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Poseidon Snorkel and Dive

Full Day | Operates: Daily | Departs: 8.30am Returns: 4.30pm | Transfers available: Yes

Poseidon offers daily Port Douglas snorkel and dive tours, visiting the Great Barrier Reef’s Agincourt Ribbon Reefs. The comfortable 24m catamaran visits three (3) different reef sites throughout the day, providing guests with just over four (4) hours to explore the reef. The Agincourt Ribbon Reefs are located in open water on the edge of the Continental Shelf, as such, this tour is recommended for confident swimmers (snorkellers) and certified divers. Please note: all dives on this boat are guided and divers will appreciate the large tanks, providing maximum bottom time for air-hungry divers.

Poseidon is operated by the Quicksilver Group. Travel time to the reef is approximately 90-minutes. All briefings are provided on the way to the reef. The two-level catamaran has air-conditioned interior seating and lots of outdoor space, offering covered seating to enjoy the views or sundeck seating. It’s a non-smoking boat and for your comfort, there are two toilets and a freshwater shower on board. Snorkelers have comfortable water-entry from the submerged steps at the back of the boat. Certified divers will either have a tender drop-off (pending site and availability) or giant stride entry off the side of the boat.

Included in the Poseidon day tour is: morning and afternoon tea, cold buffet lunch (including prawns), a guided marine biologist snorkel tour and reef interpretation presentation, snorkelling equipment (mask, snorkel, fins and flotation devices if required), lycra suits and courtesy transfers within the Port Douglas area. Transfers are available from Cairns: these are charged in addition to the tour price.

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Rate Option # Dives Price Taxes Total
Snorkelling (Adult) Snorkeling - $247.50 $6.50 $254.00
Snorkelling (Child) Snorkeling - $175.50 $6.50 $182.00
Certified Diving (1 Dive) Certified Diving 1 $302.50 $6.50 $309.00
Certified Diving (2 Dives) Certified Diving 2 $327.50 $6.50 $334.00
Certified Diving (3 Dives) Certified Diving 3 $347.50 $6.50 $354.00
Introductory Diving (1 Dive) Introductory Diving 1 $318.50 $6.50 $325.00
Introductory Diving (2 Dive) Introductory Diving 2 $385.50 $6.50 $392.00

Remember, to try any form of Scuba Diving you must be medically fit with no asthma and not be taking any prescription medication. PADI recommends allowing up to 24 hours after diving before flying in an aeroplane.

Inclusions: Cold buffet lunch, morning & afternoon tea, coffee & snacks, snorkelling equipment incl mask, snorkel and fins, 1 x marine biologist guided snorkel tour, lycra suits & floatation devices, reef interpretation presentation and transfers from within Port Douglas.

Extras (Pay Later): An additional $6.50 per person is payable on board on the day of travel. This is comprised of $3.50 environmental management charge and $3.00 administration.

Additional Extras: Coach transfers from Cairns are $33.00 per Adult and $29.00 per Child.

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

Check-in for Poseidon is at the boat, moored in Port Douglas’ Marina Mirage, from 8.10am. Departure is scheduled for 8.30am and complimentary tea, coffee, muffins and fruit are served on boarding. Welcome, trip, equipment, activity and safety briefings are all provided during the 90-minute transfer out to your first reef destination at the Agincourt Ribbon Reefs.

Poseidon visits three (3) different reef sites during your day tour, giving you just over one (1) hour at each site. The informative reef presentation is provided around mid-morning, while the boat moves to its second site for the day and the cold buffet lunch is served from 12.15pm – 1pm. After lunch the boat moves to its third and final reef site for the day. Thorough headcounts are conducted by the crew before each move. Poseidon packs-up around 2.45pm, getting back into Port Douglas between 4.15-4.30pm.

Poseidon offers certified diving and introductory diving. Certified Divers can choose to do 1, 2 or 3 dives, with one dive being offered at each of the reef sites throughout the day. All diving is guided by the professional dive crew and diving equipment is included in the dive tour price. Packages are available for those with and without their own equipment. Poseidon’s dive tanks are large, offering maximum bottom time. Please note: All divers will be required to complete a medical questionnaire on board, prior to diving.

CERTIFIED DIVING: Certified divers will appreciate the spacious dive deck and large tanks onboard Poseidon. All certified diving is guided and there is one (1) dive offered at each of the three (3) reef sites. Please note: Private dive guides can be arranged/booked at extra cost. The Agincourt Ribbon Reefs offer excellent diving conditions and the best sites will be chosen on the day to maximize your experience. You may do tender drop-offs or giant stride water entry. Dive sites offer wall dives, swim-throughs, caves, bommies and more. You will be required to show your Divers License and complete Dive Medical paperwork on board, prior to diving. Equipment and dive site briefings are all provided onboard the boat.

INTRODUCTORY DIVING: Passengers can try first-time introductory diving, no experience necessary. Passengers can book up to two (2) Introductory dives. A first-time introductory dive usually takes around 45 minutes out of your day. You will spend 10-minutes watching a short video presentation followed by dive gear briefing and all the things you need to know to try a first-time scuba dive. You will then enter the water with a professional dive instructor and spend the next 30 minutes or more diving underwater on the Great Barrier Reef.

Please note everyone needs to be medically fit with no asthma and not be taking any prescription medication to try scuba diving. PADI recommends allowing up to 24 hours after diving before flying in an aeroplane.

Poseidon includes a guided marine biologist snorkel tour in their tour price. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Great Barrier Reef and the creatures you are seeing, while you are in the water. There is also a dedicated snorkel crew, who will provide equipment and reef site briefings and assist you throughout the day with any difficulties you may experience. Floatation devices are also provided if required.

The Agincourt Ribbon Reefs are located on the edge of the Continental Shelf, so although the waters are somewhat protected by the reefs themselves, this is a trip recommended for confident swimmers as there may be some current, pending conditions. All snorkelling equipment (mask, snorkel, fins) is included in the tour price, as is a lycra suit (excellent for sun protection). The Ribbon Reefs rise from the ocean floor to plateau just metres beneath the surface (pending tide and time of day), offering excellent conditions for snorkelers to safely get close to the corals and fish.

POSEIDON PORT DOUGLAS DIVE REVIEW - Reviewed by Richard on the Tuesday 12th of November 2013

Poseidon offers a tidy day tour operation from Port Douglas to the Agincourt Ribbon Reefs, on the Great Barrier Reef. The three (3) reef sites offer a variety of things to see and do and this trip would suit confident swimmers / snorkelers and certified divers, who will certainly appreciate the spacious dive deck and large tanks. If you choose to do the three (3) dives then there isn’t much time for snorkeling, or relaxing with any non-diving companions, so a good idea to take this trip if everyone in your party is a diver (or all non-divers). The crew is professional and friendly and the boat comfortable. ... read full review

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