Fitzroy Island & Sunlover Cruises

Starting from: $AU259.00

Tour Overview

  • Tour: Fitzroy Island + Sunlover Cruises Platform
  • Package has to be completed in 1 day
  • Tours are connected
  • Departure locations: Cairns
  • Ideal for snorkellers
  • Suitable for families & couples
  • Number of passengers to the reef: 400
  • Number of reef sites visited: 1 site
  • Reef location(s): Moore Reef
  • Tour duration: 8:00am – 5:30pm
  • Travelling time to the reef: 45min to Fitzroy Island & 1hr to the outer reef
  • Time exploring the reef: 1 hour on Fitzroy / 4 hours at the outer reef
  • Vessel type and size: Catamaran / 30m with 3 levels


Fitzroy Island & Sunlover Cruises Pontoon

Activity 1: Fitzroy Island

Jump aboard Sunlover Cruises's fast catamaran for a 45 minute transfer along the coast to Fitzroy Island on the Great Barrier Reef.

Fitzroy Island is a continental island 29 km south-east of Cairns. Fitzroy is a tropical island covered in tropical rainforest surrounded by a reef system that forms part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The island has a total area of 339 hectares and the highest point of the island is 375 metres above sea level.

Fitzroy Island has so much to do and explore. Visitors can walk through the rainforest, swim in the calm waters of Welcome Bay, see the fish swarm underneath the jetty or build sandcastles at Nudey Beach.

At the Beach Hire Hut clients can hire snorkel gear with masks and fins, paddle skis, stand up paddle boards, ocean trampoline and also organise a glass bottom boat tour around the island.

Activity 2: Sunlover Cruises

Later in the morning Sunlover Cruises takes clients to discover one of the natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef. The outer reef adventure starts with clients boarding a fast, air-conditioned catamaran and cruising to a large pontoon (floating platform) located at Moore Reef, on the outer edge of the reef.

This tour is a good choice for the nervous, first time snorkeller or for families with small children who may not be able to snorkel.The platform offers complimentary glass bottom boat, semi-submersible tours, underwater observatory and fish feeding conducted along with an informative Reef Talk in the afternooon.

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 have never dived before)
  • Certified diving (qualified divers)
  • Guided snorkel tours (maximize your snorkel experience with a guide by your side)
  • Sea Walker (diving with a helmet on - you breath air from the surface)
  • Helicopter scenic flights (admire the reef from 2,000 feet above the reef where you can see the beautiful reef colors and hopefully some marine life such as sea turtles, whales, sting rays etc.Have your camera ready.)

What's included in the main price

  • Boat transfer to Fitzroy Island on a fast air-conditioned catamaram
  • 1 hour leisure time exploring Fitzroy Island National Park
  • Boat transfer to Sunlover Cruises pontoon on the outer reef
  • Tea and coffee on board the vessel
  • Informative presentation hosted by a Marine Naturalist
  • Tropical buffet lunch including prawns, hot dishes, salads and tropical fruit
  • Semi-submersible guided coral viewing tours
  • Glass bottom boat tours
  • On-board touch tank to experience unique marine life up close
  • All snorkelling equipment and expert instruction
  • Fully enclosed kids pool
  • Underwater observatory
  • Fish feeding presentation
  • Freshwater showers and change rooms
  • Equipment hire on Fitzroy Island
  • Introductory dive
  • Certified dive
  • Helmet dive
  • Guided snorkel tour
  • Scenic helicopter flight (10 minutes)
  • Coach hotel transfers

Tour Itinerary

Time Description
07:00-07:30 Check-in at the Sunlover Cruises desk inside the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street
08:00 Boat departs Marlin Jetty Cairns
Travel time is 45 minutes direct from Cairns on a fast stable motor catamaran
08:45 Boats arrives at Fitzroy Island
Enjoy around 1 hour & 30 minutes exploring the beautiful Fitzroy Island
Equipment can be hired from the Beach House on Fitzroy Island
10:15 Board Sunlover Cruises catamaram and travel to the outer reef pontoon
Travel time is around 1 hour
11:45 Boat arrives at the outer reef pontoon
Enjoy around 4 hours exploring the outer reef
15:45 Boat departs the outer reef
17:30 Boat arrives back in Cairns
  • Beach clothes and accessories such as swimmers, towel, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • Dry change of clothes for the trip home
  • Extra cash or a credit card for any onboard purchases including optional activities, souvenirs, professional on board photos and bar items.
  • If you are prone to motion sickness it is recommended to take preventative measures around 30 minutes prior to the boat departing. Natural Ginger tablets and medicated Travel-Calm are available on board
  • Diving card and log book for certified divers

Please Note:
All Divers: In accordance with 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. Min. age to dive is 12 years.

Tour Prices

Rates & Tariffs

Season: 2019 - 2020 Rates Dates: 1st April 2019 - 31st March 2020 Action
Package Price $259.00 per adult
$159.00 per child
$687.00 per family
Additional Extras Dates: 1st April 2019 - 31st March 2020
Introductory Scuba Dive $149.00 per adult / $149.00 per child
Certified Scuba Dive $99.00 per adult / $99.00 per child
Seawalker Helmet Diving $159.00 per adult / $159.00 per child
Guided Snorkelling Adventure $55.00 per adult / $37.00 per child
Scenic Helicopter Flight (10 min) $169.00 per adult / $169.00 per child
Return Coach Transfer (Cairns City) $22.00 per adult / $22.00 per child
Return Coach Transfer (Northern Beaches) $32.00 per adult / $32.00 per child

Age: Adult age: 15 yrs + / Child age: 4 - 14 yrs old.
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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