Reef Tours For Families

If you’re going to the Reef with kids the best option is either an Activity Platform or one of the Islands.  

Activity Platforms - Great for Kids

An Activity Platform is a floating pontoon permanently anchored to the reef. It’s shaded, has showers and toilets plus chairs and tables. It’s a place where you can spread yourself out for the day. Activity Platforms also make it very easy getting in and out of the water. Only four Reef Tours have Activity Platforms: Reef Magic, Great Adventures, Sunlover Cruises, and Quicksilver. Another reason these four Tour Operators are a great option for families is that they offer reef and coral viewing from Glass-Bottom Boats and Semi-Submersibles. This is great for small children who don’t feel confident snorkelling or for the elderly. All four operators include the Glass-Botton Boat / Semi-Sub in the tour price.

Green Island or Fitzroy Island - Family Friendly

The second option for families with kids is one of the Islands: Green Island or Fitzroy Island. Children often feel far more confident being able to snorkel in shallow water from a beach than jumping off the back of a boat on the Outer Reef. Both Green Island and Fitzroy Island offer a whole range of beach activities, including snorkel gear, paddle boards, and kayaks. Snorkel gear can be hired on the Island or may be included in your Green Island or Fitzroy Island tour price.

See a list of Green Island Tours

See a list of Fitzroy Island Tours

Reef Tours with Activity Platforms


A favourite amongst Cairns snorkeling tours. Cruise with Sunlover to the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef by fast, air-conditioned catamaran.




  • Snorkel equipment
  • Semi-sub & Glass bottom boat
  • On-board touch tank
  • Presentation by marine naturalist
  • Hot & cold buffet lunch
  • Afternoon tea & coffee

Adults from $231/pp  


If you only experience the Great Barrier Reef once, see it at its best at the Outer Reef  Marine World renowned for coral, colour and diversity of reef life. 5 full hours on the Reef.




  • Snorkel equipment, wetsuit & lycra suit
  • Flotation devices in adult/child sizes
  • Glass Bottom Boat & Semi-Sub
  • Fish feeding plus Marine Biology presentation
  • Underwater Observatory
  • Sundeck
  • Fresh Water Showers & Changing Rooms
  • Morning/afternoon Tea
  • Full hot/cold buffet lunch

Adults from $210/pp  


Escape into a world of surprises and experience the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef with Great Adventures exciting Outer Reef cruise. Departing daily from Cairns.




  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Semi-submersible coral reef viewing
  • Underwater observatory
  • Buoyancy vests
  • Buffet lunch
  • Afternoon tea & coffee, cheese and biscuits

Adults from $233/pp  


Quicksilver takes you to the renowned Agincourt Reef on the edge of the Continental Shelf, a jewel-like ribbon reef of spectacular coral formations, colourful marine life and exceptional underwater visibility.


Port Douglas


  • Snorkel equipment
  • Lifeguard supervision
  • Underwater observatory
  • Semi-sub
  • Reef presentation
  • Hot & cold smorgasbord lunch
  • Morning & afternoon teas

Adults from $245/pp  

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