Sunlover Platform Overnight Tour

Starting from: $AU549.00

Tour Overview

  • Tour: Overnight stay at Sunlover Platform
  • Departure location: Cairns Marina
  • Ideal for snorkelling
  • Suitable for couples & families
  • Number of passengers: 18 guests
  • Number of reef sites visited: 1 site
  • Reef location(s): Moore Reef
  • Tour duration: 9:30am on day 1 – 5:30pm on day 2
  • Travelling time to the reef: 1hr 45min
  • Time exploring the reef: 4 hours per day
  • Vessel type and size: Catamaran / 30m with 3 levels
  • Minimum age is 12 years old


Sunlover Platform Overnight Tour

This has to be the most unique way to experience the Great Barrier Reef. Have a fantastic day filled with many different activities on Sunlover platform and in the afternoon instead of going home like everyone else, be the few lucky ones to stay overnight and experience a luxury style camping (glamping) by starlight.

Enjoy a VIP treatment and a personalised service while enjoying the relaxing and peaceful night at the reef. The maximum number of people allowed overnight is only 18 guests so the experience feels quite special. Guests have the platform for themselves from 3:30pm when the Sunlover vessel departs the reef until 11am when the boat comes back with new passengers. The meals served are not to disappoint with cheese and fruit platters as the sunsets over the Great Barrier Reef, and a 3 course traditional Australian gourmet barbecue later at night for dinner.

Sunlover Cruises is a respectful tour operator that takes visitors daily to the Great Barrier Reef. The vessel departs every day at 9:30am from the Reef Terminal and travel to Moore Reef located 40 kilometers from Cairns.

Day 1 starts with travellers checking in at the Reef Fleet Terminal, boarding their fast, air-conditioned catamaran and cruising to their large pontoon. Sunlover Cruises is a great reef tour option for families or non-confident swimmers who may not be able to snorkel. The platform offers their guests activities during the day such as complimentary glass bottom boat coral viewing tours, semi-submersible tours, underwater observatory, snorkelling, and fish feeding conducted along with an informative Reef Talk.

Also included for both days are morning tea, afternoon tea and a tropical buffet lunch with seafood, hot dishes, salads and tropical fruit.

Extra activities include:

  • Introductory diving (for clients who never dived before)
  • Certified diving (qualified divers)
  • Guided snorkel tours (a snorkel tour where an experienced guide stays and assists clients during their snorkelling activity)
  • Sea Walker (diving with a helmet on - the air comes from the surface)
  • Helicopter scenic flights (admire the reef from 2,000 feet above the reef where clients can see the beautiful reef colors and hopefully some marine life such as sea turtles, whales, sting rays etc. Great opportunity to take beautiful photos.)

The Platform Overnight Tour offers guests an unique experience not seeing anywhere else. Don't miss out on this opportunity, have a great and memorable time on the Great Barrier Reef.

What's included in the main price

  • Travel on-board an air-conditioned catamaran
  • Tea and coffee on boarding the vessel
  • Informative presentation hosted by a Marine Naturalist
  • Overnight Luxury Camping (all equipment included)
  • Sunset cheese and fruit platters on day 1
  • 3 course traditional Australian gourmet barbecue on day 1
  • Breakfast on day 2
  • Tropical buffet lunch on day 1 & 2
  • Semi-submersible tour on day 1 & 2
  • Glass bottom boat coral viewing tour on day 1 & 2
  • All snorkelling equipment on day 1 & 2
  • On-board touch tank
  • Fully enclosed kids pool
  • Underwater observatory
  • Fish feeding presentation
  • Freshwater showers and change rooms
  • Full bar facilities (items at an additional cost)
  • Introductory dive
  • Certified dive
  • Helmet diving
  • Guided snorkel tour
  • Scenic helicopter flight
  • Coach hotel transfers
  • Wet suit ($10 hire on the day)
  • Lycra suit hire ($5 hire on the day)

Tour Itinerary

Time Description
Day 1
08:30-09:15 Check-in at the Sunlover Cruises desk inside the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street
09:30 Boat departs Marlin Jetty Cairns
Travel time is 1 hour & 45 minutes direct from Cairns on a fast stable motor catamaran
11:00 Boat arrives at Sunlover Cruises pontoon
Enjoy around 4 hours exploring the reef
15:30 Boat departs Sunlover Cruises pontoon with the guests of the day
16:00 Introduction to hosts, other guests, pontoon orientation and swag demonstration
17:00 Sunset on the Great Barrier Reef with gourmet cheese and fruit platters
19:00 Three course BBQ dinner is served
20:00 Night-time marine life presentation in the underwater observatory
20:30 Star gazing with your hosts and view uninterrupted southern night sky, spot the Southern Cross and Milky Way!
Day 2
7:00 Sunrise over the Great Barrier Reef
7:30-8:00 Breakfast
Morning activities commence, experience an exclusive guided snorkel safari with your host and marine specialists and glass bottom boat tour
10:00 Morning Tea
11:00 Boat with guests arrive at Sunlover Cruises pontoon
Enjoy around 4 hours exploring the reef
15:30 Boat departs Sunlover Cruises pontoon
Quick stop at Fitzroy Island to pick up passengers
17:30 Boat arrives back in Cairns
  • Beach clothes and accessories such as swimmers, towel, hat, sunglasses, sun screen
  • Small overnight bag
  • Extra cash or a credit card for any onboard purchases
  • Motion sickness tablet is recommended 30 minutes prior to the boat departing
  • Diving card and log book for certified divers

Please Note:
All Divers: In accordance with the Australian diving law, ALL DIVERS must complete a medical questionnaire on board, before diving.
Flying after diving: If only one dive is undertaken then a minimum of 12 hours is recommended before flying. If more than one dive is conducted in the day, an interval of 24 hours is recommended.This is not applicable for low helicopter flights over the reef.
Introductory Divers - NOTE: Certain medical conditions may prevent you from diving (e.g. Asthma, Heart Disease), please contact our office.
Introductory Dive & Sea Walker:Minimum age is 12 years.

Tour Prices

Rates & Tariffs

Season: 2020 - 2021 Rates Dates: 1st April 2020 - 31st March 2021 Action
Sunlover Platform Overnight Tour $549.00 per adult
Additional Extras Dates: 1st April 2020 - 31st March 2021
Return Coach Transfer (Cairns City) $22.00 per adult
Return Coach Transfer (Northern Beaches) $32.00 per adult
Introductory Diving $149.00 per adult
Certified Diving $99.00 per adult
Sea Walker Helmet Diving $159.00 per adult
Guided Snorkelling Adventure $55.00 per adult / $37.00 per child
Scenic Helicopter Flight (10 minute) $169.00 per adult

Age: Minimum age: 12 yrs (18 must be accompanied by an adult carer).
Reef Tax: $10.00 is levied for anyone entering the Great Barrier Reef. This charge and other levies are INCLUDED in the cruise fares.

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Fly / Cruise to Sunlover Reef Cruses

Take an amazing helicopter scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef to the spacious and luxury Sunlover Cruises pontoon.This is a great experience.

  • Great views from the the helicopter
  • Many activities available from the platform
  • Opportunity to take amazing photos of the colorful reef

Cruise & Seawalker Special

This is a full day reef tour with a Seawalker included.

Sunlover Cruises spacious platform offers to all guests complimentary glass bottom boat coral viewing tours, semi-submersible tours, underwater observatory, fish feeding and much more.

  • Tour duration: 9:30am – 5:30pm
  • Great for families
  • Helicopter flight and Introductory dive also on special

Fitzroy Island & Sunlover Cruises Pontoon

Jump aboard a fast catamaran for a 45 minute transfer along the coast to Fitzroy Island. Then travels to a large pontoon (floating platform) located at Moore Reef with Sunlover Reef Cruises.

  • 1 hour to explore Fitzroy Island
  • Many activities available from the platform
  • 2 Great Barrier Reef locations in one day

Booking fees: Tourism Cairns do not charge any booking fees.

Deposit and final payment: At Tourism Cairns clients are required to pay a deposit only at the time of booking. Final payment is to be completed 48 hours prior to departure or on the day of travel, depending on each tour operator's policy.

Cancellation by the traveller: If the tour is cancelled by the client up to 7 days prior to departure, a full refund is applicable. If the tour is cancelled by the client 7 days prior to departure, the deposit amount might be retained. If the tour is cancelled by the client 48 hours prior to departure, 100% cancellation fee may apply.

Booking amendments: If the date of a tour needs to be changed, Tourism Cairns must be notified in writing by the client up to 48 hours prior to the tour date.

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