Though now part of the Silver Group, Poseidon Port Douglas still provides the kind of friendly service and experience you’d expect from a family owned business.
With an Advanced Eco-tourism accreditation, the Poseidon Outer Reef Cruise takes a maximum of 50 guests and 12 staff so there is plenty of space available for both snorkelers and divers alike. Poseidon Cruises calls at three spots on the Agincourt Reef and does not offer introductory diving – allowing more time and space for keen snorkelers and certified divers to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef.
. Morning and afternoon tea, and a generous buffet lunch are served during the course of the day.
As well as providing dive guides for certified divers, Poseidon also offer PADI Discover Scuba, Open Water and Advanced courses – so you can dive the reef as part of your PADI certification diving.
The boat has the full set of gear from basics, to suits and dive computers, or you can bring your own.
There is a reef interpretation talk, and a guided snorkel tour with a marine biologist. What sets Poseidon apart is the quality of the passionate staff and their knowledge of the marine environment.
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Based at the corner of Macrossan and Grant Streets, the MV Poseidon departs from the Reef Marina. Poseidon take their dive and snorkelling guests to three sites, from a large number of sites on the Agincourt Reef.
What to expect
Your day starts with a complimentary pick up from your Port Douglas accommodation (transfers from Cairns and the Northern Beaches are available at an additional charge) arriving at the Reef Marina for an 8:30am departure.
Bring swimwear and a towel, sunglasses, hat and sunscreen and a water bottle.
The cruise out to Agincourt Reef is about 90 minutes giving you plenty of time to sort the paperwork, sort your dive gear and enjoy morning tea. Divers are grouped according to capability and briefed before each dive. They also have 88 ltr tanks for those who need them. Dive sites are chosen according to conditions and capabilities. My logged dive start times for the day were 10:30am, 12:15pm and 13:45pm with dive times between 55 and 45 minutes.
The MV Poseidon is purpose built for taking snorkelers and divers to the Reef. The complete rear transom is a wide set of stairs that is lowered into the water, allowing snorkelers safe and easy access into the water.
The catamaran has a side entry point for divers to giant stride into the water. Exit is via the broad stairway amongst the snorkelers.
Lunch is served after the second dive in the spacious air-conditioned lounge (no wetsuits allowed – so rinse off and strip off before you enjoy lunch).
The third dive runs pretty much like the first two – a briefing followed by quickly stepping into your still assembled gear and stepping off the side.
Typically the day’s aquatic activities end at 3pm when the stairs are raised and passengers are treble counted before commencing the trip back to Port. There are freshwater showers available and plenty of time to wash down gear. On the trip back you can enjoy afternoon tea while you write up your dives, or just relax in the sun on the upper deck.
Poseidon has a mix of multi-lingual staff, so can typically answer all your questions either about ‘what happens next?’ to ‘what was yellow fish we saw?’ ;). There is a professional photographer on board, and a marine biologist who gives a reef interpretation talk. Kids are well catered for too, with certificates handed out on the sun deck for newly qualified young snorkelers.
The boat arrives back at the marina at 4:30pm and transfers to Port Douglas accommodation are waiting outside.
For more information and to enquire or make a booking, visit the Poseidon website.