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M.V. Reef Kist – Cairns Dive Centre (Island Diver)

Full Day | Operates: Daily | Departs: 9.30am | Transfers available: No,

Cairns Dive Centre offers budget snorkeling, introductory and certified diving (for more information on these activities, please see below tabs) day tours to the Great Barrier Reef, aboard their M.V. Reef-Kist catamaran called Island Diver. This day tour includes one stop at the dive mooring “Fish Bowl” at Briggs Reef. The afternoon is spent at another nearby location Sudbury Cay. Passengers can swim from the boat over to Sudbury Cay and relax on the sandy island. This trip is recommended for those wanting a value for money day tour to the Great Barrier Reef.

The 17.5m M.V. Reef-Kist catamaran is licensed to carry up to 75 passengers, with daily guest numbers limited to 45 people. It is a twin hull catamaran with a top speed is 18 knots. You will visit two different reef sites during your day tour, enjoying up to four hours on the reef.

Cairns Dive Centre has been providing Cairns Great Barrier Reef day tours for over 30 years and is licensed to visit seven different reefs including Milln, Moore, Briggs, Thetford, Sudbury, Channel or Elford. They will choose the best reefs and sites on the day, to maximise your experience, pending weather and conditions.

Water entry is easy, via the submerged steps at the back of the boat: equipment and safety briefings are provided during the trip to the reef. Complimentary tea and coffee is served on arrival and passengers can relax in the air-conditioned interior or on the exterior sun decks. A hearty buffet lunch is served between 12-1 pm and includes a selection of hot and cold dishes and salads.

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Rate Option # Dives Price Taxes Total Deposit
Snorkelling (Adult) Snorkeling - $165.00 $20.00 $185.00 $33.00
Snorkelling (Adult) + Introductory Diving (1 Dive) Introductory Diving 1 $225.00 $20.00 $245.00 $45.00
Snorkelling (Adult) + Cert Diving (1 Dives) Certified Diving 1 $225.00 $20.00 $245.00 $45.00

Please Note: To try any form of Scuba Diving you must be medically fit with no asthma and not be taking any prescription medication. Also, PADI recommends you must allow 24 hours after diving before flying in an airplane.

Inclusions: Welcome tea/coffee on boarding, Wetsuits and safety vests if required, Marine Diving/Snorkelling brief, 4.5 hours on the Outer Great Barrier Reef, State of the art snorkel gear, Delicious tropical buffet lunch – Vegetarian meal available, Afternoon tea.

Extras (Pay Later): $20 per person levy (Fuel, EMC, Port & Admin fees) is payable on the day of travel. For the certified Divers you can get a dive guide for $15 per person per dive.

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

Check-in and boarding for the Cairns Dive Centre day tour on M.V. Reef-Kist (Island Diver) starts at 9:00 am on the boat, which is moored on E-Finger at Cairns’ Marlin Marina (adjacent to the Pier Shopping Centre and Salt House restaurant). Welcome tea and coffee is served on board the vessel, with departure from Cairns at 9:30 am. (Island Diver then goes direct to Briggs Reef.)

As day tour guests, your first chance to get in the water for snorkelling and diving is at around 11:00 am. A hot and cold buffet lunch is served from 12 pm to 1 pm and while you eat, M.V. Reef-Kist moves to its second reef location for the day. There are two hours to enjoy the afternoon’s in-water activities before M.V. Reef-Kist (Island Diver) returns to Cairns around 4:50/5:15  pm.

Choose between one (1) or two (2) scuba dives on the Cairns Dive Centre Great Barrier Reef day tour. Both certified and introductory diving (no experience necessary) is available, with all equipment and instruction included in the dive tour price. Certified divers can choose guided or unguided dives.

INTRODUCTORY DIVES: Cairns Dive Centre’s professional dive crew/instructors offer introductory dive sessions during day tour trips. No experience is necessary and all equipment and tuition are provided on board the boat, during your trip to the reef. Chance to dive at two different reef locations. Remember everyone needs to be medically fit with no asthma and not be taking any prescription medication to try diving. PADI also recommends allowing up to 24 hours after diving before flying.

CERTIFIED DIVING: Certified divers can choose one (1) or two (2) dives at two different reef sites. Cairns Dive Centre offers guided (extra cost) and unguided diving (no solo diving). Unguided divers can go with their own buddy, or be paired up with someone else on board. All divers receive equipment and dive site briefings: which is included in the dive tour price. Guided dives are charged at $15 per person, per dive, in addition to the dive tour price. Maximum dive time is one hour with a maximum depth of 18m. Divers are given the choice between lycra and wet suits and water entry is via the submerged steps at the back of the boat. You will be required to show you dive license and preferably your log book.

Island Diver visits an open water reef site, meaning open ocean and Sudbury Cay, a pristine, sand cay, where your group will be the only ones on the sandy island. Flotation/buoyancy devices are available if needed. This day tour is recommended to people who are comfortable swimming in the open ocean. All equipment is included in the ticket price and tuition is provided on board, for those new to snorkeling. Access to the water is via submerged stairs at the back of the boat.

CAIRNS DIVE CENTRE – MV REEFKIST REVIEW - Reviewed by Julie on the Wednesday 18th of April 2012

Dive time! 1st dive at Moore Reef

Cairns Dive Centre offers the cheapest Cairns Great Barrier Reef dive and snorkel trips. These are great value for money day tours, offering up to four hours at the reef, exploring two different reef sites. The boat is comfortable for day visitors and the trip is great for budget travellers. Cairns Dive Centre is an experienced Cairns dive operator and introductory dives are available on board.... read full review

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