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1 Day Reef Magic Moore Reef Tour from  Cairns

Adults from $239

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Head to the Outer Great Barrier Reef, learn more about the reef from a marine biologist, see marine life up close on snorkelling and boat tours and feast on delicious meals.

Embark on a day-tour which will take you to the Marine World pontoon at the Outer Barrier Reef, where you'll get the chance to snorkel amidst marine life, go on a glass-bottom boat and semi-submersible tours, learn from a marine biologist and enjoy delicious meals to re-energise.

  • Cruise to Marine World at the Outer Barrier Reef
  • Snorkel over vibrant coral gardens to discover a range of marine life
  • See more of the reef on semi-submersible and glass-bottom boat tours
  • Visit the underwater observatory
  • Enjoy facilities including fresh water showers and changing rooms
  • Dine on a morning and afternoon tea, and buffet lunch

Board a catamaran at Cairns and cruise to Marine World, a floating platform at the Outer Barrier Reef which will be the base for a day of exciting activities.

Jump into the reef's warm tropical waters to snorkel over coral gardens that are home to a plethora of fish, turtles, molluscs and other fascinating sea creatures. Stay dry and plunge deeper by boarding a semi-submersible as well as a glass-bottomed boat. Head down to the observatory to see more of the reef's vivid marine life. If you're after more activities, you can also opt for introductory or certified scuba dives, and even helicopter rides at an additional cost.

The tour offers a refreshing morning and afternoon tea as well as a delicious lunch spread with non-vegetarian and vegetarian options. Through the day, you'll learn more about the reef's intriguing eco-system from interactive commentaries, a fish feeding session and interactive

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Departures: Daily

  Start Finish Duration
1 Day Reef Magic Moore Reef Tour from Cairns 9:00am 5:00pm 8 Hours


Pricing inclusive of Environmental Management Charge (EMC). Surcharge ($40 Adult, $35 Child, $115 Family 2+2) applies on 25 December.

Ticket Price
Adults $239
Children (4-14 yrs) $119
Family (2+2) $597
Infants (0-3) Free


Book your Extras now so you don’t miss out!

Hotel Transfers Cairns City Hotel Transfers Adult $22
Child $11
Family $66
Hotel Transfers Northern Beaches Hotel Transfers Adult $27
Child $13.50
Family $81
Gear Hire Hire a prescription snorkel/dive mask (book & pay on day) $5
per mask
Underwater Camera Hire Hire an Underwater Camera – Includes a 4GB Memory Card to Keep! (book & pay on day) $60
per camera
Guided Snorkeling Tour Coral Gardens Snorkel Tour – This guided Snorkeling Tour is perfect for beginner snorkelers, join our marine biologist for a expert commentary on your surroundings. Adult $49
Child $39
Guided Snorkeling Tour Adventure Snorkel Safari – Join our adventurous Snorkel Safari, you’ll have the opportunity to further explore the reef using our snorkel boat. You will be guided my our marine biologist who will help you locate the best coral formations. Adult $59
Child $49
Guided Snorkeling Tour Seabob Guided Snorkel Tour – Take your snorkelling adventure to a whole new level, with the underwater jet-powered scooter. Use simple body movements to control this exciting, whisper-quiet, environmentally friendly machine. 30 minutes, fully guided. (Minimum Age 12+) $139
per person
Scuba Dive Certified Dive – Renowned for some of the best scuba diving North Queensland has to offer Moore Reef is a great location for experienced divers to explore. (Minimum Age 12+) ***NOTE: Pricing valid for travel until 31 March 2020. 1 Dive $79
2 Dives $128
Scuba Dive Certified Dive – Renowned for some of the best scuba diving North Queensland has to offer Moore Reef is a great location for experienced divers to explore. (Minimum Age 12+) ***NOTE: New Pricing valid for travel from 1 April 2020 – 31 March 2021. 1 Dive $89
2 Dives $148
Scuba Dive Introductory Dive – What better place to take your first scuba dive at the Moore Reef. You’ll be guided by fully qualified instructors to ensure you have the safest and best experience possible! (Minimum Age 12+) ***NOTE: Pricing valid for travel until 31 March 2020. 1 Dive $129
2 Dives $208
Scuba Dive Introductory Dive – What better place to take your first scuba dive at the Moore Reef. You’ll be guided by fully qualified instructors to ensure you have the safest and best experience possible! (Minimum Age 12+) ***NOTE: New Pricing valid for travel from 1 April 2020 – 31 March 2021. 1 Dive $139
2 Dives $228
Helmet Dive If you want to experience what Moore Reef truly has to offer but aren’t ready to scuba dive yet take a fully guided helmet dive. This tour is perfect for non-swimmers. (Minimum Age 12+) 1 Dive $139
2 Dives $228
Scenic Helicopter Flight Jump on-board a helicopter for a 10-minute flight providing a breathtaking and uninterrupted view of the reef. (Requires Pre-Booking to avail discounted package price) $129 Adult/Child
$576 Family 2+2
Scenic Helicopter Flight Fly Out and Cruise Back Upgrade – 25 minute helicopter flight to Moore Reef and return via boat. Hotel Pickups begin at 10:00am. TBC
Scenic Helicopter Flight Cruise Out and Fly Back Upgrade – Transfer to Moore Reef via boat and return via 25 minute helicopter flight. Return to hotel by 4pm. TBC
Scenic Helicopter Flight Fly Out and Fly Back Upgrade – Return flights to Marine World at Moore Reef (Total Flying Time Approx 50 minutes) TBC



Group Size: 190ppl max


  • All snorkeling equipment including personal flotation devices in adult/child sizes
  • Free wetsuit and lycra suit for year round comfort and in-water safety
  • On board Marine Biology presentation
  • Semi-submersible tours with interactive commentary
  • Glass bottom boat tours with interactive commentary
  • Fish feeding and identification session with our Marine Biologist
  • Underwater Viewing Chamber
  • Use of sundeck, fresh water showers and changing rooms
  • Morning Tea
  • Hot & cold buffet lunch with vegetarian options
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Tea & coffee and drinking water is available free of charge throughout the day
  • Access to reference materials on the reef
  • German & French speaking crew are available to assist international visitors
  • National Park Fees

Marine World Platform (Moore Reef)

  • Sundeck with Shaded Areas
  • Swimming and Snorkeling Zones
  • Flotation Aids Available
  • Underwater Observatory
  • Change Rooms with Fresh Water Showers
  • Reef Experts on Site

Rated: 43210 (4.8/5 based on 22 customer reviews)

54321 We have had a fantastic day & would recommend it to anyone????There where families with little children ???? who enjoyed it even though it rained at first and the water was a bit choppy! We took the glass bottom boat after lunch and then went in for another snorkel. Fabulous day ????????????
Kate Taylor — 29 January, 2020

54321 First time snorkel loved it. Well organized fantastic crew. Fish feeding while we were in the water was a laugh. Fantastic opportunity to see the reef and its offerings
Heidi McGregor — 28 April, 2019

21321 The tour was very full, the boat was freezing cold, thr food was mot thr best abd it was teribly expensive- not worth thr price. The crew was excellent though and was organized very well.
iris — 1 March, 2019

54321 This was an amazing experience A fish even bit my toe????????????????????????????????????
Andrea Royeca — 19 October, 2018

54321 Great crew- friendly and knowledgable Great facilities- clean and spacious I went for a scuba dive- great value, the fish were lovely Nice lunch Only suggestion would be that the company encourages uses of reef friendly sunscreen- the chemicals in sunscreen are damaging to the wildlife so if they are about protecting it they should take every measure to do so.
Sima — 9 October, 2018

54321 I had a wonderful day out on the Reef. The team made everything so easy, from booking to boarding to disembarking at the end of the day. I tried two new activities, SNUBA and Seabob, as well as snorkelling and the glass-bottomed boat. The marine biology talks on board were really interesting. The timing of the day flowed beautifully. This boat goes out every day of the year, loaded with people, yet the staff managed to make me feel like I mattered as an individual. That kind of friendliness and warmth, when you’re travelling alone, makes all the difference between a pleasant day and a splendid one. Thanks so much!
Andrea Baldwin — 15 August, 2018

32121 The team was good but the facilities was old, the food was awful, I don’t know why some reviewers said the food was delicious. Maybe they provide different menu as there was 90% of the Chinese tourists?
Ivy — 19 February, 2018

54321 Wonderful experience. The team were able to make a last minute booking for the 4 of us. Both Dan and Kiki were very good instructors. We really enjoyed the Scuna experience. Highly recommended !
Anu — 11 December, 2017

54321 we are from Ireland visiting daughter and family in shellharbour our 5th time to aussie and have experienced many of the aussie touristy highlights however this trip with your company to barrier reef was the best ever so organized such friendly crew so caring with total commitment to guest safety and comfort good fun even we are oaps
catherine and james — 11 November, 2017

54321 Amazing experience, great food, staff were fantastic. Big call out to Amy, who enabled me to snorkel with my 3 year old and experience the magic of the reef!!!
Suzette Hammond — 9 October, 2017

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54321 It was a perfect day cruise for us because I could stay on the platform and sunbath while my husband participated in all the water activities. The lunch buffet was delicious and the staff was excellent.
Christine Rathweg — 17 September, 2017

54321 Perfect for all ages! My 72 years old Mother come along too. She could occupy herself well while we were snorkelling. This trip is bit more expensive than others but so worth it. Great food and friendly and patience staff. We enjoyed it so much that will go again tomorrow!
Julia Boer — 14 September, 2017

54321 The best highlight of our Cairns holiday. The staff were so amazing and nothing was a problem. The reef and boat tours were awesome. Highly recommended this trip
Kellie — 21 July, 2017

54321 Overall a wonderful experience! Every one of the crew went out of their way to make sure we were having a great experience and were very helpful. Plus they have a great sense of Aussie humor! Wally is quite a star too!
John Sutherland — 5 March, 2017

54321 We went out today with Reef Magic and had a brilliant time. The crew were great, the photographs brilliant and Wally performed for us all and the camera. The coral was magnificent and teaming with fish. A wonderful day!
Phillippa Bourne — 20 February, 2017

54321 Absolutely amazing. I travelled to the Great Barrier Reef with my parents and my sister. Two people in my family could not swim and found this experience very easy and relaxed. All staff were happy to help out wherever and made the day super fun and enjoyable. I was my first time snorkelling and scuba diving and I was guided every step of the way. The best thing about this tour is that it’s done at your own pace and you are not rushed to complete any activities. Thanks so much to the team at Reef Magic 🙂
Sita Khiani — 29 January, 2017

54321 We had high hopes for this day on the Barrier Reef and were not disappointed. It was like suddenly being transported into another world. The staff couldn’t have been more friendly and helpful, putting us at our ease immediately, and were most knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I would recommend this tour to anyone interested without hesitation.
Catherine Barker — 23 January, 2017

54321 We had a perfect day, my wife does not swim but came along to support myself and my grandson, plus at least she could say “I’ve been to the barrier reef”. It was a great experience, the crew were terrific, so glad we opted for this tour.
Malcolm — 11 December, 2016

54321 What an amazing day out on the reef! Perfect for those that get sea sick as the pontoon is very stable. The scuba diving was incredible -we saw reef sharks and even swam through caves. We had ample time for lunch & a leisurely snorkel with Wally, the big Maori Wrasse you see in the photos 🙂 Highly recommend!
Jordan — 2 November, 2016

54321 Une magnifique expérience , on se sent vraiment encadré et en sécurité. Nous avons surtout aimé le scaphandre qui est vraiment génial et même si au départ nous étions un peu anxieux , l’équipe de plongeurs est tellement à vos côtés que la peur disparait très vite. Un grand merci à Jenny pour sa gentillesse et sa bonne humeur

*Translated via Google Translate – A wonderful experience , felt very controlled and safe. We especially liked the suit is really great and although initially we were a little anxious, the dive team is on your side so that fear disappears very quickly. A big thank you to Jenny for her kindness and good humor

Waroquet — 19 August, 2015

54321 Great day on the reef starting from the Catamaran journey to the platform. The semi submersible & snorkelling was excellent. Saw coral, fish, turtles, small sharks. Lunch was good. Would recommend this tour. Doesn’t start too early but there is enough time for all activities.
Shubha Vagholkar — 27 October, 2014

54321 We were unsure at first about this tour as it was a bit pricey but all the inclusions made it cheaper than other tours. And we’re glad we went with it as we really loved the day. My youngest loved the semi sub as he was a bit scared of snorkelling. We all had a great time. Thanks!
Janice Morrison — 9 September, 2014


The below itinerary can change due to tides and weather.

Day 1

Pickup from Northern Beaches Accommodation

7:15am – 8:00am

(Extra Cost)

Pickup from Cairns Accommodation

8:00am – 8:30am

(Extra Cost)

Meet at Marina & Board Vessel


Morning Tea

Choose from a wide selection of available snacks from the onboard kiosk!

Arrive Marine World


Freedom to Enjoy activities available at your leisure such as snorkelling or glass bottom boat rides.

Glass Bottom Boat

Want to see the Reef and not get wet? Glass Bottom Boats are awesome fun for all ages!

Underwater Windows

Experience the world underwater while staying dry!

Buffet Lunch

Your choice of salads, cold cuts and hot food!


Snorkel amongst the beautiful corals, fishes, turtles and more, up close and personal.


Want to experience a Dive, but not wanting to take the plunge? Try a Semi-Sub! Fun for all ages!

Scuba Dive

**Optional Extra

Helmet Dive

**Optional Extra

Scenic Helicopter Flight

**Optional Extra

Depart Marine World Platform


Located on Moore Reef, Marine World is a stable platform with activities for everyone!

Arrive Cairns Marina


Dropoff at Cairns Accommodation

5:15pm – 5:45pm

(Extra Cost)

Dropoff at Northern Beaches Accommodation

5:45pm – 6:30pm

(Extra Cost)

Tour Map

Our Tour Review

The Good

This tour suits everyone as it offers a variety of activities for swimmers and non-swimmers.

It is perfect for families with children. Semi-sub tours, glass bottom boat tours, underwater observatory, unlimited snorkelling including snorkel equipment and wetsuits and lycra suits, buffet lunch are all included. Many people add on a scuba dive or a scenic helicopter flight to see the reef from a different perspective. The outer reef location has good visibility.

Things to Consider

The fast, stable catamaran gives you a comfortable ride to the outer reef and carries a maximum of 200 passengers.

The hot and cold buffet lunch is open for 1.5 hours giving everyone plenty of time.

The platform provides easy access to the snorkel area.

German & French -speaking crew are on board every day.

Wetsuits and stinger suits are now included in the price.

Our Recommendation

This tour has something for everyone with lots of inclusions!

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