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Sunlover Reef Cruises Outer Reef Pontoon Experience from Cairns

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Cairns City, Australia
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Overview

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. Snacks and a buffet lunch are 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 hot and cold buffet lunch including fresh seafood
  • Morning and afternoon tea included
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. Morning and afternoon tea are provided on board, as is a full buffet lunch that features seafood and tropical fruit. 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.
Itinerary
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. Learn more about the marine life of the Great Barrier Reef with a visit to Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre or the Reef Restoration coral nursery, take a bushwalk to the Summit or Lighthouse, snorkel straight off the beach or simply relax on the sandy shores of the famous Nudey Beach - voted the best beach in Australia. Inquire about our Fitzroy Island Transfers, which give you 6 hours to explore this paradise. Or, for the ultimate tropical island and reef experience combine it with a Moore Reef Daily cruise and save.
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the maximum group size during Sunlover Reef Cruises Outer Reef Pontoon Experience from Cairns?
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This activity will have a maximum of 340 travelers.

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Great Barrier Reef Experience
Rick
, Mar 2020
Awesome adventure! Perfect day of weather and calm seas. The crew were very helpful. We did the guided snorkel safari and it was amazing and very much worth the additional cost Our guide was very knowledgeable about everything we were seeing. It was perfect for those who are not comfortable with snorkeling. The lunch buffet was good. I recommend Sunlover's wholeheartedly. We were one of two couples traveling together and had a wonderful day!
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Great place, top service.
Discover49305353170
, Oct 2019
Absolutely loved this tour of Great Barrier Reef, boat ride out to the reef was steady, got to the pontoon & was given various choices of how you want to see the reef. We chosen the glass bottom boat which is brilliant & would recommend those who are none or not strong swimmers to use this as you wouldn't miss anything out. Great food on the boat & plenty to drink so you wouldn't get dehydrated. Great staff & very friendly. I would recommend & use them again.
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Loving the reef
RitaMJ59
, Oct 2019
This is a terrific tour. The embarkation process is simple and the crew on board were great. Seasickness pills are a great suggestion, as there were a lot of people suffering. Once we got out to the pontoon, there were a number of activities you could choose. Also, the meal provided was excellent.
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Fantastic
paulabell2019
, Oct 2019
Our day was perfect. Amazing staff everywhere to help. The lunch was great, and when kids wanted a break they loved the slide. Best day of our holidays.
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Very pleasant trip
gegandley
, Aug 2019
My daughter and I enjoyed the trip out to the pontoon and she also did the glass bottom boat. We were both thrilled when looking over the side to see so many fish and there were two turtles swimming around the people in the water.
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dead spot
Companion22705204306
, Jan 2019
the reef is dead around the pontoon and the smorgusboard was hit like seagulls on a chip.the introduction and commentary was precise and in good taste.
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Helmet dive is the best part
Ronald M
, Jul 2018
Long rough boat ride. Boat too crowded had to fight for a seat. Schedule very tight. Had to eat right away as helment walker scheduled by operator at 12:50 and lunch was at 12:30. Only had time for a glass bottom boat ride as too many people for the semisubmersible ride. This could have been a five star experience but overcrowded conditions effected the ability to relax and enjoy. Would rather pay more to have less people.
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A truly magical experience. There...
davenewlyn
, Jan 2018
A truly magical experience. There was a comprehensive, understandable and humorously presented safety briefing on the way out to the reef. You wear a life-jacket so even if you are not confident in the water it's not a problem. Even a non-swimmer would be fine as long as they are not scarred of water. No matter how much you've seen on TV nothing is as good as seeing it for yourself. Simply float with your head in the water and let the fish come to you, they're pretty curious. Plenty of time to swim around and see everything. There's trips on a glass bottom boat and semi-submersible too. Lunch was good and all the crew really nice. Highly recommended and I hope to do it again some time.
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Had a great tour. Options of glass...
LALIT R
, Jan 2018
Had a great tour. Options of glass bottom boat, submersible submarine and scuba diving was just amazing. But the crowningglory was the helicopter flight over the reef! The view was awesome. Am so glad that we took the flight. All our family and grandchildren enjoyed it thoroughly. Also seeing the marine life and the reef up so close was a very thrilling experience for all of us. Complimentary tea and coffee on the catamaran was a great idea. Though the food at lunch seemed to be running out...was a bit tough to grabsomething before it finished
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The catamarn ride to the reef turned...
Sam L
, Dec 2017
The catamarn ride to the reef turned out to be a nightmare for most aboard it. Practically 99 of the passengers kept throwing up due to the choppy waters. The crew kept running around handing out bags for people to throw up in. By the time we all reached the pontoon, most of the passengers were in bad shape and many were lying down in the seats in the catamaran as they had no energy left to sit up. Some kind of warning should have been given about this possibility by the cruise operators on Viator before we booked . The pontoon was neat and clean and the crew were nice and helpful. However, for people who are not comfortable with snorkeling, diving, or undesea walking, this package offers very less. The semisubmersible ride was really short and the view was the so cloudy that it was like we saw just scratches on the glass and nothing more. The glass bottom boat ride was better as we could at least see the reef through the viewing glass. The touch tank was a waste as all they showed were 3 sea cucumbers and a shell or two. We can't comment on the diving and other activities, but for the non-diver, this trip was a dud.

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