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Port Douglas Reef & Islands

Port Douglas has a variety of reef day tours on offer. Low Isles is an island fairly close to the mainland and provides beach and great snorkelling opportunities. This is a great option for families with young children or those that do not want to spend the day on a boat at the Outer Reef.

For those who want to visit the best of the reef, then heading out into the Outer Barrier Reef will provide you with great quality coral, marine life, snorkelling and diving. You can enjoy up to 5 hours at the reef visiting 3 different reef sites.

The Agincourt Ribbon Reefs are very popular and many travelers come to Port Douglas to specifically dive and snorkel this location. If you are traveling with young children or the elderly then perhaps a pontoon trip like Quicksilver would be most suitable. A pontoon is a multi-level reef activity platform moored permanently at the Outer Great Barrier Reef which provides a spacious, stable base to enjoy a wide range of reef activities in all weather conditions.

Please contact us for local and honest advice in helping you to choose the most suitable Port Douglas Reef Tour.

Proof of vaccination: From 17 December all passengers aged 16 years+ must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination to travel on any tour. Those unable to provide proof of vaccination upon check-in are not eligible for a refund.

3 Day/3 Night Minke Whale Dive Trip


Rates from: $1630

Departing every Tuesday from 31 May - 2 August 2022

During the months of June and July, the Great Barrier Reef’s renowned Ribbon Reefs north of Cairns provide the most consistent opportunity for this remarkable experience and Pro Dive Cairns is excited to introduce dedicated Ribbon Reef Minke Whale Trips.

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Calypso - Outer Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive


Rates from: $275

This great vessel travels to three (3) unique Outer Barrier Reef locations and they cater to both snorkellers and divers. Divers love this boat as the sites are great and they get more personalized attention. This is a large boat with a lot of deck space and they do have an upper level that is not air-conditioned which is good for those who don't enjoy the cool after a day in the water. Morning/afternoon tea and a full buffet lunch is provided on board as well as all equipment and courtesy bus transfers within Port Douglas.

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Calypso Half Day Low Isles Reef Tour ex Port Douglas


Rates from: $209

A comfortable and luxurious half day reef trip departing Port Douglas. This vessel reaches the Low Isles in only 30 minutes allowing time for up to 2 and a half hours to enjoy snorkelling bliss and a glass bottom boat tour for those wanting to stay dry.  Maximum 23 people.

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Indigo 2 Port Douglas


Rates from: $95

Indigo 2 is a 13 metre French designed and built Fountaine Pajot Orana 44 catamaran.

Come and enjoy sunset sailing on the waters off Port Douglas.

Maximum of 12 passengers

Contemplating a private sunset experience?
Prices start from $990 for two hours of exclusivity.

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Low Isles Sunset and Afternoon Snorkel Tour ex Port Douglas


Rates from: $292

Enjoy an afternoon cruise from Port Douglas with 1.00pm departure and returning at 6.30pm on this half day Low Isles trip.  Includes snorkelling, sailing, island exploring, glass bottom boat tour and afternoon tea with a Sunset Sail back to Port Douglas.

This company ensures your enjoyment with small numbers of guests (maximum of 33 guests), excellent service and personal attention from our helpful friendly crew.

The primary market for this tour is targeted for adults (minimum age is 13 years).

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Ocean Safari - Cape Tribulation - Ex Cape Tribulation Only


Rates from: $169

Ocean Safari offers an exhilarating ride to snorkel the pristine untouched Great Barrier Reef off the Daintree Coast at Cape Tribulation. The half day Great Barrier Reef tour visits two different snorkel destinations, each with an extraordinary array of marine life and coral species. After a fast 25 minute ride, you are ready to snorkel two fabulous locations at Mackay and Undine Reefs.

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Quicksilver - Outer Barrier Reef Pontoon


Rates from: $284

This large stable catamaran departs Port Douglas and travels to an Outer Barrier Reef Pontoon located at Agincourt Reef.  The pontoon provides activities such as snorkelling, diving, semi-submersible coral viewing tours, buffet lunch, scenic helicopter flights and underwater observatory.  With a late morning departure of 10.00am, this is a great trip for families or those travelling with young children or the elderly.

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Reef Sprinter - Half Day Low Isles Reef


Rates from: $150

We have two high speed rigid inflatable jet boats that depart Port Douglas four times a day and travel to the reef near Low Isles, arriving in just 15 minutes.  Enjoy snorkelling for an hour and a half at our exclusive mooring.  Experience this personalised tour with limited numbers set at 14 passengers.

This reef is very protected and has a vast quantity of corals and abundant fish species, with regular turtle sightings .  We don't go to the island with this tour, our mooring is located right on the reefs edge, away from the crowds!

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Reef Sprinter - Half Day Outer Barrier Reef


Rates from: $240

The fastest way to get to the outer reef from Port Douglas. This is a super fast jet boat ride that offers half day reef trips departing Port Douglas. It only takes 40 minutes to reach the outer reef. They only take 14 passengers at a time therefore a small group size is guaranteed.

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Sailaway - Full Day Low Isles Tour


Rates from: $292

Full day cruise to Low Isles from Port Douglas includes snorkelling equipment, snorkelling instruction with in-water assistance, guided snorkel tour with Marine Guide, sailing,  glass bottom boat tour with commentary, 4.5 hours at Low Isles, Heritage Walk, morning/afternoon tea, tropical buffet lunch and courtesy bus transfers within Port Douglas.  

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Sailaway - Mackay Cay


Rates from: $292

Immersed in the northern frontier of Great Barrier Reef, this is the perfect snorkelling and sailing adventure for a conservation minded visitor. Ideally suited to those who can swim and have a spirit of fun and adventure. Discerning guests can enjoy an inspiring full day experience to the stunning Mackay Coral Cay on the Great Barrier Reef in the most sustainable way!

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Shaolin Chinese Junk Sail Low Isles


Rates from: $60

Jump aboard the magical and enchanting Shaolin for an unforgettable day of sailing, snorkelling and fun. Experience one of the few authentic Chinese Junks left operating in the world. Shaolin is one of the longest operating Sailing boats in Port Douglas and has been taking people snorkelling to Low Isle for many years to experience the spectacular blue lagoon abound with coral and fish life.

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Silversonic - Outer Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel


Rates from: $272

This is a modern 29 metre high speed catamaran that visits 3 different sites on the Agincourt Ribbon Reef system. Travelling with approximately 80 passengers it is designed for adventure-minded people who wish to revel in the thrill of diving and snorkelling without compromising their comfort. State-of-the-art computerised ride control stytems and travel speed of 32 knots ensures you a smoother, faster ride to the Outer Great Barrier Reef.

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Wavedancer - Low Isles Sailing


Rates from: $226

This is a fantastic family friendly sailing yacht, and is one of only 3 vessels with permission to visit the unique Low Isles for a day of snorkelling pleasure.  Spend the day snorkelling from the boat, or from the shores of this turtle breeding coral cay, or even indulge in a short glass bottom boat tour to hear the great commentary of the beautiful marine life you will be viewing. All equipment is provided for your snorkel experience with sizes to suit all ages, morning/afternoon tea is readily available and lunch is a smorgasbord of delights in plentiful quantity.

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Wavelength Snorkel


Rates from: $250

Wavelength is a dedicated eco-snorkelling vessel visiting 3 different Outer Reef sites for a truly unique day. We are passionate about the reef and our knowledgeable crew provide personalised attention to our 48 passengers. Wavelength holds an advanced eco-tourism accreditation and climate action certification and believe in finding the best Great Barrier Reef experience possible for all visitors to our beautiful region.

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