This year, at EYE TO EYE MARINE
ENCOUNTERS, we have been very busy
working on the not-for-profit marine
research and educational
organisation, Great Barrier Reef
Modelled after the Undersea Explorer
and operating from onboard a
dive/research vessel, GBR Legacy
will support research, citizen
science, students and adventure
We are currently in the process of
procuring our primary research
vessel for our non-profit, DGR,
Great Barrier Reef Legacy.
This large and comfortable vessel
will accommodate 26 passengers in
twin share cabins with showers and
toilets on back deck.
Price for this trip would be
approximately AUD $700 per person
We should have confirmation, a
schedule and details early in the
If this sounds like a trip you would
like to join, please don't hesitate
to contact us!
We are also taking expressions of
interest for a Minke Whale
expedition on board a beautiful
luxury vessel departing from Port
Maximum number of guests: 8
Price: ~ AUD $1,200+ per person per
day plus a $300 flight to or from
5 DAY TRIP: end of June, beginning
What is included?
All linen, including two towels per person We recommend you bring an additional deck towel if possible.
Superb meals - freshly prepared onboard using local produce.
Delicious snacks after every dive
Complimentary tea, coffee, Milo, water, cordial, biscuits and fresh fruit are available 24 hours a day
Tanks, weights & Safety Kits (safety sausage, whistle, cylume stick)
Optional guided dive (subject to instructor/divemaster availability)
Interesting & educational presentations on marine life biology, ecology, conservation & research.
Please note: Itinerary is flexible and may be adjusted at any time due to weather conditions, tide and at the discretion of the skipper.
Extra Costs (payable onboard)
an Environmental Management Charge ($16.50 per person) collected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
dive gear hire
Beer, wine and soft drinks available on board
Finally, and as always,
Eye to Eye Marine
Encounters is available
for private charters on
a variety of vessels.
If this is something
that interests you,
please contact us for
more details including
prices, dates and your
We look forward to
hearing back from you
and hope you join us on
one of these amazing
Experience the profound sense of
connection that comes from looking
into the eye of another species…
Dwarf Minke Whale Expeditions run
for 6 weeks each June/July and all
encounters take place on the whale's
terms. Learn about their biology,
behaviour and life history through
onboard lectures by marine
biologists and scientists. Guests
will be given the opportunity to
assist the ongoing research by
helping to identify individual
whales and be involved in
behavioural observations. This is
truly one of the most unique under
water experiences available (and
don't forget that it is accompanied
with magnificent diving and
snorkelling on the Great Barrier
Code of Practice for dwarf minke
TRIP BEGINS: Day 1: (4:30 - 5:30pm)
Board your vessel at Pier 319 (behind St Mary’s By the Sea church), Port Douglas. Meet your crew, organize/hire dive gear and complete paperwork. Enjoy a meal in town with fellow guests and return to the boat at 8:00 PM for a safety and minke whale briefing. Depart around 9:00 PM. Steam overnight and awake at your first dive/snorkel site.
Wake up to the Ribbon Reefs stretching out before you. Enjoy a light breakfast before the first dive/snorkel, followed by a hot cooked meal. This will be accompanied by an in-depth briefing on swim-with-whale guide-lines. Afterwards, travel to your next destination, searching for whales whilst underway. If whales are eager to interact, don your wetsuit and enter the water, ready for the experience of a lifetime. Watch as their confidence and curiosity grows, bringing them eye to eye with you. If no whales are found, continue your dive/snorkel adventure on beautiful coral gardens and pinnacles. In the evening, attend an interpretive talk (and power point presentation) by researchers on whale biology, behaviour and the history behind the Minke Whale Project.
Depending on the events of previous day, focus upon either diving/snorkeling on the reef, or spotting whales. Dive site will be selected based on weather conditions and seasonal marine highlights. Night dives are offered most evenings. During mealtime, enjoy informal talks with onboard biologists and researchers.
DAYS 4 - 6:
Spend the day looking for whales (very often the whales will find us!) and exploring the northern Ribbon Reefs and visiting famous dive sites including the Cod Hole, Pixie Pinnacle and Steve’s Bommie. During encounters help researchers identify individuals and key behaviours and be sure to keep an ear out for the minke’s unique acoustic repertoire. Increase your marine knowledge and enthusiasm by attending another interpretive talk offered by our onboard biologists.
Final day of the expedition! Enjoy your last two dives and/or minke swim in the morning as we steam south towards Port Douglas. Relax whilst underway taking in the beautiful views of our emerald rainforest clad coast. If we are really lucky we could even see one of the first Humpback whales of the season! Vessel returns to Port Douglas late afternoon (4:00 – 5:00) where you will disembark and say your good-byes!
4 & 5 Day Trip :
Our 4 and 5 day day itineraries are flexible and will be similar to that of the 6-day trip (including interpretive talks on board). The focus will be on whale interactions (both above and below water) but we also include snorkeling and diving at some of the Great Barrier Reef's best dive sites such as the world-famous Cod Hole, Pixie’s Pinnacle and Steve’s Bommie.