Great Barrier Reef Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise from Port Douglas - Reviews

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Jayne F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2018

Couldnt have asked for anything better. Great day!

Gillian C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

Excellent but know that it is the inner reef. Saw and swam alongside a turtle which was my highlight. The food provided during the day was amazing and plentiful.

vicki_macas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

We had a great time, the crew was amazing. The food was outstanding. A bit disappointed with the snorkel area. I've done a tour before with another company and saw more vibrant fish and turtles, baby sharks. Overall it was great.

Deborah C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

We had a great time on this tour, all the tour's we did where as small as possible. The mates where very good and fun! Very organized and went over the safety procedures with us.
Enjoyed the snorkeling although the water was not to clear this particular day. Overall, a lot of fun! Good fins and snorkel's, nice skin's to wear. Good Day!
Debbi

Glenn T K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

It was very professional and enjoyable. Every detail was well managed and taken care of from safety to enjoyment.

Geoff H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

This tour was one of the best we have been on.
The crew were very helpful and knowledgable and the catamaran we sailed on was only 3 years old and in superb condition, with a capacity of only about 30 guests which is good if you like a more personal trip.
Very often on trips such as this the buffet lunch is a disappointment, this was certainly not the case here, with a good selection of cold meats, salads and fruit. Undoubtedly this was probably the best buffet lunch we have experienced on the many trips we have undertaken around the world.
The Low Isles are a good choice if you want to sail part way to the main barrier reef.
Snorkelling was good with options for experienced snorkelling or inexperienced snorkelling.
A short guided walk explains the history of the island, on which there is a lighthouse on which ospreys are nesting.
All things considered this trip rates as one of the best we have undertaken.

VMUA United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

We booked the Sailing and Snorkelling Tour to Low Isles. This was our first adventure when in Port Douglas and certainly one I would recommend.
The crew were very customer focussed and couldn't have taken better care of everyone. They were very knowledgeable and keen to offer everyone a fantastic experience, even spending one to one time helping those who had never snorkelled before and were a bit apprehensive.
The catering was first class and they didn't skimp. We had a full buffet lunch with a great choice that would suit everyone and tea with a plentiful supply of muffins, cakes and pastries.
I would highly recommend the tour.

VMUA United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

We booked the Sailing and Snorkelling Tour to Low Isles. This was our first adventure when in Port Douglas and certainly one I would recommend.
The crew were very customer focussed and couldn't have taken better care of everyone. They were very knowledgeable and keen to offer everyone a fantastic experience, even spending one to one time helping those who had never snorkelled before and were a bit apprehensive.
The catering was first class and they didn't skimp. We had a full buffet lunch with a great choice that would suit everyone and tea with a plentiful supply of muffins, cakes and pastries.
I would highly recommend the tour.

Kirsty K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

A fantastic day. Beautiful boat, excellent crew and superb snorkelling and delicious food. A winning combination. We wouldn't change a thing.

Kathryn C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

So happy we went with a smaller company! Crew was amazing, boat was beautiful and only about 18 people on charter so didn't have to deal with large crowds other tours herd on their cargo loads. Beautiful lunch on board and again can't rave about crew enough. So nice, had I had more time in Port Douglas, would have booked this for a second day. Sailed home from lower island - amazing trip!!

Jacqueline E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Small group, early in the day, the only way to go. Crew so nice! We had a perfect day to snorkel - no wind, sunny, absolutely perfect weather. Lunch was good too.

Cheryl B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

There are so many travel options to view the Great Barrier Reef, but I was concerned about being with a large group of people. This was the perfect trip. We were picked up, which was lovely, and it only went up from there. The captain was wonderful, and the biologist who lead the snorkeling were knowledgeable. My 25 year-old son had a blast riding on the front of the sail boat on the way home.

oliver b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

Great service and day, picked us up from our accommodation on time, all the people were great especially Gab who took us snorkelling. I am not a good swimmer and she went to great efforts to see I was good and because I was slow also ensured I did not miss anything, thank you so much Gab.
Lunch was very good as well plus being on a boat that only took a small number of people unlike some of the other companies who take large numbers made the day much more enjoyable and personalised.

Joanna P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

This trip was out of this world!!! swam with turtles and the odd shark. It is a small boat with friendly staff. The buffet was to die for. Much easier to snorkel for the first time from a picturesque island. This was in the morning and in the afternoon we went in from the boat. Takes about an hour to get out to the island and back , so plenty of time to relax and enjoy a cold beer and good company. We had travelled across Asia , Australia and ,New Zealand and can honestly say that this trip will stand out in our memories.

Sherbetmedia United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

We absolutely loved this full day tour. We were worried about the big boats and all the crowding for seats, food etc so went with this smaller tour. I'm glad we did. We only had 11 people on board and had the most amazing day. I was 28 weeks pregnant and they catered for me with plenty of lunch options and ensuring I was comfortable on the board, on the island and in the sea.

The pair that looked after us were lovely and I loved joining the snorkel tour around the island. We got to see a turtle and swam with a harmless shark as well. Although you do not travel to the outer reef we saw a wide variety of fish and coral.

herley.alissa

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!

tanyaewilliams

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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