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Join us for a unique outer reef tour where the Sunlover catamaran docks alongside a floating pontoon stationed in a natural lagoon fringed with beautiful coral. Our marine biologists, dive instructors, qualified lifeguards and cruise attendants have only one goal: to share their passion for the Great Barrier Reef and ensure you make memories that will last a lifetime.

With a range of included activities and exclusive use of our custom-designed floating pontoon, all ages and abilities can explore and enjoy the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. With clear water, colourful coral, abundant fish life and friendly resident turtles and Maori wrasse, Moore Reef is the ultimate destination to experience all that the outer reef has to offer.

Swimmers of all abilities can snorkel in the natural lagoon or stay dry with our semi-submersible and glass bottom boat tours. You can also visit our underwater observatory to discover the world’s most impressive natural fish tank and get up close and personal with marine life in our touch tank presentations. Young kids can have fun in our enclosed ocean pool or swirl down Sunlover’s 30-metre spiralling waterslide into the tropical ocean. A trained lifeguard is always on watch from an elevated lifeguard station, and there’s easy entry to the water from two snorkel platforms, both of which are accessible by stairs.

For those who want even more adventure, you can add to your reef tour with a guided-snorkel tour, Seawalker helmet dive, introductory and certified SCUBA dives or take to the sky for a scenic helicopter flight.


Included in your tour
Snorkelling & equipment, semi-submersible & glass bottom boat tours, underwater observatory, touch tank & fish feeding presentations, waterslide, enclosed ocean pool, lunch + more

Guided snorkel tour, Seawalker helmet dive, SCUBA dive, scenic helicopter flight

8.30am Check in opens
9.30am Depart Cairns Marina
11.30am-3.30pm Moore Reef pontoon
5.30pm Arrive Cairns Marina

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Do you go to the reef every day
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Yes, we operate a daily service to Moore Reef and Fitzroy Island.

How many people are on the Moore Reef Day Tour
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This varies every day. The maximum is approximately 200 people but most often is fewer. This is aligned with social distancing requirements. See our COVID Safe Plan for more information.

How many years has Sunlover been operating
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We have been operating since 1991.

What is your cancellation policy
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Any bookings cancelled by the customer within 72 hours of departure will be subject to a cancellation charge. A 100% cancellation fee will be charged for FIT passengers cancelling within 24 hours of departure. A 100% cancellation fee will be charged for groups* cancelling within 72 hours of departure.

No cancellation charges will apply for passengers failing to travel due to:
a) Ill health (medical certificate may be required);
b) Minor changes to group numbers;
c) Group or FIT passengers re-scheduling.

Should a cruise or package tour not operate for any reason, then an alternative date will be offered to the passenger. If an alternative date cannot be arranged then a full refund of monies paid to Sunlover Reef Cruises will be authorised. On the rare occasion where inclement weather prohibits a tour from operating the scheduled itinerary, an alternate itinerary will be offered to the passenger. If the passenger accepts this alternate itinerary then no further refunds will be authorised.

Seawalker and SCUBA Diving are subject to medical checklist. If medical is failed on-board no refund will be given for Seawalker or SCUBA dive options. Guests are advised to review medical checklists/requirements with their booking agent prior to booking. Minimum age for Seawalker and SCUBA diving is 12 years. Divers under 18 years of age must have a consenting parent or legal guardian with them in order to complete a Certified or Introductory SCUBA dive or a Seawalker Helmet dive.

Some package tours operate in conjunction with other tour operators and Sunlover acts as an agent for these companies. Conditions and cancellation policies for these tours are subject to operating conditions of these companies.

* A group means 10 or more passengers in one booking.

Do you ever cancel the Moore Reef Day Tour
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Only very occasionally due to poor weather. This decision is made after we carefully assess current and forecast conditions, with the comfort and safety of our guests as our number one priority.

If we have to cancel, we endeavour to contact our affected passengers with as much notice as possible and offer an alternate date. If you accept the alternative date, no refunds are given. If an alternative date cannot be arranged then you will receive a full refund of monies paid to Sunlover Reef Cruises. Full terms of travel can be found here.

When is the best time to travel to the Great Barrier Reef
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The Great Barrier Reef is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many of our visitors, who have a wonderful experience no matter the weather.

Cairns has a tropical climate and experiences hot, humid summers and cooler, dry winters. Often when the weather is cloudy or rainy in Cairns it can be the complete opposite on the outer Great Barrier Reef. However, if you wish to change the date of your tour then we are more than happy to do so for you (subject to availability, adequate notice and inline with our cancellation policy).

Will the sea conditions affect our day
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Sea conditions vary every day. The pontoon and catamaran are very stable and safe. If the rare occasion occurs and it is deemed that it isn't safe to operate due to sea conditions, passengers will be offered travel on an alternate day or will receive a refund.

Passengers who are prone to motion sickness are advised to take necessary precautions such as motion sickness medication prior to travel.

Will the water be cold
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Cairns is located in Tropical North Queensland so the water temperature is very pleasant all year round. Approximate average water temperatures throughout the year are:

December-February 29C or 83F
March-May 25C or 76F
June-August 22C or 72F
September-November 25C or 76F
How deep is the water
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The water is between 5 and 12m in depth off our pontoon, depending on the tide. We supply life jackets free of charge for extra buoyancy and resting stations are dotted throughout the snorkelling area.

Do you offer discounts
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At different times during the year, we advertise special rates for some of our Great Barrier Reef packages, tours and activities. The rates advertised on our Prices page are the best price available as at today's date.

We also offer discounts for locals who live between Mission Beach and Cooktown. Contact our Reservations team via phone or email to book local rates.

Who owns Sunlover Reef Cruises?
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Sunlover Reef Cruises is a proudly Australian owned company.

Who owns Sunlover Reef Cruises?
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Sunlover Reef Cruises is a proudly Australian owned company.

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1800 810 512
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Reef Fleet Terminal
1 Spence St, Cairns
Queensland 4870