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Outer Barrier Reef Sailing and Snorkeling Adventure from Port Douglas

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Outer Barrier Reef Sailing and Snorkeling Adventure from Port Douglas
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icon9 hours  (approx.)
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Benefit from a full-day sailing tour from Port Douglas to the Outer Barrier Reef to swim, snorkel, and sail in one of Australia’s most famous destinations. Visit the northern portion of the Great Barrier Reef, where coral cays and turquoise ocean are home to colorful fish, sea turtles, and other marine life. Includes buffet lunch, guided snorkel tour, glass-bottom boat tour, and commentary from a marine biologist guide.
  • Look for an abundance of marine life at the Great Barrier Reef
  • Buffet lunch, and snorkel and glass-bottom boat tour included
  • Ideal for people who enjoy snorkeling and swimming
  • Maximum of 45 participants allows for personalized attention from the crew
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Great Barrier Reef sailing cruise
Morning and afternoon tea, pastries and muffins
Buffet lunch
Use of snorkel equipment and instruction
Guided snorkel tour with marine biologist
Glass-bottom boat tour
Time to explore the pristine coral cays
Hotel pickup and drop-off (Port Douglas only)
Coffee and/or Tea
Drinks (available for purchase on board)
Environmental Management Charge AU$7.00 per person payable on check-in (valid from 1 July 2023)
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Sailaway Reef & Island Tours , Sailaway Boathouse Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina 8, Shop 18/44 Wharf St, Port Douglas QLD 4877, Australia

Please check in at 7.30am inside the Sailaway office located inside the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina

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This activity will end right where it started.Please contact Sailaway directly to confirm your pickup time
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Please bring towel, swimsuit, sunscreen and hat
  • Underwater Camera's available for hire $55 for the day
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Sailaway
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the policy on sanitization during Outer Barrier Reef Sailing and Snorkeling Adventure from Port Douglas?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Outer Barrier Reef Sailing and Snorkeling Adventure from Port Douglas?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Outer Barrier Reef Sailing and Snorkeling Adventure from Port Douglas?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Marine heaven from Sailaway
, Aug 2022
A great day from start to finish. Our guide Isaac was brilliant - really enthusiastic & pointed out things I’d never have seen. The highlight for us was watching a hammerhead hunting an eagle ray just off the cay - the hammerhead missed its lunch on that occasion. Humpbacks breaching, a very chilled green turtle and a breathtaking array of reef fish - marine heaven. Crew were all fabulous. It can get a bit bumpy so take tablets. I can not recommend this tour enough. All my pics are on an SD card which I’ll try & add at a later date.
Highly recommend it
, Jul 2022
The crew was fantastic. Super knowledgeable and friendly. Excellent day trip to the reef. In winter months, make sure you pack some warm clothes.
Absolutely sensational experience!!! 🌟
, Jul 2022
An absolute sensational day!! Ticked all the boxes. Magical scenery, out of this world snorkelling and fantastic staff. Will be highly recommending this trip. Can’t thank you all enough for making our day!! Thank you. 🙌
World heritage marine environment of the highest calibre.
, Jul 2022
The introductory talk by the crew about the sea life was excellent. Not too complicated but informative. It meant that swimming with a snorkel was a much richer experience. It is a privilege to see the beauty and diversity of the Mackay Coral Cay.
Amazing experience
, Jun 2022
Awesome trip and fantastic crew especially looking after everyone with the bumpy ride back. Beautiful spot to snorkel and see amazing sea life including a massive turtle! 🐠🐢
Poor service and infection control
, Jun 2022
We had to cancel due to possible covid 19. We did not recurved a refund from the operator and Viator are saying they will not issue a refund or credit. This is disgraceful.
, Jun 2022
Amazing day on the water, swam with turtles. The Great Barrier Reef is amazing, colourful coral, clear water visibility, and so many tropical fish!! the Sailaway team were exceptional would recommend them every time, progressional, helpful and knowledgeable!
Poor service
, May 2022
My partner was injured walking to boat at marina and we could not go. Tried to go the next day but the operator said not possible due to nature of booking. No refund either. Very poor service. Would not recommend to anyone.
Loved it
, May 2022
Kiera and Isaac were great. Made awkward swimmers feel very comfortable and supported. Great that wetsuits were available
, May 2022
Great crew. Great boat. Great day. We had a perfect day, sunshine, calm ocean, good water visibility and beautiful food for lunch and snacks. A really lovely experience. Thank you.
One for the bucket list!
, Feb 2022
Amazing experience! This is our second time booking with Sailaway and the quality experience exceeds what you spend. The outer reef is a MUST see - smaller group size in comparison to most other tours gave us tons of time in the water, lots of time & attention from staff whenever needed and nothing was rushed. Clean quality boat, great lunch, clean equipment in good repair, great atmosphere, fantastic & knowledgeable staff. Everything felt very safe and any experience level can definitely do this tour. Will book with Sailaway in Port Douglas every time! Thanks guys!
Great Day Out!
, Jan 2022
Staff were super friendly and helpful! It was our first time snorkelling and they guided us through it. We had a lovely day out we won’t ever forget! Thank you ☺️
Incredible day on the reef!
, Dec 2021
Fantastic day out on the reef. Plenty of time to snorkel and explore. The equipment was in good condition and the crew were very friendly and informative. There was a 30 minute explanation about the marine life and freedom to explore the reef as we wanted. There was plenty of food available for lunch and snacks provided during the day, with unlimited tea and coffee. For those who wanted alcohol there was also a stacked fridge. I would highly recommend this trip!
very friendly and fun...
, Aug 2021
very friendly and fun crew. fantastic reef viewing with plenty of time in water, 2 snorkel times in all.
Great way to see the Reef
, Jun 2021
Great crew. Loved learning about the marine life before snorkelling. The snorkelling was amazing! The experience catered for all ages and abilities.
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The ONLY way to experience the Great Barrier Reef !
, May 2021
What an incredible experience. The entire team are passionate, knowledgeable, friendly , fun and just all round awesome. The food was way above what was expected! Thanks so much to Captain Ses, zak , chad and Jason.
Wonderful day!
, May 2021
Wonderful day! Fantastic, knowledgeable staff, who really looked after us. Excellent food. Highly recommend.
Dream come true
, Feb 2021
I was looked after 120% - I have terminal cancer and this was an experience I’ll never forget. Thank you so so much.
Must! Great experience, 100% Recommendable!
, Dec 2020
Highly recommended activity. Positive: - The Barrier Reef is spectacular. - The team is very attentive, and they know what they do. - Varied and unique activities. - Very good organization. - The food was quite good. Negative: - Very long and bumpy trip (especially the return, half of the people got dizzy).
Spectacular snorkeling, beautiful, clean boat and delicious food!
, Jan 2020
This was the best snorkeling trip we have taken! The crew were very friendly and helpful as well as professional. They offered seasickness ginger tablets at the outset which my daughter and I really appreciated and they worked! One of the crew was in the water searching for unusual fish and would let us know when she found something interesting. The food was excellent, the vessel very clean and comfortable. Would definitely recommend!

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