Silver Sonic Dive & Snorkel Adventure
- 5 hours on the Reef
- Departs Port Douglas at 08:30am, Check-in on Port Douglas at 07:50am
- Returns Port Douglas at 04:30pm
- Experience more – visit 3 different Agincourt ribbon reef sites
When you step aboard the ultramodern Silversonic, you are set for an exhilarating day of fun, discovery and adventure in the natural wonderland of the Great Barrier Reef. You'll have access to explore three stunning and exclusive reef sites at the renowned Agincourt ribbon reefs, each chosen for visual and ecological diversity for your dive and snorkel adventures.
And you'll be doing it in comfort and style! With our friendly and knowledgeable crew, Silversonic has everything you’ll need to experience an underwater world of colourful marine life in safety. Access to the water is so easy with the large submerged platform, relax on the spacious deck areas, there’s hot freshwater showers, change rooms and even a licensed bar to share tales of your adventure on the homeward journey.
As an added bonus during the whale season, Silversonic has one of the few permits available from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority that allows our guests to swim with dwarf minke whales if encountered – a truly unforgettable experience!
First time divers can take the plunge in complete confidence with an experienced dive instructor by your side. Enjoy up to 2 dives. With an Introductory Dive (or sometimes known as a "Discover Dive" or "Resort Dive"), no previous experience is necessary and you’ll be able to experience the excitement of scuba diving whilst under very close supervision of an instructor.
Our onboard and highly skilled dive instructors will take you step by step through the whole experience, from the dive briefing lecture, the equipment and the dive, to ensure all facets of your dive are comfortable and most of all enjoyable.
On the outward journey to the Reef, instructors assess the suitability of potential introductory divers and you’ll be required complete the necessary paperwork which includes a medical questionnaire. You’ll be taught fundamentals of scuba diving as well as the use of equipment. There’s a video to watch and a quick quiz to complete. All equipment, including wetsuits and prescription masks (if required) are included in the price of the introductory dive.
Once at the Reef, it’s out to the dive deck and ready to gear up! Your instructor will make sure you’re comfortable with the basic skills again and you’re ready for your underwater adventure! The Great Barrier Reef is more about shallow scuba diving and your dive may take you as deep as 12 metres (40 feet).
The instructor is by your side the whole time and you can even link arms if you feel the need. Your dive experience will generally last around 30 minutes underwater, and if you’re hooked by the end of, you’ve got the option to try a second introductory dive at another site to experience a whole new reef environment!
After your dive experience, you’ll get a PADI Certificate as a memento of your underwater adventure. This certificate is not a qualification - it is simply a memento of one of the best experiences of your life. To get a recognised qualification you will need to complete a Learn to Dive Course.
Enjoy up to 3 dives. All dives are guided to maximise your experience. As a certified diver, you can enjoy up to three spectacular dives, experiencing three different Great Barrier Reef environments when you travel with the Silver Series for your dive adventure. With the most extensive range of dive sites to visit daily, divers of all levels from novice to experienced, will be excited by the range of experiences our magnificent sites present including drift and wall dives, bommie and pinnacle, coral gardens and swim throughs.
Our professional instructors accompany all dives at no extra charge, ensuring maximum safety and enjoyment. They have intimate local knowledge of the reef systems we visit and are passionate about sharing this! Certified dives last approximately 40 minutes or more. The Great Barrier Reef is an iconic destination and is a diver’s dream. The warm waters of the Great Barrier Reef, with temperatures ranging from 22-29 Celsius (75-85 Fahrenheit), makes for comfortable scuba diving all year round. The Great Barrier Reef’s ecosystem supports the greatest concentration of life on this planet including 1,500 species of fish, 400 different kinds of corals, 4000 species of molluscs and 10,000 species of sponges. As a Certified diver, you’ll need to present proof of certification.
(Subject to variations according to conditions and reef sites visited)
- From 07.30am - Check-in at Quicksilver Reservations Counter located inside
the Port Douglas Marina for your boarding passes.
- 08:15am - Vessel boarding. Complimentary morning tea/breakfast served.
- 08:30am - Depart Port Douglas marina for the Outer Barrier Reef. On the outward journey, certified and introductory dive briefings begin.
- 10:15am - Arrive at first reef location. ivers gear up, while snorkellers' site briefing begins. Get ready to view the beauty of this natural wonder!
- 11:30am - DSilversonic departs for second reef location. Option for introductory divers and certified divers to do a second dive. Snorkellers site briefing.
- 12:00am - Enjoy lunch served in the air conditioned cabin. Silversonic departs for third reef location.
- 01:40pm - Option for certified divers to do a third dive or second introductory dive. Snorkellers are once again briefed as to the best areas to snorkel. Guided Snorkel Tour.
- 02:30pm - Afternoon tea served
- 03:00pm - All passengers board vessel for final passenger count and departure for Port Douglas.
- 04:30pm - Silversonic arrives at Port Douglas Marina.
- 04:55pm - Coaches depart for accommodation.
- Return coach transfer from Port Douglas accommodation (*currently unavailable)
- Return Silversonic cruise from Port Douglas
- Scrumptious morning tea including focaccias and muffin cakes on boarding, Afternoon tea cakes, cheese & biscuits
- Hot & Cold lunch
- Reef Interpretation
- Snorkelling equipment (mask, snorkel and fins)
- Guided Snorkel Tour
- Snorkel brief at each site
- Qualified lifeguard supervision
- Equipment for divers provided, including wetsuit
- Hot freshwater showers
- Prescription masks available at no additional cost
- Lycra suits included
- Reef Levy
- Private consumption
- Travel insurance (can be purchased from FIT Travel)
- Hotel transfers
- Extras : Photo packages on request
- Please check-in at the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina( Address: 44 Wharf St, Port Douglas QLD 4877)
- The itinerary is quoted in Australian dollars (AUD).
- Minimum numbers apply for tours to proceed, we will let you know at the time of booking if this might affect your tour.
- Prices listed on this site are per person, unless otherwise specified.
Prices advertised include GST.
Tours and pricing are subject to change without notice.
- In line with government regulations due to Covid-19, guests will now be served gourmet lunch packs and individual servings of morning and afternoon tea.
- All divers must complete a medical questionnaire/declaration on-board. A history of asthma, heart conditions and/or other medical conditions or medications may prohibit diving. If medical is failed on board no refund will be given.
SCUBA DIVING CONDITIONS
- Certain medical conditions (diabetes, asthma etc) and medications may preclude some people from scuba diving. Please see Dive Medical page for more information.
- Minimum age for scuba diving is 12 years.
- Flying after scuba diving: A wait of 12 hours is recommended but preferably 24 hours, if doing multiple dives, before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater.
What To Bring
- Your camera.
- Swimming costume & towel.
- Hat, sunscreen & shirt.
- Certification Card for Certified Divers.
- Cash for drinks at the bar, credit card for additional dives.
- Available for Hire:
- Underwater digital cameras available for hire.
- Professional underwater photo and video service on board.
- Are there any stingers / what are Lycra Suits?
Lycra suits are available onboard to reduce the possibility of stings and irritations while also offering protection from the sun. At certain times of the year (generally November – April), jellyfish, commonly called marine stingers, can affect the seas of Northern Australia. Most jellyfish are harmless to man, however certain varieties may cause a serious reaction. Incidents involving serious marine stings in this area are extremely rare. Our crew are conscious of the danger of marine stingers and will take appropriate steps to ensure your protection if they believe conditions are such that there is a possibility of encountering these creatures.
- Do you have foreign speaking dive/snorkel staff?
Our crew do speak a number of different languages, however a specific language can not be guaranteed on any given day of travel due to staff rosters. We recommend you contact our office prior to travel.
- Are your dive instructors PADI certified?
- Will I get seasick?
Hopefully not. Silversonic and Silverswift have state-of-the-art ride control systems to ensure a smoother journey. Where there is motion however, whether in a car, bus, plane or boat, some people will suffer from motion sickness. Motion sickness medication is available onboard for purchase. Ginger tablets are available free onboard as a natural alternative.
- Do you need to know how to swim to dive?
Not technically. It is recommended however that if you can't swim but would like to do an introductory dive, that a reef platform such as Quicksilver's Outer Reef or Great Adventures Outer Reef cruise would be better suited to ensure the best experience.
- My child is certified to dive, but I will not be travelling with him / her? Do I need to sign a waiver?
If your child is under the age of 15 years they are unable to travel without a parent or legal guardian . If your child is between the ages of 15 -18 years he / she can travel unattended but a dive waiver (either certified or introductory) and letter signed by you the parent / legal guardian giving permission for your child to dive, must be presented to the crew on the day before travel for your child to be allowed to dive. Please contact our office for the required paperwork.
- Can we take children?
Yes, any age is welcome accompanied by an adult, however we highly recommend that children be confident in the water. Babysitting facilities are not available onboard. The minimum age for scuba diving is 12 yrs.
- How deep can you dive?
Our dives are approximately 12 to 18 metres in depth. The Great Barrier Reef is generally not a deep dive destination, more shallow diving. As coral relies on sunlight for growth, some of the best snorkelling and diving can be done in shallow areas around the reef top.