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Port Douglas: Low Isles Snorkel Tour

1. Port Douglas: 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 where local weather data is collected. 

Port Douglas: River Drift Snorkelling Tour in the Daintree

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

Benefit from a complimentary pickup from your Port Douglas or Mossman accommodation. Arrive at the Daintree Rainforest's Mossman River after a short drive north through historic sugar cane fields. Get fitted out with a wetsuit, boots, and a snorkel mask with the help of your river-trained guide. 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. Try to spot lizards, butterflies, and rainforest birds on this river adventure. Enjoy an unforgettable time drifting under the rainforest canopy. Arrive back at your accommodation after a short drive back south.

Silversonic Great Barrier Reef Dive & Snorkel Adventure

3. 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 maximize your experience. Silversonic features everything you’ll need to experience an underwater world of colorful marine life in safety and comfort, including a state-of-the-art ride control system ensuring a super smooth journey, hydraulic dive and snorkel platforms for easy water access, spacious deck areas, hot freshwater showers, change rooms, and even a licensed bar to share tales of your adventure. As an added bonus during the whale season, Silversonic has one of the few permits available from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority that allows guests to swim with dwarf Minke whales if encountered – a truly unforgettable experience from July through September.

Cape Tribulation Ocean Safari Tour

4. 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 starfish. The vessel is based on the original design of a rescue craft and is a rigid inflatable boat driven by 700hp engines. The experienced Skipper and Eco Host ensure the trip is filled with fun and appreciation of the Great Barrier Reef and the coastal rainforest of the Daintree, two world heritage areas side by side. Magical memories like these sometimes only happen once in a lifetime.

Quicksilver Outer Barrier Reef Full-Day Cruise

5. 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 exciting optional activities for a complete adventure. Get an introductory dive of the reef, or enjoy certified diving, helmet diving and marine biologist-guided snorkel tours. You can even take a scenic helicopter flight and fly over the reef to see it from another perspective.

Port Douglas: Outer Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise & Transfer

6. 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 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.

Port Douglas: Reef & Low Isles Cruise on Luxury Catamaran

7. 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. A gourmet, alfresco lunch will be served, including freshly cooked prawns, tandoori chicken, ham and roast beef, potato salad, mixed green salad, Asian noodle salad, bakery-fresh bread, and more. Enjoy a honey nougat slice and some fresh fruit for afternoon tea and an exhilarating sail back to Port Douglas. Transfer back to your Port Douglas accommodation, where your tour will end.

From Port Douglas: Outer Reef Cruise by Luxury Catamaran

8. 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 to see abundant marine life, including turtles, giant clam gardens, and a variety of fish. Board your luxury sailing catamaran and enjoy tea, coffee, Danish pastries, and fresh fruit on arrival. 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. Transfer to the coral cay to explore and enjoy the views. Swim in clear turquoise waters. A tropical buffet lunch will be served on board the boat. Dine on cold meats, prawns, falafel, potato salad, mixed leaf salad, bread, and more. After lunch, continue to the second reef site. Explore the underwater world on a glass-bottom boat tour and enjoy free time for snorkeling. For afternoon tea, the crew will serve a honey nougat slice and a fresh fruit platter. Set sail for Port Douglas and enjoy the return journey with some cheese and crackers. 

Wavedancer Low Isles Great Barrier Reef Sailing Tour

9. Wavedancer Low Isles Great Barrier Reef Sailing Tour

Climb aboard Quicksilver’s luxury 30-metre (99-foot) Wavedancer sailing catamaran and sail to the idyllic Great Barrier Reef island of Low Isles. Enjoy a relaxing day out for families and couples in a tropical island paradise ambiance. Set like a jewel in the Great Barrier Reef, Low Isles is an unspoilt coral cay island, and from the moment you moor in the calm waters of a picturesque lagoon, a host of reef activities awaits. Before your arrival at Low Isles, a marine biologist will conduct an informative talk to provide passengers with an appreciation of the reef, enabling you to view the corals with informed eyes. Once at Low Isles, they will take you on a snorkel tour to view the various colorful creatures of the reef. Alternatively, see turtles and many brightly colored tropical fish from a glass bottomed boat. Back on the beach, join a marine biologist guided beach walk to discover the unique marine life living at the water’s edge. Then relax and tuck in to a delicious tropical buffet lunch.

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What people are saying about Port Douglas

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 197 reviews

It was a fantastic day, the crew was very helpful and friendly, cannot recommend Calypso enough! My daughter is almost 9yo and she was the perfect age for her first Reef snorkeling experience.

A wonderful experience with a mix of excitement and serenity. Great thoughtful and knowledgeable guides Renee and Ritchie made the day even better. A must for all ages!

Better than we expected! Seeing the turtles and other marine life so close up was amazing. Instructors were all so nice, with lots of knowledge behind them too.

Well organised tour from start to finish. Staff very helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. Very clean and food was very good

perfect day..Lots of fish and turtles ..Great hosts