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“Amazing people, amazing locale, truly memorable experience”

Seastar Cruises Reef Day Trips
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Luxury Outer Great Barrier Reef Island and Reef...
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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 19 March 2018

We booked Seastar based on it being the highest rated on Tripadvisor, and we were not in the least disappointed...it was an amazing day!

We were group of four newly retired age Canucks, one with extensive diving experience, one with some snorkelling background, and two whom had seldom ventured beyond their bathtub. All four of us had different experiences during the day, but all were fantastic!

As an experienced (if significantly out of practice) diver, the relaxed camaraderie was incredibly welcoming, and diving on the reef was the stuff of bucket lists. For our kinda snorkeler, this was a chance to be taught how to snorkel properly, how to relax and enjoy the experience, and how to make the most of every minute in the water; she is now set up to truly enjoy every future trip. For the bathtub couple, it was a whole new experience that they were guided through step by step, enjoying a journey they could never otherwise have taken.

Michaelmas Cay, in itself, is really cool, and incredible opportunity to meet, literally face to face, a myriad of the the local winged inhabitants. They appear to sense that they at no risk as they sit just inside the roped off area, clearly laughing at the tourists...the birds sit on the rope, heckling like Statler and Waldorf from the Muppet Show. I spent ten minutes just watching one juvenile brown booby as we sat inches apart.

As you swim away from the Cay you may be disappointed as it is just sand, but the reef comes up soon enough, and it is a cool introduction to the world beneath the waves, and sets you up for an incredible experience at Hastings Reef.

In a word...AWESOME.

The staff are friendly, relaxed, patient and understanding. They make sure everyone is safe and understands the need for prudence, but they stress that the experience is natural and has to be fun and relaxing. Typically Aussie, all the folks on the boat joked with us and each other, teased us, laughed with us, taught us much, learned a little from us, generally treated us like friends, not just customers.

Snacks and drinks and lunch were plentiful, the post dive imbidements were reasonable priced, the boat was comfortable. Diving equipment was basic but all was near new and in excellent condition.

One thing not mentioned on Seastar's website is that if you are NOT a certified SCUBA diver, you can still do a dive if you wish...the diving instructor will kit you out and (literally) lead you by the hand for an intro dive that will lead to certification if you choose to pursue it. Snorkelling is wonderful, but seeing the reef and its inhabitants at their level is an entirely different experience, and one not to be missed if you have the inclination.

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Reviewed 15 March 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our reef trip with seastar cruises! They catered for everyone... from snorkelers and divers of all levels, to those not comfortable with the ocean, to prescription snorkel masks for those who needed! You feel very safe, even if you're not a strong swimmer. The crew are friendly, passionate and obviously care a lot about these reefs. A delicious lunch and photos taken by the crew were lovely touches.

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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

My wife and I went for a Reef trip to Michaelmas Cay and Hastings while we're in Cairns. It was a great experience with Seastar. I did two certified dives, and my wife snorkeled. I was the only certified diver on the trip, and the dive master, Heather, was awesome. She was very thorough in explaining how things would go. She was great through the whole process and is very knowledgeable about the Reef and the wildlife.

Thank drewbeall
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

What an amazing day on the Seastar Cruise. The boat crew was awesome, enthusiastic and very caring about everyone on the boat. Food was good and the stories we were told about GBR were very interesting. Well done Seastar!

Thank MattandMaja
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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

Amazing experience going to the Similan islands for a day/snorkel trip. Our tour guides were Iggy, Beth and Both. Iggy was very friendly, explained everything well and our trip was an unforgettable one. Would definitely recommend!

Thank anjali920
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