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Dive Review of Quicksilver Outer Reef Cruise in
Australia/Great Barrier Reef

September, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Barton Smith, CA, USA
Report Number 183
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
California, Mexico, Bahamas, Hawaii, Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
Water Temp
70   to 74    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay with the dive leader.  No "reverse profiles". Return to boat
with 750 psi air.    
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Water and reef conditions excellent for photography.  Requirement to stay
with the leader means that you can't spend too long setting up a shot, or
go deeper if you see something down there that looks interesting.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
Quicksilver operates a number of Great Barrier Reef day cruises out of Port
Douglas, Queensland.  On the Outer Reef Cruise, the MV Quicksilver VIII
takes tourists out to their floating platform on Agincourt Reef, where
there are opportunities for snorkeling, glass-bottom boat rides, and
diving.  (This is good if you are traveling in a group that includes
non-divers.)  For certified divers, 2 dives cost AUS $120 in addition to
the price of the cruise, and includes all equipment rental.  They also
offer introductory SCUBA.  Certified divers are taken on a small dive boat
to two nearby reef locations.  Conditions and support make this a good
opportunity for beginning divers.  The scenery could not be better. 
Experienced divers may feel limited by the prescribed depth and time.  
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