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THINGS TO DO IN AND AROUND PORT DOUGLAS

Port Douglas is renowned for being one of the top getaway destinations in Queensland. With so many tourism activities to choose from, our friendly Shantara staff can assist you with choosing the best places to go and things to do during your time in our beautiful region.
Whether you are looking for a trip to the Great Barrier Reef, a rainforest experience at the Daintree, or even an adventure in a helicopter, we can help you plan the perfect activities to enjoy during your stay. We can even arrange transfers from the Shantara Resort leaving you safe in the knowledge that every detail of your experience is taken care of.

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GREAT BARRIER REEF EXPERIENCES

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living thing on earth and is even visible from space! Thankfully, you don’t have to go that far to experience the breathtaking beauty of the coral, marine-life, endless blue sea and stunning blue skies.

Whether you’re looking to immerse yourselves underwater with a scuba diving experience, remain on the surface and snorkel or keep your feet completely dry on board a boat, there are many tourism operators to choose from. You don’t even have to be able to swim to enjoy an activity on the Great Barrier Reef! We have prepared our top picks.

Immersed in the northern frontier of Great Barrier Reef, this is the perfect sailing and snorkelling adventure for a conservation minded visitor. Ideally suited to those who can swim and have a spirit of fun and adventure.  Discerning guests can enjoy an inspiring full day experience to the absolutely stunning Coral Cays on the Great Barrier Reef in the most environmentally way! An Eco Adventure on the Wild Side!  Focusing on small groups and marine biologists to share their passion and knowledge of the reef.

Wavelength focus on taking people to outstanding outer reef sites with a crew of passionate marine biology guides.  Their focus is getting to see as much interesting marine life as possible.

During the day you visit 3 different sites – mainly on Opal Reef – you can see the ocean drop off from most sites just 500m away.  The outer reef generally has clear water and a high diversity of hard and soft coral and that amazing abundance of small and larger fish that the Great Barrier Reef is famous for.

Wavelength is a snorkeling only operation – this means that everyone gets in the water at the same time, its quieter and the sites we choose are the best for snorkeling and tend to have a large area of shallows.

During the day passengers have access to a range of talks about marine life and the ecology of the area.  Also included in the day is a marine bio tour, generally on the second site, where you can be shown marine life you may otherwise miss.  The crew are in the water with guests at all sites looking for interesting marine life and will help you find the marine life you really want to see…

We offer an adventurous, fun and memorable day – allowing you to get as much as you can from your special Great Barrier Reef visit.

Wavelength use high speed catamarans which give a fast and comfortable ride.  The boats were designed and built in Australia and are maintained to the highest standards.

Enjoy a full day experience of the Great Barrier Reef with a snorkelling and sailing cruise to Low Isles, a Coral Cay Island. Relax on the white sandy beaches, snorkel over the magnificent coral gardens in the blue lagoon and swim with turtles in their natural habitat. Take a trip on the glass bottom boat, explore with an island heritage walk. Enjoy delicious food and pure sailing on a luxury catamaran. Focussing on small groups of likeminded guests.

PORT DOUGLAS SUNSET CRUISES

A ‘must do’ during your trip to Port Douglas is to enjoy a sunset cruise.

Indulge yourself with a sunset cruise and soak up the peace and tranquillity of a tropical sunset over the Coral Sea as you sail along the coast off Port Douglas. Take in the ambient music, relaxed and friendly atmosphere and the spectacular mountain views while enjoying a welcome drink and delicious canapés.
Or searching for estuarine crocodiles and other wildlife, on an idyllic calm water river cruise through the mangrove forests around Port Douglas.

Enjoy the thrill of pure sailing! A must do when visiting Port Douglas is to relax with a twilight cruise on board the first class sailing catamaran. Soak up the peace and tranquillity of a tropical sunset over the Coral Sea as you sail along the coast off Port Douglas.  Take in the ambient music, relaxed and friendly atmosphere and the spectacular mountain views while enjoying a welcome drink and delicious canapés. Suitable for adults only.

All cruises showcase a wide variety of visual delights; take in the spectacular wilderness and scenery of the mangroves, wildlife, shipwrecks, and harbour and coastal views around the inlet entrance. The commentary delivered by the captain is informative and entertaining, with comfortable and relaxed surroundings, and no chance of getting seasick, despite the weather. We are a calm water cruise and have covered seating over the entire back deck. Substantial time on board is spent searching for wild estuarine crocodiles in their natural habitat and exploring the mangroves. Sunset Cruises include a stunning sunset at the end of the tour. Sunset 16.30-18.00

DAINTREE RAINFOREST

At more than 80 million years old and over 9,000sq kms in size, the Wet Tropics is home to one of the oldest, continually surviving rainforests in the world. Comprising of over 30 national parks including the Daintree and Kuranda, the bio-diversity of this unique environment is simply astonishing.

With so many ways to experience this ancient land, you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to activities. We highly recommend a guided experience with one of the local tour providers, so you can gain more information and knowledge about this unique environment as well as getting a real feel for this special part of the world.

Your Day Of Daintree Memories

Embark on a remarkable journey to explore the spectacular meeting of two World Heritage listed areas – The magical Daintree Rainforest and its abundant flora and fauna and the world famous Great Barrier Reef. Stroll along Cape Tribulation Beach – where the rainforest cascades down to the sea.

During your day, experience the tranquility and the awesome splendor of the Mossman Gorge, cruise the mighty Daintree River to admire the stunning wildlife and to search for the elusive Estuarine crocodiles in their natural habitat. Enjoy a sumptuous restaurant lunch (beer/glass of wine optional) with a tropical rainforest back drop.

Appreciate the beauty of your surroundings as you take a relaxing swim / paddle in a Rainforest setting. Amazing photo opportunities and a lifetime of memories await.

Explore, Experience and Appreciate this magical place with Daintree Wonder Tours.

Your tour includes:
• Daintree National Park
• Cape Tribulation Beach and Lookout
• Magical Daintree Rainforest and Beach Walks
• Daintree River & Cable Ferry
• The splendor of Mossman Gorge
• Crocodile Cruise on the mighty Daintree River
• Panoramic coastal views from Alexandra Lookout
• Morning Tea
• Sumptuous Tropical Restaurant Lunch
• Exotic fruit ice-cream at the Daintree Ice-cream Company
• Refreshing swim/paddle in a secluded Daintree rainforest setting
• Maximum 11 guests
• Comfort of luxurious air-conditioned touring vehicles
• Daintree World Heritage National Parks
• Local and Experienced guide
• Lots of fun and memories!

Departs Port Douglas 7:15am and returns approx. 5:00pm

Daintree Discovery Tours offers full or half day tours to the Daintree and Mossman Gorge.

A full day experience begins in the morning with a trip to Mossman Gorge where you will be introduced the rainforest from the aerial walkway.

Next, a short drive up to the Daintree river where you will board your boat and enjoy a cruise – if you’re lucky, you may even spot a crocodile!

After the cruise, your discovery tour continues to at Cape Tribulation where the rainforest meets the reef.

Enjoy a delicious lunch followed by a relaxing walk before a visit to the world-famous Daintree Ice-cream Company.

Your adventure concludes with a trip to stunning Cassowary Falls where you can swim or feed the fish.

The two half day experiences offer combinations of the above activities for those with less time.

GREAT BARRIER REEF HELICOPTER EXPERIENCES

GBR Helicopters provides Cairns helicopter tours and scenic flights over a range of destinations in Far North Queensland. One of the most respected helicopter charter Cairns companies, GBR offers full and half day tour experiences to a reef pontoon, rainforest walk or sandy cay. Private charters are also available.

With five amazing experiences to choose from, the aerial vista provides the perfect vantage point for the keen photographer which will change your perspective forever. Enjoy the majesty of World Heritage Listed Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef in comfort departing from the helipad in Port Douglas.