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Start your day’s adventure in the Great Barrier Reef's Low Isles with convenient hotel pickup in Port Douglas, and then transfer to the marina where you’ll board a luxury catamaran. With an early morning departure, you’ll arrive in the Low Isles before many of the crowds show up.

Spend the next four and a half hours at your leisure—go snorkeling using the provided gear, simply lounge on the beach or boat, stroll down to the 19th-century lighthouse, or opt for a snorkeling or glass-bottom boat tour. The fact that a marine biologist guide leads these two tours means you'll get in-depth information about the reef and its colorful inhabitants, and there is plenty of time to ask questions.

Midday, refuel with a seafood-focused lunch on board the boat.

Return to Port Douglas and enjoy convenient drop-off back at your hotel.

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Explore the Great Barrier Reef’s Low Isles for a full day on a catamaran cruise from Port Douglas. With a marine biologist as your guide, you’ll have informative commentary to accompany your beach lounging, snorkeling, or glass-bottom boat tour. Enjoy the ability to travel light, as cruises include lunch and snorkeling equipment.

  • Sail out to the Great Barrier Reef in the early morning before the crowds
  • Leisure time to snorkel, lounge, or stroll lets you spend your time wisely
  • Marine biologist leads informative snorkel and glass-bottom boat tours
  • Travel light—cruises include a seafood buffet lunch and snorkel equipment
  • Port Douglas hotel pickup and drop-off make this tour convenient
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Wonderful day trip!

My family spent a wonderful day today on board the Sailaway catamaran. The 3-person, all-female crew did a terrific job sailing the boat and the small water taxi, serving delicious snacks and lunch, outfitting us with snorkels, masks and wetsuits, and teaching us about the...More

Thank Margaret H
Reviewed 4 days ago
Very good and excellent food with good care of all the people whose expertise in snockelling was carefully catered for

All, whatever age had a great time and saw many wonders of the reef in a good way..Great food variety to cater for all tastes

Thank Harry V
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Great sail to Low Isles

This was a good small group experience. We had 17 people when typically the tour is around 33. We sailed to the Low Isles (not outer barrier). Had sufficient time to snorkel before and after lunch. The description said we would have a guided tour...More

1  Thank Kathy J
Reviewed 1 week ago
Small group, terrific experience

It was such a beautiful day. Glorious weather, friendly hosts, delicious lunch, informative guided snorkel and island tour, just a delightful way to taste the inner reefs. We even saw reef sharks! Highly recommended.

Thank Kate M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Beautiful way to experience the reef

Crew were all great, lunch was delicious and we saw so much, including reef-tipped shark, a sea turtle, giant clams and multitudes of amazing fish--parrot fish, angel fish, tangs, etc. A sailboat is a lovely and environmentally friendly option. There was still some amazing coral...More

Thank Jeanne M
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3 August 2018|
Response from AV0767 | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I am not a Sailaway employee so unfortunately can’t answer your question. We had to be at the dock by 8.00am, for an 8.30am departure. I suggest you contact the very helpful Sailaway staff on 61-7-4099-4200.
Jane P
9 April 2018|
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Response from Julie C | Reviewed this property |
Not sure you would have to contact the cruise line and see what their policy is. The boat is very well equipped with a lovely sitting area at the stern of the boat and a dining area inside so they would be protected areas to... More
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