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Sunlover Reef Cruises

Sunlover Reef Cruises has introduced over 1.3 million guests to the natural wonder of Australia's world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. We are in love with the reef and love to share it's wonder. Our experienced, passionate team operate fun, safe, value-packed Great Barrier Reef cruises from sunny Cairns in tropical North Queensland.

Our high-speed catamarans will take you to 'discover the real reef' further out from the coast to our state-of-the-art marine base (floating platforms) nestled at pristine reef locations. Our marine base provides instant access to the incredible marine life and coral, and are equipped with extra activities designed to help any age or ability experience what the Outer Reef has to offer – even non-swimmers.

Book our deluxe Moore Reef Experience if you want the most activities. If you are short on time, take a look at our Arlington Reef Experience to get the most options available in a shorter trip. For the most unique adventure, try Sunlover by Starlight where you can actually sleep overnight on the reef! You can also explore Australia’s best beach at Fitzroy Island for a quick day visit or combine it with a Moore Reef Experience to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Whichever you choose, go at your own pace and try the long list of activities from Marine Presentations to Scuba Diving, Seawalker Helmet Diving to Glass-Bottom Boat tours and even scenic helicopter flights to fully appreciate the awesome scale and beauty of this very special corner of the world.

As citizens of the reef, Sunlover is also certified as an official ecotourism operator and we take great pride in educating our guests about the importance of preserving this unique environment.

We are also locally-operated and completely Australian-owned.

Company History

Sunlover Reef Cruises began a humble operation in Cairns, Australia in 1991 with only 7 staff at the time. Currently we employ over 80 staff and have introduced in excess of 1.3 million guests to the magnificent beauty of the Great Barrier Reef in that time. From 1991 to January 2006 Sunlover Reef Cruises was owned by NYK Line. 

In February 2006 Sunlover Reef Cruises was acquired by Ocean Capital Ltd, an Australian owned tourism and hospitality company focusing primarily on the Far North Queensland region. With over 20 years of experience under our belt, we look forward to welcoming you on our Great Barrier Reef cruises.