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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 72 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 $195.89
Outer Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise from Port Douglas, Port Douglas, Sailing Trips
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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 $201.43
Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Tour and Cruise from Port Douglas, Port Douglas, Snorkeling
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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 $432.43
Calypso Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Port Douglas, Port Douglas, Helicopter Tours
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Calypso Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Port Douglas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 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 $177.41
Wavedancer Low Isles Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise from Port Douglas, Port Douglas, Snorkeling
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Wavedancer Low Isles Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise from Port Douglas

4.5 star rating: Recommended 57 Reviews

Low Isles is an idyllic, unspoilt coral cay island just one hour's sailing from Port Douglas aboard the 30 metre sailing catamaran, Wavedancer. With ...  Read more

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

From USD $162.99
Afternoon Low Isles Snorkeling and Sailing Cruise from Port Douglas, Port Douglas, Snorkeling
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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 $188.50
Sunset Sailing Cruise from Port Douglas, Port Douglas, Sailing Trips
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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 $48.05
Poseidon Outer Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Port Douglas, Port Douglas, ... 
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Poseidon Outer Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Port Douglas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 19 Reviews

Based in Port Douglas, Poseidon is a modern 24metre (79ft) dive and snorkel catamaran designed for personalised Great Barrier Reef dive and snorkel adventures. ...  Read more

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

From USD $182.21
AquaQuest Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Port Douglas, Port Douglas, Day ... 
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AquaQuest Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Port Douglas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

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 $177.41
Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns, Cairns & the Tropical North, Snorkeling
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Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns

4.5 star rating: Recommended 37 Reviews

Seeking a white water rafting adventure? The Barron River, 20-minutes north of Cairns, offers spectacular scenery as you paddle through the Barron Gorge ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Northern Beaches, Australia
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $107.18

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