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Port Douglas: Outer Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise & Transfer

4.9 / 5

82 reviews

Port Douglas: Outer Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise & Transfer

From US$ 188.27 per person

Jump into the Great Barrier Reef with this 8-hour cruise from Port Douglas. Snorkel at 3 breathtaking reef sites at the pristine Opal or Agincourt Reefs. Experience diverse marine life with great quality equipment and exceptional crew.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 7.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup optional
Hotel pickup (for Port Douglas accommodation).


  • See the colorful marine life up close
  • Visit 3 stunning locations chosen for the day's conditions
  • Experience the diversity of the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Enjoy the journey with plenty of deck space to relax onboard
Full description

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 of their skill level, the opportunity to see this diverse eco-system up close. Morning tea is served before moving to the second reef site. A delicious buffet lunch will be served and you may choose to join the interpretive reef talk and or a guided snorkel tour.

Float effortlessly over rich, colorful coral gardens teeming with life from the cute and playful clownfish to the graceful beauty of the green turtle. Giant clams, stingrays, Maori wrasse, codfishes, and colorful parrotfish, are just some of the hundreds of species you may encounter.

At 1:40 PM Arrive at the third and last reef site for the day to snorkel, dive, relax, or spend the time as you wish. Afternoon tea is served before commencing the journey back to Port Douglas.

Arrive back at the Crystalbrook Marina at 4:15 PM for the transfer back to your accommodation if required.

  • Three spectacular reef sites visited in one day
  • Spacious vessel with ample exterior and interior seating
  • Air-conditioned for your comfort (during summer)
  • All snorkelling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, prescription masks, flotation devices, lycra suits, and wetsuits)
  • Guided snorkel tour
  • Interpretive reef talk
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Lunch
  • Tea, coffee, and filtered water
  • Fresh water showers
  • Environmental Management Charge of $6.50 per person (this is to be paid on board on day of travel)
  • Photographs and USB's
  • Transfers from Cairns, Northern Beaches, and Silky Oaks incur an additional fee.
  • Diving is an additional charge on top of the snorkelling/cruise fare (please prebook this prior to your tour)
  • A surcharge may be applicable to credit card transactions.
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Consider the weather before you travel. Please contact the supplier office if you are concerned about the weather conditions.
  • If you suffer from or are concerned about sea sickness, please consult a pharmacist prior to day of travel. Cancellations and changes may incur a fee if less than 24 hours notice is given prior to departure.
  • The supplier reserves the right to cancel or change any tours due to weather conditions or any unforeseen circumstances.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 82 reviews

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Fantastic trip! We loved all the stops and all the staff. The staff were very helpful and encouraging for first time snorkelers. They assisted with ensuring the gear was appropriate, and swapping out to ensure a good fit. I found the equipment really good, and it was very handy being able to use the wetsuits so you could stay in the water longer without getting too cold Tip for those that are sensitive to the sun - ensure you reapply sunscreen every hour or so, we got very burnt on the back of our legs despite having put on 4 hour water resistant reef friendly sunscreen.

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October 4, 2021

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.

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July 27, 2021

The whole experience was really awesome. We went as a couple amongst the larger group, with 1 experienced and 1 inexperienced snorkeller and we both found it overall awesome! We went to 3 spots at Opal Reef and all 3 were great. Full of colourful reef life! The food provided was great too! We would 100% recommend the experience with Calypso! The team were so friendly and awesome, and really insightful about the reef and marine life.

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May 8, 2021

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