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Great Barrier Reef Festival chairwoman, Margie Murphy, said for these reasons alone the trip to Hardy Reef would be unmissable.
“This is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to visit the Great Barrier Reef enjoying unprecedented access to its most ardent ambassadors and reaping the benefits of the shared knowledge and passion that this entails,” she said.
The Cruise Whitsundays Outer Great Barrier Reef trip is the launch activity for this year’s Great Barrier Reef Festival to be held in Airlie Beach.
Tourism Whitsundays Chief Executive Officer, Rick Hamilton, said the aim of this year’s festival was to build connection between humanity and the Reef.
“And what better way to do that than by having a true ‘heart-to-heart’ with a Master Reef Guide, and in the Great Barrier Reef’s physical and spiritual heart,” he said.
With numbers onboard to be capped at just 200 guests, members of the public interested in the trip are advised to book imminently.
Tickets cost $220 per adult and include lunch, morning and afternoon tea, and all activities excluding scuba diving.
Guests will be invited to sign up to Master Reef Guide-led activities including Eye on the Reef monitoring experiences, snorkel safaris, semi-submersible adventures, and practical, in-water photography and videography sessions.
The trip will depart Port of Airlie at 9am and return at 5pm, providing a full four hours at the mature platform reef dominated by hard corals, large pelagic species and an abundance of marine life.