Best Port Douglas Scuba Diving Trips
Top-rated Exciting Privately Guided Day Trips And Luxury Private Charters – Outer Great Barrier Reef
At Blue Dive we specialise in running exciting privately guided scuba diving and snorkelling day trips and luxury private charters from Port Douglas to the unrivalled Agincourt Ribbon Reefs and to the stunning Opal Reef Complex.
A complimentary photo shoot and memory stick are now 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!
And please read up-to-date diver reviews of Blue Dive at Trip Advisor where we are the top-rated dive company of ‘Things to do’ on Trip Advisor.
Privately Guided Day Boat 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 and we include a complimentary underwater photo shoot of your day so you can take your memories home! This package is only 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 all these trips!
Yes, it costs a little more than diving directly with the boats’ crews in wider groups but you’ll be diving in your own private team, with your own expert Blue Dive instructor, on your own underwater route without being bothered by other divers.
Blue Dive Privately Guided Trips reviewed on Trip Advisor
The beauty of these dive trips is that we can dive to your level of experience
10 great reasons to choose exclusive Blue Dive privately guided trips:
- 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.
- If you are Nitrox qualified, it is available at a small extra cost on AquaQuest.
- 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.
- No expensive private guiding supplements at Blue Dive, your expert Blue Dive private guide is included in the price below.
- If you want a 3 dive day to make the most of your trip to the outer Great Barrier Reef. Some companies offer only 2 dives.
- A 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!
- If you are experienced divers who want some great diving without being held back by other divers.
- 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.
- If you are underwater photographers who want to take it slowly without being bothered by other divers (camera rental with tuition available too).
- If some of you are qualified and others not – we can still privately guide you safely together – Maximum 12 metres in this case.
Where you’ll be diving – a “must visit destination”
The crystal clear water of the Agincourt Ribbon Reefs teems with incredible fish life.
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 and offers the best scuba diving from Port Douglas.
If you have 2 days we would recommend a day on Poseidon and then a day on AquaQuest.
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.
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 Trips On AquaQuest
For your second days diving we can take you aboard AquaQuest, the newest boat in town. Nitrox is available at a small extra cost for those qualified in its use.
The boat has access to great reefs on both the Agincourt and Opal Reef Complexes.
The boat offers two dive sites and three dives and, for those with a bit of experience, we can offer exciting drift dives in the right conditions.
Privately Guided Trips On Calypso
For another day’s diving, we can take you aboard Calypso, a comfortable catamaran that has access to sites on the Opal Reef Complex and the Agincourt Reefs.
The experienced Calypso skipper decides on the day which reefs to visit. Calypso has exclusive access to sites on both reefs and by combining 1 day of privately guided diving on Poseidon and a second day on Calypso you will be guaranteed new sites and new experiences each day.
Price on request
Price for these trips on request – please Contact us and we will send you an immediate quote.
Of course, the price comes in a little higher than diving directly with one of the boats (see below) as we commit to take only your private nominated group on the dives.
The Blue Dive team have unparalleled knowledge of the reefs off Port Douglas – and they are happy to share that knowledge with you.
And unqualified friends and family can complete exciting introductory dive experiences alongside you – at your request.
Inclusions: These trips included Blue Dive private guide, Port Douglas transfers if needed, full equipment hire, dive computers, 3 dives and catamaran trip to the outer Great Barrier Reef on Calypso with full lunch buffet with prawns. Reef chats and reef tours for snorkelers.
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 crew. These are also great trips.
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 (that Blue Dive provides free as part of the package).
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).
Medical information for Certified Divers
To avoid the disappointment of not being able to dive when here, you must be able to answer ‘NO’ to the following 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.
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.
What will you be qualified to do upon completion?
On completion you will be ready and confident to go out to the reef or to enrol on your further education course.
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.
Important information for certified divers
Certified divers must have proof of diving certification and be in good medical health. Asthma and some other medical conditions will prevent you from diving without “clearance to dive” from a physician.
The only extra cost is a $6.50 environmental management charge per day on the boat.
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.
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.
Or call Travel Insurance Cover 0061 (0) 2 9460 3812.