Sunlover Reef Cruises
Sunlover Reef Cruises is proudly Australian owned and operated. Since our humble beginnings in 1991, we have introduced over 1.3 million guests to the natural wonders of The Great Barrier Reef.
Our eco-certified and award-winning tours take guests from Cairns to explore two pristine Outer Barrier Reef locations, Moore Reef and Arlington Reef, which can be explored off our state-of-the-art Marine Bases.
Our Moore Reef Marine Base is located 40KM off-shore of Cairns and is home to the only water slide on The Great Barrier Reef. Moore Reef has an abundance of colourful coral, fish, turtles and everything on your reef bucket list! With four hours to explore this underwater wonderland, there’s plenty of time to take advantage of all our free inclusions, such as complimentary snorkelling equipment, guided glass bottom boat, semi-sub, fish feeding, underwater observatory and touch tank presentation.
Snorkel with our giant resident Maori wrasse, Wally, or, for a more indepth experience explore the depths of our coral gardens by doing an Intro or Certified SCUBA dive. Alternatively, immerse yourself among schools of fish in our Seawalker Helmet dive experience or explore exclusive areas of the reef with a Guided Snorkel Safari.
Arlington Reef is one of the largest and healthiest reef systems in the Great Barrier Reef having been untouched for 20 years.J ust a short 90 minute ride on our air-conditioned catamaran takes you directly to our newly refurbished Marine Base for 3.5 HOURS ON THE REEF! Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and activities, it is the ideal way to view its bright, vibrant varieties of soft and hard corals & fascinating underwater community unique to the Arlington Reef. The clarity of the azure waters means that even those who don’t wish to get wet, can still enjoy a stunning views of the coral and marine life.
Arlington Reef is home to Sunlover’s dedicated charter Marine Base. As a charterer you have exclusive use of the reef and facilities with a choice of timings, menu, branding and enter-tainment on the world’s first dedi-cated venue moored on the Great Barrier Reef. Perfect for corporates, tour groups, celebrations, and even weddings!
More Care for the Reef
As citizens of the reef, Sunlover is also certified as an official ecotourism operator and and has long been committed to providing quality and enjoyable Great Barrier Reef experiences with the utmost respect for our environment.
Sunlover works closely with The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) in a number of ways:
• Eye on the Reef
We monitor our Moore and Arlington Reef sites for trends of change to the environment. We also show guests how to complete the Eye on the Reef Rapid Monitoring Survey through our Marine Biologist for a Day experience, which directly contributes to the collection of information about reef health.
• Crown of Thorn Starfish
We applied and received a permit in 2013 at the outset of the eradication program to allow us to actively participate in the suppression of the starfish, which pose a threat to the reef.
• Master Reef Guides Program
Developed to educate guests about the reef environment, we are committed to providing ongoing support to our expert crew in achieving this status.
Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre
A voluntary non-profit organisation dedicated to the rehabilitation of turtles. Sunlover assisted in the set up of the centre through donations, and continue to contribute through fundraising, transport of volunteers, and assisting with turtle releases from our Moore Reef Maine Base.
Citizens of the Reef
As a founding Citizens Circle Member, Sunlover is a proud supporter of the Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef – “the world’s first collaborative and independent movement for the Reef”. Uniting interested parties from across the globe, this initiative is designed to inspire a collective approach to ensuring the longevity of the reef.
Environmental Management Charge
Did you know that you are making an important contribution towards the protection of the Great Barrier Reef? $6.50 from your ticket to our Moore Reef Marine Base is given to the federal government to assist the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS), in monitoring, managing and protecting the Great Barrier Reef.
Departing Cairns, this is a full day experience on our state-of-the art Moore Reef Marine Base on the Outer Reef, which is perfectly positioned and fully equipped so that any age or ability can fully experience the magic of the reef with its abundance of colourful coral, fascinating fish, turtles & more.
MOORE REEF DAILY - FULL DAY OUTER REEF EXPERIENCE
With 4 HOURS REEF TIME to explore this underwater wonderland, there’s plenty of time to take advantage of all of our free inclusions such as snorkeling, glass bottom boat and semi-submersible tours, an ocean enclosed pool for the kids, an underwater observatory, marine life touch tank and fish feeding experience. The upper level sundeck is the perfect spot to relax in the tropical sunshine, and prime position to look out over the turquoise waters and mosaic of the reef. The sundeck is also where the Sunlover Sunslide (the only theme park waterslide on the Great Barrier Reef) starts on its 30 metre spiral descent into the tropical waters. Keep your energy levels up to make the most of all the activities on offer at Moore Reef with a tropical buffet lunch with prawns that is included as part of your day.
Optional extras include an Introductory or certified SCUBA dive, Seawalker Helmet Diving, Guided Snorkel Safari, and scenic helicopter flights.
You won't find a better value outer reef adventure with this many activities and inclusions packed into one day.
2 Days & 1 Night on the Reef – Sunlover by Starlight
Sunlover by Starlight is a once in a lifetime, intimate, overnight experience, sleeping under the stars at our Moore Reef Marine Base on the Outer Great Barrier Reef, and also includes two full days Moore Reef Daily Experience with all standard inclusions.
Day 1 starts with a departure from Cairns to our Moore Reef Marine Base on the Outer Great Barrier REEF. Enjoy a Moore Reef full day experience With 4 HOURS REEF TIME to explore this underwater wonderland, there’s plenty of time to take advantage of all of our free inclusions such as snorkeling, glass bottom boat and semi-submersible tours, an ocean enclosed pool for the kids, an underwater observatory, marine life touch tank and fish feeding experience. The upper level sundeck is the perfect spot to relax in the tropical sunshine, and prime position to look out over the turquoise waters and mosaic of the reef. The sundeck is also where the Sunlover Sunslide (the only theme park waterslide on the Great Barrier Reef) starts on its 30 metre spiral descent into the tropical waters. Keep your energy levels up to make the most of all the activities on offer at Moore Reef with a tropical buffet lunch with prawns that is included as part of your day.
Then as the day trippers depart and the sun starts to descend, a lucky few will experience the reef environment exclusively. Take one last snorkel for the day with the entire reef to yourselves, then relax with a drink and a delicious BBQ while taking in an epic reef sunset.
Wrap up in your deluxe swag, gaze at the brilliant stars of the southern night skies with nothing but the gentle sound of water lapping and nocturnal creatures coming to life on the reef to lull you to sleep.
On day 2 wake to a brilliant tropical sunrise. After breakfast, it’s time to discover new creatures as the reef awakens, as our marine experts take you to exclusive areas of the reef with a guided snorkel tour and glass-bottom boat tour, before the day guests return and you enjoy another full day Moore Reef experience before departing to Cairns.
Sunlover by Starlight is unbelievable value with these Inclusions:
• 2 full days Moore Reef Daily Experience with all standard inclusions (valued at $468)
• Private Guided Snorkel Safari with a marine expert (valued at $55 per snorkel)
• 1 night hosted on Moore Reef Marine Base Fully hosted, 5 star service by our marine naturalists
• Deluxe swag including hotel standard bedding
• BBQ dinner, cooked buffet breakfast, and tea & coffee
• Private Glass Bottom Boat tour with a marine expert
• Fresh, hot water showers, change rooms and toilets
• All other standard Moore Reef day experience inclusions:
o Tropical buffet lunch with prawns both days
o Great Barrier Reef Presentation by marine expert
o Theme-park waterslide
o Upper-level sundeck
o Underwater observatory
o Semi-submersible tour
o Fish-Feeding presentation
o Touch-tank presentation
o Tea & coffee (while docked)
o Snorkelling gear