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Could you adive us please. We are coming to port douglas on the 9th April 09 until the 17th April. We want to see the barrier reef. 3 of us snorkle and the other is a pada diver. He would like to dive in the reef. We have been advised by the travel agent to go on the quicksilver but another friend has said he went on the aristocat. Could you advise which is the best trip or if there is another boat which would be better.

Also what will the temp be like in April.



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1. Re: port douglas

Thanks Joan.

Unfortunately, I cannot answer this question as I have never done these boat trips..

However, I'm happy to keep **bumping** this thread up for you, so others who do know the answer to your question can reply.

We have our own yacht.. ♪♪ ♪♪


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2. Re: port douglas

Hi Joan,

Most travel agents will advise Quicksilver. There are lots of other smaller boats (such as Aristocat) which don't have the big budget to promote themselves to overseas agents, but offer fantastic trips.

Quicksilver is great and it has a pontoon at the outer reef. There is snorkelling available here, as well as an observatory, semi submersibles and introductory and certified diving aslo available. You could try checking out the ebsite for photos to get a better idea if it will suit your party.

Smaller boats have roving licenses to visit the outer reef and will go to 2 or 3 different sites throughout the day (a chance to see more than one place at the reef). Snorkelling and diving available, but no pontoon. Great crew who can give assistance to snorkellers and divers.

also keep in mind that April is the end of our Wet/rainy season, and also an off peak time so I advise waiting till you arrive in Port Douglas before booking your trip. Check the weather (low wind day is the best) and take a look at the brochures of the different boats when you arrive. Booking one or two days in advance will be fine.

If you really want to pre-book, check out websites for boats: Silversonic, Poseidon, Calypso, Haba, Aristocat as these are the ones which offer dive/snorkel from Port.

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