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).
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
- Swimming Costume & Towel, Hat, Sunglasses, Sun Cream
- Proof of qualification if you’re a Certified Diver
- Booking Voucher/Confirmation
Important Information for Scuba Diving
We have a passion to show you Australia’s Great Barrier Reef so please make sure you understand the scuba diving laws.
Queensland, Australia has some of the strictest scuba diving rules in the world but also the safest scuba diving record. We are regulated by the Queensland Government Code of Practice and comply with all rules including medical as is the law.
To avoid disappointment on your day of travel we strongly recommend that all of our passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire prior to booking as some medical conditions, age and / or medications may prevent you from scuba diving.
It is always our mission to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef experience.
We are very happy to help you with any questions you may have. Please Contact our office on 07 4037 2700 or email us at [email protected],
Or alternatively, you may like to consult your own Doctor for a Dive Medical using the Australian Standard Forms ‘AS.4005.1
Flying after Scuba Diving
For a single no decompression scuba dive, you should not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours after a scuba dive. For multiple dives you should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive. If Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning you must wait 24 hours after your dive. We recommend waiting a minimum 24 hours whenever possible