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Great Barrier Reef Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise from Port Douglas

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Set sail from Port Douglas for a day of snorkeling and relaxing on the Great Barrier Reef’s Low Isles. The sheltered white sands are surrounded by tropical waters filled with fish, turtles and coral for pristine off-beach snorkeling, just moments away from Low Isles . This smaller cruise is limited to 33 passengers, ensuring good company and helpful assistance from the crew. A buffet lunch is included, along with a reef interpretation sail in a glass-bottom boat with an expert marine biologist as your guide
  • Sail out to the Great Barrier Reef in the early morning before the crowds
  • Leisure time to snorkel, lounge, or stroll lets you spend your time wisely
  • Marine biologist leads informative snorkel and glass-bottom boat tours
  • Travel light—cruises include a seafood buffet lunch and snorkel equipment
  • Port Douglas hotel pickup and drop-off make this tour convenient
What to Expect
Start your day’s adventure in the Great Barrier Reef's Low Isles with convenient hotel pickup in Port Douglas, and then transfer to the marina where you’ll board a luxury catamaran. With an early morning departure, you’ll arrive in the Low Isles before many of the crowds show up. Spend the next four and a half hours at your leisure—go snorkeling using the provided gear, simply lounge on the beach or boat, stroll down to the 19th-century lighthouse, or opt for a snorkeling or glass-bottom boat tour. The fact that a marine biologist guide leads these two tours means you'll get in-depth information about the reef and its colorful inhabitants, and there is plenty of time to ask questions. Midday, refuel with a seafood-focused lunch on board the boat. Return to Port Douglas and enjoy convenient drop-off back at your hotel.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Port Douglas Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina or your selected Port Douglas hotel
Departure Time
8:30 AM
7h 30m
Return Details
Returns to Port Douglas Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina at approximately 4pm
  • Great Barrier Reef sailing cruise
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Lunch - Buffet lunch
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Guided snorkel tour with marine biologist
  • Glass-bottom boat tour
  • Guided walking tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (Port Douglas only, please select from Drop Down list only)
  • Drinks (available for purchase on board)
  • Environmental Management Charge (AU$6.50 per person payable on check-in on the day of travel)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Please bring towel, swimsuit, sunscreen and hat
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Fantastic experience in a beautiful great barrier eeef island and not so distant from mainland. Managed to see turtles, swim with sharks and enjoy a wonderful day seeing many other fishes. Great day with very friendly crew!!
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We had a wonderful day with the Sailaway crew. From the moment we checked in to the end of the day we were thrilled with our day out to the Great Barrier Reef. Louisa and the rest of the crew were so helpful, encouraging and friendly. I had never snorkeled and the instruction
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OMG! Started with the Low Isles cruise, had such a great experience, we went back a few days later and did the Outer Reef, and also the Sunset cruise. The staff were so friendly and helpful. The boats were amazing. The guided tours helped us to see things that we might have
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Brilliant - small group of like minded snorkellers - Capt Jake and first mate Kate looked after us nothing too much trouble the Coral reefs teaming with fish - just as we had imagined the Catamaran itself was excellent clean facilities first class - lunch a healthy buffet as
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Fantastic luxury sailing and snorkeling experience in a very small group setting (compared to outer reef - quicksilver which we also did and loved). Having a brilliant Marine Biologist all to ourselves, in the water with us, all day on board - fantastic!! Louisa !! Thank you
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Outi V
Perfect day in Low Isles
Whole day in Low Isles, snorkling etc. Super perfect experience. We were so lucky, there was only 8 guests on the
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Deborah F
A must do for an incredible experience
This was an outstanding excursion. The staff was wonderful. Very friendly, and seemed to really care about the
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Melbourne, Australia
My husband and I did this cruise as a Birthday gift for him. We could not have asked for a more perfect time.
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Karla H
Gorgeous day on the Reef
The staff and crew at Sailaway provided an excellent experience for our fist sail and snorkel to the Reef! We
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Susan H
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Sail with Captain Richard and Hannah On Sailaway cruises
This was the best day Sun was shining, the boat was immaculate and the crew was warm friendly and knowledgable.
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Santiago, Chile
Wonderful snorkeling, place and service!
Fantastic experience in a beautiful great barrier eeef island and not so distant from mainland. Managed to see
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Paul J
Perfect day Perfect hosts
I would not say you should come to Australia for this trip but you will have really missed out if you go home
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Leighann Z
Suffern, New York
Wonderful day with a first class crew
We had a wonderful day with the Sailaway crew. From the moment we checked in to the end of the day we were
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Leigh B
Low Isles and Outer reef cruises
OMG! Started with the Low Isles cruise, had such a great experience, we went back a few days later and did the
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Carol H
Great day on the Great Barrier Reef
Really a very nice day on the water. Everyone is very knowledgeable and kind will be coming back and will
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  • Duration: 7h 30m
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  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English, French, German
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