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 introductory diving adventure that includes your choice of 1 or 2 dives, plus the opportunity to snorkel. 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 to dive and will offer the novice to the very experienced diver plenty of memorable dives. There are moorings at a number of the well-known dive sites at Flynn Reef such as Tracey’s Bommie, Gordon’s Mooring, Tennis Court and the Coral Gardens.
Milln Reef offers a number of exciting dive sites such as Whale Bommie, Petaj Mooring, Swimming Pools I, Swimming Pools II and the Three Sisters to name a few. The dive site at Petaj is home to resident turtles and white tip reef sharks. At the Swimming Pools, you can expect to see schools of diagonally banded sweetlips and nudibranchs.
Next, Thetford Reef is made up of numerous coral bommies where you can experience some very exciting wall dives and many swim-throughs. This reef 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 very exciting dive site! A small isolated reef, it is located close to the edge of the continental shelf. For this reason access to the reef is very weather and tidal dependent. The reef drops away very quickly at places to 30 metres and stronger currents can be present as well. This site offers divers an exciting wall dive and one great swim through. The majority of the dives will be in depths between 5 to 20 metres. 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 an Introductory Dive, no previous experience is necessary and you’ll be able to experience the excitement of scuba diving whilst under the very close supervision of an instructor. The onboard and highly skilled dive instructors will take you step by step through the whole experience, from the dive briefing lecture, the equipment and the dive, to ensure all facets of your dive are comfortable and most of all enjoyable.
On the outward journey to the reef, instructors assess the suitability of potential introductory divers and you’ll be required to complete the necessary paperwork which includes a medical questionnaire. You’ll be taught the fundamentals of scuba diving as well as the use of equipment. There’s a video to watch and a quick quiz to complete. All equipment, including wetsuits and prescription masks (if required), are included in the price of the introductory dive.
Once at the Reef, it’s out to the dive deck and ready to gear up! Your instructor will make sure you’re comfortable with the basic skills again and you’re ready for your underwater adventure! The Great Barrier Reef is more about shallow scuba diving and your dive may take you as deep as 12 metres (40 feet).
The instructor is by your side the whole time and you can even link arms if you feel the need. Your dive experience will generally last around 30 minutes underwater, and if you’re hooked by the end, you’ve got the option to try a second introductory dive at another site to experience a whole new reef environment!
With any spare time, and at the third reef location, you'll also be able to snorkel the reef, exploring this magical world from a different perspective. 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.