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Reef Report for Monday, January 1, 2018

Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island and Townsville on a Cruise Ship
Great Barrier Reef opportunities for you.

Is your cruise ship stopping in Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island or Townsville? If so, finding a reef trip opportunity thatís not a part of the cruise shipís built-in options is going to be a challenge. None of these areas have a lot of day trip boats that offer scuba diving, and many cruise ships will charter these same boats for their own activities. Compounding this is the fact that the reef is a lot further off shore than other Barrier Reef cruise ship ports such as Cairns and Port Douglas. Youíll want to compare your disembarking and reboard times for the cruise ship with the departure and return times for the trip you are interested in, donít cut things too close, missing your connection on either end of the trip can be both inconvenient and expensive.

That said, hereís our best advice, do feel free to contact us If you have any questions or need help and advice in a hurry.

Hamilton Island:

The cruises ships usually charter one or both of these boats, together these two companies are the only dive or snorkel opportunities on Hamilton Island. Explore Group has two boats based on Hamilton Island, and Cruise Whitsundays

has a boat the is based in Airlie Beach, but which stops to pickup and drop off guests on their way to and from the Great Barrier Reef.

Airlie Beach:

We only know of two dive boats that operate day trips out of Airlie Beach. Manta Ray Charters operates a day trip that visits the feature attractions of the Whitsunday Islands as well as dive on reefs that fringe the islands. Cruise Whitsundays operates day trips out to the Great Barrier Reef.


Again, just two dive trip operators active in Townsville. Adrenalin Dive operates two different day trips. They do a Great Barrier Reef day tripon Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. They also do a day trip to the Yongala Wreck, Australiaís best wreck dive, on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Remote Area Dive operates day trips to both the Great Barrier Reef and the Yongala Wreck, but not on a regular schedule, so youíll have to check their website to see if they have something going the day you visit Townsville.

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