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Cairns Reef Tours for Kids and Families

Kids will love the Great Barrier Reef, at any age! Cairns has a range of fantastic, family-friendly Great Barrier Reef trips available, departing from Cairns’ Marlin Marina daily. Popular destinations include Green and Fitzroy Islands, or the outer reef pontoons, which have enclosed swimming areas for the little ones.

Green Island is a very family-friendly destination. Half and full day tours are available, or stay overnight at the luxury resort for a complete tropical island holiday experience. The kids will enjoy playing on the beach, snorkelling and swimming in the sheltered, warm waters of the ocean, or indeed the resort’s swimming pool. Explore the island on rainforest boardwalks and make sure you take them to Marineland Melanesia, to see the resident crocodiles (some much bigger than the below!).

Fitzroy Island Trampoline

Fitzroy Island Trampoline

Green Island Crocodile

Green Island Crocodile

Kids Love the Reef

Kids Love the Reef



Fitzroy Island has a campground and resort. The kids will love jumping on the ocean trampoline, exploring the island’s mountain and rainforest walks, snorkeling and swimming. Optional extras include a guided sea kayaking tour.

There are three outer reef pontoon trips to choose from: Reef Magic, Sunlover Cruises and Great Adventures. Each of these Great Barrier Reef pontoons have shaded decks, freshwater showers and offer swimming, snorkeling, semi-submersible tours, glass bottom boat tours, underwater observatory and fish feeding. All are pram friendly and have wetsuits, lycra suits and snorkelling equipment in kids sizes, as well as buoyancy devices (noodles and vests) for extra comfort in the water.

Kids of any age can explore Cairns’ Great Barrier Reef and be amazed at the colours and types of fish and coral. Some pontoons have touch tanks and enclosed swimming areas: all have marine biologists who can explain the interesting features of this amazing natural environment.

Cairns Dive Adventures has done all of the Cairns reef cruises. Each offers a slightly different day and experience. We are happy to provide unbiased trip reviews and advice, to help you select the best reef cruise for your experience and budget.

Please note that we are not affiliated with any of the boats. We are Cairns locals, trying to help visitors have the best time they can, on the amazing Great Barrier Reef. This website is funded and built by us: we make commission from your tour bookings. We hope this information is of some assistance and thank you in advance for your support. Contact us for more info +61 7 5641 0112

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Selected Tours

Quicksilver Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruises

The Ultimate Great Barrier Reef Cruise - Quicksilver Cruises provides the only Port Douglas Great Barrier Reef pontoon tour, departing Marina Mirage daily. Can snorkel and dive, Semi-Submarines & Underwater Observatory.
$232


Reef Magic – Marine World

Up to 5 hours at the reef. Outer Great Barrier Reef pontoon with fabulous coral gardens. Meet Wally! Lots of inclusions: snorkelling, glass bottom boat, semi-sub, underwater observatory and more.
$199
Reef Magic Outer Reef Scuba Diving


Sunlover Cruises

Great day tour for people of all ages. Visit Outer Reef Pontoon at Moore Reef, with lots of inclusions: snorkelling, glass bottom boat and semi-sub tours, underwater observatory and more.
$199
Sunlover Cruises


Great Adventures: Outer Reef

Leaves later than most (10am) and provides up to 3 hours at their outer reef pontoon. Enjoy the sun deck, underwater observatory, semi-submersible and many optional extras.
$224
Great Adventures


Great Adventures: Green Island & Great Barrier Reef

This is the only Cairns day tour to combine time on Green Island with a visit to a Great Barrier Reef pontoon. Best of both worlds. Suitable for snorkellers and divers.
$244
Great Adventures Green Island & Reef Package


Do you need help choosing?

Can't decide? We have personally been on every Cairns reef and diving trip. We can help you choose the best tour, to suit your experience and budget.

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