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As industry leaders in edutourism, Sunlover has been delivering Great Barrier Reef education and conservation programs to students since 2017. Tailored to meet student capabilities and competencies in line with the Australian school curriculum, the Great Barrier Reef education experiences are delivered by Marine Biologists and Master Reef Guides at our floating pontoon at Moore Reef, off Cairns. The programs not only create awareness and understanding of natural habitats and pressures facing reef systems, but also help students develop long-lasting connections to the reef.
Not to mention, it’s also a whole lot of fun!
Sunlover’s highest priority is safety and as a consequence we have an impeccable safety record. A Comprehensive Safety Management System (SMS) includes stringent crew to passenger ratios and thorough risk assessments are available.
At Sunlover it’s all about hands-on learning as students become marine biologists for a day. Our pioneering programs are aligned with the Australian school curriculum and are delivered with incredibly high standards to students across the globe.
Sunlover has been operating for 30 years and our crews have lifetimes of collective experience to provide safe, memorable and educational reef trips.
For Sunlover staff, the Great Barrier Reef isn’t just our workplace. We feel privileged to be able to nurture and care for our site through monitoring, research, advocacy and removal of predatory crown of thorns starfish.
Marine Biologist for a Day
Aligned with curriculum – Groups 10+ with 4 hours reef time
This is an in-depth educational experience available for students travelling to Moore Reef on the full day tour. Conducted by a team of marine experts, including two Master Reef Guides, students will learn about reef ecology and climate change as well as participate in Eye on the Reef – the reef monitoring and assessment program run by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA). Students are taken on a comprehensive guided snorkel tour by a Master Reef Guide and record their survey observations to submit to GBRMPA to help monitor and track the health of our reef.
Program inclusions | presentations with marine experts, reserved group seating, guided snorkel tour, certificate of participation
Also included in your tour | snorkelling & equipment, semi-submersible & glass bottom boat tours, underwater observatory, touch tank & fish feeding presentations, waterslide, enclosed ocean pool, lunch + more
Moore Reef Full Day Tour
Learning opportunity – Group bookings – 4 hours reef time
Sunlover’s Moore Reef pontoon is stationed alongside a natural lagoon teeming with vibrant, healthy corals and friendly marine life. Throughout the day students have the opportunity to learn about the reef’s unique ecosystem with marine biology presentations, guided glass bottom boat and semi-sub tours, and touch tank presentations. Students can explore the reef snorkelling under the watchful eye of our trained lifeguards or make a splash on the Sunlover waterslide.
Included in your tour | snorkelling & equipment, semi-submersible & glass bottom boat tours, underwater observatory, touch tank & fish feeding presentations, waterslide, enclosed ocean pool, lunch + more
Sunlover offers exclusive group charters for groups of 150+ students, for instance whole year cohorts. Your group would have exclusive use of the Sunlover catamaran and pontoon, allowing extra flexibility around scheduling and educational outcomes.
Please contact our Groups & Charter specialist to discuss in more detail.
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Moore Reef Full Day Tour
What our Guests Say
We are thrilled to have the relationship that we do with Sunlover. Their Marine Biologist for a Day program is informative, thorough and fun. The fact that Sunlover has Master Reef Guides like Pablo and Luke ensure that the students are in the care of experts. We especially love their attentiveness to safety. The things our students learn on this day out to Moore Reef perfectly complements what our guides are teaching on the rest of their tour, and their data collection for Eye on the Reef is a perfect citizen science project to help the reef.
Laurie Pritchard, Managing Director