Fitzroy Island & Sunlover Great Barrier Reef Pontoon in a Day

Tour Code: 446

Departing: Cairns

Best Seller, Double the Fun, Double The Experience
  • Explore Fitzroy Island on a self-guided rainforest walk
  • Multi-level pontoon at Moore Reef complete with supersized sundeck and the only theme park style spaghetti waterslide on the Reef!
  • Snorkel straight off the beach and explore the stunning fringing coral reef at Fitzroy Island
  • Coral viewing tours in a glass bottom boat and semi-submersible

Included In Price

  • Return catamaran cruise
  • Tropical Buffet lunch
  • Tea and coffee while stationary
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Expert instruction
  • Lycra suit
  • Moore Reef Pontoon Only Inclusions: Full access to the Sunlover waterslide, Ocean pool enclosure for children, Glass bottom boat tour, Semi-submersible tour, Underwater observatory, Fish feeding presentations, Marine naturalist presentations

This is the one and only Great Barrier Reef tour that takes you to Fitzroy Island and the outer Great Barrier Reef to spend the afternoon on a pontoon on the one day!

Fitzroy Island and the Sunlover pontoon Combo Package Tour Deal - All In A Day

Double your fun on this Moore Reef & Fitzroy Island combo tour deal from Cairns. Snorkelling, glass bottom boat AND semi-submersible submarine tours, rainforest walks on Fitzroy Island, and an amazing floating pontoon with giant spaghetti water slide awaits.

This two in one Great Barrier Reef tour is perfect for all ages and activity levels. 

Cruise from Cairns to the Sunlover pontoon in the morning to spend two hours on the outer reef then cruise to Fitzroy Island just in time for lunch and snorkelling around the island for two hours and be back in cairn by 4.30pm.

For those who wish to see as much of the Great Barrier Reef in just one day add on the optional helicopter rides so you can see the reef from above and below the waters surface.  

We highly recommend this Great Barrier Reef tour for non-swimmers as there are so many other ways to see and experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef on our floating pontoon. 

Famous fish encounters are made here every day with Wally the photo bombing giant Maori Wrasse fish who is like a playful puppy and all of his other friends.

If you do not wish to do it all in a day then enjoy Moore Reef Pontoon and Fitzroy Island over two separate days - view here: Sunlover Pontoon & Fitzroy Island - 2-Day Reef & Fitzroy Island

Or just one or the other: Moore Reef Pontoon only, Fitzroy Island only


Cruise Both Ways

  • 7:00 AM Check in Opens
  • 7:30 AM Check in Closes
  • 8:00 AM Depart Cairns to Moore Reef Pontoon
  • 9:30 AM Arrive at Moore Reef Pontoon
  • 2 Hours of Pontoon Fun
  • 11:30 AM Reboard and Depart Moore Reef
  • 12:15 PM Arrive at Fitzroy Island
  • 12:30-1:30 PM Lunch
  • 2 Hours of Island Fun
  • 3:30 PM Depart Fitzroy Island
  • 4.30 PM Arrive Back in Cairns

We also offer a Fly/Cruise/Cruise and Cruise/Fly options; these options offer you a longer Great Barrier Reef scenic helicopter flight.

See below modified itineraries:


Enjoy a later start of the day and a 

  • 0900 - Check in
  • 0930 - Depart Cairns Marina Heliport
  • 1000 - Arrive at Moore Reef Pontoon
  • 1000 - 1130 – 1.5 hours of Pontoon Fun
  • 1130 - Reboard the boat and Depart Moore Reef
  • 1215 - Arrive at Fitzroy Island
  • 1230 - 1330 – Lunch (on the boat)
  • 1330 -1530 – 2 hours of Island Fun
  • 1530 - Depart Fitzroy Island
  • 1630 - Arrive In Cairns Marina


Enjoy an early return into Cairns

Please note the flight back to Cairns is from Moore Reef Pontoon, by selecting this option you will not get to visit Fitzroy Island.

  • 7:00 AM Check in Opens
  • 7:30 AM Check in Closes
  • 8:00 AM Depart Cairns to Moore Reef Pontoon
  • 9:30 AM Arrive at Moore Reef Pontoon
  • 1.5 Hours of Pontoon Fun - (this may be shorter if the departure push back due to the weather event)
  • 11:00 AM Depart Moore Reef
  • 11:30 Arrive Back in Cairns


Moore Reef Pontoon - Great Barrier Reef Tour - 2 Hours

Our air-conditioned boat departs from Cairns Marlin Marina at 8.00am and reaches Moore Reef pontoon in a 1.5-hour journey.

Our pontoon is perfectly positioned and fully equipped. Guests of all ages will enjoy our facilities.

Younger guests can enjoy fun-filled moments in our enclosed ocean pool or experience the thrill of swirling down Sunlover’s 30-metre spiral waterslide into the tropical ocean pool.

Looking to stay dry?

Try our semi-submersible, glass-bottom boat tours or underwater observatory, where you can marvel at the most impressive natural fish tank to ensure that visitors of all ages and abilities can fully immerse themselves in the beauty of the reef, with its vibrant coral, fascinating marine life, including turtles, and more. 

For those who want even more adventure, why not add a guided-snorkel tour, a Seawalker helmet dive or a 10-minute helicopter reef scenic flight to your day.

For a bit of fun we even have a Spaghetti Style Waterslide, the only one of its kind on the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns, that will have you splashing directly into the crystal-clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

This interactive activity platform also has two large dedicated dive platforms which makes getting in and out of the water quick and easy so you can enjoy snorkelling and exploring the reef at your own pace throughout the day. 

After two hours spent on the pontoon we are now off to beautiful Fitzroy Island.

Things To Do - State-of-the-art Pontoon at Moore Reef

The state-of-the-art, multi-level interactive pontoon at Moore Reef offers a super-sized sundeck to relax on.

And kids (big and small) will love the theme park style Spaghetti Waterslide, the only one of its kind on the Reef, that will have you splashing directly into the crystal-clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

This spaghetti slide has made this the most popular Great Barrier Reef tour for families.

The pontoon also has two large dive platforms which make getting in and out of the water quick and easy so you can enjoy snorkelling and exploring the reef at your own pace throughout the day. 

Get straight into some snorkelling action, relax on the sundeck or enjoy some of the free activities such as the glass bottom boat rides, the semi-submersible submarine tours, pay regular visits to the underwater observatory to watch the under the under water world, listen to the informative fish feeding presentation, watch the kids enjoy the purpose built kids pool  and the waterslide. 

Snorkel on the Outer Great Barrier Reef

Snorkel amongst stunning coral formations and tropical rainbow-coloured fish that are unlike anything you’ve ever encountered. 

Take it easy as you float above the beautiful Moore Reef, or hold your breath and plunge deep to get a closer look at the magic of a giant purple clam, or clownfish darting in and out of a flowing sea anemone. Sea turtles and blacktip reef sharks are also a common site amongst the coral bommies.

It's here you will meet the famous Wally a giant sized Maori Wrasse fish that has such beautiful colours and a very cheeky playful personality to go with it.

He just loves to be in all your photos and to swim along with you and have a play. 

You will find lots of other fish are also as friendly like Wally such as the Parrot fish who also will not leave you alone as they are always looking for a bite to eat or to play. 

Bet you are thinking this is crazy fish do not have a brain, nor do they play, but our famous fish on the Great Barrier reef will change your minds forever!     

Glass Bottom Boat tour

The glass bottom boat tour is custom-made for learning more about the reef from a Marine Expert who drives you around the coral reefs and explains everything that you will see thru the glass at the bottom of the boat.

This is perfect for those who prefer not to get wet, aren’t strong swimmers, or are simply feeling a little waterlogged after snorkelling. 

No less detailed or impressive than a diving birds-eye view, you’ll view the stunning underwater world through the bottom of the boat, like looking through a looking glass.

View cabbage-shaped coral flowers; watch as sparkling yellow and blue parrotfish appear benath you. 

There will likely be more marine life than you can count, and you'll find out fascinating information from an onboard marine biologist about each species you spot.

Semi-Submersible Submarine Tour

Located one metre under the water's surface, the specially designed semi-submersible submarine tour will propel you in dry comfort to view all the coral formations and bommies around Moore Reef.

Enjoy thirty minutes of up-close coral reef and colourful marine life sights in air-conditioned comfort.

As part of the onboard submarine tour package, you'll also enjoy an interactive marine presentation, which you can listen to as you gaze through the windows at some of the Reef's rare marine species. 

Guided Snorkel Tour - Moore Reef Optional Extra

Join our guided Great Barrier Reef snorkel tour, where a marine expert guides you on a personal 35-minute snorkelling tour of the reef, exploring areas not accessible by others and highlighting brilliant corals and fascinating marine life in a small group of up to six guests.

Learn about the Great Barrier Reef marine ecosystem on this guided tour suitable for all abilities, including those who need assistance in the water.

Spot Nemo the clownfish, giant clams, rare species of fish and coral, sea turtles and much more.

Seawalker Helmet Dive - Moore Reef Optional Extra


Don’t miss out on the incredible opportunity to walk the sea floor and explore the mesmerising underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef without even getting your hair wet!

Our fully escorted Seawalker helmet dive allows you to descend 3.5 meters below sea level and walk along our underwater platform surrounded by breathtaking reef fish.

Our experienced PADI dive instructors ensure your safety and enjoyment throughout the entire journey.

Guests must be over 12 years of age to participate, and we even have a skilled photographer available to capture your unforgettable underwater adventure.

Seawalker helmet diving requires you to answer a medical questionnaire - view sample form here: Seawalker and Scuba Doo Medical.

All guests must review the medical checklist prior to booking.

10-Minute Helicopter Reef Scenic Flight - Moore Reef Optional Extra

To complete your Great Barrier Reef experience and see it from above, add on an unforgettable 10-minute helicopter ride over the reef.

Flights depart from our floating helipad at Moore Reef.

Enjoy a mesmerising 10-minute flight and marvel at the Great Barrier Reef views from the air, providing you with a chance to spot manta rays, turtles, and other marine life.

Capture a memory of a lifetime as you witness the magnificence of this world wonder. 

Fitzroy Island - 2 Hours

Once we arrive at Fitzroy Isalnd lunch will be served from 12.30pm to 1.30pm giviing another 2 hours after that to enjoy the island

With rugged, diverse landscapes, pristine beaches and a surrounding fringing coral reef, there's something for everyone to enjoy on Fitzroy Island.

You'll have two hours on Fitzroy island to explore the sites and be as active or relaxed as you like.

Discover unique wildlife and flora and soak up the incredible views as you hike along the island's many walking tracks; snorkel straight off the beach into the fringing coral reef and discover a world of diverse, colourful marine life and coral formations; or simply lie back on the white sand beach. 

After an amazing two hours on Fitzroy Island, it's time to hop back on the boat and cruise back to Cairns. 

See all the pontoon tours on the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns. 

Tour Languages Offered
  • Chinese
  • English
  • Japanese
Departs From


Departure Time

8.00am departure from Cairns Marlin Marina

Departure Instructions

Check in at the Reef Fleet Terminal

  • Fitzroy Island
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Moore Reef on the Great Barrier Reef
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday - Sunday

Operates Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun - extra days may be released over peak periods


8.5 hours
2 hours on Moore Reef pontoon & 2 hours on Fitzroy Island

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Seawalker helmet dive at Moore Reef
  • Guided snorkel tour at Moore Reef
  • 10 minute helicopter reef scenic flight at Moore Reef - Infant age 3 will be charged as well
Fitness Level Required

Medium, Active


Scuba Diving – minimum age 12


Scuba Diving, Scuba Doo and Helmet Diving Restrictions

  • Certain medical conditions and medications may preclude some people from scuba diving and helmet diving/scuba doo.
  • Participation is subject to medical questionnaires completed on board with the tour operator.
  • Minimum age for scuba diving and helmet diving/scuba doo is 12 years.
  • Flying after scuba diving: a wait of 12 hours is recommended after one dive, 18 hour after 2 dives and at least 24 hours after multiple dives, before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater.

Intro Dive Medical Advanced Dive Medical Seawalker Medical

Read more about Diving Safety on the Great Barrier Reef.

Eco Certifications
Certified Tourism
Ecotourism Certified
  • Hat
  • Towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen (SPF 30+ water resistant)
  • Swimming costume
  • Cash ($AUD) or Credit Card (VISA, MasterCard) for any onboard purchases
  • Camera (charged)

  • Family Fare: 2 Adults and 2 Children
  • Infants travel free under the age of four
  • Parents can take prams, strollers and capsules on boat
  • Children 3 years and under travel with Sunlover for free, however, they must be included in your booking. It’s vital for us to have an accurate record of every person travelling with us, no matter their age.
  • Infants age 3 will be charged the child price for any helicopter component booked, this charge will be added to your booking total

Our T&Cs:

All cancellations must be in writing.

Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee.

Please see our terms and conditions  for details prior to booking.

Additional Tour Operator's Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation notice of 48 hours is required for a refund claim and 24-48 hours, for a 50% refund claim. No refund applies if booking is cancelled inside 24 hours, this includes no-shows.

Fitzroy Island & Sunlover Great Barrier Reef Pontoon in a Day

Tour Code: 446

Departing: Cairns

Best Seller, Double the Fun, Double The Experience



Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$155.00
Family: au$685.00

Tour Code: 446



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1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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