Sprint­ing to the reef

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

A de­mand for half-day tours to the outer reef has been the main mo­ti­va­tor be­hind Reef Sprinter launch­ing their third boat.

Reef Sprinter 3 was of­fi­cially launched on Tues­day as a half-day tour to the outer reef, get­ting to the desti­na­tion in less than 40 min­utes with two hours of snorkelling at the Third Sis­ter Reef, right next to Turtle Bay.

Steve and Cathy Sher­well own and op­er­ate Reef Sprinter and said Third Sis­ter Reef has ev­ery­thing tourists want to see.

‘‘There’s caves, canyons, tur­tles, gi­ant clams, clown fish, all of the stuff tourists want to see in one spot. It’s quite a spe­cial site,’’ Steve Sher­well said.

‘‘Reef Sprinter is ba­si­cally an evo­lu­tion. We had big calls for outer reef trips and there was a gap in the mar­ket. No one does half-day outer reef trips and we go to Low Isles or in­ner reefs, so it was sup­ply and de­mand.

‘‘Reef Sprinter 3’s name came from the fact it has three big en­gines on the back - 300 horse power each - it uses 3 litres of fuel per minute, we are shop three at the Ma­rina and it’s our third boat.’’

Reef Sprinter 1 runs out to Low Isles and be­came so pop­u­lar the op­er­a­tors bought the Jet Sprinter to fill in the gaps and now have ex­tended to a third boat.

Mr Sher­well said it’s about de­mand and also the fact tourism num­ber seems to be on the in­crease.

‘‘ Ev­ery year we have op­er­ated there’s al­ways been an im­prove­ment year on year, we haven’t seen any down turn at all,’’ he said.

‘‘Quick trip snorkelling has be­come more pop­u­lar and we spe­cialise in get­ting out there quick so peo­ple don’t get sea sick, and so they don’t take all day get­ting there to show them a spec­tac­u­lar reef.’’

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