There’s now an events venue on the Great Barrier Reef


The first dedicated events venue on the Great Barrier Reef has been launched in Cairns, Australia, offering events and functions in the middle of the Coral Sea.

Sunlover Funlover is an innovative event and entertainment product incorporating a high-speed catamaran and outer Great Barrier Reef pontoon which can be customised for any function. It can cater for more than 300 guests, and operates all-year-round.

The catamaran and its attached pontoon

Sunlover Reef Cruises and Hides Hotel Cairns group general manager Sharon Sheldrake said the unique offsite venue was the only tourism infrastructure at Arlington Reef so guests would feel like they had the Great Barrier Reef to themselves.

Entertainment options include starting the event with a comedian doing a live set, or learn about the reef from in-house marine experts, as the boat leaves Cairns and sails for 90 minutes to the Great Barrier Reef.

Once the boat anchors, activities includes snorkelling, glass-bottom boat tours, visiting the underwater observatory, fish feeding can be arranged and are included in the fee, while extras such as diving and scenic helicopter rides can be added.

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