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Orpheus Island Activities

With its unique location set amongst the pristine Great Barrier Reef there are boundless opportunities to explore the island and surrounds and many once-in-a-lifetime moments. In addition to all the diving and snorkelling the heart desires, guests can take a private charter out on the reef and try their hand at fishing, or a helicopter tour to one of the neighbouring sand cays with a gourmet picnic hamper.

At Orpheus there is an adventure for everyone.
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All Inclusive Activities

The resort activities at Orpheus are complimentary and included in the stay.
Guests can also take part in the daily activities run by the island.

  • Snorkelling

    Explore the clear azure water surrounding Orpheus, see the many species of reef corals and fish in an incredible array of colours. Enjoy unlimited use of snorkelling equipment during your stay. Venture to the many nearby snorkelling sites including the protected Giant Clam Garden just in the bay. Guided snorkelling tours are run as part of the daily activities on the island.

  • Fishing

    The Great Barrier Reef is a fisherman's playground, the surrounding waters teaming with fish. Light fishing gear is available for guests to take out at leisure. Fish from one of the motorised dinghies or for the avid anglers take a trip to the outer reef.

    View our Fishing excursions here

  • Dinghy Adventure

    Motorised dinghies are available for our guests to explore the many neighbouring beaches, go snorkelling or try your luck at fishing. Take a chef prepared picnic and find the perfect sheltered bay for an intimate private lunch.

  • Paddleboarding

    Try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding and enjoy a bit of light exercise while taking in the scenery. You might even be lucky enough to see a green turtle.

  • Kayaking

    Guests can take a kayak and explore the mangroves just off the shore, within the sheltered bay.

  • Sailing

    Take out one of the island’s catamarans and venture out into the surrounding waters of the sheltered bay of Orpheus Island. The conditions around Orpheus are perfect for sailing.

Bookable Adventures

Enhance the island resort experience with a boat charter within the Great Barrier Reef. We have three charter boats available for excursions and day trips; Swift, Maree Ann and Explorer.

Bookings are essential for our Barrier Reef charters. We recommend booking excursions with your accommodation to avoid missing out on preferred dates. All excursions come with a skipper and/or guide.

View charter pricing and factsheet here

  • Snorkelling

    Explore the clear azure water surrounding Orpheus, see the many species of reef corals and fish in an incredible array of colours. Enjoy unlimited use of snorkelling equipment during your stay. Venture to the many nearby snorkelling sites including the protected Giant Clam Garden just in the bay. Guided snorkelling tours are run as part of the daily activities on the island.

  • Scuba Diving

    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 pristine outer reefs are approximately 75 minutes from the lodge by boat and are accessible by private charter. Private local charters and private outer reef charters include skipper, guide, equipment and refreshments.

  • Fishing Charters

    Some the most sought after reef species in the world can be found around Orpheus. An array of table fish including Coral Trout, Sweetlip, Red Emperor and Giant Trevally can be caught locally, but the outer reef is where the famous pelagic species such as DogTooth Tuna, Spanish Mackerel and Wahoo breed. Full and half day expeditions to the fringing and outer reefs are available, subject to weather and tidal conditions. Bookings are essential.

  • Hinchinbrook Island

    Explore the rugged coastline of Australia's largest national park island by boat charter. Highlights of this tour include guided walks along rainforest-clad trails to the famous Zoe Waterfall and saltwater crocodile spotting in the island’s waterways. The perfect day trip for nature lovers and adventurers alike.

  • Pelorus Island

    Located 800 metres north of Orpheus Island. Pelorus is surrounded by spectacular fringing reefs that can be accessed by snorkelling right off the beach. Arrive via a short 15 minute boat charter. Book a chef prepared picnic and enjoy complete privacy on this secluded island.

  • Cruises

    Learn about the history and diversity of the fringing reef and the array of world-class marine life that call the waters surrounding Orpheus home. Cruises are guided by knowledgeable crew. To add to this experience a pre-dinner sunset cruise is available; serving mouth-watering canapés and Australian wines and beers while the sun sets into a magnificent horizon.

  • Picnic Adventure

    A chef prepared picnic can be arranged for any adventure. Guests can take a pick of the many neighbouring island beaches for the most private and secluded beach picnic.

  • Helicopter Adventures

    Flying with Nautilus Aviation adventure and luxury go hand in hand. Explore the beauty of this vast region from above on a scenic joyride, enjoy a romantic sand cay picnic or embark on a fishing adventure.

Eco-Tours

Sustainability and our impact on the natural environment is an area that we are extremely passionate about and we want to share the beauty of this natural environment and the fragile ecosystem around us. Our Great Barrier Reef eco-tours are designed to educate and demonstrate to guests what makes this such a special part of the world.

  • Research Station Tour

    Located within Pioneer Bay is the Orpheus Island Research Station, a marine research facility operated by James Cook University. On this educational eco-tour, explore the research facilities, including the wet and dry laboratories and the live reef touch tanks. During specific times of the year, internationally renowned Marine Scientists will be conducting integral research on climate change, sea level rise and their potential impacts on the local reef and ecosystems.

  • Guided Walking Tour

    Learn all about the local flora and fauna with the Island’s horticulturist, Jen. Jen has been tending to the island’s garden for more than 18 years and has a wealth of knowledge about the area and the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Eco-Educational Dive and Snorkel

    Take a half-day charter with one of our qualified dive instructors or explore the protected giant clam garden via motorised dinghy with a qualified eco-educational guide.

  • DIY research volunteering

    There is a citizen science project for everyone. Study anything - from Mangroves to Manta rays, from coral to coastal habitats. Collect data in your own time, in or out of the water. Volunteers produce real and tangible results, with data being used by professional scientists, reef managers, communities or conservation groups. Contribute to a great cause and explore the wonders of this unique environment at the same time. Citizen Science gives the opportunity of a lifetime to experience the Great Barrier Reef and beyond - like never before. Learn more here.