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Reef/Island Trips - Port Douglas

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.

3 Day Reef Pass

Rates from: $528

For those wanting to visit the Great Barrier Reef as much as possible in a variety of ways but do not want to stay out on the reef overnight during their stay in Cairns and/or Port Douglas . This company owns many boats, over 3 separate days you can visit the reef from a pontoon, sailing boat, island, or just go directly out to snorkel and dive various reef locations.

As they own vessels both in Cairns and Port Douglas it is excellent for people wanting to see the reef from 2 vantage points in Far North Queensland.

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Aqua Quest Outer Barrier Reef Snorkel & Dive

Rates from: $251.5


(not available on public holidays)


Aqua Quest is a brand new boat based in Port Douglas.  With a choice of reef sites at Agincourt, St Crispin and Opal Reef, the Captain will choose the two best sites on the day subject to weather conditions.  You will experience up to 5 hours at the reef for your snorkelling and diving activities.  Morning tea and lunch is provided along with free guided snorkel tours, free snorkelling equipment and use of wetsuits/lycra suits.  Certified divers can enjoy free dive guides, or have the freedom to dive unguided.

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Aquarius - Outer Reef Sailing & Snorkel

Rates from: $255.5

Sail on this luxury 62ft catamaran from Port Douglas to the beautiful Horseshoe Bay at Tongue Reef.  Travelling with only 30 passengers, this trip is suitable from ages 8 and over.  All snorkel equipment is provided on board along with lycra/westsuits.  Also provided is morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a coral viewing boat tour.

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Calypso - Outer Barrier Reef - Snorkel Only

Rates from: $255.5

This company is one of only two unique operators who offer a Great Barrier Reef Trip to an excellent outer reef location with snorkeling passengers only. This is a dedicated high quality operator with crew attending to all your needs without being distracted by the high requirements of divers. Travelling to three unique locations guests have a great range of sites to explore. Morning/afternoon tea and a full buffet lunch is provided on board as well as all equipment.

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Calypso - Outer Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive

Rates from: $255.5

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: $195

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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Port Douglas & Mossman Gorge Transfers

Rates from: $30

If you are wanting to simply visit the beautiful seaside town of Port Douglas located one hour north of Cairns there is no 'public bus'. A shuttle bus is available and they will pick up from your accommodation in Cairns or the airport and drop you off in the main street of Port Douglas. Upon your return they will drop you off at your accommodation or at the airport.  You can also include a visit to the Mossman Gorge.

If you are staying in Port for one or more nights the return fares apply at no additional charge.

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Poseidon - Outer Barrier Reef - Snorkel & Dive

Rates from: $254

This is a modern 24 metre, high speed luxury catamaran with a top speed of 30 knots.  Custom designed for maximum comfort, she offers a fast trip to the Outer Barrier Reef ensuring maximum time for in-water activities.  You will visit 3 different Outer Reef Sites in the Agincourt Ribbon Reef System, which provide clear waters, beautifiul corals and incredible marine life diversity.  Catering to snorkellers, intro divers and certified divers and all guests receive a high level of personalised service by the friendly and attentive crew.



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Quicksilver - Outer Barrier Reef Pontoon

Rates from: $264

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: $140

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: $220

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: $281.5

Enjoy a full day cruise to Low Ilsles from Port Douglas with an 8.30am departure and returning at 4.00pm 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 buis tranmsfers within Port Douglas.  




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Sailaway - Half Day Low Isles Tour

Rates from: $281.5

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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Silversonic - Outer Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel

Rates from: $254

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: $210

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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XPASS - Experience Co Adventure Packages (RT)

Rates from: $316

The EXPASS gives you the ultimate savings on a variety of different packages. Packages can include Skydiving, White Water Rafting, Canyoning, Reef tours, Island trips and Hot Air Balooning. The XPASS is great value for those wanting an adventure packed Cairns holiday.

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