“ Address: Shop 35 / Marina Mirage / Port Douglas QLD 4877 / Australia / Tel: (07) 4099 6999 „
Calypso Cruises run from the marina in Port Douglas, Northern Queensland. A lot of people wanting to visit the great barrier reef go from Cairns, where there are more boats leaving and they all go to the same places so your diving or snorkelling experience can be crowded. The reefs that Calypso go to are remote, there are no other boats around so you really feel like you are on the reef.
The boat is very nicely done, there are wet weather floors inside, although they ask you to take off your wetsuit when you go inside which can be annoying when its break time or lunchtime as you have to put a cold wetsuit back on. Theres a great sundeck out the front which was nice as the journey to the reef is about an hour and a half. Not the best place to sit if you get sea sick though. Luckily I dont after working on a boat.
The boat holds around 50 people but it wasnt full when I went so it didnt feel at all crowded.
There are plenty of refreshments to keep you going through the day, the best thing to drink is water and not too much cake as a lot of people tucked into the cake and there were obviously sick as soon as we set off.
The staff on the boat are very friendly and helpful. As I was diving with an instructor for my advanced diving they remembered my name and were excellent in recording all my dive times for my log book.
Im not sure how much it costs for a day as I booked my advanced course and the boat was included in it.
I had a great day on Calypso, the reefs were great, the staff were excellent and it was a very professionally run boat. I felt very safe and the weather was sunny which made everything great.