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Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Cairns

Highlights
  • Access to moored pontoon on the Great Barrier Reef via high-speed catamaran
  • Included Lycra sunsuit to protect from the strong Australian sun
  • Go snorkeling or stay dry on a glass-bottom boat and semi-submersible tour
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Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Cairns
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Overview

Choose your own adventure on this multi-activity Great Barrier Reef cruise from Cairns. Start with a scenic catamaran cruise out to the moored pontoon boat, equipped with a touch pool, snorkeling equipment, a glass-bottom boat, and semi-submersible, as well as several other experiences available as upgrades. Snacks, lunch, and use of freshwater showers make for a comfortable day trip.

What to Expect

Step aboard a high-speed catamaran departing the Cairns shoreline, bound for the Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the way to the pontoon, listen to your naturalist guide talk about the sea creatures and plants of the Great Barrier Reef.

On the pontoon, pick the activities you like best. Beginners on up can embark on a snorkeling adventure as equipment and instruction are included. Lycra sunsuits are provided, and wetsuits can be rented at additional cost.

If you wish to stay dry, take a glass-bottom boat or a semi-submersible ride, and get hands-on with the onboard touch tank.

Upgrades include Seawalker helmet diving, introductory scuba diving, or certified scuba diving.

Included on the pontoon are morning and afternoon tea, lunch, use of freshwater showers, an onboard cash bar, and use of Wi-Fi to upload your photos to social media immediately.

The tour ends at the departure point.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Great reef, too many people

We have been on four different tours to the great bartier reef the last weeks. The others has been on smaller boats. This was the first to a pontoon. We do prefer the smaller boats, especially Seastar to Hastings reef was good. Although this a...More

Thank gardengirla
Sunloverreefcruises, Manager at Sunlover Reef Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi gardengirla, Thank you for taking the time to review Sunlover Reef Cruises! Yes, the pontoon is a different experience to the other non-pontoon boats! We all have this one thing in common though-we love the reef! You're right, the pontoon is a really comprehensive...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Fantastic

A full day is not enough for this cruise. It takes 1.5 hours to get to Moore reef, then we can spend around 4 hours playing in the water. The reef was great, as well as the wildlife. Food was great on board, and the...More

1  Thank Pooftersook
Sunloverreefcruises, Manager at Sunlover Reef Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Pooftersook, Thank you for reviewing your day with Sunlover Reef Cruises! Sounds like you had the best day! We agree, one day is hardly enough to take it all in; that's why we have Sunlover by Starlight, the spectacular reef at night and two...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Mother / Daughter Day Reef Trip

Off on time and arrived at Fitzroy Island quickly, then on to Moore Reef, we were the first ones in the water snorkeling when we arrived it was amazing, so close to the coral and the fish were abundant and of course caught up with...More

Thank SandraTroughton
Sunloverreefcruises, Manager at Sunlover Reef Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi SandraTroughton, Thank you for taking the time to review Sunlover Reef Cruises! Your review brings a massive smile to our faces! We can practically feel the day from your description. We are so happy you had a great time! There are literally so many...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great experience.

We were picked up at Fitzroy Island and enjoyed all the activities BUT not the lunch. It was advertised as a tropical buffet but apart from the prawns .????More

Thank Michael G
Sunloverreefcruises, Manager at Sunlover Reef Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Michael G, Thank you for taking some time to review your experience with Sunlover Reef Cruises! Tropic Spirit Catering are our caterers, and we are so lucky to have them! They source their fresh ingredients locally and this includes the prawns, items on the...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Great experience for disabled travellers

We had a fantastic day yesterday aboard the Sunlovers boat and pontoon with Captain Chris and his team. The team were so accommodating for one of our party using a powered wheelchair - they really went over and beyond our expectations. A great day was...More

Thank Carly W
Sunloverreefcruises, Manager at Sunlover Reef Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Carly W, Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know about your day with Sunlover Reef Cruises! We are so happy that you all felt welcome and comfortable. The crew is pretty exceptional and will do whatever it takes to...More

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