The Great Barrier Reef, one the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, is just a stone’s throw away from Port Douglas. The reef extends for over 2,600 kilometres (1,600 miles) along the North Eastern coast of Australia. And, it covers an area larger than the size of Great Britain or Victoria, and approximately half the size of Texas. Its grandeur makes it the only natural wonder that is visible from outer space!
The iconic Great Barrier Reef is arguably the most diverse ecosystem in the world with over 1500 species of fish, 4000 species of molluscs and 400 types of coral. With over 2,900 individual reefs and about 900 islands, it is also the largest coral reef system in the world today.
Port Douglas is the closest town (with exception to towns on islands) to the Great Barrier Reef, with many people travelling from all over the local region to visit the reef from here. There are many marine Tour Operators which offer a range of reef experiences to suit every individual need.
Experience quality diving and snorkelling at sites such as Low Isles and Agincourt, Opal, St Crispin, Ribbon and Tongue Reefs. A kaleidoscope of colour and life awaits you with an amazing array of spectacularly coloured fish, together with hard and soft corals.
A number of different options are available for those with all levels of comfort in the water. From those not keen to get their hair wet, to families with young children, to snorkelers and experienced divers; a day to remember on one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World is on offer.
If you have always wanted to give diving a try, many operators offer Introductory Diving with the assistance of an experienced Dive Instructor. After passing a health questionnaire, guests learn a little about the many aspects of diving before embarking on their very first dive, in both a safe and amazing environment.
The Lychee Tree Tour Desk will not only help you choose the reef experience most suited to your interests, but shall also assess the ocean weather and wind forecast along with the tides to choose the best possible day for you to visit the reef.