Great Barrier Reef Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise from Port Douglas

Great Barrier Reef Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise from Port Douglas

7 hours 30 minutes Port Douglas, Australia

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Set sail from Port Douglas for a day of snorkeling and relaxing on the Great Barrier Reef’s 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
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Stop At: Low Isles QLD 4873, Australia

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 lagoon’s undersea coral gardens.

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

Duration: 4 hours


  • Great Barrier Reef sailing cruise
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Lunch - 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$7.00 per person payable on check-in (valid from 1 July 2022)

Departure Point

Sailaway Reef & Island Tours, Shop 18/44 Wharf St, Port Douglas QLD 4877, Australia

Traveler pickup is offered
Please confirm your pickup time directly with Sailaway on 07 4099 4200

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please bring towel, swimsuit, sunscreen and hat
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Underwater Camera's available for hire $55 for the day
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 33 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • The health and safety of our customers and employees is and always has been our highest priority. Our new operating procedures bring together a number of new and existing wellbeing measures to give you peace of mind when you travel with Sailaway.


90 Reviews

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Liam July 2021

Wonderful experience from start to finish. The boat, staff and location are first class. Laura and Sophie were super friendly and approachable as well as having great knowledge of the area. I would highly recommend this trip!

urbanhm21 July 2021

We didn’t really know what to expect from our tour and it turned out to be a holiday highlight. The catamaran was smooth and the staff, particularly Laura and Sophie, were so friendly and helpful. Not being a strong swimmer I was a bit worried but the snorkeling was just off an island so not to far to swim out and see the amazing coral reef. It was spectacular! Highly recommend. A must for anyone coming up to Port Douglas

Doron July 2021

Good experience very friendly staff great day out saw great stuff and the whole experience was very relaxing

Matthias June 2021

Relaxing, very welcoming crew, good food, informative snorkel tour, found a sea turtle, money well spent!!

Lauren May 2021

What an amazing day, beautiful sailing boat, delicious lunch, fantastic and friendly staff.
The guided snorkeling was brilliant, got to see so much more than we expected.

David May 2021

Wow. Doesn’t rally some it up but again Wow. From the moment we set sail until we got back to port Douglas the whole experience was brilliant. The crew were great and made the day even better. Could not recommend this adventure anymore highly

Ella May 2021

Absolutely loved this trip with my new fiancé.
From the very beginning the staff were friendly and approachable and so informative.
The cruise itself was so relaxing and the food was delicious and plentiful. The snorkeling was amazing and we saw many beautiful fish, even a turtle and some reef sharks!

Would recommend to anyone wanting a fantastic day out on the water!

Rob May 2021

Great boat and day out, crew was very friendly and professional, highly recommended , snorkeling and island tour was well organised and very informative

Tash April 2021

Best day EVER.
A little queasy on the trip over to Low isles but so worth it. We had Ben, Laura and Captain Ago. It was brilliant from the snorkelling, to lunch and the whole vibe of the day. Definitely recommend

Caitlin J April 2021

The captain went out of his way to see Pilot Whales that another boat had spotted and shared. Unbelievable to see them so close to the boat and not shy away. Snorkelling was excellent and they provided everything including stinger suits. Catering to dietary requirements was much appreciated.

garyvenn1 February 2021

We had a fantastic day out with the sailaway Crew very helpful from checking in to when we got back in to port . We would highly recommended going out with sailaway for any of there trips

Mary S March 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!

February 2020

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

Raymond P February 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.

Nigel M January 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.

grotheer62 September 2019

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

Ian N August 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.

Mary O October 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.

Olive O August 2018

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

Jan 2014 April 2018

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

Tiffany C March 2018

Our family mom, dad and four teenage kids thoroughly enjoyed this trip. The ship has a limited number of guests, which made a big difference when snorkeling. The crew is friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. It was a safe, relaxed atomsphere. We didn't feel rushed when we were snorkeling. The food was excellent. And sailing back it is a sail boat was a bonus. We'd do it again.

Brigitte B March 2018

Superbe !

Annette February 2018

Excellent trip. Got to snorkel with reef sharks and a turtle. Amazing experience

Jayne F February 2018

Couldnt have asked for anything better. Great day!

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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