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 Reef Magic Pontoon.

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.

Reef Magic Pontoon 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 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 35 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 on Christmas Day 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