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.


306 Reviews

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molasses_12 November 2021

I don’t think there is a better way to do the reef than with Sailaway. A local told us they were the best operator and I can see why. We powered until we had enough wind speed to sail and how glorious that was. So relaxing. The snorkelling at Low Isles was magnificent with so much info from Ben our marine biologist. Kelly and Skipper were also wonderful. So chilled and eco friendly. Good food. And we all fell asleep or close to it during our sail back to port. A very special day. Can’t recommend them highly enough.

Navigate55529826477 November 2021

Unforgettable experience! The crew are super friendly and the boat is fantastic. I was greeted by a full size Hammerhead Shark today at Mackay Reef (a rare occurrence) and to my comfort, as I signalled to the boat about the shark, the crew jumped in with excitement trying to catch a glimpse of the majestic creature. That alone lowered my nerves and made me realise how dedicated and passionate the crew were about our great marine wonderland! As I reflect, I now realise just how fortunate I was today. (Also got to see some clown fish which was a highlight) Thanks guys! Highly recommend to anyone

searknub November 2021

Captain CES, Caroline & Ben were absolutely amazing today, so friendly and attentive. Would definitely recommend the Low Isles trip. Snorkelling was amazing! Food and drink on the boat was fantastic! Highly recommend the adult only afternoon & sunset trip - sunset was incredible. Thanks guys ! A dream come true

JaLa2012 October 2021

Firstly the crew were 10/10 - skipper Joel, Marine Biologists Ben and Sophie. What a team - we were looked after like family. Nothing was too much trouble and the day was just perfect. Spacious and comfortable sailing cat - delicious lunch and the snorkelling was fabulous. Small group of people so it was easy to find space on the boat and Sophie even memorised everyone’s names!! Highly recommend a day out with these guys!!!

Josie K October 2021

The crew and the trip was amazing. We had the best day. Very knowledgeable in all aspects of the trip.

jeroend_11 October 2021

One of the best outings my wife and I have ever done ( and we’ve done a lot ) The staff were amazing , Sophie never left my wife’s side ( age 77) and she had the best snorkelling experience ever ! Food was great , boat amazing and spotless! A wonderful day ! Thank you

339janm October 2021

Sailaway certainly deliver a perfectly magical experience. This was our second cruise with this company. Last year we sailed to the Outer Reef and did the Sunset cruise, this time we chose to try the Low Isles... again we couldn't fault our day. From start to finish it was perfect. We swam with turtles and tropical fish and viewed so many varieties of coral. The staff were so genuinely focused on providing the best service and experience for all on board. The boat is pristine and we love the sailing aspect as it's just so relaxing. The catered lunch and snacks were delicious and very generous - the salt air certainly gives you a good appetite
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