Barrier Reef Tour Port Douglas - QS - Outer Barrier Reef Cruise
Barrier Reef Tour Port Douglas - QS - Outer Barrier Reef Cruise
Looking for an Outer Barrier Reef cruise from Port Douglas Australia then MV - QS would be the choice for a Great Barrier Reef tour with a company that is the most awarded reef cruise company in Australia for quality of crew, vessels, customer service and very high marine safety standards. MV - QS Cruises also has the added bonus of traveling out to one of the most spectacular Outer Barrier Reef pontoon sites on the Agincourt Ribbon Reefs from Port Douglas Queensland Australia. This reef trip is the perfect choice for those that suffer seasickness and those that wish to see and do as much as possible on the Great Barrier Reef in one day. Fly out or back in a helicopter to see the reef from above and then dive down below to see it up close. This is one Port Douglas reef tour you will remember for a lifetime.
Barrier Reef Tour Port Douglas - QS - Outer Barrier Reef Cruise
Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling Destination
Now for a bit of information on the Port Douglas Outer Barrier Reef location where MV QS Cruises travels to for your day of snorkeling and scuba diving adventure. Agincourt Ribbon Reef is situated on the very edge of Australia’s Continental Shelf. This area is 39 nautical miles (72 kilometres) from Port Douglas and is situated opposite the World Heritage Daintree, Cape Tribulation Rainforest and this of course means you will have pristine water clarity and visibility all year round. As MV-QS cruises was the first company to visit the reef daily they have chosen two of the best locations for the placement of their Outer Barrier Reef snorkeling platforms and to this day MV-QS Cruises are still the only platform on the very outside edge of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
From the moment MV-QS’s luxury air conditioned silver coach arrives to pick you up from your Cairns or Port Douglas holiday apartment hotel or resort accommodation its time to sit back, relax and enjoy the drive watching the beautiful scenery go by. If you are lucky enough to be holidaying in Cairns or the Northern Beaches you are in for a spectacular trip along some of the most beautiful coastal scenery in the whole of Australia. The road to Port Douglas is one of the most highly photographed journeys in Australia so make sure your camera is on hand.
The Boat Ride To The Outer Barrier Reef
Getting out to the reef on MV-QS is almost as exciting as actually being on the reef. The MV-QS cruises vessel is what we call a Wave piercer and with the torpedo shaped multi hull this vessel actually does pierce the waves giving a smooth floating like feeling on your journey out to the Great Barrier Reef. MV-QS Cruises is also very conscious of the environment and recently the flagship vessel underwent a complete refit on the engines which cost around $3 million. This enabled carbon emissions to be reduced by about 20%. Now that’s money well spent to ensure our future generations can also enjoy our beautiful rainforests and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
Things To Take Note Of
For self drivers check in for the boat at the MV-QS Cruises Marina Mirage Port Douglas office is at 9.15 am and once on board complimentary tea and coffee is served with some biscuits. With seating it is up to you whether you want to sit outside and enjoy the wind blowing through your hair or inside in the saloon with club style seating air conditioned comfort. Please beware if you do sit outside hold onto your hat and also do not forget the sunscreen and lip balm. MV-QS’s cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef takes approximately 90 minutes which you will find is a smooth and fast journey. So sit back relax and enjoy the Marine Biologists Great Barrier Reef presentation which is shown on the monitors 30 minutes after departure. If you have never snorkeled before and feeling a bit nervous there is also a snorkeling demonstration following this presentation to show you how easy it is. We have a saying that if you can breathe you can snorkel. For those who have pre booked Scuba diving, Snorkeling Adventure Tours or Ocean Walker you will need to listen out for your briefing as these are done on the
Boat way out to the reef as well. When booking on line see the great optional extras you can do to make your day even more special.
Agincourt Ribbon Reef Port Douglas Activities
Upon arrival to the MV - QS Outer Barrier Reef pontoon it is a big decision what to do first. Our suggestion is to do a semi submersible tour first and then have a look at the underwater observatory on the platform and get these activities completed while you are still dry and it also means once you get in the water you don’t have to get out again. These two under water activities are included in your MV-QS Cruises ticket price. They are also a great option for people who still want to see the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet.
- Semi Submersible Submarine
The Semi Submersible submarine experience is a fantastic experience that takes 25 minutes and includes an informative commentary on the reef and the marine life inhabitants on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. MV-QS’s Semi Submersible tours depart every fifteen minutes from the pontoons rear platform. As it name describes you walk down stairs to the seating in the base of the semi submersible floating submarine which has Perspex windows for you to witness all of the marine life that swim by, the beautiful corals along with the underwater activities such as the divers floating around on the bottom of the ocean.
From here you will see turtles, fish, divers, snorkelers and an amazing array of Coral outcrops, bommies and the marine life that inhabit the differing coral structures. The driver controlling the semi-submersible submarine is up top and fresh air flows thru the semi submersible submarine. You may join this tour as many times as you like during the day which is a great way for the non swimmers to see the Great Barrier Reef.
- MV-QS Cruises Underwater Observatory
MV - QS cruises underwater observatory is located in front of the platform and this is a great place to check out the “first time” scuba divers trying out the introductory scuba diving classes. It’s even better if you know some of the guests doing the introductory scuba diving classes as you can take photographs for them. And don’t forget that not only the scuba divers and snorkelers can be viewed from here an abundance of tropical species of fish can also be viewed from the observatory and again this is a great place for the non swimmers to regularly visit during the day to watch all of the Agincourt Ribbon Reef pontoon underwater activities.
Snorkeling The Great Barrier Reef
All snorkeling equipment is provided on the platform from various different sanitization storage containers and the MV-QS crew will look after and assist you in choosing the right gear for you. It is super easy to get in the water from the submerged platform. MV - QS crew are always there to offer you assistance with snorkelling equipment and provide you with a few tips for snorkelling.
You will find it very easy to snorkel of course and if you or your children are having a bit of trouble keeping afloat or are a bit nervous then there are various flotation aids available for adults or children from the Quicksilver crew. You will also find long lines of rope or guidelines and floating rest stations which are great to take a break if you are starting to feel a little fatigued. Don’t forget when you are out in the water to watch the mad feeding frenzy of the fish feeding it’s amazing how crazy the fish go for some food.
MV-QS Cruises Caters For The Disabled
MV-QS Cruises also caters for guests who may be disabled or in a wheelchair by the installation of a hydraulic powered lift on the back of the pontoon that gently lifts the guest down into the water.
This allows the guest to swim directly off the hydraulic lift chair to snorkel and explore the Great Barrier Reef at your own pace. The necessary floatation equipment is provided giving disabled guests the same opportunity to experience the azure waters of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in comfort and safety.
Catering on the Great Barrier Reef
Morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch are served on the Outer Barrier Reef pontoon during the day. Lunch is a superb hot and cold tropical buffet, which includes fresh prawns, pasta, meats salads and fruits. There is also a full bar facility where drinks can be purchased during the day.
Optional Extra Activities
There a number of different optional extras that MV - QS cruises offers and it is strongly recommended that they are booked at the time you book your Great Barrier Reef tour to avoid disappointment.
- Introductory Scuba Diving – something you have to try at least once in your life and there is no better place than Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. No experience is necessary the only requirement is that you are over 12 years of age and pass the on board medical questionnaire. MV - QS conduct a scuba dive briefing which takes about 30 minutes and this is conducted on the way out to the reef. All equipment is provided including wetsuits, and prescriptions masks if required. All dive instructors are PADI qualified and there are even multi –lingual scuba diving instructors available on request.
- Certified Scuba Diving – We are sure if you are a certified scuba diver that you could not go past diving on this most pristine part of the Great Barrier Reef where both the marine life and visibility is excellent. Certified scuba divers can partake in up to 2 dives.
- Ocean Walker – Helmet Diving – This is a fun way to see the reef up close. Breathing is just like normal as fresh air is delivered to your helmet as you walk on an underwater platform which sits seven meters underwater. Ocean walker or Helmet Diving is suitable also for non swimmers and anyone over the age of 12 years and don’t fear you can even wear your glasses on this activity.
- Guided Snorkeling Adventures - There are two types of snorkeling adventures to experience one being for those with little snorkeling experience and the other for the advanced snorkeler these trips are all guided by an experienced Marine Biologist who can show you and explain some fantastic areas of the Great Barrier Reef and its inhabitants.
- Scenic Helicopter Flights – There is no more awe inspiring way to see the reef than by helicopter. You will obtain a different perspective of the reef and be given an insight into the sheer size of the Great Barrier Reef. We highly recommend to stretch that budget just a little more for a 10 minute Scenic flight that is so amazing as it takes you up over the coral reefs systems you have actually snorkeled and the surrounding reefs. We have personally done this trip a couple of times and even in this short duration the amount of marine life sighted from the Helicopter is amazing, turtles, manta rays, white tipped reef sharks and lot’s more
If you want to experience a bit more then of course there is the ultimate way to get the reef and that is by Helicopter. Flying out to the reef pontoon and then cruising back with MV-QS to Port Douglas. This can be done in reverse order of course. This is an exciting adventure to either start or finish the day and of course there is also the option to fly in both directions. Imagine the photography you will have to show your friends.
Return Time To Port Douglas
MV-QS cruises arrive back to the Port Douglas Marina Mirage at 4.30pm where once again if you have transfers your coach will be awaiting to take you back to your holiday hotel accommodation in style.
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Included in Price
Return Wave piercer cruise from Port Douglas to our exclusive activity platform on Agincourt reef.
Morning & Afternoon Teas on Board
3.5 Hours at Agincourt reef activity platform
Reef presentation by Marine Biologist
Hot & Cold tropical smorgasbord lunch with seafood
All snorkeling equipment & instructions provided
Buoyancy vests & flotation noodles
Qualified Lifeguard on hand
Underwater observatory fish & coral viewing
Semi Submersible Tours - Cruise as often as you like!
Fish feeding conducted by our crew
For Bookings Call Now!
1300 761 612
Ocean Walker Helmet Diving
Guided Snorkelling Adventures
Cerified and Introductory Scuba Diving
10:00 - 16:30
Days of Operation
7 Days a week
Departs FromMarina Mirage Port Douglas
Boarding from 09:30 at the Quicksilver Office Marina Mirage
- Cairns Beaches
- Port Douglas
- Palm Cove
Pickup InstructionsPlease be waiting 5 Minutes prior to pick up time
What To Bring
Swimming Costume & towel
Hat, Sunscreen & Shirt of Sun Protection
Cash for Drinks at the Bar
Credit Cards for Shopping
Fitness Level RequiredLow
Children under 4 years travel FREE
Family : Maximum 2 Adults & 2 Children ages 4-14 years. Normal Fare applies for additional children. Not applicable to any other discount.
Scuba Diving/Ocean Walker - must 12 years old and pass dive medical questionaire
Certified Scuba Divers must present dive card on day of travel
Agincourt Ribbon Reef
A bigger vessel but still the perfect option for the whole family. Big spacious pontoon and a great option for those that suffer sea sickness. The wave piercers really do work to give guests a smooth ride over rough oceans.
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2016 - 20171 Apr 16 - 31 Mar 17
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Optional Extras for 2016 - 2017
The following optional extras can be purchased at time of booking.
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|Quicksilver Certified Scuba Diving - 2 Dives||
|Quicksilver Guided Snorkelling Adventure - Advanced||
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Information for Disabled Travellers
Quicksilver Great Barrier Reef Cruises Disability Summary
Location: Meridian Marina, Port Douglas
Wheelchair accessibility: Good
Quicksilver VIII & Agincourt Platform III (other vessels and pontoons may be used for operational purposes, confirmation 24 hours ahead required)
- Oversized toilet cubicle located on the lower back deck (endorsed crew only to restrict access)
- Port Douglas wharf and Quicksilver pontoon have wheelchair accessible boarding ramps.
- Chair lift available at pontoon to lower passenger into water snorkelling/swimming.
- Glass Bottom Boat - negotiate 3 steps onto vessel.
- Semi-submersible – negotiate 8 steep steps.
- Snorkel Platform – see above, buoyancy jackets available.
- Underwater Observatory – negotiate 21 steps.
- Only available for passengers who are able to negotiate 3 stairs and has collapsible wheelchair. The first step is approx. 300mm high.
- Wheelchair taxis are available for pre booking.
Hearing Impaired Information
- Written information available
Visually Impaired Information
- Announcements and commentary provided throughout the day.
- 50% discount for carer travelling, presentation of companion card required.
Caters for Visually Impaired
Yes - see information
Caters for Hearing Impaired
Yes - see information
12 March 2016
Great tour. Too bad we had heavy rains but didn't stop us from enjoying and snorkelling. Not enough shrimp on lunch for everyone. Some people took large amounts before everyone ate and they ran out. Shouldn't advertise them if you are going to run out.
Barrier Reef Tour Port Douglas - QS - Outer Barrier Reef Cruise Guest Review
Response from The Tour Specialists
Thanks for your feedback Richard, sorry about the prawns - it must have been a hungry crowd at he Outer Reef that day as the buffet on board Quicksilver is certainly large! We are pleased you enjoyed your time on the Reef and made the most of the snorkeling. The Tour Specialists look forward to welcoming you back again to enjoy all the Far North Queensland has to show!
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