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Great Barrier Reef, Cairns: 58 reviews and 92 photos

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My 2nd reef outing was with CDC Cairns Dive Centre on board the "Sun-kiss". This is a much larger operation that the "Noah's Ark Too", so the group is larger and certainly less personal.

The "Sun-kiss" is a much larger and newer boat though it did little to withstand the 25 knots wind toying with the boat that day. The winds were rocking the boat from one side to another out in the open sea and quite a number of folks were turning blue. The team of enthuiastic young minders were pretty strict, refusing to let anyone stand up. The good thing about a more powerful machine is that we reached the calmer waters of Moore Reef a lot more faster (at about 1.5-2 hours).

Same safety wetsuits and safety vests requirements. (I guess that was the standard) No buffet lunch but cups of hot tea/coffee instead. (Then again, it is a torture snorkeling with a full stomach!)

I got to snorkel at different parts of Moore Reef..but in slightly deeper waters. The corals are more colourful here as well.

Again, emphasis was placed on the divers...then again, they paid more (grin)

Like the "Noah's Ark Too", the boat leaves from Marlin Jetty at about 8.30-9.00am and you'll be back in Cairns at around 5-5.30pm.

Was charged A$70 for the 1-day session (circa June 2003).

Address: 121 Abbott Street, PO Box 2401, Cairns, QLD 4870
othercontact: email: info@cairnsdive.com.au
Phone: 61-7-40510294 Fax: 61-7-40517531
Website: http://www.cairnsdive.com.au

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 15, 2006
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