New dive ves­sel adds to re­gion’s tourism arsenal

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS - Gizelle Ghidella

PORT Dou­glas is home to a brand new div­ing ves­sel the AquaQuest, owned by Cairns’ long­est es­tab­lished op­er­a­tors, Divers Den.

The $5 mil­lion in­vest­ment and ex­pan­sion adds to Port Dou­glas’s dive mar­ket and is part of a five-year strat­egy aimed at cater­ing for the needs of a more so­phis­ti­cated and dis­cern­ing dive mar­ket.

Divers Den gen­eral man­ager Son­jha Forbes says the ves­sel opens new doors in the re­gion.

The 25-me­tre pur­pose-built cata­ma­ran starts its daily dive and snorkel ser­vice from Port Dou­glas to Agin­court, St Crispins and Opal reefs, this week.

The new ves­sel is com­ple­mented by a new book­ing desk and shopfront on Macrossan Street and of­fers daily re­turn trans­fers for clients stay­ing in Cairns and the North­ern Beaches.

AquaQuest claims to be the only day-trip ves­sel in Far North Queens­land that has its own on-board ni­trox fill­ing fa­cil­i­ties and buddy div­ing.

Ms Forbes says the com­pany has been com­mit­ted to re­fresh­ing and re­defin­ing the op­er­a­tion with a view to sus­tain­abil­ity and con­tin­ued suc­cess.

“There has been a con­certed ef­fort by the com­pany to re­vi­talise and raise the bar for greater choice, flex­i­bil­ity and range of ex­pe­ri­ences,” she said.

Divers Den own­ers, from left Tony, Bobby and Daniel Physick.

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