Cruises, Reef Tours & Sailing
One of the best ways to discover the Great Barrier Reef and Port Douglas is by taking a cruise around Australia’s most beautiful and scenic reef. There is a variety of cruise types and vessels to choose from – you can sail away on board a yacht or motor away on a large cruiser. Most day tours will give you the opportunity to explore some of the islands, snorkel the reefs and provide food and drink.
You can also hire a charter so you can explore the waters at your own pace. There’s no feeling quite like mooring in your own private cove and waking up to the soft lolling of the azure waters. You can choose to bareboat and captain yourself or choose to hire a crew for a more luxurious feel.
We have some fantastic cruises ready to book below!
Port Douglas Cruises
Great for beginners, non-swimmers and first-time visitors to Tropical North Queensland cruise to Agincourt Reef from Port Douglas. You can watch fish feeding, go on a snorkeling expedition, try scuba diving, view the coral and marine life on a semi-submersible submarine, and enjoy a tasty buffet lunch.
Not a confident swimmer, but want to experience the Great Barrier Reef? At Low Isles you can snorkel straight off the beach, enjoy coral viewing on a glass bottom boat, take a leisurely guided walk around the island or simply relax on the sandy beach. Do as much or as little as you like!
Aquarius is recognised as one of the most modern and luxurious sail vessels to operate out of Port Douglas. With only 23 guests, Aquarius is a dedicated snorkel only vessel, offering a personalised experience to this stunning tropical island on the Great Barrier Reef. Relax on the spacious upper deck between guided snorkelling tours and devour the delicious buffet lunch with prawns as well as freshly made cakes for morning and afternoon tea. A journey to Low Isles is not complete without a trip ashore to learn about the history and environment that makes Low Isles what it is today. A glass bottom boat is provided for transport to the beach and for guided boat tours.Aquarius crew provide a comprehensive safety brief at the start of each day, supervision and tuition while in the water. Flotation devices are provided for snorkelling from the platform of Aquarius and at the beach.
Explore Australia's Great Barrier Reef from the air and the water! A scenic helicopter flight or high-speed catamaran cruise from Port Douglas will take you to the Outer Barrier Reef platform on Agincourt Reef, a sheltered base for a day on the Great Barrier Reef. Explore the reef snorkeling, from a semi-submersible submarine or from the underwater observatory. You can choose to travel by scenic helicopter one way and cruise by high-speed catamaran the other, or take the helicopter in both directions. The choice is yours!
Experience two UNESCO World Heritage–listed natural wonders on a full-day tour that visits the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef. Within Daintree National Park, tour Mossman Gorge with an Aboriginal guide who shares local indigenous culture with your small group limited to 15 people. In the afternoon, join a sailing cruise aboard a luxury catamaran with numbers limited to 33 adults, stopping at the Low Isles for a snorkeling or glass-bottom boat tour and time on the beach. Snacks, beer or wine, and round-trip hotel transportation included.
Sail to the Great Barrier Reef’s Low Isles during a relaxing, afternoon cruise aboard a luxury catamaran. Moor at a secluded island with pristine white-sand beaches where you can admire colorful fish, coral and sea turtles while snorkeling or taking an included glass-bottom boat tour. You even get to catch the sunset during the return to Port Douglas. This premium reef experience is limited to a smaller group of up to 33 adult passengers. Refreshments and afternoon tea are included, along with all snorkeling gear plus hotel pickup and drop-off.
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
Experience a peaceful, tranquil sunset during a sailing cruise from Port Douglas. After being welcomed aboard a luxury catamaran with a complimentary drink of your choice, sit back, relax, and enjoy ambient music and a selection of hot and cold gourmet canapés in the friendly atmosphere. Sail along the coast of Port Douglas and admire a gorgeous tropical sunset over the Coral Sea, the Low Isles and the surrounding mountains.
For a prestigious Great Barrier Reef experience, take a ride on an ultra-modern, high-speed, luxury catamaran to three Outer Reef sites for the best diving and snorkeling out of Port Douglas. The cruise includes a seafood buffet lunch, a reef interpretation talk and a guided snorkel tour of Agincourt Reef. Enjoy a greater level of comfort and service on this luxury cruise to some of the Great Barrier Reef’s premier diving sites.
For more cruises and water tour options, check out the Port Douglas Boat Cruises category of our free business directory.