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  • Port Douglas: Outer Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise & Transfer

    1. Port Douglas: Outer Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise & Transfer

    Experience snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Snorkel at 3 incredible reefs sites and enjoy relaxing breaks in between.

    Your experience begins with a pickup from your hotel from where you will be transported to the Crystalbrook Marina. Arrive at the marina and be welcomed on board from 8:20 AM. Receive an outline of the day along with a safety briefing conducted by the crew.

    Depart the marina and venture to the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and at 10:15 AM arrive at the first reef site. Divers will be briefed while traveling to the reef. Once moored, divers are ready to go while all other guests are joined together for a snorkel briefing.

    See much of the reef’s colors and marine life, visible within just a couple of meters of the water’s surface. Snorkelling offers all swimmers, regardless ...

    Wow. Even before we were onboard we were welcomed with smiles. The safety briefing and snorkelling gear demonstration and fitting was thorough and very well presented. We were guided on how to snorkel, where to go and how to care for the reefs and coral. The first reef in particular had an large array of beautiful colours and shapes of coral as well as all sorts of tropical fish and then we snorkelled at 2 other reefs later. Just wonderful! The food and drinks were plentiful and tasty. In and out of the water there were opportunities to learn about the marine life. Everyone of the staff on board were friendly, approachable, helpful and looked like they really enjoyed their jobs. A big highlight during our travels! Thank you to all involved.

  • Port Douglas: River Drift Snorkelling Tour in the Daintree

    2. Port Douglas: River Drift Snorkelling Tour in the Daintree

    If you love nature and the water, then this is the perfect tour for you! Enjoy a complimentary pick-up from your Port Douglas or Mossman accommodation. A short drive north through historic sugar cane fields will see you arrive at the Daintree Rainforest's Mossman River; where your river trained guide will help you get fitted out with a wetsuit, boots and a snorkel mask. Step into the cool, crystal clear water and drift with the current as you explore life under the water’s surface. Watch fish dart in and around the river stones and keep your eyes out for the occasional turtle. Try to spot the elusive platypus that calls this river home- it is a rare sight! More than 30 species of fish live in this river, so you are sure to spot more than a few lizards, butterflies and rainforest birds are also frequently spotted on this river adventure. This amazing eco-immersion adventure can be fast ...

    Fabulous morning on the river-we got to do the long run due to the recent rain, so the trip was amazing. Lots of time to float/snorkel as well as go over some not-too-big rapids. Definitely a must & morning is best apparently

  • From Port Douglas: Outer Reef Cruise by Luxury Catamaran

    3. From Port Douglas: Outer Reef Cruise by Luxury Catamaran

    Feel the wind in your hair as you sail along the coastline with views of the Daintree mountains. Soak up the sun, swim, and snorkel at coral reef sites. Feast on a tropical lunch on board. Check-in at the Sailaway office at 7:30 AM and board the luxury sailing catamaran. Enjoy tea, coffee, Danish pastries, and fresh fruit on arrival and set sail at 8 AM. Find a spot on the deck to enjoy the 2-hour journey to the Mackay Cay Outer Great Barrier Reef and enjoy a reef interpretation talk from the crew. Arrive at a protected mooring at Mackay or Undine Cay for your first reef site of the day. Snorkel over the pristine coral reef at your own leisure or enjoy a guided tour with a qualified marine biologist. These premium reef sites showcase abundant marine life, including turtles, giant clam gardens, beautiful corals, and a wide variety of fish. Transfer to the coral cay to explore and enjoy...

    Very friendly grew - small group of passengers allowed for a very comfortable full day cruising to the outer reef. Great food supplied for the full day - snorkeling was amazing - lots of colourful coral, beautiful fish, saw a giant clam. Coral Cay was amazing, would definitely do this trip again if given the chance.

  • Port Douglas: Morning or Afternoon Low Isles Snorkel Tour

    4. Port Douglas: Morning or Afternoon Low Isles Snorkel Tour

    Join a snorkelling experience in the water around a beautiful, secluded island. Enjoy some time aboard a comfortable and spacious vessel as you travel to the Low Isles with only 23 guests. Relax with plenty of space onboard during the journey and enjoy a light refreshment as you spot the Low Isles in the distance. Spend a few hours snorkelling and exploring a picturesque coral bay. Snorkel in the calm lagoon or view the reef from the glass bottom boat. The crew will provide tours for guests to learn and appreciate the incredible Great Barrier Reef. Access to the reef is very easy, either from the back of the vessel or from the beach as the reef hugs close to the island. Explore the coral reef and its inhabitants without the crowds. Walk through the sandy paths and through the vegetation. See first hand the historical lighthouse, the lighthouse keeper's home and the Weather Station wher...

    A fun adventure. We loved it and will be back again for the outter reef experience. Crew were super helpful and accommodating!

  • Helicopter and Cruise Packages From Port Douglas

    5. Helicopter and Cruise Packages From Port Douglas

    This cruise creates an ultimate reef experience to the renowned Agincourt Reef—a beautiful reef lagoon located on the edge of Australia’s continental shelf. From the spacious activity platform, the widest range of activities are available to discover this stunning reef world from above and below.

    Helicopter scenic transfers to and from the platform plus joy flights provide the most spectacular views of this jewel-like ribbon reef with spectacular coral formations, clear outer reef waters in many shades of blue and if you’re lucky, sea turtles, manta rays, dugongs, and whales.

    The 35-minute scenic flight showcases the magic of the Great Barrier Reef and the emerald coastline of the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest.

    Arriving or departing the floating helipad in VIP style, enjoy sights of Port Dougla...

    This was a fantastic experience and we totally recommend it. The helicopter ride to a pontoon on the reef was spectacular. The pilot (Luke) was knowledgeable and friendly. We then enjoyed a semi submersible boat that gave us an amazing view of the reef. The guide explained things as we cruised the reef. The Staff on the Cruise were amazing. On several occasions we seen the staff go out of their way to ensure that the children on the boat were entertained by explaining the wildlife and other facts about the reef.

  • Quicksilver Outer Barrier Reef Full-Day Cruise

    6. Quicksilver Outer Barrier Reef Full-Day Cruise

    Climb aboard a Quicksilver catamaran for a full-day cruise to Australia’s renowned Agincourt Reef, a jewel-like ribbon reef on the edge of the Continental Shelf. Showcasing unsurpassed coral formations, colorful marine life and exceptional underwater visibility, you can snorkel or view the sights from the comfort of a semi-submersible. The Quicksilver's stylish wave piercing catamaran transports you in air-conditioned comfort. From the spacious activity platform, moored in a protected lagoon, enjoy the widest range of activities for swimmers and non-swimmers alike. Friendly and attentive crew, including professional marine biologists, are on hand to ensure you gain the most from your day. Snorkel among the coral gardens, or stay dry and explore the reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible. Enjoy an informative reef commentary and see the reef from an underwater observatory. Add on ...

    Fantastic experience with a lot of activities to engage in but the time was rather short so I ran out of time for the last couple of activities. It was windy so both the boats and reef platform were very shaky, making it a huge challenge to take photos.

  • Cape Tribulation Ocean Safari Tour

    7. Cape Tribulation Ocean Safari Tour

    An exhilarating ride to snorkel the pristine untouched Great Barrier Reef off the Daintree Coast at Cape Tribulation. This half-day eco-tour visits two different snorkel destinations, each with an extraordinary array of marine life and coral species. The tour begins at Cape Tribulation beach where guests board the vessel bound for the tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef. The Ocean Safari vessel takes a maximum of 25 passengers allowing guests to experience tropical paradise and the pleasure of a small group. After a fast 25-minute ride, guests are ready to snorkel two fabulous locations at Mackay and Undine Reefs. On most days, the rainforest can be seen along the mainland beach whilst snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef alongside sea turtles, which are found in abundance swimming over reefs full of colourful coral, along with myriads of tropical fish, eagle rays, giant clams, and ...

    Scott and Bray were awesome taking us out to the reef. We had a fabulous afternoon. Quick fun trip out on the boat and the fish were amazing. The coral in this area was much more colourful than that we had seen on the reef off cairns or Port Douglas. Thanks for an awesome, informative trip!

  • Port Douglas: Morning Express Cruise to the Reef

    8. Port Douglas: Morning Express Cruise to the Reef

    Join a snorkeling experience in the water around a beautiful, secluded island. Enjoy some time aboard a comfortable and spacious vessel as you travel to the Low Isles with only 23 guests. Relax with plenty of space onboard during the journey and enjoy a light refreshment as you spot the Low Isles in the distance. Explore a picturesque coral bay, snorkel in the calm lagoon or view the reef from the glass bottom boat. The crew will provide tours for guests to learn and appreciate the incredible Great Barrier Reef. Access to the reef is very easy, either from the back of the vessel or from the beach as the reef hugs close to the island. Explore the coral reef and its inhabitants without the crowds. Walk through the sandy paths and through the vegetation. See first hand the historical lighthouse, the lighthouse keeper's home and the Weather Station where local weather data is collected.

    Friendly helpful guides, great snorkeling place. Extra bonus swimming with turtles!

  • Port Douglas: Reef & Low Isles Cruise on Luxury Catamaran

    9. Port Douglas: Reef & Low Isles Cruise on Luxury Catamaran

    Begin your day in paradise with a transfer from your Port Douglas accommodation to the marina. Upon arrival, you will board the luxury catamaran for an early morning departure. Once on board, enjoy freshly brewed tea, coffee, fresh fruit, and Danish pastries. The vessel moves smoothly and comfortably across the ocean, offering guests a unique Great Barrier Reef experience. Spot the beautiful Low Isles in the distance after the 15-kilometer journey and skip the crowds arriving at the Low Isles before most other visitors. See the protected coral cay, white sandy beaches, and coconut palms. The boat will moor in the sheltered blue lagoon for 4.5 hours. Relax on the island, join a guided snorkel tour lead by a marine naturalist, take a trip on the glass bottom boat and join the heritage walk. The marine biologist will provide in-depth information about the reef and its colorful inhabitants....

    Wonderful day best part of our trip. Great guides good snorkel equipment wish fantastic instructions and learnt a lot about the reef and corals gray guided tour of the reef and fish. Lovely lunch well prepared presentation and served . Lovely clean boat. Best day out . Thank you sailaway team .

  • Silversonic Great Barrier Reef Dive & Snorkel Adventure

    10. Silversonic Great Barrier Reef Dive & Snorkel Adventure

    Climb aboard the Silversonic catamaran for a full-day cruise to Australia’s renowned Agincourt Reef, a jewel-like ribbon reef on the edge of the Continental Shelf. With daily departures from Port Douglas Marina at 08:30, and a return to Port Douglas Marina at 16:30, experience unsurpassed coral formations, colorful marine life, and exceptional underwater visibility, and snorkel or dive in the company of an experienced dive instructor. The ultramodern 95-foot (29-meter) Silversonic catamaran is custom-designed for small groups of adventure-minded people. You will spend over 5 hours at the reef, visiting 3 different Agincourt ribbon reef sites, each chosen for its visual and ecological diversity. First time divers can enjoy up to 2 dives and take the plunge in complete confidence with an experienced dive instructor by your side. Certified divers will enjoy up to 3 dives, all guided to ma...

    Exceptional! Not just the snorkelling, which was way beyond expectation, there was loads of top quality food during the day, friendly and Knowledgable staff. It was a truly great day out for me and my daughters. Also, there was no stealth add-on prices for stuff, it really was all included.

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What people are saying about Port Douglas

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 197 reviews

Wow. Even before we were onboard we were welcomed with smiles. The safety briefing and snorkelling gear demonstration and fitting was thorough and very well presented. We were guided on how to snorkel, where to go and how to care for the reefs and coral. The first reef in particular had an large array of beautiful colours and shapes of coral as well as all sorts of tropical fish and then we snorkelled at 2 other reefs later. Just wonderful! The food and drinks were plentiful and tasty. In and out of the water there were opportunities to learn about the marine life. Everyone of the staff on board were friendly, approachable, helpful and looked like they really enjoyed their jobs. A big highlight during our travels! Thank you to all involved.

This was a fantastic experience and we totally recommend it. The helicopter ride to a pontoon on the reef was spectacular. The pilot (Luke) was knowledgeable and friendly. We then enjoyed a semi submersible boat that gave us an amazing view of the reef. The guide explained things as we cruised the reef. The Staff on the Cruise were amazing. On several occasions we seen the staff go out of their way to ensure that the children on the boat were entertained by explaining the wildlife and other facts about the reef.

Very friendly grew - small group of passengers allowed for a very comfortable full day cruising to the outer reef. Great food supplied for the full day - snorkeling was amazing - lots of colourful coral, beautiful fish, saw a giant clam. Coral Cay was amazing, would definitely do this trip again if given the chance.

We are in our mid 70’s. We have snorkelled a number of times before. The staff were very attentive and supportive to ensure that our day was safe and extremely enjoyable.

Friendly helpful guides, great snorkeling place. Extra bonus swimming with turtles!