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Quicksilver - Great Barrier Reef Tour

Destination: Outer Barrier Reef, Agincourt Reef
Duration: Full Day Tour

Departs: Departing Cairns 08:00am Daily, Departing Palm Cove 08:35am Daily

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The Cruise

Quicksilver's friendly crew will take you to the very edge of Australia's Continental Shelf, to an underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour and life. Floating like an island in a coral sea, the modern platforms provide the ultimate in facilities, with easy access to reef viewing and plenty of space for relaxation in all types of weather conditions.

The coral gardens in the Agincourt reef lagoon offer the finest areas for snorkelling. Scuba diving on Agincourt is amongst the best in the world. The ribbon reef systems north of Port Douglas are renowned for their excellent water clarity and exquisite coral formations.

Only Quicksilver take you to a floating activity platform at Agincourt Ribbon Reef on the very edge of the Great Barrier Reef. With Quicksilver you can choose to stay dry and explore the stunning reef world from the comfort of a Quicksilver semi-submersible, just one metre underwater. Or watch the fish feeding from the unique viewing platform and underwater observatory.

Semi Submersible coral viewing

If you would like to stay dry, then you can explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a Quicksilver sub. The semi submersibles cruise slowly through the colourful coral gardens giving passengers, seated just one metre underwater, the opportunity to experience a snorkellers-eye view of the marine life without getting wet. The semi-sub experience takes approximately 25 minutes and includes an informed commentary on the marine li

Underwater Observatory

You can also see the coral and watch the fish feeding from Quicksilver's unique viewing platform and underwater observatory located directly in front of the platform. From here, you can also view "first time" divers taking part in introductory dives.

Snorkelling

Snorkelling is one of the best ways to view the incredible underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef, and Quicksilver's friendly staff are always on hand to show you how. On your way out to Agincourt Reef you can view an instructional video on how to snorkel to teach you the right techniques. Upon reaching the outer reef, you can obtain your snorkelling equipment from the storage containers on the platform.

Easy access to the water is available from submerged platforms. Friendly snorkelling safety officers can assist you with your snorkelling gear, and give you a few tips so that you can fully enjoy your experience.

If you would like to learn a little more about the Great Barrier Reef whilst snorkelling, you may like to try an optional Snorkelling Expeditions with a qualified Marine Biologist. Snorkelling can be a strenuous activity. Please use caution and inform the crew on the day of any medical conditions.

Introductory Diving

Diving is for everyone, including those who have never dived before. There is still plenty of time to enjoy all other activities on board with family and friends.

We have been taking people to the reef for over 10 years and all Quicksilver Dive instructors are PADI qualified. Our divers can follow Queensland's only underwater ecotrail, a series of explanatory plaques that can help you learn as you dive.

Please note a medical form must be completed on board prior to diving. Multi-lingual Instructors are available on request.

Important Note: Age restrictions apply - minimum 12 years and maximum 70 years inclusive. Some medical conditions and medications may preclude passengers from scuba diving.

Certified Diving

Agincourt Reef, the only Ribbon Reef accessible to day trips, has a range of ecosystems unique to this region. See the moray eels and barracuda at Nursery Bommie, the clams and coral gardens at Horseshoe Reef or the broken wreckage and giant maori wrasse at the Wreck Site. A custom designed dive tender will take you to 2 of 20 different dive sites.

Important Note: Age restrictions apply - minimum 12 years and maximum 70 years inclusive. Some medical conditions and medications may preclude passengers from scuba diving.

Includes
  • Return Wavepiercer cruise from Port Douglas
  • Morning and afternoon teas on board
  • Informative reef presentation by marine biologist
  • Hot and cold tropical smorgasbord lunch
  • All snorkelling equipment provided
  • Qualified snorkelling safety offices on hand
  • Underwater observatory fish and coral viewing
  • Coral viewing by semi-submersible vessels


Rates - Valid 01st of April 2021 to 31st of March 2022

Ex Wharf - Based on Self Check-in at the Port Douglas Marinas

  • Adult AU$266.00 + AU$7.00 per person Government Reef Tax
  • Child (4-14 years of age) AU$134.00 + AU$7.00 per person Government Reef Tax
  • Family Package (2 Adults & 2 Children 4 – 14 years of age) AU$666.00 + AU$7.00 per person Government Reef Tax


Ex Port Douglas - With Return Coach Transfers from Port Douglas Accommodation

  • Adult AU$284.00 + AU$6.50 per person Government Reef Tax
  • Child (4-14 years of age) AU$143.00 + AU$700 per person Government Reef Tax
  • Family Package (2 Adults & 2 Children 4 – 14 years of age) AU$711.00 + AU$7.00 per person Government Reef Tax


Ex Cairns & Northern Beaches - With Return Coach Transfers from Cairns & Northern Beaches Accommodation

  • Adult AU$300.00 + AU$7.00 per person Government Reef Tax
  • Child (4-14 years of age) AU$152.00 + AU$7.00 per person Government Reef Tax
  • Family Package (2 Adults & 2 Children 4 – 14 years of age) AU$752.00 + AU$7.00 per person Government Reef Tax


Infants Aged under 4 years of age travel free of charge
Family Package rates are based on 2 Adults & 2 Children aged between 4 – 14 years of age

Important Booking Notes:
On making a reservation please indicate in 'Comments Box' if requiring return coach transfers from Port Douglas or Cairns & Cairns Northern Beaches accommodation or making own way to check in at the Port Douglas Marina - as well as indicating if any optional activities are required on top of standard package.

Government Reef Tax:
An Environmental Management Charge of $7.00 is levied for all adults and children 4 years and over entering the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area. The Government Environmental Management Charge is payable direct by passengers to Quicksilver Cruises on the day of travel.

***  Please note that the Government Reef Tax amount has been waived by the operator until 01st of July 2021 **

Optional ActivitiesIntroductory Diving - With Full Gear Hire, Instruction & GuideIf you have never dived before and would like to experience the magic of SCUBA, Quicksilver offers introductory dives with a highly qualified dive instructor. The only requirements are that you are aged 12 years and over and pass an onboard medical questionnaire and participate in a 30 minute dive brief!

Rates - Valid 01 Apr 2021 to 31 Mar 2022

  • 1 Introductory Dive (All equipment provided) AU$183.00

Certified Diving - Included Full Gear HireScuba Diving right at the edge of Australia’s Continental Shelf is simply spectacular. At these unique Ribbon Reefs, visibility is excellent and the variety of marine life is exceptional!

Rates - Valid 01 Apr 2021 to 31 Mar 2022

  • 1 Certified Dive (All equipment provided) AU$132.00
  • 2 Certified Dives (All equipment provided) AU$186.00

Guided Snorkel Tours - Introductory Guided Snorkel Tour with Marine Biologist & Lycra SuitMarine Biologists will introduce you to a new and exciting world during guided snorkel tours. You will be part of a small group, guided by experienced marine biologists who can revel so much more about the magnificent marine life of this fragile reef ecosystem. Some snorkelling experience is recommended in participating.

Introductory Guided Snorkel Tour with Qualified Marine Biologist -  Rates Valid from 01 Apr 2021 to 31 Mar 2022

  • Adult AU$68.00
  • Child (4 -14 years of age) AU$36.00
  • Family Package (2 Adults & 2 Children aged 4 - 14 years of age) AU$172.00

Guided Snorkel Tours - Advance Guided Snorkel Tour with Marine Biologist & Lycra SuitMarine Biologists will introduce you to a new and exciting world during guided snorkel tours. You will be part of a small group, guided by experienced marine biologists who can revel so much more about the magnificent marine life of this fragile reef ecosystem. Some snorkelling experience is recommended in participating.

Advanced Guided Snorkel Tour with Qualified Marine Biologist - Rates Valid from 01 Apr 2021 to 31 Mar 2022

  • Adult AU$87.00
  • Child (4 -14 years of age) AU$44.00
  • Family Package (2 Adults & 2 Children aged 4 - 14 years of age) AU$218.00

Ocean Walker Helmet Diving - Includes Full Gear Hire & GuidingA unique and fun experience, see the reef from up close during a Helmet ‘Dive’. Breath fresh air delivered from the surface into your helmet, you will walk under water on a reef platform, you can even wear your glasses if you wish! Oceanwalker is suitable for non-swimmers and person aged 12 years and over! After a short brefing and subject to medical conditions, you will find yourself amongst amazingly bright fish and corals!

Rates - Valid 01 Apr 2021 to 31 Mar 2022

  • Ocean Walker Helmet Diving AU$183.00 per person (must be pre-booked)
Helicopter 10 Minute Scenic Flights 

For a different and spectacular perspective of the jewel like Ribbon Reefs, a 10 minute helicopter flight is available from the pontoon moored at Agincourt Reef

Valid from 01 Apr 2021 to 31 Mar 2022

  • 10 minute Reef Scenic Flight (from Pontoon) AU$199.00

Optional Helicopter Transfers from Port Douglas or Cairns & Cairns Northern BeachesFly from Port Douglas out to the Agincourt Reef Pontoon. This is the perfect way to shorten the cruise travelling time and enjoy seeing the amazingly spectacular Great Barrier Reef from the air. Options include one way scenic helicopter transfer with luxury fast catamaran transfer or eliminate boat transfer altogether and fly both ways, out and back!

Passengers travelling out of Cairns can join all options by self drive from Cairns to Port Douglas to check-in with the reef tour operator or helicopter tour operator in Port Douglas!
 

Valid from 01 Apr 2021 to 31 Mar 2022

- From Port Douglas - Flying from Port Douglas to Pontoon

  • Fly & Cruise Fly via Helicopter to Outer Barrier Reef Pontoon from Port Douglas / Cruise back from Outer Barrier Reef Pontoon to Port Douglas via Catamaran AU$597.00

 

  • Cruise & Fly Travel via fast Catamaran from Port Douglas to Outer Barrier Reef Pontoon / Fly back from Outer Barrier Reef Pontoon via Helicopter  AU$597.00

 

  • Fly / Fly Fly via stunning scenic Helicopter to Great Barrier Reef located Pontoon - out and back - increase flying time with 2 stunning scenic helicopter flight components and do away with boat travel altogether / Fly both ways! AU$1015.00

Please Note: The operator can carry up to 6 participants from the one group, dependant of passenger weights and helicopter availability. Please ensure that you indicate a close estimation of your individual weight details in lbs or kgs in the Booking Form's Comments Box if making a reservation.


Important Notes for Helicopter Tours

Passenger Weight Policy
Due to Aviation Weight Restrictions a client’s body and luggage weight must be advised prior to the reservation being confirmed. Should a client advise a weight variance of more than 10%, the right is reserved to charge a 100% cancellation fee.

Child’s Rate Policy
One (1) infant under their 3rd birthday may travel free of charge if seated on a guardian’s lap. A maximum of one infant per helicopter may travel as per CASA regulations. Children 3 years and above pay full fare.

Insurance
The helicopter operator carries full insurance including Public Liability Insurance of $50,000,000.00.

Minimum and maximum passenger numbers
Minimum passenger numbers may apply. Groups larger than 6 passengers may require private charter. Please liaise with Cairns Visitor Centre at time of booking.

Fuel Surcharge
With fluctuations in world oil prices, it may be necessary to apply a fuel surcharge to the ticket price. In such cases any charge will be collected on departure.

Cancellation Policy
Booking deposit non refundable. Cancellations must be made 24 hours prior to the flight to receive a full 100% refund. If weather conditions preclude the flight from operating, passengers are entitled to a full refund of the helicopter flight component.

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