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Sunlover Cruises

Full Day | Operates: Daily | Departs: 09:30am | Transfers available: Yes, extra

Sunlover Reef Cruises combines a fast catamaran ride to the Great Barrier Reef with a comfortable, permanently moored outer reef activity pontoon for a great day tour. Sunlover have also built the latest state of the art floating pontoon. It is, in fact, the only pontoon company in Cairns that has a waterslide. You can enjoy a range of activities including: snorkelling and diving (for more information on these, please see the below tabs), glass bottom boat and semi-submersible tours, underwater observatory, touch tank, fish feeding, helmet diving and scenic helicopter flights. All of these activities are completed on the reef pontoon: some are included in the ticket price and some are optional extras: for more information on inclusions, please see the rates table below.

This day tour starts a little later than most, with a 9:30 am departure from Cairns. Check in at the Reef Fleet Terminal starts at 8:30 am. This means you can have a sleep in and still enjoy up to four (4) hours on the Great Barrier Reef. Transfers to and from Cairns are completed on a fast, comfortable catamaran, which was recently refurbished in 2012. The boat has two levels of air-conditioned interior and exterior sun decks and can easily carry a few hundred guests. It stops at Fitzroy Island on the way to and from the reef, to drop off and pick up passengers. (There is no time for you to get off the boat).

The Sunlover pontoon is located at Moore Reef on the Great Barrier Reef. This single level pontoon provides shaded seating and comfortable water access through lowered platforms and stairs. Morning and afternoon tea and the hot / cold buffet lunch are all served on the catamaran, which is moored to the pontoon throughout the day. Sunlover Cruises has ecotourism accreditation through Ecotourism Australia.

PLEASE NOTE: Sunlover is operating slightly later departure times from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm from the dates of Monday – 25th SEP 2017 to the Friday – 06th OCT 2017.

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Rate Option # Dives Price Taxes Total
Snorkeling (Adult) Snorkeling - $212.00 - $212.00
Snorkeling (Child) Snorkeling - $106.00 - $106.00
Snorkeling (Family) Snorkeling - $530.00 - $530.00
Snorkeling (Adult) + Cert Diving (1 Dive) Certified Diving 1 $307.00 - $307.00
Snorkeling (Adult) + Cert Diving (2 Dive) Certified Diving 2 $357.00 $290.00 - $290.00
Snorkeling (Adult) + Introductory Dive (1 Dive) Introductory Diving 1 $357.00 $269.00 - $269.00
Snorkeling (Adult) + Helmet Dive (1 Dive) Introductory Diving 1 $367.00 $269.00 - $269.00
Snorkeling (Adult) + 10-Minute Helicopter Snorkeling - $340.00 - $340.00

Specials: Helmet Dive, Certified Dive and Intro Dive Special is Non-Refundable. Remember to try any form of diving you must be medically fit, with no asthma and not be taking any prescription medication. Sunlover have a strict no refund policy if you fail the dive medical questioner. 

Please Note: Sunlover are running special departure times for the following: Monday – 25th SEP 2017 to Friday – 06th OCT 2017

Depart Cairns – 10:30 am
Return to Cairns – 6:20 pm

Inclusions: Between 4 to 5 hours at the reef, Delicious hot and cold buffet lunch with seafood, Glass bottom boat cruise & Semi-submersible coral viewing, Marine Touch Tank: Where you can touch some of the reef’s unique marine creatures, Onboard reef ecology presentation by Marine Naturalist, Children’s wading pool, All day snorkelling including equipment, Underwater Observatory, Environmental Management Charge (EMC).

Extras: Return transfers from Cairns $22.00 per person & Northern Beaches $32.00 per person.

Prices are shown in Australian dollars and include GST. Prices subject to change without notice.

Check-in for the Sunlover Reef Cruises day tour opens at 8am, but boarding is not until 8.45am, so there is no need to rush. Check-in is completed inside the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal and it’s just a short walk to the Sunlover Reef Cruises catamaran, which is moored at Cairns’ Marlin Marina. Tea and coffee is served on board the catamaran and the boat is scheduled to depart at 9.30am. Introductory, safety and activity briefings are all provided on the way to the reef pontoon. The trip takes about 90-minutes and includes a quick stopover at Fitzroy Island to drop off and pick-up guests. A Marine Biologist presentation is also provided on the journey to the reef, which sees you arrive around 11.30am. You have four (4) hours to enjoy the in-water and out of water activities.

The hot / cold buffet lunch, which includes curry, noodles, cold meats, prawns and salads, is served on board the boat from 12-1.30pm. Glass bottom boat and semi-submersible tours run throughout the day and you can visit the touch tank and underwater observatory whenever you want. There are freshwater showers and change rooms on the pontoon and a fish feed is conducted around 3.20pm. Everyone is asked back on the boat around 3.30pm for final headcount and preparation for a 4pm departure, which gets you back into Cairns around 5.30pm.

Sunlover Reef Cruises offers up to two (2) scuba dives per day, at the Moore Reef pontoon. All dives are guided and all equipment is included in the dive price. There is the option to try an introductory dive (no previous experience necessary) or book certified scuba diving.

INTRODUCTORY DIVES: This is a great opportunity to try scuba diving for the first time on the Great Barrier Reef. No experience is necessary and all equipment, tuition and training is included in the introductory dive price. Introductory dives last around 20-30 minutes and generally go no deeper than 8m. You may even get to dive with turtles.

CERTIFIED DIVING: All certified diving on Sunlover Reef Cruises is guided and completed from the pontoon. Water entry is easy, via stairs descending directly into the water. You can choose one (1) or two (2) guided dives which will last around 40-minutes and reach a maximum depth of 15m. All equipment is included: dive medical paperwork and dive briefings will be completed on board. You will be required to show your dive license.

Pontoon snorkelling is suitable for people of all experience levels. The Sunlover Reef Cruises pontoon is moored just metres from the reef and is in sheltered waters. Access is via a submerged platform, making it easy to get in and out of the water. There is a lot of marine life to be seen here including hard and soft corals, colourful parrotfish, rays, sea turtles and even reef sharks. All equipment (mask, fins and snorkel) is included in the ticket price, including flotation devices if required. Lycra / wet suits are available for hire onboard and are recommended for sun protection.

SUNLOVER CRUISES – A RAINY DAY REVIEW - Reviewed by Julie on the Monday 4th of April 2011

Everyone can snorkle, flotation vests provided

Sunlover Reef Cruises provides snorkel and dive tours to the Great Barrier Reef for people of all ages. On our day, guests ranged from 2 months old to 75 years, and were a combination of tour groups, families and couples. The coral gardens were excellent for snorkeling and despite poor weather (rain did come and go throughout the day) everyone had an amazing time and left the reef with a big smile on their dial and memories to last a lifetime. This trip is suitable for all ages and abilities, even non-swimmers will enjoy the day... read full review


SUNLOVER REEF CRUISES REVIEW - Reviewed by Julie on the Thursday 16th of March 2017

Sunlover Reef Cruises Review

Sunlover is a great reef day trip to Moore Reef. Suitable for families (of all ages) and guests that want to mix it up with a range of diving and non-diving activities. Lots of inclusions and a range of optional extras, including intro and certified scuba diving, helmet diving, guided snorkel tours and scenic helicopter flights. Vibrant reef with lots of coral and marine life. Chinese and English signs, staff and presentations, catering to guests.... read full review


Saw sea turtle, colourful reef, and sooooo many colourful fish! - Joe Grippaldi

We booked our Sunlover Outer Reef cruise from Richard at Cairns Dive Adventure. Cairns Dive Adventure has a great website, which helped us understand the various types of tours and what to expect. Richard got us a better deal than we could have gotten on the Sunlover website! The ride out was a bit rough, so take a sea sick tablet just to be safe. The pontoon is nice sized with plenty of tables and room to move around. The Sunlover staff were all excellent and they did a good job of explaining how to use all of the equipment. I did a introductory dive and my wife, a nonswimmer, did the Sea Walker. We both gave the experience an A+! We both participated in a guided snorkel by Ted. He was awesome. We went out of the roped area and saw the most beautiful coral and fish. Plus we got to see a sea turtle! Ted pointed so many things out that we would have never known about without him. Thanks Ted. The lunch was ok...nothing to brag about, but it did the trick. The ride back was nice and easy and time to settle in for a cold beer and a rest. We definitely recommend this tour and experience. -Joe & Evelyn Las Vegas, Nevada USA ... travelled on 28/11/2013

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