Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Outer Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise from Port Douglas. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
Staff really tried to make sure everyone had a good experience
Great tour. We were lucky as the boat was half full so it was not grounded. Great boat and crew. Really nice in rough seas as it takes the waves well.
A great experience,facilities were very good on the pontoon. Tried to snorkel but swallowed half the ocean
the organisation and helpfulness of the staff was 1st class .The day itself was even better .its a must for anyone who is thinking about it .Put it on your wishlist
Well organized. NOte this departs ex Port Douglas so if you leave from Cairns you'll spend about 2-3 hours on the bus. Spend 3 hours cruising and 3 hours at the reef. Excellent service, semisubmersibles, underwater observation deck and snorkeling are all included and much fun. Options include helicopter ride, guided snorkeling, helmet diving and Scuba diving. One of the pricier tours available but worth every buck even the locals recommend this!.
Very professional crew. Tons to do. Perfect for someone with limited time wanting to do the most possible in a single day. These guys are great!
A first class way to visit the reef. The ship was clean and modern, the staff helpful, friendly and knowledgable, a great experience overall. There were many things to do, even for the non-swimmer. We tried scuba for the first time and loved it. Verra was a great guide. She trained us, went at our pace, and even held our hands until she knew we were comfortable. An Excellent adventure! We stayed in Port Douglas after reading that the bus made so many stops along the way to pick up passengers. That was a good experience as well.
I will say in Cairns and Port Doglus Outer Great Reef Cruise is the best activity and the best cruise experience.
Loved this tour and can't find anything wrong with it.. Its a must. do it again anytime..
A bit of a long day but well worth it. Something for everyone, whether you are an expert scuba diver or a non-swimmer.
Excellent! If you go to Port Douglas you must go to the Barrier Reef. This tour has all the bells and whistles.
I would highly recommend booking your reef cruise with this company (quiksilver connnections) they are the only boast that can go out to the outer reef despite choppy seas. They also have a permanent pontoon on the reef giving those who do not wish to scuba or snorkel the chance to view thr reef and marine life. Had a great time. Lunch not so good but that's not what your there for really.
Another superb experience when visiting Australia. Breathtaking.
The crew could not have been more helpful or supportive.
One concern. I had been on the same trip 20 years ago, and the coral within 30m of the platform was degraded and broken. The number of colourful fish were far less than last time and I was disappointed in what I saw. The first time I had brightly coloured fish swimming between my feet before I ventured in and it only got better.
The number of beginners was a concern. When I returned to the water I had trouble finding a space and got walloped with a spagetti support. Someone pushed passed as I was waiting for someone to move and personal space and manners seem to have declined. This may well be due to 300 passengers instead of 200. It may be a cultural thing, but not acceptable in Australia.
But I felt well looked after and save and the experience was good. The number of activities to do was good. I missed seeing the large cod fish (1 m) under the boat/platform that I saw the first time, but the environment wasjust not as good as then.
Maybe it needs to be announced where morning tea was ,,,I had no idea it was on and missed it.
I thank you all for giving my-family the best trip out to the reef, service was great and with my first time diving the instructor made me feel safe and secure a real professional, the weather was suburb, great day had by all highly recommend the tour
very enjoyable; the snorkelling for beginners was both enjoyable and informative
Very nice and helpful crew! Went during low season and felt that it was just enough people. Couldn't imagine the crowds (up to 500) during high season. Areas roped off for snorkeling: wide enough area to explore but still felt safe with lifeguards monitoring. Optional add-on experiences, ranging from diving to a helicopter ride, are very expensive. Total time on the pontoon is just over 3 hours, so snorkeling and lunch was just fine. Lunch is alright and had more variety than expected. Underwater cameras available for rent ($25-75) if you don't have your own. Overall a very wonderful experience! Tons of fun for first-timers and more experienced alike.
The pontoon that you dock at is great. It has everything from showers, an underwater viewing room, semi-submarines, and a gift shop. The snorkeling was amazing. It was really easy to enter and exit the water. What a nice operation.
Thomas Wylie C
The trip was a great experience although the weather in July, on that day, was a bit of a disappointment. Everything worked out fine although I didn't appreciate that the boat trip to the pontoon would take over an hour in each direction. Clarity regarding what is involved would have been appreciated.
The sea was like a mill pond on the day of the trip so the journey out to the reef was so smooth and we didn't know we were moving. The crew were quite friendly and the food was very good with plenty for everyone. The water wasn't as clear as it could have been but it didn't spoil our snorkeling experience. A good day.