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Sunlover Cruises

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The only pontoon in Cairns with a waterslide. Spend the day at beautiful moore reef, wonderful diving, snorkeling, helmet diving and scenic helicopter reef flights available.

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Sunlover Cruises

Tour Type: Full Day | Operates: Everyday | Departs: 10:00am | Returns: 6:00pm | Transfers: No


The only pontoon in Cairns with a waterslide. Spend the day at beautiful moore reef, wonderful diving, snorkeling, helmet diving and scenic helicopter reef flights available.

Scuba Diving: Yes, Option Extra Cost See Price List All Snorkeling Gear: Yes, Provided Snorkel, Fins & Mask
Meals Buffet Lunch: Yes, Hot & Cold Buffet Lunch, Morning/Afternoon Tea Glass Bottom Boat: Yes, Included
Helicopter Flights: Yes, Extra Cost See Price List Semi-Submarine Tours: Yes, Included
Helmet Diving: Yes, Extra Cost See Price List Outer Reef: Yes, the Southern Part of Moore Reef!

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 has 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 snorkeling 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 10:00 am departure from Cairns. Check-in at the Reef Fleet Terminal starts at 9:00 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 2016. The boat has two levels of air-conditioned interior and exterior sun decks. The boat returns to Cairns at 6:00 pm.

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 the only pontoon on the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns with a waterslide!


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Adult (Snorkel) Snorkel$285.00$285.00
Child (Snorkel) Snorkel$165.00$165.00
Family (Snorkel) Snorkel$735.00$735.00


Adult (Snorkel) + 10 Minute Helicopter Scenic Reef FlightSnorkel + 10-Min Heli Flight$461.00$461.00
Child (Snorkel) + 10 Minute Helicopter Scenic Reef FlightSnorkel + 10-Min Heli Flight$341.00$341.00


Adult (1-Introductory Dive)1-Introductory Dive$434.00$434.00
Adult (1-Helmet Dive)1-Helmet Dive$434.00$434.00
Adult (1-Certified Dive)1-Certified Dive$434.00$434.00


Check-in for the Sunlover Reef Cruises day tour opens at 9:00 am, but boarding is not until 9:15 am, 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 10:00 am. Introductory, safety and activity briefings are all provided on the way to the reef pontoon. The trip takes about 90 minutes. A Marine Biologist presentation is also provided on the journey to the reef, which sees you arrive around 11.30 am. 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 12-1.30 pm. 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 3.20 pm. Everyone is asked back on the boat around 3.30 pm for final headcount and preparation for a 4:00 pm departure, which gets you back into Cairns around 6:00 pm.


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.

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Saw sea turtle, colourful reef, and sooooo many colourful fish!
By: Joe Grippaldi
Staff Service - 5 out of 5
Reef Quality - 5 out of 5
Vaue For Money - 5 out of 5
Overall Rating - 5 out of 5

Travelled on: 28/11/2013

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….

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Pilot and Passenger Scenic Helicopter Reef Flight

Sunlover Cruises 10-Minute Helicopter Flight Review

Sunlover Cruises offer the chance to enjoy semi-submarines, glass bottom boats, underwater observatory, snorkeling and 10-minute scenic Helicopter reef flights.

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.

Everyone can snorkle, flotation vests provided

Sunlover Cruises – A Rainy Day Review

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...

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Tour Notes:

Remember to try any form of scuba diving everyone needs to be medically fit with no asthma and not be taking any prescription medication. PADI recommends allowing up to 24 hours after diving before flying in an airplane. Some tour operators have a no refund policy for any dives not completed for whatever reason. Please note the art of freediving is not permitted on any of the day boats or liveaboard dive boats from Cairns & Port Douglas. With the high instances of (shallow water blackout) companies do not allow this for safety reasons.

Do you have Medical Issues:

Please note if you have any medical issues you will need to go see your local GP where you live and get them to write you a letter on the practice letterhead signed and dated by your doctor that you are “Fit to dive” If you have one of these letters then all dive companies in Cairns will take you diving. Please note these letters are only valid for three months from their date of issue.


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 has a strict no refund policy if you fail the dive medical questionnaire. 

Child Age: Please note child’s age is 4 – 15 years old.

Family: Please note family is classed as (2 x Adults + 2 x Children) age is 4 – 15 years old.

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 snorkeling including equipment, Underwater Observatory, Environmental Management Charge (EMC).




Cairns Underwater Camera Hire Service

Spend over $550.00 AUD on your Great Barrier Reef tour with us and receive the latest Digital Underwater Camera Hire. Take amazing High-Resolution images and 1080 HD Video. Only when you book online thru our website. 

Not available for any tours to the Islands as fine white sand damages the seals on the cameras and makes them leak!

You need to come into our shop located on the Cairns Esplanade the day before departure to pick up the camera before 5:30 pm. You also need to supply your own SD Camera Card and drop the camera off back at our shop before 5:30pm.


Please Remember there is no other way to collect our cameras! All passengers must come into our shop the day before departure day before 5:30 pm.