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North of Cairns

This region offers world-famous natural assets and a rich cultural history. From world-class sportsfishing to unbelievable snorkelling and diving, this region has it all and has to be seen to be believed!

Port Douglas

Charter a luxury Superyacht from Port Douglas for an indulgently private cruise to snorkel and dive the Great Barrier Reef, fish for Black Marlin and get sand between your toes on Lizard Island, and pristine sand cays. With berths to 50m Port Douglas is a haven on the Tropical North Queensland coast. While in Port Douglas, don’t miss the chance to visit Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, where you can see unique native wildlife demonstrations, including the famous Croc Attack Show, and take a cruise on Hartley’s Lagoon to observe crocodiles in their natural habitat. Low Isles and Woody Islands, two idyllic tropical islands just eight nautical miles from Port Douglas, offer spectacular coral gardens, marine life, and bird watching opportunities. Additionally, they are home to a research centre and a lighthouse built in 1878.

Lizard Island

Lizard Island is ruggedly beautiful with 24 secluded beaches and a private resort. The ultimate spot for luxurious seclusion, serious game fishing and world class diving. The Lizard Island group offer sheltered anchorage within a well-developed fringing reef packed full of pristine coral and marine life. For 360 ̊ blue water views, retrace Cook’s footsteps and climb to the top of Cook’s Look. The Southern Cross constellation appears in the night sky, migratory humpback whales and inquisitive dwarf minke whales are a common sight. Famous Black Marlin breed from September, and November sees the coral spawn and the Lizard island classic game fishing competition take place. Superyacht guests are welcomed to experience private beachside dining with a 7 course degustation menu with wines to match and the Executive Chef will personally design the menu to suit. Crew can relax at the Marlin Bar and provisions can be flown in with the resort providing concierge service.


The story of Cooktown is fascinating. Boom to bust on a magnified scale. It has been inhabited by indigenous people for thousands of years, prior to Cook’s landing in 1770. In 1872 gold was discovered in the Palmer River, by 1873 it was reported men were finding 1oz each per day and the gold rush was on. By 1885, Cooktown’s population passed 35,000, it had 65 hotels and a busy commercial port was welcoming supplies and dispatching gold, beef, pearls, bêche-de-mer (sea cucumbers) and timber. By the early 1990’s Cooktown’s economic windfalls had all but disappeared but now modern minerals have been found and new industries created. The little village of Cooktown has sprung into life once again and it has become the heart of Cape York. Now listed as one of Australia’s ultimate must-do experiences, Guurrbi Tours is a magical, award-winning experience guided by Nugal-warra Elder and Guugu Yimithirr speaker, story-keeper, Willie Gordon.

Dive Sites North of Cairns

Snake Pit

14° 40.130˙S 145° 34.210˙E
Intermediate Dive | 10 – 22m

Halfway between Lizard Island and Ribbon Reef #10, Snake Pit is a remote site suitable for the intermediate diver. Made up of a series of eight bommies, check out the manta ray feeding station on the northern most bommie. Look out for rays, sea snakes, green and hawkesbill turtles and of course brilliant coral

Cormorant Reef

14° 39.982˙S 145° 38.605˙E
Novice Dive | 10 – 16m

Beautiful sandy floors, deep channels and strong current offers divers an easy lagoon style dive. Marine life is spectacular. The overhangs offer an aquarium of small fish life and pink lace corals.

Challenger Bay

14° 54.947˙S 145° 41.441˙E
Beginners Dive | 5 – 20m

A sloping reef dive, this is an all year round site great for beginners with minimal currents and the surface is generally calm. This is a great night dive location. Expect to see clown fish, barracuda, red bass, sweetlips and huge schools of giant trevally.

Pixie Pinnacle

14° 55.790˙S 145° 40.491˙E
All Abilities | 5 – 40m

North west corner of a small plug reef. This is a pinnacle dive and an all year round site.The marine life packed onto this pinnacle is simply amazing. A torch is a must have accessory here. Towards the tip of the pinnacle the hard and soft coral is outstanding and even includes black coral. Just the best and not to be missed.

Pixie Garden

14° 55.793˙S 145° 40.641˙E
Novice Dive | 5 – 20m

A dive site located off the western side of the southern end of ribbon #10. A bommie dive with very gentle currents and usually calm surface conditions. Suitable for novices to dive all year round. Lots of bommies in shallow water with plenty of exploring to do.

Andy’s Postcard

15° 20.500˙S 145° 44.630˙E
Advanced Dive | 30m

A 30m pinnacle, home to an abundance of underwater life. Numerous opportunities for photography.

Clam Gardens

15° 23.823˙S 145° 46. 778˙E
Intermediate Dive | 5 – 40m

Located between Ribbon Reefs #4 and #5, called Ribbon Reef 4 1/2. A small reef running north south. Find garden eels swaying on the sandy bottom. Small bommies covered in live coral make great photographs against the wall backdrop. Diving depth 5m to 40m

Steve’s Bommie

15° 30.159˙S 145° 47.363˙E
Novice / Intermediate Dive | 3 – 25m

A pinnacle dive described as an “Oasis in the desert”, it never fails to impress. Located to the south west of ribbon #3 south end. Start your dive by descending to the base where Steve’s memorial plaque is located. A winding path around the pinnacle will slowly lead you back to the surface. The abundance of marine life is astonishing as are the many types of hard and soft corals.

Temple of Doom

15° 31.234˙S – 145° 46.540˙E
Novice / Intermediate Dive | 3 – 24m

A pinnacle dive with gentle currents and generally calm surface conditions. Provides year round diving and minke whales in season. Lots of pelagic action and a dive site that rewards those with a keen eye. Lots to see and do.

Nth Escape Reef

15° 50.488˙S 145° 49.140˙E
Intermediate Dive | 2 – 10m

Located between ribbon #1 and Agincourt Reef. Escape Reef has good sheltered diving on the protected side. Great variety of hard corals in coral stacks and a good scattering of giant clams.

Nursery Bommie

16° 01.964˙S 145° 51.211˙E
Novice / Intermediate Dive | 5 – 25m

A Pinnacle dive considered as one of the most spectacular in the Agincourt Reef system. Dive only on an incoming tide. Expect to see a huge number of different types of fish from rays, pickhandle barracudas and numerous clown and pink anemone fish. Brilliant opportunities for photography and deep sea fishing.

Opal Reef

16° 13.615˙S 145° 53.389˙E
Kayaking, Snorkeling and Paddle Ski.

Let the current take you. Float with turtles and manta rays. Amazing experience. Big game fishing in season, September to November.

Turtle Bay

16° 18.117˙S 145° 44.468˙E
Novice Dive | 5 – 22m

North end of Third Sister Reef in Tongue Reef. Excellent for novice divers. Beautiful corals cover the reef edge.



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