Port Douglas things to See and Do

White whale visits Port Douglas

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Migaloo, the white humpback whale, has once again been spotted not far from Port Douglas. He performed some fin-slapping and breaching and stayed on the surface long enough for passengers local reef boat Quicksilver VIII to have a good look. Migaloo has been declared a “whale of a special interest” and boats are not permitted to approach any closer than 500m. Migaloo, who is completely white, usually visits Port Douglas in August, as do many other humpback whales and minke whales.

Minke whales visit Port Douglas

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Minke whales visit  Port Douglas

Yesterday, Dr Alastair Birtles, leader of the Dwarf Minke Whale Project of James Cook University, gave a talk on these whales, which are seen on the Great Barrier Reef every year, mainly in the winter months.

Dwarf Minke Whales are an undescribed sub-species and very little is actually known about them. They are known only from the Southern Hemisphere. The only time they have been observed is when they visit the Great Barrier Reef but no-one knows what they do or where they go for the nine months of the year when they’re not here.

The largest Dwarf Minke Whale measured was 7.8m and they can weigh up to 5 or 6 tonnes. This is smaller than the Northern Hemisphere Minke Whale by about 2 m, but still a very large animal to encounter while you’re snorkelling, which can happen here on the Great Barrier Reef!

Encounters with whales have been banned in most countries of the world, but are still allowed here, although only 9 boats have permits and they are strictly regulated. The only way to ban encounters with Dwarf Minke Whales would be to ban all diving and snorkelling during the winter months, because these whales are extremely inquisitive and studies show that they’re probably as interested in observing us as we are in observing them.

An encounter with a Dwarf Minke Whale can last for about two hours, with the animals often coming very close to humans in the water, even as near as 1 metre or less. Fortunately, they have terrific spatial and distance judgement and are totally non-threatening.

White House was the best place

Friday, July 9th, 2010

I’d been travelling alone the whole East Coast of Australia and White House was the Best place i stayed at. It was lush and green and clean and one minute walk to the beach and main street of Port Douglas… best location you could want. The building itself is gorgeous and fits in with the tropical landscape perfectly. Margaret was fantastic and the whole experience was simply perfect. Highly recommend it.

Things to see and do in Port Douglas

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Make sure you book your Port Douglas tours and activites through White House Tour Desk to get the latest special deals.