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Port Douglas Reef Tours | Great Barrier Reef Tours | QS

Tour Code: 26

Departing: Port Douglas

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove, Port Douglas

2nd Child Travels FREE
  • Great Barrier Reef pontoon tour from Port Douglas the only reef trip than can accommodate disabled guests-wheelchairs and non-swimmers, all activities on offer enable you to see the reef in many ways
  • This is the one and only outer Great Barrier Reef tour from Port Douglas that has a floating activity platform. The multitude of fully inclusive activities and options enable guests to see the reef in such a rich varied variety of ways.  
  • If you are prone to seasickness then this Port Douglas reef trip is the best reef tour for you. If you wish to avoid a boat trip to the pontoon, you can take a scenic helicopter flight to take you one way and or return.
  • For the ultimate outer Great Barrier Reef tour from Port Douglas book the Fly/Fly in a helicopter to the floating pontoon

Included In Price

  • Return Wave piercer cruise from Port Douglas to our exclusive activity platform on Agincourt reef.
  • 3.5 Hours at Agincourt reef activity platform
  • Morning & Afternoon Teas on board
  • Reef presentation by marine biologist
  • Hot and cold tropical buffet lunch
  • Snorkelling equipment (mask, snorkel & fins)
  • and instruction provided
  • Qualified lifeguard supervision
  • Buoyancy vests and flotation noodles
  • Lycra suits
  • Underwater observatory fish & coral viewing
  • Semi-submersible submarine coral viewing tour with
  • commentary
  • Fish feeding conducted by crew

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On our Port Douglas reef tour we also have the added bonus of traveling out to one of the most spectacular Outer Barrier Reef pontoon sites on the Agincourt Ribbon Reefs in Queensland Australia.

This Great Barrier Reef tour is also the perfect choice for non-swimmers and those that suffer seasickness and those that wish to see and do as much as possible on the Great Barrier Reef in just one day.

Fly out or back in a scenic helicopter flight to see the reef from above and then dive down below to see it up close. This is one Port Douglas Great Barrier Reef tour you will remember for a lifetime.

Port Douglas Great Barrier Reef Tours - Snorkeling - Diving - Helicopters 

Now for a bit of information on the Port Douglas Outer Great Barrier Reef location where our boat travels to our floating pontoon for your day of snorkeling and scuba diving adventures.  

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 Rainforest, and Cape Tribulation Rainforest and this of course means you will have pristine water clarity and visibility all year round. 

As this Great Barrier Reef tour 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 pontoon platforms and to this day they are still the only platform on the very outside edge of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef from Port Douglas. 

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The Boat Ride To The Great Barrier Reef

Getting out to the reef is almost as exciting as actually being on the Great Barrier Reef.  The reef trip boat 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. 

This Port Douglas reef tour company is also very conscious of the environment and 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. 

Agincourt Ribbon Reef Port Douglas Floating Pontoon Activities

Upon arrival to the Great Barrier Reef tours pontoon it is a big decision what to do first. 

Our suggestion is to do a semi submersible submarine 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 reef trip ticket price. They are also a great option for people who still want to see the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet so non-swimmers line up and book this Port Douglas reef trip.

Semi Submersible Submarine Tour

The Semi Submersible submarine  tour 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. 

The Semi Submersible Submarine 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.    

Marine Platform Underwater Observatory

Our 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 boats 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. Our 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 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.

Great Barrier Reef Tour Optional Extras

Optional Extra Great Barrier Reef Activities

There a number of different optional extras that our Port Douglas reef trip 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. 
We 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.
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 helicopter 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 by boat 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.

Meals Are Incuded on Your Great Barrier Reef Tour

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.

Coach Transfers

From the moment the 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.

Port Douglas Reef Tour Caters For Disabled Guests

The only Great Barrier Reef tour to cater for guests in wheelchairs. We cater 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.

Please note that tours are to be confirmed 24 hours prior to depature as the boats and pontoon platforms may have changed making it inoprable for disabled guests. 

Port Douglas Reef Tour - Things You Need to Know

For self drivers check in for the boat at the Port Douglas Crystalbrook Super Yacht Marina 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. The reef trip cruise time from Port Douglas to the Great Barrier Reef floating pontoon 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 or Snorkeling Adventure Tours 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.

This is the perfect Great Barrier Reef tour for non-swimmers and guests with young children from Port Douglas.

To see the Great Barrier Reef from a spectacular vantage point book a seat on our brand new 7 seat helicopter for a scenic flight out to the pontoon or a return scenic flight back to Port Douglas or book a fly/fly helicopter with transfers both ways.

Please ask our Great Barrier Reef reservations team about our disabled facilities on our floating reef pontoon.

Our tour is also the perfect option for Cruise ship passengers who are berthing in Port Douglas. 

Port Douglas Cruise Ship Passenger Tour to The Great Barrier Reef

When cruise ships call into Port Douglas the passengers love to get off the boat and enjoy some shore excursions and whilst in Port Douglas they like to see the Great Barrier Reef.

Our Quicksilver Great Barrier Reef tour is perfectly timed to accommodate these cruise ships and the facilities on our floating pontoon are also perfect for non-swimmers.  

Return Time To Port Douglas

We 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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Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Port Douglas

Departure Time
  • Cruise/Cruise: check in 9:00am - boarding 9:30am - departs Port Douglas Marina 10:00am - return to Port Douglas Marina at 4:30pm
  • Cruise/Fly: check in 9:00am - boarding 9:30am - departs Port Douglas Marina 10:00am - departs pontoon/platform 2:45pm
  • Fly/Cruise: departs Port Douglas 11:10am - departs pontoon/platform 3pm - returns to Port Douglas Marina 4:30pm
  • Fly/Fly: departs Port Douglas 11:10am - departs pontoon/platform 2:45pm
Departure Instructions

Check-in at Quicksilver’s Reservations office, Port Douglas marina for boarding passes.

Pickup Locations
  • Cairns
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Palm Cove
  • Port Douglas
  • Pick up time & location to be confirmed at time of booking
  • Please note pickups may be from centralised locations, please see below:
  • 0745hrs Hungry Jacks, Westcourt Plaza.274 Mulgrave Road Westcourt.
  • 0755hrs Bay 1, Reef Fleet Terminal. 1 Spence Street City.
  • 0805hrs Aquarius Bus Stop. 107 Esplanade City.
  • 0810hrs Dunwoodys. 317 Sheridan St. Cairns North.
  • 0830hrs Trinity Beach Bus Turn Around Cnr Trinity Beach Road and Moore Street.
  • 0840hrs Paradise on the Beach 119-121 Williams Esp. Palm Cove.
Destinations

Agincourt Ribbon Reefs

Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation

Daily

This tour operates on Christmas Day, bookings need to be made well in advance

Duration

6.5 hours (approx.)

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Introductory and Certified Scuba Diving - needs to be pre-booked
  • Marine Biologist Guided Snorkel Tours - needs to be pre-booked
  • Scenic Helicopter Flights - needs to be pre-booked
  • Return accommodation transfers - needs to be pre-booked
  • Souvenirs, photos & underwater camera
Fitness Level Required

Low, Medium, Disabled

Restrictions

Scuba Diving – minimum age 12

IN-WATER RESTRICTIONS

Scuba Diving Restrictions

  • Certain medical conditions and medications may preclude some people from scuba diving.
  • Participation is subject to a medical questionnaire completed on board with the tour operator
  • Minimum age for scuba diving is 12 years.
  • Flying after scuba diving: a wait of 12 hours is recommended after one dive, 18 hour after 2 dives and at least 24 hours after multiple dives, before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater.

Advanced Dive Medical Intro Dive Medical

Read more about Diving Safety on the Great Barrier Reef.

Scuba Diving, Scuba Doo and Helmet Diving Restrictions

  • Certain medical conditions and medications may preclude some people from scuba diving and helmet diving/scuba doo.
  • Participation is subject to medical questionnaires completed on board with the tour operator.
  • Minimum age for scuba diving and helmet diving/scuba doo is 12 years.
  • Flying after scuba diving: a wait of 12 hours is recommended after one dive, 18 hour after 2 dives and at least 24 hours after multiple dives, before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater.

Intro Dive Medical Advanced Dive Medical Seawalker Medical

Read more about Diving Safety on the Great Barrier Reef.

Additional Information
  • Scuba Diving - must 12 years old and pass dive medical questionaire
  • Certified Scuba Divers must present dive card on day of travel
Eco Certifications
Eco Advanced Tourism

Your camera, swimming costume and beach towel, hat, sunscreen and shirt for sun protection, cash for drinks at the bar, credit cards for souvenirs

Customer Reviews

Average Rating

Clarence and Marlene H

Reviewed on December 30, 2018

Everything was as expected. The staff was really friendly and helpful. The food was delicious.

Response From The Tour Specialists

Thank you for your great feedback, It's wonderful to hear you enjoyed your Great Barrier Reef tour from Port Douglas out on the pontoon! We look forward to welocoming you back to Port Douglas

Sarah F

Reviewed on July 10, 2018

My Daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed the reef tour - we went on the advanced snorkel group with marine biologist Greg - he was attentive and informative The food was really good and the day ran smoothly although it was a rough trip out - the crew were very diligent and caring with the ill The sea turtles were a highlight for my daughter - 16 yo

Response From The Tour Specialists

Sarah thank you very much for your review of the Quicksilver tour from Port Douglas out to the platform Your feedback is greatly appreciated by other guests and our team at The Tour Specialists We hope to see you back in Port Douglas soon

Sharon M

Reviewed on August 25, 2017

what an awesome experience! the helicopter flight was amazing, the only way to see the beauty of the barrier reef, the pilot was very informative all the way, the pontoon at the reef was awesome too, the staff were great, the food was great we couldn't fault anything on our day out with quick silver, highly recommend them.

reegan v

Reviewed on October 11, 2016

We changed to saturday the 8th as it was so windy. Loved our day out on the reef.very choppy but amazing. Staff were fabulous and food was great. So pleased we went

Response From The Tour Specialists

Dear Reegan, We are very pleased that you had a great day on the Great Barrier Reef. As you experienced first-hand, reef trip is worth doing even on a choppy day! Please don't hesitate to contact us next time you are visiting Cairns area and want to try some other adventures whether it will be the reef, rainforest or adventure activities!

Angela O

Reviewed on October 08, 2016

There is nothing more beautiful than this gift that God has created for us all! Your staff played a important role in this lifetime experience; the knowledge and the little things they did for me like find a giant clam! I have already sent pictures to my American friends and they are eager to come next year. Congratulations Quicksilver on a job well done! I'll be back soon

Response From The Tour Specialists

Dear Angela, We are very pleased that you appreciate this miracle of nature as much as we do. Great Barrier Reef is really something special and you will have to experience it yourself to truly appreciate it. Please let us know when you are travelling next time in Cairns and Port Douglas area, we would love to assist with your Great Barrier Reef and other amazing tours.

Tania V

Reviewed on October 08, 2016

The experience was good we all enjoyed snorkeling and the semi submersible

Response From The Tour Specialists

Thank you Tania, The quicksilver Outer Barrier Reef Cruise does offer a wide range of activities for all ages so we are delighted your family all got to experience this Natural wonder! The Agincourt Ribbon Refs do offer some of the best coral in the region and the semi-submersible is a great way to see and learn about it while staying dry

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Wheelchair Accessibility
Doorway Measurements For Wheelchair Access

All doors are wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs

Number of Steps

There are ramps from the quay and the ponton to the catamaran.~|~Wheelchair ramps are available from the catamaran to the pontoon~|~8 steps to the Semi-submersible.

Boarding Access

Ramps

Onboard Access

Ramps at all points of access

Hearing Impaired Information

Information sheets are available

Facilities

Disabled toilets* are available onboard the catamaran

*From the pontoon, toilet access is via a ramp to the toilets on the catamaran

Additional Information

Transfer from Cairns/Northern Beaches accomodation to be organised seperately (speak to your tour specialist if you have any special requirements for this transfer)
Wheelchair Accessibility

There are ramps from the quay and the ponton to the catamaran.

All doors are wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs

Number of Steps

4 steps to diving area~|~6 steps from diving area to entry water area

Boarding Access



There are ramps from the quay and the ponton to the catamaran.

Onboard Access

Wheelchair ramps are available from the quay to the catamaran

Wheelchair ramps are available from the catamaran to the pontoon

Tanks and weight belts can be put on and taken off in the water if you are unable to walk with equipment on

Ramps at all points of access – allows access to ground area and toilet facilities

Facilities

Disabled toilets are available onboard the catamaran

Additional Information

A certain level of mobility is required for this activity as there are steps to enter the diving areas that then lead with steps to the water entry area.
Wheelchair Accessibility

Catamaran - All doors are wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs.

Helicopter – wheelchair will be bought over on the boat if you fly from Port Douglas to the pontoon or vice versa.

This tour is not suitable for non-mobile passengers. There is a step into the helicopter but a certain amount of mobility is required.

Boarding Access

There are ramps from the quay and the ponton to the catamaran.

The helicopter lands and takes off from a separate landing station away fro the pontoon that is reached by small boat

A certain amount of mobility is required stepping down into and out of a small boat (onto the pontoon and helicopter platform)

A certain amount of mobility is required stepping up and down off of the helicopter

Onboard Access

In seated position for the helicopter trip

Ramps at all points of access on vessel and at quay

Facilities

Disabled toilets* are available onboard the catamaran

*From the pontoon, toilet access is via a ramp to the toilets on the catamaran

Wheelchair Accessibility
Number of Steps

16 steps to the Underwater Observatory

Boarding Access

Wheelchair ramps are available from the quay to the catamaran

Wheelchair ramps are available from the catamaran to the pontoon

Facilities

Disabled toilets* are available onboard the catamaran

*From the pontoon, toilet access is via a ramp to the toilets on the catamaran

Wheelchair Accessibility

Hydraulic chair lift is on the pontoon to allow access to the water for snorkeling

Number of Steps

Wheelchair ramps are available from the quay to the catamaran~|~Wheelchair ramps are available from the catamaran to the pontoon

Boarding Access

There are ramps from the quay and the pontoon to the catamaran.

Onboard Access

Ramps at all points of access

Facilities

Disabled toilets* are available onboard the catamaran

*From the pontoon, toilet access is via a ramp to the toilets on the catamaran

Transfers

Transfer from Cairns/Northern Beaches accomodation to be organised seperately (speak to your tour specialist if you have any special requirements for this transfer)

Pre-order Local Transport

You must arrange your own local transport in advance.

  • Child price applies to children age 4 to 14
  • Infants 3 and under free of charge
  • Family rate applies for 2 adults and 2 children age 4 to 14

All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions page here for details prior to booking.

Operator's Cancellation policy:

Cancellations received within 24 hours are subject to full cancellation.

Port Douglas Reef Tours | Great Barrier Reef Tours | QS

Tour Code: 26

Departing: Port Douglas

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove, Port Douglas

2nd Child Travels FREE

From

au$284.00

Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$147.00
Family: au$722.00

Tour Code: 26

From

au$284.00

15 yrs & over

4 - 14 yrs

0 - 3 yrs

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Phone
1300 761 612
WhatsApp
+61 427 074 745
Phone
1300 761 612
WhatsApp
+61 427 074 745

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