Is Moore Reef good for snorkelling?

Is Moore Reef good for snorkelling?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 12/11/2023

Reading time: 3 mins

Moore Reef is one of the best reefs to explore the Great Barrier Reef.

Moore Reef is one of the more popular outer reefs in the Great Barrier Reef. Moore Reef is around 50 kilometres from Cairns and is considered a great diving and snorkelling reef!

Moore Reef is also one of the three reefs that have a pontoon on the Great Barrier Reef.

What is a pontoon?

A pontoon is a large boat that just floats on the water and stays in one spot. To reach a pontoon, you will need to book a tour and there will be a boat that takes travellers out to the pontoons.

What can I do on the pontoon?

The pontoon is a great day out for the whole family and allows you to do all kinds of activities. On board, there are facilities like buffet-style food, changing rooms, toilets, and showers.


Snorkelling is one of the many activities you can do from the pontoon. There will be a platform where you can snorkel off after receiving some lessons. There is equipment already on board available for you to use for snorkelling!

Once you’re in the water you can try to spot all kinds of marine life and the colourful coral.


Diving is a great way to explore more of Moore Reef and you can either do scuba diving or helmet diving! You’ll have the chance to go deeper in the water and swim above the coral and also swim along with different marine creatures.

You will need to have a lesson if you are a beginner diver before you can go diving on your own.


The waterslide is similar to a park style and is a 30-metre spiral slide! The pontoon at Moore Reef is the only one with a waterslide!

Kid’s pool

The kid’s pool is the perfect drop-off zone for parents to leave their kids. The pool has lifeguards, so the parents can explore parts of Moore Reef while their kids enjoy swimming around in the pool.

Glass bottom boat

Glass bottom boat is a great opportunity for families or people who prefer not to get into the water. This boat allows you to still see the coral in the water and any marine creatures within the reef.

Will I see marine species?

The Great Barrier Reef has a huge variety of marine creatures in the reef, including Moore Reef. You’ll likely come across some colourful tropical fish or be lucky enough to spot sea turtles of the white tip reef sharks!

Looking to check out a pontoon yourself? You can book a pontoon tour and see for yourself just how much fun it is for the day.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.