We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Which tour operator is better--Ocean Freedom or Quicksilver?

California
Level Contributor
16 posts
46 reviews
Save Topic
Which tour operator is better--Ocean Freedom or Quicksilver?

Our family of four (kids are 5 & 8-year-old) will be visiting Cairns Oct. 19-25. We want to do a day trip to the GBR and I've narrowed it down to using either Ocean Freedom, which has great reviews for service, or Quicksilver, which is larger (Not sure I want us in such a large crowd.) but has a semi-submersible and more stuff for the kids, I think. We are beginner snorkelers, the kids have gone once--one likes open water where the fish don't rub against her legs and the other likes shallow water with the fish darting between his legs. Does anyone have any experience with either operators that they could share?

Cairns, Australia
Level Contributor
400 posts
7 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Which tour operator is better--Ocean Freedom or Quicksilver?

You do realise Quicksilver is out of Port Douglas and Ocean Freedom is out of Cairns where it appears you'll be staying. Quicksilver picks up and drops off in Cairns, but keep in mind that'll add about two hours at least to the day, perhaps this could be a bit much for young kids?

Cairns, Australia
Level Contributor
400 posts
7 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Which tour operator is better--Ocean Freedom or Quicksilver?

Sorry, that's two hours in travelling time.

hawaii
Level Contributor
585 posts
113 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Which tour operator is better--Ocean Freedom or Quicksilver?

hello

just did the upola cay tour with ocean freedom with two 10 year old daughters.

the staff worked well with the kids and had wetsuit and mask to fit the kids.

one staff member personally took mom and daughters on a guided tour since mom had difficulty handling both kids in water while dad and older kids were diving.

they also have floats for everyone if you want one.

overall great staff/great food with pretty good reef. turtles/rays lots of fish but sadly no sharks. on the way back had big whale playing around the boat so close we could touch it.

advantage for us were access to small sandy cay for kids to take break off the boat as well as glass bottom boat. no shade on island.

also we stayed at hilton in cairns was a 3 minute walk to marina which was great as ocean freedom starts check in around 7:15-7:30.

originally booked wavelength but decided against it purely b/c of hour plus transfer to port douglas each way.though wavelength probably has better reef access to aginacourt reef and does 3 stops.ocean freedom does 2 stops fairly close to each other.

hope this is some help

desslock

4. Re: Which tour operator is better--Ocean Freedom or Quicksilver?

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 10 February 2011, 05:17