Sunlover Reef Cruises is Australian owned and operated from our headquarters in Cairns, Tropical North Queensland. We have long been committed to providing quality and enjoyable Great Barrier Reef experiences with the utmost respect for our environment.
Since our beginnings in 1991, we have introduced over 1.3 million guests to the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. Our eco-certified and award-winning tours take guests to explore two pristine Outer Barrier Reef locations, Moore Reef and Arlington Reef, which can be explored off our refurbished floating Marine Bases.
Our Marine Bases provide instant access to the incredible marine life and coral, and are equipped with extra activities designed to help any age or ability experience what the Outer Reef has to offer.
We are a market leader in interactive, innovative reef experiences, creating the Sunlover Sunslide - the only theme park water slide on the Great Barrier Reef on our Moore Reef Marine Base and Sunlover Funlover - the world's first dedicated charter venue moored on the Great Barrier Reef.
We regularly partner with organisations such as the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, Tourism Tropical North Queensland and Tourism & Events Queensland to host media from around the world on our two outer Great Barrier Reef sites at Arlington and Moore Reefs.
We partner with esteemed filmaker and photopgrapher Stuart Ireland, owner of Calypso Reef Imagery, who is also a Marine Biologist and veteran of nearly 30 years shooting and diving the Great Barrier Reef, to assist crews with underwater filming requirements. Stuart also holds a vast range of quality, high definition aerial and underwater footage that can be supplied to media.
We love showing crews how spectacular the Great Barrier Reef is, and in the past 12 months have hosted teams from a broad spectrum of media including:
- BBC Blue Planet
- Better Homes & Gardens with Dr Harry
- Today Show
- Griff Rhys Jones and Essential Media
- Newscorp (including The Weekend Australian, Courier Mail & Cairns Post)
- The Irish Independent Times
- Telegraph UK
- Vogue Men
- Iron Chef
Each approved media crew is escorted by a Sunlover media liaison to facilitate crew requirements and a Sunlover Master Reef Guide who provides expertise on the Great Barrier Reef. We can also provide specialist underwater camera people and stock footage if required.
We welcome inquiries from influential consumer and trade publications, broadcast crews for television and online channels, and digital influencers with a strong following on social media or blog platforms. Freelance journalists need a commissioned story angle to participate.
To request access to film on Sunlover reef sites, please fill in the form below.
We do not permit crews onboard without prior approval
Filming underwater with SCUBA apparatus is governed by Queensland Government Workplace Health & Safety laws. Therefore if you are requesting to film underwater with SCUBA equipment you can either:
- Make a request, via the below contact form at least 7 days prior to filming
- Hire our qualified underwater filmmakers
- Film with only snorkel gear
- Request stock footage from us
Drones, whether it be for personal or commercial purposes are strictly forbidden due to the proximity of helicopter fly zones and density of the general public in the area. Please inquire about the supply of stock footage or use of a helicopter to take aerial footage.