There are only 2 heritage sites that adjoin one another in the world, the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. From the Cairn Airport, you can take a Cairns to Port Douglas shuttle and get off at a Port Douglas resort.
The sounds of birds will wake you up in the morning. After breakfast, you can lounge by the artificial sandy beaches along the pool. Most resorts are along the beach but the drinks served by the resort while swimming can be too tempting.
A shuttle bus can take you to the marina for a stunning tour of the Great Barrier Reef. There are lots of options in Port Douglas to see the reef from a speedboat to the slower boats. Another option is the sunset cruise with a fleet of 2 luxury sailing boats that will make the journey to the reef as exciting as seeing the reef personally. The boat hardly makes any sound while travelling through the Coral Sea except for the gentle splash of the waves.
One of the most accessible places on the upper half of the reef which is just a stone’s throw away from Port Douglas is the Low Isles. It is composed of two small islands or coral cays that are mounds of coral skeletons collected over the centuries. The Low Isles are spectacular with the waters teeming with small colourful fishes and giant blue clams.
It is very likely that you have heard over the news about the devastating bleaching that hit coral reefs across the world in 2016. The worst damage was experienced in the most northerly parts of the Great Barrier Reef. The damage in the Port Douglas side was less severe. Visitors can still see the reefs at their most pristine condition. However, climate change has taken its toll and some spectacular reefs were devastated.
Your best option to reach Port Douglas is to take the Cairns to Port Douglas shuttle that is available to those who want a private experience. The trip is definitely worth the time and money because you will experience some of the most beautiful natural sites in Australia.