The Great Barrier Reef is without question one of the world’s most important natural assets. It is the largest biological feature on earth stretching 2,300km (more than 1,400 miles!) along the northeast coast of Australia. This world heritage listed phenomenon is composed of approximately 3000 individual reefs and islands. Access to the Great Barrier Reef is easy from Port Douglas as it is the closest departure point to the Outer Reef which is renowned for it's great visibility and high diversity of fish and coral species.
As one of the original Reef operators in Port Douglas it is Wavelength's privilege to be able to choose from our many sites at the Northern end of the Great Barrier Reef. Each day Wavelength chooses three of these sites to share with you. We choose the best sites on the day by assessing weather conditions (such as wind and tides) in conjunction with the snorkelling ability of our passengers to ensure you have the BEST experience possible. It is Wavelength’s aim to vary the sites so as to best showcase the Great Barrier Reef's amazing diversity of life in any season or weather conditions.
Many of Wavelength’s sites are exclusive to the Wavelength operation meaning that no other Reef operator can access these sites. Some of these sites are listed by the Great Barrier Marine Park Authority as low density sites meaning we can only take a small number of people at any one time. As license holders and custodians of these sites we adhere to this important limitation by only taking a maximum of 30 people per day. This means these sites can be protected from overuse.
As Wavelength is a snorkel only tour, our sites have no diver damage. Diver damage is caused by inexperienced divers that have no control over their buoyancy. Contact with the reef can break fragile hard corals simply by accident. If you have ever travelled on a dive boat you may have noticed that the sites you visit are littered with broken corals. Our guided snorkel tours teach you to minimise (or even totally avoid) the impact to the reef so as to ensure that future generations can experience the wonder of the Great Barrier Reef.
The sites/moorings to which Wavelength has access to are spread across three reef systems situated on the very edge of the Outer Reef. These include Opal Reef, Tongue Reef and St Crispin. Some of our favourite sites include: