Outer Reef (Pontoon) - 'Marine World' off Cairns (#192)

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Great Barrier Reef » Outer Reef (Pontoon) - 'Marine World' off Cairns (#192)

Type: Tours - Great Barrier Reef Pontoon Tours

Renowned for friendly and attentive service this is the last remaining locally owned and operated outer reef platform/ pontoon tour operator in Cairns. There are a range of reef options available however if you only experience the reef once you will want to see it at it’s best. While Sand Cays and Islands offer a reef experience of sorts, Outer Reef locations such as Marine World are chosen by those wanting superior coral quality, colour and overall diversity of reef life.  Located further off-shore away from coastal rivers and streams, Outer Reef locations are found in clean coral sea water with higher coral densities and less sediment (sand) resulting in maximum water clarity in all weather conditions.

The Marine World platform has a spacious lower deck, with ample undercover seating, large easy access snorkel decks, Underwater Reef Viewing Observatory and children’s safety swimming enclosure.

Departure Dates: This Cairns Reef Cruise departs EVERYDAY from the Cairns Marina at 9.00am. Returns to Cairns at 5.00pm.

How to book: You can book online via the rates table's "Add to Itinerary" button. A Government Environmental Management Charge of $5.50 per person is included in the below rates. Advance bookings are highly recommended.  A 25% deposit payment is required at the time of booking this trip and after we have received your deposit payment we will email you back a tour booking confirmation receipt, which is all you need to present on the day of travel, along with payment by of the balance owing which is accepted in cash or by credit card.

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The ultimate in comfort, Marine World includes a spacious upper sundeck with sun lounges (including shaded areas for summer), and constant access to fresh water showers & change rooms. Refreshments & a licensed bar are available on the air-conditioned vessel. Morning and afternoon tea plus an extensive hot/cold buffet lunch is also included in the day.

Reef life located within just metres of the platform makes Marine World suitable for all age groups and swimming abilities from the novice snorkeller to the most discerning diver. Water activities include unlimited Snorkelling, Guided Marine Snorkel Tours, plus world class Introductory, Certified diving and Helmet Diving (a 10 minute undersea experience where you walk along an underwater platform).

For the non-swimmer, join an Interactive Semi-Submarine AND Glass bottom boat coral/fish viewing tour, visit the Underwater Observatory, climb aboard a reef-scenic Helicopter flight (optional extra cost), or listen to our Marine Naturalist introduce a range of colourful fish species during our lunch-time fish feeding demonstration.

Is there shelter and shade at the reef?

At Marine World yes, many others places no. The Marine World main deck has a canopy cover and roll-down sides to protect from wind or rain and provides welcome relief from the tropical sun in summer. Marine World also has a spacious sundeck with shaded lounge areas. You may return to the air-conditioned vessel at any time throughout the day.

Is the trip suitable for children and babies?

Yes, it is suitable for all ages – including families with children and babies. Adult supervision is required at all times for children under 16 years of age. Floatation devices such as buoyancy vests and noodles are available. Snorkelling equipment, wetsuits and Lycra suits are also available in children’s sizes. The pontoon features an infants swimming enclosure.

Why would you choose this pontoon experience above the others?

Guests receive a full 5 hours of privileged access to the purpose built Marine World activity platform, located on a private outer reef location of the highest standard. You won’t be forced to choose between activities, you have time to do them all. Total travel time: 3 hours (1.5 hours each way). Total time at the reef: 5 hours.

Activities suit all ages and swimming abilities from the non-swimmer or beginner snorkeller to the most experienced certified diver.

This locally owned and operated company maintains a competitive advantage by limiting daily passenger numbers to 190 while offering comfortable seating for over 300. Even on a "full" day there are over 100 empty seats and a passenger to staff ratio of 11:1 ensuring small boat service with big boat comfort. 

Features & Inclusions

  • 5 Hours at 'Marine World' on the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Semi-Submersible Tours with interactive commentary
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tours with interactive commentary
  • All snorkelling equipment with instructions
  • Marine Biologist presentation about the reef and corals
  • Complimentary Tea/Coffee on boarding
  • Full Morning and Afternoon Tea
  • Hot/Cold Tropical Buffet Lunch
  • Underwater Observatory with a daily fish feeding and identification session
  • Optional Extras...
  • Reef Scenic helicopter flights Introductory Scuba Diving available
  • Certified Scuba Diving
  • Helmet Diving
  • Marine Biologist guided snorkel tours
  • Massages

Rates and Tariffs

2016-17 Season
1st Apr 2016 to 31st Mar 2017
Add 1 x Certified Dive $75.00 adult
Add Scenic Helicopter Flight - (5 Minutes) $105.00 adult
Add Vertical Helicopter Adventure to 3000ft (10 mins) $175.00 adult
Marine World Pontoon - Helicopter/Cruise Back $468.00 adult
Marine World Pontoon - Cruise/Helicopter Back $328.00 adult
Marine World Pontoon - Fly/Fly Both Ways $878.00 adult
Cruise/Cruise Full Day $210.00 adult
$105.00 per child
$525.00 family
Return Transfers from City Hotels $18.00 adult
$9.00 per child
$45.00 family
Return Transfers from Beaches Hotels $22.00 adult
$11.00 per child
$55.00 family
Add 1 x Helmet Dive $125.00 adult
Introductory Dive $125.00 adult
* Booking terms and conditions may apply, please details below.

* All prices are inclusive of GST and in Australian Dollars ($AUD)

Booking Information

A "family" price for the purpose of this tour means two adults and two children (4-14 years).

Departure Dates: Departs Daily

Departs From: Cairns Marina at 9am, with pick up from Cairns, Cairns Beaches and Port Douglas hotels, available at extra cost.

Returns: to Cairns Marina at 5pm

How to book: You can book online via the rates table's "Add to Itinerary" button. Advance bookings are highly recommended. A 25% deposit payment is required at the time of booking this trip and after we have received your deposit payment we will email you back a tour booking confirmation receipt, which is all you need to present on the day of travel, along with payment by of the balance owing which is accepted in cash or by credit card.

What is not included:
If you require return accommodation transfers please ask for costings.

Booking Policy

Regarding Scuba Diving:
Some medical conditions will prevent you from diving. Some of the more common conditions are Asthma, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Pregnancy and heart or lung conditions. Some other medical conditions may also be a problem. If you are unsure about any specific condition please contact us.

Please advise the following:
The name of your Holiday Accommodation and/ or a mobile telephone contact in case the tour director canít find you. We also book accommodation at the best locally available rates so if we can help you with that, please let us know.

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