Port Douglas Reef Tours
Port Douglas Reef Tours depart this beautiful resort town located just 1 hour drive North from Cairns. Bus transfers to Port Douglas from Cairns usually cost around $54 return and take a little less then 1 hour to arrive in Port Douglas.
Port Douglas has a stunning Marina with a large array of Port Douglas Reef Tour companies. Port Douglas is blessed with the fact it is the closest port to the Agincourt Ribbon Reefs. Located just over 60klm from Port Douglas this makes visiting the Outer Barrier Reef systems very easy.
Port Douglas Reef Tours consist of full day and half day reef tour options, but it is to be noted that if you want to visit the famous Outer Barrier Ribbon Reefs then you will need to allow for a full day. There are no half day outer barrier reef tours, this is mainly due to the distance the boats need to travel to arrive on the Agincourt Ribbon Reef systems.
Quicksilver Cruises was one of the very first pioneers to take passengers out to the Agincourt Ribbon Reefs back in the early 1980’s.
Quicksilver has now grown to be the biggest reef touring company both in Cairns and Port Douglas. Operating a number of vessels to both the inner reefs and outer barrier reefs, Quicksilver are one of the most experienced reef touring companies.
Port Douglas Reef Tours: How To Choose?
Now if your looking thru all the different Port Douglas Reef Tours and are wondering which is the best reef tour option for you and your family or friends, then you need to ask your self some simple questions.
Can you swim? If the answer is no then it is simple you need to choose a floating platform Pontoon or an Island experience. The floating platforms have Semi-Submarines, Glass Bottom Boats, Underwater Observatories and Snorkeling facilities. This is great if you are a non-swimmer because it allows you to get up close and personal to the reef without getting wet. Visit Quicksilver Cruises Outer Barrier Reef Pontoon for the ultimate day on the Outer Barrier Reef.
If you can swim then you should choose from one of the many snorkel / dive day boats that depart Port Douglas marina on a daily basis. For beautiful snorkeling and even diving look at either Poseidon Outer Barrier Reef Cruises or Silversonic Dive & Snorkel. These 2 boats are absolutely the best 2 boats that operate out of Port Douglas. Why? Its simple the reef permits that both of these boats have allow them the largest selection of reef sites, therefore the greater opportunity to choose the very best reef sites on any given day. Perfect for snorkeling with large drop down steps on the back of the boats, this gives you easy access in and out of the water. Both boats Poseidon & Silversonic visit 3 sites in a day. That means you get over 1.5 hours at 3 different reef sites on the Agincourt Ribbon Reefs.
What about the weather?
Now the weather can play a part in your reef experience, ultimately you want to choose a bright sunny day with very low wind speeds. High wind speeds don’t stop the boats from visiting the reefs but they do make for a much rougher day on the reef which in turn can stir up the visibility in the water and even make some people sea sick. So a good option is to look at one of the many weather sites, we look at Seabreeze this website is generally pretty good with the wind prediction so can give you a rough ball park figure on the weather patterns. This is turn should help you to make up your mind on which is the best day to choose from one of the many Port Douglas Reef Tours.
Port Douglas Reef Tours: Certified Diver
Port Douglas Reef Tours offer the certified diver an array of dive locations. The Agincourt reefs offer beautiful wall diving around large bommies that extend up from 25 meters. Usually your first dive of the day is the deepest so visiting Barracuda Bommie or Nursery Bommie you can get to a depth of about 25 meters. Both of these sites have schooling yellow tail barracudda schooling around the bommies. Usually sitting in about 18 meters you can actually get up very close to these beautiful schooling fish. As your dive progresses you will slowly ascend and the closer to the surface you go the larger the schools of small to medium sized reef fish can be seen basing in the warm tropical waters.
Most of the time your dive guides will include your 3 minute safety stop into the dive profile, so instead of just hanging around under the boat for the last 3 min of your dive. You will do your safety stop up in the shallows observing the beautiful stag-horn corals, clown fish, giant clams, parrot fish and if your lucky octopus.
Both Poseidon & Silversonic have excellent dive crew, dive equipment and really do cater to the certified diver. Actually depending on the day and your dive level they can even give you a drift dive on the last dive site. This means the boats will drop the divers in on the outer reef walls and you will cruise with the current back to the shallows to re-unite with the boats. This is awesome and also the time when you can have large marine encounters.
Port Douglas Reef Tours
Port Douglas Reef Tours