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AUD$8200 Converting Tour Price

Private Charter for upto 16 guests

Tour Dates

Tour Dates on Request

Tour Inclusions

  • AUD$8200 per day inc GST
  • Discount available on request for charters 7days +
  • We are very child friendly with onboard kayak, biscuit for towing behind the tender,
  • Huge movie library, large 4K TV & stand up games console in the saloon.
  • All meals and snacks are included in the day rate as well as all drinks, excluding alcohol.
  • There are five crew – Skipper, Engineer, Chef, Deckie & Hostie + DiveMaster if required
  • We allow for 6 hrs steaming a day at no extra cost. Trips further afield incur a fuel levy for relocation.
  • We also have a fishing license and all tackle and bait are included.
  • Snorkelling for small groups is complimentary
  • Diving is no extra cost if guests bring their own gear, alternatively, we have gear for hire if required.

Tour Exclusions

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • BYO Alcohol
  • Dive equipment

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MV Argo

Northern Queensland, Australia

‘Private Charter MV Argo’

MV ARGO, is a 27m motor yacht with a cruising range of 3000 kilometers. She can accommodate up to 16 passengers in comfortable and well-appointed cabins below deck. A large and comfortable saloon area allows guests to spread out and have their own space when not enjoying the outdoors.

The aft deck space is well appointed for a BBQ lunch or dinner, and the aft duckboard provides plenty of space sit back and trow a line into the water. The large top deck is partially covered to enjoy a quiet drink in comfort as you contemplate the sunset, while the uncovered area gives the perfect viewing platform to observe the day’s activities or simply enjoy the starry skies on the Great Barrier Reef after sunset.

Weather its a quiet family cruise your after or action packed adventure with fishing, diving, stand up paddle boarding, windsurfing or kitebaording the MV Argo is the perfect vessel for your next family holiday.

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Destinations

Berthed in Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. Listed for your perusal below are some amazing destinations that are all within your reach thanks to ARGO and its fantastic cruising range!

  • Vlasoff & Michaelmas Reef
  • Batt Reef
  • Hamilton Island
  • Thursday Island
  • Ribbon Reefs
  • Port Douglas Reefs
  • Cairns Reefs
  • Lizard Islands
  • Orpheus Island
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About MV Argo

  • Length 90ft/27m
  • Range 3000 Kilometers
  • Passengers 16
  • Crew 5
  • Freshwater Capacity 3200L
  • Dive Tank Capacity 25 Tanks
  • Cruising Speed 8-10 knots
  • Draft 1.8m
  • Main Engines Twin Cummins QSM11, 580hp @ 2,300rpm
  • Deck Crane 4 tonne crane with 5.6 metres reach
  • Desalinator Capacity 200L per hour
  • Dive Compressor Bauer PE 250 model with Triplex P31 Filtration
  • Top Speed 14 knots

We have a range of ready made itineraries that you can choose from to get started the moment you land in Cairns. Feel free to select one of these, or if you’re feeling really adventurous contact us today to create your own magical Great Barrier Reef experience!

  1. Choose from our 1, 3 and 6 day + trip itineraries, discounts available for 7+ nights.
  2. Select your options such as fishing, diving, kiteboarding or simply cruising around the Great Barrier Reef
  3. Contact us to check availablity for your chosen dates – it’s as simple as that!

Berthed in Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. Listed for your perusal below are some amazing destinations that are all within your reach thanks to ARGO and its fantastic cruising range!

Vlasoff & Michaelmas

Located a short 3 hour sail away, Michaelmas and Vlasoff Reefs are popular destinations for short but memorable Great Barrier Reef experiences. Snorkelling in the area will reveal some wondrous coral and tropical fish species. We can also accommodate some limited diving during the day for the more adventurous guests!

PORT DOUGLAS REEFS

Our home port of Yorkeys Knob is a short distance from Port Douglas, and this gives us access to several well known diving reefs located north east of the mainland. Batt and Tongue Reefs are both located around 21 nautical miles away. Chinaman and Opal reef are both located north east of Port Douglas. Agincourt reef is further north at around 38 nautical miles from Port Douglas.

All of these reefs offer a variety of marine life and diving experiences from novices to advanced divers. Snorkelers are uniquely catered for with Opal reef a standout as an Outer Reef that offers sufficient protection for snorkelling. Agincourt reef offers plenty to see across 16 dive sites, and advanced divers can test themselves at Blue Wonder, a spectacular wall dive to beyond 40 metres.

RIBBON REEFS

The Ribbon Reefs are an outer reef system located on the Great Barrier Reef. Known colloquially as the “Ribbons”, they are numbered from 1 to 10, with Ribbon Reef No. 1 located slightly southeast of Cooktown, through to Ribbon Reef No. 10 which is located southeast of Lizard Island.

The Ribbons are home to some of the most spectacular dive sites on the Reef, such as Lighthouse Bommie, Steve’s Bommie, Temple of Doom and Cod Hole.

Due to their layout, the Ribbons provide sheltered waters and a rich diversity of marine life, and dive sites can be located for divers of varying experience levels.

LIZARD ISLAND

Lizard Island is the largest of of a group of three islands known as the Lizard Island Group (though usually referred to simply as Lizard Island). Located offshore north and slightly east of Cooktown, it is around 10 square kilometres in size and surrounded by various reef systems.

The island is home to Lizard Island National Park, luxurious Lizard Island Resort and also the Lizard Island Research Station which provides research and education facilities for those interested in studying coral reefs.

The Blue Lagoon is a well known dive site located within the surrounding reefs at Lizard Island.

Batt Reef

An 18km reef off Port Douglas, Batt Reef is part of the Great Barrier Reef and is located northeast of Port Douglas. A short distance from Low Island and Woody Island, it is an ideal location for a 3 day dive expedition that will be a fantastic introduction to the amazing natural wonders of the GBR.

Osprey Reef

A coral atoll located northeast of Cooktown, Osprey Reef is nearly 195 square kilometres in size. It is home to large and unique corals and has been described as the “ultimate reef diving adventure” (Simon & Schuster, 2008 Dive Atlas of the World).

THURSDAY ISLAND

Thursday Island, or TI, is located in the Torres Strait approximately 40km north of Cape York. Historically a pearling and fishing dependent economy, today the island is a tourist attraction thanks to the cruise ships that stopover regularly.

The surrounding area is home to some of the most untouched reefs on the Great Barrier Reef, due to the significant cruising capability required for liveaboards to get there.

HAMILTON ISLAND

Hamilton Island is located approximately 512km south of Cairns and is the only island in the Great Barrier Reef with its own commercial airport.

The island was formed due to numerous mountains drowning from rising sea levels and today is almost used exclusively for tourism.

Our well-appointed guest cabins ensure that you will be comfortable and rested while you travel to your charter destination, whether it be a diving location or the next fishing spot, or a location for all that important research data that you need to collect.

The main guest cabins are located midships, with 4 guest cabins comprised of 2 cabins each with a double bed and ensuite, and 2 cabins each with a double bed and 2 single bunk beds (ideal for families of 4).

In addition to this, we also have an aft cabin with 2 single bunk beds. At the bow are our crew cabins, comprised of 2 twin bunk cabins and 1 single bunk cabin.

Depending on your charter requirements, additional cabins in the crew quarters can be made available for guest use if necessary.

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MAIN SALOON

Our main saloon area boasts twin air conditioners, seating for 4-6 guests in each of our 3 booths and a large formal dining table that can seat upto 15. In addition to this, a well stocked bar is located in the aft corner of the saloon with a drinks fridge and ice maker. A 50” smart TV with a surround sound home theatre system and media playing facilities provides ample entertainment options once sun sets and you’re resting from the day’s activities.

GALLEY

Our fully equipped galley kitchen has a large pantry, two fridges and a large cold room for storage of perishables on long trips at sea. With a commercial cooktop and oven and deep frying facilities, our chef will have no trouble creating delicious meals for you to enjoy on your trip.

LAUNDRY

The vessel has a dedicated laundry with two dryers to ensure that laundry and linen can be turned over regularly while you are at sea.

 

BATHROOMS

There are a total of five bathrooms onboard. Four of these are on the accommodation deck as 2 ensuites (in our midship cabins) and 1 generally accessible to guests. An additional bathroom is located on the top deck.

DIVE EQUIPMENT

We have a large dive compressor installed onboard which can fill a standard tank in 8 minutes. Argo has an extensive range of high quality dive gear available for hire on request, and onboard storage for 25 dive tanks at any given time.

TENDER

Our main tender is a 4.5 metre aluminium rib with a new 50hp outboard motor installed. The tender is stored on the top deck during transit and can be lowered with our onboard deck crane once Argo is anchored.

In addition to primary tender, we can make available at additional cost an 8 metre catamaran with twin 150hp motors if required.

GETTING TO CAIRNS

Fly into Cairns, departure time will be organised to align with group flights. We suggest arriving in Cairns the day before, this will ensure you maximise every minute of your time onboard Argo.

ALCOHOL / DUTY FREE

BYO Alcohol or arrange special request prior to departure.

MONEY MATTERS

This is an all inclusive package (except alchol) you wont need money onboard. Credit cards can be used if you disembark on any islands.

WHAT TO BRING

Bring all your toys!

  • If you want to kiteboard bring 2 kites 9/12 or similiar, harness
  • twin tip, basic spares
  • Inflatable SUPs are fun if you have one bring it
  • fishing rods & lures
  • UV rash vest, hat, sunglasses
  • beach attire plus one light weight jumper over for nights
  • personal toiltries / medication
  • Lots of suncream, please be mindful and pack ocean friendly products.

PHOTO GALLERY

PRIVATE CHARTER RATES for upto 16 guests

  • AUD$8200 per day inc GST
  • Discount available on request for charters 7 days +
  • Child friendly with onboard kayak, biscuit for towing behind the tender,
  • Huge movie library, large 4K TV & stand up games console in the saloon.
  • All meals and snacks are included in the day rate as well as all drinks, excluding alcohol.
  • There are five crew – Skipper, Engineer, Chef, Deckie & Hostie + DiveMaster if required
  • We allow for 6 hrs steaming a day at no extra cost. Trips further afield incur a fuel levy for relocation.
  • We also have a fishing license and all tackle and bait are included.
  • Snorkelling for small groups is complimentary
  • Diving is no extra cost if guests bring their own gear, alternatively, we have gear for hire if required.

Final pricing will be based on any additional extras required.

Hand crafted will be created itinerary to suit your chosen activities

Optional additions

  • SUP Boards (flat water)
  • Yoga / Fitness Instructor
  • IKO Kiteboarding Instructor
  • Kiteboarding Equipment
  • Fishing Equipment
  • Diving / Free Dive gear
  • Photographer
  • Additional dinggy boat

 

AVAILABILITY

Upon request

BOOK DEPOSIT

30% deposit is required upon booking confirmation, balance due 90 days prior to departure.