Silverswift is ready to whisk you away for a day of fun on the Great Barrier Reef. This is an active day all about being in the water for your snorkel adventure of a lifetime. You'll get to explore three different outer reef sites with spectacular coral formations and underwater gardens. Each location is chosen for its incredible visual impact.
The day begins with an early boarding and delicious breakfast before setting sail. The reefs are a combination of Flynn, Pellowe, Milln and Thetford Reefs, and the locations vary with the day's conditions. However, all of the sites are stunning with ecological diversity and the challenge of discovery.
Flynn reef is one of the most popular reefs, and there are moorings at a number of well-known dive sites such as Tracey’s Bommie, Gordon’s Mooring, Tennis Court and the Coral Gardens.
Milln Reef offers several exciting snorkel sites such as Whale Bommie, Petaj Mooring, Swimming Pools I, Swimming Pools II and the Three Sisters, to name a few. The site at Petaj is home to resident turtles and white tip reef sharks, while at the Swimming Pools, you can expect to see schools of diagonally banded sweetlips and nudibranchs, to name a few.
Next, Thetford Reef comprises numerous coral bommies and is home to many soft and hard corals like staghorn and plate coral and an abundance of marine life. Look for the giant clams, butterflyfish, damsels and angelfish. Access to the reef is very weather and tidal dependent.
Finally, Pellowe Reef is a small, isolated reef located close to the edge of the continental shelf, making it very weather and tidal dependent. Being closer to the shelf large pelagic fish can be sighted along with the more regular sightings of schools of chevron barracuda, numerous sea cucumbers and nudibranchs.
With a guided snorkel tour included, snorkel briefs at each reef site and lifeguard snorkel officers supervising, you’ll be able to explore the underwater delights in complete safety. Access to the water is so easy with the large submerged platform from the back deck.
If you haven’t snorkelled before, that’s ok! The crew will be on hand to give you instruction, but we do recommend the ability to swim, and fairly good fitness as snorkelling can be a strenuous activity. Flotation devices and buoyancy vests are available onboard if needed. Prescription masks are also available at no extra cost.
To learn more about the marine life around you, make sure you join the guided snorkel tour, as the marine interpreter guides you over shallow coral gardens, pointing out fish and marine life, corals and areas of interest along the way. It is a wonderful, exciting and indeed memorable experience to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef.
In between water activities, relax on the sundecks or in the air-conditioned lounges, and of course, indulge in a delicious lunch for hungry adventurers! After a long day on the water, as your cruise back to Cairns, you'll also enjoy a tasty afternoon tea of cakes, cheese, and biscuits.