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$119 Child (8-15yrs)
Enjoy a fun day out on the ocean, engaging with turtles, marine life and nature with our ecologically conscious Swim with Turtles Tour located near the Gold Coast, Coolangatta and Tweed heads area!
Our tour begins with a 20min boat ride to Cook Island Aquatic Reserve (Joongurra-Narrian). The reserve lies approximately 600m off the shore of Fingal Head, NSW. It is a foraging ground to a significant number of sea turtles. The numbers are so significant that the island was originally named Turtle Island. It is here that we will dive in and meet these turtally awesome locals! The surrounding waters of the reserve are also home to a wide variety of subtropical and temperate species of fish, crustaceans, and rays – just to name a few! Prepare to be awed by the magical underwater world that lies here on our doorstep!
WHAT TO EXPECT
Upon arrival you will be greeted by one of our friendly crew members. They will check you in and conduct the required COVID19 safety precautions with each passenger individually. (e.g. sanitisation procedure / temperature check / standard COVID19 declaration).
** We are here to help you feel comfortable and safe with us on board during this time. Should you require further assistance or information regarding Covid19 requirements, border entry passes / restrictions etc, please feel free to contact us via email or phone. We are here to help and assist you during this time.
After this, Tea and coffee are provided, whilst our friendly crew assist you with fitting and collecting your snorkel equipment.
(wetsuit, mask, snorkel, fins, SharkBanz)
Prior to departure to the Pacific Ocean via the Tweed River, our Skipper will go through a short safety briefing and overview of the day's itinerary.
Whilst cruising along the scenic Tweed River we will see a myriad of passing local wildlife. Expect to possibly see eagles, dolphins and even the occasional kangaroo.
Once we are out on the open ocean, you will see your destination Cook Island!
Get ready for a 'turt-ally' awesome guided snorkel with the local Turtles.
Our experienced snorkel guide will instruct you regarding the use of your snorkel equipment, essential safety signals and ensure that your gear is fitted correctly prior to entering the water. They will be in the water with you during your snorkel.
After our snorkel, we will provide you with fresh fruit to enjoy, over our shared stories of the day as we make our return journey to the dock, where our journey began.
There are many great local eateries and cafes nearby, our crew are happy to point you in their direction.
WHAT TO BRING
It can get cool on the Ocean, so please come prepared with suitable layers of clothing.
We recommend you bring:
- Beanie and a warm jumper/jacket
- Spray jacket/rain coat
- Sunglasses and hat
- Camera, Gopro etc
- Drinking water
- Seasickness tablets if required.
- MUST be able to swim unassisted.
- Minimum height for children (16 yrs & under) is 144cm (Persons under 18yrs must be accompanied by a parent/guardian).
- Not suitable for pregnant women or persons with pre existing back injury.
- Previous snorkelling experience is not necessary, we are here to help new snorkelers!
- If you suffer from Asthma, please bring your inhaler with you and notify crew of your condition.
- A sense of adventure!
** Please note: Due to Covid19 requirements, those with cold or flu symptoms will not be allowed to board the vessel. Should you feel unwell, please notify us ASAP, so we can reschedule your booking.
Your safety is our priority at all times.
All crew trained in First Aid, CPR/Oxygen and Advanced resuscitation.
Your qualified fully trained Skipper and crew has extensive experience in the local area and have expert knowledge of whales and whale behaviour.
In depth briefings before departing, ensure you understand the procedures in place and time will be given to any questions and concerns you may have before getting on the boat.
Oxygen, Defibrillator and a comprehensive Australian Maritime Safety Authority first aid kit maintained onboard.
HOW TO GET HERE
Our departure location is Chinderah, situated 5mins from the pacific highway.
Usually we offer a pick up/ drop off shuttle bus service, however due to COVID-19 we are unable to provide this.
If you are driving from the south on the pacific motorway, take the Kingscliff/ Cudgen exit. and go left at the round about, follow this road.
If you are driving from the north on the Pacific Motorway, take the Kingscliff/Cudgen exit, and go right at the round about. Passing under the motor way and then follow this road.
There is street parking available along Chinderah Bay Dr.
Please Note: Do not park in front of the Cubby Bakehouse.