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davieeeee
11-14-2007, 06:14
Can anyone recommend any good daytrips out of Port Douglas or Cairns?
I know liveaboards are the way to go, but there are a range of reasons why we cant go on them... seasickness/want to do other things than dive everyday etc etc..
So which ones have you been to and what were the dive sites like? Good service is always nice, although I am usually content with anything that gets me by. My main concern is the dive site. Which companies take you to the good sites? I know the day trip sites wont be as good, so Im willing to travel to Port Douglas just to get that little bit further north. Also, a good stable boat is a concern (re: seasickness) but its really the dive sites themselves that i want to know about.

Aussie
11-15-2007, 04:20
Can anyone recommend any good daytrips out of Port Douglas or Cairns?
I know liveaboards are the way to go, but there are a range of reasons why we cant go on them... seasickness/want to do other things than dive everyday etc etc..
So which ones have you been to and what were the dive sites like? Good service is always nice, although I am usually content with anything that gets me by. My main concern is the dive site. Which companies take you to the good sites? I know the day trip sites wont be as good, so Im willing to travel to Port Douglas just to get that little bit further north. Also, a good stable boat is a concern (re: seasickness) but its really the dive sites themselves that i want to know about.

Have a look at Snorkelling, Diving - Great Barrier Reef - Port Douglas Australia - Poseidon Cruises - PADI Diving (http://www.poseidon-cruises.com.au/)

I havnt dived with them personally as I do liveaboards but have heard good reports.

Aussie

JIRAF20
11-18-2007, 03:31
Hi i can highly recommend calypso out of port douglas no too big a boat three dives tea and lunch for around 250 aus

ScubaJenn81
11-18-2007, 07:54
I can recommend Ocean Spirit out of Cairns. I get sea sick too, and I was good. Crew was nice and the food was great.

cole
12-27-2007, 16:51
try the vessel Reef Magic or

SPIRIT OF FREEDOM

out of Cairns --------- many other tourist trap boats with inexperienced divers and staff

gbrdiver
02-07-2008, 05:51
Its great that there are a few recommendations from visitors from outside Cairns/Australia...I live here and I wish I could make an honest recommendation. Over the years I've been out with all the operators here...some are good, some not quite so. A lot depends with the crew on the day and the weather and conditions of the day.

Malbec
02-08-2008, 16:14
Is the Quicksilver still in service? I think it was from Cairns but it's been a few years ago. Had a really nice time on that vessel!

gbrdiver
02-16-2008, 22:24
Quicksilver group is the largest operator in Cairns...that is since they bought out ProDive Cairns, Great Adventures and a few other reef adventure operations. You can only guess which direction prices have gone with the reduced competition.

Texas Girl
02-17-2008, 08:26
Years ago we used Poseidon out of Port Douglas. Our son was about 8 at the time, and they were one of the few that would let us dive and watch him. Although the boat was big and had experienced divers, new divers, and snorkelers on it, they did a good job of keeping the groups separated. On the second day of diving they let my husband and me go off on our own because we were repeating a dive site. On several dives our son would end up snorkeling over us. I would use this operation again.

Reg
02-18-2008, 04:54
I've heard Mike Ball is good, but i haven't tried them personally.

Liveaboard scuba diving Australia, the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns (http://www.mikeball.com/)

Aussie
02-24-2008, 05:56
There is a big difference between the Day boats and Liveaboards. There is also a big difference between the different types of Liveaboards that work out on the GBR and Coral Sea runs.

Alot of time it comes down to you get what you pay for. Sometimes if your flexiable you can get great standby rates on the more expensive boats.

I have been on the Spirit of Freedom 4 times and going back this April for 7 days. I have been on others but prefer this boats layout and customer service. Made many good friends along the way also.

If your travelling all the way from the states to go diving on the GBR you will be doing yourself an injustice if you choose day boats to gain your experience on the GBR.

Aussie

Nancy Lynn
03-08-2008, 22:03
Quicksilver group is the largest operator in Cairns...that is since they bought out ProDive Cairns, Great Adventures and a few other reef adventure operations. You can only guess which direction prices have gone with the reduced competition.

:( I completed my OW certification with ProDive Cairns n a liveaboard. Sorry to hear they have been gobbled up.

Aussie
03-09-2008, 05:00
I noticed that TUSA Dive have a new day boat. Its called the T5. I am going to have a look at it in a few weeks time when I go up there. It looks nice for a day boat.

Aussie

cole
03-10-2008, 19:42
In Cairns and sister of spirit of freedom?

Aussie
03-15-2008, 01:53
In Cairns and sister of spirit of freedom?

T5 and Spirit of Freedom are owned by the same company. TUSA diving which is based in Cairns. TUSA Dive - Dive Australia with Tusa Dive - Diving the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea (http://www.tusadive.com/)

I would call them sister ships as they are completely different styles of boats.

Aussie

hooligan
03-17-2008, 19:56
I just got back from a trip down to Australia. We used the Reef Encounter liveaboard. They run a daily shuttle out of Cairns to get you to the liveaboard (you can do single day diving off the shuttle boat, Compass). I was very happy with the service and the meals were excellent. The ride out to the liveaboard was a little rough because of the weather, but once on Reef Encounter, it was smooth sailing ;).

Gragon
08-27-2008, 15:50
I just returned from the GBR this week, I only had a couple days to dive as the wife was with me and diving isnt her thing so i planned on a couple day trips.
I had planned on going with TUSA since I have heard good things about them, however once I got there I eneded up going with down under dives.
A day trip with 3 guided dive with TUSA was going to run me about $240 a day, with Down under dives I did my advance open water cert so 2 days and 6 dives for $360.
The boat wasnt extremly fancy but I didnt see anything "wrong" with it and the dive rew seemed pretty good.
I will admit it wasn't much in the way of a "course" but wtf I got my AOW so I can do the Yongola next time Im in the area.

Aussheplady
10-06-2008, 15:22
I just returned from the GBR this week, I only had a couple days to dive as the wife was with me and diving isnt her thing so i planned on a couple day trips.
I had planned on going with TUSA since I have heard good things about them, however once I got there I eneded up going with down under dives.
A day trip with 3 guided dive with TUSA was going to run me about $240 a day, with Down under dives I did my advance open water cert so 2 days and 6 dives for $360.
The boat wasnt extremly fancy but I didnt see anything "wrong" with it and the dive rew seemed pretty good.
I will admit it wasn't much in the way of a "course" but wtf I got my AOW so I can do the Yongola next time Im in the area.

My husband and I went with Down Under Dive when we were there 3 years ago and LOVED it. The people were great, the water was great, couldn't have asked for more. (other than maybe a good enough reg that I wouldn't have felt the need to quit the training halfway through the second pool day, but I recently tried again (after buying my own reg before class) and got cert. The hubby did his OW and AOW with them during the 3 days we were on the liveaboard. (classroom stuff done before and after on shore) Wish we could afford to go back, we would surely book with them again.