About the Owners - Steve and Cathy Sherwell

Steve and Cathy Sherwell started their first business in the tourism industry in 1986. This was a Jet Ski hire, Parasailing and Tube Riding business at Lake Boga in Northern Victoria.

In 1994 Lake Boga dried up so they moved to Port Douglas to start Extra Action Watersports operating the same activities for 10 more years.

Steve and Cathy noticed that there were no quick snorkelling trips from Port Douglas so they sold their JetSki and Parasailing business and started Reef Sprinter quick trip snorkelling tours in 2005. Due to high demand, they built another boat called the Jet Sprinter in 2011. With 2 boats this allowed up to 4 trips daily to the Low Isles reef.

In 2013 they had many requests for a half day Outer Reef snorkelling tour so they purchased a permit at the spectacular Third Sister reef. To operate half day tours to the Outer Reef you need to get there fast so they placed an order with Woody Marine in Brisbane to build one of the fastest snorkelling boats in Australia. The amazing Reef Sprinter 3 now runs 2 trips daily to the Outer Reef.

In 2016 they sold Jet Sprinter and replaced it with the fantastic Reef Sprinter 4. It has 3 x 350hp super charged Mercury outboards.

With 3 boats and multiple departures Steve and Cathy now employ their daughter Sam who helps out with the bookings and looks after the marketing.

In 2017 they purchased a very rare low Island Access permit allowing 365 day access to the spectacular Low Island and Lagoon. They now operate morning and afternoon tours to this location.

With over 8000 happy customers a year (check our Trip Advisor page), Reef Sprinter continues to provide half day personalized snorkelling tours as well as a fun and exciting boat ride to the Low Isles Reef or the Outer Reef.



Steve and Cathy Sherwell, Port Douglas Steve Sherwell, Reef Sprinter Port Douglas Sam Sherwell, Reef Sprinter Port Douglas