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

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Great Barrier Reef Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise from Port Douglas

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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.
  • 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
7h 30m
  • 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)
  • 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 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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David White wrote a review Mar 2020
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What a fantastic day the staff snorkelling food and boat were just perfect. It was the best day of our holiday in Australia and thats saying somethink as the whole holiday was brillant. Thanks again
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Date of experience: March 2020
pixie007 wrote a review Mar 2020
Mobile, Alabama141 contributions83 helpful votes
What a wonderful day of snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef. The captain and crew were fantastic. We snorkeled at 2 different sites with a visit to a small cat and lunch in between. Crew is very knowledgeable and delighted to help you enjoy your day. We saw 2 green turtles, lots
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Winnipeg1991 wrote a review Mar 2020
416 contributions92 helpful votes
We spent a great day on this tour. The boat was comfortable. The trip out to the reef and a back was about 1.5 - 2 hours. On the way we had a lecture on the coral reef and the animals to be seen. Once there we were fitted with lycra anti jellyfish suits, flippers, mask and
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Heidi R wrote a review Mar 2020
Austin, Texas48 contributions32 helpful votes
This day-long trip to the Lower Isles is well thought out from start to finish. In the morning, you board the ship and are treated to a breakfast pastry and coffee. You then enjoy a 90-minute trip to the beautiful Lower Isles. You then get shipped to the shore of your own
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Date of experience: March 2020
suzanne s wrote a review Mar 2020
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We did both the Sunset cruise and the Outer barrier reef tour. Both were extremely well organized with friendly professional and informative staff. Lots of information from the Marine Biologists. Food was excellent and plenty for the day. Really enjoyed it. Also a special
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Date of experience: February 2020
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