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Discover the Reef : Wellness Retreat 14 – 17 October 2021 Find out More

One of the most luxurious Great Barrier Reef resorts, Orpheus Island Lodge offers a variety of enriching activities. We make it so easy to explore the Great Barrier Reef, whether you want to paddle around the neighbouring bays in a kayak, embark on a sailing excursion or venture beneath the surface while scuba diving. Here’s a handful of our favourite things to do on the Great Barrier Reef.

Things To Do On The Great Barrier Reef

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Unlike most Queensland resorts, every guest at Orpheus Island Lodge has unlimited use of snorkelling equipment during their stay. Combine this with a number of fringing coral reefs metres from the lodge and you’ve got a unique opportunity to explore the Great Barrier Reef at your leisure. There are so many snorkelling spots on the Great Barrier Reef, but some of our favourites include the protected Giant Clam Garden and Bramble Reef.

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Active travellers might prefer to paddle in Orpheus Island’s secluded bays in a kayak. Borrow a kayak from the lodge and cruise from one sheltered bay to the next, stopping occasionally to explore a desolate beach or the verdant mangroves. As you kayak, you can easily spot the vibrant Great Barrier reef fish, rays, sea turtles and even reef shark in the crystalline water.

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Dinghy Adventure


Want to pack some supplies and head out for the day? Take advantage of the motorised dinghies at Orpheus Island Lodge. Venture to one of the many private beaches or quieter reefs around the island for some snorkelling, fishing or simply to have a Captain Cook. We can even have our experienced chefs prepare you a picnic for a leisurely lunch.



Orpheus Island Lodge is one of the best Great Barrier Reef resorts for sailing, thanks to the secluded bays around the island. You can take out our catamaran for a relaxing sailing excursion that reveals even more of Orpheus Island’s natural spoils. White-sand beaches, vibrant fish and crystal-clear waters await. You might even be joined by a turtle or two if you’re lucky.



There’s a reason the Great Barrier Reef is popular with fishing enthusiasts. The region is teeming with fish ideal for sports fishing, including Spanish Mackerel, Black Marlin and Dog Tooth Tuna. You can embark on a chartered fishing trip to the outer reefs. The chartered experience includes a skipper, fishing gear, refreshments and snacks. Alternatively, reef species like Coral Trout, Red Emperor, Giant Trevally and Sweetlip can all be caught locally around Orpheus Island.

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Stand-Up Paddle Boarding


A relatively new Great Barrier Reef activity, stand-up paddle boarding is a fun and adventurous experience. It’s great exercise for active types and also offers an opportunity to spot fish, sea turtles, rays and reef shark swimming in the waters around Orpheus Island. Within Hazard Bay, you can paddle board over the Giant Glam nursery at certain tides.

Never A Dull Moment At The Great Barrier Reef

Here at Orpheus Island Lodge we offer a range of things to do at the Great Barrier Reef. There are so many ways to experience this incredible part of the world, so why not try them all or at least a few. Looking for your next Great Barrier Reef adventure? Browse our range of accommodation options online.


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