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Reef Daytripper
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Owner description: Sail to the picturesque Upolu Reef on our charming catamaran for a relaxing yet fun filled sailing trip. Avoid the crowds and experience the Great Barrier Reef the way nature intended. With a maximum of 20 people we offer a friendly personalised experience.
Reviewed October 13, 2012

I do a reef trip every year and have tried many trips - from large catamarans to the cheaply priced Compass. This has got to be the best ever! We chose it because it was such a reasonable price and it was a small group max. (20 people). It was also the best decision we made for any trip. Mark, John, Belle and Derek treated everyone like family. We were thoroughly informed about the equipment and the reef before arriving. The boat and all equipment were spotlessly and obviously lovingly cared for. Tea and coffee on arrival, a lovely lunch of cold meats and salad and on the return trip wine and plenty of cheese and fresh fruit. But the reef! They are allocated their own spot at Upolo reef and it was the prettiest part of the reef I've ever been to. The water was crystal clear and we were lucky enough to see turtles, sea snakes, sting ray and many tropical fish, some of which I hadn't seen before. The coral was beautiful and colorful and the giant clams have colorful phosphorescent lips! We even saw Nemo and his parents! All of the crew (except one who stays with the boat) get into the water with you and point out things that you might miss on your own. It is very safe and it is the crews aim to ensure you have a special experience. Stupidly I didn't take a camera this trip! The bonus for us is that they do private charters at a very reasonable price and as the whole family are coming to Cairns next year we can book Mark and his crew for a family day out! The trip out is about 2 hours so take a book or just doze on the nets and enjoy the sun. We are really looking forward to taking the kids next year especially the grandchildren! Well done crew! See you next year!

3  Thank juann22
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Reef Daytripper is a very small boat, holding only 20 people and it feels a bit crowded, but it is a great value and the crew and captain are terrific. The cost for two people is only $258 including port tax with wet suits included. The boat is a sailing catamaran with nets in the front for sunbathing or warm up, inside are benches for the trips to and from the reef or to get out of the sun. Check-in was at the boat and very easy. The captain unfurled the sails for us coming and going, we had a bit of wind, but we never fully sailed. Be prepared, it does take a fair amount longer to get there and get back. They gave us cold lunch, tea in the afternoon and even gave us a glass of wine for the return trip. The snorkel sites were great, we saw a shark and a ray on this trip! The small crew was wonderful. They really wanted us to have a good experience and were laid back and fun. They were professional without being bossy or bored. They actually talked to everyone on the cruise for a bit, got to know us and were friendly and warm. It is a small family-owned business and it shows. Can’t recommend them enough if you want value and a good time.

2  Thank camillekm
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

The crew of this boat is only after customer satisfaction, and will make sure that everyone on board will have a great time. After morning exercise and coffee, we headed out towards the reef. Even if you are an inexperienced swimmer or snorkeler, they will help you to snorkel comfortably, and show the most beautiful and silent parts of the reef. Me and my wife can highly recommend Reef Daytripper!

Thanks for the great day out, and thanks again for getting my camera out of the sea. It was a pleasure, excellent value for money!

Thank Wouter1978
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

What a great trip day out - if you want a small, more personalised trip out to the reef, take a look at this one. Really nice bunch of guys - 3 guys to no more than 20 travellers on this catamaran out to the reef. Very knowledgeable, friendly and eager to please. They made sure everyone was safe, they get in the water with you and it's a fabulous day out. Really enjoyed it. For us, it was much better than going out to Green Island with the other 3000 tourists and if you don't like crowds with heaps of people in the water, this one's for you.

Thank maddie1964
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

Mark, John, and Derek made the day for me as a complete non-swimmer. I was able to get in the water and use the flippers and the ring to experience snorkeling. Almost immediately we found Leonardo the resident turtle. I was elated to see him. I didn't stay out too long, but I enjoyed it as if I had stayed out all day. Our group was 13 teachers from New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia in eastern Canada. We had a blast, enjoyed the reef, and the company of these three experienced and courteous divers. Two from our group added a scuba dive, and they loved that too. This experience with a maximum of 20 per trip makes the exploration of the reef a personal experience like none other. Could not have asked for any more.

As we leave Cairns on Monday, and head back to Canada, this was truly an exciting way to end our winter in Australia. (it was summer for us :p )

Doug

Thank Doug M
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