Marine World on the outer Great Barrier Reef


8am - 5pm


The Deal

Glide across the Coral Sea on a catamaran ride to a premium outer reef location with diverse marine life. Spend five hours at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed reef with exclusive access to an activity platform staffed by marine biologist guides. Snorkel, Scuba Dive or opt to take the Glass-Bottom Boat Tour. The complex and diverse barrier reef ecosystem is home to more than 1,500 species of tropical fish and 400 different types of coral. See some of them while snorkeling in the sheltered coral lagoon, scuba diving (no experience necessary), or taking a guided snorkel safari with a marine biologist (own expense). If you prefer to stay dry, you can view the reef from a semi-submersible boat, an underwater observatory, or take a glass-bottom boat tour or Helmet Dive (own expense). Take a scenic helicopter flight (own expense) to get another perspective on the coral reef from above. The spacious sundeck provides plenty of room for soaking up the tropical warmth, and you can even purchase a session with the massage therapist. The range of activities make this tour suitable for people of all ages and level of swimming ability. Spend less time traveling with the speedy catamaran transfer from the mainland, which allows more time at the reef itself. Your tour includes a hot and cold buffet lunch, morning and afternoon tea, the use of snorkeling equipment, a glass-bottom boat tour, semi-submersible tour, and access to the underwater reef viewing observatory.

  • Full-day tour to the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns 

  • Learn about the diverse marine life of Australia 

  • See a colorful variety of fish, corals, and other aquatic life Choose from activities such as snorkeling, a glass-bottom boat tour, and semi-submersible tour 

  • Tea/Coffee and drinking water is available free of charge throughout the day

  • Includes hot/cold buffet lunch with vegetarian options

  • Marine biologist presentation

  • All snorkelling equipment including personal flotation devices in adult/child sizes

  • FREE Wet suit and lycra suit use for year round comfort and in-water safety. Wet suits are 5mm with short arms/legs. Lycra suits provide fantastic sun protection and in season are useful in reducing the risk of jelly fish stings.

  • On board Marine Biology presentation/talk en-route to the reef

  • Semi-Submersible tours with interactive commentary

  • Glass Bottom Boat tours with interactive commentary

  • Fish feeding and identification session with our Marine Biologist

  • Underwater Observatory

  • Use of Sundeck, Fresh Water Showers and Changing Rooms

  • Access to reference materials on the reef

  • German & French speaking crew are available to assist international visitors

  • All taxes & fees included 


The Marine World site has been hand picked for its superior water clarity, biological diversity and overall quality of marine life. It is without doubt one of the most beautiful reef locations available anywhere in Australia and perfect for snorkellers.

On arrival at Marine World our crew will provide some handy tips on the correct use of snorkelling equipment and then help fit you with a mask, snorkel and fins so you can take to the water with confidence (all included in the cruise price).

Our snorkel area is supervised at all times and personal flotation devices are readily available in adult and child sizes. Stairs lead down from the main deck to a submersed snorkel platform where you can sit down and put on your mask and fins. Access to the water could not be easier with the snorkel platform opening directly into a shallow, bright and sheltered coral lagoon.

Floating snorkeller rest stations are strategically located around the site where you can take a rest at any time. This prevents tired snorkellers standing on and damaging the corals and is part of our commitment to ensuring our site is kept in it’s current pristine condition.

Beginner snorkellers will feel comfortable being able to see the bottom at all times and an array of colourful corals and incredible fish life can be immediately seen without even letting go of the platform!

It would be a very rare day if Wally the Giant Maori Wrasse didn’t show up to snorkel alongside you.. an incredible photo opportunity!

You will be head down exploring this extensive reef site in no time.


No experience necessary. All equipment supplied including wetsuit & souvenir dive certificate to hang on your wall.

While at the Great Barrier Reef there is no better opportunity to experience the thrill of Scuba Diving for the very first time. If you can kick and have a heart beat chances are you can dive, so give it a go it’s an experience you will never forget!

Scuba diving in Australia is safe and highly regulated with qualified instructors and strict operational procedures. At Reef Magic Cruises your safety is our number one priority and our safety record remains unblemished.

On the way to the reef our friendly and experienced instructors will answer all your questions, introduce you to the scuba equipment and brief you on the very basics you need to know to enjoy this experience of a life time.

The Marine World platform provides a safe, controlled environment perfect for the novice diver. Stairs lead into a sheltered “moon-pool” where you will spend time practicing some basic scuba skills before heading off on your dive.

Group size is kept small with a maximum of 4 divers per instructor (less if nervous divers) so you know you are in safe hands.

Your first dive will be in our coral lagoon, a shallow sheltered area with dense coral cover and teaming with fish life. This is home to Wally our resident Giant Maori Wrasse who is sure to drop by… Give our professional dive photographer a wave and they will capture the moment for you.

1st dives last around 20-30 minutes and reach a maximum of 10m with most of the dive around 4-5m. On 2nd or 3rd dives you will have already done the skills leaving more time for the actual dive. In calm conditions, capable divers may be given the opportunity to dive the incredible Reef Magic wall!



When you book 2 x Certified Dives prior to boarding the boat, your 2nd certified dive is free!

Reef Magic Cruises are renowned for offering some of the best certified diving on the Great Barrier Reef.

With Marine World as your base our dedicated dive tender takes you to a selection of drift, wall & channel dives including swim through, small caves, ledges & drop off’s. These are private locations only accessible to Marine World visitors so you are ensured a unique dive experience.

Sites are chosen to suit the weather conditions on the day and take in to account the experience of the divers.

With 5 hours actual reef time we can offer up to 3 completely different dives in a day.

All dives are professionally guided for your safety and enjoyment. We take you direct to the best places, leaving you more time to take in the beauty of your surroundings without the need to navigate – magic!

Don’t worry if you don’t have a dive buddy we will pair you up with someone of similar ability or our dive master will buddy with you themselves.

Don’t forget your log book so we can record your Great Barrier Reef experience for you!


SeaTREK is a guided underwater walking tour designed for non-swimmers and guests ages 8 to 80+.  Experience the thrill of helmet diving face-to-face with friendly marine life right here at Moore Reef !


Reef Magic Cruises Marine World Cruise caters for all ages and swimming abilities. Included is a range of activities and facilities for the non-swimmer or those simply wanting to take time out of the water and experience the reef from a different perspective.A key benefit of choosing to travel with Reef Magic Cruises is that you have a full 5 hours at the reef so plenty of time to do it all!



Through large viewing windows our air conditioned Semi Submersible provides a divers perspective of the reef without getting wet.

Sitting 1m below the waterline we take you on a 30 minute guided tour of the reef with commentary from our Marine Naturalist.

Glide through coral gardens & along the edge of coral drop off’s while spotting colourful reef fish, schools of larger Trevally, Red Bass, Hump Headed Parrot Fish and maybe even a turtle or friendly reef shark.

Highlights have included the spotting of Minke Whales through the windows of the Semi-Submersible so you never know what we’ll find!

A white board on Marine World indicates the tour times so you can organise it around your other activities our ask our crew to sort out a schedule for you.

This is a free & inclusive activity which you can do more than once if you wish.



Similar to the experience of snorkelling the open-air Glass Bottom Boat is smaller and more maneuverable than the Semi-Submersible allowing your guide to hover over beautiful coral gardens, giant clams, schools of colourful reef fish and more!

Tours last around 30 minutes and include a running commentary.



Our underwater reef viewing observatory is open for you to walk through at any time of the day. Watch the Introductory Scuba Divers head off from our moon pool.

At lunch time our Marine Biologist will announce the fish feeding demonstration which starts in front of the observatory windows before moving to the snorkel platform.

The feeding frenzy includes large schools of Red Bass, Trevally and the star of the show, Wally, our resident Giant Maori Wrasse!

For an exhilarating experience grab your snorkelling gear and get amongst it or take a seat on the submersed snorkel platform as the fish bustle in around you looking for a free lunch!



En route to Marine World our Marine Biologist conducts an informative slide show presentation, loaded with interesting facts on the Great Barrier Reef and tips on how to make the most of your reef visit. The presentation is conducted in the main saloon and relayed to TV monitors throughout the vessel. Reference books are also available as well as waterproof fish/coral ID cards designed to be taken diving or snorkelling.



The Marine World platfrom includes a spacious sundeck with comfortable lounges. This is a great place to relax, have a cool drink, enjoy lunch and just soak up the relaxed tropical atmosphere.


Breath taking scenic reef flights are an alternative to in-water activities and coral viewing vessels, soar above it all in a helicopter for a spectacular birds eye view of the Great Barrier Reef! Heli Magic offers a range of extremely popular scenic flights to suit all budgets. From the moment you lift off uninterrupted panoramic views provide a unique perspective of this stunning World Heritage Listed location. The turquoise waters of the Coral Sea are alive with extensive coral formations. Spot turtles, rays, reef sharks and schooling fish.


5 minutes flying time from Marine World

A breathtaking, uninterrupted birds eye view of the reef.


10 minutes flying time from Marine World

Experience the limits – climb to 3,000ft and experience soaring views of the reef, islands and sand cays. Spot Turtles, Sharks, Manta Rays and more.



Helicopter flight to Marine World ex Cairns. (1-way helicopter, 1-way Reef Magic. Approx 20 minutes flying time)

The Itinerary

8:00 - 8:30 AM - Check-in inside the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal- 1 Spence Street

9:00 AM - Depart Marlin Jetty Cairns

Travel time is only 90 minutes direct from Cairns on a fast stable motor catamaran

10:30 AM -     Arrive at Marine World on the Outer Great Barrier Reef

3:30 PM - Depart Marine World

5:00 PM - Arrive back in Cairns


*All timings are approximate and can vary due to weather conditions and other factors out of our control*

The Fine Print

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking 

  • Please bring a swimsuit, hat, towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, and cash or credit card for any on-board purchases 

  • All diving is subject to the completion of an on-board medical questionnaire.

  •  Certain medical conditions (such as asthma, epilepsy, and high blood pressure) and medications may exclude individuals from diving. 

  • Minimum age to dive is 12 years with parent/guardian permission required for those under 18 years. 

  • Certified divers must produce their certification cards. 

  • After diving, intervals of 12-24 hours are recommended prior to flying in any type of aircraft dependent on depth of dives and total accrued dive time 

  • Helicopter flights: Route flown and type of aircraft used are subject to weather, air traffic control, aircraft availability and, ultimately, the pilot's discretion. 

  • Maximum of 1 infant allowed per flight. Maximum combined passenger weight limits apply

  • Reef duration: 5 hours

  • The Reef Magic catamarans are very stable and transfer times to the reef quick however if you are prone to motion sickness it is recommended to take preventative measures around 30 minutes prior to the boat departing. Natural Ginger tablets and medicated Travel-Calm are available on board.

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