Half-day Morning Heli Dive trip.
This trip is aboard Reef Encounter, a 115 foot Catamaran with a maximum of 4 divers and a Dive Staff of 1. It is for 1 day, and allows 2 dives.
Departure is from Your Cairns or Port Douglas lodging., Cairns and Port Douglas at 8:00 AM every day, return time 1:00 PM.
Want an incredibly scenic adventure, where you make a scenic helicopter flight out to the Great Barrier Reef, then land and explore the reef underwater? This is your choice.
With this trip you'll be flown out to the Great Barrier Reef by helicopter, and land on the Reef Encounter's helipad. The crew will meet you, escort you to yoru private stateroom, then once you are settiled in you can explore what the life of the reef as a snorkeler, scuba diver or introductory scuba diver.
You'll spend 4 hour out on the reef, after which time you'll again fly back to Cairns or Port Douglas by helicopter.
The Reef Encounter is one of the newest and nicest liveaboard vessels operating out of Cairns. A large 115ft Catamaran, built specially for extremely comfortable liveaboard diving, it has ample room for up to 42 passengers. There are spacious deck, dining, and recreation areas for relaxing between and after diving.
The boat is air-conditioned thoughout. We especially liked the spacious and nicely outfitted cabins, many of which had ensuite bathrooms. She's also the only boat on this part of the reef with a heated spa, a great place to warm up after a night dive.
For more info about this boat, see the floorplan.
You will ride out to board Reef Encounter aboard Compass Cruises speedy and stable day boat, the Reef Experience.
Mask, Snorkel, Fins
Morning tea and snacks
Transfers: Cairns/Northern Beaches
Transfers to and from your Port Douglas lodging.
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About Compass Cruises
Compass Cruises is a locally owned and operated company. The owners, John and Lyndell, seem to be everywhere; on the boat, in town and in the office overseeing the operations. The company has been in business since 1988. They operate two different dive boats, the Compass, which takes one day trips, and also servers as the shuttle, taking divers to and from their live aboard boat, the Reef Encounter, which stays for long periods out on the reef.
The company has a diverse set of offerings with options to suit folks and a wide range of budgets. Scuba divers and snorkellers seeking a luxurious live aboard experience can enjoy the top deck club cabins and services and even fly out to the boat on a helicopter. Budget travelers can enjoy a day trip on the reef at the lowest price around, and will find that Compass budget live aboard options are also a great value.