Outer reef pontoon day trips

Quicksilver and Great Adventures both operate day trips to pontoons. These pontoons are multi-level reef activity platforms moored permanently at the Outer Great Barrier Reef in exclusive, pristine locations. They provide a spacious, stable base to enjoy a wide range of reef activities in all weather conditions. Guests get to enjoy the facilities of the (air-conditioned) vessel and platform which includes undercover seating, change rooms and freshwater showers, underwater observatory, semi-submersible, snorkelling platforms, specially designed introductory dive areas and sundecks.

The Great Barrier Reef pontoon diving in Cairns Australia


The pontoon (activity platform) provides the widest range of experiences in which to see the reef making it a great option for experienced certified divers travelling with family or non-diving companions. While the family are cruising in the semi-submersible or snorkelling (or trying an intro dive!) you can enjoy up to 2 certified dives. Scuba diving at the edge of Australia’s continental shelf is simply spectacular.
The Great Barrier Reef pontoon diving

Great Adventures

Departing from Cairns, Great Adventures takes you to a spacious multi-level reef activity platform (pontoon) situated on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. With a wide range of activities, the pontoon provides a great option for experienced divers traveling with non-diving companions. Certified divers can dive directly off the platform to explore selected sites like Turtle Sanctuary, First Bommie and Secret Gardens with depths to about 16m.