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

Quicksilver Outer Reef Cruise, Sep, 2002,

by Barton Smith, CA, USA . Report 183.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving California, Mexico, Bahamas, Hawaii, Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 70 to 74 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Stay with the dive leader. No "reverse profiles". Return to boat with 750 psi air.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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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