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Sunlover Reef Cruises - Cairns Best Great Barrier Reef Experience.

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Enjoy the natural delights of the Great Barrier Reef on an activity cruise from Cairns that gives you several ways to experience this renowned underwater world. After traveling by catamaran to a pontoon moored on the reef, you can observe marine life on a glass-bottom boat or semi-submersible vessel; go snorkeling to spot sea turtles; get your hands wet in the touch pool; upgrade to include a Seawalker Helmet dive; or upgrade to include an introductory or certified scuba dive. A buffet lunch is included, and the pontoon is equipped with showers.
  • Full-day Great Barrier Reef cruise
  • See the underwater sights without getting wet from a glass-bottom or semi-submersible vessel
  • Enjoy a buffet lunch
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Snorkeling equipment
Glass bottom boat and Semi-Submersible tours
Sunlover waterslide and spacious sun deck
Great Barrier Reef and fish feeding presentations by our marine experts
Underwater observatory and ocean enclosed pool
Coffee and/or Tea
WiFi on board
Fresh water showers and change rooms
Environmental Management Charge (EMC)
Additional cost: Wetsuit and prescription snorkel mask
Additional cost: Guided Snorkel Tour, Intro or Certified Diving, Seawalker Helmet Dive, Heli Filghts
Additional cost: professional photos or camera hire
Additional cost: Secure lockers
Additional Cost: Hotel Transfers can be added directly with Sunlover
1 Spence St , 1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

The Sunlover reservations desk is inside the Reef Fleet Terminal on the ground floor. All guests must check in and collect their boarding pass between 8:30 am and 9:00 am. The boat departs from the A finger right beside the terminal.

9:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Your day on the Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, begins as you depart Cairns by high-speed catamaran, listening to commentary from a marine naturalist about the array of marine life that call the reef home (safety and snorkeling instructions are also provided). Arrive at a spacious pontoon moored on the outer reef, your base for the day, where you can spend your time however you wish to make the most of your experience on the water.

The pontoon is equipped with Wi-Fi, change rooms, and showers. A buffet lunch is provided for beverages, you may purchase soft drinks and alcoholic drinks from the onboard bar, as well as additional snacks or ice cream. For protection from the elements, Lycra sun suits are included or you can hire neoprene wetsuits (additional cost); the Great Barrier Reef is home to jellyfish and other stinging species (jellyfish season is November to May).

After ample time on the pontoon, your day trip ends with the return cruise to Cairns.

Included activities

If you prefer to stay dry, take a glass-bottom boat ride or tour by semi-submersible vessel to spot clownfish, starfish, clams, anemone coral and more. Watch a fish-feeding demonstration, and check out the onboard touch tank for a hands-on look at marine life. When you want to cool off, jump in the water with your provided snorkeling equipment to look for resident sea creatures like Dolla the turtle or Wally the hump-headed Maori wrasse. Watch for manta rays, clownfish and maybe even whales in the winter months.  

Optional upgrades

Seawalker Helmet diving: Take a walk on an underwater platform to enjoy the thrill of scuba diving without the scuba requirements. No diving experience is necessary to participate in this guided activity, and numbers are limited to six people per group to provide personalized attention.

Introductory dive: If you’re a beginner scuba diver, take an introductory dive with a group.

Certified dive: If you are an experienced diver, enjoy two certified dives.
Stop At:  
Great Barrier Reef
Sunlover's Marine Base at Moore Reef on the Outer Great Barrier Reef is teeming with colourful coral and abundant marine life in every colour of the rainbow.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Fitzroy Island
On our Moore Reef Daily experience we make a brief stop enroute and on the way back from the reef to pick up and drop off passengers. Fitzroy Island is favourite trip for Cairns' locals with 99% of its landscape covered in lush tropical rainforest as well as granite outcrops, open woodlands, mangroves and coral beaches. Inquire about our Fitzroy Island Transfers to enjoy on another day, which give you 6 hours to explore this paradise, including amazing walks on the picturesque beaches and visit the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 12 years for SCUBA diving and Seawalker Helmet dive
  • Please ensure you bring your dive certification for Certified SCUBA dives
  • All dives are subject to an on board medical checklist, please contact us for more information.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 342 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Sunlover Reef Cruises
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Sunlover Reef Cruises - Cairns Best Great Barrier Reef Experience. ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Sunlover Reef Cruises - Cairns Best Great Barrier Reef Experience. ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Sunlover Reef Cruises - Cairns Best Great Barrier Reef Experience. ?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "It costs extra, but I would do it all over again." See review
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Great experience with...
, May 2022
Great experience with sunlover, very friendly & funny staff who were always willing to help. Would recommend this company
Great value overall & the...
, May 2022
Great value overall & the guided snorkel was worth the extra few dollars. Staff were very friendly and helpful.
Best time ever
, May 2022
Staff were brilliant, couldn’t be more helpful. We had 2 diabetics and one with limited vision and the staff were very helpful for us and so polite, it was the best day ever and the reef was amazing 2 of our party did the ocean floor walk and said it was fantastic. Thank you to all staff for such a memorable experience ❤️❤️
Amazing Experience
, May 2022
Snorkelling was so much fun, anyone can do it, experienced at swimming or not. Staff were very friendly and took great care of everyone. Lunch was provided and food on board that you can buy as well. Family friendly and a must do when visiting Cairns.
Very friendly Crew. Liked...
, May 2022
Very friendly Crew. Liked how they talked to the passengers. Food was good, The amount of time out in the reef was good.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi Amanda, thank you for your review and really glad you had a great day out on the reef.
You can’t beat snorkeling on the Outer Reef
, Apr 2022
Snorkeling on the outer reef is such an easy incredible experience. Tour operator staff friendly and humorous.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks for your great feedback Patrick, it really is an amazing experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful
, Apr 2022
Amazing experience, well trained and friendly crew. So many activities and enough time for everything, had so much fun
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for the kind words, really glad you had an awesome day with Sunlover on The Great Barrier Reef
Just do it!
, Apr 2022
Great day out on the reef. The guides make it very easy to have a great day. Location was fantastic. Lots to see. Highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks for the feedback Kim, the crew are great and really glad you had a good day.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Fantastic experience ...
, Apr 2022
Fantastic experience Very friendly crew Spent the day filled with fun and an awesome experience. We will come back soon
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
That's so good to hear Kamna, really glad you you enjoyed your time on the Great Barrier Reef
Great memories
, Apr 2022
As a family we had a great time. The crew was awesome. The buffet lunch was delicious. Would definitely recommend
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks Dean, great to hear that you and the family had a great time, the food and the crew really do hit the mark. Thanks for recommending.

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