Quicksilver Cruises the ultimate Great Barrier Reef Tours, Port Douglas

Quicksilver Cruises is a popular cruise company operating in Port Douglas, Australia. They offer a range of reef tours and experiences, allowing visitors to explore the Great Barrier Reef. From snorkeling and scuba diving to underwater observatories, Quicksilver Cruises provides various ways to enjoy the stunning marine life and coral formations of the reef. It’s a great option for those looking to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. Keep in mind that my information is accurate up until September 2021, so I recommend checking with current sources for the latest details about Quicksilver Cruises.

 Quicksilver Cruises is known for its high-quality and immersive experiences on the Great Barrier Reef. They operate a fleet of modern vessels that are well-equipped to cater to tourists of all ages and preferences. These cruises often include amenities like onboard dining, entertainment, and educational presentations about the reef ecosystem.

One of the notable features of Quicksilver Cruises is their unique platform called the “Agincourt Reef Pontoon.” This floating platform serves as a hub for various activities like snorkeling, diving, semi-submersible rides, and underwater observatory tours. It provides a convenient and safe way for visitors to explore the reef while learning about its conservation efforts and the marine life that inhabits it.

This tour is a great option for everyone, including families and non-swimmers.  A range of activities are available for all levels of ability. With so much to do, the Port Douglas Great Barrier Reef Pontoon has something for everyone.

Ultimate comfort on the reef

Quicksilver Cruises Great Barrier Reef Pontoon is designed for comfort and convenience. The stable platforms provide easy access to the water. Covered areas provide shelter from the elements. Unlimited semi-submersible tours and an underwater observatory allow you to see the reef without swimming.

The Port Douglas Great Barrier Reef Pontoon is family-friendly and disability-friendly.

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Q. Where do Quicksilver Cruises depart from?

A. Quicksilver Cruises typically depart from Port Douglas in North Queensland, offering convenient access to the Great Barrier Reef’s stunning marine environment.
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Q. What activities are available with Quicksilver Cruises?

A. Quicksilver Cruises offer a range of activities including snorkeling, scuba diving, semi-submersible tours, underwater observatory visits, and marine educational presentations.

Q. Is scuba diving experience required to join the dive tours?

A. While some tours are suitable for certified divers, Quicksilver Cruises also offer introductory dive experiences for beginners under the guidance of experienced instructors.

Q. Are the tours suitable for children and families?

A. Yes, Quicksilver Cruises provide family-friendly options and activities suitable for children. The tours offer a safe and enjoyable experience for visitors of all ages.

Q. Can I visit the Great Barrier Reef even if I can't swim?

A. Absolutely, Quicksilver Cruises offer activities such as semi-submersible tours and underwater observatory visits that allow non-swimmers to experience the reef’s beauty.


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  • Reef Pontoon
  • Outer Barrier Reef
  • Underwater observatory
  • Semi-submarine


  • 09:15 am – Check-in a the marina to collect your boarding passes.
  • 09:30 am – Enjoy complimentary morning tea directly after you board.
  • 10:00 am – Your adventure begins! The large, stable vessel provides a smooth journey to the Outer Barrier Reef.
  • 10:30 am – Marine biology presentation and diving briefings.
  • 11:30 am – Arrive at the Outer Great Barrier Reef Pontoon. The boat stays here for 3.5 hours, which gives you plenty of time to enjoy everything on offer.
  • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm – Lunch is served buffet style- with full bar facilities available in case you want to purchase drinks
  • 3:00 pm – The vessel departs the Great Barrier Reef Pontoon.
  • 4:30 pm – The boat arrives back in Port Douglas.


  • 3.5 hours at a fixed Great Barrier Reef Pontoon
  • Stunning Outer Great Barrier Reef site
  • Unlimited Snorkeling
  • All snorkeling equipment and instruction
  • Semi-Submersible tours with commentary (weather permitting)
  • Qualified lifeguard to watch all swimmers
  • Underwater Observatory – See the life beneath without getting wet!
  • Reef Presentation by a qualified marine biologist
  • Educational fish feeding show
  • Hot & cold tropical buffet lunch, including prawns
  • Morning & afternoon tea
  • Environmental Management Fee

Optional Extras

Get More Out Of Your Day!

  • Scenic Helicopter Flights.
  • Underwater Digital Camera Hire available on board.
  • Professional photography packages.
  • Marine Biologist Guided Snorkel Tour – Beginner Tour or Advanced Tour options are available.
  • Scuba Diving* for qualified divers (Certified). Up to 3 dives available.
  • ‘Resort Scuba Diving’* for beginners. No experience needed. (minimum of 12 years old)
  • Ocean Walker Helmet Diving*
  • Snack Bar Purchases: Soft drinks, ice cream, alcohol, etc.
  • Prescription mask hire is available if you require vision correcting glasses.
  • Hotel transfers from Cairns and Northern Beaches hotels.

*Subject to medical conditions – see ‘Important Information for Scuba & Ocean Walkers’ below.

What to bring

  • Cash or credit card for extra purchases – Note: credit card surcharges may apply 
  • Camera
  • Swimming costume, towel and also hat
  • Sunscreen together with sunglasses
  • Proof of qualification if you’re a Certified Diver
  • Booking Voucher/Confirmation

How to get there

From Cairns and Northern Beaches

  • Quicksilver luxurious air-conditioned coaches offer a scenic coastal drive along Australia’s most breathtaking routes.
  • You’ll enjoy a full commentary during your journey, adding depth to your experience.
  • Quicksilver provides a pick-up service directly from your accommodation to make your adventure even more convenient.
  • Details about pick-up times will be provided when you confirm your booking, ensuring a seamless start to your day.

From Port Douglas

  • If you’re in Port Douglas, worry not! We offer coach transfers directly from your accommodation.
  • The specific times for hotel transfers will be shared with you upon confirming your booking.
  • This way, you can relax and focus on the excitement of your upcoming underwater adventure.

Making Your Way

  • For those who prefer to arrange transportation, check-in time is at 9:15 am at the Quicksilver office, located at the Port Douglas Marina on Wharf Street, Port Douglas.
  • Are you worried about parking? Don’t be! We offer free parking facilities at the marina, ensuring your visit is stress-free and convenient.

No matter how you choose to get here, Quicksilver is dedicated to making your Oceanwalker helmet diving experience as enjoyable and hassle-free as possible. Get ready for an incredible journey beneath the waves, surrounded by the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.

Important Information

Information for Scuba Diving and Ocean Walker

To avoid disappointment, we recommend that all of our passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire before booking.

Queensland, Australia, has some of the strictest scuba diving rules in the world but also the safest scuba diving record.   The Queensland Government Code of Practice regulates us and we comply with all regulations.
Can I go Diving?

We are happy to help you with any questions you may have.   Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our office on 07 4037 2700 or email us at [email protected]

Or you may like to consult your Doctor for a Dive Medical using the Australian Standard Forms AS.4005.1

Flying after Scuba Diving

For a single, non-decompression scuba dive, you should not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours after a scuba dive.  You should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive.  If you are skydiving or hot-air ballooning, you must wait 24 hours after diving.  We recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible.

Please note that there is a price increase every April 1st.


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