the reef or a traditional scuba dive (no experience necessary). Not a confident swimmer? then stay dry and view the reef from the semi-submersible reef viewer, glass bottom boat or underwater observatory, try a Helmet Dive for a scuba-style experience without getting your hair wet, or soar above it all on a spectacular Reef Scenic Helicopter Flight. With 5 hours at the reef there is time to do it all. If simply relaxing & soaking up the tropical warmth is more your style then take time out the spacious sundeck. 
  • All snorkeling equipment, wetsuit and Lycra suit
  • Semi Submersible tour, Glass Bottom Boat and Underwater Reef Viewing Observatory
  • Fish feeding and identification session with Marine Biologist
  • Infants safety swimming enclosure & dedicated snorkel supervisor
  • Morning, afternoon tea, refreshments and delicious chef-prepared buffet lunch
  • Environmental Management Charge ($7.00 AUD per person, payable at check in)
  • Additional activities (diving, SNUBA etc)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

Check-in inside Cairns Marlin Marina, 1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Sun hat
  • Towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Change of clothes

Not allowed

  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • All diving is subject to completion of an onboard medical questionnaire. Certain medical conditions, (ie: asthma, epilepsy, high blood pressure) or medications may exclude individuals from diving. Please check when booking
  • The minimum age to dive is 12 years with parent/guardian permission required. Certified Divers must produce their certification card
  • After diving, intervals of 12-24 hours are recommended prior to flying depending on depths of dives and accrued dive time
  • All helicopter rates are per person. Child age is 3-14 years for all helicopter options. Minimum passengers required per flight. Flights and routes flown and aircraft type used are subject to weather, air traffic control, aircraft availability, passenger loads and ultimately the pilots discretion. Maximum of one infant permitted per flight. Maximum combined passenger weight limits apply
  • What to bring: Swimmers, towel, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, camera, cash ($AUD) or credit card (Visa/MasterCard)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 72 reviews

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Such an incredible experience! Highly recommended and the staff are all lovely, professional & knowledgeable about the reef and the sea animals. We didn’t expect that we would be so close to the animals and the reef so that was a welcomed surprise. The boat ride on the way there can get a little bumpy so I would recommend taking some sea sickness tablets if you aren’t good on boats.

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June 2, 2021

I chose to choose SNUBA on the boat. The activity would last for 45 minutes but they did not ... a little too much people on the boat so everything was very stressful. But well down in the water, incredible! To see all the fish and the fine corals! You could also go for a little boat trip where you sat under the water and there were glass windows all around.

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December 28, 2019

A good day, quite a journey which is fine if you don’t get sea sick. The equipment which they provide is fit for purpose. The area which you snorkel in has variations of coral, shallow and deep, which is perfect! We were wary of this as other reviews said the area wasn’t big enough but we found it fine! The staff were helpful but a lot of up selling does happen, which can be quiet annoying! We opted to go for the snorkel safari with the marine biologist which was an extra $100! We were taken to another part of the reef which is very deep and was extremely choppy. The marine biologist talked us through some different fish and coral which is interesting but it did get quite boring. We thought the coral which you explored yourself was better as it was shallower and you could see more. Food was great, better than we expected. Overall, a fab day :)

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December 20, 2019

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