by Tim G
September 20, 2002
The staff is very helpful and try to make sure you're having a good time. Introducing people to the reef is their specialty. They encourage everyone to at least try snorkeling and they also let you try a 10 minute scuba diving tutorial for free.
The introductory dives are nice, and well done. You don't necessarily miss that much if you stick to snorkeling, however, as the introductory dives don't take you that deep. It's more just the thrill of diving. Snorkeling over the reef is great fun and not to be underrated.
The boat is good and gets the job done, but it's not a luxury boat, and it's not overly fast. You will get five hours out at the reef, a decent lunch, the possibility of two dives, and wine, cheese, and fruit on the way back. They have glass bottom boat tours, and an overall fun day for only $60 AUS plus the costs of the dives. If you take two introductory dives you're looking at $155. Very good value, and good for if you're just wanting to try things. And you can't undersell the beauty of the reef itself, it's worth seeing!
On our day the poor conditions meant that we had to go back early and only got four hours out at the reef - stuff like that can happen. We didn't mind though. I recomended it highly due to it being a great value. There are operations with faster boats, better meals, and more in depth diving, but if it's your first time here and you just want to experience the reef without breaking the bank, this is a great way to go.
From journal Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef