Cairns Sleep On The Reef, the Greatest Pontoon Experience Ever! 2 Days and 1 Glorious night on the pontoon sleeping in a posh swag with only 17 other privileged adventure seekers
Cairns has a very unique Great Barrier Reef tour, it's the 2 Day, 1 Night Sleep on the Great Barrier Reef. Your home for the night is on a floating pontoon deck under the stars in a posh swag.
This is a unique experience that is now available to only 17 guests at a time departing from Cairns, Queensland Australia to sleep under the stars on the new Moore Reef pontoon, which by the way has a spaghetti slide into the water!
This fantastic Great Barrier Reef liveaboard sleep on the Great Barrier Reef starlight adventure offers so many in-water activities you will be exhausted after the first day.
There is no other Cairns liveaboard dive and snorkel tour to compare like this one as it is impossible to carry all these in-water facilities on a dive boat.
If you are in the Whitsundays you may also book a Sleep On the Reef pontoon experience on Hardy Reef.
These are the only two places you can sleep on a reef pontoon under the stars in Australia, there is simply nothing esle like it!
This is first of its kind Great Barrier Reef tour for Cairns – now you can take a morning cruise to the Outer Barrier Reef and enjoy your first day with your choice of private snorkeling tour, scuba diving, private glass bottom boat tour, and then the next day flying around in helicopters and trying out the Seawalker options.
Read on to learn about Australia's most unique small group tour, posh packing and camping on the Great Barrier Reef under the stars.
(Please note all diving, helicopters and Seawalker are optional extras).
Take the day trip snorkel and dive tour to the Great Barrier Reef pontoon and spend the day getting to know your floating pontoon home for the next 2 days.
Enjoy snorkelling and scuba diving and get to know your 17 other fellow reef sleep mates.
As the afternoon draws closer all of the day tour guests re-board the boat and head back to Cairns city at 3.30pm, leaving you and 17 other privileged adventure lovers to to stay on the floating pontoon platform overnight for a night of glamping under the stars of Tropical North Queensland Australia with your tour hosts you had met during the day on the Great Barrier Reef tour!
All guests will be bedding down in individual deluxe sleeping swags that allow you to see the stars as you lie in your little crib on deck whilst the ocean laps the side of the pontoon and lulls you off to sleep after a night of eating and drinking and star spotting with your new found glamping partners.
If this 2 day 1 night liveaboard Great Barrier reef tour adventure sounds like it’s for you then read and call us to book straight away as we only have a few departures each week and it can be seasonal and limited to only 18 early bookers to sleep on the reef.
Our brand new state-of-the-art two-story reef pontoon now includes a range of fun and helpful features that are sure to make your day out on the Great Barrier Reef the best it can be.
At 45 meters long and boasting one of the region’s largest second-story sun decks, the new pontoon has plenty of room for everyone on board to prepare for their day of snorkelling and other activities such as semi-submersible submarine tours, glass bottom boat tours or just kick back relax and watch it all happen around you.
Your kids will love you forever if you book them on this tour with the new theme-park style spaghetti water-slide - the only water-slide in Cairns that will have you splashing directly into the crystal-clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef.
The two-story high-quality slide is free for visitors to the pontoon and provides kids with a new and fun way of enjoying their day at the reef, while mum and dad can relax and keep a close eye on them from the sun deck.
We also have 2 new large scuba diving platforms which makes getting in and out of the water much faster and easier than ever before so you can enjoy snorkelling and exploring the reef at your own pace at any time throughout the day.
Our new Great Barrier Reef pontoon has been a hit for families, groups, singles or couples and basically all those who just llike to act like a kid. Our custom-built reef facilities are designed specifically to enhance your reef experience and make the day fun and easy for everyone.
The young at heart will love the fun and excitement of the new pontoon with it’s water slide, sun deck, large dive platforms and plenty of space to relax plus enjoy the range of delicious food on offer!
Sleep On the Reef Starlight Sample Menu Provided by Tropic Spirit Catering (sample below changes seasonally)
Selected Local Gallo Cheese and Fresh Tropical Fruit Platter with Fig Chutney, Mixed Nuts and Water Crackers
Dinner – to be cooked on BBQ onboard Pontoon by SRC crew – Salads prepared in bowls ready for service
Fresh Baked Bread Rolls with Butter
Garden Salad – Tomato, Cucumber, Red Onion and Lettuce – Balsamic Vinergerette
Moroccan Spiced Roast Pumpkin and Quinoa Salad with Spinach and Honey Seeded Mustard Dressing
Selection of Vegetables to BBQ including Broccoli, Beans, Capsicum, Carrot, Onion Steamed Baby Chats with Sour Cream and Sweet Chilli Sauce
From The BBQ
Beef Cube Roll Steaks, Chicken Thigh and Reef Fish Fillets
Cooking Condiments – garlic, spices, butter, white wine, soy sauce, sweet chilli sauce, oil, lemon
Selection of Thick Cut Fruit to BBQ including Banana, watermelon, Pineapple, Mango Double Cream and Chocolate Buttons
Breakfast – to be cooked on BBQ onboard Pontoon by SRC crew
Sliced Bread, Butter and Conserves, Bacon Rashers, Eggs, Hash Browns, Whole Tomato, Variety Cereal Options, Milk, Whole Fresh Fruit
Selection of Baked Pastries including Mini Croissants, Danish Pastries, Petite Muffins Seasonal Tropical Fruit Platter
The Greatest Reef Pontoon Experience Ever
This 2 day 1 night Great Barrier Reef tour from Cairns really is like no other because there is no other Cairns reef tour like it seriously!
Your are literally sleeping under the stars on a floating pontoon 26 nautical miles off the coast on the Great Barrier Reef without another person or boat in sight.
This reef trip allows you to spend 2 amazing days and 1 night of of snorkelling, scuba diving and swimming on the reef and staying one night on the ocean under the stars in your cosy deluxe swag.
To enhance your Great Barrier Reef experience even more you can book a Seawalker Helmet Diving tour or a Scenic Helicopter Flights from the Pontoon.
You never know you may just spot some whales during the months of June to August, with other marine animals such as dolphins and Manta rays all year round.
There is no other reef experience to match where you can combine all the thrilling daytime water activities with the sleepover under the stars.
Day 1 Under the Stars Liveaboard Adventure
Your day starts with 9:30am departure from Cairns Marlin Marina. Enjoy complimentary coffee and tea on board your fast air-conditioned catamaran, get comfortable and enjoy the beautiful journey through Cairns harbour and past tropical Fitzroy and Green islands.
It takes just under 2 hours to get to the outer reef pontoon moored on the stunning Moore reef which is famous for its pristine waters, unspoilt coral formations and abundant marine life.
Meet some huge friendly Maori Wrasse that all have names and individual personalities, Giant Trevally’s, Barracudas that are not very handsome at all, Manta Rays that are graceful, timid Reef Sharks, various Angel- and Butterfly fish and lot’s more because this is the GREAT Barrier Reef after all.
You can enjoy snorkelling, glass-bottom boat and semi-submersible submarine tours, fish feeding and touch tank demonstrations. Optional extras such as scenic helicopter flights, certified-, introductory- and Seawalker helmet diving are all available as optional extras and should be booked at the time of making your liveaboard booking.
Please note you will have to fill out medical questionairres prior to joining in on these in water tours.
Our overnight liveaboard guests will be given the opportunity to join the host and marine specialist on a private snorkel safari and glass bottom boat tour, with the small group breaking out from the day guest snorkelling area, giving them the opportunity to explore more of the unique reef environment around the pontoon.
A delicious buffet lunch with seafood, various salads, meat cuts, bread rolls and fruits is served between 12pm-2pm.
The Overnight Liveaboard Private Reef Sleep Pontoon Adventure Begins It’s All Yours To Enjoy After 3.30pm
Day guests will leave the pontoon and head back to Cairns with the transfer boat between 3.30pm-3.45pm.
After that there will be maximum of 18 people spending a unique and thrilling night out on the reef to exclusively experience the world’s most famous World Heritage area overnight on a floating pontoon.
There will be an introduction to your hosts and other glamping guests, pontoon orientation and swag demonstration.
Delicious BBQ Dinner
Once you have your cosy swag all made up you can just kick back and admire the sun setting back behind the mountains of Cairns straight from the Great Barrier Reef with gourmet cheese and fruit platters being shared around.
This is a spectacular view not many visitors get to see and experience in such a serene environment.
A three course delicious traditional Australian Barbeque or BBQ dinner is also being served- with freshly baked bread rolls, garden salad and a selection of vegetables, beef steaks, chicken and fish fillets. For a dessert you will have thick cut fruit tossed on the BBQ, served with double cream and chocolate buttons.
Night-Time Marine Life Presentation In The Underwater Observatory
Now that is something that most people will never experience! You will see some magic happening when you enter into the underwater observatory at night-time. Torches are provided to take a good look at the marine life in the dark. That is also when the reef sharks come out to look for some food and therefore it is an excellent opportunity to meet those mysterious underwater hunters who are attracted to your lights.
Best Views Of The Starry Skies
What could be more romantic than slipping into your toasty-warm deluxe swag and have uninterrupted views to the starry skies- Southern Cross and Milky Way! That is the right time to make some new friends and share some exciting stories. With no pollution to block your views you can make out all of the star formations you were studying whilst in school. Why don’t you bring along your own telescope if you are a real star staring enthusiast and then you can share your knowledge with all the other happy liveaboard glampers?
Day 2 Under The Stars Liveaboard Adventure
Breakfast and Sunrise on the Great Barrier Reef
Not only do you have the opportunity of privately enjoying a stunning sunset on the reef but you are also the first one to see the sunrise in Tropical North Queensland Australia!
Welcome the new day by having the tastiest breakfast and enjoy a little more in-water privacy until the day boat arrives from Cairns with more happy tourist eager to snorkel and scuba dive the reef. Wake yourself up with freshly brewed coffee and tea, bacon, eggs, hash browns, tomatoes, cereals and fresh fruit.
In Water Activities
Have fun on your early morning exclusive guided snorkel safari and glass bottom boat tour with your host and marine biologist.
Enjoy this Great Barrier Reef underwater wonderland in privacy!
You will be welcomed back to the floating pontoon with a warm cup of tea after your in-water activities and at 11.30am when the day boat from Cairns finally arrives you will have the chance to join in for Seawalker and helicopter scenic flights to maximize your Great Barrier Reef Sleep on the Reef experience.
Return To Cairns At 3.45pm
After 2 action packed days and 1 night sleeping on the Great Barrier Reef it is finally time to head home. Enjoy some more afternoon coffee/tea and snacks on the way home and take in all the great experiences you’ve had in the beautiful Tropical North Queensland. You will arrive back to Cairns 5.30pm.
Should you wish to depart the pontoon overnight or at any other time apart from the scheduled ferry transfers the only mode of transport is by helicopter at your own expense.
This is simply the best Great Barrier Reef tour in Cairns!
For more opportunities to sleep on the reef and try liveaboard scuba diving take a look at more options
If you are making your own way to the Reef Fleet Terminal, please note check in starts at 08:30 am and closes at 9:15am sharp. The boat departs Cairns Marina at 9.30am.
Moore Reef Sunlover Platform
January - December
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
2 days - 1 night
Scuba Diving – minimum age 12
Scuba Diving Restrictions
Scuba Diving, Scuba Doo and Helmet Diving Restrictions
Please note due to limited space on the vessel and the pontoon you should not bring more than a small overnight bag for the duration of your stay. Items you will need over night items, towel, change of clothes, swim wear, sunscreen, hat and protective clothing, warm clothing for the night, money/credit card for optional purchases, your camera, power bank.
Great trip overnight staff Nicole and Mal were wonderful and made the whole experience more enjoyable
Response From Barrier Reef Australia
Thank you for your review, we value your feedback as do other travelers! It's wonderful to hear you enjoyed sleeping on The Great Barrier Reef and that Nicole and Mal made your experience one to remember :)
A lot of money, but: Great experience, very nice and dedicated tour guides, good organisation. Keep the total contrast to the "amusement park atmosphere" with hundreds of people during the day: Less is more!
Response From Barrier Reef Australia
Thank you for your feedback, we appreciate you taking the time. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your Sleep on the Great Barrier Reef experience! We will pass on your lovely comments about the crew, who are very passionate about the special and amazing Great Barrier Reef.
What an awesome 2 days. How amazing to sleep out on the Great Barrier Reef, under the millions of stars, in a swag. Lai Yee, Rob & Afu were great hosts. Food was plentiful and yummy. We felt so special, as though we were on an private island. Everyone got on so well - only 11 guests, like a family! Sunset & sunrise were magical. Snorkelling was beautiful, with turtles and fish, including Wally to greet you in the warm water. An experience to remember, and one to tick of the bucket list. Thank you Sunlover Reef Cruises for such a memorable and enjoyable time. :-)
Response From Barrier Reef Australia
Thanks for your feedback Julie. The Sleep on The Reef Experience really is one of a kind and we are pleased to hear your stay on the Great Barrier Reef was enjoyable. The Tour Specialists look forward to welcoming you back to Moore Reef and again to Cairns soon.
Minimum age 12. Children age 12 to 18 must be accompanied by an adult carer.
Any bookings cancelled within 72 hours of departure will be subject to a cancellation charge. A 100% cancellation fee will be charged for FIT passengers cancelling within 24 hours of departure.