Latitude 16 Driftwood-Mantaray Holiday Apartments

3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 Stars

65 Macrossan Street, Port Douglas, 4877, Australia
Latitude 16 Driftwood-Mantaray Holiday Apartments
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Costs 101% more than similarly rated 3.5 star hotels

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Barrier Reef Cruise

by Kazzykins

We are travelling to Port Douglas the first week of September for one week, we would like to go on a Great Barrier Reef Cruise but would prefer to stay away from Quicksilver cruises, who, I believe are fab, but are usually overloaded with tourists and can be expensive. Can anyone recommend another cruise (with snorkelling)with a good crew who can teach us about the Reef? Thanks a lot Kaz (Manchester, UK)

Re: Barrier Reef Cruise

by TheTravelSlut

Hello. I will be on the Coral Princess for several nights out of Cairns next week and will be writing tips and travelogues about it (and my entire Australia journey) when I complete this trip. Just a FYI if you are interested.

Ann, The Travel Slut

Re: Barrier Reef Cruise

by Anne12

I always highly recommend the Quicksilver trip, this is a day trip only.
Yes, they can be full at this time of year but the boats you go out on are very spacious and also once you are at the reef on the pontoon there is lots of space to sit in the sun, or at a table under the shade.
I really think the price of the trip is worth the experience.

Re: Barrier Reef Cruise

by lizzy101

We have had experience on Quicksilver, Wavelength and one other smaller boat which I can't remember the name of :-)

I would totally recommend that you go out with Wavelength - a smaller boat than the Quicksilver giants, and much more flexibility about where they will take you. They will decide on the day, considering wind and weather conditions where you will have the best experience. Qualified marine biologist on board will talk you through the reef environment. Also a 'snorkeller only' boat, so you don't have to wait for the divers to gear up and get into the water first - wasting time! Any trip out to the outer reef will be pricey, as it is quite a distance away from the mainland - about $160/170 for the day I think, but really worth it!

If you are looking for somewhere special to stay in an apartment in P.D. - we like Omkara - with a private pool and lovely furnishings it is a treat!Do a google search if you are interested!

Re: Barrier Reef Cruise

by Kazzykins

Just had a quick look on the websites, wow they are pricey aren't they, suppose it will be worth it though. Thanks for your advice everyone. Just a bit scary travelling to such a large country, having only been on the usual package holidays to Cyprus, Canary Islands etc before. Again - thank you! Kaz

Re: Barrier Reef Cruise

by lizzy101

Hi Kaz, yes it is a pricey trip out to the reef, but from memory the smaller boats take a couple of hours to get there, move to two or three snorkelling sites and then a couple of hours back to port, so it is a big day. First time we did it we were on a tight budget, but splashed out on a trip and loved it so much we found the money to go out again!Have a look at the operators, but we did prefer the smaller Wavelength for quality of experience - we are not 'big group' people! Cheers, Liz

Re: Barrier Reef Cruise

by iskri

if you can get out to low isles...another not very well known trip out to a beautiful cay
what a great outing!

Travel Tips for Port Douglas

Port O'Call Bar & Bistro

by sue_stone about Port O'Call Bar & Bistro

If you are looking for a fun, good value place for a meal in Port Douglas then check out the Port O'Call Bar & Bistro. The Port O'Call is actually a backpackers hostel, an it has a great bistro which is open to the public.

Ok, it can get a bit rowdy later in the evening, but for an earlier meal you will get a big serve at backpackers prices. You dine amid the palms, by the pool. Order and pay at the counter and then collect your meal once ready. They have regular pasta, curry and roast nights, along with daily specials.

My parents pop here on occasion with their friends and always have a good meal, so one evening we joined them. The food was 'honest' and the serves were generous. Cheap beer too ; )

Tandem Hang Gliding

by Anne12

This is something that I have wanted to do for years and this visit I finally did it.
You do the flight at the Rex Lookout which is on the Highway between Cairns and Port Douglas. Approx 15 minutes from Port.

I went with a guy named Greg. He made me feel very safe and has been flying for 20 odd years.

If you plan to do this you should be aware that it can take a few hours. The wind conditions have to be right.

Take a bottle of water and fruit, just in case you have to hang around for awhile waiting for the flight.

It's a fantastic thing to do.

Four Mile Beach

by sue_stone

On one side of Port Douglas is the stunning Four Mile Beach. Unsurprisingly, the beach runs for 4 miles along the headland and is a fabulous place to relax or go for a walk. Perhaps the kids can build a sandcastle whilst you catch up on that trashy holiday novel.

If you're lucky you may see a celebrity or two coming out of the surf in the morning....or maybe even my Dad during the (mild) winter months ; )

Take a walk up to the northern headland for great views back along the beach.

The beach has a stinger net during the stinger season (see Warning or Danger Tip) - when the net is in place you should only swim in the marked areas.

the lush tropics of Queensland

by islandtaryn

"Beware! "Big Bird' with a bad attitude!"

These huge, prehistoric looking birds roam wild here. Ever see a bird with a horn on it's head? See a cassowary and you can then answer "yes" to that question. I tried my best to get a good picture but with their reputation for aggressive behavior, I wasn't about to get too close!

Is this scary or what? Picture this, a bird the size of an ostrich, making contact with your car! Jurassic Parkish.

About an hour's trip north of Port Douglas you will find the Daintree rainforest. Lots of tours are available... self guided, bus, boat or four wheel drive. I opted for the self guided trail through the Daintree Discovery Center. It's a very well thought out tour with very informative tour booklets and an audio program that each participant progresses through at their own pace.
There are a number of epiphytes in the forest. I was trying to get a pic of the large basket fern here. Again, a challenge to get a quality picture.


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