Marine World Education

Reef Magic Field Trip

Relax on a floating pontoon as your base to explore the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. This product provides incredible opportunities for education with teams of Biologist using the pontoon as their base for research. Allow your students the opportunity to see resilience building on the reef as our biologists can show you the Mars Assisted Reef Restoration Stars, Australia’s first build of these coral rubble stabilizers. Enjoy the underwater observatory and coral viewing vessels to enjoy the reef and keep the toes dry. For the more adventurous allow us to organize itineraries that involve outer wall snorkelling and the comparison of two different marine environments.

Travel 90 minutes from Cairns via a comfortable catamaran ride. Upon arrival students and teachers will have roughly 5 hours to participate in place-based learning and engaging activities. The activities can be differentiated to meet the specific needs of your class and desired student outcomes.

GBR Biology led guided snorkelling

Accessibility to snorkelling from Marine Worlds Pontoon is terrific for students of all ages. They can make use of the seating we have on our in-water platform to gear up and prepare themselves for their guided snorkel.During this activity students will be working with a designated Marine Biologist or Indigenous guide for a personalised and private tour.

Students will explore the lagoon area on Moore Reef, meeting the iconic Maori Wrasse that frequents the pontoon and listening to your guide sharing interpretation and stories of the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef and its’ inhabitants. Providing the most up to date information and helping to subdue misconceptions associate with this ecosystem. Your Marine Biologist can discuss biological and ecological process of the Great Barrier Reef and information on the management of the reef system and the threats it faces.

On the tour, students can engage in citizen science on the reef. Collecting real-world monitoring data, including the Eye on the Reef program with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority [GBRMPA] and submitting images through the sightings network. Students can learn the importance of indicator species, how the reef is monitored and be able to submit their findings into the GBRMPA’s database.

Coral viewing Vessels

Stay dry and enjoy the wonder of the Great Barrier Reef as you drift across the top of the reef platform. Marine World provides two options for experiencing the reef onboard a coral viewing vessel. Your students will have the opportunity to ride on a glass bottom boat or semi-submersible, accompanied by our guides who will have an opportunity to further the information shared about the Great Barrier Reef. Listen to an engaging 30-minute presentation adapted to what you see during the tour. Points of interest along the way include incredible walls of hard and soft coral formations, large pelagic fish species and turtle sightings.

Underwater Observatory

In their free time at Marine World students can explore the underwater observatory where the team at GBR Biology can help set up Curriculum activities and students can enjoy the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef happening before them.


  • Up to 5 hours at two outer reef locations
  • Designated guides for your students
  • All equipment and instruction
  • Cultural and Biological guided snorkelling tours
  • Coral viewing vessels
  • Underwater observatory



  • Depart- 9am
  • Arrival into Cairns- 5pm
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