The founders and directors of Calypso, Cathie and Graham Jones arrived in Port Douglas in 1992 and began working in the tourism industry. This included starting Sail Port Douglas, skippering boats for commercial day cruises and charter boat companies and managing Port Douglas tourist information centres.
Graham has always had an interest in boating and has competed in 19 Sydney to Hobart Yacht races as well as representing Australia in Admiral Cup racing, 12 metre yachting, Etchells, Solings, competed in the China Sea Races and won the Quarter Ton Worlds.
Graham, Cathie and their three sons all have roles throughout the company and have been since the company inception in 1999. Their first permit was purchased from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) for operations to the outer Great Barrier Reef in 1998 and commenced building their first vessel, Calypso 1, which was launched in June 1999. Since then, 11 vessels have been built, of which 6 of them have been sold and are operating around Australia and New Zealand.