There is no question about the fact that Port Douglas looks like a paradise for water sports enthusiasts. Four Mile Beach is the closest beach to Port Douglas and while it is not the best spot for surfing, it is good for stand-up paddle boarding and wind and kite surfing when the trade winds are blowing.
Kayaking and canoeing
Kayaking and canoeing are some of the best options to explore and enjoy the offshore and waterways of Port Douglas without getting yourself wet. There are tour operators that offer a self-guided kayaking tour along the Babinda Creek or the Bulgan River near Tully. On a clear day, you can look down on the clear waters to get a glimpse of the rich marine life of corals, urchins, mollusks, rays, and brightly coloured fishes. The landscape that surrounds you is widely recognized for its outstanding beauty. Since most kayaking and canoeing tours take about half a day, the adventure won’t be too hard on the arms of beginners.
The lush rainforest of Mossman Gorge is a complete change from Port Douglas’ coastal scenery. You will have a better chance to enjoy the natural habitat of strange creatures like tree kangaroos, eastern water dragons, and platypus if you paddle around the gorge. Stand-up paddleboarding is a lot easier than it looks. For those who have not done the activity before, it is pretty easy to learn and enjoy. The trip can last from 2 to 3 hours depending on how hard you paddle. All stand-up paddleboarding tours include a skill and practice session with a qualified instructor so that you will stay afloat within minutes.
White water rafting
The Tully River is host to world rafting championships. One of the most popular activities in the Tully River is white water rafting. For the adventurous traveler, it is difficult to resist the more than 45 rapids ripping down the stunning rainforest that slices through the gorge. The two-hour trip to Tully River is well worth the adrenaline buzz that you will experience while hurtling down the river in the inflatable dingy. However, white water rafting is an extreme sport and not recommended for everyone.
River drift snorkeling
The half-day tour on the clear waters of Mossman River starts on a private property and flows downriver through the rainforest canopy. You will enjoy snorkelling in the deeper areas or you can lie on a river slider across the shallow parts. Mossman River is home to more than 30 different species of fish and other aquatic creatures. A tour guide will bring along masks, snorkels, and wetsuits but you have to bring your own camera. River drift snorkelling is a fun activity for both adults and children, particularly during the dry season.
If you are travelling to Port Douglas with the family, your best option is the Cairns to Port Douglas bus because it is a more efficient and cost-effective transport solution. A friendly and courteous bus driver will always ensure your comfort during the journey. The drivers are familiar with the surroundings and are always willing to provide assistance.