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Diving With Altitude – Port Douglas Diving Day Trips

Private Lake Eacham wildlife and dive trips including an altitude dive – Volcanic Crater Lake surrounded by tropical rainforest – Reviewed here on Trip Advisor


Lake Eacham – 730m altitude

Lake Eacham - surrounded by lush rainforest



Three Great Reasons To Visit Lake Eacham.

  • 1

    A lovely drive to a beautiful lake and you'll get to see little known parts of tropical Queensland behind the Great Dividing Range. Great for the whole family including non-divers.

  • 2

    Blue Dive is the only Port Douglas dive centre with a licence to dive at Lake Eacham.

  • 3

    And we can tailor the trip to meet you specific requirements - several options are available. There is also an option of completing day 1 of your PADI Advanced Course at the Lake.

What Does This Port Douglas Diving Tour And Day Trip Involve?

For families or private groups. Great for non-divers too.


Photo gallery from a recent trip


We offer fascinating and unusual day trips including a dive – for qualified divers – up to Lake Eacham – an extinct volcano and freshwater lake at 720m altitude up in the tropical rainforest in the Atherton Tablelands.


The lake contains Red-Clawed yabbies (freshwater lobsters) and freshwater turtles. Strange rock formations and fallen trees make it a memorable if very unusual scuba dive…Surfacing from the cool rainforest waters surrounded by a lush rainforest is some experience.


But its the day trip that make the day as we can stop at various spots en-route including:

  • Curtain Fig Tree: The most amazing rainforest tree you will see, bring your camera
  • Barron Falls: Especially good at the end of wet season
  • Granite Gorge: To see the hundreds of Rock Wallabies that inhabit the amazing gorge.
  • Stops to photograph troops of Eastern Grey kangaroos

There is a great and easy circular lake walk for non-divers where you will often spot small turtles and other life in the rainforest.



Private trips $385 per diver, minimum 2 qualified divers or 1 qualified diver and 2 non-diving passengers.


Non-diving passengers $185, children (4-15) $170.


Includes lunch, National Park fees and swimming opportunity at the Lake and stops (to be decided by you!)


There is a great and easy circular lake walk for non-divers where you will often spot small turtles and other life in the rainforest.



For the divers in your party – any recognised diving qualifications, minimum age 10 and “fit to dive”.


For non-diving passengers, there are no requirements apart from a desire to see part of Australia few others visit.


If you haven’t ever dived the Great Barrier Reef do that with us first!


These trips are for those who like to get off the beaten track and love being underwater in strange environments.

In detail:

Lake Eacham is an extinct volcanic crater-lake filled with cool, clean, clear water, surrounded by protected lush tropical rainforest. The lake is an amazing 65.5 metres deep and at 720 metres altitude, it requires special altitude diving procedures. We stay in the shallow areas of the lake.


The most striking aspect of the lake is the peace and calmness of the area. To surface in a fresh-water volcanic crater lake surrounded by rainforest is some experience.


Fascinating aboriginal stories also explain the volcanic region.


Trips are in our modern air-conditioned 7 seater IMAX people carrier.


We pick you at 8am for a 2 hour very scenic drive up though the rainforest-clad mountains that take you to Lake Eacham. You’ll get to see and photograph wild Eastern Grey kangaroos enroute.


We spend 2-3 hours at the lake leaving time to stop at the Curtain Fig tree (bring your camera) or Barron Falls or perhaps Granite Gorge for the Rock Wallabies.


Back in Port Douglas at around 5.30pm.

Red Claw Yabby.

Red Claw Yabby.

Things to do Port Douglas Lake Eacham diving

The stunning Lake Eacham, a great day trip

 Kangaroos Lake Eacham

Eastern Grey Kangaroos


“Best and most pristine examples of coral on the Great Barrier Reef” (Port Douglas reefs) – Source: The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority recent report.