Great Adventures: Outer Reef
Great Adventures offers one of the three Great Barrier Reef pontoon trips from Cairns. This day tour departs Cairns at 10.30am and provides guests with up to three (3) hours to swim, snorkel, dive (for more information on these activities, please see the below tabs) and explore the Great Barrier Reef. It returns you to Cairns around 5.30pm.
A fast, comfortable catamaran collects you in Cairns and after a quick stop at Green Island (where you can’t get off the boat) you continue on to Great Adventures’ permanently moored pontoon on the Outer Great Barrier Reef. The boat has two levels of air-conditioned interior and two exterior decks, one shaded and one not. It can take up to 325 people on this trip.
The Great Adventures outer reef pontoon has shaded seating and an elevated sundeck, for those wanting to relax in the sunshine. It also has an in-water snorkel platform, underwater observatory and showers and change rooms, for maximum passenger comfort.
Inclusions in the day tour: tea and coffee on boarding, morning tea, informative reef presentation, hot and cold buffet lunch, snorkelling (mask, fins and snorkel supplied), guided tours on the semi-submersible and visits to the underwater observatory. You may also choose to pay for optional extras, such as scenic helicopter rides, helmet and scuba diving.
There is lots of marine life to be seen on the Outer Great Barrier Reef, with some colourful coral gardens just metres away from the pontoon. Pontoon trips are best for people travelling with families or those that are not confident in the water.
|Rate Option||# Dives||Price||Pay Later||Total Price|
|Cert Diving (1 Dive)||Certified Diving||1||$313.00||$6.00||$319.00|
|Cert Diving (2 Dives)||Certified Diving||2||$363.00||$6.00||$369.00|
|Introductory Diving (1 Dives)||Introductory Diving||1||$358.00||$6.00||$364.00|
Inclusions: Return luxury air-conditioned fast catamaran to Outer Reef, Morning and afternoon tea & coffee, Hot & cold buffet lunch, Coral viewing from semi-submersible vessel, Snorkelling equipment, Use of buoyancy vests, Underwater observatory, Reef education presentation
Extras: (Pay Later) An additional $6 per person ($3.50 Environment Managment Charge + $2.50 administration fee) is payable at the time of check in.
Extras: Return transfers $19 per person from Cairns & $26.00 per person Northern Beaches.
|Prices are shown in Australian dollars and include GST. Prices subject to change without notice.|
The Great Adventures Outer Great Barrier Reef day tour commences with check-in at the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal from 9.30am. The desk is just a five minute walk from the spacious catamaran, which is moored in the nearby Marlin Marina. Boarding is from 10.10am with complimentary tea and coffee served on arrival. The boat departs Cairns at 10.30am and after a quick stop at Green Island, to collect more passengers (you will not be allowed off the boat), you continue on to the Outer Great Barrier Reef.
Arriving at the reef pontoon around 12.30pm, you can get straight into your water activities. Snorkelling is included and you can collect your mask, fins and snorkel from the pontoon. Semi-submersible tours run throughout the day (times advised on a notice board) and you can visit the underwater observatory whenever you like.
The hot and cold buffet lunch is served on the pontoon between 1-2.30pm and includes beef, chicken and seafood dishes, cold meats, salads and breads: there is also a vegetarian option. Meals can be eaten either on the sun deck, or shaded tables. You have until around 3.10pm to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef before a blast will call you back to the catamaran for a final headcount and departure. You will arrive back into Cairns around 5.30pm.
Divers can choose between one (1) or two (2) scuba dives on this trip, both of which are taken from the Great Adventures Great Barrier Reef pontoon. All diving is guided and all equipment and briefings are included in the dive price. There is certified diving for qualified divers and introductory diving, for those wanting to try the activity for the first time (no experience necessary).
INTRODUCTORY DIVES: No experience necessary and a great opportunity to try scuba diving for the first time on the Great Barrier Reef. All introductory dives are guided and are only completed once you have received training and practised your skills. Water entry is via lowered steps and all equipment is included in the introductory dive price.
CERTIFIED DIVING: All of the certified diving on this Great Adventures tour is guided. You can choose between one (1) or two (2) scuba dives, both of which are completed from the pontoon. The dives are relatively shallow, due to the pontoon’s location, reaching a maximum depth of 14m. Certified dives are around 40-minutes each and are completed before and after lunch. There is an abundance of marine life around the pontoon, including Anemonefish, Maori Wrasse, Nudibranchs, Parrotfish and more. Briefings are provided on the boat, as is explanation on the dive equipment, which is all included in the certified diving price. Water entry is very comfortable, completed on steps under the pontoon straight into the water. You will be required to show your dive license and complete dive medical paperwork on board.
Snorkelling from the Great Adventures pontoon is excellent. The coral gardens of the Great Barrier Reef are just a few short metres from the pontoon and the shallow waters make it easy to see and enjoy the colours and marine life. Mask, snorkel and fins are all included in the ticket price, as are flotation devices if required. Lycra / wet suits are available for hire from the pontoon (additional cost). Water entry is via a submerged platform, making it easy to put on and take off your fins.