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“If you are a certified diver, go with Calypso”

Quicksilver Cruises
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Outer Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise from Port...
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Owner description: Quicksilver is Australia’s most awarded reef operator. You can choose your Great Barrier Reef experience - Cruise to the outer edge aboard a spacious wavepiercer catamaran to the renowned Agincourt Reef, sail aboard the luxurious Wavedancer to idyllic Low Isles, or seek the thrill of dive and snorkel adventures aboard Silversonic. All cruises are accredited with Advanced Ecotourism.
Reviewed 22 June 2014

Over one week I went with Calypso and Quicksilver to the great Barrier Reef. If you are a certified diver, definitely go with Calypso! They cost about the same, but the sites are much much better with Calypso. The reef were the Quicksilver platoon is looks beaten up and there is no much animal life around, probably because of the 200 tourists getting in the water every day in the same place. Also, the staff looked very stressed and in a hurry. Each dive (I did 2) were about 30 minutes bottom time because the guide had to take care of another group. I came out of the water with more than half tank full every time! Seriously, if you want to enjoy your diving, go with Calypso instead!

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Reviewed 21 June 2014

We made a last minute (literally, we booked this at 10pm the night before) decision to do this cruise and we're glad we did. How often do you get to snorkel the reef on the edge of the continental shelf? The staff are all friendly and professional. The hour and a half trip out the reef might be boring but serving tea/coffee and giving a brief talk filled in the time. The view is nice too.

Lunch was fine, but it is all about the snorkelling, which was incredible. If you're worried about stingers, suits are provided, as is all snorkelling gear. The semi-subs are excellent too, and I got many great photos of the reef on that trip. They'll also lend you underwater cameras if you like.

If I had to complain about anything, it might be that the reef at the location is a little deep. If you're just after reef snorkelling you might like to take another trip that goes to closer reefs, but we particularly wanted the outer reef tour.

The trip home is a little dull though, but we were so exhausted it hardly mattered. Home by 4:30, plenty of time to get back to the hotel and have dinner.

Loved it.

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Reviewed 16 June 2014

Clean, modern, fast boat to outer reef. highly recommend introductory scuba dive, focus on safety, well worth the price. Simple and clear instructions given in the lounge. Then tested on mask filling and blowing out, and regulator swapping, while sitting under water, then double checked by safety officer, then observed again at 5m, then down you go, instructor is never more than arms length from you, so you feel at ease at all times. Even though it was choppy on top of the water, it was calm under the water.

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Reviewed 16 June 2014

This tour had a lot of big-ticket items and was good in many ways. We rode out to the reef on a 270-person boat, it has a platform out in the middle of the reef offering helmet diving, helicopter rides (yes, helicopter rides!) and semi-submersibles as well as snorkeling, diving and a huge buffet lunch. It's a fantastic operation, and extremely well organized, which is good as it is pretty much an all-day event.

The downsides are that you are with 250 others on the boat/platform and swim in the water with 100-150 people in a cordoned-off area. So it is not very private or peaceful (I got kicked multiple times) and it makes it a little hard to appreciate the beauty of the reef. Also, it seemed to us that we saw fewer fish here than during a small reef tour from Cape Tribulation, which is about 84 kilometers (52 miles) further up the coast.

The trip out to the reef takes an hour and a half (since you leave from Port Douglas), and if it's a rough sea (as it was the day we went), sea-sickness can be an issue (and was for many), so bring your dramamine, They sell it on the boat (which is great) but won't sell it to you if you are taking any other medications.

If you're afraid of snorkeling or like the feel and infrastructure of a big organization and the possibility of helicopter and semi-submersible rides, this may be just the thing for you. If you prefer a smaller, more private tour, check out Ocean Safari in Cape Tribulation (which I have also reviewed).

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Reviewed 15 June 2014

If you are considering a trip out to the Great Barrier Reef, do yourself a favor and book your trip through this company. All you have to do is meet the bus driver at the appointed time and they will take care of everything from there. The catamaran is quite large with seating in open deck areas as well as an enclosed one.. The catamaran will take you out to a covered moored pontoon, which is also quite large. The boat ride from Port Douglas to the pontoon is about two hours. The seas were very rough when we went; I am very prone to seasickness so I took two Kwells (available at the local pharmacy; they made me a little sleepy but not as bad as Dramamine), I also used the pressure point travel bands and happily took the ginger pills they offer on the boat. I would suggest that if there is the slightest chance you think you might get seasick, take your meds ahead of time. Although the boat was rolling and moving a lot, I did not feel sick at all. Out on the pontoon, use of the snorkels and fins are free, as is the ride in the underwater sub. Wet suits are available for rental ($7) if you go during jellyfish season. We did not rent them and had no problem. Also available at extra charge are an introductory lesson in scuba+ a simple dive and they even offer an underwater walk with one of those spacesuit looking outfits with the airfilled oversized helmets. Escorted tours with a Marine Biologist are an additional option. Bring your own towels or those are also available to rent. The lunch that was served was surprisingly good. The personnel were friendly, helpful, enthusiastic and made the the experience even better. Quicksilver has done a great job of making a trip to The Reef such a memorable, fun adventure. It is a beautiful place to experience. Highly recommend it!!

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