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Silverswift Dive & Snorkel

Full Day | Operates: Daily | Departs: 8.30am | Transfers available: Yes, extra

Silverswift dive & snorkel, are part of the Quicksilver group of companies, Silverswift is the only Cairns reef day trip operator to visit three different reef sites during the one day. This day tour is suitable for adventure snorkelers and certified scuba divers, with information on each of these activities provided in the tabs below. The reef sites vary and will be chosen to maximise your experience on the day. Reefs visited may include: Milln, Pellowe, Flynn and Thetford. The very modern, high-speed catamaran travels at a top speed of 32 knots (travel time is between 60-70 minutes each way), providing guests with up to five hours to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef.

The 29m catamaran features ride control, ensuring a comfortable journey regardless of conditions, (hot) freshwater showers, interior air-conditioning and exterior sun decks, free Wi-Fi on board too. Access to the water is provided by a large submerged platform at the rear of the boat, that is raised when the vessel is travelling. All equipment and instruction is provided prior to entering the water. An amazing smorgasbord lunch is available from 12.30pm and includes king prawns, fish, hot curries, garden and pasta salads and tropical fruits. Soups are added to the menu in winter, to warm you up.

Included in your Silverswift day tour is an informative coral and marine life briefing by a trained marine biologist and a 30-40 minute guided snorkel tour. This really brings the reef to life for you, providing understanding of this amazing underwater paradise. Silverswift is licensed to carry 140 passengers but limits day tour numbers to just 80 guests.

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Rate Option # Dives Price Taxes Total
Snorkelling (Adult) Snorkeling - $216.00 $6.50 $222.50
Snorkelling (Child) Snorkeling - $162.00 $6.50 $168.50
Snorkel + Cert Diving (1 Dive) Certified Diving 1 $273.00 $6.50 $279.50
Snorkel + Cert Diving (2 Dives) Certified Diving 2 $293.00 $6.50 $299.50
Snorkel + Cert Diving (3 Dives) Certified Diving 3 $308.00 $6.50 $314.50
Snorkel + Introductory Diving (1 Dive) Introductory Diving 1 $293.00 $6.50 $299.50
Snorkel + Introductory Diving (2 Dives) Introductory Diving 2 $360.00 $6.50 $366.50

Please Note: Silverswift will be out of the water on annual re-fit boat maintenance from –  22nd August – 10th September 2017.

Inclusions: Return cruise from Cairns, Morning & afternoon teas, Tropical smorgasbord lunch, All snorkeling equipment, Snorkel tour with a Reef Guide, Prescription masks

Extras (Pay Later): The $6.50 is payable at the time of check-in ($3.50 Environment Managment Charge + $3.00 administration fee).

Return transfers from Cairns $24.00 per person & Northern Beaches $30.00 per person

Remember: To try any form of scuba diving, either certified or introductory you must be medically fit with no asthma and not taking any prescription medication.

Prices are shown in Australian dollars and include GST. Prices subject to change without notice.

Silverswift departs Cairns’ Marlin Marina at 8.30am to commence its 60/70-minute trip to the Great Barrier Reef. En route, enjoy a gourmet focaccia breakfast as detailed briefings are provided by the friendly, professional staff. You’ll arrive at your first reef destination at 9.50am and have just over an hour to explore this amazing natural paradise.

At 11.15am Silverswift heads to its second reef destination and on arrival snorkelers will be briefed on the best locations to view coral and marine life. An amazing smorgasbord lunch is available from 12.30pm and includes king prawns and fish, hot curries, garden and pasta salads and tropical fruits. Soups are added to the menu in winter, to warm you up.

Silverswift heads to its third reef location at 1.40pm, allowing you another half an hour to explore this diverse environment. Afternoon tea is served from 2.15pm and all passengers must return to the vessel by 2.45pm, for final head count and 3pm departure. Arrive back into Cairns at 4.30pm.

Silverswift offers up to three (3) scuba dives per day: all dives are guided by professional dive guides and all equipment is included in the dive price. There is the option to try an introductory dive (no previous experience necessary) or book certified scuba diving.

INTRODUCTORY DIVES: No experience necessary. This is a great opportunity for those who want to try scuba diving for the first time. All equipment and tuition is included, with training provided on the way to the Great Barrier Reef. These scuba dives are shallow and guided, giving non-divers the chance to experience the underwater world.

CERTIFIED DIVING: You will be required to show you dive license and preferably your log book. All certified diving on Silverswift is guided and you can choose between 1, 2 and 3 dives, during your five hours at the Great Barrier Reef. Certified dives will last approximately 40-minutes each, with a maximum depth of 18m. Using the standard itinerary timings, the first dive is at 10am the second at 11.45am and the final dive at 1.45pm. All equipment is included in the certified diving price: dive medical paperwork will be completed on board.

This trip is suitable for adventure snorkelers, which basically means people that are comfortable swimming and snorkelling in open water. The coral gardens rise from the ocean floor to plateau just metres under the surface (sometimes breaking the surface at low tide) which makes ideal snorkelling conditions. All equipment is included in the ticket price, as is a 30-40 minute guided snorkelling tour with a trained marine interpreter. Access to the water is from a submerged platform and prescription masks are available on request (at no additional cost). Lycra suits are available for hire on board and are recommended for sun protection.

SILVERSWIFT (QUICKSILVER) CAIRNS REVIEW - Reviewed by Julie on the Thursday 9th of August 2012

Schools of Great Barrier Reef Fish

Silverswift is a great day tour option for certified divers and snorkelers who are comfortable swimming in the open water (with no islands or pontoons close by). Licensed to visit several different reef sites and locations, the three (3) best will be chosen on the day to maximise your experience, pending weather and conditions. The boat is fast and comfortable with excellent facilities for divers and snorkelers, including large tanks, dry change rooms and hot water showers: the crew was friendly and very helpful. With a guided snorkel tour included, as well as all meals, this is a good value Cairns Great Barrier Reef trip. ... read full review


QUICKSILVER’S SILVERSWIFT – APRIL REVIEW - Reviewed by Julie on the Sunday 17th of April 2011

Swarthy Parrotfish seen while snorkelling with Silverswift

Quicksilver’s Silverswift is a fast, modern catamaran offering guests superior ride stability on their Great Barrier Reef day tour. Its spacious interior and exterior has plenty of room to relax and enjoy the day. The crew is committed to ensuring their guests are fully briefed on the day and its activities, providing care and attention on the dive deck for divers and snorkelers. Equipment is well maintained and the lunch is delicious. This trip is excellent for adventurous snorkelers and introductory and certified divers, who will enjoy the three different reef sites.... read full review



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