|Listed as a World Heritage area, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the
worlds natural wonders. Its the only living thing visible from space, up close
its a place like no other.
Stretching more than 2000 km along the Queensland coast, nowhere is the reef
more pristine than along the Port Douglas Daintree coast. Port Douglas is
Australia’s closest departure point to the Great Barrier Reef (about
32km/20mls to the outer reefs).
Gliding underwater through the coral and fish is an experience that everyone
should have. Low Isles 15km/10mls off Port Douglas is a favourite destination
for snorkelling and exploring. From the
island’s sandy beaches you’ll find a multitude of plant and animal life.
Just off the beach the warm waters teem with colourful marine life.
Further out the reef systems are larger and the water is even
clearer. The cays and ribbon reefs sparkle with a diversity of life
forms. Apart from fantastic snorkelling, this is the perfect place for
first time or qualified divers to experience the treasures of the
reef. Agincourt, Batt, Opal, Undine and Tongue Reefs are some of the
more popular dive sites. Amongst them you’ll find diverse ‘bommies’,
and some secret spots that only our operators can show you.
Day tours to the reef depart from Marina Mirage in Port Douglas.
Each day, depending on the tides, weather and visibility, reef tour
operators choose two or three sites out of about twenty-five
possibilities to ensure you have the opportunity to snorkel and
the best available. Most take smaller groups, and directly access the
water from the boat.
Any time of the year is suitable for snorkelling
and diving on the Great Barrier Reef. If you visit during late
spring or early summer, you may have a chance to night dive during the coral
spawning - said to be ‘the largest orgasm in the world’.
Local boat operators have friendly, qualified instructors to teach you the
basics on the trip out to the reef, where you can then safely snorkel or try
an introductory dive. Even for inexperienced swimmers, most local day
tour operators provide full instruction, supervision and floatation devices.
For certified divers the range of dive trips available are endless, from day
tours to extended 5 day trips. If you’d like to get certified, ‘Learn To Dive’
courses are available. Port Douglas
Daintree has some of the best snorkel and dive sites in the world at its back
door, so spend a day enjoying an experience second to none. Please remember to
leave the reef as you find it, don’t disturb anything you find and don’t
stand on the coral. (Leave everything except your rubbish). Contact
us for more information.
SAILING ON THE REEF
The Great Barrier Reef acts as a barrier from the swells of the Pacific
Ocean, providing a safe haven for sailing the tropical waters of the Reef and
Rainforest Coast. The tranquillity of sailing is enhanced by the pristine
beauty of the reefs and islands nearby. Relax and unwind while silently
slipping through the waves beneath the billowing sails and blue skies.
Why not charter your own vessel and take a few days to retrace Captain
Cook’s historic voyage in 1770. Try not to re-enact his misfortune at
Endeavour Reef and repairs to his ship at Cooktown. You too can escape through
the reefs beyond fabulous Lizard Island.
Sunbathe, swim and snorkel, or explore the fantastic reefs and islands.
From Port Douglas you can take day trips to Low Isles or extended sailing
adventures. The Reef and Rainforest Coast has a variety of sailing vessels to
inspire you, including modern multi-hulls, luxury yachts to the classic
Chinese junk. Contact us for more
All year round, the Fishing on our coastal waters is regarded as first
class. The weather and variety of natural environments make Port Douglas
Daintree a paradise for big game, reef and estuary fishing. Coral Trout, Red
Emperor, Mackerel, Barramundi, and Mud Crabs are some of the areas
regular and favoured catches.
The local beaches, public jetty in Port Douglas, old Mowbray River
Bridge and Daintree River are all popular local fishing spots. You can hire
your own gear and go estuary fishing or crabbing in Dickson Inlet, basically
in the middle of Port Douglas. Hire your boat and you can fish close to town.
The Daintree River is also a good spot for
Barramundi and Mangrove Jack.
Usually snaring Coral Trout or one of the great many varieties of
fantastic eating fish, reef or bottom fishing is the way to go for many
fisherman. You can get out to the reef for a full day of fishing action, and
some operators let you snorkel with the fish as well. The skippers know the
local conditions and tides, and picks the spots where the fish are most likely
to be running.
Port Douglas is the closest departure point to the famous Marlin and
Big Game fishing areas of the north. Charter a game fishing boat to chase
Black Marlin, Sailfish or Mahi Mahi on the reef. There are luxury big game
boats for the serious fisherman, decked out with all the gear you need to make
the catch of a lifetime.
The only thing better than catching the fruits of the Coral Sea is feasting on
your catch when you get home - happy fishing!
Contact us for more information.