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Pelorus Island offers easy acces to the Great Barrier Reef (Photo: superjoseph/Shutterstock)
Pelorus Island offers easy acces to the Great Barrier Reef (Photo: superjoseph/Shutterstock)

Anne Majumdar
Cruise Critic Contributor

Port of Pelorus Island, Australia

Pelorus Island is located within Australia's Great Barrier Reef, 800 metres north of Orpheus Island in the Palms Island group.

Small ship cruise line Coral Expeditions has a private lease on a section of land on the southern side of the island, which means it gets very few visitors. The rest of the island is equally quiet, making it the perfect place to dive or snorkel to see hard and soft corals, turtles, manta rays, pipefish and other marine life.

The National Park area is great for a guided nature walk of the island's rainforest interior or to spread out a towel and relax.

Shore Excursions

About Pelorus Island, Australia


Pro

Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef straight from the shore at this tropical island.

Con

There’s little other entertainment apart from the natural surroundings.

Bottom Line

Ideal for keen divers or snorkellers looking to get away from the masses.


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Currency & Best Way to Get Money

The local currency is the Australian dollar. There are no ATMs on Pelorus Island.

Language

The local language is English, but nobody lives here.