Passions Of Paradise
Passions of Paradise is a Queensland and Australian Tourism Award winner (2009) in the category of Adventure Tourism and holds Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation through Ecotourism Australia. This is a locally owned and operated Cairns company, which is committed to providing you with the very best Great Barrier Reef day tour available. Guests travel to two amazing Great Barrier Reef destinations, Michaelmas Cay and Paradise Reef, on a custom-designed 25m sailing catamaran.
Michaelmas Cay is a protected sea bird breeding sanctuary and Passions of Paradise holds one of just three permits issued, allowing their guests to visit the cay itself. This sand cay is surrounded by sheltered, shallow waters and coral gardens teeming with fish and colourful, giant clams. Paradise Reef is an open water reef, with coral gardens rising from the ocean floor to just metres beneath the surface. Water entry is by stairs from the back deck.
The Passions vessel is one of the largest commercial sailing catamarans in Australia and was built to provide a fast (top speed of 16 knots), comfortable ride to the Great Barrier Reef. It has an air-conditioned interior saloon and exterior sun decks. Activities available include snorkelling, introductory and certified diving (more information on these activities in the tabs below), glass bottom boat tours, swimming and sun bathing. A free 10-minute scuba diving demonstration is included in the price, as is a guided snorkel tour, all snorkelling equipment, morning and afternoon tea. Lunch is a tropical buffet of hot and cold dishes including prawns and fresh fruit. Glass bottom boat tours are available as an optional extra.
|Rate Option||Pay Now||Pay Later||Total Price|
|Cert Diving (1 Dive)||$229.00||
|Cert Diving (2 Dives)||$274.00||
|Introductory Diving (1 Dive)||$229.00||
|Introductory Diving (2 Dives)||$274.00||
|Inclusions: Two fantastic locations, Hot & cold buffet lunch, Morning & afternoon tea, Snorkelling equipment, Dive Guide, Highest quality scuba equipment, A personalised experience on a fun boat with great staff|
|Extras (Pay Later): The $10.00 Reef Levy is payable at the time of check in. Second dives must also be arranged & paid for onboard.|
|Additional Extras: If Return Coach Transfer required $14 per person from Cairns & $18 per person from the Northern Beaches is payable on the day of travel.|
|Prices are shown in Australian dollars and include GST. Prices subject to change without notice.|
Check in is at the Reef Fleet Terminal at Marlin Marina, at around 7.30am for an 8am departure. Once onboard, morning tea is served including tea, coffee and fresh muffins, as you set sail for your day of adventure on the high seas. Pending weather conditions, Passions of Paradise will first head to either Paradise Reef or Michaelmas Cay on a standard day tour.
Snorkelling and diving is available at both locations and the buffet lunch is served around 12pm. Moving to the second site in the afternoon, guests have more time to enjoy in-water activities before Passions of Paradise calls all of its guests back on board for a final head count and prepares for its homeward journey, departing around 2.30pm. On the trip home, Passions of Paradise provides a marine biologist presentation inside and serves a delicious cheese and fruit platter. You will arrive back into Cairns around 5pm.
Passions of Paradise offers the choice between one (1) or two (2) scuba dives per day: all dives are guided by professional dive guides and all equipment is included in the dive price. There is also the option to try introductory diving (no experience necessary).
INTRODUCTORY DIVES: No experience necessary. Passions offers a "try before you dive" package, where you can participate in the briefings and try the equipment in the water: if you are not comfortable / enjoying the experience after a few minutes, you can end the introductory dive with no charge. A maximum of four students per instructor, diving in shallow, sheltered waters.
CERTIFIED DIVING: All certified diving on Passions of Paradise is guided: choose one or two guided dives. The first dive is at around 10.30am, the second dive just after 1pm. Maximum dive depth is 18m. Diving experiences available include drift dives, wall dives and swim throughs. Passions of Paradise hold an exclusive permit for Paradise Reef, a hard coral reef with depths of up to 25m, excellent visibility and diverse marine life. Dive this nature’s paradise without the crowds. You will be required to show your Divers License and complete dive medical paperwork onboard, prior to diving. All equipment is included in the certified diving price.
Passions of Paradise visits an open water location and coral sand cay: snorkelling can be completed at both destinations and is suitable for anyone who can swim and is comfortable in the water. Free flotation vests are available. Snorkelling equipment (masks and fins) is provided and there is free snorkelling tuition for those new to the activity. In addition, there is a free guided snorkel tour. Lycra suits and wet suits are available for hire and are recommended. Snorkelers may also enjoy the marine biologist guided, glass bottom boat tour (optional extra). Michaelmas Cay is the perfect place to snorkel and you’ll enjoy the shallow waters and giant clams. Access to the water is from steps at the rear of the boat.
PASSIONS OF PARADISE – WINTER REVIEW - Reviewed by Julie on the Friday 30th of September 2011
Passions of Paradise delivers an amazing day tour to Cairns’ Great Barrier Reef, combining Outer Reef with Michaelmas Cay. This diversification in experience allows guests of all swimming, snorkeling and diving abilities to enjoy the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The crew is very friendly, committed to ensuring each and every guest is looked after from the very beginning to the very end of their day. As expected of an award winning product, the boat and equipment is in excellent condition and the trip is comfortable and peaceful. This is an excellent day tour for snorkelers and introductory and certified divers, combining the Great Barrier Reef with Michaelmas Cay... read full review
PASSIONS OF PARADISE – DECEMBER DIVING REVIEW - Reviewed by Julie on the Monday 20th of December 2010
December in Cairns can be hot and stormy, but out on the Great Barrier Reef with Passions of Paradise, its picture perfect with excellent visibility, friendly crew and experienced dive masters. A great day out – enjoyed by all on board.... read full review
PASSIONS OF PARADISE – INTRODUCTORY DIVING REVIEW - Reviewed by Julie on the Monday 20th of December 2010
As soon as I hit the water and started breathing underwater I knew this was one of the most exiting experiences of my life, the world around you changes into a silent sea of bubbles, you feel like you have been detached from the world above. Breathing was actually easier in scuba gear than snorkelling. I hung onto a rope connected to the two hulls of the boat, it was here the dive instructor made sure we knew how to clear our mask and regulator if they filled with water or came off, we then sank one meter down to a second rope where we just seemed to hang in suspended animation, above us we could see all the snorkelers thrashing and kicking around but down here the ocean was very different.... read full review