Wavelength Eco Reef Cruise
Wavelength Eco Reef Cruise & Snorkel
Why we Love a Wavelength Eco Reef Cruise
Wavelength is passionately owned and operated by a conservation driven family specialising in snorkelling only tours to the Outer Reef since 1986.
The goal is to provide the best outer reef experience available, in a low impact way with a maximum of 48 passengers, ensuring personalised service and the best possible wildlife viewing opportunities for every guest.
All crew are marine biologists offering professional services including interpretive snorkel tours and very informative, and passionate reef presentation at lunch time.
During their 30 years of tours, Wavelength Eco Reef Cruise have obtained exclusive rights to some of the very best snorkelling sites on the outer Great Barrier Reef with great coral, fish life and visibility.
Your tour/cruise will include the following highlights;
- Upto 5 hours on the Outer Great Barrier Reef
- Visit three unique and exclusive reef sites
- Low passenger numbers and low impact
- Marine biologist led snorkel tours
- Passionate reef ecology presentation
- First class eco-friendly designed vessel
- High quality snorkelling equipment and tuition
- Life vests and flotation devices
- Wetsuit or lycra-suit use
- Marine biology snorkel tour and reef talk
- complementary bus transfers within Port Douglas and Oak Beach
- Morning tea, delicious lunch, and afternoon tea
Wavelength departs Port Douglas’ Reef Marina taking you on a 90-minute trip to the edge of the continental shelf. Passing Low Isles en route, we often encounter dolphins and in winter may see dwarf minke or humpback whales.
The journey is a good opportunity for our crew to get to know you and answer any questions you have about the day. During this time, you’ll be fitted out with quality snorkelling gear.
Reef Site no.1
On arrival at the outer reef the snorkel advisor conducts a comprehensive gear and safety brief and, if it’s your first time snorkelling, we have plenty of time to help you feel comfortable. Once in the water guests are free to explore the reef under the expert advice of our crew. A difference with Wavelength is that the crew spend more time in the water with you to help you get going and to point things out.
Morning Tea & Reef Site no.2
After morning tea (and some time to reflect on the weirdness of invertebrate life) we move along to another one of our many sites, chosen to suit the conditions on the day. Here, with passengers having mastered their snorkelling skills, we conduct guided snorkel tours.
Our marine biologists help snorkellers discover aspects of the new site that might otherwise be missed, and point out some of the multitude of life forms. On a guided snorkel tour it’s possible to be handed a small number of different creatures, though we have strict guidelines on what can be touched so as to protect the integrity of the reef.
The delicious deli-style lunch is vegetarian and includes a range of salads, arancini balls, char-grilled veggies, spinach and feta pastries and mini quiches, cheese, eggs and rolls.
Wavelength can cater for all dietary requirements including vegan, lactose and gluten free.
We don’t serve prawns due to the significant by-catch associated with them and we don’t serve meat as reducing meat consumption is one of the easiest ways an individual can reduce personal carbon emissions.
Reef Ecology Talks
During lunch, our marine biologists conduct our interactive reef talk. This is where you can ask questions on anything that you’ve seen through the day or simply sit, relax and learn all about the ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef.
Reef Site no.3
Once everyone’s appetites have been satisfied and all questions answered we head to our final site of the day, where, with a better understanding of the reef, guests are free to adventure further.
Afternoon Tea and Cruise Home
Following afternoon tea we head back with the wonderful view of the sun dropping towards the rainforest clad mountains. Wavelength arrives back in Port at approximately 4.30pm.
- Departs Port Douglas Marina @ 8:30am
- Returns approx. 4:30pm
- Port Douglas and Oak Beach transfers inclusive
- Cairns & Cairns Northern Beaches transfers at additional cost – please enquire.
Important Tour/Cruise Information
- Child age: 8-12 years
- Minimum Age: 8 years
- Levy is environmental management charge / marine park fees
- All additional Dietary Requirements can be catered for.
- Itineraries may be subject to change dependant on weather and other circumstances
- Cairns/Cairns Northern Beaches Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Soft drinks
- Range of quality merchandise
- Photographs of the day
What to Bring
- Hat, sunglasses, reef-safe sunscreen
- Refillable Sustainable Water Bottle
- Swim wear and towel
- If you cancel at least 2 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
- If you cancel within 24 hours of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
- Unless otherwise stated all refunds will incur a 10% administration fee.
We recommend you purchase Travel Insurance which would cover for such things as road closures, flight, bus or other travel cancellations that would contribute to you missing the departure of your tour.
The following Eco-Accreditation from Eco Tourism Australia had been achieved.
- Eco Certified Advanced Ecotourism
Australia’s leading and most innovative ecotourism products, providing an opportunity to learn about the environment with an operator who is committed to achieving best practice when using resources wisely, contributing to the conservation of the environment and helping local communities.
- Climate Action Business
Businesses have undertaken a set of adaption and emissions reduction actions but are not necessarily measuring their carbon footprint.
Current Research Programmes
Wavelength has a research partnership with Assoc. Prof Dave Suggett and Dr Emma Camp at University of Technology Sydney, Future Reefs Program. This research project started in February 2018 following on from earlier field work and is studying the optimisation of coral propagation specific to GBR conditions.
In the last 20 years or so there has been an ever increasing interest in coral reef rehabilitation at many locations around the world. Despite this, the total area of rehabilitated reefs worldwide stands at about only 22 hectares. The cost and difficulties of up-scaling coral rehabilitation mean it is not suitable as an alternative to action to protect reefs. The costs of rehabilitating a damaged reef are vastly higher than preventing the damage in the first place, and the solution is unlikely to be as good as the original.
However, if improvements can be made to the efficiency and cost effectiveness of coral propagation it can potentially be useful on a local scale and can also be a very important tool in researching coral resilience and adaptation.
Crew member Johanna is currently working on her PhD utilising her virology experience in studies on coral disease and interactions with certain species of farming damsel fish.
The Eye on the Reef program is one of the best ways to get involved in helping monitor the health of the reef. The basic level of survey is Rapid Monitoring, which passengers can learn to do quite quickly. Our crew carry out Tourism Weekly Monitoring, and also the more complex surveys which are Reef Health and Impact Surveys (RHIS). It’s possible to get trained up to undertake these surveys and contribute to knowledge of what’s happening on the reef. In addition, Eye on the Reef has an App which works along side its Sightings Network to be able to log significant creature or event sightings, including Crown of Thorns starfish occurence.
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How do we do that?
We fund it with your travel bookings and our eco-rewards loyalty programme.
$100 = 100 Eco-Rewards Points
750 points funds the purchase of 1/4 Acre (1000m²) of Real Rainforest in Real Places.
In recognition, you receive a colourful and informative gift pack by post
This includes a personalised certificate and information about the project you supported.
Head to our Eco Rewards Programme page to find out more.
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