We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Great Barrier Reef Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise from Port Douglas

By: Sailaway
  • 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
Great Barrier Reef Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise from Port Douglas
From US$194.90
Check Availability
  • Overview
  • What to Expect
  • Important Information
  • Reviews
  • Q&A
Select Date and Travelers
Great Barrier Reef Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise from Port Douglas

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.

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.

Write a ReviewReviews (105)

1 - 5 of 34 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago
A fantastic way to enjoy the reef

We unfortunately booked on a day where it was windy and overcast. However we still had a great time. We had a baby (10 months) with us, but never felt like he was unsafe the whole time. Fantastic setup they have out at the reef...More

Thank David M
Reviewed 11 July 2018
Fantastic day at the Low Isles with Sailaway

Sailaway trip to the Low Isles was a great day out - you sail (not motor) out to the islands on a 65ft Catamaran, limited to 33 guests, there is plenty of room on the boat. We were fitted with snorkelling gear and wetsuits on...More

Thank AussieN
Reviewed 11 July 2018
Great crew but the worst day of our holiday

We thought this day trip was going to be the highlight of our Australian visit. Unfortunately it turned out to be the worst day of our stay. We boarded Sailaway in the pretty Port Douglas Marina at about 8.15 in the morning. As we set...More

6  Thank Adam S
SailawayPortDouglas, Owner at Sailaway, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your booking and feedback and booking, you are correct the less than average weather which our region experienced early July can effect enjoyment for some guests, sorry to say you did experience much stronger wind gusts the day you travelled, however authentic...More

Reviewed 7 July 2018
Very good for beginners and confident people, more off the beach snorkelling would be welcomed

Took Low Isles cruise July 2018. Friendly, professional, knowledgeable, helpful crew who take great pride in the boat and their roles. I was a first time snorkeller with a dislike of cool water (even the 23C Port Douglas waters were only bearable due to the...More

Thank AV0767
Reviewed 19 June 2018
QuickSilver Outer Barrier Reef

Snorkeling was a fascinating, wonder-stuck experience which I recommend all visitors to the Barrier Reef to try. I believe the snorkeling experience could have been better had the crew on QuickSilver given some basic lessons or tips on snorkeling to visitors enroute to the Outer...More

1  Thank Mario B
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
3 August 2018|
Response from AV0767 | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I am not a Sailaway employee so unfortunately can’t answer your question. We had to be at the dock by 8.00am, for an 8.30am departure. I suggest you contact the very helpful Sailaway staff on 61-7-4099-4200.
Jane P
9 April 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Julie C | Reviewed this property |
Not sure you would have to contact the cruise line and see what their policy is. The boat is very well equipped with a lovely sitting area at the stern of the boat and a dining area inside so they would be protected areas to... More