Cruise to Great Barrier Reef

Health checklist

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Health & safety

The safety of our passengers and crew is of utmost importance to Sunlover Reef Cruises. Continue reading below for important information to assist you in comfortably preparing for your adventure with Sunlover. Click here for COVID-19 specific information.

Pregnancy

Providing you have no medical complications with your pregnancy, there is no reason why women who are pregnant cannot do the Moore Reef Day Tour.  
Activities such as scuba diving that will not be possible, however as long as you are comfortable and mobile you can still safely participate in many different
activities during the day including glass bottom boat tours and marine touch tank presentations.  We recommend to all passengers to stay seated during the
catamaran journey is recommended for all in case the catamaran encounters swells. 
Please consider that you will be away from land for the duration of the tour and whilst Sunlover have First Aid trained staff on board, they are not medical professionals.
If you are nearing your due date, it is advised to stay on dry land. Speak with our Reservations team if you would like more information. 

Age & physical requirements

There are no minimum or maximum ages to participating in Sunlover’s Moore Reef day tour. To participate in Scuba Diving, Seawalker Helmet Diving, or Sunlover by Starlight, the minimum age is 12 years. There is also no minimum level of fitness required except being mobile enough to move freely around the catamaran and pontoon, where there are varying steps and ramps throughout. Anyone under the age of 18 must be travelling with an accompanying adult. Throughout the tour, anyone under 12 years must be directly supervised at all times by an accompanying adult.
All children under 18 years must be supervised and are the responsibility of their accompanying adult.

Accessibility

Our catamarans are equipped with gangways for boarding from the Cairns Marina, and from the boat to the pontoon. These gangways are narrow so it is advised that you get in contact with our Reservations team prior to your tour date to ensure your ability to board comfortably and safely. We do need to take into consideration many factors which may affect the suitability such as your level of mobility, the size and weight of the chair, and tide and weather conditions on the day of travel. Disabled toilets are situated on the aft deck of both of our boats. There are also portable ramps for use to assist in wheelchairs crossing hatchways and onto the gangways as required. 

Dietary Requirements

Most dietary requirements can be catered for. 24 hours notice is required, please contact our Reservations team. 

Weather conditions

Our experienced team are continually reviewing weather conditions and will only ever operate if it is safe to do so. We very rarely need to cancel due to weather conditions, refer to Terms & Conditions for more information in the instance of a weather related cancellation.

Self Guided Snorkelling

Once you are settled after boarding the catamaran, a crew member will speak with all passengers as part of our At Risk Snorkellers risk assessment to ascertain if there any health conditions that may cause concern. Our crew will be able to assess and provide our professional recommendation if snorkelling is safe for the passenger to participate in. There are a number of ways we can assist to ensure safety such as specially marked life jackets.  
We have lookout crew members who are constantly overseeing the snorkelling area.

Guided Snorkel Tour

For participants of the Guided Snorkel Tour, the minimum age to participate is 4 years old. Even if you are not a strong or confident swimmer, we recommend these guided tours safely guided by our marine naturalist. A medical questionnaire is required to participate in this tour, which will be completed with the guide on the day of travel. 

Introductory SCUBA Dive + Seawalker Helmet Dive

Minimum age 12 years. No prior experience necessary. All participants are subject to medical questionnaire/declaration on-board, with the dive guide. A history of asthma, heart conditions and/or other medical conditions or medications may prohibit SCUBA or Seawalker helmet diving. Participants are advised to review Part A of the medical checklist prior to booking as you may be required to obtain medical clearance from a doctor prior to travelling.

Certified SCUBA Dive 

Minimum age 12 years. PADI or other diving agency license to be presented to our dive team. All participants are required to complete a basic questionnaire with medical history with the dive guide. All of our Certified dives are guided.

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