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Orpheus & Pelorus Islands

These islands form part of the Great Barrier Reef. Mostly uninhabited, any visitor could believe they're in a private paradise.

First mapped by Mathew Flinders then later discovered by local divers, Orpheus and Pelorus have some of the region's best inner reef diving on offer. With their close proximity to the mainland and spectacular settings, diving these islands is a must. Both islands offer an array of dive sites all with a bio-diversity showcasing 1100 species of fish and 340 of the 350 known species of reef coral. Humpback whales and manta rays also coast through on their yearly migration, enchanting divers with their mystical songs.

Pelorus Island, the smaller of the 2 islands, overlooks the Lucinda Jetty and the picturesque world heritage listed Hitchinbrook Island. Diving around this deserted island is excellent with a wide variety of hard and soft corals, diverse marine life including turtles, manta rays, bull rays, pipefish, and multitudes of different Nudibranchs.

Some of our popular dive sites include Black Coral Wall, The Maze, Bat Caves, The Scuba School and Chunder Point. All the dives offer their own unique features and bio-diversity. In the evening after a full day of diving, sit back on the beach with a cool drink or simply relax in a hammock and watch the sun set over Hitchinbrook Island.

Orpheus Island National Park is inhabited by only a handful of people using the JCU Research Station and the exclusive Orpheus Island Resort. Camping on this island is usually done at the Yanks Jetty, a W.W.II remnant of the American Catalina Base and a snorkeller's paradise - the shallow blue water just invites exploration. If an extended stay is on the agenda, camping overnight at the Orpheus Island National Park camp ground with its facilities is a great option.

Like Pelorus, this island also offers divers a range of hard and soft corals and marine life. There's an excellent drift dive that covers a good distance and encompasses dive sites including: Moon Pool, Dark Side Of The Moon and The Trenches. If you're lucky you'll meet Bertie the resident bull ray.

 


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Orpheus Island
 
Orpheus Island

Lion Fish

Lion Fish

Blue Ribbon Eel

Blue Ribbon Eel

Manta Ray

Manta Ray

Nudibranch

Nudibranch

Pelorus Island

Pelorus Island