So glad I chose this boutique style reef tour over one of the larger tour boats. This trip felt less like a tourist activity and more like a private party on a friends yacht.
Had the best day ever. Being on this maritime wooden classic, with its all wood deck, fittings and interesting history, was like stepping back in time to a day when the world was more carefree.
I got to steer the ship and climb to the top of the mast ladder, where I was treated to a 360 degree top of the world view of a sea paradise, just like in the tourist brochure pics. Other guests helped raise the sails, as well as jumping and somersaulting off the side.
Saw a turtle up close, a squid and what seemed like over a hundred different types of fish and coral of a multitude of colours.
There were 18 guests on board, a comfortable and intimate number, with a crew of 6, so we all got as much individual attention as we required.
Having a strong anxiety about being in water out of my depth, the crew did a truly professional job of abating my fears, giving me undivided individual attention at all times until I felt comfortable in the water. I was provided with a multitude of floaty devices including a super floaty wetsuit, floaty noodles and a life ring.
Different options for experiencing the reef were offered including snorkelling, scuba diving and viewing through a class tubular device from within a small boat if you didn't want to get in the water. There was also the option of scuba diving with your own personal instructor, even if you have no scuba experience.
Great fun experience and well worth the price. I'll be back on board at my next visit to Cairns.
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