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Great Barrier Reef Education

As industry leaders in edutourism, Sunlover has been delivering Great Barrier Reef education and conservation programs to students since 2017. Tailored to meet student capabilities and competencies in line with the Australian school curriculum, the Great Barrier Reef education experiences are delivered by Marine Biologists and Master Reef Guides at our floating pontoon at Moore Reef, off Cairns. The programs not only create awareness and understanding of natural habitats and pressures facing reef systems, but also help students develop long-lasting connections to the reef.

Not to mention, it's also a whole lot of fun!

Why Sunlover

Safety

Sunlover’s highest priority is safety and as a consequence we have an impeccable safety record. A Comprehensive Safety Management System (SMS) includes stringent crew to passenger ratios and thorough risk assessments are available.

Education

At Sunlover it’s all about hands-on learning as students become marine biologists for a day. Our pioneering programs are aligned with the Australian school curriculum and are delivered with incredibly high standards to students across the globe.

Experience

Sunlover has been operating for 30 years and our crews have lifetimes of collective experience to provide safe, memorable and educational reef trips.

Conservation

For Sunlover staff, the Great Barrier Reef isn’t just our workplace. We feel privileged to be able to nurture and care for our site through monitoring, research, advocacy and removal of predatory crown of thorns starfish.

Marine biologist for a day

Aligned with curriculum Groups 10+ 4 hours reef time

This is an in-depth educational experience available for students travelling to Moore Reef on the full day tour. Conducted by a team of marine experts, including two Master Reef Guides, students will learn about reef ecology and climate change as well as participate in Eye on the Reef - the reef monitoring and assessment program run by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA). Students are taken on a comprehensive guided snorkel tour by a Master Reef Guide and record their survey observations to submit to GBRMPA to help monitor and track the health of our reef. 

Program inclusions | presentations with marine experts, reserved group seating, guided snorkel tour, certificate of participation

Also included in your tour | snorkelling & equipment, semi-submersible & glass bottom boat tours, underwater observatory, touch tank & fish feeding presentations, waterslide, enclosed ocean pool, lunch + more

  • Great Barrier Reef education reef survey
  • School reef trips leaving from Cairns
  • Great Barrier Reef education survey for GBRMPA
  • Great Barrier Reef education snorkel tour with Master Reef Guide
  • Great Barrier Reef education lifeguard tower

Moore Reef full day tour

Learning opportunity Group bookings 4 hours reef time

Sunlover's Moore Reef pontoon is stationed alongside a natural lagoon teeming with vibrant, healthy corals and friendly marine life. Throughout the day students have the opportunity to learn about the reef's unique ecosystem with marine biology presentations, guided glass bottom boat and semi-sub tours, and touch tank presentations. Students can explore the reef snorkelling under the watchful eye of our trained lifeguards or make a splash on the Sunlover waterslide.

Included in your tour | snorkelling & equipment, semi-submersible & glass bottom boat tours, underwater observatory, touch tank & fish feeding presentations, waterslide, enclosed ocean pool, lunch + more

  • Great Barrier Reef education from glass bottom boat
  • School reef trip fun on waterslide
  • Great Barrier Reef education at Sunlover pontoon
  • Great Barrier Reef education snorkel with sea turtles
  • Great Barrier Reef education touch tank

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EXCLUSIVE CHARTER

Sunlover offers exclusive group charters for groups of 150+ students, for instance whole year cohorts. Your group would have exclusive use of the Sunlover catamaran and pontoon, allowing extra flexibility around scheduling and educational outcomes.

Please contact our Groups & Charter specialist to discuss in more detail.

 

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