Why we Love a Wavelength Eco Reef Cruise
Wavelength Eco Reef Cruise is a full snorkel only day trip to some amazing reef locations on the Great Barrier Reef and all led by caring and passionate crew who are all marine biologists. You will travel aboard our latest vessel, Wavelength IV, which is leading the way with its environmental features within the Great Barrier Reef tourism industry.
For most of us, a visit to the Great Barrier Reef is a once in a lifetime experience, so make it count! Snorkelling is the best and easiest way to see the reef because 90% of it’s diversity occurs within 4 metres of the surface. That’s why Wavelength Eco Reef Cruise 's has specialised in snorkelling since starting our tours to the Outer Reef in 1986.
As one of the original reef operators in Port Douglas it is Wavelength Eco Reef Cruise ’s privilege to be able to choose from fantastic quality locations. Most of these are exclusive to Wavelength Eco Reef Cruise and were obtained through historical use, meaning that other reef operators can’t access them. Some of these are listed by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority as low density usage, meaning we can only take a small number of people at any one time. As license holders and custodians we adhere to this important limitation. Wavelength Eco Reef Cruise also carefully monitor our sites for presence of Crown of Thorns starfish, Drupella snails, coral bleaching and coral disease. This means they can be protected from overuse and damage.
Come and join us for a fantastic day; low numbers of 48 passengers with seating for 87 means plenty of room, high marine biologist crew ratio to passengers, learn about our beautiful underwater world, view astounding marine life and enjoy a scrumptious lunch!
Your Wavelength Eco Reef Cruise will include the following highlights;
- Upto 5 hours on the Outer Great Barrier Reef
- Visit 3 Unique & Exclusive Reef sites
- Low passenger numbers
- Unlimited Snorkelling
- Guided Snorkel Tours
- Reef Talks
- All Crew Marine Biologists
- Eco-Friendly Boat Design & Passionate Crew
Wavelength Eco Reef Cruise Inclusions
- Naturalist guide
- Return coach transfers from Port Douglas accommodation.
- Morning & Afternoon Tea
- Scrumptious Deli-stylel Lunch
- Marine Biologist Interactive Reef Talks
- Guided snorkel Tours with our marine biologists.
- Snorkelling equipment and instruction provided.
- Lycra suits and flotation devices.
- Prescription masks (please request upon booking)
Wavelength Eco Reef Cruise Itinerary
Your Wavelength Eco Reef Cruise begins with a courtesy transfer from your accommodation to our shop at the Reef Marina. You’re greeted there for check-in at 8.00am, then board the vessel where tea or coffee is available. Our crew will then introduce the itinerary and provide a safety briefing.
Your Wavelength Eco Reef Cruise sets off on a 90-minute trip to the edge of the continental shelf, passing Low Isles en route. On the way 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.
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.
Second Reef Site
After morning tea (and some time to reflect on the wierdness 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 integrety of the reef.
Lunch Time - Deli-style!
The delicious deli-style lunch includes a range of salads, chicken, beef, falafels, cheese, eggs and rolls. Water, soft drinks, coffee and tea are also available. Wavelength can cater for different dietary requirements including vegetarian and gluten free. The rear deck allows passengers to mingle with other guests and crew, while those wanting some quiet time can find a private spot on Wavelength’s bow or top deck.
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.
Our Third Reef Site
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.
Following afternoon tea we head back with the wonderful view of the sun dropping towards the rainforest clad mountains. Your Wavelength Eco Reef Cruise arrives back in Port at approximately 4.30pm
Wavelength Eco Reef Cruise departs daily from Port Douglas at 8.30am (Check-in at the Port Douglas Reef Marina from 7.30am and Boarding from 8.00am)
Returns to the Port Douglas Marina 4.30pm approx.
Complimentary bus transfers for all Port Douglas accommodations.
Return Pick-ups can be arranged with local transport operators for Palm Cove, Cairns Northern Beaches and Cairns City.
Where Booking Tours means Saving Rainforest
With every $750 you spend enables Tree Hugger Travel to fund the purchase of 1000 square meters of threatened tropical forest.
We work with David Attenborough’s World Land Trust. This internationally recognised and highly regarded organisation has been instrumental in the purchase and protection of over 500,000 acres (2 million square km) of tropical forest and other threatened habitats through conservation projects across the globe.
Why is our conservation project so good?
The awesome thing about our project is that you become actively involved in the conservation effort too!
When you spend $750* David Attenborough’s World Land Trust recognises you as the donor.
You will receive a beautiful gift pack, certificate and project brief detailing the project goals.
For more information check out our Conservation Programme Page.
Wavelength Eco Reef Cruise
The following Eco-Accreditation from Eco Tourism Australia had been achieved.
ECO CERTIFIED ADVANCED ECOTOURISM
Australia's leading and most innovative ecotourism products, providing an opportunity to learn about the environment with an operator who is committed to achieving best practice when using resources wisely, contributing to the conservation of the environment and helping local communities.
CLIMATE ACTION BUSINESS
Businesses have undertaken a set of adaption and emissions reduction actions but are not necessarily measuring their carbon footprint
- Prices are in Australian Dollars (AU$)
- Child minimum age is 8 years / Child Age: 8-12 years
- If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
- If you cancel between 2 and 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 25% cancellation fee.
- If you cancel within 24 hours of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Bookings | Prices | Enquiries
|$233 +6.50 levy*|
|$203 +6.50 levy*|
*Reef Levy comprises of EMC (marine park fee)
Minimum Child Age is 8 years / Child 8-12 years
Prices valid to 31st March 2018 and in Australian Dollars (AU$)
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