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Overall rating
4.6 / 5
based on 1,168 reviews

We had a lovely day - great amenities, good food, riff locations okay.

Overall, we had a really good day! I'll keep it short and just mention what we liked the best and what the least. The best: The friendly staff equipped us with everything we needed, such as wetsuits, snorkeling equipment, floaties, and they offered guided snorkeling tours for swimmers who were insecure (they could hang on to a life preserver) which was amazing for my parents!!! The worst: We chose this tour because they advertised that they would pick from 24 locations depending on riff conditions... well, the second riff they stopped at was a big wall which you couldn't approach because the tide would suck you onto the wall's top which was too shallow that day... that's the opposite of good conditions, I'd say. Now, we still had a great time, which is why I happily give 5 stars, but I just didn't care for the exaggerated advertisement. To end with something positive, though, the food was delicious and the beer prices super fair and the main reef guide very funny and knowledgable.

Sailing back to Cairns under full sail was the highlight of the trip.

Fantastic friendly crew took us out on the boat to near Green Island. For me the snorkelling was disappointing, the reef is in trouble and there were not as many fish around as I remembered. The crew explained the impact of the weather on the reef but without being political, simply explaining recent weather patterns effects. This was not helped by the fact I detest the cold and the water was not as worm as I was expecting, but that was my issue. The journey out and the service provided were excellent. The boat was small and not overcrowded. We had perfect weather to enjoy the journey both ways. Green Island was undergoing renovation so not overly welcoming, but walking through the national park was refreshing and enjoyable. Lunch was excellent. Plenty of food for the people on board. Cold meats and salad, with plenty of prawns and smoked salmon, a range of other meats and a full range of salads. Overall an excellent experience, that makes me concerned for the future of the reef.

Exciting, interesting and a trip of a lifetime

I enjoyed the Great Barrier Reef trip very much indeed, even though sadly the weather could have been better. The staff on board were helpful, professional and genuinely enjoyed their job. The food was outstanding and overall an excellent day out. The train and Skyrail was excellent helped by lovely weather and wonderful views. I stopped at the various stops on the Skyrail and enjoyed a wonderful talk by one of the rangers, all free of charge and the museum which was very informative. I would highly recommend this two day package for value, content and and if they could control the weather it would have been perfect beyond words.

Great experience snorkeling on Great Barrier Reef

It was a good look at the reef and the fish etc. The reef wasn’t as colourful as I expected. The crew were very friendly and helpful. The staff organised us well for great experience. It was a bit cold at times, especially with breeze blowing and when we got wet from snorkeling. There were a lot of people on the boat. It was tricky at times with lack of space to sit, eat and waiting for others. The sea was rougher than I expected but the large boat handled it well.

Absolutely Fantastic! (3 Scottish tourists 1 Local)

Every single thing was catered for and the staff were absolutely fantastic! Could not do enough for you. Very attentive! Lots of room on the boat and good educational sessions on the reef. By far the best trip/boat company we have been on in any of the countries visited. Keep up the fantastic work!

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