Port Douglas Great Barrier Reef Pontoon

This tour is a great option for everyone, including families and non-swimmers.  A range of activities are available for all levels of ability. With so much to do, the Port Douglas Great Barrier Reef Pontoon has something for everyone.

Ultimate comfort on the reef

The Port Douglas Great Barrier Reef Pontoon is designed for comfort and convenience. The stable platforms provide easy access to the water. Covered areas provide shelter from the elements. Unlimited semi-submersible tours and an underwater observatory allow you to see the reef without swimming.

The Port Douglas Great Barrier Reef Pontoon is family-friendly and disability-friendly.

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  • 09:15am – Check-in a the marina to collect your boarding passes.
  • 09:30am – Enjoy complimentary morning tea directly after you board.
  • 10:00am – The boat departs. The large, stable vessel provides a smooth journey to the Outer Barrier Reef.
  • 10:30am – Marine biology presentation and diving briefings.
  • 11:30am – Arrive at the Outer Great Barrier Reef Pontoon. The boat stays here for 3.5 hours, which gives you plenty of time to enjoy everything on offer.
  • 12:00pm – 1:30pm – Lunch is served buffet-style. In addition, full bar facilities are available in case you want to purchase drinks.
  • 3:00pm – The vessel departs the Great Barrier Reef Pontoon.
  • 4:30 pm – The boat arrives back in Port Douglas.


  • 3.5 hours at a fixed Great Barrier Reef Pontoon.
  • Stunning Outer Great Barrier Reef site.
  • Unlimited Snorkeling.
  • All snorkeling equipment and instruction.
  • Semi-Submersible tours with commentary (weather permitting).
  • Qualified life guard to watch all swimmers.
  • Underwater Observatory – See the life beneath without getting wet!
  • Reef Presentation by a qualified marine biologist.
  • Educational fish feeding show.
  • Hot & cold tropical buffet lunch including prawns.
  • Morning & afternoon tea.
  • Environmental Management Fee.
  • Return bus transfers from your Port Douglas accommodation. (Please note: Transfers from Thala Beach and Silky Oaks are an additional cost).

Optional Extras

Get More Out Of Your Day!

  • Scenic Helicopter Flights.
  • Underwater Digital Camera Hire available on board.
  • Professional photography packages.
  • Marine Biologist Guided Snorkel Tour – Beginner Tour or Advanced Tour options are available.
  • Scuba Diving* for qualified divers (Certified). Up to 3 dives available.
  • ‘Resort Scuba Diving’* for beginners. No experience needed. Up to 3 dives available.
  • Sea Walker (Helmet Diving)*
  • Snack Bar Purchases: Soft drinks, ice cream, alcohol etc.
  • Prescription mask hire if you require vision correcting glasses.
  • Hotel transfers from Cairns and Northern Beaches hotels.

*Subject to medical conditions – see ‘Important Information for Scuba & Sea Walkers’ below.

What to bring

  • Cash or credit card for extra purchases – Note: credit card surcharges may apply 
  • Camera
  • Swimming Costume & Towel, Hat, Sunglasses, Sun Cream
  • Proof of qualification if you’re a Certified Diver
  • Booking Voucher/Confirmation

Important Info

Safety always comes first!

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 a history of medical conditions, operations, are taking medication, or 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 before booking.


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