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Outer Barrier Reef Sailing and Snorkeling Adventure from Port Douglas provided by Sailaway

Outer Barrier Reef Sailing and Snorkeling Adventure from Port Douglas

Outer Barrier Reef Sailing and Snorkeling Adventure from Port Douglas
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Set sail from Port Douglas for a day of snorkeling and adventure on the Outer Barrier Reef.Immersed in the northern frontier of Great Barrier Reef, this is the perfect sailing and snorkelling adventure for a conservation minded visitor. Ideally suited to those who can swim and have a spirit of fun and adventure.  The white sands of the coral cays are surrounded by tropical waters filled with fish, turtles and coral. This smaller cruise is limited to just 45 passengers, ensuring good company and helpful assistance from the crew. A buffet lunch is included, along with a reef interpretation talk, a guided snorkel tour and a glass-bottom boat with an expert marine biologist as your guide.Discerning guests can fully enjoy an inspiring full day of adventure using wind power to the absolutely stunning sand cays on the Great Barrier Reef in the most environmentally way!
Know before you go
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5654P7
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Great Barrier Reef sailing cruise
  • Morning and afternoon tea, pastries and muffins
  • Buffet lunch
  • Use of snorkel equipment and instruction
  • Guided snorkel tour with marine biologist
  • Glass-bottom boat tour
  • Time to explore the pristine coral cays
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (Port Douglas only)
  • Coffee and/or Tea
Exclusions
  • Drinks (available for purchase on board)
  • Environmental Management Charge AU$7.00 per person payable on check-in (valid from 1 July 2022)
Duration
9h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Please contact Sailaway directly to confirm your pickup time
  • Sailaway Reef & Island Tours, Shop 18/44 Wharf St, Port Douglas QLD 4877, Australia Please check in at 7.30am inside the Sailaway office located inside the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina next to the spiral staircase
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Please bring towel, swimsuit, sunscreen and hat
  • Underwater Camera's available for hire $55 for the day
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travellers
Inclusions
  • Great Barrier Reef sailing cruise
  • Morning and afternoon tea, pastries and muffins
  • Buffet lunch
  • Use of snorkel equipment and instruction
  • Guided snorkel tour with marine biologist
  • Glass-bottom boat tour
  • Time to explore the pristine coral cays
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (Port Douglas only)
  • Coffee and/or Tea
Exclusions
  • Drinks (available for purchase on board)
  • Environmental Management Charge AU$7.00 per person payable on check-in (valid from 1 July 2022)
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Please contact Sailaway directly to confirm your pickup time
  • Sailaway Reef & Island Tours, Shop 18/44 Wharf St, Port Douglas QLD 4877, Australia Please check in at 7.30am inside the Sailaway office located inside the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina next to the spiral staircase
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
9h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Please bring towel, swimsuit, sunscreen and hat
  • Underwater Camera's available for hire $55 for the day
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 1 Jul 2020
A note from Outer Barrier Reef Sailing and Snorkeling Adventure from Port Douglas
The health and safety of our customers and employees is and always has been our highest priority. Our new operating procedures bring together a number of new and existing wellbeing measures to give you peace of mind when you travel with Sailaway.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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5.0
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Joanne J
Bonogin, Australia180 contributions
Once in a lifetime experience
Wow what an amazing experience, comfortable catamaran to cruise out to the outer reef on, Maddi and Zac were fabulous, both Marine biologists who were happy to share their knowledge and answer any questions. Great presentation on the coral and marine life Maddi. Experiencing the reef was a once in a lifetime experience, words can not describe the wonder of seeing the coral and sea life, the colours were so vibrant and gorgeous. We went to a sand island, had lunch on board and then another snorkel before heading back. A nice glass of bubbles completed a perfect day. Highly recommend this day cruise to the outer reef
Written 20 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

ATravellingSquirrel
88 contributions
Sailaway saves the day!
We took the Sailaway Mackay Cay Snorkelling Tour. We had perfect weather on the day out. The crew onboard were professional and friendly. Special mention for Maddie, Moby and James.

Moby provided us with very personalised service and made a non-confident swimmer very comfortable snorkelling around the sea. She even gave us a personalised coral reef tour! All the crew onboard were very helpful and placed the safety of all guests a priority while we were snorkelling at the reef.

The tour included some time at the Mackay Sand Cay. We really enjoyed our brief time at Mackay Sand Cay via the glass bottom boat. James was very patient with helping guests to photographically capture the special moment.

Maddie even helped us organise a loan optical mask (for the rest of our Port Douglas trip) as mine was smashed by the hotel housekeeping staff.

The marine life around Mackay Cay was splendid and the clam garden was magnificent! It was an experience not to be missed.

Sailaway provided high quality snorkelling equipment and gear. The yacht was comfortable and gentle.

Service: Excellent
Cabin Ambience: Good
Food: Average
Value: Very Good (this tour was on promotion at our time of booking and included a sunset sailing cruise - please see separate review)
Overall Experience: Very Good

Overall, we would highly recommend Sailaway Mackay Cay Snorkelling Tour.
Written 16 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sandi
3 contributions
A highlight of any trip to Far North Queensland
If you’d love to be a mermaid for a day - exploring the beautiful Great Barrier Reef - and enjoy sailing with good food on a top class boat, well this is it. It’s the real deal. From the moment you board to when you embark, staff and crew have you covered with everything you could want. All are well trained and experienced marine biologists who provide wonderful, easy to understand and interesting details about the reef but are also relaxed and fun. The reef, itself, is the main stage. Beautiful colours and an enormous variety of coral and fish, large turtles and clams to see and if you’re lucky, a few rarer fish might be spotted. Morning and afternoon tea with fruit and pastries and an excellent lunch selection (catering for dietary needs if advised in advance) are all provided. An absolute highlight of your trip - including your chance to be queen (or king) of the sea for a day!
Written 6 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Odeafamily1
Odeafamily161 contributions
BRILLIANT BRILLIANT BRILLIANT
Sep 2021 • Family
What an amazing experience!!
If you are sitting at home reading reviews and trying to decide which reef tour is for you, let me make your job a little bit easier...
THE TRIP TO THE REEF:So firstly the catamaran, perfect size for our group of roughly 40 Guests, spacious, never felt crowded.
For my family l wanted a touch of luxury and comfort and this vessel delivered.
It’s 2 hours to the reef and being able to stretch out on the sun drenched deck was superb!
You could take a table in the cabin if you prefer shade, there are even areas like beds where the younger kids on the cat could relax and pass the time.
There were two very clean toilets on the upper deck also, no queues, well attended.
Cold water supplied as well as ginger tablets, plus a selection of cold drinks for $3.
THE FOOD: The food just kept coming in this trip and it was really great quality too!
Breakfast on boarding was great, the pastries were delicious as was the fresh fruit. Coffee and tea too.
Lunch was prepped whilst everyone was on the first reef, and it was so nice to return to cold meats, lovely salads, fresh prawns, fruit, breads and more. There was a lot of food and perfectly timed.
Then later afternoon tea with cake, then cheese and crackers on the return with beers and wine ( sold separately).
My kids can be a bit fussy with food but SAILAWAY nailed it with their buffet.
THE REEF; So it looks like most boats arrive at Mackay Reef, but when we arrived it was pretty quiet. SAILAWAY are leaving a little earlier than most.
The water was blue, the reef was colourful, so much to see. The staff made sure everyone was safe, helped into the water, that they were fitted correctly with the right equipment.
Never seen so many fish, there were 2 turtles too.
Everyone felt safe and secure with staff in the water and on board keeping a very watchful eye.
THE STAFF; It was clear from the moment we were greeted by CES the captain, we were in the best of hands. What an amazing group of individuals they have working for SAILAWAY.
They have so much enthusiasm and we’re so upbeat the whole time. Professional, attentive, caring. They clearly all enjoy their jobs and personally made the journey a 5 ⭐️ experience.
Nothing was too much trouble.
( went 30 Sept).
Written 30 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

caroline
Adelaide, Australia1 contribution
Amazing experience
This was the highlight of our trip. The staff (Zac, chad, Maddi and the boat driver) were amazing. Their knowledge and energy really made this tour above and beyond what was expected. The snorkelling was incredible and I highly recommend this company to all.
Written 30 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

CLCSJC
3 contributions
Great family experience.
Sep 2021 • Couples
This reef tour was a first time for most in the group. It is a great experience very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and helpful staff. Reef is very vibrant and full of life and staff happy to help point out various local animals. Catering was nice didn’t go hungry and sea sickness meds available if required. Nice small groups compared to the bigger operators. (Gives you a feeling of being less likely to be left behind😀). Had an awesome day will use again if visiting north again. Also offer a full refund if you give 24 hrs notice.
Written 29 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

cburt2019
1 contribution
A perfect outer reef experience
Sep 2021
We thoroughly enjoyed our Outer Barrier Reef Sailing and Snorkelling Adventure and highly recommend it. You can snorkel as little or as much as you wish. The equipment supplied was excellent included prescription goggles. Plenty of quality food was provided throughout the day. A fabulous day out!
Written 27 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

billie26
5 contributions
Very informative
Dec 2020
I along with my mum, brother and three children aged 8, 6, 2 all booked a sailing and snorkelling tour of the outer reef. We booked a full-day tour that also included a glass-bottom boat trip to a small sandy key. This trip was fantastic we had so much time to snorkel and explore the water we saw huge sea turtles, sharks and an array of tropical fish. we were shown a video before had full of dos and don't while in the reef. All of the staff and instructors were very helpful and patient.
The food on the boat was fantastic and there was plenty. The staff were so patient with my children even pointing out blue starfish to interest the children.
This trip was more expensive than some we had looked at but I truly believe it was worth it
Written 11 August 2021
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Terry C
Ballarat, Australia32 contributions
An excellent tour operator in Port Douglas.
This was an excellent choice and we had a fabulous day on the outer reef snorkelling in and around the magnificent barrier reef. The boat and the crew were excellent and could not do enough for us. The snorkelling gear they supplied was new and in great condition. The wet suit and all the gear was sanitised properly and the morning tea and lunch was top class. Based on this experience we booked another 2 tours ( twilight cruise and Low Island snorkelling) and the service was excellent each time. Had the opportunity to compare this tour with another by a different operator and based on this we would select Sailaway in Port Douglas every time.
Book with confidence as you will not be disappointed.
Written 8 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ashes-OZ
Brisbane, Australia156 contributions
If you only do one on/underwater excursion - make this the one
Absolutely superb day relaxing and great snorkeling.
We dived Agincourt reef a previous day with another company but this snorkel trip to Mackay Coral Cay was much better for marine life, colourful coral and was more relaxing (not rushed).
Very relaxing day, knowledgeable, qualified and friendly crew. Good guided snorkeling and nice lunch, snacks etc. Glass bottom boat to Undine sand island included.
Snorkeling 2x 1 hour sessions we saw a huge colony of anenomie fish, turtles, rays, lion fish, huge schools of parrot fish and so much more.
If you only do one underwater excursion - make this the one.
Written 30 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Beautiful sail
Lovely evening. Beautifully maintained boat, friendly attentive crew. When we made it back to the marina, we would
lyarrd
lyarrd
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Majestic
What a great sunset cruise. The welcome drink & canapes are very good. All the crew are fantastic with their assist
Luna1951
Luna1951
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Bare feet on the boat
We went on the Sunset Sail as I'm not keen on being on water so one and a half hours seemed long enough. Shoes rem
Josie K
Josie K
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A must do!
The crew and the trip was amazing. We had the best day. Very knowledgeable in all aspects of the trip.
O295LCalis
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Great experience
Very calm relaxing sunset experience. Lovely canapés and crew were very friendly. Easy online booking, great follow
Noreen L
Noreen L
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Small group Sailing experience
So many turtles !!! Excellent visibility and fantastic snorkelling experience, many different corals, fish, clams
jeroend_11
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Wonderful day
One of the best outings my wife and I have ever done ( and we’ve done a lot ) The staff were amazing , Sophie neve
lisa v
lisa v
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Amazing cruise
The most relaxing and beautiful cruise to experience, Joel, Kelly and Zac what a asset you all are to SailAway. T
339janm
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Magical Day
Sailaway certainly deliver a perfectly magical experience. This was our second cruise with this company. Last year
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Sail away crew are first class
Enjoyed an amazing day on the calmest waters with the sail away crew on a catamaran. Everyone on staff was first c
Naz53
Naz53
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Impeccable day at Mackay Reef
We headed out with Sailaway to Mackay Reef. It was a perfect day, although no wind to sail that did not dampen the
SouthernAus
SouthernAus
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Relaxing sunset sail
Very relaxing and very well staffed. It was a shame there was little wind but it was nice. We were even treated to
14kyliec
14kyliec
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Great day out
This is an amazing experience, staff are extremely knowledgeable and helpful, drinks a d canapés on the way home wi
iloveqldholidays74
iloveqldholidays74
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Amazing family experience on the reef
Our family of four went on two trips with Sailaway, first to the Low Isles which included the sunset sail. The seco
Julie M
Julie M
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Ultimate relaxation.
Fantastic afternoon, amazingly professional crew. Recommend this to anyone wanting a relaxing evening on the water.
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