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Reef Magic Pontoon Day Tour

FROM: $330
5.0 (4 Reviews)

Departure Times

Departs: 9:00 AM - Daily
Returns: 5:00 PM - Daily

Departure Point: Cairns - Reef Fleet Terminal

Pricing Options

$330 AUD / Person - Adult (15+) (Between: 22 Jun 2024 and 11 Oct 2024)
$179 AUD / Person - Child (4 - 14 yrs) (Between: 22 Jun 2024 and 11 Oct 2024)
RRP $1018 $839 AUD / Family - Family (2A + 2C) (Between: 22 Jun 2024 and 11 Oct 2024)
$0 AUD / Person - Infant (0 - 3 yrs) (Between: 01 Apr 2024 and 31 Mar 2025)
$400 AUD / Person - Adult + Guided Snorkel Safari (Between: 22 Jun 2024 and 11 Oct 2024)
$341 AUD / Person - Adult + 1 Cert Dive (15+) (Between: 22 Jun 2024 and 11 Oct 2024)
$459 AUD / Person - Adult + 1 Intro Dive (15+) (Between: 22 Jun 2024 and 11 Oct 2024)
$459 AUD / Person - Adult + 1 Helmet Dive (15+) (Between: 22 Jun 2024 and 11 Oct 2024)

Experience the magic on the Reef Magic Pontoon Day Tour where you can enjoy a day of activities and fun!

  • Visit Reef Magic's newest pontoon located off the shores of Cairns
  • Snorkel, dive and explore the Great Barrier Reef
  • Perfect for families, couples, groups, solo travellers, and seniors
  • Unique experiences such as a glass-bottom boat, a semi-submersible, helicopter tours, an underwater observatory, onboard massages and much more

The Reef Magic Pontoon Day Tour will take you to the newest pontoon, a snorkelling and diving playground located on the Great Barrier Reef. Surrounded by colourful reefs, abundant fish and funny marine life, there is something to do for the whole family. Reef Magic is a 30-metre, air-conditioned catamaran with a licensed bar, that will take you back and forth to the reef and become your home for the day!

It has comfortable seating and spacious decks, ensuring a smooth and comfortable ride, before enjoying an amazing day trip on the Outer Reef. This is a terrific day trip with many optional activities to choose from! This family-friendly trip is perfect for everyone, with a place for the kiddies to safely play in the water and plenty of room to relax and lounge on the deck. We offer activities for swimmers and non-swimmers and offer easy access to the water. 

Turtle in the Great Barrier Reef

Highlights & Features

  • Travel on board a fast, modern catamaran to the pontoon
  • Snorkel or dive at the reef for 5 full hours
  • Glass bottom boat
  • Semi-submersible tour
  • Listen to historical and cultural talks about the region by the crew
  • Underwater Observatory
  • Kid-friendly space for seeing marine life
  • Buffet lunch
  • Optional helicopter tours straight from the deck
  • Spacious decks
  • Comfortable transfer vessel with onboard bar
  • Complimentary tea/coffee provided
  • Onboard briefing including Great Barrier Reef presentation by our Marine Naturalist
  • Advanced eco certified trip
  • Pre-book optional extras and save!

Coral reef Cairns Great Barrier Reef

Don't miss this great opportunity to experience Reef Magic and the Outer Great Barrier Reef like never before! 

Sample Itinerary

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Morning Activities include

  • Arrive at the Reef Magic pontoon at around 10:30 am
  • Full buffet lunch
  • All snorkelling equipment with lessons and instruction are included along with our semi-submersible, glass-bottom boat tour, and use of the underwater observatory

Snorkel Cairns Great Barrier Reef

Afternoon Activities include

  • Simply relaxing on a sun lounge
  • Enjoying more diving or snorkelling
  • Afternoon tea (tea, coffee and cake)...

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Morning Activities include

  • Arrive at the Reef Magic pontoon at around 10:30 am
  • Full buffet lunch
  • All snorkelling equipment with lessons and instruction are included along with our semi-submersible, glass-bottom boat tour, and use of the underwater observatory

Snorkel Cairns Great Barrier Reef

Afternoon Activities include

  • Simply relaxing on a sun lounge
  • Enjoying more diving or snorkelling
  • Afternoon tea (tea, coffee and cake) is served during departure
  • Depart the pontoon at 3:30 pm

Optional Extra Activities include

  • Introductory Scuba Diving: No experience required (subject to onboard medical check)
  • Certified Diving: Guides included (2 dives all equipment supplied)
  • Guided Snorkel Tour with our marine naturalists
  • Massages
  • Scenic flights
  • Helmet diving: $119 first dive and $99 for a second (for ages 12+)

Scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef

More Information

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What To Bring

  • Towel
  • Swimmers
  • Sun protection (water resistant SPF30+)
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Cash/credit card for purchases
  • Certified divers please bring certified card and log book

What's Included

  • 90-minute transfer on a spacious fast catamaran
  • 5 hours at the Reef Magic pontoon
  • Morning & afternoon tea
  • Hot/cold tropical buffet lunch
  • All environmental fees and local taxes
  • All snorkelling equipment (including FREE wet suit or lycra...

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What To Bring

  • Towel
  • Swimmers
  • Sun protection (water resistant SPF30+)
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Cash/credit card for purchases
  • Certified divers please bring certified card and log book

What's Included

  • 90-minute transfer on a spacious fast catamaran
  • 5 hours at the Reef Magic pontoon
  • Morning & afternoon tea
  • Hot/cold tropical buffet lunch
  • All environmental fees and local taxes
  • All snorkelling equipment (including FREE wet suit or lycra suit)
  • Spacious sundeck with lounges and shaded areas for summer
  • Science lab - view researchers at work in a purpose-built lab
  • Semi-submersible and glass bottom boat tours
  • Change rooms and freshwater rinse showers
  • Great Barrier Reef presentation by a Marine Biologist
  • Complimentary tea/coffee/filtered drinking water
  • Underwater reef viewing observatory
  • Moonpool to view those who are diving
  • Infants safety swimming enclosure
  • Fish feeding & identification session with a Marine Biologist
  • Toilet facilities

What's Extra

  • Lockers for Personal Hire ($2 per entry)
  • Prescription Masks available for Snorkellers and Divers ($5 hire fee)
  • Introductory scuba diving, certified diving, guided snorkel tour with our marine naturalists, massages, scenic flights, helmet diving
Activity Details Price Notes
Introductory Scuba Diving


On the day



Certified Scuba Diving


On the day



Helmet Diving


On the day



Guided Snorkel Experience (35 mins)







Comfortable swimmers
Guided Snorkel Safari (50 mins)



Family (2A + 2C)

$70 (pre-booked)
$75 (on the day)

$50 (pre-booked)
$55 (on the day)

$190 (pre-booked)
$210 (on the day)

Comfortable swimmers
Accommodation Transfer (Cairns CBD) 



Family (2A + 2C)




Pick-up time notified upon booking
Accommodation Transfer (Cairns Northern Beaches) 



Family (2A + 2C)




Pick-up time notified upon booking
  • All extra activities are subject to availability.
  • All travellers undertaking diving activities must meet the medical requirements
  • Prices are subject to changes without notice. 

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Your Responsibilities:

Please advise us before booking if any passengers are under 18 years old to ensure this is the appropriate trip. 

You must reconfirm all booked tours prior to travel as specified on your voucher. If applicable, notes such as dietary requirements, pick-up locations and additional fees should also be confirmed at this time. Reconfirmations cannot be actioned through Cairns Tours/Mr Travel and must be done so directly through the Service Operator as specified on each ticket.

It is your responsibility to notify us of ticket discrepancies. Please read through the details on your voucher thoroughly to ensure all details such as passenger names, ages and dates of travel on vouchers are correct.

It is the responsibility of all passengers travelling to advise both your travel agent at the time of booking and check-in agent before boarding of any medical conditions including food allergies you may suffer from.

You need to allow adequate time to check-in prior to the specified departure time. Please refer to the specific tour page for full check-in instructions.

Prices/Extra Costs:

All prices are stated in Australian dollars and include GST. The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices and extra costs. Extra costs may include EMC fees, Stingersuit/Wetsuit Hire, Luggage Storage, Insurance, Linen Hire, National Park Fees, Fuel Levies, Dietary Fees, etc. Bonds may also apply.

We will also endeavour to communicate these extra costs with you at the time of booking, and on your ticket. However, it is your responsibility to confirm which (if any) additional costs apply with each Service Operator upon reconfirming your trip.

Travel Risk/Insurance:

It should be noted that adventure travel involves risk. Whilst we make every effort to safeguard clients, we cannot be responsible for personal injury or loss due to the actions of our clients which are beyond our control. We highly recommend that all clients have travel insurance covering illness, injury, loss or damage to personal belongings and not being able to travel on the confirmed date of departure. You should also ensure your travel insurance will cover special circumstances including weather events preventing guests from travelling to their tour departure destination and cancelled flights due to unforeseen circumstances. 


It should be noted that any transport you have booked (buses, flights and ferries) through Cairns Tours is non-refundable and non-transferable. It might be possible to change flights however do note this must be done directly with the flight operator and we are unable to offer any support with this. This may incur change fees or cancellation fees, it depends on the T+Cs of the flight operators themselves. As we acted as a booking agent for you, it is possible to liaise with the airline directly should there be any unexpected events and the airline is forced to cancel your flights. If there are any changes to your flight times or days, we will get notified and send this email directly to you in a reasonable time.

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Terms and Conditions (including the Cancellation Policy) are subject to change. The most recent versions can be found online on the relevant product pages. 

All ticket/voucher reissues attract a $20 administration fee.


The Service Operator reserves the right to limit courtesy transfers to select local accommodations. Private residences or Airbnb properties may be asked to meet at the closest confirmed location. Failure to meet at the specified pick-up location may be treated as “No Show”, for which the Client Cancellation Policy applies. Not all tours offer transfers, please refer to the individual product to see if this is applicable to your tour.

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Shipping Costs are in addition to the ticket price and will be added at check-out. Shipping costs are non-refundable and do not makeup part of the ticket value. 

E-Vouchers incur no shipping fees.

You have 5 years to use the value of the voucher. Seasonal Price Rises will apply if travelling out the current seasons pricing. Vouchers can be exchanged for free up to the full value of the voucher excluding credit card fees and charges.


Client Cancellations:

All cancellations forfeit 25% of the recommended retail price (RRP) - not the discounted/sale price. No shows or client cancellations made within 24 hours of departure forfeit 100% of the total ticket price. 

Cairns Tours is required to notify the operator of any cancellations within the specified cancellation period. It is your responsibility to make sure you submit your cancellation request with adequate time, and during standard business hours (9am-5pm), to allow us to contact the tour provider.

Transfers between tours can be made at the suppliers' discretion, however, it should be noted that supplier fees may apply. Tour transfers also incur a $20 administration fee. 

It is compulsory that all cancellation requests are in writing and sent via email to: admin@mr-travel.com. Cancellations attempted via online chat or phone will not be actioned.

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The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices, alter itineraries, apply a fuel surcharge, cancel departures, arrange alternative transport and vary itineraries and services if necessary.

All departures and itineraries are subject to weather. Tours may be changed or cancelled for any reason at the discretion of the Service Operator. If the Service Operator has to cancel the trip or activity (prior to departure) and we cannot offer a suitable alternative, then a refund will be given minus a 20% administration fee and any associated card fees. We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance, especially during the wet season.

All add-on activities (including but not limited to scuba diving, stand-up paddleboarding, helmet diving, guided snorkel tours, banana boat rides and waterslides) are subject to availability and price changing, and may not be available during your tour without notice. Guests are not eligible for refunds on the grounds of non-operating extra activities.

In the unlikely event of your trip being cancelled or stood down, all guest communication is required to go through our Online Store via telephone or email. While there is a Travel Shop retail outlet located in Cairns, please be aware that they operate as a separate entity and are unable to access reservations made by the Cairns Tours/Mr Travel online department.


All refunds are in Australian Dollars and must be made to the card of payment. Cairns Tours/Mr Travel is not liable for exchange rate fluctuations or fees, or any other merchant/bank fees associated with domestic and/or international transactions.

Where a full refund is applicable, there is the option to transfer the whole cost of the tour to another tour or “Credit” to avoid the administration fee. A transfer fee of $20 will apply.

You will be emailed confirmation once the refund has been processed. Once the refund has been processed, it may still take time for the banks to clear the amount. Please allow 7-10 business days for the funds to clear into Australian accounts and up to 21 business days for international accounts.


All Service Operators have the right to provide client feedback and to cancel bookings based off of feedback from other Service Operators. 

Please enjoy your travel experience in a kind and responsible manner.

Cairns Tours/Mr Travel will treat this as any normal client cancellation and therefore the cancellation fees stated in the Client Cancellation Policy will apply.

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Thank you for booking with our East-Coast travel experts here at Cairns Tours/ Mr Travel. If you would like any further advice, assistance in arranging accommodation, transfers or additional tours please get in touch.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where does the boat depart from and what time?

Check in starts at 8:15am from the Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street Cairns. The boat is located at the end of A Finger, Cairns Marlin Marina and departs at 9:00am.

Where is the Reef Magic platform located?

Reef Magic pontoon is located at the north eastern end of Moore Reef. Located about 45km’s from Cairns it takes about 90 mins to journey out there.

How many hours do we spend at the reef?

You will have 5 glorious hours to explore the reef and all the activities at the pontoon, with plenty of time to relax, chill and enjoy a cool drink on the sundeck.

Are transfers included from my accommodation?

Return transfers are available for an additional fee. Return Cairns City transfers are $25 p/p and return transfers from the Northern Beaches transfers are $35 p/p.

Should I be worried about sharks?

There are sharks in all oceans and they form a vital part of the world's marine ecosystem. However the ones you are most likely to see are shy and quite harmless. White and black tip reef sharks only grow to approximately 5ft. An encounter with a reef shark is a magical experience, but enjoy it while you can as they will generally swim off if you get too close.

Are special dietary requirements catered for?

Reef Magic has a wide spread of options to catered for vegetarian, vegan and gluten free dietary requirements, along with a selection of cold meats, prawns, salads, breads and condiments. If you have any food allergies or other dietary needs, please advise us during the time of booking so we can ensure the crew are made aware and can cater as necessary.

Are there child minding facilities at the pontoon?

No, parents are responsible for supervising their children at all times. The friendly Reef Magic crew can help organise the timing of your activities so that one parent is always free to attend to the children.

Is there suitable access for the disabled?

There is ramp access from the wharf to the vessel and from the vessel to the Reef Magic pontoon. However, passengers are required to negotiate at least one set of stairs on the vessel depending on tides and loading position. So the assistance of a carer is highly recommended. The Reef Magic catamaran has wide aisles and a wheel chair accessible toilet & shower. Access to the water, coral viewing vessels, underwater observatory and sundeck all require stairs to be negotiated and would require a carer to be present if the customer can not walk unassisted. Best to give us a call if you are unsure.

What is the minimum age for scuba diving?

Minimum age is 12 years old. A medical questionnaire must be completed and signed by a parent/guardian for any divers under 18 years.

Can I scuba dive with no experience?

Yes you can! Reef Magic has highly qualified scuba instructors that will teach you all the important info you need to know for your first dive on the Great Barrier Reef!


Overall Rating

5.0 / 5.0

Based on 4 reviews

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Reviews by our Cairns Tours customers

Anjul Khera, 27 May 24
Reef magic were wonderful for our viewing of the Great Barrier Reef. The team were really attentive and kind. We travelled with our 2 year old and couldn’t ask for more with the semi submersible tour and glass bottom tour that made the viewing so easy. Good food options also on the pontoon. It’s packed with activities for the team but they make sure everything is done safely. Loved doing the scuba dive with the team who were patient and helpful as I practiced. The cutest moment was when the entire staff lines up to say goodbye to you in the end.
Kimi Wang, 11 May 24
For beautiful reef snorkeling, we recommend Reef Magic, a family-friendly trip. Children who cannot swim (provided they are not afraid of water) are provided with life jackets and can also enjoy snorkeling activities
Mike Zellman, 03 Apr 24
A superb day. Organisation was excellent. Excellent food and variety of events. Safety management was impressive. So much to do and self management is needed to get it all done. The underwater aspect and viewing was breathtaking. Huge shout out to all the staff who worked themselves hard all day. 5*.
Keeley Iverson , 08 Sep 22
Highly recommend this day tour to families, elderly, kids and anyone who is wanting to snorkel at a brand new pontoon. Such an amazing day with 5 whole hours to snorkel, enjoy and relax.
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