THE RYDGES POST
What a delightful day out with Quicksilver to the Outer Barrier Reef. It does take an hour and a half each way to the platform at Agincourt Reef but it is an easy and rewarding day out.
On boarding around 9:30am at the Port Douglas Marina there’s time for a relaxed tea or coffee and biscuits and to make a decision about whether to take some anti-motion sickness pills. I opted for the free ginger pills – nature’s alternative.
On the trip out there is a friendly, informative chat from one of the marine biologists about what to expect on the reef as well as a snorkelling demonstration. Snorkelling is included in the price as is viewing without getting wet from the underwater viewing platform or in the semi-submersible. You pay extra for scuba diving, helicopter scenic flights over the reef or the snorkelling safaris with the marine biologists. John and Peter were our nautical guides.
A very nice buffet lunch is also included. This was my second trip out and it really is something special under the water. I have scuba dived in Fiji, Vanuatu, Byron Bay, the Cook islands and Bali – and the snorkelling here beats it hands down. There were green turtles, giant clams and an amazing array of large fish and smaller more colourful fish. The biggest thrill for me was sitting in amongst the large fish during fish-feeding time.