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“Great experience with the added bonus of whales!”
Review of Ocean Safari

Ocean Safari
Ranked #1 of 9 Tours in Cape Tribulation
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Ocean Safari offers an exhilarating ride to snorkel the pristine untouched Great Barrier Reef off the Daintree Coast at Cape Tribulation. This half day eco tour visits two different snorkel destinations, each with an extraordinary array of marine life and coral species.The tour begins at Cape Tribulation beach where guests board the vessel bound for the tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef. After an exhilarating fast ride of approximately 25 minutes guests are ready to snorkel two fabulous locations at Mackay and Undine Reefs. On most days the rainforest can be seen along the mainland beach whilst snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef, home to an abundance of marine life as well as beautiful hard and soft corals.The Ocean Safari vessel takes a maximum of 25 passengers allowing guests to experience tropical paradise and the pleasure of a small group. The vessel is based on the original design of a rescue craft and is a rigid inflatable boat driven by 700hp engines. The experienced Skipper and Eco Host ensure the trip is filled with fun and appreciation of the Great Barrier Reef and the coastal rainforest of the Daintree, two world heritage areas side by side. Magical memories like these sometimes only happen once in a lifetime. The Ocean Safari check in office is at the Turtle Rock Cafe and Safari Lodge, Cape Tribulation Road and a courtesy bus pick up from Cape Tribulation accommodation is included. Ocean Safari has Advanced Eco Accreditation.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed August 28, 2012

My friend and I had an amazing time on Ocean Safari! The trip was made even better by the small group of people we had on the boat (around 20 people) and the quick trip out to the reef (30 mins). When we got to the reef, the staff were great in explaining safety information and where the best viewing sights were for colourful corals, clams, turtles etc. We were also lucky enough to see whales on our trip back and the staff got us really close to the whales before we stopped and did a bit of bonus whale watching.
Even though I got seasick on the way, the staff were really supportive and mindful of my condition. Thanks so much for the amazing experience. I will definitely come back one day!

1  Thank Vicky L
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

Our family of 6 enjoyed a morning snorkel trip with a great crew. On the way to our first site we observed several humpback whales- an extra treat. The crew was great, very patient and did a nice job with beginners as well as experienced snorkerlers. The equipment was very good. My only complaint is that the price should include the rental of their wetsuit-something everyone needed due to water temps being on the cool side. The short trip out to the reef maks for max time in the water. Lots of amazing marine life, including giant clams!

1  Thank Dale H
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

My family, including two young kids, had a wonderful trip to the Reef with Ocean Safari. The modest size boat made for an enjoyable, but not too long, trip out to the reef during which we had an opportunity to meet many of our fellow reef visitors. On the way we came across a humpback whale, just a short distance from the boat! That would have been enough to make for a memorable afternoon. The staff were very helpful, making sure every member of our family comfortably got into the water and to the reef. A staff member was available to pull our five-year old daughters around the reef as they hung onto an orange ring. All members of our family loved the trip. We highly recommend it.

1  Thank Andy C
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

Ocean Safari is THE TRIP to take to the Great Barrier Reef if you're looking for a wonderful crew, knowledge of the reef, a wild ride and staff that truly care about the environment. With only 25 minutes time to get to the reef, we really maximized our snorkeling time. They were GREAT with our kids that had never snorkeled before, and spent time teaching them about the equipment and how to be comfortable. We visited two separate reefs, had a FUN ride out and back, learned about the reef and how to keep it safe and really enjoyed ourselves. Cane and Finn were fantastic. Thanks for a GREAT day!

2  Thank Stacy K
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Reviewed August 8, 2012

We had a fantastic trip out to the reef with Ocean Safari and would highly recommend this trip to anyone visiting the area. The staff were very friendly and professional but also very safety conscious so you always felt well looked after. We saw an amazing range of fish and turtles over the two or three hours we were out at sea, and the whole thing never felt rushed. They took the time to stop and look for humpback whales which we were lucky enough to see breaching several times. An extremely well run business.

1  Thank GiselleEdin
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