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The Reef Explorer

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Port Vila, Vanuatu
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About The Reef Explorer
The Reef Explorer is the only semi-submersible vessel of its kind in Vanuatu, providing an all-in-one unique experience of being in a submarine and glass bottom boat. Our crew will take you on a tour of Port Vila Harbour with views of the city from the water as you weave through the coral bommies. See breathtaking coral outcrops and tropical fish from the viewing room in the keel of the boat. You will then moor off Iririki Island where you can snorkel and hand feed the fish. All snorkelling gear is provided. Suitable for all ages.
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Ree wrote a review Mar 2020
Auckland, New Zealand25 contributions6 helpful votes
While the water was a little murky due to the rain and it was a little harder to take pictures in the sub part of the boat, the snorkelling experience was amazing! Hand feeding the fish was such a highlight and the guides were friendly and helpful. Would definitely do this again! Thank you to the staff for an amazing time
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Rachelle Z wrote a review Feb 2020
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Very nice tour, lovely helpful staff. You get to see many fish up nice and close. Enjoyable outing. 😃
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Date of experience: January 2020
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ScottJ wrote a review Feb 2020
48 contributions6 helpful votes
We had a wonderful time doing this tour. The 3 guys on the semi sub were friendly & helpful & they took some amazing photos of us snorkelling on our phones. We hand fed fish with bread supplied by them & there were literally thousands of fish around the reef we were anchored at. We even saw sea horses. Couldn’t rate this highly enough. Highly recommended for all.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Alistair wrote a review Jan 2020
Brisbane, Australia3 contributions
Called and booked on the phone for a 245pm departure with my wife and two kids. Arrived promptly at 215pm. 3pm rolls around, my kids are bored to tears and there’s no sign of any boat anywhere. The guys on the jetty are bewildered as to why we’re there and the girl on the phone assured me a boat will be there at 3pm...it’s now gone 3 and the guys are telling me there are no more tours today. I didn’t pay anything so didn’t lose a deposit. Nonetheless I did waste 2-3 hours of my day and ended up with super grumpy fractions 5 & 7 year olds. Complete lack of communication within their team ruined our day.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Reef E, Owner at The Reef Explorer
Responded 27 Jan 2020
Dear Sir, We are very sorry to receive your negative review and that you and your family were not able to experience the Reef Explorer reef and snorkeling tour. We have always prided ourselves in offering our guests an unforgettable experience during their stay in Vanuatu. We regret the unfortunate misunderstanding and miscommunication of the handling of your booking and will look into improving our services so that this incident does not happen again. Again please accept our sincere apologies. The Team from The Reef Explorer
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NatashaHardi wrote a review Jan 2020
Melbourne, Australia15 contributions3 helpful votes
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Had a great experience on the reef explorer. The snorkelling was great but the crew were even better! The glass bottom boat was wonderful, and Wilson the captain expertly steered around coral to give a 360 degree view. The crew were truly wonderful and catered to our every whim and concern. They answered all questions and made us feel very comfortable. All snorkelling equipment was provided, as well as pool noodles and life jackets for less confident swimmers. There was heaps of colourful fish and massive coral. The value was excellent, especially for families with children. (See attached flyer) Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting Vanuatu!
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