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Port Douglas Snorkel & Dive Great Barrier Reef Trip | Swim With The Whales (Seasonal)

Tour Code: 50

Departing: Port Douglas

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove, Port Douglas

  • Book a Great Barrier Reef tour from Port Douglas during the months of June to August and we may be lucky enough to encounter some inquistive Minke Whales. If they approach the boat some guests may get in the water and swim with them.
  • Departing from Port Douglas we visit 3 spectacular outer reef sites on the Agincourt Ribbon Reefs for a day of scuba diving and snorkelling. 

Included In Price

  • Transfers within Port Douglas ***Unavailable till further notice***
  • 1.5 hour journey to the outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Visiting three reef sites on either Agincourt or Opal Reefs
  • New and comfortable vessels with ample exterior and interior seating
  • Snorkel & dive vessel with latest dive and snorkel gear
  • Dedicated snorkelling vessel (subject to availability)
  • Morning & afternoon tea
  • Tropical buffet lunch (please inform us of any dietary requirements at time of booking)
  • Filtered water, tea and coffee are available all day (please note: hot drinks will not be served while vessel is travelling). Guests can bring their own water bottles and refill using filtered water on board
  • All snorkelling equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, lycra suits or wetsuits, flotation devices and prescription masks)
  • All dive gear is supplied if diving is selected. If certified divers are travelling with their own BCD and dive computer, tanks and weights are all that's required
  • Guided snorkel tour
  • Interpretive reef talk

Your full day reef trip will include three different reef sites on the day on the outer Great Barrier Reef. The crystal clear water around Opal and Agincourt Reefs hold an abundance of colorful marine life and corals for you to experience.

Your Port Douglas full day reef trip will include three different reef sites on the outer Great Barrier Reef. The crystal clear water around Opal and Agincourt Reefs hold an abundance of colorful marine life and corals for you to experience.

This luxury boat has a large back platform for easy access into the water with the reef just meters away for your snorkeling adventure and is only one of three boats departing from Port Douglas where you can swim with wales during whale season.

This boutique marine business enterprise dedicates time into developing custom-designed reef boats which are efficient, safe, comfortable and sturdy.

Your Great Barrier Reef Boat Tour From Port Douglas

Travelling to the Great Barrier Reef out of Port Douglas this purpose built luxury 25m catamaran is ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving. You will love its spacious upper and lower foredecks designed with comfortable day bed seating to maximise outdoor relaxation with a top deck providing breathtaking 360 degree views of the Great Barrier Reef.

Port Douglas Dive & Snorkel Tour Itinerary

6:50 - 8:20am - Guests are collected from their accommodation ***Unavailable till further notice***
8:15am - Guests who are making their own way are to check in at the Calypso Shop at Crystalbrook Marina.
Once guests board the vessel, they are asked to remove their shoes (and place them either in an allocated shoe container on board or in their
own bags) and are fitted with a mask, snorkel and fins. These are kept with the guests for the day.
8:45am - Vessels depart the Crystalbrook Marina. Guests are welcomed on board, an outline of the day announced and safety briefing
conducted by the crew
10:15am - Arrive at first reef site. Divers will be briefed while travelling to the reef. Once moored, divers are ready to go while all other guests are
joined together for a snorkel briefing. Morning tea is served before moving to our second reef site
11:55am - Second reef site. Snorkelling and diving available. Lunch is served and an interpretive reef talk is conducted by one of the crew.
Guests can join in on a guided snorkel tour.
1:40pm - Third and last reef site for the day. Snorkelling and diving available. Afternoon tea is served.
2:45pm - Vessels depart outer Great Barrier Reef
4:15pm - Arrive back at Crystalbrook Marina
4:25pm - Transfers commence back to accommodation ***Unavailable till further notice***
Please note: timings above are a guide only.

Activities available on your Port Douglas Snorkel and Dive Tour

Snorkelling

Snorkelling is the easiest way to enjoy the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. The primary appeal is the opportunity to observe underwater life in a natural setting.

It appeals to all ages because of how little effort there is, and without the exhaled bubbles of scuba-diving equipment. It is the basis of the two surface disciplines of the underwater sport of fin swimming.

Your Day Tour Reef Trip Provides You With:

Small and personalised groups,
Professional tuition and supervision,
In-water assistance for the apprehensive snorkeler,
Complimentary guided snorkel tours,
Interpretive marine talks,
Easy access into the water from a swim-up platform,
All snorkel gear, lycra sunsuits, wetsuits and prescription masks.

Introductory Scuba Diving Lesson

Introductory Diving is open to everyone who visits the Great Barrier Reef. It is scuba diving for beginners. No previous scuba experience is necessary and anyone aged 12 years and over who passes the dive medical questionnaire can try an Introductory Scuba Dive. Please note there are some health ‘conditions’ which may prevent you from trying introductory scuba diving. The most common reasons include asthma, epilepsy, heart conditions and/or prescription medication (other than the contraceptive pill).

Once you have decided you want to try this new experience out (and you won’t regret it!) the PADI qualified scuba Instructors on board MV-CAL provide safety and equipment briefings on the cruise out to the first reef site. They also show you the basic hand signals that divers use to communicate with each other under the water.

Restrictions of Flying: Allow 12 hours after the completion of a single dive to go altitude flying or 18 hours if participating in multiple dives.

Certified Scuba Diving On The Great Barrier Reef

The more experienced divers (Must provide proof of certification) can enjoy up to three dives during the day, including drift and wall dives on the outer edge on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Small guided groups with a full safety briefing,
Dive computers,
Exclusive dive sites,
Wall and drift diving,
Fast safety tender,
Catering for beginners to advanced divers

Swim With Whales

Port Douglas is the place to be if you want to swim with whales as it is the only place in the world you can actually do that.

Permits to swim with whales are very limited and only three boats out of Port Douglas have one.

Ten guests will be allowed in the water at one time and will be holding on to a rope the whole time, guests are then rotated to give everyone a turn. 

Minke Whales are very curious by nature and will come up close to swimmers.

The official Minke Whales season is from July to August.

There is no guarantee you will see whales even during whale season as they are wild animals and very unpredictable.

The Import Facts Of This Reef Tour:

No experience necessary,
Small groups guided by friendly and professional instructors,
Scuba diving brief both on board and in the water,
Submerged dive platform for easy access into the water,
Professional supervision at all times,
Minimum age required 12 years old.

Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Port Douglas

Departure Time

Boarding at 8:20am, departs at 8:45am, returns 4:30pm

Departure Instructions

Please check in at least 30 minutes before boarding time

Pickup Locations
  • Cairns
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Palm Cove
  • Port Douglas
Destinations

Opal & Agincourt Reefs

Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation

Daily

Duration

8 hours (approx)

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Transfers from Cairns & Northern Beaches ***Unavailable till further notice***
  • Underwater camera hire
  • Soft drinks, bottled water and chocolate bars
  • Onboard purchases: soft drinks, bottled water and chocolate bars
  • Alcoholic beverages (only available while travelling home and maximum of two drinks per person)
Fitness Level Required

Low, Medium

IN-WATER RESTRICTIONS

Scuba Diving Restrictions

  • Certain medical conditions and medications may preclude some people from scuba diving.
  • Participation is subject to a medical questionnaire completed on board with the tour operator
  • Minimum age for scuba diving is 12 years.
  • Flying after scuba diving: a wait of 12 hours is recommended after one dive, 18 hour after 2 dives and at least 24 hours after multiple dives, before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater.

Advanced Dive Medical Intro Dive Medical

Read more about Diving Safety on the Great Barrier Reef.

Additional Information
  • DIVERS PLEASE NOTE: Some medical conditions and medications may prevent guests from diving.
  • Languages offered when possible: German & French
  • Please note: a credit card surcharge will apply to credit card payments at the prevailing rate for any onboard purchases
  • Please note: no responsibility will be accepted for loss of personal items while on board. Guests are urged not to bring valuable items.
  • With fluctuations in world oil prices, it may be necessary to apply a fuel surcharge to the ticket price. In such cases, the levy will be collected on departure
  • Swimwear, towel, hat, sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Change of clothes - showers are available on board
  • Cash or credit card for EMC, Cairns or Northern Beaches transfers and other purchases
  • Certified divers need to bring their certification cards on board

Child price applies to children 4 to 14

All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions page here for details prior to booking

Operator’s Cancellation Policy:

A cancellation fee will apply if less than 24 hours notice is given prior to departure. If an amendment to a booking is required, this can be done at no charge outside 48 hours before departure, subject to availability

A cancellation fee will apply if less than 24 hours notice is given prior to departure. If an amendment to a booking is required, this can be done at no charge outside 48 hours before departure, subject to availability

Port Douglas Snorkel & Dive Great Barrier Reef Trip | Swim With The Whales (Seasonal)

Tour Code: 50

Departing: Port Douglas

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove, Port Douglas

From

au$269.00

Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$189.00
Family: au$727.00

Tour Code: 50

From

au$269.00

15 yrs & over

4 - 14 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
Phone
1300 761 612
WhatsApp
+61 427 074 745
Phone
1300 761 612
WhatsApp
+61 427 074 745

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