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Silverswift - Outer Barrier Reef Tour

Destination: Outer Barrier Reef, 3 Reef Sites in one day
Duration: Full Day Tour

Departs: Cairns 8.30am Daily
Returns: Cairns 4.30pm Daily

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Silverswift - Outer Barrier Reef Tour
  • Silverswift - Outer Barrier Reef Tour
  • Silverswift - Outer Barrier Reef Tour
  • Silverswift - Outer Barrier Reef Tour
  • Silverswift - Outer Barrier Reef Tour
  • Silverswift - Outer Barrier Reef Tour
  • Silverswift - Outer Barrier Reef Tour
The Cruise

Silverswift is a luxury 29m catamaran designed with everything you need to experience an underwater world of colourful marine life in safety and comfort.

Departing from Cairns daily, you will visit 3 sites at the Outer Barrier Reef and spend a leisurely 5 hours at play. Certified divers can enjoy up to 3 dives, with introductory divers able to do a second dive. Adventure snorkellers can explore spectacular coral formations and underwater gardens awash with vibrantly coloured marine creatures. A trained marine interpreter gives a thoroughly informative coral and marine life brief before conducting a 30-40 minute interactive expedition over shallow reef formations discussing throughout the tour what is observed by the passengers. Locations visited vary with the conditions however each site is chosen for visual impact, ecological diversity and the challenge of discovery Milln, Pellowe, Flynn and Thetford Reefs. With the unique roaming permit that Silverswift retains, the vessel will moor at the 3 best sites for the conditions, water clarity and marine life available to the passengers on the day of travel.

The vessel’s friendly and professional crew will encourage you to relax and enjoy the comfort of Silverswift with its full bar facilities, fresh water showers, air-conditioning and a delicious lunch for hungry adventurers.

Upon departure a gourmet focaccia breakfast is laid out in the saloon for passengers to ensure they have all the energy you need to get you through till lunch. Lunch is a delectable smorgasbord providing a range of seafoods, including king prawns and octopus, hot curries, fresh garden and pasta salads and soups to warm the cockles of the soul throughout the winter months.

Even though the vessel has seating for 154 passengers, Silverswift will only take approximately 80 passengers maximum, this ensures; a passenger to staff ratio of at least 1 staff member to every 8 passengers so that passengers enjoy an intimate day and are catered for in every way.

Silverswift has ample space in the air–conditioned lounge or on the open sun deck to allow for both Snorkellers and Divers to interact without either activity interupting the other.

Itinerary
  • 8.15 am: Coaches arrive at the Marlin Wharf and passengers board Silverswift. Tea, coffee and biscuits served until departure
  • 8.30 am: Depart Marlin Wharf for the trip to the Outer Barrier Reef. On the way, detailed certified and introductory dive briefings are given
  • 9.50 am: Arrive at the first site. Divers gear up, while snorkellers listen to a site briefing by the snorkelling advisor. Get ready to view the beauty of this natural wonder!
  • 11.15 am: Silverswift departs for second reef location. Option for introductory divers and certified divers to do their second dive. Snorkellers are once again briefed as to the best areas to snorkel.
  • 12.30 pm: After the water activities, enjoy a tropical hot and cold lunch [included in the fare] served in the air conditioned cabin. The lunch includes fresh prawns, pasta, meats, salads and fruit. There are bar facilities available where you can purchase drinks.
  • 1.40 pm: Silverswift departs for third reef location. Snorkellers are once again briefed as to the best areas to snorkel. Option for introductory divers and certified divers to do their third dive.
  • 2.15 pm: Afternoon tea is served.
  • 2.45 PM: All passengers to board vessel for count
  • 3.00 pm: Silverswift commences return to Cairns
  • 4:30 pm: Silverswift arrives at Cairns
Tour Includes
  • Return Silverswift cruise from Cairns
  • Morning & afternoon teas
  • Hot & cold tropical smorgasbord lunch
  • All snorkelling equipment provided
  • Qualified snorkelling safety officers on hand
  • Equipment for divers provided
  • FREE Snorkel Tour with a Reef Guide
  • Prescription Masks available at no additional cost
 
Current Special Rates - Valid for Bookings & Travel from 27th of July 2021 to 17th of September 2021
  • Adult AU$199.00
  • Child (4-14 years of age) AU$99.50

Please Note: Infants aged under 4 years of age travel Free Of Charge

Silverswift is operating over the following days:

- From the 01st of April to the 28th of June: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday each week
- From the 28th of June 2021 to the 24th of July (School Holidays): the vessel will operate daily
- From the 25th of July to the 19th of September: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday each week 
Rates - Snorkelling - Valid 18th Sep 2021 to 31st Mar 2022
  • Adult AU$234.00 + AU$7.00 per person Government Reef Tax
  • Child (4 –14 years of age)  AU$174.00 + AU$7.70 per person Government Reef Tax
Rates - Introductory Diving - Valid 18th Sep 2021 to 31st Mar 2022
  • Trip + 1 Introductory Dive AU$316.00 + AU$7.00 per person Government Reef Tax
  • Trip + 2 Introductory Dives AU$388.00 + AU$7.00 per person Government Reef Tax
Rates - Certified Diving - Full Gear Hire Included - Valid 18th Sep 2021 to 31st Mar 2022
  • Trip + 1 Certified Dive AU$296.00 + AU$7.00 per person Government Reef Tax
  • Trip + 2 Certified Dives AU$322.00 + AU$7.00 per person Government Reef Tax
  • Trip + 3 Certified Dives AU$342.00 + AU$7.00 per person Government Reef Tax
Rates - Certified Diving - Own Gear (Includes Tanks & Weights) - Valid 18th Sep 2021 to 31st Mar 2022
  • Trip + 1 Certified Dive AU$284..00 + AU$7.00 per person Government Reef Tax
  • Trip + 2 Certified Dives AU$310.00 + AU$7.00 per person Government Reef Tax
  • Trip + 3 Certified Dives AU$330.00 + AU$7.00 per person Government Reef Tax
Optional Coach Transfers From Accommodation - Valid 18th Sep 2021 to 31st Mar 2022
  • Return Coach Transfers from Cairns City Accommodation AU$28.00 per person
  • Return Coach Transfers from Cairns Northern Beaches Accommodation AU$34.00 per person

Please Note: Government Reef Tax amount of $7.00 per person has been waived until the 01st of July 2021

Important Booking Notes  On making a reservation please include in Comments Box if any Optional Activities are required e.g. Introductory Diving or Certified Diving (as well as indicating the number of required dives). Please also indicate if the optional return coach transfers from accommodation are required.

Important Diving Notes Introductory Dive rates include full gear hire and are led by qualified Dive Instructors - All divers must complete a Dive Medical Questionnaire onboard - Certain medical conditions (e.g. asthma, epilepsy, high blood pressure, diabetes, pregnancy, heart & lung disease etc)  may preclude participants from diving. Certified Divers should bring Divers Log Book or C Card as proof of dive qualification
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