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The tour was very good. The ship is fast and confortable. The crew is excelente. The stops at the snorkeling points are of about 2 - 2:30 hours which is enough to see the barrier. Do use the anti-sting suit because there are many jelly fish around during january. The helicopter ride is very nice but it has its cost.
We left Cairns in rain but once out to sea the weather improved and later in the day we even did some sunbathing!
A really well organised trip and we took the additional option to snorkel with Abi the on board marine biologist as my wife had never snorkled before and was very nervous, I also joined her even though I had snorkled before and leant so much about the reef life.
Fabulous food and entertainment on the journey back to Cairns, the crew were so helpful at all times.
This experience was on our bucket list and the memory of it will stay forever, just do it!
Mike 72 and Carole 66
Lovely boat and views underwater are amazing, We opted for the private snorkelling tour with the onboard marine biologist as well - well worth it. She pointed out giant clams, clown fish and a shark on the edge of the reef - amazing!
Great tour. It was very well organized and the crew were especially great. Food was great and the snorkeling locations were catered to everyones needs.
Great trip!! Very nice crew and great stops for snorkeling. My only if was the very big line for the check in on the port and for lunch on board.
Great crew, excellent accomodations, and I defnitely recommend the beginner dive!
This was a very well done tour. The day was well-organized, safe and fun. I had the helicopter option and even though it was only 10 minutes, the guide was informative and the views were absolutely stunning. The 10 cost for wet suits was worth it to protect yourself from stingers. Only things that I felt could be improved was that there was a leaky AC near our table that kept spilling water all day with no fix/attention. The food options for vegetarians were quite poor but there were a few salads.
As the Reef Fleet Terminal was within walking distance of our hotel, Hilton DoubleTree Cairns, we left the hotel shortly before 07:00 to arrive at the terminal by 07:15. Down Under Tours has a counter inside the Tour Building where I got our boarding passes and then proceeded to the boat which is new and very clean. As we wanted to snorkel over the reef, all equipment is provided on board. The trip out to the Great Barrier Reef included two separate stops where passengers were assisted with gear both for snorkeling and for diving. Safety is of the utmost concern by the crew as this was covered in a meeting as well as the introduction of all boat staff who were there to assist all passengers. The views over the two areas of reef were great with many fish to be seen. Lunch was included in the tour package as well as a little entertainment by Elvis. The boat returned to the terminal by about 16:00.
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Wonderful tour operator, Downunder Cruise and Dive. All th staff are friendly and nice. I did my first ever scuba dive. Wonderful experience. The weather is not ideal but alll in all a great experience.
This was BY FAR the BEST travel experience ever. Great value, great food, great service, great staff, great experience! This was amazing, incredible, immaculate. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. You will NOT regret it.
This was great. We snorkeled and the coral was amazing. It was fun looking down on the reef from the boat. On the boat we took the opportunity to sign up for a 1/2 hour guide while snoreling and enjoyed that. The guide would point out things we might have missed otherwise. I would do this tour again.
Very windy day, snorkeling was challenging and lots of people were sick.
Both reefs, the boat and crews were fantastic. I wish people would have listened when they recommended Travelcalm. Some idiot defied all instructions and went to the back of the boat to vomit-- which flew back and hit a bunch of us. Down Under Cruise and Dive couldn't be blamed for this.
Well worth the money and an amazing day out on the reef.
Truly amazing!! 1st time to dive and snorkel.. Great food and music... Well Recommended!!
Take sea sick pills:
The ship and crew are top notch. They entertain and watch over the guests to make sure everyone is having fun and when they are not motion/sea sickness they are ready with the vomit bags, I'm just saying it's not a pleasant thing to have seasickness, and the crew is very helpful when it does happen.
The instructions on how to snorkel was presented in such as way that it was easy to learn. The reef is bleaching so beware that you won't see the beautiful colors it once was.
I can't brag enough about the Captain and staff of this cruise. They were knowledgeable and very experienced in the water. Our Captain made an extra effort for our family since we were there to honor a past family member. Thank you for such a heart felt Captain and staff, I would highly recommend this to anyone. The snorkeling was beautiful I enjoyed being in the water and saw my first live shark.
Wonderful. Two long periods of snorkeling on a beautiful boat with the most attentive staff! Well worth every minute
The tour and staff were great. The locations you are taken to in the reef were beautiful. However two things: this is a big boat, although it is very nice, you are on a tour with up to 170 other people, furthermore everything on this tour included an additional fee photos, drinks, seasickness pills, etc.. Although there were some negatives, I would defiantly recommend this tour.
Brilliant day out but be warned the journey out can be rough so take a sickness tablet before you head if you suffer from sea sickness. So worth the visit. The boat we where on was fantastic and the staff excellent. When my daughter got ill they couldn't have been more helpful. The food was wonderful and we could have tea or coffee when we wanted it. We also got cheese and wine in the afternoon. Elvis one of the staff played and sang for us on the way back. Great laugh. The journey back is fine so worries about being sick. I went on the Submarine and would recommend this especially if your not mad keen on snorkelling or diving. Be aware that wet suits are extra and you will need to pay a reef tax when you pick up your boarding pass so take this into account. All in all a brilliant day
The ship was very spacious and clean with great food and plenty of staff to help. Super organized crew and great snorkel stops!
We liked it so much we booked it twice during one trip! Loved the ship - plenty of seating and comfortable. Good equipment and lots of staff around to help with anything needed. The reef sites they took us to were wonderful and they made sure we saw a new place on our second trip out!
Great value for money, amazing and entertaining crew, great food, good coordination and organization!
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