1. Local family owned company
Travelling with Reef Magic Cruises you benefit from the expert knowledge and experience of a locally owned company. With years spent exploring our extensive reef systems you are guaranteed the location we have chosen for you is as good as it gets.
Our small team of professionals provide unmatched service and attention to detail from assisting with your initial enquiry to ensuring your experience at the reef is all we have promised and more!
2. Maximum time at the reef
Many of you will have travelled a great distance to visit Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef so it is not an experience you want to rush.
Departing direct from Cairns by fast catamaran Reef Magic spends less time travelling and 5 full hours at the reef. You won’t be forced to choose between activities, you have time to do them all.
Total travel time: 3 hours (1.5 hours each way)
Total time at the reef: 5 hours
3. Travel on Cairns most spacious outer reef vessel
Reef Magic Cruises is unique in that we never overfill our vessels. The MV Reef Magic II luxury catamaran has over 300 seats but a daily maximum of under 200 passengers ensuring over100 empty seats even when “full”.
Sure we could make more money by filling every seat however your comfort and ultimate enjoyment of the day takes priority over another click on the counter.
Some operators load 300-400 passengers on to a single vessel while smaller boats are not always the most spacious either becoming uncomfortable when filled to capacity. Reef Magic II has the best of both worlds, small boat service with big boat comfort.
4. Visit a private Outer Reef location
Only Reef Magic Cruises has a permit to access Marine World ensuring a highly personal reef experience. Other reef & island locations can become conjested with several boats visiting the one area all at the same time.
Sole access also ensures our site is maintained to the highest possible standard for years to come with all activities conducted in a sustainable fashion and under our supervision.
5. Outer Great Barrier Reef
Outer Reef locations such as Marine World are renowned for their superior coral quality, colour and overall diversity of reef life.
Located 45km’s off shore in clean ocean waters, higher coral densities and less sand/sediment (associated with inner reefs island and sand cays) ensures maximum water clarity in a wider range of weather conditions.
6. All weather comfort
The Marine World activity platform provides shelter and shade in all seasons from sun, wind or rain. Facilities include fresh water showers, changing rooms, a covered main deck with tables and seating plus a spacious upper sundeck with lounges.
The Reef Magic II catamaran is a large vessel with a spacious outer deck and plenty of dry, climate controlled seating inside.
At 30m in length, cruising at close to 30 knots and with a wide stable “footprint” RMII provides the smoothest possible ride to and from the reef.
7. Commitment to sustainability
Reef Magic Cruises Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation distinguishes us as one of Australia’s leading and most innovative ecotourism products.
The Marine World activity platform is the only facility of it’s kind on the Great Barrier Reef to have been accredited with Advanced Eco Accreditation in it’s own right.
All activities are our carried out following industry best standards/guidelines and your patronage helps support important conservation initiatives aimed directly at the protection of Australia’s natural heritage.
8. Largest range of activities suitable for all ages and swimming abilities
The Marine World activity platform has something for everyone from the non-swimmer or first time snorkeller to the most experience certified diver. With 5 full hours there is time to do it all.
In-water activities: click on the links for information on each activity
Dry activities & facilities: click on the links for information on each activity
9. Spectacular Diving
The dive sites at Marine World are without doubt some of the best and varied available on a day trip from Cairns. Our experienced dive team cater for both Introductory and Certified divers of all skill levels.
Experienced divers can enjoy a range of channels, wall and pinnacle dives with our sheltered coral lagoon perfect for the beginners.
Introductory divers are placed in groups of similar ability with a maximum of 3 students per instructor. First dives are generally conducted from a controlled environment moon pool directly under the main platform. Average depths reached are around 4-5m and with the opportunity to explore further at the instructors discretion on 2nd and subsequent dives.
Certified Divers have access to a dedicated dive tender which visits a variety of individual sites in the vicinity of Marine World. Bring your SSI, PADI, NAUI or other professional dive association certification card. Enjoy up to 3 dives in a single day.
10. Fully catered
Included in your day is morning and afternoon tea plus an extensive Hot/Cold buffet lunch including prawns and vegetarian options as standard. Tea, coffee and drinking water are available complimentary throughout the day.