Seeing the Reef When You Don't Swim

Even Non-Swimmers Can See The Reef With Sunlover

Dream of seeing the Great Barrier Reef but can't swim or not confident in the water? At Sunlover we want our guests of all ages and abilities to be able to experience the amazing colourful coral gardens, fascinating fish, cheeky turtles and turquoise waters, so we have a number of activities that can be enjoyed even if you are a non-swimmer or just don't want to get wet!

Our friendly and fully-trained crew are always on hand to ensure you can safely enjoy the wonders of the reef. They will come and speak to you on the way out to the reef, which is a great time to discuss what activities you would most enjoy and would best suit your abilities. The following activities are ideally suited for those that are unable swim.

Glass Bottom Boat Tour

Glass Bottom Boat

For most, the Great Barrier Reef is a bucketlist destination because of it's colourful coral gardens. A glass bottom boat tour is a great way to see the Great Barrier Reef for non swimmers and you can spot an array of hard and soft corals from the comfort of a dry seat!

Glass bottom boat tours are also a fantastic way to spot iconic Great Barrier Reef marine life such as turtles, parrot fish, giant clams and more, with our expert crew providing informative commentary. Plus, if you enjoyed your first ride so much, you are welcome to join again for unlimited rides!

Semi-Submersible Tour for Non-Swimmers
Semi-Submersible Tour

Who said you had to swim to be underwater? On a semi-submersible boat you descend to the lower area below the surface of the water, which allows you to have a 'fish eye' perspective of the Great Barrier Reef.

Our Moore Reef semi-submersible tour, which is included in your Moore Reef Experience, shows you the vast and beautiful coral drop offs and the interesting marine life that inhabit them, with commentary provided by our marine naturalists. Enjoy unlimited rides on this experience.

Guided Snorkel Tour
Great Barrier Reef Guided Snorkel Safari

Our Guided Snorkel Safaris are perfect for non-swimmers who want to see the best of The Great Barrier Reef. Our experienced marine expert will pull you along on a life ring, whilst you float in a life jacket and peer below at the incredible marine life.

Best of all, group size is limited to six and our guide takes you to exclusive areas outside the designated snorkelling zone, which other guests can't access. That means there's plenty of space for you to explore safely and securely.

Scenic Helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef
Scenic Helicopter Flight

Looking for a breath-taking experience on the Great Barrier Reef for non swimmers? Look no further than a scenic helicopter flight.

Soar like a bird across the single largest living organism of the world and feast your eyes on endless mosaics of cerulean and ultramarine. Spot turtles, manta rays and in the winter months even whales plunging in the temperate waters.

Seawalker Helmet Diving

Although it may be called 'Seawalker Helmet Diving', no swimming experience is necessary! If you can walk, you can Seawalk!


Helmet Diving involves walking along a designated platform up to five metres underwater whilst wearing a helmet, that allows you to breathe quite normally. Our Helmet Diving platform is surrounded by an array of marine life and our Maori Wrasse "Wally" often likes to come and say hello to our Seawalkers. Underwater photographers are also on hand to capture your out-of-this-world experience.

Underwater Observatory on the Reef
Underwater Observatory

Our underwater observatory is like the world's prettiest window. Located on the underside of our Marine Base, it features tiered seating for you to sit, relax and observe the wonderful marine life. Our marine experts also provide a scheduled talk for a more indepth experience.

Snorkelling on the Marine Base
Hold Onto The Edge of The Marine Base

With our stable Marine Base, swimmers of all abilities can feel safe and secure snorkelling. If you have never swum before, simply put on a flotation device, mask and snorkel and hold onto the edge of the pontoon and look through your mask. Our expert crew and lifeguards are on hand to assist you and ensure your safety is paramount.

An abundance of yellow tail fusiliers tend to hang out at the edge our Moore Reef Marine Base and our resident Maori Wrasse "Wally" often enjoys giving snorkellers a performance here. You don't even have to swim away from the edge to observe the marine life!

Fish Feeding on the Great Barrier Reef
Fish Feeding Presentation

Fish feeding presentations occur towards the end of your time at Moore Reef. Listen out for the announcement and head to the rear of the Marine Base where our marine naturalists will feed the abundant fish that come right to the water's surface so you can enjoy the amazing variety and colours of the reef's marine life.

Touch Tank on the Marine Base
Marine Life Touch Tank

Our Marine Life Touch Tank presentations allows you to observe and interact with some unique marine species.

A marine naturalist will present a variety of Great Barrier Reef marine life, such as sea cucumbers or sea slugs and will invite our guests to gently touch these fascinating creatures while also explaining interesting facts about the species presented. Rest assured these creatures are handled with the utmost care and are carefully replaced on the reef.