Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef — Port Douglas, QLD

TheRVgeeks Australia Road Trip, Trip Tips 24 Comments

Of all the things we’ve always dreamed about doing in Australia, nothing came close to snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef. We’ve snorkeled in Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean and the Florida Keys, and we expected the grandaddy of all reefs would blow them all away. Boy did it ever.

You can add up all the coral we’ve ever seen in our lives and it would pale in comparison to one glance at the GBR. It really was beyond anything we could have pictured, with seemingly endless shapes and colors stretching out in every direction. And of course the colorful fish.

We wish that video could capture the experience, but watching the footage back made clear that this was one of those times that nothing can do justice to real life.

We made a carefully researched decision to book with Wavelength Cruises and were not disappointed in any way. Their new boat, Wavelength 4, was the perfect size and configuration: large enough to make the 90 minute trip to the outer reef in comfort, even in rough water; small enough to avoid the throngs of people that jam the bigger boats; and easy in and out for snorkelers.

We also stayed at our very first Australian RV park, Tropic Breeze Caravan Park in Port Douglas. It was the perfect choice: walking distance to town, the ocean and the harbor, plus great facilities and super friendly staff.

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  3. *whimper* Absolutely beautiful.. and so wish we had stowed away in your luggage! Keep on having a fabulous time, and making the rest of us envious.

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  5. I LOVE watching you two tripping around Down Under! It’s so nice to be traveling with you through video. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  6. FANTASTIC!!! I glad you two are having so much fun! The birds at your Caravan Park make me homesick for OZ! No, I’m not from OZ but we visited there. We sent my daughter & her husband to the Great Barrier Reef for there honeymoon 20 some years ago.
    Can’t wait to see your next video!!!

  7. Very good underwater video for the lighting conditions. When Kathy & I did the Great Barrier Reef we also went on a smaller boat with a great crew. Photography being a hobby I rented a good underwater camera and took hundreds of photos. 99.9% of them were great shots of fish tails. The on-board photo guy (a Canadian) put everyone’s photos on a CD during the ride back. He was impressed with my few ‘good’ shots and gave me a CD of his work – it is still one of my favourite take-homes.

    Also want to make a suggestion. You probably have a visit to Cape Tribulation on your to-do list. If not I hope you will take short drive to visit it. Now that you have been to the Great Barrier Reef the history of that little beach will have more meaning and you may be able to transport yourself back in history. You’ll be standing on the very spot where . . . . . . no, I’ll let you look it up.

    A bonus – on the drive up the coast you’ll go past the Daintree Wilderness Lodge. Do stop in and have a look, especially on some of the river trails. If we ever win the 649 it will be on our to-do list. As for when we were there: my wallet was not heavy enough for even a one night stay.

    Love the RV set-up procedure. Looking forward to see how you spend rainy afternoons in the living room and how the kitchen is for making meals.

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      Thanks for the tip, but we’ll have save Cape Trib for next time. Port Douglas was the furthest north we made it, and we’re already headed south. Stay tuned for those how-to details about the campervan in upcoming details.

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