Cairns & the Tropical North

Sunlover Reef Cruises Cairns Great Barrier Reef Experience

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From USD 169.72

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 8 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


    What's Included

    • Snorkeling equipment
    • Glass bottom boat and Semi-Submersible tours
    • Sunlover waterslide and spacious sun deck
    • Great Barrier Reef and fish feeding presentations by our marine experts
    • Underwater observatory and ocean enclosed pool
    • Lunch
    • Coffee and/or Tea
    • WiFi on board
    • Fresh water showers and change rooms
    • Environmental Management Charge (EMC)
    • Additional cost: Wetsuit and prescription snorkel mask
    • Snacks
    • Additional cost: Guided Snorkel Tour, Intro or Certified Diving, Seawalker Helmet Dive, Heli Filghts
    • Additional cost: professional photos or camera hire
    • Additional cost: Secure lockers
    • Additional Cost: Hotel Transfers can be added directly with Sunlover

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • 1 Spence St
      1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

      The Sunlover reservations desk is inside the Reef Fleet Terminal on the ground floor. All guests must check in and collect their boarding pass between 8:30 am and 9:00 am. The boat departs from the A finger right beside the terminal.

    Start time

    09:30 am

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    What To Expect

    Great Barrier Reef

    4 hours Admission Ticket Included

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Minimum age is 12 years for SCUBA diving and Seawalker Helmet dive
    • Please ensure you bring your dive certification for Certified SCUBA dives
    • All dives are subject to an on board medical checklist, please contact us for more information.
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 342 travellers

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    Traveller Tips

    It costs extra, but I would do it all over again.
    Seasickness pills are a great suggestion, as there were a lot of people suffering.
    I would recommend this trip for those with varying ages in your group including non-snorkelers.
    552 reviews
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    Must Do Trip
    Rebecca_W, Mar 2023
    Great day out and worth the money! The boat ride in itself was fun but getting to the pontoon and being able to snorkel at your own leisure was amazing. The staff were lovey and the food was really nice too. I added an introductory scuba dive to my experience and it was fantastic. The trainer/guide explained everything really well and made you feel safe. Best Experience and a must do trip!!
    Submarine doesn’t work most of the days.
    Arundhati_N, Mar 2023
    Helicopter ride is great. Submarine was not working which I read in lots of reviews that it doesn’t work most of the times. If you are not going snorkeling and hoping to see from submarine then think twice. Glass bottom boat is not clear and at low tide you don’t see much because boat can’t go near the reefs to avoid damage. Everything is well organized and food is great. If you get sea sick sit out at the deck. Breeze feels good.
    Over priced but awesome, yet short snorkelling experience
    Kribin_M, Mar 2023
    The guided tour by Ted, was very informative and he made it very comfortable for the non swimmers in the group. The reef was beautiful and you could spend hours snorkelling Disappointed with the overall price as we only got to spend +-4 hours on the reef. There was no time to use the glass bottom boat or submariner as we booked a guided tour. The rest of the time was spent ferrying to and from Fitzroy island and also cleaning of the platform which smelt bad due to the sea birds.
    Great for first timers
    Jenny_H, Mar 2023
    Loved this tour today. A great mix of activities and the lunch was delicious. We enjoyed theTrip out and drop off seeing Fitzroy Island and the glass bottom boat was better than expected with the snorkelling the highlight.
    Beware of rough seas
    drubin, Mar 2023
    A dozen different versions of the same reef tour available in Cairns. This online booking did ave me some money. Seas were a bit rough that day so didn’t see much and it was uncomfortable getting there. And once there, you couldn’t go into the water without a supplied difficult to get into Wetsuit because of the jellyfish. People should be aware of all these things.
    Wonderful day at the Great Barrier Reef
    Robin_R, Mar 2023
    Wonderful day on the Great Barrier Reef. Free stinger suits, great lunch. Really enjoyed the guided snorkel. Just the right amount of time at the reef. Staff was very helpful.
    Great work!
    Mai_H, Feb 2023
    The staff are very informative, friendly, helpful, and care about the safety of passengers. Well organized!
    Deceitful experience!
    kalpa_p, Feb 2023
    It was an absolutely horrible trip ! First off, the boat was very old, the staff was unfriendly. Unless you were signing for added packages which would cost additional, they treated you like a second-class citizen. Secondly, the main attraction - semi sub was not working (they said motor related issues - which has been going on for over 2 weeks now)... So knowing that a main attraction is not working, they shouldn't deceive people (especially tourists, who mostly will only be there once in their lifetime). I went out there and had absolutely nothing to do. Was a complete waste of my time, which will never return! And money too. Because of this company's mal intentions, my memory of the great Barrier Reef is scared for ever ! I will be requesting a refund of this.
    Definitely Recommend
    Thomas_M, Feb 2023
    Extremely friendly crew, wonderful experience. We were nervous because it was raining a lot but we were still able to snorkel and even got the chance to scuba dive in the reef. Truly unforgettable and highly recommend. The lunch was great too!
    joniecewright, Feb 2023
    Awesome experience-something for EVERYONE!! Only disappointment was not being able to enjoy the submersible due to the weather-otherwise everything else-food-experience was great
    Must have experience on the Great Barrier Reef
    Yasmine_C, Feb 2023
    This was a great experience, the reef was beautiful, when my son was over the snorkelling he had fun on the slide. It is a great family experience. The food was great. All round a great day.
    All inspiring
    Brian_L, Feb 2023
    A great day inspired by the breathtaking views of the ocean and habitat as it should be. We have seen one of the seven natural wonders of the world
    Great trip to Great Barrier Reef
    Rollin_F, Jan 2023
    Visiting the Great Barrier Reef Fantastic experience In the submarine as well as glass bottom boat Definitely worth value for money
    Reef tour
    Darrel_W, Jan 2023
    Amazing experience! Definite highlight was swimming with the resident Green turtle. Crew were all exceptionally polite and helpful. The water slide was a fun bonus to have.
    Cracking day.
    Andrew_M, Jan 2023
    Really great trip. Family of 5 including 2 grandparents . About 4/5 hours on the pontoon . Plenty of time to do snorkeling at your own pace. Multiple time slots for both glass bottom boat and submersible boat. Food was great. All crew on board were great. Option to rent a GoPro to capture your snorkeling/dive pictures and videos. Can’t fault the day at all . Highly recommend.
    Our family absolutely loved the reef! Best day for all.
    Taralee_S, Jan 2023
    Absolutely loved the reef so did our 4 & 11 year olds. The weather was great the ride out & back was smooth, no seasickness. The staff were lovely and very organised. The food was ok. Unreal memories for the family.
    Snorkeling was amazing,...
    Tara_R, Jan 2023
    Snorkeling was amazing, don’t skip it! The Crew were great too. Being in a submarine was a fantastic experience.
    Just awesome
    Joseph_D, Jan 2023
    Had an amazing experience. Thanks for the crew for helping us out with everything Must try and the crew are highly recommended
    Great family adventure
    Manal_C, Jan 2023
    Overall it was a great day. The team onboard were helpful and friendly. There was alot of people and at times was as a bit squishy when moving around on the boat. There was 14 of us all up and we enjoyed it.
    Need to have staff in the water to keep the tourists from standing on the reef and help people
    David_S, Jan 2023
    Boat needs a major clean where not able to board until 9:15 We where over 45 minutes late to arrive at the pontoon to find the pontoon a disgrace and i need of a major over hall Food was terrible