Passions of Paradise offers one of best ways to experience the Great Barrier Reef. Their large crusing Catamaran, friendly staff and fabulous exclusive moorings mean that your reef experience will be one you will be talking about for many years to come.
This particular writer has just returned from a holiday in Cairns and spent a wonderful day out with the Passions crew. After motoring out to Michaelmas Cay we quickly moored and the fun began. As a qualified Open Water Diver and having dived on the reef many times over the years, I opted to just snorkel on this trip, knowing that I would still be able to get up close and personal with the marine life. We were transferred to the Cay (a preserved bird sanctuary) in the glass bottom boat and within minutes of entering the water I came across my first turtle, sunbathing in the shallows. It allowed me to approach and gently touch its slippery shell. WOW! What a start. Next up was a small Stingray, numerous species of fish and then, much to the delight of the overseas tourist swimming beside me, I found Nemo (Clown Fish).
After a bountiful hot and cold lunch, including prawns, we travelled 10 minutes to our second dive site, giving everyone the chance to experience a different aspect of the reef. Many on board took their second dive of the day, whilst those who were not certified were given the opportunity to experience Scuba Diving with a fully supervised Introductory Dive. From the stories on board I think there will be a few people looking to do a dive course after this trip!
Now you probably think this already sounds like a marvelous day, but whilst 'sailing' back we spotted some Dolphins before sighting a pod of migrating Humpback Whales. Breaching the waters surface and splashing around with their majestic tails it was all hands to cameras as the Skipper dropped the sails and allowed us to drift along and watch them for as long as they were in viewable range.
As good as all of this was, what really made the day was the attitude of the Passions Crew. Big smiles, lots of interaction with all the guests on board and even the odd magic trick. A great job, a fab day and that is why we highly recommend Passions of Paradise.
FREE - Glass Bottom Boat tour - valued at $18.00 for all East Coast Car Rentals who prebook their day on the reef with Passions of Paradise using the form below (will be required to show proof of rental on day).