Explore the hidden intricacies of the Great Barrier Reef like never before
By Mike Huynh
As the holiday season commences around the world, there’s no better place to escape the daily rush than Australia’s breathtaking Great Barrier Reef during the pristine summer season.
To see one of the most spectacular wonders of the world through a unique lens requires something special though. Scenic Eclipse II is that special name, the first commercial cruise operator to offer a premium submersible experience in the majestic Great Barrier Reef of Queensland, Australia.
This ultra-luxury experience will deliver a safe and memorable excursion like no other through the introduction of the company’s new state-of-the-art submersible, Scenic Neptune II, aboard the Scenic Eclipse II Discovery Yacht.
The onboard submersible is custom-designed in collaboration with the proven Triton Submarines, an American manufacturer which was founded in 2007 and stands as the only manufacturer today to achieve Full Ocean Depth certification. Scenic Neptune II features the latest technology, accommodating up to eight guests and an expert pilot. The submersible will deliver captivating discovery excursions into the remarkable World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef.
With the ability to dive up to a safe depth of 200 metres below the water’s surface, Scenic Neptune II’s spacious interior and crystal-clear acrylic sphere will do the rest in providing unrestricted views for passengers. This means guests get to experience complete immersion in the mesmerising vistas beneath the surface teaming with vibrant sea life.
Submersible safety always comes first
Safety needs to remain at the forefront of any submersible vessel and the Scenic Neptune II prides itself on this factor.
Its system features comprehensive Safe Return to Surface procedures and multiple fail-safes built into the submersible design. Beyond this, the Scenic Eclipse II yacht will be operating in protected marine environments, such as the Great Barrier Reef, and it has many innovative technical features. This includes GPS Dynamic Positioning that can hold the ship in position, negating the need to drop anchor on ecologically sensitive seabeds.
For improved efficiency and sustainability, there’s an Advance Azipod propulsion system which minimises noise and vibration to reduce disturbance, improve maneuverability and reduce fuel consumption. There’s also the addition of the latest wastewater treatment systems to protect marine life.
Embarking on a voyage of a lifetime
Setting sail on 30 April 2024, guests on Australia’s Top End: Cape York & Arnhem Land voyage will be among the very first to explore the intricacies of the Great Barrier Reef in this rare style of discovery. The excursion will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gain a deep insight into one of the world’s most remarkable natural wonders.
This particular voyage will be spread across 11 days to properly explore Australia’s vast Top End. Guests will sail from Cairns to Darwin to be immersed in ancient Indigenous culture and Australia’s natural wonders. Sights will include unspoiled treasures and remote islands while sounds will come via the captivating stories from traditional land owners.
The underwater duration of the trip will cover the aforementioned Great Barrier Reef as well as the dreamy destination of Cape York, amicably known as the ‘Tip of Australia’. Discovery, luxury and unforgettable memories, this is what the Scenic Eclipse II is offering their most discerning and adventurous holidaymakers.
Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours was established in 1986 and has been operating for 37 years. Visit their site to secure your spot aboard the Scenic Eclipse II.