The trip out on the helicopter from Port Douglas was an experience of a lifetime. We had a beautifully clear and calm day and the pilot took us down to see turtles, sharks and rays. The reef are truly stunning and best appreciated some distance above them and underwater. If you don't want to get wet then there is a submersible which gives a guided tour and you can take good pics from. Lunch on board the catamaran was fine and the sail back was ok - but you don't appreciate the reefs this way - so if you do this once in your life book the helicopter trip.
Excellent all around. We did the cruise to the reef, helicopter back. The overall experience was fantastic.
This was an experience that will stay with me for life. All the people I dealt with were fantastic. The flight was amazing, seeing the majesty of the reef from the air. Then another first, snorkelling. Great fun. All in all something I am very glad I did.
We all had so much fun, both the cruise and the helicopter tour. Weather conditions were excellent. We saw lots of coral and fish in the semi-submerged boats. Food was delicious.
Great Barrier Reef is absolutely beautiful! Would definitely do it again. I want to move to port douglas
We did the jet foil out and the helicopter back which was a great combination. The jet foil was much larger than we anticipated and felt a bit like a cross channel ferry, but there were lots of different places to sit and we chose one of the open decks so could enjoy the sun, the scenery and the fresh air. The pontoon was a little crowded once everyone had disembarked but the lunch was very good and the semi-submersible was excellent. Didn't do diving so can't comment but the snorkelling area was rather small for the number of people.
The helicopter ride home made the day a wonderful experience instead of just very good and I would thoroughly recommend this option.
In every aspect the best excursion during our long Australia trip. The cruise, the stay at the platform the lunch and in particular the hell trip back to paort Douglas. What a nice and informative pilot ! WOW !!!
A trip that was worth every penny !
Quicksilver is operated very well. After jumping on the catamaran, you are driving an hour and a half to the outer reef. During that time a marine biologist will give you a lesson in the animal life on the reef; if not, you can site inside near the coffee and biscuits or outside and soak up some sun. The platform on Agincourt reef easily accommodates the 100+ people on your catamaran.
The staff on at the dock, on the platform and on the boat are friendly and helpful. GET IN THE WATER IMMEDIATELY! After an hour or 2, the overabundance of suntan lotion and stirring up the waters, makes the water cloudy and reduces the visibility of the coral and fish. Rent a stingersuit (wetsuit) too- depending on the time of year you go, you can be surrounded by stingers. Don't worry about buying a rashie beforehand, the stinger suit is very affordable.
Spend the extra money on a helicopter ride too- you can do the 10 minute ride while you're there but I suggest taking the helicopter back to the mainland. There's nothing like the feeling of being swept away on a helicopter in front of everyone else--- you feel famous! LOL The pilot sweeps around several reefs and will help you spot turtles, rays, sharks, etc. Plus, it whisks you home in 35 minutes after a long day in the sun and water.
Very good. I only wish the catering could have been more varied than totally of Chinese cuisine. ( I accept that ninety percent on board were Chinese.
special mention of the helicopter... The pilot, the land crew ... Excellent, polite and friendly
A very interesting and pleasant trip over the reef, followed by an enjoyable time on the pontoon. Everything included (except for drink) made it all the more pleasant, as there were no hidden charges to be hit with. I'd recommend this for a brief trip, although it would have been good to see more of the reef itself.
Caught the catamaran out and helicopter back at the end of the day. Very well run and staff all very helpful and polite. Felt very rushed because we caught the helicopter back and it left for home 1 before the catamaran for the journey home. By the time you line up for lunch and for all the activities 2 o'clock and time to come home in the helicopter was upon us.