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Diving in Port Douglas
When to go to Port Douglas
Port Douglas has a tropical monsoon climate with hot summers that last from November to April, and warm winters (May to October). The wet season runs from January to March, and February is typically the wettest month of the year. The high season lasts from May to September. The annual air temperature ranges from 23-30C/73-86F, and the annual water temperature averages 25C/77F. The visibility is very good year-round, usually more than 30m/98ft. What to see Diving at the Agincourt Reef, divers can see a variety of different forms of marine life, including beautiful soft and hard corals, staghorn corals, tiny nudibranchs, Christmas tree worms, lionfish, giant clams, parrotfish, damselfish, yellow snapper, rays, triggerfish, and grouper.
Scuba diving in Port Douglas
Port Douglas is a town located on Australia’s northeast coast, approximately 70km/40mi north of Cairns. The town’s close proximity to two World Heritage areas, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Daintree Rainforest makes Port Douglas a very popular tourist destination. The town’s population of 3,200 permanent residents often doubles during the peak tourist season from May to September. Port Douglas is also well-known for its beautiful Four Mile Beach, as well as many restaurants, golf courses, and five-star beach resorts. Australian Traveller magazine named Port Douglas number 3 in the list of 100 best towns in Australia. Dive centers in Port Douglas mostly take divers to the Agincourt Reef System, which has more than 30 interesting dive spots. It takes 1 or 2 hours to reach different parts of the reef system by fast boat. Alternatively, divers can choose to take a helicopter and fly over the Daintree Rainforest, and then enjoy the views of the white-sand cays and magnificent colors of the Great Barrier Reef, arriving at Agincourt Reef in 35 minutes. Some of the most popular dive sites in this area are Cod Hole, where divers can observe many friendly potato cod, and Castle Rock, a large pinnacle rising from a steep, sandy cliff.