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Feb 26

Delightful Day on Moore Reef

Posted on February 26, 2018 by

Photo Courtesy of Sunlover Pontoon – The Only One With A Waterslide

If you are looking for a lazy, easy-going day on the reef which offers other ways to experience the Great Barrier Reef besides snorkelling, Sunlover’s brand new Moore reef pontoon might be just perfect. Here’s how my day unravelled.

I traveled with my two friends, one of them who had never been to the Great Barrier Reef before.

Our vessel departed from Cairns Marlin Marina at 9.30am, which is comfortably late compared to most other reef tours that leave super early.

Sunlover Boat and Platform/Pontoon

This operator makes a short 10 minute stop on Fitzroy Island to drop off and pick up some passengers staying on Fitzroy Island overnight  on the way to the outer barrier reef – the pristine waters just off the beautiful Fitzroy island makes it a great spot to snorkel as well.

From Fitzroy Island it takes another 45 minute cruise to Sunlover’s Moore reef pontoon which is Cairns’ newest activity platform and the only one with a waterslide!

Just like a water park but instead of sliding into chlorine smelling pool you will pop out in the ocean, swimming side by side with Nemo’s and sea turtles.

Clown Fish

By the time we make it to the pontoon we are getting a bit hungry and decide that we will have the delicious buffet lunch first (being served about 30min after you arrive to the pontoon) so we have the energy to spend next 4 hours snorkelling, enjoying semi-submarine and glass-bottom boat tours.

Buffet Lunch

That turns out to be a great decision because if you happen to jump into the ocean first then you will have to change your wet clothes back to the dry ones to be let inside the boat to enjoy the meal.

And then change your clothes again if you want to enjoy some more snorkelling after the lunch.

Lunch includes various salads, casserole, rice, prawns, bread rolls and fruit.

Glass Bottom Boat

Bear in mind that there are no afternoon snacks included in this package, you can buy snacks such as chips, chocolate and ice cream from the bar but if you feel like you may need something substantial in the afternoon pack a sandwich before you go.

Semi-submarine tour is our next choice after the lunch.

Semi-Submersible Tour

It is about 30 minute tour taking us further from the pontoon to see other areas of the coral reef and array of colourful fish. Semi-submarine and glass bottom boat tours are suitable for both- swimmers and non-swimmers and often offer great opportunities to spot sea turtles.

Sea Turtle

We find out that snorkelling on Moore reef is also excellent. Although the designated snorkel area is not huge, it is of good quality.

You will see stunning coral gardens, caves and plenty of interesting marine life. One of the most exciting fish we will come across is a large blue Maori Wrasse who is as friendly as a puppy dog and happily poses for underwater photos. Professional photographer seems to be always near all the action and won’t miss anything exciting.

Swim with Wally the Maori Wrasse

After we have given semi-submarine, glass-bottom boat and snorkelling a go, rest of the day goes on in even more relaxing mode. We are heading to the underwater observatory to see the fish feeding demonstration followed by lazing on the top floor of the pontoon where there’s comfortable bean bags to soak up the sun.

Under Water Observatory

Day on Sunlover’s Moore reef pontoon offers just the right amount of variety to keep you interested and is still very relaxing. We finished our day with a dinner in one of the many restaurants at the Cairns marina to share some great snaps from our day on the reef.


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Author: Helen Clark – Tour Specialists

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