Port Douglas no.1 Reef Adventure
Join Jenny and John Edmondson, passionate local marine biologist owners of the Wavelength Eco Reef Cruise, for an unforgettable, educational adventure on the outer Great Barrier Reef. Departing from Port Douglas, our low-impact, small group tour takes you to three unique and exclusive reef sites, ensuring an experience like no other.
As a locally owned and operated ecotourism business, we take pride in our commitment to sustainability and conservation. Our vessel is eco-friendly designed, and we’re proud to be one of the first Advanced Eco-accredited tourism operators in Australia. We’re also co-founders of the Eye on the Reef program, one of the largest reef monitoring programs in the world.
Led by our expert team of qualified marine biologists, our educational snorkel tours give you a unique insight into the fascinating world of the Great Barrier Reef. Learn about the reef’s ecology and the creatures that call it home during our passionate reef ecology presentation.
Experience the best of Port Douglas with Wavelength Eco Reef Cruise, the top-rated Port Douglas eco reef cruise owned and operated by local marine biologists. Book your adventure now and discover the magic of the Great Barrier Reef with us!
As the reef tourism industry leader Wavelength continually sets the standards. Crew members are qualified marine biologists and include GBRMPA trained Master Reef Guides. Reef research and stewardship is continuous at all of the reef sites Wavelength has permits to operate on and are involved in three very important marine conservation programmes:
- Great Barrier Reef Park Authority’s (GBRMPA) Eye on the Reef programme
- Crown-of-Thorns starfish and Drupella snail removal programmes
- Project leaders of the Coral Nurture Project alongside University of Technology Sydney, a programme to enhance the reef’s resilience against climate change.
- Local family owned and operated experience
- Visit three exclusive reef locations
- Snorkel tours led by expert marine biologist
- Educational, low-impact tour
- Low passenger numbers
- Marine biologist reef ecology presentation
- First class eco-friendly designed vessel
Video – Experience a Drift Snorkel
Your day at the Reef
As you arrive at Port Douglas’ Reef Marina and step aboard the Wavelength Eco Reef Cruise, the scent of the sea fills your nostrils and a sense of excitement builds. Check-in is at 8am and after a warm welcome from the crew, you embark on a 90-minute journey to the edge of the continental shelf. Passing Low Isles en route, you might catch sight of dolphins playing in the water, and in winter, you may be lucky enough to spot dwarf minke or humpback whales. The sea breeze in your hair and the gentle sway of the boat create a feeling of freedom and relaxation.
During the 90-minute journey to the reef, our knowledgeable crew will fit you with quality snorkelling gear and answer any questions you have about the day ahead.
Reef Site no.1
The crew have you ready, your equipment donned and you take your first steps into the water, the cool, refreshing sensation of the reef envelops you. The in-water marine biologist guides are on hand to guide you and help you feel comfortable. The underwater world is an explosion of colour and movement, with fish darting around and coral formations swaying in the current. The guides spend more time in the water with you to help you get going and to point things out, enhancing your experience.
Morning Tea & Reef Site no.2
After a morning tea break, you move along to another one of Wavelength’s many sites, chosen to suit the conditions on the day. Our marine biologists conduct guided snorkel tours, helping you discover aspects of the new site that might otherwise be missed. They point out some of the multitude of life forms, and you’re free to explore at your own pace. Keep your eyes open for cruising turtles, wonderfully spotted lagoon rays and take a moment to be perfectly present in nature.
Reef Ecology Talks
During lunch, our marine biologists conduct an interactive reef talk. 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, you head to your final site of the day. With a better understanding of the reef, you’re free to adventure further and where conditions permit, we may be able to experience an epic drift snorkel, riding the current and taking in the views.
Afternoon Tea and Cruise Home
Following afternoon tea, you head back to port with the wonderful view of the sun dropping towards the rainforest-clad mountains. The sense of satisfaction and wonder lingers in your mind, as you reflect on the unforgettable experience you’ve just had. Wavelength arrives back in Port at approximately 4.30pm.
*Group bookings, or to check unavailable dates, please contact us.
What to bring
- Swim wear and beach towel
- Hat and Sunglasses
- Plastic-free reusable water bottle
- Natural reef safe sunscreen*
*For more information about sunscreen damaging our reefs visit the ethically conscious www.earthturtle.com.au/blog
Know before you go
Tell us about any dietary requirements where meals are included on the booking form.
Trip Physicality and General Health
This trip rates 2 out of 5 meaning it includes some easy physical activities.
Snorkelling is a relatively low-intensity activity and does not require high levels of physical fitness to enjoy.
Please do tell us if you think any physical activities can aggravate a medical condition.
Upon boarding all guests will fill out a simple medical questionnaire that allows the crew the chance to offer many different kinds of personalised assistance throughout your day.
Itineraries may be subject to change due to weather events and unforeseen circumstances.
Cancellation by Customer:
- If you cancel 48 hours or more in advance of departure: 0% fee
- If you cancel within 48 hours of departure: 100% fee
- Unless otherwise stated all refunds will incur a 6% administration fee.
All prices are person unless otherwise stated, are in Australian dollars, are correct at the time of publication & are subject to change without notice.
Terms & Conditions
In addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined above, upon purchase this package is subject to general terms & conditions.