A Day at the Reef with Quicksilver
With summer holidays done & dusted, but unwilling to let go just yet, I am now planning my next adventure. My desire to hold on to summer has me reminiscing about my trip to Cairns last winter (where it is always summer).
I was traveling with five colleagues and our mission was to experience the aquatic adventures Tropical North Queensland has to offer. Alright then! Out of our experiences the highlight was a huge day spent with Quicksilver Cruises exploring the Great Barrier Reef. We were spoiled rotten by Quicksilver and our day was certainly packed with aquatic adventure.
The morning started early with a very scenic drive north to Port Douglas. It’s true, this is indeed where the rainforest meets the reef! The road winds along the coast with rainforest on one side and stunning beaches, bays and crystal clear water on the other side. (Hint – pick a seat on the right hand side of the transfer bus on your way up). What a way to spend a pre-coffee morning. And this was just the beginning.
On the way out to the reef you can book your days activities and having not scuba dived for 5 years I jumped at the chance to get in the water. It didn’t disappoint. Nemo was there, beautiful coral and fish. So many fish! You don’t need to be certified, no one misses out. Some of my group did an intro dive and one even did the Oceanwalker (helmet diving).
No sooner had we dried off from that, we were whisked off for a heli flight over the Reef. Magnificent! To experience the Reef above and below, what an amazing opportunity!
Snorkeling, fish feeding (the fish were huge!), semi sub cruises (see the reef while staying dry!) and not to mention feasting on the buffet lunch and soaking up some rays on the pontoon… then of course, hitting the bar for the cruise back to Port. We did it all.
It takes about an hour and a half to get out to Agincourt Reef, on the fast comfortable catamaran. There is a huge private and very stable pontoon anchored on the Reef which is the base for all activity and relaxation.
My travel buddies gave it the thumbs up, and Ahmet said, ‘this is the best ‘work’ trip I’ve been on by far!’. This is a big call as it’s our job to experience this stuff and we’ve had some awesome experiences. Ahmets highlight of the day? ‘The Heli flight hands down’.
The kids would love this too, so I’ve pretty much convinced myself of my next holiday destination.
More information on this tour is available on Infinity Holidays website or click here.
Corina Adams, Product Marketing Manger, Infinity Holidays.