May 31st, 2018
Silversonic and Calypso all have COVID Safety plans and reduced numbers from their usual capacity of 50-70 passengers. Now the maximum is 25-30 depending on the catamaran.
All the boats we use take a mix of divers and snorkelers, with there usually being 5-15 divers and the rest of the passengers snorkelling.
It is important to note that the outer reefs with the best visibility and marine life, the Agincourt and St Crispins reefs, are a 90-minute journey from Port Douglas. 30 metre boats, such as the purpose built dive vessels Silversonic and Calypso, are designed for comfortably getting through the sometimes choppy seas we encounter on the way to the protection of the outer reef. Smaller boats find this journey tough going, especially if there is a bit of wind – so they either dive on lower visibility inner reefs or sometimes even cancel.
We choose to use 30 metre boats as it provides the best of both worlds for our customers – comfort and access to the best reefs from Port Douglas. This is something that the smaller boats cannot offer.