Great Adventures Outer Reef Tour

Starting from: $AU252.00

Tour Overview

  • Tour: All day on Great Adventures platform
  • Departure locations: Cairns
  • Ideal for snorkelling
  • Suitable for families
  • Number of passengers: 400
  • Number of reef sites visited: 1 site
  • Reef location(s): Norman Reef
  • Tour duration: 10:30am – 5:30pm
  • Travelling time to the reef: 2hrs
  • Time exploring the reef: 3 hours
  • Vessel type and size: Catamaran / 30m with 3 levels


Great Adventures Outer Reef Tour

Great Adventures travels daily to the outer reef so visitors can explore the beauty of this underwater world. Passengers spend the day on a spacious reef platform where many activities are available for all guests. This is a great day for everyone.

Great Adventures' modern fast catamaran departs Cairns a bit later than other boats at 10:30am so this is a good option for travellers arriving in Cairns in the morning and wanting to join a reef cruise later on the same day.

Great Adventures spacious floating platform is suitable for all ages, swimmers and non-swimmers as the pontoon offers activities for people who want to get in the water and also for those one who prefer to stay dry.

The pontoon features undercover seating, tables to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, full bar facilities, sundeck, a swimming enclosure for children, change rooms with freshwater showers and scuba diving facilities with a semi-submerged platform. The main activities included are unlimited snorkelling, underwater observatory, semi-submersible coral viewing and reef education presentation.

Extra activities include:

  • Introductory diving (for clients who have never dived before)
  • Certified diving (up to 2 dives)
  • Guided snorkel tours (maximize your snorkel experience with a guide by your side)
  • 'Scuba-Doo' underwater scooter (cruise the reef in an underwater scooter)
  • Helicopter scenic flights (see how colorful the reef is from the top)

A scenic helicopter flight is an experience that everyone enjoys. Great Adventures passengers can travel to and from the vessel by an amazing low helicopter flight where they get to see the reef from an unique angle. The reef colours are brighter from the air and there is also a chance to see some beautiful marine creatures such as stingrays, sea turtle, whales etc.

» Please click here for further information on helicopter tours with Great Adventures Platform.

Also for the ultimate reef experience Great Adventures also offers a "Reef and Island day tour" where visitors spend two hours on beautiful Green Island before heading to Great Adventures platform in the outer reef.

» Please click here for further information on Great Adventures Platform & Green Island day tour.

What's included in the main price

  • Return air-conditioned fast catamaran cruise
  • Morning tea and coffee served (with sekection of cakes)
  • Afternoon tea and coffee (with cheese and biscuits)
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Use of buoyancy vests
  • Reef education presentation
  • Hot and cold buffet lunch
  • Semi-submersible coral reef viewing tour
  • Underwater Observatory
  • Guided Eco Reef Talk in the underwater observatory
  • Introductory dive
  • Certified dive
  • Scuba-doo scooter
  • Scenic helicopter flights
  • Guided snorkel tour
  • Coach hotel transfers

Tour Itinerary

Time Description
09:30-10:15 Check-in at the Great Adventures desk inside the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street
10:30 Boat departs Cairns marina
Travel time is 2 hours direct from Cairns to the outer reef
12:30 Boat arrives at Great Adventures pontoon
Enjoy around 3 hours exploring the outer reef
15:30 Boat departs Great Adventures pontoon
17:30 Boat arrives back in Cairns
  • Swimmers
  • Towel
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Dry change of clothes for the trip home
  • Extra cash or a credit card for any onboard purchases
  • Motion sickness table to take around 30 minutes prior to the boat departing

Please Note:
All Divers: In accordance with the Australian diving law, ALL DIVERS must complete a medical questionnaire on board, before diving.
Flying after Diving: If only one dive is undertaken then a minimum of 12 hours is recommended before flying. If more than one dive is conducted in the day, an interval of 24 hours is recommended. This is not applicable for low helicopter flights over the reef.
Introductory Divers - NOTE: Certain medical conditions may prevent you from diving (e.g. Asthma, Heart Disease), please contact our office. Min. age to dive is 12 years.
Scooba-doo Underwater Scooter: Min age is 12 years old.

Tour Prices

Rates & Tariffs

Season: 2020 - 2021 Rates Dates: 1st April 2020 - 31st March 2021 Action
Main Tour (Snorkelling) $252.00 per adult
$134.00 per child
$638.00 per family
Additional Extras Dates: 1st April 2020 - 31st March 2021
Return Coach Transfer (Cairns City) $30.00 per adult / $20.00 per child
Return Coach Transfer (Northern Beaches) $38.00 per adult / $21.00 per child
Introductory Dive $268.00 per adult / $268.00 per child
Certified Dive $126.00 per adult / $126.00 per child
Guided Snorkel Tour $68.00 per adult / $36.00 per child / $172.00 per family
Helicopter Flight (10 minute) $199.00 per adult / $199.00 per child

Age: Adult age: 15 yrs + / Child age: 4-14 years inclusive.
Family Price: 2 Adults & 2 Children.
Reef Tax: $6.50 is levied for all adults and children entering the Great Barrier Reef. This charge and other levies are INCLUDED in the cruise fares.

Related Products

Cruise / Fly

The day starts with passengers boarding Great Adventures luxury air-conditioned catamaran at 10:30am and cruising to a floating platform located in the the middle of Norman Reef. The afternoon is filled with many different activities available from the platform and at the end of the day travellers depart the reef in style, by helicopter..

  • Quick and exciting return back to Cairns
  • Amazing views from the air
  • Opportunity to take beautiful photos of the reef

Ballooning & Great Adventures

Have a great morning start with a 30 minute balloon ride over the beautiful Atherton Tablelands and then check in at the Reef Terminal and travel to a big pontoon (floating platform) where many water activities will be available.

  • Package can be completed in 1 or 2 days
  • Many activities available from the platform
  • Ideal for families and couples

Fly / Fly

Passengers do an amazing low scenic flight from Cairns over the reef to the Great Adventures pontoon, enjoy the many activities available from the platform and later in the afternoon re-board the helicopter for another amazing flight over islands and sandy cays before landing in Cairns CBD.

  • Unforgettable experience
  • Opportunity to take beautiful photos of the reef
  • Feel like a VIP

Booking fees: Tourism Cairns do not charge any booking fees.

Deposit and final payment: At Tourism Cairns clients are required to pay a deposit only at the time of booking. Final payment is to be completed 48 hours prior to departure or on the day of travel, depending on each tour operator's policy.

Cancellation by the traveller: If the tour is cancelled by the client up to 7 days prior to departure, a full refund is applicable. If the tour is cancelled by the client 7 days prior to departure, the deposit amount might be retained. If the tour is cancelled by the client 48 hours prior to departure, 100% cancellation fee may apply.

Booking amendments: If the date of a tour needs to be changed, Tourism Cairns must be notified in writing by the client up to 48 hours prior to the tour date.

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