Outer Great Barrier Reef Day Cruise

Enjoy friendly, personal service and a wealth of local knowledge with family owned Reef Magic Cruises. This tour also boasts the only high speed catamaran with access to the private outer reef location of Marine World.

Departing Cairns, this tour offers 5 full hours of fun in the sun with limited passenger numbers to ensure a comfortable, spacious and personal reef experience. There's time to scuba dive the reef, snorkel the crystal waters and explore the sheltered coral lagoon as well as plenty of time to relax and take in the view.

Marine World is also an exciting activity platform where you can view the stunning underwater environment, colourful corals and marine life from a semi-submersible, glass bottom boat or magical underwater observatory for those who prefer to stay dry. You can also try your hand at the unique underwater experience of a helmet dive or indulge with a spectacular helicopter flight.

Itinerary Options

Additional charges apply for the below options.

Introductory Diving: Friendly instructors provide an introduction of basic skills for first time divers. Includes 1 dive and all equipment. Must be 12 years and over.

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. Includes 2 dives and all equipment.

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

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.

Introductory Scenic Heli Flight: A bird's eye view of the breathtaking sights of the Great Barrier Reef. Scenic Helicopter flights are available throughout the day from the pontoon. Options include a 5 or 10 minute scenic flight from Marine World.


  • Marine World - 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


  • 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
  • All government taxes and levies
  • Interactive fish feeding and identification session with Marine Biologist


Operates: Daily
Departs: 9.00 am from Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal. Check-in is 8.00am - 8.30 am
Returns: Approximately 5.00 pm
Transfers: are available ex Cairns or Northern Beaches accommodation

Additional Info

Children: 0-3 years are free of charge (excluding Heli-Magic flight 0-2 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