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Falla Reef Trips

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The only way to sail

This was the best way to experience the reef. Doug is a man who's passionate about the reef... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Bobby G
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This IS THE WAY to see the Great Barrier Reef

This is a really neat reef trip that you’ll learn more about the reef and the boat than you would... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Cocoa, Florida
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“captain doug”(117 reviews)
“pearl lugger”(29 reviews)
“reef trip”(49 reviews)
The Falla is a wooden ship, built in Broome, W.A. in 1956 to dive for mother of pearl. She worked with the ancient bronze helmet dive gear until 1963 when demand for the material dwindled due to the advent of plastics. For all of the next half...more
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D-Finger Marlin marina, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 400 195 264
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This was the best way to experience the reef. Doug is a man who's passionate about the reef, environment, people and most of all - his lugger. His old sailing ship is a breath of fresh air compared to the more efficient commercial alternative. If...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a really neat reef trip that you’ll learn more about the reef and the boat than you would ever find on the speed cats and huge crowds. Smaller boat and fewer passengers makes this a personal close up tour. Captain Doug is a...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My friend and I chose the Falla because it carries a small number of passengers compared to the large boats, there's an opportunity to help the crew hoist the sails (which my friend did and enjoyed) and the ship goes to two different reef locations....More

Thank Sightsee765806
Reviewed 5 days ago

With my boyfriend, we have made the travel from France to snorkel in the great barrier reef. We have read a comment on Facebook, and then we have tried to reach captain Doug by phone but it was impossible (several weeks before the trip, even...More

Thank lgodadhur
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Captain Doug took good care of us on his lovely boat Falla. While we were sailing out to the reef he also provided us with informative and historical stories. During the trip we were offered plenty of food and drinks and also had a good...More

Thank lalawe92
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After reading all the great reviews and information on the website we were expecting a lot from this trip. We were however slightly disappointed. Don't get me wrong we had a good day out and did a solid 3 hours of snorkeling (the website promised...More

3  Thank Sabine R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The day started in a casual and relaxed manner with the crew welcoming us onboard with tea, coffee and biscuits..getting us settled under that shade of the main deck area whilst we got under way.. We cruised to to the reef with Captain Doug giving...More

Thank Jess R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want to experience the GBR without 200 other people book your trip with the Falla. We had an excellent day with Captain Doug and his crew, there were 17 of us on the boat that day. When we snorkeled in the private area...More

Thank dmc06n
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great day, staff were helpful and Captain Doug was very entertaining. I would highly recommend a day out on the falla.

Thank turnershired
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Captain Doug has a very special boat to do the Great Barrier Reef diving/snorkeling trip. When you want a more privat and cosy daytrip to the reef this is the boat trip you want. Away from all the 300+ passenger boats that sail out of...More

Thank Gert M
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4 September 2018|
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Response from melphysioalbans | Reviewed this property |
I personally wouldn't.There is very little space to crawl around.
1 August 2018|
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Response from Paula C | Reviewed this property |
In addition to lunch meat for sandwiches, Captain Doug offers a few salads. You could always make yourself a cheese sandwich if you eat dairy. Enjoy! It’s a wonderful experience!
Paul D
25 May 2018|
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Response from dododip | Reviewed this property |
It is a fabulous trip to the reef.... you will Love it, no other trip is comparable, and I have tried the other trips. You need to contact the company directly for availability... this is the number 0400195264