Non-swimmer tours on the Cairns Great Barrier Reef.

While the Great Barrier Reef is most interesting under the water, if you're a non-swimmer, there is no need to worry. There is still plenty for you to do and see at the Great Barrier Reef without even getting wet. Being a non-swimmer, you might feel it is a bit difficult to choose a suitable tour that won't leave you out of all the underwater action in discovering the beauty and magic of the reef has to offer just because you don't want to, or cannot swim by yourself unaided.

Many also worry that they cannot bring large items such as prams or wheelchairs ...WRONG!

Anything is possible and this collection of Cairns Great Barrier Reef tours will assist you to find a suitable reef tour, no matter how constrained you are in the water or if you just do not feel comfortable swimming in the ocean and getting wet.

We have a selection of tours that cater well for guests that are disabled or have limited mobilty and unable to swim, snorkel of dive on their own. 

Cairns Great Barrier Reef for the Non-Swimmer

Cairns Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flights

Scenic Flights can be done from a helicopter, or a regular small fixed wing airplane. You can even combine doing a flight over the reef with a scenic flight over Cairns and it's beautiful surroundings including the Daintree Rainforest.

Why not make the most of your day and combine the scenic flight with your Great Barrier Reef trip by flying out to the floating pontoon and then cruising back by catamaran or even for the ultimate way to see the Great Barrier Reef, why not fly both ways! The views and photographic opportunities are amazing as you cruise only 500 feet above the crystal clear waters spotting marine life, boats and beautiful coral reefs.

This way of getting to see the Great Barrier Reef is perfect not only for non-swimmers but for guests that want to experience Mother Natures miracle from above as well as below the water.

Scenic flights are available on reef tours such as the outer barrier reef pontoons, Green Island and secluded sandy coral cays. Seeing the Great Barrier Reef from above gives the best vision and photographic opportunities of the massive coral structures and the huge array of marine life the the Great Barrier Reef supports.

The Outer Barrier Reef activity pontoons are perfect for your Cairns and Port Douglas holiday and there is something for everyone from those non swimmers not wanting to enter the water or for mums and dads with young children in prams to those who want to plunge into the Great Barrier Reef for a scuba dive, snorkel or cruise around in a glass bottom boat or a semi-submersible submarine.

  • A Great Barrier Reef presentation conducted by a marine biologist
  • Glass Bottom Boat or Semi Submersible Submarine Tours, guided by marine biologists
  • The Underwater Observatory Fish and Coral Viewing: The basement area of the pontoon that holds glass as walls giving the opportunity to see what the scuba divers are seeing
  • Fish feeding conducted by the crew
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Buffet lunch
  • Floatation devices
  • The boat crew act as lookouts for all snorkellers and divers
  • Snorkel equipment
  • Some even include a touch tank of marine life and corals so that anyone and everyone can have a feel of the oceans floor.
  • If travelling with those who are interested in those adrenaline pumping excursions such as scuba diving, sea walker and scenic flights are all available too!

The Great Barrier Reef Islands give the comfort zone of the beach for the non swimmer and although most simply include a choice of glass bottom boat tours or snorkel equipment, you can create your own package and add those optional extras.

We suggest if available adding if not already included

  • The glass bottom boat tour
  • Semi-submersible submarine tour guided by a marine biologist
  • The underwater fish and coral observatory (Green Island)
  • A scenic helicopter flight from the beach (Green Island)
  • A guided island walk with a marine naturalist 
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Buffet lunch

Private Charter boats give the experience of sailing on the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef with your own skipper that is ready to go just about anywhere your heart desires.

Although this will not include those extras such as the glass bottom or semi submersible boat tours or underwater observatories, the benefit instead is that you get the chance to see all of those Cairns and Port Douglas islands and sandy coral cays in one day; spend as much time or as little at each - the days agenda is in your hands with a full twelve hours to work with, it's up to you if you want to get wet or not.

You should book ahead for all tours when coming to Cairns, as they frequently book out. We have provided instant booking links to enable you to book your tours through a secure internet connection.

We work directly with the tour companies, so your booking is received and confirmed with the tour operators the moment you place your booking.

The permanent platform you spend your day on when diving and snorkelling the Outer Barrier Reef on the Great Barrier Reef

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Barrier Reef Tour Port Douglas - QS - Outer Barrier Reef Cruise
  • Departs From: Marina Mirage Port Douglas
  • Duration:

    10:00 - 16:30

Port Douglas Reef Trip, Outer Barrier Reef cruise from Port Douglas with the most awarded reef cruise company in Australia Instant book on line or call 1300 761 612 MV - QS Cruises also has the added bonus of traveling out to one of the most spectacular Outer Barrier Reef pontoon sites on the Agincourt Ribbon Reefs from Port Douglas Queensland Australia. This reef trip is the perfect choice for those that suffer seasickness and those that wish to see and do as much as possible on the Great Barrier Reef in one day. Fly out or back in a helicopter to see the reef from above and then dive down below to see it up close. This is one Port Douglas reef tour you will remember for a lifetime.

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Ariel view Green Island

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Green Island Full Day Tour | Snorkel Tour | MV-BC
  • Departs From: Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns
  • Duration:

    5 Hours on Green Island - 9:00am Departure (Big Cat)
    4 Hours on Green Island- 11:00am Departure (Reef Rocket)

    Return to Cairns at 5:00pm for both tours

Green Island is a tropical island paradise on the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel, dive and swim in the warm island waters, view the spectacular reef from a semi-submarine or glass bottom boat, explore the National Park or just relax on the idyllic sandy beach. Big Cat offers a range of full or half day tours which depart daily at 9am, 11am and 1pm from Cairns. Big Cat has Advanced Eco Certification and due to its zero carbon footprint has achieved Leader level Climate Action Certification.

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Ariel view Reef Magic pontoon Cairns Great Barrier Reef

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Reef Day Tour Cairns | Pontoon | Great Barrier Reef | RM
  • Departs From: Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal
  • Duration:

    8 hours (approx)

For non-swimmers we always recommend you book either an island tour or an outer reef tour where the boat takes you to a stable floating pontoon platform for the day. These pontoon have all the toys a non-swimmer can utilise to see the Great Barrier Reef just like all the fellow passengers in the water. Jump on the glass bottom boat then hop inside the semi-submersible submarine or view the action in the water from the underwater observatory on the platform. Be there when they do the fish feeding and marine talk. There is no need to miss the Great Barrier Reef is you are a non-swimmer or a little kids who has not yet learnt to swim

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Underwater viewing deck

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Great Barrier Reef Cruises Cairns | Dive-Snorkel | Scuba Doo | Pontoon
  • Departs From: Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street
  • Duration:

    7 hours approx

Don't worry if you cannot swim we have all the toys on board our floating pontoon for you to explore the Great Barrier Reef just like all of our other guests. Best advise is book a Scuba Doo ride on our underwater motor bikes you will just love it. then jump in the semi-submersible submarine and cruise around the bombies. There are scenic helicopter flights and lots of other things to see and do on our reef trips for non-swimmers and little children

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Amazing photo of Nemo the Ocelaris or False Percula Clownfish on Frankland Island

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Frankland Islands Cruise & Dive | Full Day Tour
  • Departs From: Deeral Landing on the Mulgrave River
  • Duration:

    9 hours (approx), that's 4 hours on the island

One of those idylic tropical islands you just never want to leave this is the Frankland Islands just south of Cairns Our reef trips include: Fresh Tropical lunch with seafood Glass bottom boat or semi-submersible submarine coral viewing tours Guided Island Walks with marine biologist Reef Ecology Presentation Maximum 100 People on the island each day making it perfect for that little getaway Wonderful for families and wonderful for non-swimmers All day snorkelling plus equipment Morning and Afternoon Tea

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Each day you fly in a helicopter the scenery changes

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30 Minute Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Flight | Cairns Queensland Australia | Naut
  • Departs From:
  • Duration:

    30 Minutes

Never been in a helicopter and never been to the Great Barrier Reef before? Well if you would like to see the region from the most perfect vantage point then jump on board our helicopters and we will take you for the flight of your life. Over the 30 minutes you will see beautiful reef systems and marine animals down under the waters surface so make sure you bring your camera along to show all your friends what you did today

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Great Barrier Reef Cruises Cairns pontoon

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Great Barrier Reef Cruises | 2 In 1 Deal | An Island and Outer Reef Adventure MV-GA
  • Departs From: Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street
  • Duration:

    7 hours (approx)

Non-swimmers, elderly folks, young kiddies just love booking a Great Barrier Reef tour that goes to an outer reef platform as it provides everything anyone would require for a great days adventure on the reef. Glass bottom boats, underwater observatories, semi-submersible submarines, fish feeding presentations, scenic helicopter flights, sun decks, cocktail bars and more

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The lighthouse on Low Isles Great Barrier Reef

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Snorkel Tour Port Douglas | Low Isles Snorkel Reef Trip WD
  • Departs From: Port Douglas Marina Mirage
  • Duration:

    6.5 Hours

Low Isles is a tropical island paradise that lays just a short distance from the world famous village of Port Douglas on the Great Barrier Reef Sit back in the club style seating and enjoy your cruise on the luxury 30 meter catamaran Wavedancer in air conditioned comfort A fabulous day snorkeling and exploring the soft coral reef that is home to a wide array of colourful tropical reef fish A fully catered day so you only need to bring your swimmers, towel, hat and sunscreen and a great sense of adventure

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Deluxe 40 minute scenic Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Flights

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Deluxe Reef Explorer | 40 Minutes Scenic Helicopter Flight | GBR
  • Departs From: Cairns & Port Douglas
  • Duration:

    40 minutes

Taking a scenic helicopter flight is the perfect way to see and enjoy Australia's Great Barrier Reef especially if you are a non-swimmer or are just wanting to see and experience the reef from another perspective. You will be amazed at the colour of the water and the pure expanse of reef that hugs our coastline. If you are lucky you may just see some whales and other playful marine animals

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Great Barrier Reef Tour | Snorkel Cairns | Dive Cairns

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Great Barrier Reef Tour | Cairns Pontoon | Dive-Snorkel | Helicopter | Glass Bottom Boat
  • Departs From: Reef Fleet Terminal Cairns
  • Duration:

    90 minute cruise each way

    4 hours on pontoon

Luxury travel to the reef on-board our air-conditioned catamaran; Informative presentation hosted by our marine naturalist; Delicious chef-prepared buffet luncheon featuring fresh seafood, hot dishes, salads and sumptuous tropical fruits; Guided coral viewing from our semi-submersible craft and glass bottom boat; On-board touch tank to experience unique marine life up close; All snorkelling equipment; Afternoon tea; Optional activities to personalise your day on the water including Certified and Introductory Diving, Seawalker® Platform Helmet Diving and Guided Snorkel Tours; Scenic Helicopter Flights are also available and may be booked onboard.

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Aerial view Cape Tribulation

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Lizard Island Day Tour | DAINAIR
  • Departs From: Cairns General Aviation Airport

Have you seen in the holiday brochures how much it costs to stay on Lizard Island for a week and then gasped? Well here is your chance to take a low level scenic flight along the Great Barrier Reef and go and see what all the fuss is about for yourself. Take a hike on the heritage walks on the island and swim in the world famous Blue Lagoon. Enjoy a lunch on the sand and just soak up the ambience of the island for the day it's simply magnificent

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Luxury Private Charter White Boat - Cairns Port Douglas - Whitsundays

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MV-PHOEN1- Luxury Charter Boat
  • Departs From: Cairns Marlin Marina
  • Duration:

    Dependant on request

Don't like swimming or wish to skip the crowds on the reef trips? Then why not charter your own private yacht for a day or two to explore the Great Barrier Reef? We have jet skis on board and can cater for other water toys on request. We can pop into deserted islands and enjoy fine dining on board with our talented chef. Call now and ask about our fleet of private boats we have for charter

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Green Island Resort on the Great Barrier Reef

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Green Island Resort

Stay overnight on the Great Barrier Reef at the luxurious Green Island Resort and enjoy the beauty of the Reef with the FREE island activities and FREE Ferry Transfers. 

Ensure to ask us about our 3 Night Ultimate Package Deal with FREE Breakfast Daily and FREE Outer Reef Day Trip - Great for non swimmers & swimmers!

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Fitzroy Island Resort - Nudey Beach

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Fitzroy Island Resort

Enjoy the beauty of Fitzroy Island Resort staying overnight on this Coral Cay only a short ferry from Cairns.  Day trips also depart Fitzroy Island to the Outer Reef where you can experience the reef as a non swimmer along with snorkelling and diving options available for swimmers.  

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Seclusion and Relaxation - Lizard Island Resort Great Barrier Reef

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Lizard Island Great Barrier Reef

Lizard Island All Inclusive Resort located on the Great Barrier Reef is the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience. Guests enjoy complimentary gourmet meals, beverages and island activities.  Relax or explore the Great Barrier Reef in complete luxury and privacy.  Non Swimmers and swimmers alike will cherish your time on this secluded piece of paradise.

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Cairns 5 Star Luxury  Hotel - Hilton Hotel Cairns located on Cairns Waterfront

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Hilton Hotel Cairns

Located on Cairns' Waterfront Hilton Hotel Cairns boasts 5 star accommodation in a central location.  Day trips to the Great Barrier Reef depart from the Reef Fleet Terminal at the door step of the hotel.  Ensure to ask us about day trips to the Great Barrier Reef to suit swimmers and non swimmers - to ensure your holiday is memorable!

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Mantra Trilogy Cairns overlooking Cairns Esplanade

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Mantra Trilogy Cairns

Located on Cairns Esplanade, Mantra Trilogy offers a range of hotel rooms and self contained holiday apartments.  A popular option for holiday makers and families Mantra Trilogy boasts a central location overlooking Cairns Lagoon and various dining venues.  Explore the Great Barrier Reef with the Reef Fleet terminal and Cairns Aquarium a short stroll away.

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Best deals at Bay Village Tropical Retreat Cairns Resort & Apartments

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Bay Village Tropical Retreat Cairns Resort

Bay Village Resort features comfortable accommodation a short distance from Cairns' Esplanade.  Offering hotel rooms and holiday apartments Bay Village caters to couples and families with swimming pool and popular restaurant.

  • Stay 5+ Nights and enjoy FREE Breakfast & FREE Dining Voucher

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Lagoon Swimming Pool at Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort - Great Family Accommodation

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Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

Novotel Oasis Cairns Resort is located in the centre of Cairns, and next door to the new Cairns Aquarium.  Featuring a large resort style swimming pool with sandy beach, kids pool and swim up pool bar this is a popular resort for families and couples. 

  • Family Bonus - Kids Stay & Eat Breakfast for FREE (under 16yrs)

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