Finding Dory in the Great Barrier Reef

We all know Dory from the Pixar films Finding Nemo and Finding Dory, but did you know you can really find her in the Great Barrier Reef? Travel to the Whitsunday Islands and hop on board a purpose built catamaran to see some of the best sights. The friendly crew will help you locate the best locations in the Great Barrier Reef to go snorkelling and spot this adorable fish!

Funnily enough, Dory from the film is not a dory fish, which are typically found in southern Australia. Instead, she’s a blue tang fish (also known as a palette surgeonfish). The palette surgeonfish has a blue and black body with a yellow tail and grows up to 30cm, but is quite a flat fish. It can be found throughout the Indo-Pacific, and while not as common as the clownfish now known as Nemo, palette surgeonfish like Dory can be found in the Great Barrier Reef. These fish live in pairs or in groups of up to 14 fish.

Palette surgeonfish like Dory live off plankton as well as algae. They are important for the preservation of coral as they eat the algae that would otherwise overgrow the coral in reefs.

Dory is often seen darting around the corals of the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. No trip to Queensland is complete without a snorkelling adventure in the Whitsunday Islands. Located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays are the perfect spot for a sailing and snorkelling holiday where you can find Dory for yourself.

Wings offers two day, two night sailing tours of the Whitsunday Islands, offering plenty of opportunities to go snorkeling and find Dory! You will visit the iconic Whitehaven Island, as well as a number of incredible snorkelling sights chosen by the Wings crew so you will see the best the Great Barrier Reef has to offer.

Book a 2 day, 2 night Great Barrier Reef tour with Wings, and find Dory today!