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Water Activities in Port Douglas

By Viator, February 2018

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Think of Port Douglas and what do you imagine? Sand, sunshine, that tropical rainforest and a whole lot of beaches. If you’re visiting tropical north Queensland, as amazing is the rainforest is, sometimes you just can’t go past that beautiful turquoise water. Luckily, you don’t have to!

Port Douglas is home to some of the most beautiful beaches around, not to mention coral cays teeming with life. Begin your exploration of the water by sticking on top of it. Helicopter flights are a great way to take in the amazing views of the region. Though a helicopter ride will keep you firmly above the water, it’s a fantastic way to appreciate the scope of the reef. Don’t stay above the water too long though! Some of the best ways to get out on the water involve equipment that can be hired from any number of places in town. Rent a kayak, take a surfing lesson or try your hand at windsurfing to pump your adrenaline.

Of course, the big draw for water activities in Port Douglas is the Great Barrier Reef!  Cruises to the reef are a dime a dozen, so you’ll have plenty of choice to make sure you’re getting the perfect experience to suit your tastes. Large cruise boats take groups of people out to pontoons on the reef, whilst smaller charters take small or private groups for a more intimate experience.

From on the water to under it, snorkeling is one of the best ways to see the reef. Many tour operators, and even some hotels, rent out snorkeling gear, or you can bring your own, to snorkel right off the beaches. You’ll need a mask, snorkel and fins – and be sure to ask about stinger suits and stinger season. If you’re on a tour however, all of the above will be taken care of for you. There’s less danger of stingers out on the reef, and the coral cays are less disturbed than those near shore. If you have the time (and clearance from your doctor), diving on the Great Barrier Reef is one of the most highly recommended water activities in Port Douglas. Descending into the underwater realm is truly a magical experience.

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Great Barrier Reef Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise from Port Douglas, Port Douglas, null
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Great Barrier Reef Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise from Port Douglas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 71 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Location: Port Douglas, Australia
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $195.01
Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Tour and Cruise from Port Douglas, Port Douglas, Sailing Trips
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Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Tour and Cruise from Port Douglas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 30 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Location: Port Douglas, Australia
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From USD $447.38
Outer Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Port Douglas, Port Douglas, Helicopter ... 
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Outer Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Port Douglas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Location: Port Douglas, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $188.51
Calypso Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Port Douglas, Port Douglas, Snorkeling
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Calypso Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Port Douglas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Explore the very outer Great Barrier Reef in luxury and style with Calypso. The custom designed vessel will take you to Agincourt or Opal Reef, both regarded ...  Read more

Location: Port Douglas, Australia
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $183.54
Outer Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise from Port Douglas, Port Douglas, Snorkeling
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Outer Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise from Port Douglas

4.5 star rating: Recommended 37 Reviews

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, ...  Read more

Location: Port Douglas, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $208.39
Low Isles Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise from Port Douglas, Port Douglas, Snorkeling
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Low Isles Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise from Port Douglas

4.5 star rating: Recommended 56 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Location: Port Douglas, Australia
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $168.63
Sunset Sailing Cruise from Port Douglas, Port Douglas, Snorkeling
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Sunset Sailing Cruise from Port Douglas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 28 Reviews

Experience a peaceful, tranquil sunset during a sailing cruise from Port Douglas. After being welcomed aboard a luxury catamaran with a complimentary drink of ...  Read more

Location: Port Douglas, Australia
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $45.88
Afternoon Low Isles Snorkeling and Sailing Cruise from Port Douglas, Port Douglas, Night Cruises
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Afternoon Low Isles Snorkeling and Sailing Cruise from Port Douglas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Location: Port Douglas, Australia
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $195.01
AquaQuest Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Port Douglas, Port Douglas, Sailing ... 
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AquaQuest Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Port Douglas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef from Port Douglas aboard AquaQuest, the newest luxury dive and snorkel vessel in Port Douglas. Join the friendly and ...  Read more

Location: Port Douglas, Australia
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $183.54
Mossman Gorge Dreamtime Walk and Low Isles Snorkeling and Sailing Cruise, Port Douglas, Snorkeling
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Mossman Gorge Dreamtime Walk and Low Isles Snorkeling and Sailing Cruise

Experience two UNESCO World Heritage–listed natural wonders on a full-day tour that visits the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef. Within Daintree ...  Read more

Location: Port Douglas, Australia
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $280.66

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