Sunlover Articles

A True Sunlover Legend: Getting to know Vance

Vance Fahey joined Sunlover in June 1991, originally employed as a Divemaster/Lifeguard. Almost three decades later, he brings the same enthusiasm and excitement to work as if it was his first day. 
August 6, 2020
August 3, 2020

How the Great Barrier Reef was formed 

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet with more than 600 species of coral and around 10% of the world’s fish species. But why is there so much coral and marine life at the Great Barrier Reef compared to other parts of the ocean?

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June 16, 2020
Protecting the Barrier Reef Together

For Sunlover staff, the Great Barrier Reef isn’t just our workplace. It is a priceless wonder that we feel privileged and honoured to be able to visit. We are an Australian-owned company, and as locals who live and breathe the Reef, we want to keep it in a pristine and healthy state so it can continue to be a part of our lives and our children’s lives forever, and we are dedicated to doing our bit to protect it.

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January 15, 2020
Finding Nemo and Dory on Moore Reef

Not many movies have the ability to delight young and old as the 2003 computer-animated adventure film “Finding Nemo." To find out which of the movie’s characters you’re most likely to meet at our Moore Reef Marine Base (and which you aren’t – thankfully!) we’ve compiled a list so you can find your own Nemo.

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December 11, 2019
Great Barrier Reef Night & Day Citizen Science Program Launched

The first Great Barrier Reef night and day citizen science program aligned with the Australian school curriculum has been launched. The new dual program builds on Sunlover’s Marine Biologist for a Day educational course by adding an astronomy component and a night camping under the stars on the reef.

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November 20, 2019
Coral Spawning - the Best in 5 Years

Hard and soft corals at our Moore Reef Marine Base, spawned spectacularly this year. The abundance and variety of spawn released amazed our expert team of filmmakers, photographers, marine biologists and Master Reef Guides.

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November 11, 2019
Facelifts for Sunlover Vessels - Big & Small!

After undergoing a recent refurbishment, the Tropic Sunbird catamaran has returned to the Coral Sea to reclaim her place in the Sunlover fleet. Featuring a fresh exterior repaint in vibrant Sunlover orange and blue, she creates a striking image against the turquoise water.

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November 1, 2019
Meet Sunny the Sunlover Sponsored Green Sea Turtle

In 2018, Sunlover sponsored the care and rehabilitation of a Green Sea Turtle hatchling that was taken into care by the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre after he washed up on the shores of Fitzroy Island.

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October 31, 2019
Greg Erwin Takes the Helm as General Manager

Industry leader Greg Erwin has been appointed General Manager of Sunlover Reef Cruises and our heritage listed, 100 room CBD property, Hides Hotel Cairns.

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October 3, 2019
Reef with Kids - child's play!

The Sunlover Moore Reef Daily experience is not only jam-packed with fun and activities, it’s a day that is destined to create lifelong family memories.

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July 16, 2019
Pantone colour of the year - Living Coral

Designers and others in creative industries will be very familiar with the Pantone Colour of the Year, which has been running for 20 years. 2019 is the year of Living Coral. We celebrated with a stunning coral spawn video made by Stuart Ireland.

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July 16, 2019
No Barrier to the Reef

Sunlover recently hosted two very special guests at Moore Reef, 19-year-old Erin Condrin & her Assistance Dog, Lacey. As a young person who is a wheelchair user, Erin’s experience presented some unique challenges that our crew were more than happy to accommodate.

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July 10, 2019
Slippery Additions to Arlington

The Queensland Government announced it has partnered with Sunlover by providing matched funding to expand and enhance our marine tourism infrastructure at Arlington Reef to enrich visitor experiences on the Great Barrier Reef.

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June 27, 2019
Water Polo on the Reef

In a world first, Sunlover Reef Cruises has staged a one off water polo event at their Moore Reef Marine Base, 47 km offshore from Cairns on the Outer Great Barrier Reef, with Olympic Gold hopefuls for Tokyo 2020, Aussie Stingers Women’s and Men’s Junior water polo squads.

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June 20, 2019
Reef Education for all Ages

Whether you’ve already visited the reef or still have it on your bucket list, chances are you’d like to find out more about this fascinating eco system. We've compiled a list of engaging and professional programs that can offer some additional insight.

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June 17, 2019
Captain Dani Takes the Helm

Dani McGlashen recently made Sunlover history by becoming the company’s first ever female captain. With women representing just 4.2 per cent of the marine transport industry’s national workforce, it was a ground-breaking moment for many.

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June 14, 2019
Taking the Plunge Down Under

Deciding to take the plunge in more ways than one, Austrian couple Eva and Christoph Langer chose the Sunlover Moore Reef Marine Base at the outer Great Barrier Reef as their unique wedding venue – complete with a green sea turtle as photo bomber.

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June 10, 2019
Master Reef Guides

Established in 2019, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's Master Reef Guides Program is designed to produce reef ambassadors who will both educate others about the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and inspire them to become proactive in its survival.

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June 10, 2019
Caring for sick & injured turtles

At the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre based on Fitzroy Island, co-founder Jennie Gilbert and her dedicated team are committed to the rehabilitation of sick and injured turtles, as well as raising awareness through publicity and education.

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May 16, 2019
Arlington Reef Untouched

Explore one of the largest & healthiest reef systems on the Great Barrier Reef. With no commercial activity for over 20 years, Arlington Reef is a stunning example of a site untouched by mass tourism. Available during peak periods for visitors and on demand for groups.

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May 16, 2019
Spend the Night with Us

Introducing Australia’s most unique small group adventure, an overnight Great Barrier Reef glamping experience. Wrap up in your deluxe swag under the brilliant stars of the southern night skies and awake to an epic sun rise afloat our Moore Reef Marine Base.

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May 15, 2019
Getting Moore out of the Reef

Departing Cairns daily to our Moore Reef Marine Base, this full day eco-certified experience gives you 4 hours to explore stunning corals and marine life, while enjoying a host of activities including the Sunlover Sunslide - the only them park style slide on the Great Barrier Reef.

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May 13, 2019
Fitzroy Island Fun

A tropical island paradise just 45 minutes from Cairns, Fitzroy island is  home to Nudey Beach (voted the best beach in Australia) and the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre; a voluntary non-profit organisation that rehabilitates sick and injured turtles.

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June 20, 2018
Meet "Wally" the Maori Wrasse

As one of the largest and most colourful fish on The Great Barrier Reef, it's no surprise that "Wally" our resident Maori Wrasse has become both a local and international celebrity! Get ready to learn all there is to know about the legend that is Wally.

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June 12, 2018
Snorkelling Hotspots on the Reef

Wondering where the best place to snorkel is? What about the best time of year? And what exotic marine wonders should you keeping an eye out for? This Cairns snorkelling guide will ensure that you experience the very best that the Great Barrier Reef has to offer.

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June 7, 2018
28 Years in the World's Best Job

With the average Aussie holding down a job for just 3 years, imagine loving a career so much you'd stick with it for more than quarter of a century? For Ted Woolley and Vance Fahey it’s a blissful reality with both men now celebrating 28 years of employment with Sunlover.

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June 1, 2018
The Top 10 Things to do in Cairns

From snorkelling the majestic corals of the Outer Barrier Reef, to sliding down rainforest waterfalls, Cairns is pretty much a tropical paradise playground! Discover the Top 10 Things to do in Cairns and start ticking them off your bucket list.

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May 10, 2018
Sunlover in the Media

Did you catch us on Better Homes & Gardens with Dr Harry? How about on the 'Today Show'? Take a look into some of the amazing adventures you can encounter on our reef tours and special projects we have been part of.

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May 1, 2018
Great Barrier Reef on Instagram

These Great Barrier Reef Instagram shots will fill you with so much wanderlust that you will literally want to race to the airport, fly to Cairns and head to the reef. So get ready to pack your sunscreen and swimmers, as we reveal the ultimate insta-envy shots.

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April 18, 2018
Dive into the Great Barrier Reef

Whether you're a beginner interested in learning how to scuba dive in Cairns or you're a certified diver looking for an incredible underwater experience, discover why scuba diving is a must during your stay in Tropical North Queensland.

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March 20, 2018
Seeing the Reef When You Don't Swim

You don't need to be confident in the water to enjoy the experience of a lifetime. To help our guests of all ages and abilities experience the reef, we have a number of activities that can be enjoyed by non-swimmers or those that just don't want to get wet!

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March 16, 2018
Whale Watching on The Reef

Whales on The Great Barrier Reef: it's pretty much a match made in heaven! When some of the largest mammals on the planet make their way to the largest coral reef system on the globe, the result is a true symphony of nature that's not to be missed.

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March 8, 2018
Top 10 Reef Experiences

From counting the stars of the Southern night sky afloat our Moore Reef Marine Base, to swimming with giant manta rays, the Great Barrier Reef is home to some of the most incredible experiences the world has to offer. Isn't it time to add some of these to your buckelist?

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February 28, 2018
Butterfly Fish: Fascinating Facts

Nemo, watch out: The butterfly fish could be about to steal your thunder! Discover 16 fascinating facts about Great Barrier Reef butterfly fish that will have you craving an underwater butterfly hunt on your next Cairns Great Barrier Reef Trip.

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April 10, 2017
The Great Barrier Reef with Kids

Wondering how to explore the Great Barrier Reef with kids? The good news is, it doesn't have to be a stressful experience. Blogger Dawn Nicholson outlines some handy hints on how both you and your kids can enjoy the adventure of a lifetime.

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