I Scuba Dived The Great Barrier Reef And It Was Epic- Port Douglas, Australia

To get to the Great Barrier Reef I flew from Townsville to Caines, then from Caines took a shuttle to Port Douglas.  I really liked Port Douglas because it wasn't a backpacker town like a lot of the other places I went.  Port Douglas is an affluent seaside community located next to the Daintree Rainforest.  Port Douglas is a place that Australians actually vacation at themselves.  

I stayed at the Port Douglas YHA and it is recently remodeled! It was very nice and walking distance to the main street. 

The main street in Port Douglas is dangerous for your wallet because it is all amazing cute clothes and home stores that are all way to expensive, especially if you are a 22 year old back packer. 

To get onto the Great Barrier Reef, you need to take a boat.  There is a lot of companies for snorkeling and scuba diving.  I really wanted to go to the rainforest too, and being without a car, I needed to book a tour. 

I found Quicksilver Cruises & Daintree Rainforest tour combo so the first day I went scuba diving and the second day I took a bus tour of the rainforest. This was $400 Australian..which sounds expensive but scuba diving is really expensive and the package was cheaper than booking separate.  A plus to the Quicksilver Cruises is the bus picks you up for both tours so you don't need a car to meet the tour.  

The Daintree Rainforest tour included a crocodile river cruise where we saw 5 crocodiles in the wild.  The bus tour was very luxurious.  I have never seen a bus that nice and comfy.

The Quicksilver boat was state of the art.  The staff was really knowledgeable and friendly.  A lot of guests got sea sick! Be prepared. 

The boat rents underwater cameras for $60.  You get to keep the memory card.  I loved it! Check out my photos

The boat charged per dive, I did 3 separate dives so it was expensive, but when else am I going to get to go to the Great Barrier Reef? Definitely worth it. It was really convieient because the boat set up your oxygen tanks and weight belts for you between every dive.   

The boat charged per dive, I did 3 separate dives so it was expensive, but when else am I going to get to go to the Great Barrier Reef? Definitely worth it. It was really convieient because the boat set up your oxygen tanks and weight belts for you between every dive.   

I am obsessed with my fins! They were expensive but I get tons of compliments especially from the Dive masters! They are really fast and you don't have to put that much effort in when kicking to go a long distance.

I am obsessed with my fins! They were expensive but I get tons of compliments especially from the Dive masters! They are really fast and you don't have to put that much effort in when kicking to go a long distance.

My tips for underwater photography would be to try to be as still as possible. Coral is definitely easier to take pics of then moving fish.  

My tips for underwater photography would be to try to be as still as possible. Coral is definitely easier to take pics of then moving fish.  

The amount of biodiversity in the reef is mind blowing.  

The amount of biodiversity in the reef is mind blowing.  

The dive master keeps your group together and takes you to different highlight spots on the reef.  For example, they know where the clown fish hang out and guide the group there. 

The dive master keeps your group together and takes you to different highlight spots on the reef.  For example, they know where the clown fish hang out and guide the group there. 

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Giant open clam

Giant open clam

Giant closed clam

Giant closed clam

Thats a shark!

Thats a shark!

The first stop on the Daintree Rainforest tour was a crocodile boat tour. 

The first stop on the Daintree Rainforest tour was a crocodile boat tour. 

Louis the crocodile....named after Louis Vitton leather =[ 

Louis the crocodile....named after Louis Vitton leather =[ 

Fun Fact you can carry up to 6 bottles of wine as a carry on in Australia

Fun Fact you can carry up to 6 bottles of wine as a carry on in Australia

Natalie Lang