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CAIRNS TO THE GREAT BARRIER REEF LOCAL TOURING / Australia Australia / CAIRNS AND PORT DOUGLAS GREAT BARRIER REEF LOCAL TOURING Marine World Reef Activity Platform Clownfish | Quicksilver It is the largest living structure in the world, about half the size of Texas and has some of the most magnificent marine biodiversity on the planet. Whether you choose to snorkel and dive, stay dry and observe, or set sail to Coral Cay Island, Quicksilver can help you find the perfect way to experience the natural wonders of Australia’s magnificent World Heritage Great Barrier Reef. Cruises depart daily from Cairns on a fast, stable catamaran providing a smooth ride and reduced travel time, leaving more time in your day to experience the magic of the Marine World Reef Activity platform located on the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Reef Magic Cruises has a policy of never filling its facilities to capacity, ensuring space, comfort and attentive service. Only Reef Magic Cruises guests have access to the all-weather Marine World platform, catering for all ages and swimming abilities. Snorkel our sheltered coral lagoon, go scuba diving, SEABOB Jet Snorkelling, SNUBA (Go Beyond Snorkelling) or join our marine biologist on a guided snorkel safari. Not a confident swimmer? Then stay dry and view the reef from the semi-submersible reef viewer, glass bottom boat or underwater observatory. Try a Helmet Dive for a unique underwater experience without even getting your hair wet, or soar above it all on a spectacular Reef Scenic Helicopter Flight. Included in your day: a marine biologist presentation en route to the reef, all snorkelling equipment with free use of lycra suit or wetsuit, glass bottom boat tour, semi-submersible tour, underwater reef observatory, fish feeding and identification session with a marine biologist, make the most of the Marine World facilities including a spacious sundeck, changeroom and fresh water showers. Morning and afternoon tea plus an extensive buffet lunch is also included. Quick Silver Outer Reef Cruise Ocean Spirit Michaelmas Cay Cruise For your experience of a lifetime, cruise in comfort with Quicksilver to a spacious activity platform moored on the renowned Agincourt Reef, a jewel-like ribbon reef with spectacular coral formations, kaleidoscope of exotic marine life and clear outer reef waters. Here, you will find the widest range of activities to discover this stunning reef world. Snorkel and dive or stay dry and discover from the semi-submersible and underwater observatory. If you are not confident in the water, access is very easy from the submerged snorkel platforms. Friendly and attentive crew, including professional marine biologists, are on hand to ensure you enjoy and gain the most from your day. Exciting optional activities are scuba and helmet diving, marine biologist snorkel tours and scenic helicopter flights for a different perspective of the reef. This is Australia’s most awarded reef cruise departing from Port Douglas. Departing from Cairns, set sail on Ocean Spirit catamaran for a day to remember at michaelas Cay, with pristine sand surrounded by beautiful fringing reef and protected sanctuary for migratory seabirds. Day Cruising Day Cruising Silverswift Dive and Snorkel Adventures Silversonic Dive and Snorkel Adventures Departing from Cairns, the 29 metre (95 foot) luxury catamaran Silverswift, is ready to whisk you away for an exhilarating day of adventure, discovery and aquatic fun. With exclusive permits and remote sites, Silverswift visits three different and ecologically diverse reef environments, each offering amazing coral diversity and abundance of marine life to explore. Departing from Port Douglas, Silversonic is custom-designed for dive and snorkel adventures. Adventure Activity Dreamtime Drive & Snorkel Snorkel from the cay’s shallow waters, cruise in the semi-sub for a diver’s view of the reef and observe the island birdlife. Introductory scuba diving and marine biologist guided snorkel tours are also available. Your day can be as active or as leisurely as you choose. Homeward bound, enjoy a complimentary sparkling wine under the sails. Step back into the Great Barrier Reef’s Dreamtime with indigenous sea rangers on a day tour to two spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef sites. Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel is a unique educational Great Barrier Reef experience in- corporating the world’s oldest living culture and the stories traditional owners have passed down over tens of thousands of years. Indigenous rangers recount the Dreamtime stories of the Gimuy Walubara Yidinji, Gunggandji, Mandingalbay and Yirrganydji people to help you gain a deeper cultural understanding of this diverse ecosystem. The sea country of these four traditional owner groups stretches from Port Douglas to the Frankland Islands and includes the two sites you visit. Your day on the outer Great Barrier Reef has 5 hours of water activities split between two unique sites showcasing a variety of colourful corals and marine life. Snorkel and dive over stunning coral gardens where anemones, sea whips, clams and plate corals are home to clown fish, angel fish and bat fish. Large schools of giant trevally, red bass and sweetlip congregate between the bommies, while turtles, cuttlefish, rays and sharks are frequently seen. Included in your day: indigenous welcome and acknowledgment, Great Barrier Reef creation story, two premium outer reef sites, morning and afternoon tea, marine biol- ogist presentation, glass bottom boat tour, snorkelling equipment, wet and lycra suits, freshly prepared buffet lunch. With 5 hours at the Reef, enjoy free snorkelling and a guided snorkel tour plus the option for introductory and certified diving. Access to the water is easy from the submerged platform. Onboard you are travelling in style with air-conditioned saloons, sundecks, change rooms, hot freshwater showers and a licensed bar. Adventure Activity 64 ANDERSON VACATIONS Day Cruising www.andersonvacations.ca Spacious and luxurious, this 29 metre (95 foot) catamaran travels to the renowned Agincourt ribbon reefs on the edge of Australia’s continental shelf. With access to over 35 exclusive World Heritage reef sites this is quality diving and snorkelling and well suited to those confident in the water. Certified divers, can experience up to three dives and there is also introductory diving for first time divers and unlimited snorkelling along with a guided snorkel tour. Silversonic also has a special permit for guests to swim with minke whales if encountered. Day Cruising 65