Cruise / Fly to Sunlover Reef Cruises

Starting from: $AU496.00

Tour Overview

  • Tour: Cruise to Reef Sunlover Cruises / Fly to Cairns
  • Departure locations: Cairns
  • Ideal for snorkelling
  • Suitable for families & backpackers
  • Number of passengers: 350
  • Number of reef sites visited: 1 site
  • Reef location(s): Moore Reef
  • Tour duration: 9:30am – 3:45pm
  • Travelling time to the reef: 1hr 30min
  • Time exploring the reef: 5 hours
  • Vessel type and size: Catamaran / 30m with 3 levels
  • Morning tea, afternoon tea & Buffett Lunch included


Cruise / Fly to Sunlover Reef Cruises

The day starts with visitors boarding Sunlover Reef Cruises fast air-conditioned catamaran and cruising to their large pontoon (floating platform) located at Moore Reef, on the outer edge of the reef. The day is filled with many different activities from the pontoon and at the end of the day passengers return back to Cairns on an amazing helicopter scenic flight with great views of islands, sandy cays and hopefully some marine life as well.

Sunlover Cruises takes visitors to discover the beauty of the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. The day starts with travellers checking in at the Reef Fleet Terminal, boarding their fast, air-conditioned catamaran and cruising to their large pontoon (floating platform) where visitors spend the day and do the many available activities.

Sunlover Cruises is a great reef tour option for families with small children or non-confident swimmers who may not be able to snorkel. The spacious platform offers to all guests complimentary glass bottom boat coral viewing tours, semi-submersible tours, underwater observatory and fish feeding conducted along with an informative reef talk.

Also included for the day is 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)

At the end of the day when visitors are feeling a bit tired the trip back home is much faster and very exciting by a low helicopter scenic flight over the beautiful Great Barrier Reef.

What's included in the main price

  • Return coach transfer from Cairns and Northern Beaches accommodation
  • Travel to the Great Barrier Reef on-board our air-conditioned catamaran
  • Spectacular helicopter scenic flight from Moore Reef back to Cairns
  • Marine Naturalist Informative presentation
  • Tropical buffet lunch including seafood, hot dishes, salads and tropical fruit
  • Semi-submersible vessel coral viewing
  • Glass bottom boat
  • On-board touch tank
  • All snorkelling equipment and expert instruction
  • Fully enclosed kids pool
  • Underwater observatory
  • Fish feeding presentation
  • Freshwater showers and change rooms
  • Introductory dive
  • Certified dive
  • Sea Walker
  • Guided snorkel tours
  • Wet suit ($10 each) and lycra suit hire ($6 each)

Tour Itinerary

Time Description
08:30-09:15 Coach transfer from accommodation
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 minute direct from Cairns on a fast stable motor catamaran
11:45 Boat arrives at Sunlover Cruises pontoon
Enjoy around 3 hours 30 minutes exploring the outer reef
15:15 Helicopter departs Sunlover Cruises pontoon
Enjoy an amazing scenic flight over the reef back to Cairns
Travel time is approx. 30 minutes
15:45 Helicopter arrives back in Cairns
15:50 Coach transfer back to accommodation
  • Beach clothes and accessories such as swimmers, towel, hat, sunglasses, sun screen
  • Camera
  • Dry change of clothes for the trip home
  • Extra cash or a credit card for any onboard purchases including optional activities
  • Motion sickness tablet is recommended to take 30 minutes prior to the boat departure
  • Dive 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.
Introductory Divers - NOTE: Certain medical conditions may prevent you from diving (e.g. Asthma, Heart Disease), please contact our office. Min. age to dive is 12 years.
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.
Helicopter Passengers: Weight Check: Please note that client’s body weight must be advised prior to the reservation being confirmed as per Australia's Aviation Policy. Should a client advise a weight variance of more than 10%, the right is reserved to charge a 100% cancellation fee.
Insurance: The helicopter operator carries full insurance including Public Liability Insurance of $50,000,000.00.
Sea Walker: Min age is 12 years old.

Tour Prices

Rates & Tariffs

Season: 2019 - 2020 Rates Dates: 1st April 2019 - 31st March 2020 Action
Cruise / Fly $496.00 per adult
$496.00 per child
Additional Extras Dates: 1st April 2019 - 31st March 2020
Introductory Dive $149.00 per adult / $149.00 per child
Certified Dive $99.00 per adult / $99.00 per child
Seawalker Helmet Diving $159.00 per adult / $159.00 per child
Guided Snorkelling Adventure $52.00 per adult / $35.00 per child
Season: 2020 - 2021 Rates Dates: 1st April 2021 - 31st March 2022 Action
Cruise / Fly $513.00 per adult
$513.00 per child

Age: Adult age: 15 yrs + / Child age: 4-14 years inclusive.
Reef Tax: $10.00 is levied for all adults and children entering the Great Barrier Reef. This charge and other levies are INCLUDED in the cruise fares.

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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