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Top-rated Exciting Privately Guided Port Douglas Scuba Diving To The Outer Great Barrier Reef

At Blue Dive we specialise in running exciting privately guided diving and snorkelling day trips from Port Douglas to the unrivalled Agincourt Ribbon Reefs and to the stunning Opal Reef Complex.

 

A complimentary photo shoot and memory stick are included in your qualified dive package diving with Blue Dive – all members of our team are accomplished underwater photographers and will give you some great memories to take home! Port Douglas Scuba diving at its best!

 

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Privately Guided Diving on Poseidon

Blue Dive offers very special and exclusive privately guided diving trips on Poseidon, AquaQuest and Calypso to the Agincourt Ribbon Reefs and the Opal Reef Complex. No other Port Douglas company offers privately guided dives.

You will have your own private and expert Blue Dive host for the day who will help make your day both safe and special.

 

Your package includes 3 dives on the best reefs, all equipment (including wetsuits), lunch, snacks and we also include a complimentary underwater photo shoot of your day so you can take your memories home! Underwater photos are only provided for qualified divers – For sensible legal and safety reasons we cannot photograph introductory divers underwater.

 

If you have friends or family that would like to come snorkelling they can also join these trips! You’ll be able to spend time together above water and the snorkellers can usually see you below water too.

 

Yes, privately guided diving costs a little more than diving directly with the boats’ crews in larger groups but you’ll be diving as your own private group – just you and your friends or family, with your own expert Blue Dive instructor, on your own underwater route without being bothered by other divers. These trips are locally recognised as the best Port Douglas scuba diving.

 

 

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Scuba Diving PADI Port Douglas

The beauty of these dive trips is that we can dive to your level of experience

7 great reasons to choose Blue Dive privately guided Great Barrier Reef diving tours:

  1. If you want the luxury of diving the GBR in your own private group with an expert instructor to guide you and show the best marine life. Only Blue Dive offers genuinely privately guided experience as part of your package in Port Douglas.
  2. If you want exclusive access to the best of the Agincourt Ribbon Reefs – Poseidon dive boat has exclusive access to sites like Barracuda Bommie, The Nursery and Turtle Bay.
  3. No expensive private guiding supplements at Blue Dive, your expert Blue Dive private guide is included in the price below.
  4. complimentary underwater photo shoot and memory stick are now included as part of your qualified dive package – all members of our team are accomplished underwater photographers and will give you some great memories to take home!
  5. If you are experienced divers who want some great diving without being held back by other divers.
  6. If you are newly qualified or slightly nervous divers who want some special care and attention, complimentary refresher sessions can be included at no extra cost.
  7. If some of you are qualified and others not – we can still privately guide you safely together – Maximum 12 metres in this case. 

 

 

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Where you’ll be diving – a “must visit destination”

The crystal clear water of the Agincourt Ribbon Reefs teems with incredible fish life. It offers the best Port Douglas scuba diving and some of the best scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef.

 

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority – in their 2013/14 Reef Report – said that the Agincourt Ribbon Reefs were the “best and most pristine examples of coral reefs in the whole GBR”.

 

It’s 70 kms north-east of Port Douglas and on the very outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Visibility can be more than 30 metres (90 feet) and there is an astonishing abundance of animal and coral diversity.

If you have 2 days we would recommend a day on Poseidon and then a day on AquaQuest.

 

Scuba Diving Port Douglas

There are drift dives and wall dives with isolated pinnacles surrounded by pelagic fish and pristine coral gardens.

 

The marine life is profuse and you can see colourful wrasses, groupers, parrotfish, boxer shrimps, clownfish, angelfish, turtles, clams, anemones and 3 species of reef shark.

 

And we get plenty of other less occasional visitors including Manta Rays, Whale Sharks and 4 species of whale.

Complimentary Refresher Sessions & Underwater photos

 

If you haven’t dived for a while or are a little nervous we can include refresher sessions on the boat at no extra cost.

 

Certified divers will receive complimentary underwater photos that will be taken on the day by their dive guide.

 

Migrating whales

In season (June through to September), Humpback and Dwarf Minke Whales are often seen migrating through our reefs.

 

Poseidon has a rare licence to swim with Minke Whales – it can be an incredible life-changing experience.

Privately Guided Dive Trips On AquaQuest

Another option for your Great Barrier Reef scuba diving holiday is to dive with a Blue Dive private guide aboard AquaQuest, the newest boat in town.

 

AquaQuest visits the Agincourt and Opal Reefs, the 2 best reefs in the Port Douglas area, and is a reat option for those wanting to explore different sites to what Poseidon offers. For those certified to use it, Nitrox is available at a small extra cost.

 

The boat visits two dive sites each day and offers divers the opportunity to do three dives. For those with a bit of experience, we can often do exciting drift dives when the conditions are right.

 

 

 

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Port Douglas Scuba Diving

Privately Guided Diving Inclusions

Our Privately guided Great Barrier Reef scuba diving trips include a Blue Dive private guide, Port Douglas transfers if needed, full equipment hire, dive computer, 3 dives per person, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, hot drinks and cold water.

 

The only extra cost is a $6.50 environmental management charge payable per person per day.

 

Cairns/Palm Cove transfers can be arranged on request (charges apply). Alcoholic beverages and a limited range of snacks are available for purchase onboard.

 

Yes, privately guided diving costs a little more than diving directly with the boats’ crews in larger groups but you’ll be diving as your own private group – just you and your friends or family, with your own expert Blue Dive instructor, on your own underwater route without being bothered by other divers. These trips are locally recognised as the best Port Douglas scuba diving.

 

If price is an issue, dive directly with Poseidon or AquaQuest

 

We can book you to dive in larger groups  – maximum 8 divers but usually smaller – with either Poseidon, AquaQuest or Calypso and their dive crew.

 

You will have a great time on these trips – but it is only on the Blue Dive privately guided trips that include refresher sessions and underwater photos.

 

Poseidon group diving to the Agincourt Ribbon Reefs

$347.50 per diver with three dives + full equipment hire including computers and Poseidon dive guide.

$275.50 for divers 12 – 14 years age

 

Snorkelers can join at a rate of $247.50 per day (child price age 4-14 $175.50).

 

AquaQuest group diving to the Agincourt Ribbon Reefs or Opal Reefs

$335 per diver with three dives + full equipment hire including computers and optional AquaQuest dive guide at no extra cost.

 

Nitrox available – for those qualified in its use – at $10 per tank.

 

Snorkelers can join at a rate of $245 per day (child price age 4-14 $185).

 

Great barrier Reef Scuba Diving Port Douglas

 

Medical & certification information for Certified Divers

 

To undertake diving with Blue Dive Certified divers must have proof of diving certification and be in good medical health.

 

Please bring along a copy of your dive certification on your first day of diving. Certification from all major training agencies (PADI, SSI, BSAC, CMAS etc.) is accepted. If you don’t have access to your certification card please contact us in advance so we can provide further advice.

 

To avoid the disappointment of not being able to dive when here, you must be able to answer ‘NO’ to the following medical questions.

 

If any diver answers ‘YES’ to any of the questions 1-8 you MUST bring “clearance to dive” stating the condition(s) and signed by your doctor and from within the year.

 

1. Are you currently suffering from any illness or injury that may be incompatible with diving?
2. Have you ever had any medical condition that may affect your heart, ears or lungs (e.g. heart disease, sinus/ear operations or asthma)?
3. Have you used any type of oral inhaler or medication to relieve breathing difficult, airway issues or allergy symptoms within the last 10 years?
4. Have you ever had any medical condition that may result in loss of consciousness (eg. epilepsy or diabetes) or have you previously fainted?
5. Are you currently taking any medication (exclude oral contraceptive)?
6. Do you have high blood pressure?
7. Have you had any injury or operation within the last 6 weeks?
8. Are you pregnant? If you are pregnant – for safety – you should not dive.

 

All divers with asthma or diabetes, including certified divers, are required to contact us prior to booking to dive. There are very strict requirements around diving with these conditions and we need to discuss to discuss this directly with you.

 

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.

 

For further information please visit our medical page.

Scuba Tune-Up

Not dived for a while? Are you feeling a little nervous to go straight out to the reef? Let us get you back up to speed with this fun retraining session in our tropical pool in Port Douglas.

 

What does the session involve?

After a review of basic diving theory you will complete a fun skill circuit in the pool. We will get your confidence back up so you can really enjoy your reef trip. There will be plenty of time for questions. The course takes half a day, morning or afternoon, at your choice.

 

Requirements

Entry level certificate from PADI / SSI / BSAC / NAUI or other entry level diving certificate. 12 years of age and able to swim and medically fit.

$175 per person, minimum 2 divers, price for 1 on request. Price includes full equipment hire and local transfers.

 

Cancellation policy – Day trips

Our cancellation policy is designed to be fair to both parties.

 

As all Blue Dive services are arranged to order and boats and instructors are booked in advance, we have a strict but fair policy.

 

Cancellations must be made at least 5 days before the diving service begins. Please note that with late cancellations your credit card may be charged for the balance due.

 

If the 5 day condition is met refunds of deposits will be made less administrative costs and cancellation fees of $100 per person.

 

If students need extra time to complete a course extra charges will be made or referral papers can be issued.

 

Of course we will do our best to reschedule courses or dives and offer alternatives if possible.

 

PADI Open Water course cancelations – We have a unique policy that if, for any reason, anyone wishes to cancel at the end of day one of the course we offer an immediate refund of $300.

 

Weather: If in the extremely unlikely event of bad weather preventing travel, of course, we will give full refunds or reschedule if possible.

 

Cancellation/Travel Insurance – Strongly recommended for peace of mind.

Please note:

 

Taking cancellation/travel insurance is highly recommended.

 

The Australian company Travel Insurance Cover can cover you, linked below.

 

Please take responsibility for checking your policy for details.

 

Australian residents policy

International visitors policy

Or call Travel Insurance Cover  0061 (0) 2 9460 3812.

 

 

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“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.