Sunlover by Starlight

Sleep Under the Stars on the Great Barrier Reef

  • One of a kind experience
  • 2 days to explore Moore Reef
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Sunlover by Starlight Info


There isn’t a more quintessential Australian experience than sleeping outside in a swag, under a billion stars – so how about stargazing while floating on a pontoon on the outer Great Barrier Reef.

This once in a lifetime overnight reef stay, at Moore Reef Pontoon is located on the Great Barrier Reef, just 26 nautical miles off the coast of Cairns. Moore Reef is an awe-inspiring underwater spectacle, teaming with brilliantly coloured corals and more than 10,000 fish and marine species. This is the destination for day guests and for a lucky few the chance to continue on their day,camping with a very small group of people on a stable (45 metres long and 12 metres wide) pontoon.

The reef, the uninterrupted night sky and deluxe swags will give overnight guests the ultimate Australian experience with exclusive access to Moore Reef from 3.30pm on day one when the day visitors return to Cairns until 11am on day two when the Sunlover vessel returns. Catering to no more than 18 guests, it can’t be more specialised and unique. Indulge in the freshest local food, enjoying cheese and fruit platters at sunset, before our
hosts serve up a 3 course traditional Australian gourmet Barbeque dinner.

* Operates with a minimum of 4 guests on Monday, Thursday and Saturday nights only

What makes it Great?

  • Sleep under the Stars on the Great Barrier Reef
  • 3 course BBQ dinner
  • Gourmet cheese and fruit platters
  • Cooked full breakfast
  • Tea & coffee
  • Free Glass bottom boat tour
  • Free Semi Submersible vessel tour
  • Marine life touch tank
  • Many activities included

Make your way to the Reef Fleet Terminal on 1 Spence Street, Cairns.
Check-in starts from 8.30am and closes at 9.15am for a 9.30am departure and cruise via Fitzroy Island to the pontoon at Moore Reef on the Outer Barrier Reef. Arrives back in Cairns on day two at 5:30pm.


  • Travel to the reef on-board air-conditioned catamaran
  • Free tea and coffee on boarding the vessel
  • 4 hours at the outer reef over two days
  • Tropical buffet lunch including fresh seafood, hot dishes, salads and tropical fruits
  • Marine naturalist presentation
  • All snorkelling equipment and expert instruction
  • Snorkelling enclosure with rest and view station
  • FREE Glass bottom boat tours
  • FREE Semi-Submersible tours
  • Fully enclosed kids pool - The kids can swim in a safe, enclosed environment and still get to experience the Great Barrier Reef, as fish can swim inside the enclosure.
  • Touch tank to experience unique marine life up close
  • Underwater observatory
  • Fish feeding presentation
  • Afternoon tea
  • Freshwater showers and change rooms
  • EMC (reef tax)

As a Sunlover By Starlight guest you will receive extra services which include:

  • All bedding and bed linen, including deluxe swag/Pillow/Blanket/Bed sheet provided
  • 3 course dinner, afternoon tea, full breakfast, morning tea
  • Private guided snorkel tour and /or private glass bottom boat tour.
  • Personalised Reef Host services.

  • OPTIONAL EXTRAS (While Sunlover Vessel is present, charges Apply)

    • Certified Scuba Diving
    • Introductory Scuba Diving
    • Seawalker Helmet Diving
    • Guided Snorkel Tours
    • Scenic Heli Flights
    • Transfers from accommodation in Cairns, the Northern Beaches (Trinity Beach and Palm Cove)
    • Prescription Lenses available for $5 hire with $50 deposit
    • Locker hire (wallet size) $6
    • Stinger Suit hire $5
    • Wet Suit hire $10
    • Full bar facilities

    Guided Snorkel Tour:
    Outer Barrier Reef snorkelling experience. A professional marine naturalist will guide you on a 30-minute tour, showcasing the reef and its unique marine life. You can see and learn about the world’s largest Bi-Valve (the Giant Clam), Clown Fish with their host (Anemone Coral), and Giant Blue Starfish. You’ll also learn a myriad of other facts about this amazing corals and marine life you will only ever see on Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef. Maximum 6 guests per snorkel tour.

    Introductory Dive:
    If you really want to get close to the amazing coral and marine life of the Great Barrier Reef, join an introductory scuba dive. All instructors are PADI qualified and experienced so you can immerse yourself in the reef up close, even without prior dive knowledge. Sunlover Reef Cruises offers a range of unique dive locations, with each dive tailored to suit your level of confidence and expertise. Maximum of four people per instructor.

    Sea Walker Helmet Dive:
    Seawalker has been designed to introduce people to the excitement of the underwater world, even without any prior dive knowledge or experience. You will be guided on your adventure by a qualified Seawalker diving instructor. Unlike traditional scuba diving, Seawalker enables you to breathe through your nose and mouth as you would above water. Seawalker also allows you to keep your face and hair dry while you experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. Maximum of six people per instructor.

    Seawalker and Diving restrictions:
    * Minimum age 12 years
    * Please note that Seawalker or Scuba Diving is subject to a medical checklist. Strictly non-refundable if on-board medical check is failed.
    Medical checklist for Seawalker & Scuba Diving.

    Helicopter Transfer Options:
    Fly/Cruise OR Cruise/Fly:

    Sunlover Cruises offers a fantastic option for a shorter day and to experience the best of both worlds: the reef from above and below! A picturesque heli flight from Cairns over tropical rainforest, the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef, landing at the Outer Reef pontoon at Moore Reef or choose to depart the pontoon by helicopter flight back to Cairns.

    Multi-lingual staff members:  Sunlover does have Chinese, Korean, Japanese and other language speaking crew members onboard.

    What to Bring:
    Simply pack a bag as if you were going to the beach for the day and camping overnight

    • Hat & sunscreen (SPF 30+)
    • Sun protective clothing, like a t-shirt or rash vest
    • Swimming costume
    • Beach towel
    • Cash for drinks at the bar (soft drinks, beer, wine)
    • Personal Toiletries for overnight stay
    • Credit card for on-board shopping and optional adventures
    • Camera
    • Due to limited space on the vessel and pontoon, Sunlover by Starlight guests are encouraged to bring small overnight
      bag for the duration of their stay. For larger suitcases and bags, storage and transfer can be arranged upon request at
      extra cost.

    GREAT NEWS! All payments made to Travstar do not incur a credit card surcharge.

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