Moore Reef

  • Location  Latitude: 16.880134, Longitude: 146.214971
  • Depth Range 1-25 metres
  • Visibility: Up to 20 metres.
  • Access Boat or helicopter
  • Rating: Novice to advanced.
  • Size: 2650 hectares

Moore Reef is located 49.5 kilometres east of Cairns and is 2650 hectares in area. This reef location has 15 tourist moorings, one pontoon and one helicopter mooring.

While visiting this location, you can take a scenic helicopter tour, take a glass-bottom boat and have a semi-submersible time.

For visitors who would like to stay dry, there is also an underwater observatory.


This diving paradise offers breathtaking experiences close to Cairns due to its sizeable northern coral atoll’s plethora of bommies breaking the water surface. Walls on the Outer Reef plunge to over 30 metres, where large schools of fish roam. The fixed marine base offers waterslide thrills.

This reef is in the shape of a horseshoe with three extensive moorings for reef pontoon operators.


Snorkelers and scuba divers will find Staghorn, finger, mushroom and honeycomb coral at Moore Reef.


Some of the coral bommies along this site offer great swim-throughs.

Marine Life

Small marine life includes nudibranchs, damselfish crabs and worms.  While amongst the soft corals, you may see butterflyfish, damselfish and emperor angelfish.  Night divers will be excited to find grey reef sharks as well as whitetip reef sharks.

Keep an eye out for Green sea turtles and Napolean Maori wrasse at this reef location.

Moore Reef Map

Visit this Reef

Several reef operators visit this site, including Great Adventures and Silverswift.

Other Reefs nearby