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Ride to the Low Isles on this Great Barrier Reef sailing and snorkeling cruise from Port Douglas. You'll enjoy a full day relaxing on white-sand beaches, snorkeling and sailing the reef in a glass-bottom boat. With an expert marine biologist as your guide, explore pristine tropical waters filled with marine life. You're served a buffet lunch by an attentive crew aboard a luxury catamaran, limited to 33 passengers.


  • Intimate Great Barrier Reef snorkeling cruise from Port Douglas to the Low Isles
  • Enjoy 4.5 hours to snorkel and relax on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Cruise aboard a luxury catamaran
  • Dine on a buffet lunch, morning and afternoon tea
  • Take a glass-bottom boat tour with a marine biologist
  • Snorkeling equipment and instruction included
  • Numbers limited to 33 passengers

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What You Can Expect

Great Barrier Reef Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise from Port Douglas

Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise

Your Port Douglas sightseeing cruise to the Great Barrier Reef begins with hotel pickup. You'll board a luxury catamaran to the Low Isles in the quieter morning hours, before most visitors arrive. Enjoy professional service by the attentive crew on the smaller 33-passenger vessel.
On arrival, you'll have 4.5 hours to spend at your leisure; slip on the provided snorkel gear and explore the undersea coral gardens of a sheltered lagoon just offshore, stroll to the historic 19th-century lighthouse, or simply relax under the shade of tropical palm trees on the white-sand beach. If you'd prefer a snorkeling tour led by a marine biologist, explore the magical underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef with your guide.
There’s more eco-education aboard a glass-bottom boat tour, with expert commentary and stunning views of iridescent fish and fluorescent coral.
After a seafood buffet lunch on board the catamaran, soak up the sun on the deck or return to the water for a final snorkel before cruising back to Port Douglas in the afternoon.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great time! Instructors were very knowledgeable and kind. Lunch had a variety of different foods for everyone. Loved the wine on the sail back to the marina too.

Gary N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This was certainly a highlight for our Australia trip. Charlotte even got my wife snorkelling which was like a miracle. Everything was great, the boat so clean, lunch was great, equipment was first class, This day on a luxury Catamaran combined with the professionalism of the Crew is a great value for the money.

Maryanne C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Highly recommend this tour. The people were so knowledgable and friendly. I would definitely go with them again!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Wonderful experience! I noticed when we boarded in the morning how full all of the other boats were while our catamaran only had 20 and felt like even less.

The crew--Tara, Ago and Alex were awesome and made us feel safe and right at home.

We went out to the Low Isles where we disembarked the catamaran, got on a glass bottom boat that took us to the shore. Saw some amazing coral and giant clams right off the bat! They took out two groups for an initial snorkel beginner and advanced for about 30 mins. Then we had about an hour to explore on our own or go on a nature walk on the island.

Supposedly you're likely to see turtles here but for us it was Low tide so we didn't see any. We did see some Reef shark, beautiful fish and coral, of course :

Next you have lunch on the boat and WOW I was impressed. I thought we would get gross, cold sandwiches but we had a beautiful spread of prawns, salads, noodles, meats, bread, sauces, and even dessert. So delicious and so fresh!

Afterwards we could go and explore the Reef on our own near the boat.

January is rainy season so the jellies are out. They provide stinger suits so there's no worries on getting stung.

The crew pulled out the sails and we sailed back for a bit and enjoyed some drinks for purchase.

Really great experience. Definitely recommend Sailaway!

If you're wondering how this might be different to the Outer Reef, we did the Outer Reef the day after. We only stopped at one on a 1/2 day tour but Tongue Reef was so grand! Tons of coral and seemed to go on forever. However, the coral was dead in some places whereas Low Isles it was alive and well even though there isn't as much. Outer Reef is just the middle of the ocean, no island to chill out on. Also, more likely to see turtles at the Low Isles. Both are great just different experiences.

Leonidas United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Fantastic! Highly recommended!

Ainayi A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was an awesome experience. The crew was exceptional and knowledgeable. We saw turtles, sharks, all kinds of fish and corals.

Allen G United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Fantastic day. This company provided a first class experience from the caring nature of the guides to the commentary on the reef to the first class buffet luncheon.

Gustavo W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Inspirational, excellent and well organised! Had a great time at the reef. Saw a shark and turtle. Tara and Alex have been excellent!

Shirley D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Recommend to anyone that wants to see the reef and have a wonderful experience on the water!!!!!!!!!!

Scotty Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great day out. It makes you appreciate what Far North Qld's have in our backyard. Great tour for kids too!

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