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Silverswift Cruise & Snorkel

Discover the Great Barrier Reef on this full day snorkelling adventure onboard the Silverswift, visiting 3 different reef sites in 1 day, complete with breakfast, lunch, & afternoon tea.

map Cairns, Australia
Duration
Duration
9 hrs
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
7:30 am to 4:30 pm
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Not included
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
All ages
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
Moderate
Meals
Meals
Included
AUD $234
Children: AUD $174
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What's Included

  • Get up to $20 cash back per person when you book with us
  • Return Silverswift cruise to the Great Barrier Reef, stopping at 3 different sites, for a total of 5 hours on the reef
  • Use of snorkelling mask, snorkel & fins to explore the dynamic & beautiful underwater world of the lagoon, reef & coral gardens
  • Insightful & interesting reef interpretation & snorkel brief at each site
  • Reef Discovery guided snorkel tour at the third reef site
  • Scrumptious breakfast including focaccias and muffin cakes
  • Hot and cold tropical buffet lunch 
  • Tasty afternoon tea cakes, cheese and biscuits 
  • Qualified lifeguard on hand for peace of mind
  • Environmental Management Charge, which contributes to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's management & conservation of the reef

Where we Visit:

  • 3 Great Barrier Reef sites from the following:
    • Flynn Reef
    • Pellowe Reef
    • Milln Reef
    • Thetford Reef

What's excluded

  • Transfers to & from the Reef Fleet Terminal
  • Options extras
  • Drinks from the onboard bar

WHAT TO EXPECT

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

 

The Reefs

 

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.

 

The Snorkelling

 

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

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Camera, swimming costume and towel, hat, sunscreen and shirt, cash for drinks at the bar and credit card for optional extras paid on arrival, such as underwater digital camera hire or professional underwater photo and video service on board.

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Yes, there are sharks in every ocean and a variety inhabit the Great Barrier Reef. The most frequently seen sharks are white and black tip reef sharks which are quite timid and pose no threat to divers and snorkellers.

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You will have over 5 hours at the reef sites combined.

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All of our reef sites offer great ecological diversity and an abundance of marine life. Some of the commonly seen marine life includes turtles, anemone fish (Nemo), lionfish, cuttlefish, moray eels and reef sharks.

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At certain times of the year (generally November – April), jellyfish, commonly called marine stingers, can affect the seas of Northern Australia. Most jellyfish are harmless to man, however certain varieties may cause a serious reaction. Incidents involving serious marine stings in this area are extremely rare. Our crew are conscious of the danger of marine stingers and will take appropriate steps to ensure your protection if they believe conditions are such that there is a possibility of encountering these creatures.

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No. Silverswift has roaming permits. The day’s operation is conducted from the vessel, with the large hydraulic platforms enabling easy water access. These roaming permits enable the vessels to visit 3 sites daily from a wide selection of reef sites best suited to the day’s conditions.

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Yes, a hot and cold buffet lunch is served on board at the second reef site. Scrumptious breakfast upon boarding including focaccias, muffins/cake selection is served, as well as afternoon tea cakes and cheese and biscuits on the homeward journey. This is all included in your cruise price.

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Hopefully not. Silverswift has state-of-the-art ride control systems to ensure a smoother journey. Where there is motion, however, whether in a car, bus, plane or boat, some people will suffer from motion sickness. Motion sickness medication is available onboard for purchase. Ginger tablets are available free onboard as a natural alternative.

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Standard masks magnify objects underwater by 25%, however, prescription masks are also available ranging from -2 to -7 in strength. Prescription masks are available at no extra charge.

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Yes, any age is welcome accompanied by an adult, however, we highly recommend that children be confident in the water. Babysitting facilities are not available onboard.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • Guests must check-in 1 hour before your departure time
  • Presentation of a valid photo ID or the credit card used to book is required for verification purposes at check-in
  • Snorkelling can be a strenuous activity. Please use caution and inform our crew of any medical conditions
  • All schedules, activities and prices may be varied without notice
  • On rare occasions, services can be subject to the effect of weather or unforeseen circumstances. Should a cruise not operate for any reason passengers will be offered an alternative day of travel or a refund will be authorised
  • The passenger shall comply with the instructions of the company’s servants and agents concerning all matters connected with the service and shall comply with any notice exhibited on the vessel

Cancellation Policy:

  • You can cancel your booking up to 12 midday the day before your scheduled travel without incurring any cancellation fees. Thereafter, up to 100% cancellation fees will apply
  • Any refund given will be by the same method payment was made
  • A change of travel date can be made to your booking without incurring any fee

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