Great Barrier Reef Sailing And Snorkeling Cruise From Port Douglas

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 7 Hrs 30 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    8:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Port Douglas Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina or your selected Port Douglas hotel
  • Return Details :
    Returns to Port Douglas Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina at approximately 4pm
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Set sail from Port Douglas for a day of snorkeling and relaxing on the Great Barrier Reefs 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


  • Buffet lunch included
  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Snorkel gear included

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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 lagoons undersea coral gardens.

Take a walk to Low Isles historic lighthouse, dating from 1878, or learn about the Great Barrier Reefs magical underwater world of iridescent fish and fluorescent coral on a guided snorkel tour led by a marine biologist. Theres 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.


Great Barrier Reef sailing cruise

Morning and afternoon tea

Buffet lunch

Use of snorkel equipment

Guided snorkel tour with marine biologist

Glass-bottom boat tour

Guided walking tour

Hotel pickup and drop-off (Port Douglas only)


Drinks (available for purchase on board)

Environmental Management Charge (AU$6.50 per person payable on check-in on the day of travel)

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

Traveler Reviews

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  • 04-Mar-2020

    Really enjoyed our excursion. The food was delicious and having a small group was wonderful. I would highly recommend this excursion to anyone. Way superior to what our cruise ship had to offer!

  • 10-Feb-2020

    It was a wonderful day with this crew that included Louisa, Blake and Cam. They proved excellent personalized service and a great lunch.

  • 04-Feb-2020

    Boarded the Sailaway Catamaran around 8.30 with my wife and 4 other guests and 2 crew Blake and Lizzie. It was a personal cruise out to the Reef at Lowe Island where we were the only boat all day. After a sail of around an hour we arrived and were taken to shore in a small boat - we had the island to ourselves. We then snorkelled from the beach in the Coral for around 45 mins with Lizzie who was pointing out all sorts of fish and we even saw 2 turtles. A guided trip round the Island was next which took around 20 mins explaining everything that goes on with the 2 caretakers on the island. Back to the main boat for a delicious buffet lunch with fruit and water. After lunch we had the option to swim from the boat and despite the 5 sharks off the back of the boat it did not put 3 of us off exploring more coral for another 45 mins. Around 2.45 it was time to sail back to Port Douglas where we arrived around 4pm. I have done many tours with Viator all over the world but this was by far the best and a truly wonderful experience that my wife and I will never forget - this is a must tour if in the area.

  • 15-Jan-2020

    Having used Viator in May 2019 for a trip in Alaska we decided to use them again for a special tick box excursion to the lower isles Great Barrier Reef. Knowing the high standard we received in May last year we were thankfully not disappointed this time. Professionalism to the highest standard. Thankyou guys for such a well organised effortless trip.

  • 27-Sep-2019

    Great Sailing trip. Enough space on board. Good snorkeling induction also for beginners. Great sailing back to the port. Absolutely recommended.

  • 23-Aug-2019

    The crew were extremely helpful rushing around sorting and organising the day trip.
    Lovely layout of food was offered through out the day from the moment we stepped on the boat until we returned to port at Port Douglas.
    Saw a variety of marine life throughout the day, with the crew leading the snorkelling around the reef pointing out and giving a brief on each sighting. Also on offer was glass boat bottom tour around the reef.
    In all an excellent day out.

  • 29-Oct-2018

    As someone who has snorkelled the outer reef only in the past this was a different experience. The coral didn't have the colour I was used to nor were there any fish to speak of. There was however lots of variety in the coral reef. Staff were professional and food plentiful. The glass bottom boat is also a good addition as Jaz gave us a lot of additional info. The ride out and back to reef was really pleasant too amongst the gorgeous scenery.

  • 13-Aug-2018

    Excellent - cant speak highly enough of this trip.
    Staff very knowledgeable.
    Nothing too much trouble for them.
    Food - delicious and plenty of.

  • 09-Apr-2018

    excellent port douglass trip. excellent staff, clean boat, excellent instructors and good food.

  • 29-Mar-2018

    I was very impressed with this tour as we were blessed to have some marine biologists with us. The group size was perfect to allow for a more relaxed atmosphere and better quality service. Would most definitely recommend this tour for anyone looking to go explore the Great Barrier Reef.

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