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Sunlover Reef Cruises Outer Reef Pontoon Experience from Cairns provided by Sunlover Reef Cruises

Sunlover Reef Cruises Outer Reef Pontoon Experience from Cairns

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Overview
Choose your own adventure on this multi-activity Great Barrier Reef cruise from Cairns. Start with a scenic catamaran cruise out to the moored pontoon boat, equipped with a touch pool, snorkeling equipment, a glass-bottom boat, and semi-submersible, as well as several other experiences available as upgrades. Snacks, lunch, and use of freshwater showers make for a comfortable day trip.
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You'll start at
Reef fleet terminal
1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, AustraliaThe 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 9:15 am. The boat departs from the A finger right beside the terminal.
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  • Pass by Fitzroy Island
You'll end at
Reef fleet terminal
1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, AustraliaThe 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 9:15 am. The boat departs from the A finger right beside the terminal.
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Highlights
  • Access to moored pontoon on the Great Barrier Reef via high-speed catamaran
  • Make a splash on the Sunlover Sunslide
  • Go snorkeling or stay dry on a glass-bottom boat and semi-submersible tour
  • Morning and afternoon snacks and buffet lunch provided
What to Expect
Step aboard a high-speed catamaran departing the Cairns shoreline, bound for the Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the way to the pontoon, listen to your naturalist guide talk about the sea creatures and plants of the Great Barrier Reef. On the pontoon, pick the activities you like best. Beginners on up can embark on a snorkeling adventure as equipment and instruction are included. Lycra sunsuits are provided, and wetsuits can be rented at additional cost. If you wish to stay dry, take a glass-bottom boat or a semi-submersible ride, and get hands-on with the onboard touch tank. Upgrades include Seawalker helmet diving, introductory scuba diving, or certified scuba diving. Included on the pontoon are morning and afternoon tea, lunch, use of freshwater showers, an onboard cash bar, and use of Wi-Fi to upload your photos to social media immediately. The tour ends at the departure point.
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Departure Point
Reef fleet terminal, 1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
Duration
8h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Glass bottom boat and Semi-Submersible tours (unlimited)
  • Sunlover waterslide and spacious sun deck
  • Great Barrier Reef and fish feeding presentations by our marine experts
  • Underwater observatory and ocean enclosed pool
  • Buffet with freshly cooked prawns
  • While the vessel is stationary
  • WiFi on board
  • Fresh water showers and change rooms
  • Environmental Management Charge (EMC)
  • Seawalker helmet dive, Introductory Scuba Dive, Guided Snorkel Tour (if option selected)
  • Entry/Admission - Great Barrier Reef
Exclusions
  • Additional cost: Wetsuit and prescription snorkel mask
  • Additional cost: food & drink from the bar
  • 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
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Additional Info
  • 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 experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 340 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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ds00044724 wrote a review 29 Mar
Oxford, United Kingdom135 contributions50 helpful votes
We absolutely loved Sunlovers day trip out to Moore Reef, so much that after the first day trip we went straight to the booking desk and booked again for the following day. Travelling from the UK with a baby is challenging and as we got married on the GBR in 2017 we wanted to
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NidaS wrote a review 4 Mar
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Right from the ticket booth, I was told that it was going to be a good day since the weather was amazing and boat pretty much empty. I was there first week of March 2020.I am not a swimmer but I tried to snorkel from the edge for the first time and it was amazing. I also did the
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Date of experience: March 2020
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chrisKelowna_BC wrote a review 4 Mar
Kelowna, BC456 contributions75 helpful votes
We had booked the ship's tour to the Great Barrier Reef and this was the company that provided the experience. Unfortunately, the weather was not very co-operative. Although a nice sunny day, the sea was very rough. The catamaran to the pontoon was fast and not a problem. The
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Adam J wrote a review Feb 2020
Mildura, Australia21 contributions1 helpful vote
This was such and enjoyable day, nervous about not being a good swimmer, but had no dramas catamaran out is so smooth, stop at Fitzroy island to drop off people, then continued to the pontoon in the middle of the reef, glass button boat is interesting, the lunch buffet is just
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Robert K wrote a review Feb 2020
Portland, Oregon7 contributions4 helpful votes
We took the Sun lovers cruise to More reef from Fitzroy Island where we were staying. It was a 50 minute ride to the reef. The platform you snorkel off of is one of the best we have ever done. You sit on a bench in water up to your waist, put your fins on and just swim away.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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By: Sunlover Reef Cruises
Travelling0987
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Exceptional snorkelling plus lots of learning about marine biology
Snorkelling by the pontoon far exceeded my expectations. Even though tourists go to this spot often, the reef looks
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Jaymieeleigh_
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Breathtaking and unforgettable experience
Me and my partner did 3 different pontoons while staying in cairns, sunlover reef cruises were by far the best expe
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Alexa C
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Moore Reef
So much fun! We saw some sea turtles, squid, jelly fish and lots of fish! We also did the helicopter ride which was
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Neil_A1974
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Amazing experience, excellent set up
We took a trip out to Moore Reef and had a wonderful time with the family. 9 of us, we used sunk over for the value
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Connie525
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Bucket list item checked off list
Amazing day on the barrier reef. It was a little hectic upon arrival with everyone crowding to get their gear and
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Adriana S
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Good Transfer, reliable, price accordingly
It was a smooth transfer. The ferry has plenty of seats for everyone, they also sell drinks and some snacks. We wer
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Keryn S
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Set for a great trip but dissapointment!
We rang to check on weather before leaving home and the tourist reservation clerk at Hides in Cairns told me they h
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GrandTour588508
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Great Barrier Reef
Had a great time snorkeling, saw a turtle and lots of different fish. Went on both the semi submersible and the gla
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c g
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Moore Reef Pontoon on the Sunlover Cruise
Within moments of entering the water, our guide said "Sea turtle, over there". And there it was, cruising right by
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654kevink
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great snorkeling
We came into Cairns on the Celebrity Solstice cruise ship, they had contracted with Sunlover to provide this tour.
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James T
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Mr
Ridiculously overcrowded and about a hundred schoolkids screaming all day, could not wait to get off!
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JordanC969
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Worth the rough ride to GBR
The cruise itself is nothing special. Lots of people on the boat were seasick and I don’t have to go into details o
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Anchier
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Camping by Outer Great Barrier Reef (Moore)
What an unforgettable 2 day 1 night stay on the Sunlover Moore Reef Pontoon. Special thanks to our friendly, enthus
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Dougrucal
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Overnight stay in the pontoon
This has got to be one of the most amazing excursions we have ever done. They take you out to the GBR in a large ca
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Florence C
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Overnight on the pontoon!
Great overnight trip, highly recommend it! The staff was very hospitable as well as very knowledgeable. Tran was
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  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Languages Offered: English, German, Japanese, Korean, Spanish
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