Port Douglas | Day Tours

More about Port Douglas | Day Tours

As experienced dive professionals, we can help you plan a reef experience to fit with your schedule, budget and exceed your expectations!

All year round you can enjoy picturesque views from the boat or immerse yourself in the incredible underwater world, filled with weird and wonderful creatures. Water temperatures range from 24 – 29°C.

Port Douglas day dive trip operators provide wet and stinger suits on board to ensure you are comfortable whatever season it is. Please enquire if you wish to hire snorkel or diving equipment, as that can be arranged for most dive tours operating from Port Douglas. The Great Barrier Reef system is composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands, stretching for 2,600km down the coast of Queensland, Australia. You’ll never have enough of this spectacular phenomenon! Port Douglas offers a range of exclusive reef day dive trips visiting up to 3 different reefs in one day with a multitude of activities available to give you the best reef experience ever.

Port Douglas Outer Great Barrier Reef
As close as 40km out of Port Douglas, it can take 45 mins – 2 hours to reach these exclusive sites. All operators provide a safe and comfortable transfer to and from the Outer Great Barrier Reef equipped with all necessary safety equipment, wet suits and stinger suits.

The reefs outside Port Douglas are generally fairly shallow, with water depths ranging from 5-20m, a great location for Open Water scuba divers – but just as good for snorkelers or introductory divers! Port Douglas reef day boats include catamarans, private charters and sailing boats, from which you will see the vibrant living coral formations and marine life with your own eyes! Explore the rich and diverse coral gardens that provide an abundant habitat for many iconic species including sharks, rays, turtles, whales, clownfish, Maori wrasse, parrot fish and many tropical fish. Reef day dive trips depart daily from Port Douglas with the size and type of boat, number of passengers and number of reefs depending on the operator, weather conditions and what activities you’re after – let us help you choose the best trip tailored to you.

Great Barrier Reef Islands and Sand Cays
The most accessible island from Port Douglas is Low Isles, where there are corals living very close to the island, making it a perfect location for snorkelling. Named by Captain Cook in 1770, Low Isles is a historic part of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The cays surrounding Low Isles were the site of the first extensive scientific research of a Coral Reef, anywhere in the world (1928). The healthy and vibrant ecosystem amazes visitors, to this day.

Port Douglas Great Barrier Reef Dive & Snorkel Trips
If you’re keen to adventure the Outer Great Barrier Reef with more exciting activities such as snorkelling, introductory diving or certified diving, there are plenty of ideal sites for you. Spend up to 5 hours visiting three exclusive sites at Agincourt Reef, with each breath-taking site chosen for optimal visibility and ecological diversity, dependent on the weather conditions each day.

Reef Activity Platforms
Australia’s most awarded reef cruise departs Port Douglas on a spacious, high speed catamaran to an exclusive multi-level reef pontoon. Located on the very edge of Australia’s Continental Shelf, which runs parallel to the renowned Ribbon Reefs, you will experience and witness some of the most incredible marine life. These day trips will engage all your senses in the majestic reefs, whether it’s from a semi-sub, underwater observatory, snorkelling or optional helicopter tours.

Port Douglas Diving – Facts at a Glance

  • Reefs: Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Depth: Cairns to Port Douglas – 5mtrs to 25mtrs
  • Maximum Number of Dives – 3 Certified Dives
  • Currents: Low but can be moderate at times
  • Dive Experience: Coral Gardens, Isolated Bombes of Coral, Wall Diving,
  • Drift Diving and  Coral Swim Throughs
  • Marine Life: Both Pelagic and Macro life
  • Diver Level: Suitable to novice to experienced divers
  • Dive Guides: Majority of day boats insist on guided dives, although one vessel will allow more experienced divers in buddy pairs to dive unguided
  • Dive Briefings: The operators provide very detailed dive site briefings, highlighting specific coral formations, compass bearings and marine highlights of the dive site
  • Photo/Video: If you don’t have your own underwater camera they are available for hire