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May 15

Poseidon – Port Douglas

Posted on May 15, 2010 by

Last Friday I was lucky to experience an Outer Barrier Reef trip with an amazing operator called Poseidon.

Poseidon is owned locally and has been operating out of Port Douglas for the last 25 years now and offers a 5 star cruise to the famous Agincourt Ribbons Reefs, right on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef.

The boat departs daily at 8.30am from the marina and returns at 4.30pm. It visits 3 Great Barrier Reef sites during the day and has access to 45 fantastic locations at 16 different reefs!  Poseidon caters for snorkellers, introductory and certified divers (Up to 3 dives).

It is an ultra modern 24 meter, high speed luxury catamaran, with a top speed of 30 knots.

My pick up in Cairns was 6.50am. I enjoyed an hour scenic drive along the coast to Port Douglas with amazing beaches along the way. I took my favorite dive partner with me. Once we arrived at the Port Douglas marina, Blythe and I made our way directly to the boat.

Once on the boat Blythe signed up for 3 dives and I decided to do only 2 dives. During our trip to the Outer Great Barrier Reef, our dive instructor gave us a briefing for the day and a very professional talk about dive safety and procedures.

Our first location was Turtle Bay and this site was amazing. I was surprised to get a good visibility knowing that it has been blowing 30 knots for the last week! I even spotted a reef tip shark as well as isolated pinnacles surrounded by pelagic fish, and coral gardens with their endless variety of colourful wrasses, cods, parrot fish, clown fish, angel fish, clams and anemones.

Our second location was Advanced Bommie with again lots of marine life. I just went snorkelling there. Lunch was also served on the 2nd location it consists of a buffet lunch with salads and cold meats as well as bread and fruits. Lunch was delicious.

Our 3rd and last location for the day was Castle Rock.  Blythe and I jumped in the water for our last dive of the day. I spotted another reef tip shark, 2 turtles and 4 sting rays. This dive site was very unique and received its name from the unusual coral formation that resembles a castle and has a massive bommie of coral at the top! No doubt that the Agincourt Ribbons Reefs are one of the BEST reefs on the Great Barrier Reef. All 3 locations we visited today were amazing – You can not get it wrong by visiting the Ribbons Reefs!

Poseidon has been awarded one of the few permits to swim with the Dwarf Minke Whales.  These friendly mammals are regularly encountered from May to September; while their larger cousins, the Humpback Whales, appear from July to September, and are increasing in numbers, allowing passengers to deliberately swim with these curious and friendly whales.  A WORLD’S FIRST, this interaction relies upon Poseidon following very strict guidelines to avoid disturbing these beautiful animals.

Swimmers in groups of ten are sent out along a floating line once whales have been seen near the boat. And no weight belts, scuba gear or flash photography is permitted. By following this passive approach, invariably the whales swim close to the swimmers to satisfy their own curiosity, often staying close by for over an hour until the boat finally has to move on to the next site.

Of course whale watching is not guaranteed on your day of travel but if you’re looking for a unique experience, Poseidon is the boat to choose!

By: Florence, Tour Consultant at The Hilton Cairns Tour Specialists

For more about this tour please visit The Tour Specialists.

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