Port Douglas Great Barrier Reef Pontoon

This tour is an ideal option for families, snorkelers and non-swimmers alike. The Port Douglas Great Barrier Reef Pontoon is family-friendly and disability-friendly. Plenty of extra activities are available, offering a way to see the reef for all levels of experience. With so much to do, the Port Douglas Great Barrier Reef Pontoon offers something for everyone.

Ultimate comfort on the reef

The stable platforms provide easy access to the water, and covered areas provide shelter from the elements. The pontoon is designed for comfort and accessibility. Unlimited semi-submersible tours and an underwater observatory allow you to see the reef without swimming.

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  • 09:15 am – Check-in inside the Reef Marina at the reservations counter to obtain your boarding passes.
  • 09:30 am – Boarding, enjoy complimentary morning tea.
  • 10:00 am – Departure, enjoy a smooth journey to the Great Barrier Reef in a luxurious and spacious vessel.
  • 10:30 am – Marine biology presentation and scuba diving / helmet diving briefing.
  • 11:30 am – Arrive at Outer Great Barrier Reef Pontoon. 3 1/2 hours at the reef to enjoy all the activities on offer.
  • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm – Lunch is served, full bar facilities available to purchase drinks.
  • 3:00 pm – Depart the Great Barrier Reef Pontoon.
  • 4:30 pm – Arrive back into Reef Marina.


  • 3 hours at a fixed, Great Barrier Reef Pontoon on one spectacular Outer Great Barrier Reef location.
  • Unlimited Snorkeling. All snorkeling equipment and instruction included. Adults, children & babies sizes. Flotation aids and Lyrca/ stinger suits also provided.
  • Semi-Submersible tours with interactive commentary (weather permitting).
  • Qualified life guard supervision.
  • Underwater fish & coral Observatory – See the life beneath without getting wet!
  • Reef Presentation by marine biologist.
  • Fish Feeding Event – View the fish from the deck or in the water as your Marine Biologist conducts a commentated fish feed.
  • Hot & cold tropical buffet lunch including prawns as well as morning & afternoon tea.
  • Environmental Management Fee is included.

Optional Extras

Get More Out Of Your Day!

  • Scenic Helicopter Flights a spectacular way to see the reef.
  • Underwater Digital Camera Hire available onboard and professional photography packages.
  • Marine Biologist Guided Snorkel Tour  Snorkel with an experienced Marine Biologist. Learn about the marine life you see on an educational and interactive tour. Beginner Tour or Advanced Tour option.
  • Scuba Diving for qualified divers (Certified) OR No-experience necessary ‘Resort Scuba Diving’ for beginners.  Up to 3 dives available. Subject to medical conditions – see ‘Important Information for Scuba & Sea Walkers’ below.
  • Sea Walker (Helmet Diving) Subject to medical conditions – see ‘Important Information for Scuba and Seawalker below.
  • Snack Bar Purchases: Soft drinks, ice cream, chocolate, chips, alcohol etc.
  • Prescription mask hire for those who require strong optical lenses.
  • Bus transfers from your accommodation to and from Port Douglas Marina. Please contact us if you would like to add bus transfers to your booking.

What to bring

  • Cash or credit card for optional purchases – Note: credit card surcharges may apply with tour operators
  • Camera
  • Swimming Costume & Towel, Hat, Sunglasses, Sun Cream
  • Proof of qualification if you’re a Certified Dive
  • Voucher if applicable

Important Info

Safety always comes first!

Your trip on board “Reef Experience” Includes either a Certified or Resort/Introductory Dive.

Not sure if you’re medically fit to dive in Queensland? Take our Can I go Diving?questionnaire.

It is not our company’s decision regarding these laws –  we are regulated by the  Queensland Government.

If you have existing medical conditions, operations, taking medication have used an inhaler then you will need permission from the Dive Doctor to Scuba Dive.  If you have any doubts or queries regarding the above, please do not hesitate to contact our office.


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