About Sunlover Arlington Reef Day Tour

Spend the day at Arlington Reef

Arlington Reef with Sunlover

A direct 90 minute cruise takes you from Cairns to our Arlington Reef Pntoon. Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and activities, it is the ideal way to view its bright, vibrant varieties of soft and hard corals and fascinating underwater community unique to Arlington Reef.

Giant clams are plentiful as well as bright blue starfish and striped Batfish. Here you will also see soft intricate corals not found in many other reef locations.

Arlington Reef is a very shallow reef that remains submerged even at low tide, which aids strong coral growth and also means that the reef is bathed in light at both high and low tide. This, combined with the clarity of the azure waters means that even those who don’t wish to get wet can still enjoy stunning views of the coral and marine life.

Key Features

Arlington Reef Day Tour Inclusions
  • 4 hours on the Reef
  • Snorkelling Gear
  • BBQ Buffet Lunch
  • Fast catamaran
  • Reef Pontoon Platform
  • Underwater Observatory 
  • Glass-bottom Boat Tour 
  • Fish-Feeding Presentation
  • Touch-Tank Presentation 
  • Enclosed Kids Pool

Your day at a glance

Your day with Sunlover Reef Cruises
  • 9:00am - Check in starts 
  • 9:45am - Check in closes
  • 10:00am - Depart Cairns Marina 
  • 11:30am - Arrive Arlington Reef Marine Base 
  • Enjoy 3.5 - 4 hours of reef time. 
  • 3:00pm - Depart Arlington Reef Marine Base 
  • 4:30pm - Arrive back at Cairns Marina

Snorkelling at Arlington Reef

Arlington Reef Outer Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling

Our Arlington Reef snorkelling area is special not just because of its location, but because of its unique marine ecosystem of colourful soft corals.

The stunning reef is located just a few metres from our Arlington Reef Marine Base, making it easily accessible for swimmers of all abilities.

As well as an abundance of soft corals, you are likely to see colourful giant clams, clown fish (Nemo), sea cucumbers, vibrant sea stars, spotted sting rays and an array of fish in every shade of the spectrum. Swim through giant stunning schools of shimmering bait fish and see if you are lucky enough to spot a manta ray.

Our large and spacious snorkelling area is dotted with resting stations with exciting marine life to spot just below the surface.

Grab our complimentary snorkel equipment and get ready to dive in and explore!

Glass Bottom Boat Experience

 Glass Bottom Boat Experience

Glass bottom boat tours allow you to enjoy viewing the spectacular coral and marine life of the reef without even entering the ocean. This makes it perfect for non-swimmers or those who just want to view the Great Barrier Reef from a different perspective.

Glide across the Great Barrier Reef in our open-air glass bottom boat and see corals and fish in every shade of the spectrum through the large glass panels.

As the reef is only 0.5-3 metres under the glass, the tour offers a clear and close-up view of hard and soft corals, giant clams, anemones and more. Watch in awe as a variety of colourful tropical fish swim under the glass bottom boat, including yellow tail fusiliers, blue tailed garfish, butterfly fish and many more. You may even spot a green sea turtle or a white spotted reef shark!

Enjoy a full commentary from one of our marine experts as they educate you on the Great Barrier Reef and the various inhabitants that you spot during the tour.

The tour lasts 20 minutes and departs regularly throughout the duration of your time at the reef Marine Base.

Best of all it is a free inclusion in your day at the reef and you can take unlimited rides!

Arlington Reef Underwater Observatory

Arlington Reef Underwater Observatory

 

Underwater observatories are a feature at both our Moore and Arlington Reef Marine Bases. They are included as part of your day tour and are open for the duration of your time at the reef.

From the ground floor of the Marine Base, descend a set of stairs and find yourself in the world's most impressive natural 'fish tank'.

Take advantage of the theatre-style seating to relax in the darkened room and watch the fish swim by. Get lost in an underwater world and spot yellow tail fusiliers, red bass, giant trevally, 7 barbed butterfly fish, angelfish, goatfish and more!

Make sure you head to the underwater observatory during the fish feeding presentation. Our marine experts also provide a scheduled talk for a more in depth experience.

Touch Tank Presentation

Touch Tank Presentation

Our marine life touch tank presentations allow you to observe and interact with some unique marine species at very close range.

This 15 minute interactive Great Barrier Reef touch tank presentation is run by one of our marine naturalists, who will show you a variety of marine life who call the reef home.

Commonly shown marine life include blue sea stars, pineapple sea cucumbers, black sea cucumbers and trochorus shell. Our friendly and knowledgeable marine expert will invite you to gently touch the fascinating creatures and will educate you on the creatures' habitat, diet and other interesting facts.

Rest assured these creatures are handled with the utmost care and are carefully replaced on the reef.

Touch tank presentations are included for free as part of your reef day experience!

Massage on the Reef

Massage on the Reef

As if the clarity of the waters and amazing soft and hard corals at Arlington Reef weren't enough, you can also enjoy a complimentary seated head and shoulder massage while looking out over the amazing vista.

A big hit with our guests, be sure to allow some time for a massage during all the other amazing activities our Arlington Reef Marine Base has to offer - and make sure you take a photo, as your friends and family won't believe you had a massage on the Outer Great Barrier Reef!

Aussie BBQ Lunch

Aussie BBQ Lunch

Keep your energy levels up to make the most of all the activities on offer at Arlington Reef with our Aussie BBQ buffet lunch that is included as part of your day.

Served from midday - 1.30pm on the lower level of the boat you can enjoy freshly made bread rolls, salads, beef & vege burger patties, chicken stir fry &BBQ sausages.

If you have any food allergies please notify us at least 48 hours prior so we can ensure we can accommodate your requirements.

Ocean enclosed children's Pool

Ocean enclosed children's Pool

Our ocean enclosed and shallow kids' pools at Moore and Arlington Reef Marine Bases are a fantastic option for young children wanting to experience the Great Barrier Reef in a safe environment.

Plus, our resident yellow tail fusiliers often like to pop in and take a swim with the children!

The pools are located next to the snorkel platform and lifeguard tower, and are open for the duration of your time on our Great Barrier Reef Marine Bases.

Fish Feeding Presentation

Fish Feeding Presentation

Watch an array of fish swarm the waters beneath you during a fish feeding presentation conducted by our marine naturalists.

The presentation occurs towards the end of your time at the reef and is included free as part of your day tour experience. During the presentation our marine expert sprinkles approved fish food into the water. From your vantage point on the Marine Base you can watch the feeding frenzy and spot colourful fish such as yellow tail fusiliers, blue tailed garfish, giant trevally and angel fish.

Our marine expert will tell you all about the fish you are seeing and answer any curious questions you may have.

Guided Snorkel Safari

Guided Snorkel Safari

Our marine experts guide you on a personal 35 minute guided tour of Arlington, exploring areas of the reef not accessible by others, highlighting brilliant corals and fascinating marine life.

You will be educated on the marine ecosystem and it's beautiful inhabitants. Our marine naturalist has a large rubber ring that you can hold on to, making it great for non-swimmers and those who aren't confident to snorkel alone, as well as those who want an in depth experience of the outer reef. A maximum of 6 guests per tour.

Introductory SCUBA Diving

Introductory SCUBA Diving

If you have ever wanted to try SCUBA diving, this is your opportunity to experience it on the Great Barrier Reef! You will be fully briefed and escorted safely by our qualified instructors.

Our Arlington Reef Marine Base is equipped with a purpose built dive platform and down lines for a safe and gradual descent. Our instructors only take a maximum of 4 guests, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience.

Once you have learnt how to use your equipment, you will enjoy up to 40 minutes underwater to glide over Arlington Reef's colourful soft corals, find Nemo, get up close and personal with a giant clam and spot a rainbow of marine life.

Note: All divers must complete a medical questionnaire/declaration on-board. A history of asthma, heart conditions and/or other medical conditions or medications may prohibit SCUBA diving. If medical is failed on-board no refund will be given. Guests are advised to review medical checklists/requirements with their booking agent prior to booking. Minimum Age 12 years.

Certified SCUBA Diving

Certified SCUBA Diving

With a range of stunning locations, first class equipment and PADI qualified instructors, certified divers can explore Arlington Reef from our special dive platform. Dives take up to 50 minutes to a maximum depth of 18 metres. Divers must present a their certification.

‍Note: All divers must complete a medical questionnaire/declaration on-board. A history of asthma, heart conditions and/or other medical conditions or medications may prohibit SCUBA diving. If medical is failed on-board no refund will be given. Guests are advised to review medical checklists/requirements with their booking agent prior to booking. Minimum Age 12 years.

Seawalker Helmet Diving

Seawalker Helmet Diving

Experience the reef underwater without getting your hair wet! Walk among the spectacular reef fish on our spacious underwater platform. This fully escorted 20 minute experience takes you to 3.5 metres below sea-level with a photographer ready to capture your out of this world experience.

Seawalker Helmet Diving is a fantastic option for both those who can't swim and those who are looking for a unique Great Barrier Reef experience.

Note: All divers must complete a medical questionnaire/declaration on-board. A history of asthma, heart conditions and/or other medical conditions or medications may prohibit Seawalker Helmet diving. If medical is failed on-board no refund will be given. Guests are advised tor review medical checklists/requirements with their booking agent prior to booking. Minimum Age 12 years.


Sunlover Arlington Reef Day Tour Reviews

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Mats Eriksson

Fantastic day-trip to Arlington reef! All the facilities and equipment were spot-on, lots of shade on the pontoon and a fantastic snorkelling area. Every single person of the crew including the skipper were professional, helpful and contributed to a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. If you are planning a reef trip, I totally recommend sunlover cruises.

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Sonia Gleeson

Highly recommend this company. Highly recommend to do the guided snorkel tour on the reef, Pablo was excellent & full of informative information, very educational to my children. Very family friendly. A must to add to your bucket list

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Sunlover Arlington Reef Day Tour

Make your way to the Reef Fleet Terminal on 1 Spence Street, Cairns. Check-in starts from 9:00am and closes at 9:45am for a 10:00am departure. Arrives back in Cairns at 4:30pm.


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