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Sunlover by Starlight


Sunlover by Starlight is a once in a lifetime, intimate, overnight experience, sleeping under the stars at our Marine Base at Moore Reef on the Outer Great Barrier Reef and also includes two full days on our Moore Reef Daily Experience.

Day 1 starts with a departure from Cairns to our Moore Reef Marine Base on the Outer Great Barrier Reef to enjoy a Moore Reef Daily experience with free inclusions such as snorkelling, glass bottom boat and semi-submersible tours, underwater observatory, marine life touch tank and fish feeding experience.  The upper level sundeck is the perfect spot to relax in the tropical sunshine, and prime position to look out over the turquoise waters and mosaic of the reef. The sundeck is also where the Sunlover Sunslide (the only theme park waterslide on the Great Barrier Reef) starts on its 30 metre spiral descent into the tropical waters.  Keep your energy levels up to make the most of all the activities on offer at Moore Reef with a tropical buffet lunch with prawns that is included as part of your day.

Then as the day trippers depart and the sun starts to descend, a lucky few will experience the reef environment exclusively. Take one last snorkel or Glass Bottom Boat tour for the day with the entire reef to yourselves, then relax with a drink and a delicious BBQ while taking in an epic reef sunset.

Wrap up in your deluxe swag, gaze at the brilliant stars of the southern night skies with nothing but the gentle sound of water lapping and nocturnal creatures coming to life on the reef to lull you to sleep.

The following morning, wake up to a brilliant tropical sunrise, then after breakfast it’s time to discover new creatures as the reef awakens. Our marine experts take you to exclusive areas of the reef with a Guided Snorkel Safari and/or Glass-Bottom Boat tour, before the day guests return and you enjoy another full day Moore Reef experience before departing to Cairns.

Sunlover by Starlight is unbelievable value at just $549 per person and includes:

  • 2 full days Moore Reef Daily Experience with all standard inclusions (valued at $468)
  • Private Guided Snorkel Safari with a marine expert (valued at $55 per snorkel)
  • 1 night hosted on Moore Reef Marine Base Fully hosted, 5 star service by our marine naturalists
  • Deluxe swag including hotel standard bedding
  • BBQ dinner, cooked buffet breakfast, and tea & coffee
  • Private Glass Bottom Boat tour with a marine expert
  • Fresh, hot water showers, change rooms and camp-style portable toilets

We recommend all guests bring the below personal items:

  • Swimming costume
  • Towels
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen (reef friendly is best and available to purchase on board)
  • Change of clothes including a rain jacket or jumper and sleepwear
  • Cash or credit card for optional additional activities, drinks and snacks
  • Toiletries (reef friendly body wash is provided) and medications
  • Camera
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Phone and charger (there is free Wifi while the boat is moored but once it leaves there is mobile phone coverage overnight, which has variable coverage depending on the provider and conditions)
Note:  12-15yrs  permitted with guardian. Minimum 4 people required for operation. Maximum 18 guests
Day One
  • 8:30am - Check in starts
  • 9.15am - Check in closes
  • 9:30am - Depart Cairns
  • 10.15am - Arrive Fitzroy Island
  • 10.30am - Depart Fitzroy Island
  • 11:30am - Arrive Moore Reef
  • Free time to enjoy the reef & Marine Base activities
  • 3:45pm - Starlight introduction following day guest departure
  • Optional Glass Bottom Boat tour or Guided Snorkel Safari
  • Sunset, BBQ dinner + stargazing
Day Two
  • Sunrise - wake to the Great Barrier Reef & a cooked breakfast
  • Optional Glass Bottom Boat tour or Guided Snorkel Safari
  • 11:30am - Day guests arrive. Free time to enjoy the reef.
  • 3:30pm - Depart Moore Reef
  • 5:20pm - Arrive  at Cairns  
*Times are approximate

Included Activities


Marine Biologist for a Day + Astronomer for a Night


This is a Citizen Science program for groups of amateur and serious environmentalists (not just school students) who come from all over the world to enjoy a very special underwater classroom on the Great Barrier Reef and participate in our highly regarded Marine Biologist for a Day program.

The program is an in-depth educational experience linked to the Australian School Curriculum created and conducted by our team of marine experts including two Master Reef Guides. Topics include reef ecology, climate change, marine life identification, and predators such as Crown of Thorns starfish.

During the day participants are led on Guided Snorkel Safari (which is suitable for non-swimmers as you are led on buoyant ring), where students fill out a ‘Rapid Monitoring Survey’, which uses a monitoring slate to record health observations on aspects of the reef. This includes identifying marine creatures, analysing coral health and looking for signs of environmental impacts. This data is then inputted directly to the “Eye on the Reef” program run by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA).

Reef enthusiasts are also educated on the various sea creatures that inhabit Moore Reef, environmental aspects that impact on the reef and how they can lower their carbon footprint in their everyday lives.



We have now added an optional overnight experience sleeping in deluxe swags on our Marine Base to study the astronomy of the southern night skies. At approximately 50km off the coast of Cairns our Marine Base is far away from the light pollution of the cities and the stars seem to shine brighter and more brilliantly when viewed from the outer Great Barrier Reef.

Participants will use binoculars and planispheres to view the stars and learn about the constellations and other astronomical features of the Southern Hemisphere, and how it was used in the past for navigation.

This is a once in a lifetime experience for students, that is fully hosted by marine experts who provide a unique learning experience in a safe, controlled environment. Inquire now about dates that coincide with a lunar or solar eclipse.

Plus, there is still plenty of time to enjoy some of the many additional exciting activities on our Marine Base!


The Great Barrier Reef’s:

  • Size
  • History
  • Biodiversity
  • Connection between the rainforest and the reef

The Southern Hemisphere’s:

  • Features of the southern night sky
  • How to locate the Southern Cross
  • How the stars were used for navigation
  • The use of constellations in the past
  • The Milky Way

Specific content tailored to school assessments (on request)


  • Reef ecology
  • Impacts of climate change
  • Marine life identification
  • Water quality testing
  • Crown of Thorns starfish
  • The difference in how the stars are used to navigate in the Southern Hemisphere versus the Northern Hemisphere
  • How to identify the basic constellations

At the end of the experience, students will be presented with their very own Marine Biologist for a Day & Astronomer for a Night Certificate.

Read out the amazing experience out first group of students had here.

Please note this experience requires a minimum booking of 10 people. Contact us to find out more.

Moore Reef Marine Base

Our double-storey Moore Reef Marine Base is anchored at Moore Reef, 54km off Cairns. The base has been custom designed so all ages and abilities can explore and enjoy the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.  

The base is 50 metres long with a capacity of up to 400 people, and was recently refurbished and enhanced to now feature a large upper-level sundeck, which is the perfect spot to relax in the tropical sunshine, and prime position to look out over the turquoise waters and mosiac of the reef. The sundeck is also where the Sunlover Sunslide starts on its 30 metre spiral descent into the tropical waters.  

On the lower level, there is plentiful seating in the shade. The boat docks alongside the base and gangplanks provide seamless access between base and air-conditioned boat.

Moore 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
  • Built in SCUBA dive station, with all equipment & diving platform
  • Two snorkel platforms
  • Plentiful tables and seating
  • Marine-life touch tank
  • Glass bottom boat
  • Semi-submersible vessel
  • Change-rooms
  • Fresh water outdoor showers
  • Ocean enclosed children’s pool
  • Sunlover Sunslide - only waterslide on the reef
  • Two levels - shaded lower level and upper level sundeck
  • SeaWalker Helmet Dive platform
  • Scenic helicopter pad




  • Per Guest $549
Hotel transfers ($22-$32pp). 12-15yrs  permitted with guardian. Minimum 4 people required for operation. Maximum 18 guests.

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