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Arlington Reef is one of the largest and healthiest reef systems in the Great Barrier Reef having been untouched for 20 years. The Arlington Reef Special is a full-service outer-reef day trip that only operates during peak periods and by request from groups and charters.

A direct 90 minute cruise takes you from Cairns to our refurbished Arlington Reef Marine Base. Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and activities, it is the ideal way to view its bright, vibrant varieties of soft and hard corals and fascinating underwater community unique to Arlington Reef. Giant clams are plentiful as well as bright blue starfish and striped Batfish. Here you will also see soft intricate corals not found in many other reef locations.

Arlington Reef is a very shallow reef that remains submerged even at low tide, which aids strong coral growth and also means that the reef is bathed in light at both high and low tide. This, combined with the clarity of the azure waters means that even those who don’t wish to get wet can still enjoy stunning views of the coral and marine life.

Departs on Special Dates from Cairns Marina

Sample itinerary (check departure date for correct times)
  • 9:00am - Check in starts 
  • 9:45am - Check in closes
  • 10:00am - Depart Cairns Marina 
  • 11:30am - Arrive Arlington Reef Marine Base 

Enjoy 3.5 - 4 hours of reef time. So much to see and do!

  • 3:00pm - Depart Arlington Reef Marine Base 
  • 4:30pm - Arrive back at Cairns Marina

*Times are approximate and subject to weather conditions.

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Arlington Reef Marine Base

Arlington Reef is one of the largest reef systems in the Great Barrier Reef. Its large ring-like reef has been untouched by mass tourism for 20 years and is home to many varieties of hard and soft coral, rarely seen elsewhere.

In just 90 minutes on our high speed, air-conditioned catamarans you can travel to the newly refurbished Marine Base which is situation 46km from Cairns. Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and activities, it is the ideal way to view its bright, vibrant varieties of soft and hard corals and fascinating underwater community unique to the Arlington Reef.

Arlington remains submerged even at low tide which aids in strong coral growth and also means that this comparatively shallow reef is bathed in light at both high and low tide giving extra atmosphere to one of nature’s most exciting light shows. It is also renowned for the clarity of its azure waters that are superior to other regions, so that even those who don’t wish to get wet, can still enjoy a stunning views of the coral and marine life.

Arlington Reef Marine Base is the one and only dedicated charter venue on the Great Barrier Reef. It is an exclusive, prestigious reef location that is only available upon demand.

The base is 45 metres long, with a capacity of approximately 300 people. It is situated just metres from the reef, and the plentiful covered seating is prime position to look out over the turquoise waters and mosaic of the corals.

The boat docks alongside the base and gangplanks provide seamless access between base and air-conditioned vessel.

Arlington Reef Marine Base features:

  • Fully powered
  • WIFI and cellphone coverage (dependent on conditions and provider)
  • Air-conditioned 60 tiered-seat underwater observatory that can also be used for presentations
  • BBQ's
  • Multiple areas suitable for staging
  • Built in SCUBA dive station, with all equipment & diving platform
  • Two snorkel platforms
  • Plentiful moveable tables and seating under cover from the sun
  • Marine-life touch tank
  • Glass bottom boat
  • Change-rooms
  • Fresh water outdoor showers
  • Ocean enclosed children’s pool
  • SeaWalker Helmet Dive platform
  • Scenic helicopter pad

Charters on Arlington Reef

AUSTRALIA'S MOST UNIQUE VENUE

It is easy to see why Sunlover Funlover Arlington Reef received worldwide attention, when it was opened mid-2018.

Business Events – Tourism Australia said “TAKE ME THERE NOW... candy for your eyes”

We can take you there, and you as the charterer, can create the ultimate Instagram’able experience. Sunlover Funlover puts you at the wheel with your choice of:

  • Timing
  • Menus and beverage packages
  • Branding
  • Entertainment
  • Activities

The recently refurbished Arlington Reef Marine Base is perfectly still and shaded with multi-use spaces including:  

  • Air-conditioned 60 tiered-seat underwater observatory / presentation space
  • Live entertainment platform / stage presentation space
  • On board bar & beverage service
  • On-board dining tables
  • On-Marine Base dining tables
  • Flexible on-Marine Base table and seating arrangements
  • Fully powered spaces

Enjoy included reef activities such as:

Optional marine extras available are:

Sunlover Funlover Arlington Reef can accommodate over 300 guests and is the perfect option for a conference activity day, team building, launch, celebration, reward/incentive programs, or for those who want the flexibility and freedom to curate their own extra-special experience for their guests/clients.  

Contact our dedicated charter specialist to discuss how we can WOW your group.

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Prices

ARLINGTON REEF EXPERIENCE 

  • Adult $212
  • Child (4-15yrs) $129
  • Family (2A + 2C) $553

Hotel transfers available ($22-$32pp)

Contact our event specialists for groups or charter or options.

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