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SeaQuest with Deep Sea Divers Den
Posted on April 21, 2010 by Christina
Deep Sea Divers Den is the perfect choice for guests traveling with people of a different skill level. A mixed group of snorkellers, first time divers, and certified divers will find an activity to suit each of them while spending the day aboard SeaQuest with Deep Sea Divers Den!
The day starts with an 8:00am check in onboard the SeaQuest down at Marlin Marina B finger in Cairns. After filling out the appropriate paperwork for our days activities, we were given our snorkel equipment and wet suits and settled in with a cup of tea for the safety briefing. The boat departed the marina at 9:00am bound for Norman Reef!
The journey to The Great Barrier Reef took approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes getting us to Norman Reef at 10:30am. We were given a short snorkel brief and then we were in the water, right off the back of the boat. One of the best things about going snorkelling or diving straight off a boat as opposed to a pontoon is the freedom in the water. There are no roped off areas that you must remain in and the feeling of being free to explore the beautiful Great Barrier Reef without restriction is fantastic. We had approximately one and a half hours to snorkel and the reef was stunning! Every time something caught your eye, another area of reef demanded your attention. The best part about Norman Reef is that is had the combination of huge coral bommies as well as large areas of coral in shallower water so we were able to get incredibly close to the coral without damaging it. The marine life was plentiful too with loads of parrot fish, angel fish and giant maori wrasse!
Lunch was served at approximately 12:30pm and it consisted of fresh salads, cold meats, rolls, soup, and fresh fruit. While we were eating lunch, the boat moved to our second location of the day which was just a short five minute trip to a different area of reef called Tropos Reef. Even though it was only a short distance away from the first location, the reef was completely different! There were all sorts of crevices and alleyways to explore where plenty of fish like to hide in between all the coral formations. We had about an hour to explore and snorkel before climbing back onto the boat and departing for Cairns. We made a brief stop to drop off some guests at SeaQuests sister over night boat, OceanQuest which is a liveaboard vessel. Then it was back into Cairns after a fabulous day in the water!
SeaQuest is a great day for those looking to see some beautiful areas of the Great Barrier Reef at a great price!
By: Andrea Teed, TTS Tour Consultant
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