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Small Boat to Great Barrier Reef

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Small Boat to Great Barrier Reef

Arriving in late March. People in our party (non-swimmers, non-snorklers, non-scuba) don't want a huge boat (300+) crowded with people (swimmers, snorklers, scubas).

Can anyone recommend a small/medium size vessal and/or talk to the tradeoffs of a small versus larger craft in March?

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1. Re: Small Boat to Great Barrier Reef

the bigger boats usually go to places on the reef where there are activities for the non swimmering/snorkel/scuba group.

the smaller boats are usually dedicated to the snorkel/scuba (or just one of those) eg. ;wavelength out of PD takes 30 pax and is snorkel only.

it would be pretty boring imo for the non swimmer/non snorkel/non scuba to go out on one of those a just sit on the boat. it's an all day trip out onto the reef.

some local experts might have an idea of which 'smaller' boats go to the pontoons,

having said all that why would u come all this way and not at least try to see the reef from the water. non swimmers are helped with flotation devices and the crews give a lot of help to those that haven't snorkeled before.

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2. Re: Small Boat to Great Barrier Reef

If you do not intend to get into the water then either go to Quicksilver's pontoon or Low Isles. You will be wasting your time otherwise as you will see next to nothing of the beauty of the reef.

The boat that takes you to the pontoon is the big one with 300+ people but it is a big boat and a big pontoon.

Low Isles is beautiful but again without getting in the water you will miss out.

Every reef operator faces the daily challenge of guests that say they can not swim and don't want to enter the water. There are always a handful of people left on the boat after everyone else has jumped in. The crew then assist these people one on one and help them to overcome their fear. Many times guests have returned that said they would not snorkel to tell me how they did in the end and how proud they are that they made the effort and did not miss out.

Try Wavelength or Synergy for low numbers but make sure you get in the water.

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