1-day Fly-Cruise Heli-Dive Trip
Reef Magic Cruises
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This trip is aboard Reef Magic, a Catamaran with a maximum of 100 divers and a Dive Staff of 5. It is for 1 day, and allows 3 dives.
Departure is from your Cairns lodging (free pickup), Cairns at 8:00 AM every day, return time 5:00 PM.
Reef Magic runs the most logistically easy heli operations in Cairns. On this full day trip, youíll be picked up at your Cairns lodging at around 8:00am and taken to the Reef Magic helipad that sits right by the marina, (although lots of folks staying in the downtown Cairns area choose to skip the bus ride and make the short walk to the marina, stopping for coffee along the way.)
The flight over the reef out to Reef Magicís platform at Moore Reef takes just over 30 minutes. This large platform has this platform has lots of additional space, rather then spend the day on a boat or in the water you have the options of using the underwater observatory, semi-submersible boat tours, and many other amenities, making this trip an ideal trip for families or people that may not be spending to much time in the water, but still want get a good view of the Great Barrier Reef
Divers can make up to 3 dives, and snorkelers can spend up to 4 1/2 hours in the water. During this time, snorkelers may also take up to two introductory scuba dives.
At around 3pm you'll take the Reef Magic's boat back to the Cairns Marina, the journet takes around 90 minutes.
On a typical day, less than one of five of the Reef Magicís 100 guests are certified divers; the others are snorkelers. The company has a well-organized introductory scuba dive program for them and typically three of every five snorkeling passengers choose to try it out.
While experienced scuba divers may be hesitant to do a dive trip with such a large operation we like the fact that Reef Magic uses a tender that takes the divers well away from the main platform, so that they have an dive experience that more resembles what is experienced on a smaller boat.
Helicopters used include Robinson R44's, Bell Jetrangers and Squirrels, ranging in size from 3 passengers to 6 passengers. The actual type of helicopter you will fly in depends on passenger numbers that day, total weights and individual aircraft availability.
Reef Magic owns and operates two large powerful Reef Cast, a common boat design in the Cairns area. The design is popular because these boats are both fast and spacious. Both Reef Magic II and Reef Magic III are capable of making 24 knots, which translates into a quick 90-minute trip out to the reef.
Both Vessels are well maintained and equipped with the latest navigational and safety equipment. They also come with a large dive tender, which allows divers to save air by riding, rather than finning, to some of the better dive sites that lie more distant from the anchorages they visit.
mask, Snorkel, Fins (with Snorkel price only)
Env. Mangement Charge and fuel levy
all dive gear (exc. wetsuit) (with Dive price only)
guided snorkelling tour (with Snorkel price only)
1st Intro. Scuba dive (with Snorkel price only)
Morning and afternoon tea and snacks
tropical buffet lunch
reef ecology talk
glass bottom boat tour (with Snorkel price only)
Children are between the ages of 12 and 13
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|Certified Diver, 1 dive, w/full gear
|Certified Diver, 2 dives, w/full gear
|Snorkeler, with 1 intro scuba dive
|Snorkeler, with 2 intro scuba dives
|Family, 2 adults, 2 children
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|transfers: Northern Beaches
|3rd certified dive (pay on board)
About Reef Magic Cruises
The owner/operators of Reef Magic Cruises, Tim North and Don Cowie, are Cairns locals who have been business partners since 1980. Over the years they have refined their operations and now specialize in offering fast catamaran reef trips. Their boat, the Reef Magic, is quite noticeable in Cairns Harbor. We have always been impressed by the organized, friendly and professional demeanor of the many red-uniformed staff lined up to greet and say farewell to their guests!
Just recently the company has anchored a large platform at one of it's reef sites, which provides massive amounts of additional space for guests to the reef.