"Passions of Paradise: Sail the GBR!" Cairns Things to Do Tip by Gypsygirl05

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Passions of Paradise was the first dive charter I took out of Cairns, and it was the best. The ship is a catamaran with a huge sail on it, and the locations were unparalleled. There were probably 100 people on our tour, but the extremely friendly staff made it a very personal experience. I both SCUBA dove and snorkeled. I hadn't SCUBAed in over two years, so I was a little nervous, but everyone made sure I was well-equipped and okay to go in the water both times I went. One dive I went with a group, and the guide showed us a lot of things I would have missed on my own. Snorkeling was no less fantastic, because the dive sites had many shallow coral plateaus where you could see everything without much effort.

There is a resident sea turtle that hangs out at Paradise's docking spots, and it swam with us for awhile. It was an exhilarating experience! We also dove a 20 meter coral wall with feather stars, soft corals, and a mind-boggling array of fish. Passions of Paradise has a glass-bottomed boat that allows patrons to see the coral without getting wet, and they also offer an "introductory dive" experience for those who don't have a SCUBA license. One of the stops is located near a low sand island, and visitors can get a short boat ride over.

If the wind is favorable, the sail can be deployed and the engines turned off. Sailing on the Great Barrier Reef is a beautiful, silent way to enjoy the world's largest living organism.

Website: http://www.passions.com.au/

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  • Written Jan 10, 2011
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