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“Best snorkelling on reef” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ocean Safari

Ocean Safari
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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: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
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“Best snorkelling on reef”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2013

Ocean safari easily provides the best snorkeling on the reef by a nautical mile!

The boat is relatively small so you will never be snorkeling with more than 50 other people. They visit a part of the reef no one else goes to (apart from private boats) and it is in excellent condition. The staff are super friendly and very knowledgeable. The boat ride to the reef and back is lots of fun and the views of Daintree are beautiful. Excellent value and a really fantastic morning out. Thank you Ocean Safari!

Visited October 2013
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic snorkelling”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2013

This is a great trip as you go out with a small group. The crew seem to genuinely care about the reef and you get three snorkles.Swimming with the turtles is an incredible experience

Visited August 2013
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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

Wonderful trip. Also for people who don't swim that good or go snorkling for the first time. The guys from Ocean Safari look after you, so: don't worry or hesitate: book this trip!
We saw lots of beautiful fish and big turtles. Unforgettable!
Jeanne and Ben, the Netherlands

Visited October 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Definite Must Do”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

This was definitely the highlight of our trip to far north QLD. The group was small, the boat was fun and the reef was astoundingly beautiful. We saw amazing coloured fish, beautiful coral, huge clams, sting rays and turtles.

Kane and Brin were brilliant guides and we really appreaciated their commitment to protecting the reef. They were happy to answer any question and were always on the lookout for anything interesting to point out to us.

While we were snorkelling Brin also noticed that I was feeling the cold quite badly (even with a wetsuit) and sent me back to boat where Kane helped me out with an extra layer to keep me a little warmer, which was very much appreciated! There were also floats for those who weren't as confident in the water (I used one of these too).

There was 2 hours of snorkelling in total, at 2 different points on the reef (1 hour at each spot) which was the perfect amount of time. Would definitely go back and do it all again.

Visited October 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

This was my very first snorkelling trip and I would highly recommend it! Water was very clear with great visibility, saw lots of fish, sea turtles and a reef shark. Great view of Cape Tribulation from the water as you head out and back to the reef. No other boats around, only our small tour group. The water was a little on the cold side and most people including me hired a wetsuit ($8 extra). I get cold easily and even with the wet suit I was shivering after about 45 minutes so didn’t manage to make full use of the two hours they allow, others including my partner did though. I’d recommend taking a fleece and shorts to wear over your swimmers when you get out of the water as there is nowhere to change on the boat.

Visited September 2013
Thank Kate012
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