Ribbon Reef/Coral Sea Shark Encounter
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This trip is aboard Undersea Explorer, an 82 foot Mono Hull with a maximum of 19 divers. It is for 7 days, 6 nights, and allows 19 dives, plus 3 night dives.
Departure is from Princes Wharf, Port Douglas at 7:30 PM, return time 4:30 PM.
Want to do something really different? This trip goes to two of Australia’s best diving areas, the Ribbon Reefs and the Coral Sea, and gives you the chance to participate in the Undersea Explorer’s ongoing shark research program.
On this 6-day, 6-night trip you will make 20-22 dives.
The Undersea Explorer first visiting the Ribbon Reefs, part of the Great Barrier Reef. You will dive classic sites such as Cod Hole and other unique sites as well.
After visiting the Ribbon Reefs, the boat then the Coral Sea to visit Osprey Reef, where the visibility is nearly always 100ft or better. This isolated reef system has some great diving, with 3,000-foot walls, and schooling pelagic fish, including lots of sharks.
Sharks are very common on this remote reef system, and you likely see white-tip, grey, silver-tip whaler, leopard, and hammerhead sharks. If you take the option to dive with the shark researchers you will be involved with research such as tracking and tagging sharks, recording behavior patterns, creating photo identification and database programs, and conducting growth and breeding studies. In addition, scientists will be conducting research on other organisms, and you are also welcome to take part in these studies.
For more info about this boat, see the floorplan.
The Undersea Explorer is a purpose-built vessel, designed for adventure diving, and scientific research. Fully air conditioned, she can accommodate up to 20 passengers, along with 2 scientists and 5 crew. Cabins are twin share queen or bunk style, with 5 shared bathrooms. There are a number of large areas for group discussions, relaxing, and escape. Entry to the water is via a large hydraulic dive platform. Among the many unique features of this boat are the onboard video microscope, underwater video, hydrophone (to hear whale and dolphin sounds) and other scientific equipment. The vessel was built in 1990, and was last refit in 1995.
tanks, weights, airfills
tea, coffee, snacks
About Undersea Explorer
Locally owned and operated, the Undersea Explorer has been in business since 1994. They offer some of the most unique dive trips in the area, and have made a strong commitment to both education and research on the Great Barrier Reef. Often booked well in advance, their dive trips are quite popular with both Australian and overseas divers.
We at Divethereef.com can get excited about this operation. As educators and adventurers, we like the opportunities Undersea Explorer creates for its guests to interact with scientists and actively participate in scientific research. In addition, the boat and equipment are maintained and dutifully cared for. Finally, whenever we ask divers who have gone out with the Undersea Explorer, and we’ve spoken to a lot of them, we always hear the same great reviews.