Outer Barrier Reef - The Agincourt ribbon reef Cruise

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For your experience of a lifetime, discover a world of beauty, vibrant coral gardens and diverse marine life when you cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef - Australia�s most awarded reef cruise

Outer Barrier Reef - The Agincourt ribbon reef Cruise
From$251 aud

Group booking discount

Tour Highlights

  • Great Barrier Reef
  • The Agincourt ribbon reef
  • Underwater Observatory
  • Snorkel and Dive

Tour Info

  • Cruise
Duration 1 Day
Price From $251


Vehicle Cruise Ship
Suitability Open Age
Start Cairns @ 09.30 am
Finish Cairns @ 04.30 pm
Travel Insurance Required

For your experience of a lifetime, Our friendly crew will take you to a reef at the very edge of Australia's Continental Shelf, to an underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance.

9.30 am

Complimentary morning tea/coffee on boarding. For your safety, hot drinks are not served once the vessel is underway. Passengers are required to be onboard the vessel 15 minutes before departure.

10.00 am

Depart Reef Marina for the Outer Barrier Reef. A Marine Biologist presentation is shown on the vessel monitors 30 minutes after departure. A snorkelling demonstration follows the Marine Biologist presentation.

11.30 am

Arrive Outer Barrier Reef- reef activities commence:

Enjoy swimming and snorkelling from submerged platforms.

Underwater observatory open for coral and fish viewing.

Semi-subs depart every fifteen minutes from the rear of the platform.

Pre-booked guided snorkelling tours, certified and introductory diving and helicopter scenic flights

Fish feeding conducted at the snorkelling platform at advertised times.

12 noon

Lunch [included in the fare] is served. Enjoy a hot and cold tropical buffet, containing fresh prawns, pastas, meats, salads and fruit. There are full bar facilities available where you can purchase drinks.

1.30 pm

Lunch finishes. Time for more activity or just relax and take in the view!!

3.00 pm

Depart Agincourt Reef for Port Douglas. Reef video viewing on board.

4.30 pm

Arrival at Reef Marina, Port Douglas.

high speed wavepiercing catamaran will take you in airconditioned comfort to an exclusive activity platform moored at the renowned Agincourt Reef, a jewel-like ribbon reef on the very outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. The Agincourt ribbon reef systems provide unsurpassed coral formations, colourful marine life and spectacular underwater visibility.

From the spacious activity platform guests of all ages, swimmers and non-swimmers alike, can experience this stunning reef world in comfort, whether you choose to get wet and snorkel or stay dry and observe. Friendly and attentive crew, including professional marine biologists, are on hand to ensure you enjoy and gain the most from your day.

Explore the reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible (cruise as many times as you like!), discover in the underwater observatory, watch the fascinating fish feeding presentation or snorkel and dive in the beautiful coral gardens.

Exciting optional activities include introductory diving, certified diving, Oceanwalker hemet diving or an adventure snorkel tour with a marine biologist. Scenic helicopter flights provide another perspective.

Floating like an island in a coral sea, the modern, dual level platforms provide the ultimate in facilities for reef viewing and relaxation in all weather and wind conditions.

Situated on the very edge of the Great Barrier Reef, Agincourt Reef provides a sheltered anchorage for the Quicksilver vessel and the perfect spot for passengers to snorkel, dive, and view the spectacular coral formations from the semi submersible coral viewing vessel. You can also watch the fish feeding from Quicksilver's unique viewing platform and underwater observatory.

(The following activities are INCLUDED in the Cruise fare: Also see 'OPTIONAL' Activities)

** Snorkelling at Agincourt Reef

Snorkelling at Agincourt ReefSnorkelling is one of the best ways to view the incredible underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef, and Quicksilver's friendly staff are on hand to show you how. On your way out to Agincourt Reef you can view an instructional video on how to snorkel to teach you the right techniques.

Upon reaching the outer reef, you can obtain your snorkelling equipment from the storage containers on the platform. Easy access to the water is available from submerged platforms. Our friendly snorkelling safety officers can assist you with your snorkelling gear, and give you a few tips so that you can fully enjoy your experience.

If you would like to learn a little more about the Great Barrier Reef whilst snorkelling, you may like to try one of our optional Snorkelling Expeditions with a qualified Marine Biologist.

** Semi Submersible coral viewing

Semi Submersible coral viewingIf you would like to stay dry, then you can explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a Quicksilver sub. The semi submersibles cruise slowly through the colourful coral gardens giving passengers, seated just one metre underwater, the opportunity to experience a snorkellers-eye view of the marine life without getting wet.

The semi-sub experience takes approximately 25 minutes and includes an informed commentary on the marine life observed during the journey and an overview of the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.

Semi-subs depart every fifteen minutes from the rear of the platform. Anouncements are made to prompt you before departure.

** Underwater Observatory

Underwater ObservatoryWatch the fish feeding from Quicksilver's unique viewing platform and underwater observatory located directly in front of the platform. From here, you can also view "first time" divers taking part in introductory dives. You can see the reef vibrate with the hues, stripes, and shimmerings of a myriad of fishes.

Butterfly fish, parrot fish, angel fish and elegant nudibranchs dance before your eyes and coral gardens beckon you to explore. Watch, entranced, as a clownfish snuggles into the embrace of a sea anemone.


  • Return coach transfers from accommodation
  • Return Wavepiercer cruise from Port Douglas Marina Mirage
  • Morning and afternoon teas on board
  • Reef presentation by marine biologist
  • Hot and cold tropical buffet lunch
  • All snorkelling equipment provided
  • Qualified lifeguards supervision
  • Underwater observatory fish & coral viewing
  • Coral viewing by semi-submersible vessels – cruise as often as you like!
  • Fish feeding [conducted by crew].
  • Includes Reef Levy ($3.50 EMC & $2.50 Admin)


  • No pick up - Self Drive to Marina ( coach transfer will cost extra $26 from Cairns and Northern Beaches and $10 from Port Douglas)
  • Departs from  ex Cairns and Northern Beaches
  • Departs: 10:00am, Port Douglas Marina, Boarding 9:30 am
  • Returns: 4:30pm, Port Douglas Marina
  • Rates are GST inclusive and in Australia Dollars (AUD)
  • Family = 2 Adults + 2 Children,  
  • Child Rate 4-14yrs inc.

What to Bring 

  • Comfortable casual clothing
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Hat
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Toiletries, 
  • Any medications 
  • Bathing costume and beach towel
  • A camera  
  • Bottle of drinking water


  • Introductory Diving, 
  • Certified Diving, 
  • Oceanwalker Hemet Diving 
  • An Adventure Snorkel tour with a marine biologist. 
  • Scenic Helicopter Flights 

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