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Full Day Outer Reef Experience With More ActivitIes & More Value
Moore Reef Daily

Moore Reef Daily


With cruises departing daily from Cairns, our state-of-the art Moore Reef Marine Base is perfectly positioned and fully equipped so that any age or ability can fully experience the magic of the reef with its abundance of colourful coral, fascinating fish, turtles & more.

With 4 HOURS REEF TIME to explore this underwater wonderland, there’s plenty of time to take advantage of all of our free inclusions. The kids (or big kids!) will love the Sunlover Sunslide – the only theme park water slide on the reef.

You won't find a better value outer reef adventure with this many activities and inclusions packed into one day.

Departs Daily from Cairns Marina
  • 8:30am - Check in starts 
  • 9:15am - Check in closes
  • 9:30am - Depart Cairns
  • 10:15am - Arrive Fitzroy Island 
  • 10:30am - Depart Fitzroy Island 
  • 11:30am - Arrive Moore Reef Marine Base 
Enjoy 4 hours of reef time. So much to see and do!
  • 12 to 1.30pm- Tropical buffet lunch with prawns available
  • 3:30pm - Depart Moore Reef Marine Base 
  • 4:20pm - Arrive Fitzroy Island 
  • 5:30pm - Arrive at Cairns
*Times are approximate

Included Activities


Moore Reef Marine Base

Our double-storey Moore Reef Marine Base is anchored at Moore Reef, 54km off Cairns. The base has been custom designed so all ages and abilities can explore and enjoy the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.  

The base is 50 metres long with a capacity of up to 400 people, and was recently refurbished and enhanced to now feature a large upper-level sundeck, which is the perfect spot to relax in the tropical sunshine, and prime position to look out over the turquoise waters and mosiac of the reef. The sundeck is also where the Sunlover Sunslide starts on its 30 metre spiral descent into the tropical waters.  

On the lower level, there is plentiful seating in the shade. The boat docks alongside the base and gangplanks provide seamless access between base and air-conditioned boat.

Moore Reef Marine Base features:

  • Fully powered
  • WIFI and cellphone coverage (dependent on conditions and provider)
  • Air-conditioned 60 tiered-seat underwater observatory that can also be used for presentations
  • Built in SCUBA dive station, with all equipment & diving platform
  • Two snorkel platforms
  • Plentiful tables and seating
  • Marine-life touch tank
  • Glass bottom boat
  • Change-rooms
  • Fresh water outdoor showers
  • Ocean enclosed children’s pool
  • Sunlover Sunslide - only waterslide on the reef
  • Two levels - shaded lower level and upper level sundeck
  • SeaWalker Helmet Dive platform
  • Scenic helicopter pad

Marine Biologist for a Day + Astronomer for a Night


This is a Citizen Science program for groups of amateur and serious environmentalists (not just school students) who come from all over the world to enjoy a very special underwater classroom on the Great Barrier Reef and participate in our highly regarded Marine Biologist for a Day program.

The program is an in-depth educational experience linked to the Australian School Curriculum created and conducted by our team of marine experts including two Master Reef Guides. Topics include reef ecology, climate change, marine life identification, and predators such as Crown of Thorns starfish.

During the day participants are led on Guided Snorkel Safari (which is suitable for non-swimmers as you are led on buoyant ring), where students fill out a ‘Rapid Monitoring Survey’, which uses a monitoring slate to record health observations on aspects of the reef. This includes identifying marine creatures, analysing coral health and looking for signs of environmental impacts. This data is then inputted directly to the “Eye on the Reef” program run by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA).

Reef enthusiasts are also educated on the various sea creatures that inhabit Moore Reef, environmental aspects that impact on the reef and how they can lower their carbon footprint in their everyday lives.



We have now added an optional overnight experience sleeping in deluxe swags on our Marine Base to study the astronomy of the southern night skies. At approximately 40km off the coast of Cairns our Marine Base is far away from the light pollution of the cities and the stars seem to shine brighter and more brilliantly when viewed from the outer Great Barrier Reef.

Participants will use binoculars and to view the stars as they are taught about the astronomical features of the Southern Hemisphere and how it was used in the past for navigation.

This is a once in a lifetime experience for students, that is fully hosted by marine experts who provide a unique learning experience in a safe, controlled environment. Inquire now about dates that coincide with a lunar or solar eclipse.

Plus, there is still plenty of time to enjoy some of the many additional exciting activities on our Marine Base!


The Great Barrier Reef’s:

  • Size
  • History
  • Biodiversity
  • Connection between the rainforest and the reef

The Southern Hemisphere’s:

  • Features of the southern night sky
  • How to locate the Southern Cross
  • How the stars were used for navigation
  • The use of constellations in the past
  • The Milky Way

Specific content tailored to school assessments (on request)


  • Reef ecology
  • Impacts of climate change
  • Marine life identification
  • Water quality testing
  • Crown of Thorns starfish
  • The difference in how the stars are used to navigate in the Southern Hemisphere versus the Northern Hemisphere
  • How to identify the basic constellations

At the end of the experience, students will be presented with their very own Marine Biologist for a Day & Astronomer for a Night Certificate.

Who knew learning could be so much fun?




  • Adult $234
  • Child (4-15yrs) $139
  • Family (2A + 2C) $607
Hotel transfers available ($22-$32pp)

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