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  • Day Tours – Moorings:

    Majority of the day boats depart Cairns between 7-9:30am and they travel to different parts of Great Barrier Reef.

    A mooring is a concrete block placed in the ocean at one of the many reef sites, the block has a line upto the surface with a floating bouy at the surface… A boat then drives up to the moorning line and ties the boat to usually 2-4 mooring lines.

    Boats that have moorings, mean they usually have a variety of choices the skipper makes, as to which mooring he will use at which location.

    People swim off the back of the boat, in a 90′ angle in the lifeguards view. This is in open ocean water, so it is recommended to have basic knowledge of swimming, for those that don’t it’s suggested to make the crew aware and they can provide floatation devices and some offer to take you with them, so you can see the reef.

    Some companies offer a Glass Bottom Boat tour as well at an addittional cost.

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  • For those that prefer land than ocean, islands are a great option as they offer land, independance & more flexibility.

    From Cairns the island tours are to either Fitzroy Island, Green Island or Frankland Islands. From Mission Beach you have Dunk Island.

    Whilst the islands surround Cairns are not considered as part of the “Great Barrier Reef”, they do have a fringing reef surrounding the island and you can choose to Snorkel or dive or take a glass bottom boat from the island.

    Green Island offers a croc enclosure to visit, with a few turtles and other marine animals on display at the centre. They have accommodation on the island and there is quite a few boat companies that head there multiple times throughout the day from boats with 100 people upto 330 people per boat.

    Fitzroy Island has a resort for overnight stays, this island is a little more independant as they don’t have lifeguards on watch here. There is 2 main companies Raging Thunder and Fitzroy Island Resort ferry, taking from 20 people upto 110 people per boat. On the island they have a turtle rehabilitation centre, camping grounds, and a few walking tracks to the lookouts/lighthouse. Activities include diving, snuba, snorkel, kayak tours, paddleboard, and visiting the turtle rehab centre.

    Franklin Islands is a little further away and the only company that heads there is Franklin Island Reef Cruise, they have a short bus trip to the river, then a wildlife river cruise on the boat before they then cross the ocean over to the islands… Snorkle, diving, on simply relax on the beach. They host a great day out for families, friends, couples and they also tend to attract an asain adventure market. This suits people wanting to expand of the typical “beaten track”.

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  • Pontoon Tours:

    Majority of the day boats depart Cairns between 7-9:30am and they travel to different parts of Great Barrier Reef.

    A pontoon is a large flat platform above the water held up my a series of underwater posts, a bit like how the marina walkways are done… Pontoons generally host a larger number of people than the day boats that head to the moorings, and usually pontoons have a wider variety of activies hosted from the pontoon to ensure there is less overcrowd from having larger numbers.

    Pontoons suit those that still prefer land to the water but they want to explore the Great Barrier Reef… it also suits families as there is lots to do, those that aren’t the best swimmers, those that want a varierty of activies on the reef (some even offer massages!), and those that want to feel more secure from a well controlled area.

    Boats that head to pontoons only head to one location/pontoon for the day, then you have activities like helicopter transfers, snorkelling, diving, semi-submersable, glass bottom boat, fish feeding shows, guided snorkel tours, and the lists go on.

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  • Overnight Tours – Moorings:

    Majority of the day boats depart Cairns between 7-9:30am and they travel to different parts of Great Barrier Reef.

    A mooring is a concrete block placed in the ocean at one of the many reef sites, the block has a line upto the surface with a floating bouy at the surface… A boat then drives up to the moorning line and ties the boat to usually 2-4 mooring lines.

    Boats that have moorings, mean they usually have a variety of choices the skipper makes, as to which mooring he will use at which location.

    Overnight boats stay out on the mooring boats and usually you can visit 4-6 locations on a standard 2 day/1 night tour. Another cool thing is night dives (some boats require a minimum of open water certification) or you may choose to do a learn to dive course on the boats, that then allows you to become a certified diver with a certiciation license.

    Overnight boats can range from basic with meals to extravagent with your own chef… Some boats have a spa onboard as well.

    People swim off the back of the boat, in a 90′ angle in the lifeguards view. This is in open ocean water, so it is recommended to have basic knowledge of swimming, for those that don’t it’s suggested to make the crew aware and they can provide floatation devices and some offer to take you with them, so you can see the reef.

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  • Learn To Dive Courses:

    Depending on budget you can do courses from 4 days onwards for the basic Open Water certification that allows you to dive with a dive buddy and without direction from a Dive instructor.

    Generally learn to dive courses start with 2 days in the classroom and pool, which teaches you, then shows you how to apply the basics of diving in a swimming pool. The following days are then made from a choice of day or overnight boats where you can put this skill to test in the open ocean waters.

    Here is the list of certifications & in order:

    • Open Water Certified (2 days pool, min 2 days ocean)
    • Advanced Open Water (2-3 days ocean with therory on board)
    • Rescue Diver Certification ( 3-4 days ocean with therory on board, some have 1 days classroom/pool based)
    • DiveMaster certification (Generally a few weeks or over the course of a few months depending on experience)
    • Dive Instructor Assistant
    • Dive Instructor
    • Dive Instructor Master
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  • Private Charters for upto 8 people:

    These are usually small fishing boats that can offer a mix of snorkelling or fishing. Suits families, bunch of mates, keen fishermen or those wanting a small boat experience.

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  • Reef Teach, night class:

    For those interested in making the most out of their trip then a Reef Teach night class is one of the funniest but yet most interesting talks about the reef, what you will see, how to make the most out of your reef trip and also how to look out/after the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef. I have done this class 3 times, I enjoy every single one and I am not really a classroom type of person, so that is saying something! For $26 approx. you can’t go wrong.

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