Quicksilver Pontoon Info
QUICKSILVER - Australia's most awarded reef cruise company
For your experience of a lifetime, Quicksilver's wave piercing catamarans and 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... Agincourt Reef, a magnificent ribbon reef where you can experience the magic that is the Great Barrier Reef.
Why we like it:
- Agincourt Ribbon Reef - clear & pure waters
- Rich coral & spectacular marine life
- Large spacious stable reef activity platform
- Smooth, state-of-the-art, Wavepiercer cruising
- Professional crew and service
- Hot & cold buffet lunch
- Ideal for families & non-swimmers
- Highest ecotourism accreditation
- Great Barrier Reef Post Office Box
- Check in time is 9.15am at the Quicksilver office, at Reef Marina, Wharf Street, Port Douglas.
- Departs Reef Marina Port Douglas at 10:00am
- Returns to Reef Marina at 4:30pm
- Free Parking is available
- 3.5 hours at Agincourt Reef
- Morning and afternoon tea
- Hot and cold tropical smorgasbord lunch
- Reef presentation by marine biologist
- Snorkelling equipment (mask, fins, snorkel), Buoyancy vests and flotation noodles.
- Snorkelling instruction provided
- Underwater observatory fish & coral viewing
- Semi-submersible coral viewing
- Fish feeding conducted by crew
- Change Rooms & Freshwater Showers
- Sun Deck
- Undercover tables and seating
- EMC (reef tax)
Your day at a glance:
10.00am Depart Reef Marina, Port Douglas
10.30am Snorkelling demonstration and Introductory dive information presentation
11.30am Arrive Outer Barrier Reef - Reef activities commence:
- Enjoy free swimming and free snorkelling from submerged platform
- Underwater observatory open for coral and fish viewing
- 20 minute Semi-sub tours depart every fifteen minutes from the rear of the platform
- Pre-booked guided snorkelling tours with Marine Biologist ( extra cost )
- Diving and helicopter scenic flights ( extra cost )
- Fish feeding conducted at snorkelling platform at advertised times
12 noon Hot and cold five star tropical buffet lunch including fresh prawns, pastas, meats, salads and fruit. There are full bar facilities available where you can purchase drinks. The platform has tables for you to enjoy lunch and undercover seating
1.30pm Lunch finishes. Time for more activity or just relax and take in the view!!
3.00pm Depart Agincourt Reef for Port Douglas. Reef video and photo viewing on board
4.30pm Arrival at Reef Marina, Port Douglas
The Platform at Agincourt Reef Site: Floating like an island in a coral sea the platforms have tables for you to enjoy lunch, undercover seating, fresh water showers and change rooms to allow you to enjoy your day. There is also a water powered lift to allow easy access for all passengers.
Semi-Submersible Coral Viewing: If 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 the opportunity to experience a snorkelers-eye view of the marine life. The semi-sub experience takes approximately 20 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.
Underwater Observatory: You can also see the coral and watch 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 and snorkelers.
Snorkelling: Snorkelling 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.
Agincourt Ribbon Reefs: The very edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Here, special reefs known as 'ribbons' run parallel to the Continental Shelf. Adjacent to the Coral Sea trench, these ribbon reefs are recognised as the most pristine eco-systems in the reef's environment. Clear water provides the best possible underwater visibility, encourages rich coral growth and supports spectacular marine life. As the region's outer reef pioneer, this is the best location available to view nature's finest.
Optional Extra Costs:
- Certified diving
- Introductory diving
- Lycra Suits
- Ocean Walker Helmet Diving
- Underwater cameras available for purchase
- Underwater digital cameras available to hire
- Professional photo service available on-board
- Reef Scenic Helicopter flights
- Cairns & Port Douglas Accommodation Transfers, Pick up times start at 8am from Cairns. Return to Cairns at 6pm.
If you would like to learn more about magnificent marine life of this fragile eco-system, you may like to try a guided snorkel tour. Our University qualified marine biologists will intoduce you to a new and exciting world. We offer two different snorkel tours designed to enable passengers to enjoy an amazing in-water experience on the reef regardless of snorkelling skill level.
Introductory Snorkel Tour - for beginners
Designed for the novice/beginner snorkeller
Provides an introduction to the marine environment
Tailored for families and those wanting educational experience
Marine biologist tows safety float and whistle
Duration: 30-40 minutes depends on conditions and passenger experience.
Advanced Snorkel Tour - some expererience recommended
For the more adventurous - some snorkelling experience is recommended.
This tour is more about exploring, and the marine biologists encourage and teach passengers how to duck dive (if you would like to learn).
Tours generally leave from the platform, but sometimes may involve a drop-off from a small tender, so participants can cover a greater distance, and have the chance to “drift with the current”, before returning to the platform.
Distance travelled can be up to several hundred metres.
Duration: 45-60 minutes depends on conditions and passenger experience.
Ocean Walker or "Helmet Diving" Unique & Fun!
Experience the feeling of diving wearing a helmet and breathing normally
No swimming involved - just walk down the steps to the platform
You can wear your glasses and keep your hair dry!
Souvenier certificate on completion of your helmet dive
Min age 12 yrs., Min height 135cm.
What To Bring:
- Swimming costume and beach towel
- Hat, sunscreen and shirt for sun protection, sunglasses
- Credit cards for shopping and optional tours
- Cash for drinks at the bar
Multi-lingual staff members: Quicksilver does have Chinese crew members on this boat all year round. Please request this option when booking so that we can make sure the staff member is working on your day of travel.
GREAT NEWS! All payments made to Travstar do not incur a credit card surcharge.
Quicksilver Pontoon Packages
Quicksilver & Kuranda
SEMI-SUBMARINE TOUR | SPECTACULAR CORAL GARDENS
AGINCOURT REEF PONTOON
KURANDA TRAIN & SKYRAIL
RETURN HOTEL TRANSFERS
7 Night Cairns & Port Douglas
KURANDA TRAIN & SKYRAIL DAY TRIP
4 NIGHTS SHERATON MIRAGE RESORT, PORT DOUGLAS
QUICKSILVER OUTER BARRIER REEF DAY TRIP
BREAKFAST DAILY AT BOTH HOTELS
Quicksilver Mirage Escape
FULL BREAKFAST DAILY
RETURN AIRPORT TRANSFERS FROM CAIRNS
QUICKSILVER OUTER REEF CRUISE
SNORKELLING GEAR | SEMI SUBMARINE TOUR
Quicksilver Reef & Cape Trib
SNORKELLING | SEMI-SUB
CAPE TRIB & DAINTREE
DAINTREE RIVER CRUISE
LUNCH INCLUDED BOTH DAYS
Quicksilver Reef Holiday
SELF CONTAINED APARTMENTS | CLOSE TO BEACH
QUICKSILVER OUTER BARRIER REEF TRIP
SEMI SUBMARINE | UNDERWATER OBSERVATORY
SNORKELLING INSTUCTION | MARINE BIOLOGIST
Luxury Eco Nature Escape
RIVER CANOES, MOUNTAIN BIKES, GYM, TENNIS COURTS
YOGA, RAINFOREST, GOURMET BREAKFAST DAILY
QUICKSILVER OUTER BARRIER REEF SNORKELLING
SEMI-SUBMARINE, GLASS BOTTOM BOAT
5 Night Trinity Beach Escape
QUICKSILVER REEF CRUISE WITH PONTOON
SEMI SUBMARINE &, GLASS BOTTOM BOAT
KURANDA TRAIN & SKYRAIL
RETURN AIRPORT TRANSFERS
Kuranda, Hartley's & Quicksilver
HARTLEYS CROCODILE ADVENTURE
QUICKSILVER OUTER BARRIER REEF PONTOON
SNORKEL & SEMI SUBMARINE
RETURN HOTEL TRANSFERS DAILY | DEPARTS DAILY
Quicksilver Pontoon Guest Reviews (59)
Thursday, February 02, 2017
Was an excellent day, a little rushed with so many people, a little overcrowded! Very promt service, right on time!
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
Great day out. Driver really informative which made the places we visited a lot more meaningful. Highly recommend the afternoon trip
Monday, April 18, 2016
We had a fab day the 4 grandchildren were just amazed at the experience have not stopped talking about the swim the dive the fish etc
Monday, March 28, 2016
Need to be active and fit with good swimming to get best from visit by snorkelling. Sub was very good as was underwater view. Buffet was good but a bit rushed. Too much hard sell on trip. Take lycra suit option for water.
Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Fabulous trip for all ages. Organisation & all staff excellent.
Monday, January 25, 2016
I was really impressed with the scuba instructor that I had for my introductory dive. Her name is Lynsay. She was fantastic at putting me at ease (I was very nervous)and explaining what I needed to do. It was a fantastic experience and a highlight of my trip.
Sunday, January 17, 2016
Had a great time, the day was over before we knew it.
Monday, July 20, 2015
As we were a group of 15 the quicksilver check in gave us vouchers for the lycra suits and a drink which was very much appreciated. A great experience for everyone.
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Outstanding, a once in a lifetime experience, which Quicksilver organised very well
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Great day! Very well organised. You get fed very well all day. Would recommend this tour company to a friend.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
A very well presented operation
Friday, October 03, 2014
Loved it. Family thought this was the highlight of our trip to FNQ. I am a non swimmer and just loved snorking with the wife and kids...felt very safe in my vest and equipment, ogling at the wonders of the reef. Great fun and a great experience.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
So glad it was a very calm day as I tend to get seasick, but your staff even had tips for that. Great day.
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Quicksilver - amazing tour and extremely organised. Lovely food and friendly, approachable staff. Loved every second.
Cheers Gene for arranging some fabulous tours for us! Leaving Port Douglas with VERY happy memories. Easy booking and great communications! Would defo use again. ;D
Saturday, March 22, 2014
We had a lovely day with Quicksilver and we did our first 2 dives. The employees were professional and communicated well all the instructions, would have liked more time out there!
Thursday, January 30, 2014
My two boys and I did the Advanced Snorkelling with the Marine Biologists, it was fantastic.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Fun fun fun :D
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
What an amazing day out!
Monday, January 06, 2014
Really good trip the snorkelling with the marine biologist and the submersible were great.
Saturday, January 04, 2014
Brilliant, Fantastic, Awesome
Friday, November 01, 2013
Had a fantastic time and it is a trip of a life time. Many activities on offer and the staff were very friendly and helpful.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
We enjoyed our day on the outer reef
Great for all the family
Monday, October 21, 2013
Excellent trip and will recommend to my friends and family
Friday, August 16, 2013
All things are excellent. Only bad thing is far from cairns city and must catch very earlier
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Good day all over
Saturday, August 03, 2013
We went on three tours and had a great time at each one. The reef tour was our favourite. While on the reef we participated in the guided Eco snorkelling tour and would recommend this to anyone. Lunch was great as well.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Quality of Facilities is excellent, but we do not have enough time to enjoy it.
After spending 15 min for changing, 20 min to queue for lunch and having food, 15-20 min queue and waiting for the submarine,another 15-20 min to queue for chaning back, we have less than 1.5 hour to enjoy at Pontoon...
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Had a fantastic time. Great crew and service and wished it could have lasted longer.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The best way to discover the Reef.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Fanastic for all ages. We did the one from Port Douglas this year, and the one from Cairns via Green Island last year. It was good going from Port Douglas but I think it would be good to be able to do an hour at the low isles on the way like the Cairns trip via green island.
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
For novice adventurers this was the best day out we were flooded with fish and turtles we had to shoo fish out of the way to sit on the step to go snorkelling so we could put on our flippers. The facilities were excellent and we had loads of opportunity to see the coral and the fish.
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Fantastic! Staff were lovely, facilities are awesome, overall the best day in Port Douglas
Friday, April 20, 2012
A most enjoyable day on the reef. Buffet was excellent and the staff very attentive and courteous.
Monday, January 30, 2012
My first dive was an amazing experience. Wavepiercier enable me to discover a love for diving!!
Sunday, January 15, 2012
We really enjoyed our brief visit to Port Douglas.
Monday, January 09, 2012
I had a fantastic day. Staff were helpful and friendly. I would go on this tour again in a shot. I have never snorkled before and I know it will now not be my last time. many thanks.
Monday, September 26, 2011
A good family day. Well organised and excellent food.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
What a Magical day!!! a must do tour for anyone wanting to visit our beautiful reef.
we just had to turn up to reception for our bus and the rest of the day was organised beautifully for us.
really enjoyed ourselves
the only Criticism we had was the morning tea and afternoon tea could have been better. We had travelled out to the reef in Hamiltion Island and the food was much better for the same price. over all excellent !!!
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Overall a reasonably enjoyable experience. Staff were friendly and welcoming. Facilities ok but not enough included for the cost - did not find it very good value for money compared to other similar cruises available (eg snorkelling tours additional cost - these should have been included).
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
The trip to the reef and the time there were truly fantastic. The staff were informative and friendly . They were always willing to help. The reef viewing was magnificent and was the highlight of the trip to North Queensland for a 40th Birthday celebration.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
This is jusy something anybody who comes to North Queensland must do! Quicksilver just do this better than the others, Their experience and their friendly, capable staff make it a wonderful day to remember forever.
Saturday, May 01, 2010
Great staff, made you feel really welcome.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
great day had snorkling and sight seeing many fish to see.cral was interesting to view.very informative and professional operation.
Sunday, April 04, 2010
Well organised and planned excellant service thank you.
Monday, February 01, 2010
The best experience ever!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
A very well organized tour with great staff and good equipment. The semi-submersibles are great to see the reef. I wish there was more time at the pontoon with this quicksilver great barrier reef tour. You only get 11:30 am to 2:45pm at the pontoon. They took us to agincourt reef #3. Food was plenty but just Ok. If you like to see the reef and fishes I suggest you skip the lunch at the pontoon and just snorkel and/or dive all of the 3hrs. The reef is just beautiful and renting a high megapixel digital camera for 45-60$ is a great idea. Pictures taken by our own camera in the submersibles came out blue but the ones we took with the rented waterproof digital camera came out great with a lot of colors.
Friday, August 21, 2009
An excellent tour with a very friendly and knowledgeable tour staff. They were able to deal with a multitude of different nationalities and ages in a courteous and inclusive way. Made our Reef trip a hugely positive experience for baby, parents and 10yr old.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
A very slick operation with the staff well prepared for the days activities
Friday, January 23, 2009
The overall feeling of Wavepiercer is pretty good. The reef is fantastic and the crews are very friendly and helpful, Natasha of the reservation team is simply extrodinary!
My only comment is the time at the reef seems a bit short comparing to other tour operators, arrivig around 11:30 and leave by 2:45, just a bit more than 4 hours, while other reef tours offer around 5 hours reef time. If the boat could leave Port Douglas an hour earlier, it will be much better.
Monday, November 24, 2008
The day was well organised and the staff very proffessional
Thursday, October 30, 2008
loved the trip to the Barrier reef. We were expecting a smaller boat. The food was good considering the amount of people they were catering for. We have snorkelled many times in different oceans. Had this been the first time it would have been out of this world. very enjoyable.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
All six of us had a great time. We had no idea how massive the barrier reef was. Snorkelling was great fun and we all enjoyed the lunch.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
prompt efficient polite accurate friedly service. thankyou
Thursday, June 26, 2008
The Semi-sub .
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Great day although weather was not the best.While wiunding on the reef the snorkling opportunity was very enjoyable.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Well organised trip, with vey informative briefings for novices on their first snorkelling experience, also safety was a priority so we felt comfortable.
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
A fantastic way to spend Christmas day. One I will never forget.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
We enjoyed the ride out to the reef and the glass-bottom craft. Lunch was very nice.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Very well organised, very professional, and plenty to do for all tastes once you get out to the reef.
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Quicksilver Pontoon Rates
REEF FROM THE AIR!
- 10 MINUTE HELI FLIGHT - SEMI SUB - UNDERWATER OBSERVATORY - SNORKELLING - LUNCHTravel between now and 31/March/2017
|All prices shown in Australian Dollars|
|Prices valid from now until 31 March 2017|
|Quicksilver ex Reef Marina Port Douglas||$238||$119||$595|
|ex Reef Marina PD + 10 min heli flight||$392||$275||n/a|
|Port Douglas hotel transfers + 10 min heli flight||$407||$281||n/a|
|Cairns/Nthn Beaches hotel transfers + 10 min heli flight||$423||$289||n/a|
|All prices shown in Australian Dollars|
|Prices valid from 01 April 2017 until 31 March 2018|
|Quicksilver ex Reef Marina Port Douglas||$246||$124||$616|
|ex Reef Marina PD + 10 min heli flight||$425||$303||$1,332|
|Port Douglas hotel transfers + 10 min heli flight||$433||$309||$1,356|
|Cairns/Nthn Beaches hotel transfers + 10 min heli flight||$449||$319||$1,408|
|Prices valid from now until 31 March 2017|
|Port Douglas hotel transfers | Adult||$12|
|Port Douglas hotel transfers | Child||$6|
|Port Douglas hotel transfers | Family||$30|
|Cairns hotel transfers | Adult||$28|
|Cairns hotel transfers | Child||$14|
|Cairns hotel transfers | Family||$70|
|10min Heli Flight from Reef Platform/person||$175|
|Quicksilver Cert Dive x 1||$118|
|Quicksilver Cert Dive x 2||$168|
|Quicksilver Intro Dive x 1||$166|
|Ocean Walker Helmet Dive||$166|
|Advanced Snorkel Tour - Adult||$78|
|Advanced Snorkel Tour - Child||$48|
|Advanced Snorkel Tour - Family (2ad-2ch)||$204|
|Introductory Adventure Snorkel/Adult||$60|
|Introductory Adventure Snorkel/Child||$30|
|Introductory Adventure Snorkel/Family||$150|
|Introductory Scuba Dive||$166|
|Prices valid from 01 April 2017 until 31 March 2018|
|10 min Heli Flight from Reef Platform||$179|
|Child Age = 4-14 years|
|Family = 2 Adults & 2 Children|
|WE DO NOT CHARGE BOOKING FEES OR CREDIT CARD SURCHARGES|