We provide exclusive, privately guided dive and snorkel trips to the Great Barrier Reef from Port Douglas. You’ll explore some of the best and most pristine outer Great Barrier Reef sites, boasting excellent coral cover and teeming with marine life. Our Port Douglas scuba diving trips are suitable for divers of all experience levels. If you are newly qualified or slightly nervous, our guide is right there to support and assist you. If you’re an experienced diver who wants the freedom to break away from the crowds, we make it happen. If your group is a mix of qualified and unqualified divers, we can still privately guide you all to a maximum of 12m. If budget is an issue, Blue Dive can make a group booking for you to dive directly with the crew of the boat. Rest assured we are here to provide local knowledge and advice, to ensure you have the very best Port Douglas Great Barrier Reef scuba diving trip and experience possible. Please note we also provide private guided diving in Cairns.
My name is Mark Fraenkel, and my primary role is to guarantee an exceptional diving experience for you from Port Douglas or Cairns. With over 5,000 dives under my belt on the Reef and having arranged thousands of diving trips for our customers, I am well-equipped to answer any questions you might have. Whether you’re seeking the top diving spots or need guidance, I’m here to help. Feel free to contact me out with your inquiries – our advice is complimentary, and I assure you a prompt response.
You’re headed to ‘the best and most pristine examples of coral reefs in the whole Great Barrier Reef’*, the Agincourt Ribbon Reefs, which are 70km north-east of Port Douglas, and Opal Reef which is 54km north-east of Port Douglas. [*Extract from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority 2013/2014 Reef Report.]
Agincourt and Opal Reef are a part of the Great Barrier Reef world heritage area and are located on the edge of Australia’s continental shelf. Underwater visibility can be more than 30m (90 feet) and the crystal-clear waters are teeming with an abundant and diverse array of fish and marine life. The main boat that Blue Dive travels on from Port Douglas – Silversonic – has the best moorings at Agincourt Reef and while we can’t guarantee what you will see – we can say that the coral cover is excellent and we frequently see a range of colourful wrasse and groupers, parrotfish, angelfish, clownfish, sea turtles, boxer shrimps, anemones, sea whips, stars and cucumbers, clams and three species of reef shark.
Depending on the time of year, we sometimes see manta rays, whale sharks and up to four species of whales, including humpback and dwarf minke whales which migrate through here between June and September. In fact, Silversonic has a rare license that allows guests to swim with the dwarf minke whales, which can be an incredible and life changing experience. Calypso has moorings and dive sites on several of the Agincourt Reef and Opal Reef, they pick the best destination on the day of travel to maximise underwater visibility, diver experience and comfort.
Our dynamic dive guides and instructors will ensure you have the best Port Douglas scuba diving trip, regardless of your diving experience levels. We provide exclusive, privately guided scuba dives operating from the only recreational dive boats running daily from Port Douglas to the Great Barrier Reef – apart from the Blue Dive luxury private charters and expeditions – Silversonic and Calypso. Our experienced dive guides will make your day safe and special, with a commitment to providing outstanding customer service, diving to your experience and comfort levels. There are many reasons to choose Blue Dive, here is our top 7.
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|Our Blue Dive Private Guided diving rates are tailored to your your needs, please do not hesitate to call us on +61 (0)427 983 907 or email us email@example.com and we can tailor a package to ensure you get the best possible dive experience from Cairns and Port Douglas.
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While the Blue Dive privately guided trips are recognized as being the best Port Douglas scuba diving trips, we also book plenty of non-Blue Dive guided trips too. This is an alternative for those on a budget; and in this instance you will dive with the crew of Silversonic or Calypso, depending on which boat you choose. So, what’s the difference between a Blue Dive private guide and diving with the boat crew? See below.
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|Calypso - Group Dive & Equipment
Additional Inclusions & Notes
Regardless of whether you choose the premium Blue Dive privately guided trip, or the crew guided group dives, there’s a range of important medical and regulatory information you need to know before you come diving on the Great Barrier Reef. All divers will need to show proof of their diving certification: if you have lost your certification card, please contact us at the time of booking so we can provide further advice. We recognize and accept certification from all major training agencies (PADI, SSI, BSAC, CMAS etc). To dive in Queensland you must be in good, medical health.
If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of the above questions, you Must bring a “Clearance to Dive” which states the condition(s) and is signed by your doctor, dated within the last 12 months. If you require medical clearance to dive please download the PADI Medical Statement and have it completed by a doctor. Please contact us prior to seeing your doctor, so we can advise on any additional information we may require.
Please Note: All divers with asthma or diabetes, including certified divers, are required to contact us prior to booking a dive. There are very strict requirements around diving with these conditions and we need to discuss these directly with you. For more information please visit our medical page.
While privately guided dives with Blue Dive do cost more than diving with the boats’ crew, there are so many benefits. You’ll be diving as your own private group – just you and your friends or family – we take our own underwater route, without being bothered by other divers, and include a complimentary refresher session on the boat, as well as an underwater photo shoot. The Blue Dive privately guided trips are locally recognised as being the best Port Douglas scuba diving trips. Not Dived For A While? If you want to refresh your skills prior to being in the ocean, we can help with that too – check out our dive courses.
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