About the Tour
The cheerful, helpful crew will greet you on arrival at E Finger at the Cairns Marlin Marina, go directly to the boat where you can check in at the floating office, adjacent to Skedaddle and anything outstanding can be sorted there. Once checked in and before boarding Skedaddle you will sign on the safety manifest and be asked to remove your shoes as Skedaddle has an excellent soft non-slip deck.
We recommended you take only what you need do and not to bring bags or jewellery as they are not required for the 2 ½ hours you are snorkelling. Rings can fall off your fingers after being in the water for a time and there is limited space on-board Skedaddle for bags, these can be locked in the office.
You need only the bare minimum you feel is required for snorkelling, we suggest you wear your swimming costume under your regular clothes to save time once at the reef.
On boarding Skedaddle our helpful crew will fit you with the correct sized fins and suit, make certain your mask seals properly, see if you require an optical mask and offer you a buoyancy vest. Additional noodles are carried on-board in any case. Once you have all your equipment, they will guide you to your seat and stow your gear.
One thing to remember when selecting a seat – exciting at the front, smoother at the back.
Just before starting the engines, your captain will introduce your crew giving you some more information about the boat and tour. Once moving, there is a short safety demonstration and briefing. Then hold on, it’s off to the reef!
On arrival there is a site briefing reaffirming any safety matters, whilst the crew prepare the rescue tender and Skedaddle for snorkelling. Skedaddle began operating to Hastings Reef, which is actually the second half of the Seastar tour. Using all the Seastar amenities and trained crew she was an instant quality service.
Then it is into the water and the first activity is the highly recommended snorkel tour, this is part of your tour and will go for approximately 45 minutes – it is not compulsory, you are free to enjoy the reef with your buddy.
After the tour there is still more than an hour to revisit the sites already viewed, exploring with your buddy. Or, you can relax in the glass bottom boat.
After a good 2½ hours of snorkelling, diving or coral viewing you may be hungry and a little tired, just the right time for afternoon tea, before returning to Cairns. You will be required to sign the safety manifest again to ensure all are on-board – then it’s off to Cairns.
On arriving back in Cairns your shoes are already laid out for you and the crew farewell.
Skedaddle does supply everything you could possibly require to safely enjoy snorkelling – no matter what the season – all in the base fare.
- 11:00 AM: Check in at D Finger, Cairns Marlin Marina on board Skedaddle
- 4:15 PM: Approximate arrival time back in Cairns