Day 1: Quicksilver Platform Boat
(Departs daily except Christmas Day)
Quicksilver Cruises’ platform boats are inclusive for passengers of all ages and varying abilities. They allow guests to comfortably experience the Great Barrier Reef at their own pace. Passengers who are traveling with small children, have limited mobility or don’t want to get into the water at all can still experience the Great Barrier Reef in a semi-sub and underwater observatories. They also have a large, stable platform on a spacious, modern catamaran.
Located on the very edge of the Continental Shelf, Quicksilver is the outermost and only activity platform at the Agincourt ribbon reefs, where water visibility is at its best.
Your day includes:
- Return Wavepiercer cruise to exclusive activity platform on the Agincourt Reef
- Morning and afternoon teas on board
- 3 1/2 hours at Agincourt Reef Activity Platform
- Reef presentation by marine biologist
- Hot and cold tropical smorgasbord lunch with prawns
- All snorkelling equipment and instruction provided
- Buoyancy vests and flotation noodles
- Qualified lifeguards on hand
- Underwater observatory fish & coral viewing
- Coral viewing by semi-submersible vessels, cruise as often as you like!
- Fish feeding conducted by the crew
- Optional activities include introductory diving, certified diving, marine biologist guided snorkel tours, Oceanwalker helmet diving or helicopter tours
What to bring: Your camera. Underwater cameras are available for purchase, underwater digital cameras are available to hire. Professional photo service available onboard. Swim suit and beach towel. Hat, sunscreen and other sun protection. Cash for drinks at the bar, credit cards for shopping and optional tours. Lycra suits are available for hire.
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Day 2: Daintree Dreaming Day Tour (Departs Mon-Wed-Fri-Sun)
2 hour coastal and mangrove walk with Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours
Travel to Cooya Beach north of Port Douglas to meet with the Kubirri Warra brothers, who follow the traditions of their ancestors. This special place is a traditional fishing ground of the Kuku Yalanji. The unique coastal place has three diverse ecosystems – beach, mangroves and coastal reef – that are connected to each other by the every changing mud-flats and tidal lagoons. The brothers teach guests how to throw a spear and demonstrate how to search and hunt for fish, mud crabs and mussels. Learn about bush tucker and medicines before enjoying home made damper on the balcony of the family’s home, where you will taste your catch of the day.
Welcome to Country Ceremony at Mossman Gorge
You are welcomed with a traditional ‘smoking’ ceremony. This ceremony is conducted by Aboriginal people with specialised cultural knowledge to welcome people to their land. It is a ceremony of spiritual cleansing to ward off evil spirits and to ensure that, while you are on the traditional land of Kuku Yalanji people, you are accepted and honoured.
Mossman Gorge Centre – Lunch is included at the Mayi CafeThe specially designed menu featuring predominantly locally sourced produce infused with Indigenous bush ingredients.
Optional Extra – An opportunity for visitors to Mossman Gorge are the Ngadiku Dreamtime Walks, conducted by the local Indigenous guides.
Ngadiku (Nar-di-gul) means stories and legends from a long time ago in local Kuku Yalanji language. You are welcomed with a traditional ‘smoking’ ceremony that cleanses and wards off bad spirits. The walk then meanders through stunning rainforest and takes in traditional huts or humpies. Your experienced, interpretive Indigenous guide will demonstrate traditional plant use, identify bush food sources and provide an enchanting narrative of the rainforest and their special relationship with this unique tropical environment. Your guide will also demonstrate traditions like making bush soaps and ochre painting. At the end of the tour, enjoy traditional bush tea and damper.
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**Please note: tour can operate in reverse due to tide times at Cooya Beach. Also, tours do not need to be taken on consecutive days.**