Port Douglas, far north Queensland, has the enviable location of being Australia’s closest town to the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. At only a mere 55 kms (34 miles) to the outer Great Barrier Reef, that’s a nautical stone’s throw away. For certified divers, or those wanting to learn how to scuba dive, diving on the iconic Great Barrier Reef is easily accessible.
The following quote sums scuba diving up - “When you finally see what goes on underwater, you realize you’ve been missing the whole point of the ocean. Staying on the surface is like going to the circus and staring at the outside of the tent” – Dave Barry
Unbelievably, 70% of our world is underwater. By immersing yourself in this underwater world with a scuba dive you will discover the magic of this whole new realm. Diving from Port Douglas on the Great Barrier Reef is like exploring another planet and yet it is our planet. With more than 600 different types of coral, 1625 species of fish and a unique biodiversity, the Great Barrier Reef is listed as a World Heritage Site. Diving on the Great Barrier Reef from Port Douglas offers an experience not to be missed and will always be remembered.
If you are a certified diver in Port Douglas there are plenty of opportunities to dive the outer Great Barrier Reef. Dive boats leave on a daily basis from Port Douglas to the outer Great Barrier Reef.
Most scuba diving tours from Port Douglas will take you diving on the Agincourt reef system. This is a pristine reef that is located opposite the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation. You will be diving at the only place in the world where a coral reef meets a tropical rainforest.
Diving from Port Douglas on a reef charter offers the certified diver three guided dives. On AquaQuest you have the option of diving as a buddy pair without a guide if preferred.
If you wish to have more individual attention and dive on the more remote reefs from Port Douglas at Lizard Island or the renowned Osprey Reef on the outer Great Barrier Reef, then it’s possible to charter a private diving boat as a dive liveaboard.
This luxury 51ft catamaran can accommodate 6 people overnight and boasts a 42” flat screen, delicious catering and access to the best diving on the Great Barrier Reef. Guided dives and courses are offered (5-7 day dive charters go to Lizard Island and Cod Hole).
Beluga is the ultimate in opulent super yacht cruising. This 90ft super motor cruiser offers dive charters to the Great Barrier Reef from Port Douglas. Beluga comprises of four levels, with various staterooms and dining areas and includes a jacuzzi and a host of super-yacht toys. Your dive liveaboard luxury charter can accommodate up to 12 people (minimum 3 days).
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