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Floating Theme-Parks Offer Maximum Fun on the Reef These Holidays

December 12, 2017 Theme Parks No Comments Email Email

Cairns owned and operated reef operator, Sunlover Reef Cruises, has spent the last year creating unique and fun experiences that are sure to thrill children, young students and families alike. The experiences are especially designed for this growing segment of local, interstate and international visitors looking for more opportunities for learning and interaction.

The award winning reef operator is constantly looking for ways to improve its service level through an innovative program of activities which allow visitors to interact and explore the outer Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area. Sunlover Reef Cruises now operates two new pontoons at different outer reef locations in Moore Reef and Arlington Reef. These fifty metre long covered platforms are described by many as floating theme-parks.

Moore Reef pontoon was launched in May, and boasts a 300 square metre sundeck and lounge area, combined with a thirty metre spiral theme-park style water slide. One young guest recently broke the record by completing 111 slides in a day, earning himself a certificate and a high five from the crew.

From December 16, Sunlover will operate Cairns’ first half-day tour to the Outer Barrier Reef. The brand new Arlington Reef pontoon will allow families with young children the opportunity to enjoy an outer reef location for 3 hours, with a shorter travel time, returning to Cairns by 1.30pm.

Both pontoons feature newly upgraded marine life touch tanks. Each day, marine specialists dive down to the sea floor and temporarily place a selection of sea creatures, star fish, sponges and the famous sea cucumber, in a giant shallow seawater tank. From here they provide informative and fun presentations on the animals gathered as well as allowing guests of all ages the opportunity to touch the animals as they learn about them.

In 2017, Sunlover introduced a new small group educational program called Marine Biologists for A Day.

Combining adventure, education, conservation and fun, students have the opportunity to become a citizen scientist for the day; collecting crucial data on the health of the Great Barrier Reef.

This unique, highly engaging experience has been created to appeal to schools and students as an extension to what they are learning in the classroom. This is hands-on approach allows students to become a small part of the daily environmental management of the world’s largest living organism.

These new activities are a part of Sunlover Reef Cruises’ mission to scale up its operation to continue to contribute to the region’s tourism product offerings and better meet the needs of young families, local and international students, as well as its global customers looking for a world-class experience.

General Manager of Sunlover Reef Cruises Eugene Kotze states:

“2017 continues to be an exciting year for our company with the launch of our second activity pontoon at Arlington Reef now only days away. Our reservations team are ready to accept bookings for the product, and welcome guests from all over the world for an amazing experience which offers the outer reef in a half day tour.” Our company continues to express our confidence in the future of tourism in the Cairns region by investing locally in our infrastructure and our people. It has been many years since Sunlover operated tours to this part of the Great Barrier Reef, and we are proud to re-introduce visitors to this unique and impressive reef system”.

Mr Kotze also notes the positive effect that the new strategy will have on the local tourism economy.

“Sunlover Reef Cruises strategy is to directly influence the growth of regional tourism by providing world-class experiences for visitors to a World Heritage Area. we are the last Aussie owned locally operated pontoon business left in Cairns, and we need the support of locals to keep it that way”, Mr Kotze said.

The launch of Arlington Reef pontoon is part of the company’s delivery of a further $2 million upgrade to its Arlington Reef infrastructure. This brings the total investment in 2017 into the local economy to $6 million.

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