Passions of Paradise has been introducing a whole new generation to the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef with a number of families choosing the day reef trip for its child-friendly activities.
As long as the kids are comfortable swimming they will take to snorkelling easily and if they are 12 years or older they can try SCUBA diving, something they pick up faster than many adults.
Life is an adventure for kids and that is just what Passions of Paradise offers, an underwater adventure designed to keep them captivated all day.
The crew love having kids on board as it gives them a chance to play too. They hand out reef-themed colouring-in pads to keep the kids busy while travelling to and from the Great Barrier Reef and encourage the kids to get involved in the interactive marine presentation on the way home. If they are really lucky, crew member Simon will be on board to show them a little magic!
Michaelmas Cay has shallow water perfect for getting used to snorkelling and the glass-bottom boat trip will allow the kids to ask plenty of questions about the creatures they will see underwater.
At the second location for the day, Paradise Reef, the water is deeper so the Passions of Paradise snorkel guides can take the kids on a tour leaving the parents to enjoy some time snorkelling by themselves.
Passions of Paradise has just upgraded all of the children’s equipment including masks, snorkels, fins and wetsuits and also have child-sized snorkel flotation vests.
Here are some of the comments we have received from families:
“We travelled to Cairns recently from Adelaide with our two children, 6 and 4, and another couple with children of the same age. We were initially intending to take a trip to Green Island but we were talked out of it by a local tour operator who recommended Passions. Our two youngest were not likely to snorkel so we needed something that catered for them. Passions went to a small atoll which had a beach and shallow water for the little ones to potter around in whilst still able to see the fish. The older ones were able to venture out a little deeper and were not disappointed by the abundance of marine life. We also went to a second reef which was a little beyond the young ones but great for the adults. The yacht/boat was modern and had plenty of room. The food provided for lunch was spectacular. What I was really impressed with was the staff. They clearly loved what they were doing and even entertained the children when they could with facts about the reef and the marine life which had them intrigued. They provided colouring in material. One of the staff members even put on an impromptu magic show which passed some time given it was a 2 hour trip to the reef and back. They had children’s sized wet suits, goggles and flippers to ensure they didn’t miss out. We went with Passions on the last day of our trip and I must say it was a wonderful way to finish the trip. I would highly recommend this company. They are outstanding.”