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Great Barrier Reef Cruises, Reef Tours & Sailing

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

Private Yacht Cruise From Port Douglas to The Great Barrier Reef

Private Yacht Cruise From Port Douglas to The Great Barrier Reef

More InfoRelish the good life on a private luxury yacht tour with a renowned, expert host from Port Douglas, to visit one of the seven wonders of the natural world; The Great Barrier Reef. 
This wonderful excursion will feature an abundance of spectacular scenery and splendid activities, such as snorkeling, sightseeing, and immersing among nature!
*Guests staying in Cairns will be provided with complimentary private transport to and from Port Douglas Marina to embark on this cruise. 

 

Quicksilver Outer Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise from Port Douglas

Quicksilver Outer Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise from Port Douglas

More InfoGreat 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.

 

Wavedancer Low Isles Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise from Port Douglas

Wavedancer Low Isles Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise from Port Douglas

More InfoLow Isles is an idyllic, unspoilt coral cay island just one hour's sailing from Port Douglas aboard the 30 metre sailing catamaran, Wavedancer. With snorkelling direct from the beach, this is the perfect day for families and couples seeking island relaxation. From the moment Wavedancer moors in the picturesque lagoon, a host of reef activities await. It's a leisurely, informative day where island visitor numbers are limited.Throughout the day, a shuttle boat transfers guests between the boat and the island. Snorkelling, glass bottom boat tour, marine biologist guided snorkel tour and island walk, tropical buffet lunch served onboard, morning and afternoon teas all included.

 

Poseidon Outer Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Port Douglas

Poseidon Outer Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Port Douglas

More InfoBased in Port Douglas, Poseidon is a modern 24metre (79ft) dive and snorkel catamaran designed for personalised Great Barrier Reef dive and snorkel adventures. With access to over 35 pristine outer reef locations at the Agincourt ribbon reefs, Poseidon visits three different and diverse sites each day, catering for snorkellers, and the option for introductory and certified diving. Buffet lunch, guided snorkel tour, reef interpretation, use of snorkel gear, lycra suits and snorkel briefs at each site are included. All scuba dives are guided and equipment included. Poseidon also has a special permit allowing guests to swim with the Dwarf Minke Whales if encountered in season.

 

Aquarius Luxury Sailing to Outer Barrier Reef from Port Douglas

Aquarius Luxury Sailing to Outer Barrier Reef from Port Douglas

More InfoSail to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Aquarius is recognized as one of the most modern and luxurious sail vessels to operate out of Port Douglas. With only 30 guests, Aquarius is a dedicated snorkel only vessel, offering a personalized experience to a stunning reef site on the Great Barrier Reef. A coral viewing boat is available for those who don't wish to get wet but will still get a great view of the coral gardens and marine life. Aquarius crew provide a comprehensive safety brief at the start of the day, supervision and tuition while in the water. Flotation devices are provided for snorkeling from the platform of Aquarius. Relax on the spacious upper deck between guided snorkeling tours and devour the delicious buffet lunch as well as freshly made cakes for morning and afternoon tea.

 

Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Tour and Cruise from Port Douglas

Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Tour and Cruise from Port Douglas

More InfoExplore 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!

 

Mossman Gorge Dreamtime Walk and Low Isles Snorkeling and Sailing Cruise

Mossman Gorge Dreamtime Walk and Low Isles Snorkeling and Sailing Cruise

More InfoExperience 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.

 

Afternoon Low Isles Snorkeling and Sailing Cruise from Port Douglas

Afternoon Low Isles Snorkeling and Sailing Cruise from Port Douglas

More InfoSail 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.

 

Great Barrier Reef Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise from Port Douglas

Great Barrier Reef Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise from Port Douglas

More InfoSet 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

 

Sunset Sailing Cruise from Port Douglas

Sunset Sailing Cruise from Port Douglas

More InfoExperience 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 more cruises and water tour options, check out the Port Douglas Boat Cruises category of our free business directory.