Few destinations on the Great Barrier Reef offer such an exquisite diving and snorkeling experience, due to Orpheus’ unique nature and personalised approach. Imagine exploring an awe-inspiring underwater world teeming with fish in an incredible array of colours while turtles swim past, seemingly undisturbed by your presence. The fringing reef surrounding Orpheus and the neighbouring islands is home to some of the regions most diverse and unspoilt marine wonderlands. Orpheus’ local dive sites are home to 1,100 of the 1,500 species of fish on the reef, 340 of the 359 varieties of hard corals and some of the region’s largest collections of soft corals.
The deeper, outer reefs are approximately 45 minutes from the lodge by boat and are accessible by private charter. In this natural aquarium, dive and snorkel amongst a myriad of reef habitats and, if you’re lucky, alongside green turtles, manta rays, bull rays, reef sharks, dolphins & whales.
- Manta Ray season: July to early November
- Humpback whale migration: late June to mid-late September
- Annual coral spawning: November
PRIVATE LOCAL CHARTERS TO THE SURROUNDING ISLANDS
Private charter includes skipper guide, equipment & refreshments. An additional charge of $50pp occurs when charter is for 5 or more guests. Additional private guides will be charged at $50 per dive or snorkel. Charters can be fishing, snorkelling, island cruising or scuba diving.
SWIFT $100 / hr
MAREE ANN $150 / hr
EXPLORER $150 / hr
SCUBA DIVING on the above charters: Prices includes dive equipment and one in-water guide.
CERTIFIED DIVERS Local guided dive $ 50 per person, per dive
DISCOVER DIVERS Introductory scuba skills $ 50 per person
Local discover dive $ 50 per person, per dive
A local, single dive or snorkel should take approximately 1.5 – 2 hours on the reef.
PRIVATE OUTER REEF CHARTERS approx. 5 hours
Charter includes skipper, guide, equipment & refreshments. An additional charge of $100pp occurs when charter is for 5 or more guests. Extra hours can be arranged if desired.
FISHING CHARTER $1200
SNORKELLING CHARTER $1200
SCUBA DIVING CHARTER $1500
ADDITIONAL PRIVATE GUIDE $250
*Orpheus offers full and half day explorations to the fringing and outer reefs, subject to weather and tidal conditions. Bookings are essential. Quoted rates include all gear. Certified divers to bring certification card. Anyone with a medical condition should consult a doctor and obtain a medical certificate prior to arrival. On Orpheus, you’ll be asked to fill in a dive questionnaire. Discover Scuba maximum four divers at a time.