This is my first ever review on TripAdvisor. I felt compelled to review SeaStar Cruises after our tremendous outing with them last week, especially since I found them on this site.
There is nothing negative I can possibly say about these guys.
Everything is included in your price. Fins, mask, stinger suits (if in season), breakfast, lunch. Yes, we had to use the stinger suits in March, they are fine. Makes your pictures funnier looking, too.
Anyway here's how it works: You meet up on the boat, they give you coffee, muffins and measure your feet for fins. A quick introduction is then given by their instructors as to what you'll be doing at the Reef and as soon as you know it, the boat is anchoring out on the reef.
Once there, the groups are divided up. Two snorkel teams and one scuba team for those doing that. The snorkel teams are taken around for 20 minutes by an instructor and after that you are free to swim all over the place for about an hour until lunch.
The lunch is solid, buffet style with salads, sandwich meats, fruit, things like that. Don't be dumb and eat too much though! I kinda did this. You've still got a couple more hours of swimming to do and the second location they take you to.
The second stop, 15 minutes away, goes like the first one. Groups are divided, a 20 minute tour ends with you swimming around with your friends until its time to leave.
At both stops we saw tons of fish. The water was 81 degrees. We ran into a turtle in the afternoon swim. Just awesome.
As for the staff, they are great, very professional. Everyone of them clearly loves their job (how could they not?) and they are all 25-35 years old and energetic. They also go around taking photos on the boat and in the water and post them on Facebook immediately after you get back, which was a nice touch.
There is a reason why these guys are so highly rated on TripAdvisor. It's legit. Go book it now if you're going to Cairns. Swimming the the Reef is a once in a lifetime deal. Do not mess it up! Go with SeaStar.
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