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  • Port Douglas: River Drift Snorkelling Tour in the Daintree

    1. Port Douglas: River Drift Snorkelling Tour in the Daintree

    If you love nature and the water, then this is the perfect tour for you! Enjoy a complimentary pick-up from your Port Douglas or Mossman accommodation. A short drive north through historic sugar cane fields will see you arrive at the Daintree Rainforest's Mossman River; where your river trained guide will help you get fitted out with a wetsuit, boots and a snorkel mask. Step into the cool, crystal clear water and drift with the current as you explore life under the water’s surface. Watch fish dart in and around the river stones and keep your eyes out for the occasional turtle. Try to spot the elusive platypus that calls this river home- it is a rare sight! More than 30 species of fish live in this river, so you are sure to spot more than a few lizards, butterflies and rainforest birds are also frequently spotted on this river adventure. This amazing eco-immersion adventure can be fast ...

    Fabulous morning on the river-we got to do the long run due to the recent rain, so the trip was amazing. Lots of time to float/snorkel as well as go over some not-too-big rapids. Definitely a must & morning is best apparently

  • Daintree & Cape Tribulation Small Group 4WD Tour

    2. Daintree & Cape Tribulation Small Group 4WD Tour

    Explore Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation on a small group tour. Ride a 4WD vehicle as you spot wildlife, catch incredible views, and try regional food along the way.

    After being picked up in a 4WD around 7:00 AM, make your way north along the Captain Cook Highway. Stop first at the Daintree Cruise Centre for a cup of coffee and biscuits before setting out to explore the Daintree River on a 1-hour guided cruise.

    During your cruise, you may spot estuarine crocodiles, from youngsters to massive 4-meter adults. Learn about the birds and wildlife that make this area their home. Then, make your way to the Alexandra Range Lookout, located in the heart of the rainforest, to enjoy spectacular views of the rainforest, the ocean, its surrounding reefs, and the majestic Daintree River. At the Jindalba boardwalk, you'll go on an informative 45-minute guided ...

    It was informative. Guide Matthew was awesome. Huge knowledge. Kept the group on the move. Loved the cruise. Lunch was good. Swim was GREAT once I convinced myself to go under the water.lol. I loved learning about the whole area. Thank you.

  • From Port Douglas: Outer Reef Cruise by Luxury Catamaran

    3. From Port Douglas: Outer Reef Cruise by Luxury Catamaran

    Feel the wind in your hair as you sail along the coastline with views of the Daintree mountains. Soak up the sun, swim, and snorkel at coral reef sites. Feast on a tropical lunch on board. Check-in at the Sailaway office at 7:30 AM and board the luxury sailing catamaran. Enjoy tea, coffee, Danish pastries, and fresh fruit on arrival and set sail at 8 AM. Find a spot on the deck to enjoy the 2-hour journey to the Mackay Cay Outer Great Barrier Reef and enjoy a reef interpretation talk from the crew. Arrive at a protected mooring at Mackay or Undine Cay for your first reef site of the day. Snorkel over the pristine coral reef at your own leisure or enjoy a guided tour with a qualified marine biologist. These premium reef sites showcase abundant marine life, including turtles, giant clam gardens, beautiful corals, and a wide variety of fish. Transfer to the coral cay to explore and enjoy...

    Very friendly grew - small group of passengers allowed for a very comfortable full day cruising to the outer reef. Great food supplied for the full day - snorkeling was amazing - lots of colourful coral, beautiful fish, saw a giant clam. Coral Cay was amazing, would definitely do this trip again if given the chance.

  • Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, & Mossman Gorge Tour

    4. Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, & Mossman Gorge Tour

    Following hotel pickup, the first stop will be at the renowned Mossman Gorge, where an introduction to this unique World Heritage Site awaits you. Embark on a guided walk, stopping for photos along the way, and then hop aboard for a river cruise on the Daintree River, home to a diverse ecosystem and the elusive estuarine crocodile. Observe stunning native and migratory bird life, butterflies, and breathtaking scenery. Crossing the Daintree River, journey to Alexandra Lookout to enjoy sweeping views extending from the Daintree River Estuary to the Coral Sea. Stop then for morning tea under the canopy of this prehistoric rainforest, consisting of muffin biscuits, plunged coffee, Daintree Tea, and water.  Continue on to Cape Tribulation, with a stop at Kulki Lookout for unparalleled views of the rainforest and beach, the only place in the world where two UNESCO-listed areas meet. The next...

    Well worth it. This is a fantastic day trip in a nice small group. Our guide Jans was extremely knowledgeable and the whole experience was well organised. You can tick off so many sites in this region in a single day and it doesn’t even feel rushed. 100% recommend.

  • Cape Tribulation Ocean Safari Tour

    5. Cape Tribulation Ocean Safari Tour

    An exhilarating ride to snorkel the pristine untouched Great Barrier Reef off the Daintree Coast at Cape Tribulation. This half-day eco-tour visits two different snorkel destinations, each with an extraordinary array of marine life and coral species. The tour begins at Cape Tribulation beach where guests board the vessel bound for the tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef. The Ocean Safari vessel takes a maximum of 25 passengers allowing guests to experience tropical paradise and the pleasure of a small group. After a fast 25-minute ride, guests are ready to snorkel two fabulous locations at Mackay and Undine Reefs. On most days, the rainforest can be seen along the mainland beach whilst snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef alongside sea turtles, which are found in abundance swimming over reefs full of colourful coral, along with myriads of tropical fish, eagle rays, giant clams, and ...

    Scott and Bray were awesome taking us out to the reef. We had a fabulous afternoon. Quick fun trip out on the boat and the fish were amazing. The coral in this area was much more colourful than that we had seen on the reef off cairns or Port Douglas. Thanks for an awesome, informative trip!

  • Port Douglas: Morning Express Cruise to the Reef

    6. Port Douglas: Morning Express Cruise to the Reef

    Join a snorkeling experience in the water around a beautiful, secluded island. Enjoy some time aboard a comfortable and spacious vessel as you travel to the Low Isles with only 23 guests. Relax with plenty of space onboard during the journey and enjoy a light refreshment as you spot the Low Isles in the distance. Explore a picturesque coral bay, snorkel in the calm lagoon or view the reef from the glass bottom boat. The crew will provide tours for guests to learn and appreciate the incredible Great Barrier Reef. Access to the reef is very easy, either from the back of the vessel or from the beach as the reef hugs close to the island. Explore the coral reef and its inhabitants without the crowds. Walk through the sandy paths and through the vegetation. See first hand the historical lighthouse, the lighthouse keeper's home and the Weather Station where local weather data is collected.

    Friendly helpful guides, great snorkeling place. Extra bonus swimming with turtles!

  • Port Douglas: Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge Tour

    7. Port Douglas: Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge Tour

    Experienced guides will take you to the best rainforest in the Daintree National Park. Travel in a modern, comfortable, and spacious vehicle that offers great visibility from every one of the 11 seats. The drive to Daintree Rainforest has picnic areas, emerald forests, and views of golden sands and blue waters.  Discover the rich diversity of the Daintree Rainforest through various national park walks. The Daintree Rainforest contains 30% of the frog, marsupial, and reptile species in Australia. The tour's mission is to showcase some of the highlights of this incredible natural wonder, with visits to Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge, and a river cruise exploring the waterways rich in flora and fauna. Enjoy interpretive rainforest walks, secluded lunch site, and exclusive estuarine crocodile and wildlife spotting on Cooper Creek. The Daintree Rainforest section of the Daintree National...

    The tour and scenery are fantastic and to top it off, our tour guide Ben was the icing on the cake! thank you team.❤

  • From Cairns: Daintree National Park Day Trip and Night Tour

    8. From Cairns: Daintree National Park Day Trip and Night Tour

    Begin your foray into northern Australia's tropical rainforest climate with a pickup from your accommodation in Cairns in the mid afternoon. Drive along the Great Barrier Reef Drive, the region’s most scenic coastal highway, and observe the changes in habitat diversity as you venture north to Daintree National Park. Go for a guided cruise down the beautiful Daintree River and keep your eyes peeled for crocodiles and other native wildlife. Enjoy a quiet and fume-free experience on a solar-powered electric boat with zero environmental impact. Hop off at Cape Tribulation, a UNESCO World Heritage area with pristine beaches, rainforest, cool streams, towering mountains, and freshwater valleys. Spend an hour exploring this tropical paradise before heading to dinner at Whet Restaurant nestled in the dense jungle. Then finish with a not-to-be-missed night tour through the rainforest. Get the o...

  • From Cairns: Daintree National Park Private Tour

    9. From Cairns: Daintree National Park Private Tour

    Start with pickup from your accomodation in Carins at 7:30 AM. Begin a journey heading North along the Great Barrier Reef Drive with beautiful coastal views of the Coral Sea. Upon arrival at the park embark on a Daintree River wildlife cruise. This 2-hour cruise is full of opportunities to observe and photograph some of the most primitive forms of animal and plant life in the world. After the cruise, enjoy lunch at the Daintree Tea House. Lunch has an exotic theme with the outside dining area secluded in the rainforest with beautiful views of tropical rainforest and continuous sounds of birds and nature.  After lunch travel to Mossman Gorge. Go on an ancient journey to witness the evolutionary complexities of the rainforest. The gorge has multiple trails for you to explore with your guide. Enjoy up to 4.5 kilometers of quiet walking tracks within the World Heritage Area, and take some ...

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What people are saying about Port Douglas

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 88 reviews

Very friendly grew - small group of passengers allowed for a very comfortable full day cruising to the outer reef. Great food supplied for the full day - snorkeling was amazing - lots of colourful coral, beautiful fish, saw a giant clam. Coral Cay was amazing, would definitely do this trip again if given the chance.

Enjoyed every minute of this tour. Excellent guide. Yolland( not sure of spelling) was so informative. Very passionate about the Daintree. I learnt so much. We saw and did so much in one day . Would love to come back and see more, next time I visit. Definitely worth going on this tour.

Well worth it. This is a fantastic day trip in a nice small group. Our guide Jans was extremely knowledgeable and the whole experience was well organised. You can tick off so many sites in this region in a single day and it doesn’t even feel rushed. 100% recommend.

A fantastic day out! Breathtakingly beautiful scenery everywhere and knowledgeable tour guide (ask for Gavin). Recommend taking some extra snacks/water for the day.

Friendly helpful guides, great snorkeling place. Extra bonus swimming with turtles!