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Great Barrier Reef Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise from Port Douglas provided by Sailaway

Great Barrier Reef Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise from Port Douglas

Great Barrier Reef Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise from Port Douglas
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97% of travellers recommend this experience
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Free cancellation
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Tour snapshot
Sail out to the Great Barrier Reef in the early morning before the crowds
Duration:
7h 30m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
33
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
  • Duration:
    7h 30m
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Group size:
    33
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
About
Explore the Great Barrier Reef’s Low Isles for a full day on a catamaran cruise from Port Douglas. With a marine biologist as your guide, you’ll have informative commentary to accompany your beach lounging, snorkeling, or glass-bottom boat tour. Enjoy the ability to travel light, as cruises include lunch and snorkeling equipment.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, English, French
Highlights
  • 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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
German, English, French
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • 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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Call the number below and use the product code: 5654SA
Important information
Inclusions
  • Great Barrier Reef sailing cruise
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • 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)
Exclusions
  • Drinks (available for purchase on board)
  • Environmental Management Charge AU$7.00 per person payable on check-in (valid from 1 July 2023)
Duration
7h 30m
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Please confirm your pickup time directly with Sailaway on 07 4099 4200
  • Sailaway Reef & Island Tours, Shop 18/44 Wharf St, Port Douglas QLD 4877, Australia Please check in at 8.00am inside the Sailaway office located inside the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina next to the spiral staircase
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please bring towel, swimsuit, sunscreen and hat
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Underwater Camera's available for hire $55 for the day
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 33 travellers
Inclusions
  • Great Barrier Reef sailing cruise
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • 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)
Exclusions
  • Drinks (available for purchase on board)
  • Environmental Management Charge AU$7.00 per person payable on check-in (valid from 1 July 2023)
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Please confirm your pickup time directly with Sailaway on 07 4099 4200
  • Sailaway Reef & Island Tours, Shop 18/44 Wharf St, Port Douglas QLD 4877, Australia Please check in at 8.00am inside the Sailaway office located inside the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina next to the spiral staircase
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
7h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please bring towel, swimsuit, sunscreen and hat
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Underwater Camera's available for hire $55 for the day
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 33 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Sailaway Reef & Island Tours
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
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    Low Isles
    Stop: 4 hours
    Sail from Port Douglas aboard a luxury catamaran to visit Low Isles in the quieter morning hours, before the majority of visitors arrive. After cruising from the mainland, arrive at Low Isles, where you can spend four and a half hours at Low Isles, a coral cay island where you can relax under palm trees on the white sands and snorkel off-beach in the sheltered lagoon’s undersea coral gardens. Take a walk to Low Isles’ historic lighthouse, dating from 1878, or learn about the Great Barrier Reef’s magical underwater world of iridescent fish and fluorescent coral on a guided snorkel tour led by a marine biologist. There’s more fun eco-education aboard a glass-bottom boat tour, with stunning coral views and expert commentary. After a seafood buffet lunch on board the catamaran, soak up the sun on the deck or return to the water for a final snorkel before returning to Port Douglas by 4pm. Only a select group of operators are permitted to visit the coral cay Low Isles, the only Great Barrier Reef island a short sail from Port Douglas. This cruise combines luxury and eco credentials, for a premium reef experience.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Kerrianne A
Canberra, Australia71 contributions
5 Stars to Wavelength Reef Cruises and their team. Incredible day trip today. The safety aspect was faultless, the information about the reef was riveting, and the cruise was seamless. We saw turtles too!!! Can not more highly recommend this trip for those that want a personalized experience and to visit more than one part of the reef! We covered 3 locations and each was better that the one before! But hands down, it was the crew that made this trip exceptional. The crew also looked after my elderly parents and made sure they had a fantastic and inclusive experience as well. One we will all remember for my lifetime.
Written 28 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

NickyP54
Bargara, Australia1,076 contributions
Aug. 2020
We were originally booked to go out to Agincourt Pontoon on the outer reef, but that was COVID-canned, so this was our second choice, but by no means second best. Really pleasant way to explore the inner reef around the picturesque Low Isles. Friendly crew and reduced numbers on board so plenty of space to move around. Good quality snorkel gear available including wet suits and noodles if required.

Our first snorkel was off the beach and we joined the less experienced group expertly guided by a marine biologist around the various bommies. A short guided walk around the island was followed by a good buffet lunch back on board. In the afternoon the choice was to hop off the boat for some more snorkelling/swimming or take a ride in a small glass bottom boat. We chose the latter after the big lunch!

Saw plenty of reef sharks, batfish, turtles, plus smaller fishes and the reef seemed in fairly good condition. There was also a pair of ospreys nesting on the island in the top of the lighthouse. Weather was almost too perfect for sailing, but we did cruise back without the engine for a short while which was pretty magical with a beer in hand.

Quick additional shout out to Sailaway who gave us a free Sunset Cruise for booking this trip, although maybe it was free because there was no actual sunset on the evening we went!
Written 18 August 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

caasiBrisbane
Brisbane65 contributions
Sep. 2020
Awesome day.
Cannot rate this experience highly enough. So we thought we were doing this on day X but we were booked for day Y. The company phoned us with enough time that we were able to make the cruise for the day that was booked. Thank you.
This is a great day out. So nice not to be cramped onto a boat with 50 or more other people. We used the motor to go out to the island but sailed back. So peaceful. Whether you sail or not would depend on the wind.
Our time on the island was devided between snorkeling and a tour. But you did not have to do the tour and the snorkeling was around an hour. We also snorkeled off the boat after a very pleasant lunch on the boat. I preferred the after lunch snorkel as the water was clearer and the coral/fish better. We had visibility to 8m.
The sail back topped off a truely wonderful day with a small group of people and very highly skilled and entertaining crew.
I would recommend this for all age groups as it was not rushed, the boat is spacious and the crew is able to differentiate ability levels.
Written 23 September 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Wonderful, thank you for taking the time to share your "Awesome day" experience and your highest recommendations. We only have small number of guests and our team are caring, knowledgable and entertaining, in the most professional way, because we all are out there to have fun and be close up to our "Great" environment for a shared experience. Please come and join us soon for our Outer Reef Full Day Tour or Sunset Sailing, I'm sure you will absolutely love both ; )
Written 3 October 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Kerri S
2 contributions
Jan. 2020 • Family
We booked with Sailaway after reading reviews from here and listening to the locals , best decision we ever made !! We had an 80 year old and an 18 month old in our party and the crew couldn’t do enough for us and were so patient with our party . The crew especially lizzy were fantastic and so professional and never stopped , such a credit to this family run company and how much they cared about the reef and the environment. Unfortunately there was a medical emergency which meant that we had to return early but the owner of the company offered a complimentary second day full days tour so we didn’t miss out on the full experience , he never hesitated he was more concerned that we went away completely happy , which we most certainly did ! Amazing experience made all the better with the amazing crew , Argo , Al , hannah and lizzy , book this trip you won’t be disappointed! It’s a fantastic family run business and you can see why they are so successful with the attention to detail and knowledge of the reef , truly amazing , you made our holiday !!!
Written 8 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Naz53
Sydney, Australia14 contributions
We headed out with Sailaway to Mackay Reef. It was a perfect day, although no wind to sail that did not dampen the experience at all. Staff were 10/10 with service from booking to check in and on the boat itself, and provided reef information, all staff ensuring we all had a great day. Visiting Mackay Sandy Cay was an experience I had wanted to do for some time, so happy to finally get there. Tour exceeded my expectations.
Written 3 October 2021
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Rachel W
Werribee2 contributions
Mar. 2022 • Couples
Most amazing day, crew made sure everyone was ok when winds got choppy, lovely food, most importantly crew and owner of boat helped with my anxious mind about snorkelling. The crew helped so much. With going to 2 sites we got to see so much coral and sea creatures. Was worth every dollar and more.
Written 23 March 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

jfj4n
Australian Capital Territory, Australia13 contributions
A fantastic, relaxed and fun day sailing to the Low Isles and then snorkelling with the turtles, sharks and fish amongst the coral. We had a brilliant crew - Blake, Kelly and Moby - who were friendly, experienced and enthusiastic. We have two kids under 8 and together with another young family and a couple we had a beautiful day.

The boat is modern, stable and has everything you need. All the food included in the trip was great quality and the team operated as a well oiled machine.

I recommend this tour for anyone seeking a relaxed, friendly and personal day on the reef. The boat only takes 33 guests so you’re not crammed in or constantly waiting your turn (unlike the larger operators).
Written 22 December 2021
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Kerry G
16 contributions
Apr. 2021 • Couples
A heavenly day spent with Sail away cruising to the low isles. Ces and his crew were so fun and professional everything run so smoothly and although we had 20+ people on board we felt like we were very well looked after . Food was sensational! All the snorkelling equipment was of such a high quality which made a huge difference to our snorkelling experience. Having a Marine Biologist give such an insightful walk around the island was an extra bonus.! Cannot rate this experience any higher. Fantastic trip - thank you all xx
Written 30 April 2021
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lexyabroad
london23 contributions
Mar. 2020 • Friends
This was a fantastic tour and we Ioved swimming with turtles, fish, reef sharks and seeing different types of coral. We were only a small group and had brilliant weather which were a bonus. But the best part was having amazing hosts. Blake was happy to play tunes and let us sit in the driver’s seat while Lou was an amazing guide as we snorkelled in the reef. I was pleasantly surprised that she was a marine biologist so was able to explain so much about the coral and sea life. She was also extremely comforting and supportive when I had a moment of feeling claustrophobic. A few soothing words from her and i was absolutely fine. The boat and food were great and I appreciated there being a constant supply of iced water. Would 100% recommend.
Written 7 March 2020
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Emily F
Melbourne14 contributions
My husband and I really enjoyed our full day Low Isles tour.

All the crew on board were excellent! They were all extremely knowledgeable and we learnt so much throughout the day. Our skipper Blake was also great and ensured our journey out to the island was smooth and enjoyable.

Our Catamaran was beautiful, the lunch provided was delicious and the snorkelling was a lot of fun (we even saw a couple of Green Sea Turtles!).

One of our guides (I believe her name was Kelly) took us on a guided walk around Low Isles and we were very impressed with her knowledge of the island.

I would highly recommend Sailaway to anyone visiting the area!

We look forward to returning to Port Douglas again in the future and will definitely be booking another Sailway tour!

Thanks so much for a very memorable day trip :)
Written 7 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Must Do
This was an amazing experience, I highly recommend it. Perfect amount of time to sail and snorkel. The crew were fr
Bill D
Bill D
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Great afternoon
Fantastic afternoon. Must do while at Port Douglas . Everything was done professionally and the nibbles and free dr
Greenyclan25
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Absolutely beautiful - start to end
Cannot speak highly enough of this trip and the crew. Super friendly and fun. Everything was so well thought out. B
CareyT999
CareyT999
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Wonderful evening being spoilt
Fantastic sunset cruise - awesome crew, friendly helpful and fun. Lots of canapés, well priced bar and views and su
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A must do in port Douglas
This was a great experience. They crew where amazing captain Jake and crew Eliza and Caitlin. Great information and
warwickw2020
warwickw2020
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A must do in Port Douglas
An awesome experience which was made even more enjoyable by the friendly and knowledgeable captain & crew. Highly r
akelly184
akelly184
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Great day & great crew
So much fun and the crew skipper Jacque and the two lady deck hands made the day so special. We were very fortunate
belindamc66
belindamc66
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Fantastic day with a fantastic crew
Excellent service! Highly recommend. Jake, Caitlin & Maura, were all fantastic. Their knowledge of the area was gre
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Z1059TNalisonp
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Wonderful day
The crew for Sailaway were great with Joel being an excellent sailor and Maura and Kelly looking after everyone els
JudefromAus
JudefromAus
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Just do it!
An amazing trip! Small group out to the Low Isles for the sunset cruise. Three staff, Jake, Jess and Eliza, were fa
145karlg
145karlg
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Relaxing sunset cruise a must
Amazing sunset sailing experience. Top crew, top boat and not crowded. Won’t disappoint! Don’t hesitate to book
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E8936RFanthonyh
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Best Reef Experience available
This is the most relaxing day on the reef. You get picked up at lunchtime where a spread of food and drinks are wai
kittykatster
kittykatster
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Sailing Boat Day Trip Stunner.
I wanted to write a review as had the cruise sail yesterday and was just PERFECT. Was the full day snorkelling and
Y2390VXpatriciaw
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Wonderful complete
Had a great time, wonderful hosts, glorious weather, fantastic reef and fishes, good food, what more can anyone wan
katestar65
katestar65
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Great snorkeling experience
We spent a wonderful day travelling on a catamaran from Port Douglas to the Outer Reef. There were 2 opportunities
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