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Seastar Cruises Reef Day Trips
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Owner description: Seastar Cruises premium reef cruise combines the outer Great Barrier Reef with a coral cay island. In only 1 1/4 hours the fast air-conditioned Seastar 1 can take you from Cairns to magnificent Michaelmas Cay, the largest of the local uninhabited coral cays. Cruising past Green Island, Upolu cay and Oyster reef Seastar is the first boat to arrive. After an enjoyable time here it is a short 20 minute cruise to the splendid Hastings Reef sitting on the very outer edge. This is where the corals thrive, well out from the coast away from the influence the rivers and streams, adjacent to the clear waters of the Pacific Ocean. You will have 2 1/2 hours at each location. Plenty of time to go snorkeling, do a introductory dive, relax on the beach of the Island or join a tour in the Glass Bottom Boat at Hastings Reef. The day cruise on Seastar inlcudes Morning/Afternoon tea, high quality snorkel equipment, Wetsuit or Lycra suit (depending on the time of year), Glass Bottom Boat Tour, Hot & Cold Buffet Lunch, Reef Interpretation & Guided Snorkel Tours on each spot.
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Reviewed 14 March 2014

We selected Seastar because of the limited numbers of passengers involved, but it could have been for a multitude of reasons, not least the excellent and very caring staff. Our trip out to the first reef was a little choppy which resulted in over 60% of the punters suffering, but the crew helped everyone and their kindness deserves 5* alone.
Once on the reef, we might as well have been dropped into an aquarium. The weather had been a little rough, but we were still able to see everything that we had hoped and more. Even though we just went snorkeling, we felt that we missed nothing. Our guide on the reef was a mine of information and her talk throughout our dive. The second dive/reef was even better.
This trip was the highlight of our 6 weeks in Australia & New Zealand, period.

1  Thank MagellansTours
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Reviewed 14 March 2014

We went to Cairns just for this Reef Trip!

We went on a particularly windy day (due to a cyclone coming in) so a bunch of us were sea sick, but that is not SeaStar's fault at all of course - but do take their sea sick pills, as my husband and I only took our own motion sickness pills and they were not enough!

Overall Experience: Awesome!

Crew: Friendly and outgoing from the start. Helpful and engaging, but never over bearing. Made you feel safe and secure, even though the weather conditions were rocky.

Reef locations: safe, great, 2 locations was enough for us and was given plenty of time at each.

Other: Food was great, and they took great care of all the "seasick patients" :) , fins/snorkel/stinger suits were all provided and was very well organized.

Definitely recommend SeaStar to anyone and everyone :)

Thank kwc_toronto
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Reviewed 13 March 2014 via mobile

Excellent service by seastar crew. If you book you shouldn't be disappointed. The boat holds 30-40 people. This makes a big difference when exploring the reef.

1  Thank Daniel F
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

So so so kind were the staff when we were all so ill! Great reef experience although would have liked to have seen more. Fit a 3rd one in? Suits, fins etc all sorted for you. Didn't feel alone at all. Photos straight on fb afterwards

This was a great day trip.

The staff were so friendly - I was met straight off the taxi that had picked me up from my hotel - walked to the boat and then met by so many happy smiley faces!

We were offered breakfast straight away, went through all the safety dos and don'ts and then set off. Unfortunately the sea was really rough and a lot of us didn't feel very well! The staff were so kind though and looked after us. Giving us advice on how to feel better, getting us ice to suck on, travel sickness tablets- they were great. As soon as we got to the first reef I felt better and could thoroughly enjoy the experience.

At both reefs one of the girls did a tour of the reef with us, pointing out everything - even turtles!!! She would dive down to touch the giant clams so they would close, found us a jellyfish we could hold - loads! It was great.

Lunch was really lovely too.

Boat was a bit tired looking, but it didn't matter. The reefs were gorgeous - and we were the first ones there so not too busy. Loved it. Would definitely recommend.

Thank 198katiew
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

Took the day trip to Hastings Reef and Michaelmas Cay with Sea Star. It was a perfect trip for a group with varying interests and abilities. I took the trip with my partner and my parents. My g/f likes to snorkel, my parents were first time snorkelers and I am a certified diver. The crew was excellent. They were a very young and fun crew, but were also extremely professional.

Ellen the dive master was wonderful. Very good guided dives and was just the right amount of cautious with you. All their equipment was top notch, and she helped to set everything up for you, which was a huge help for those with no experience setting up equipment on a moving boat.

The food for lunch was also very good. Chicken wings and salads with veggie-bake.

All in all, if you are looking for a nice day out on the reef... Sea Star is head and shoulders above the rest.

Thank mbj7944
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