There are a huge selection of tours available to book, please ask us for advice, as we have done almost all the tours we are able to recommend tours to suit your requirements and expectations. If you have several days with us we recommend you book your tours once you are here, we will then be able to look at the weather forecast for the best day if you are going to visit the amazing Great Barrier Reef. If you have only a day or two and would like a specific tour we would suggest booking it in advance to avoid disappointment as some tours do book out during the busy season. Among the fantastic selection of tours available we can book tour to The Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, River Cruise, Fishing Trip, Hot Air Balloon Ride, Golf, Horse Ride on the Beach, Golf, White water rafting plus there are many more incredible things to do here. Our tour booking service is complimentary and the tour is charged to your room which you can pay as you go or on check out. We are kept up to date with all the specials that tour companies are offering so can also offer you the best deal going.
The Great Barrier Reef has been named one of the seven natural wonders of the world and was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1981. It stretches a distance of over 2,300 km (1,420 mi) from the Torres Straight north of Australia to Fraser Island to the south and covers an area approximately 344,000² km (133,000² mi). That’s larger than New Zealand, Italy or the combined egos of every actor in Hollywood, California. It’s composed of more than 2,900 individual reefs and 900 individual islands and is the largest structure made by living organisms. It can even be seen clearly from space. Much of the Great Barrier Reef is designated as a National Park and is home to many threatened and endangered species such as the dugong and green sea turtle. Thirty species of whales, dolphins and porpoises make annual migrations through this biosphere and over 1,500 fish species make it their permanent home. Concerted efforts are being made by tour operators, businesses and government to ensure that this amazing landmark remains a viable and healthy organism for future generations to enjoy.
These coral reefs are some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet and are built over decades and centuries by colonies of coral polyps. Hard corals such as brain coral and elkhorn coral create exoskeletons from calcium carbonate (limestone) which eventually turns to rock. These are the building blocks of coral reef systems and rely on a symbiotic relationship with a type of algae known as zooxanthellae which live inside their cells to feed themselves. Corals can only survive outside of a narrow temperature range for a short period of time, if the water becomes too warm the corals experience heat stress and this relationship breaks down. Temperature increases of just one degree Celsius above normal maximums lasting for four weeks can cause the coral to expel the algae and it will begin to starve. This is known as coral bleaching. The good news is that this does not automatically mean the coral will die, when conditions return to normal the coral will repopulate its tissue with zooxanthellae and recover. We’re happy to say that the reefs off of Port Douglas have recovered from last summer’s high ocean temperatures and are as beautiful as ever.
Poseidon departs daily from Port Douglas, Poseidon is a 24 metre catamaran designed for certified dive and snorkel adventures. You will visit 3 different reef sites (out of a choice of 30 sites Poseidon has) on the outer Great Barrier Reef at the amazing Agincourt ribbon reefs. You have one hour at each of the
Calypso has three vessels that have been designed exclusively for snorkelling and scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef. There are two options for snorkelling with Calypso: A dedicated snorkelling experience to Opal and Tongue Reef or Snorkel on the Snorkel & Dive experience to Agincourt Reef and Opal Reef, perfect when travelling with divers.
Now with 2 boats – one for Wavelength III carrying 30 passengers and the other Wavelength IV carrying 46 passengers. Wavelength is family owned and operated company which has been in operation for 30 years. They cater exclusively to snorkelers and as such choose sites best suited for snorkelling rather than diving. Seawater absorbs red light
Quicksilver’s state of the art wave piercing catamarans and friendly crew will take you to a reef at the very edge of Australia’s Continental Shelf. Agincourt Reef, a magnificent ribbon reef where you can experience first-hand the magic that is the Great Barrier Reef. Quicksilver has 2 waver piercing catamarans which each moor at a modern
Experience the freedom of sailing as you set sail for your day on the Great Barrier Reef with Aquarius, a stunning 62 food catamaran. Aquarius sails to Horseshoe Bay a stunning reef site approximately two hours from Port Douglas. Relax in the absolute comfort as you glide effortlessly over the water to reach your destination. Aquarius
Sailaway sails to Low Isles twice daily, one boat is a full day experience and one is for the afternoon tour which incorporates a sunset sail on the way back to Port. Turtles and giant clams are often seen just off the island. Small numbers ensure a personalised relaxing trip. Sailaway ensures your enjoyment with
This is the most relaxing experience of the Great Barrier Reef! An afternoon cruise with a departure at 1pm and returning at 6.30pm incorporates snorkelling, sailing and island exploring with a Sunset Sail back to Port Douglas, Suitable for adults only cruise (minimum age 12 years old) Explore this protected Coral Cay, with white sandy
Calypso offers a 3 hour morning or afternoon snorkel tour to Low Isles. The fast comfortable vessel takes 30 minutes to Low Isles. You will enjoy 2 hours on the sheltered Low Island and snorkel in the lagoon at the peaceful coral cay. Join one of the experienced guides for a snorkel tour, take a
The Daintree Rainforest is over 135 million years old making it the oldest living rainforest on Earth. Just fifty kilometres to the north this ancient biosphere is easily accessible to day trippers by car or organised tour. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988 it is one of the most complex ecosystems that exists today. It is home to plants that are little changed from the Jurassic period such as the Idiospermum australienseas, more commonly known as the Idiot Fruit or Ribbonwood. It is poisonous to most animals and thought to be extinct until rediscovered in 1971 after the seeds were discovered in the stomachs of dying cattle in the area who had eaten the fruit. There are 19 primitive flowering plant families left on Earth and 12 of them are endemic to the Daintree.
It is also where you will find an estimated half of all Australia’s bird species, a third of its mammal and frog species and a quarter of its reptile species. Cassowary’s roam the area and other animals such as the Boyds Forest Dragon and tree kangaroos can be spotted if you are patient but it’s usually easier to have someone else spot it and tell you where it is. This is the method we’ve always used.
Cape Tribulation is located at the north end of the sealed road approximately a 45 minute drive from the Daintree River crossing. According to his log, Lieutenant James Cook named it this after his ship, the HMS Endeavour, ran aground on a reef on June 10 1771 “because here begun all our troubles”. This reef, known today as Endeavour Reef, is part of the Great Barrier Reef system and is unique in being the only place on Earth where you will find two UNESCO World Heritage sites that abut each other.
This full day tour picks you up at Port Douglas Apartments at 8.20 am before heading north to experience the Daintree, Cape Tribulation and 4WD some of the Bloomfield track. Your day will include – Custom built high clearance 4wd vehicle with environmentalist driver / guide 1 hour Daintree River Cruise and morning tea Alexandra
This full day tour departs Port Douglas Apartments at 7.20 am or 8.20 am An incredible rainforest experience that includes: – Mossman Gorge National Park Daintree River Wildlife Cruise Daintree River Cable Ferry Crossing Alexandra Lookout Personalised guided/interpretive walk Swimming at exclusive/private Noah Valley Morning Tea serving fresh plunged coffee/famous Daintree Tea Barbeque lunch of
This full day tour departs Port Douglas Apartments at 7.20 am before you head north to Cape Tribulation where the 2 national heritage sites meet. This comfortable vehicle with big windows carries a maximum of 11 passengers Your day tour will include – Mossman Gorge Daintree River crossing Beach walk Morning tea with local Daintree
Maximum 10 Guests in a purpose built and converted Off Road – Four Wheel Drive Vehicle This full day tour departs Port Douglas Apartments at 7:10am to travel north where you will be able to enjoy a Daintree river cruise, stops at spectacular lookouts, the most picturesque and remote wilderness region of the Daintree/Cape Tribulation
Choose to end your day with Aquarius’ twilight sail. Departs from Reef Marina at 4.45 pm and returns at 6.15 pm. This 1.5 hour sail over the Coral Sea promised the most spectacular show as the sun dips behind the mountains of the Daintree rainforest, lighting the sky with the most amazing orange and purple
Enjoy the thrill of pure sailing. Departs from the Reef Marina at 5.00 pm and returns at 6.30 pm Experience the exhilarating twilight sail about the luxury “Lagoon”. This 1.5 hour sail is the perfect place to soak up the peace and tranquility of the tropical sunset over the Coral Sea. Included is a complimentary
An informative, historical and entertaining commentary is provided by the skipper of this paddle steamer as it cruises the unspoilt mangrove channels of Dickson Inlet before heading out to the channel entrance to allow views of the sunset over our spectacular coastal mountains. Included is the opportunity to spot local wildlife including crocodiles. This is
Specialising in small personalised tours – maximum 12 guests to Kuranda with various different options. Tour 1 – Half Day Tour – Daily Departing Port Douglas Apartments at 11.00 and returning at 6.30 pm Tour includes – Pick up from Port Douglas Apartments Skyrail Rainforest Cableway up to Kuranda 2 hours free time in Kuranda
Small personalised tour featuring the tropical delights of the Atherton tablelands. Enjoy the sights of the Atherton tablelands while sampling wines, spirits, cheeses, coffee, chocolates, tropical fruits, ice cream, Indigenous damper, jams and to end a wonderful day Platypus viewing. Departing Port Douglas Apartments at 9.00 am and returning 5.30 approximately Your tour Includes Stop
A five minute drive from Port Douglas Apartments brings you to Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat. An Advanced Eco-accredited Wildlife Habitat that is a wildlife immersion exhibit – an open and interactive environment for guests and animals to mingle in a spacious natural setting. Visitors can wander along elevated boardwalks, observing up close a huge range
20 minutes drive south of Port Douglas Apartments on the Captain Cook Highway brings you to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. Award winning ecotourism accredited, Hartley’s has been carefully created on 10 hectares in a World Heritage Location. Over 2100 metres of boardwalks and pathways allows you to discover this innovative wildlife park. Lillies is a fabulous
A Lady Douglas River Cruise is a relaxing and comfortable trip in a beautiful, scenic calm water environment. An informative, historical and entertaining commentary is provided by the skipped as the paddle steamer cruises the unspoilt mangrove channels of Dickson Inlet Estuarine Conservation Zone. Spectacular mountain, harbour and coastal scenery is a perfect backdrop for
Mossman Gorge is a 20 minute drive from Port Douglas Apartments. Journey into the lush rainforest of Mossman Gorge and experience the wonders of the world heritage listed Daintree rainforest, mountains and vivid flora and fauna, all the while immersing yourself in its enchanting stories and rich indigenous heritage. Connect with the lives, culture and
For the thrill seekers amongst us, one of the best ways to experience pristine rainforest, crystal clear rivers and breathtaking scenery is to take a white water rafting trip. This is not a trip for your average couch potato! Just an hour south of Cairns, Foaming Fury has created a rafting dream on the Russell
Float over the picturesque Atherton Tablelands regarded as Australia’s best ballooning location with over 300 days of sunshine every year – even when it’s raining on the coast. Carried by the wind, every flight is different with the chief pilot choosing the best launch site from of the many locations dotted around the Mareeba Valley.
If you are looking for something with a bit of an adrenaline rush then Jungle Surfing at Cape Tribulation might be the right thing for you. Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours put you at eye level with the beauty of nature’s biggest overachiever, where tow World Heritage listed areas collide. You’ll venture into the heart of
Join this unique 4wd adventure experiencing some of the most amazing scenery and natural beauty of Australia. Your journey will take you across the Daintree River travelling through the world heritage listed Daintree national park on the famous 4wd only Bloomfield Track to Cooktown and returning via the inland sealed road. Tour includes – Courtesy
One of the most amazing Port Douglas experiences is a helicopter flight. With many options to choose from there is bound to be something that appeals to everyone. A few options to choose from are as follows Reef Discovery From the air, the reef really comes to life, as does the entire North Queensland coastline
A relaxing day bottom fishing for an array of reef species. Your catch will be cleaned and chilled ready for the BBQ. Small numbers (maximum 12) on this boat ensure personalised attention. You can expect to catch the famous Coral Trout, Red Emperor, Sea Perch and many others. Adult $250.00 Contact us for bookings/availability
Try your hand at landing some of the best eating and fighting fish on the planet. Norseman boasts 25 years of local fishing experience as well as friendly knowledgeable crew. Species such at Coral Trout, Red Emperor, Sea Perch and Mackerel are targeted using ether handlines or rods and whenever possible, float lines for the
Another great day is a drive to the Atherton Tablelands. Allow a full day if you want to really enjoy all the area has to offer. Your day will be full of breathtaking waterfalls, scenic vistas at every turn, impressive lakes, lush rainforest and rugged outback. We’ve got lots of maps and information to make
There are many companies that offer wildlife cruises on the Daintree River. One that we highly recommend is Solar Whisperer. The experienced interpretive guides are accustomed to the nuances of the river and rainforest and can spot an incredible variety of wildlife that you might not necessarily see on your own. Your cruise includes –
We have wonderful brochures which are very detailed and easy to follow pointing out all the awe inspiring stops along the way. Allow approximated 1 hour and 45 minutes each way to ensure you have plenty of time and don’t feel rushed. The road is sealed but often the speed is only 40 km per
Mossman Gorge is a 20 minute drive from Port Douglas Apartments and only a 2 km drive from Mossman. To get to the Gorge self drive is a great option with ample parking available at the centre. . Journey into the lush rainforest of Mossman Gorge and experience the wonders of the world heritage listed
If you prefer to do a self drive option for taking in the Kuranda Rainforest Cableway and Kuranda Scenic Rail we can easily arrange a self drive option for you. The train and Skyrail do meet at the top in Kuranda but at the bottom there is a 10 minute drive between them. You will