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Poseidon. Poseidon conducts guided snorkeling and PADI-style diving trips to sites at three separate parts of the Agincourt Ribbon Reef on a small, usually uncrowded boat, and longer cruises to Outer Great Barrier Reef sites, with excellent pre-dive briefings by a marine naturalist, high safety standards, and a wider-than-average choice of dive sites. A day's cruise is A$195.50, plus a rental fee for diving or snorkeling gear; introductory diving, including tuition, cruise, all gear and up to three underwater forays, is A$250 (with one dive; subsequent dives are A$40 each). For certified divers, a full day in the water, including two or three dives and a buffet lunch, is A$230–A$245. Grant and Macrossan Sts., Port Douglas, QLD, 4877. 1800/085–674 or 07/4099–4772. www.poseidon-cruises.com.au. A$195.50–A$250 cruise, A$5.50 reef tax. Daily 8:30–4:30.
Quicksilver Connections. This company runs fast, modern catamarans that speed you from Port Douglas' marina to a large commercial activity platform at Agincourt Reef on the outer Barrier Reef, where options include marine-biologist-guided snorkeling tours (A$54–$72), introductory or certified scuba dives (extra A$110–A$155), 10-minute scenic heli-tours (A$159), and "Ocean Walker" sea-bed explorations (A$155). There's also a semi-submersible underwater observatory, included in the A$215 rate. A quieter sailing excursion to a Low Isles coral cay, closer to shore (A$167), includes a biologist-guided glass-bottom-boat trip and snorkeling. Everyone pays a A$6 reef tax. The staff is patient, efficient, and knowledgeable. The trip includes a varied lunch buffet and dive/snorkel gear. Transfers are available from Port Douglas accommodations, Palm Cove, the Northern Beaches, and Cairns (A$10-A$26). Port Douglas Marina, 1 Wharf St., Port Douglas, QLD, 4877. 07/4087–2100. www.quicksilver-cruises.com.
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