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From Port Douglas: Outer Reef Cruise by Luxury Catamaran

4.9 / 5

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Activity provider: Sailaway Port Douglas

From Port Douglas: Outer Reef Cruise by Luxury Catamaran

Activity provider: Sailaway Port Douglas
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From US$ 198.39 per person

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Experience a full-day sailing and snorkeling adventure. Venture to the pristine Outer Great Barrier Reef’s Mackay and Undine coral cays on a luxury catamaran with a maximum of 45 guests. This tour is perfect for visitors concerned with conservation.

About this activity

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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
From your accommodation in Port Douglas.


  • Snorkel on the coral reef with a qualified marine biologist
  • Sail on a custom-built, luxury sailing catamaran
  • Witness diverse marine life on the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Enjoy plentiful refreshments, a tropical buffet lunch, and morning and afternoon tea
  • Experience the reef in an environmentally friendly way by sailing
Full description

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 to see abundant marine life, including turtles, giant clam gardens, and a variety of fish.

Board your luxury sailing catamaran and enjoy tea, coffee, Danish pastries, and fresh fruit on arrival. 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.

Transfer to the coral cay to explore and enjoy the views. Swim in clear turquoise waters. A tropical buffet lunch will be served on board the boat. Dine on cold meats, prawns, falafel, potato salad, mixed leaf salad, bread, and more.

After lunch, continue to the second reef site. Explore the underwater world on a glass-bottom boat tour and enjoy free time for snorkeling. For afternoon tea, the crew will serve a honey nougat slice and a fresh fruit platter.

Set sail for Port Douglas and enjoy the return journey with some cheese and crackers. 

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Full-day catamaran cruise
  • Guided snorkel tour by marine biologist
  • Use of snorkeling equipment
  • Glass bottom boat tour
  • Expert guidance from helpful, friendly crew
  • Tropical buffet lunch
  • Morning tea
  • Afternoon tea
  • Environmental management charge of $7.00 per person, payable at check-in on the day of travel (valid from 1st July 2022)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People prone to seasickness
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • All participants who are over 16 years old must present proof of full vaccination or lawful exemption. All participants under 16 years old must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult from their household

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Important information

What to bring

  • Hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  • This tour is conducted by a certified Advanced Ecotourism operator, climate action leader, and national sustainability award winner
  • The journey to the outer reef is approximately 2 to 2.5 hours
  • Due to the nature of the cruise, the boat may be slightly rocky. Please be wary of this if you experience sea sickness
  • This tour is for snorkelling only (no scuba diving)
  • This tour has exclusive access to the most beautiful coral cays off the Queensland coast
  • The itinerary may vary
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 59 reviews

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This was the best trip I’ve had out to the reef. I was surprised at how beautiful the coral is at Mackay reef, the fish were amazing, beautiful vibrant tropical fish in abundance, clams amazing too. The bonus was seeing 3 turtles. The Cay was pretty special too and the beautiful, calm sunny weather we had made visibility superb! This Catamaran felt much more personalised than the Quicksilver I’ve done before. Would recommend this trip hands down over the bigger Catamaran trips. The crew were great, lots of knowledge on the marine life plus the guided scuba trips were informative and engaging. Zak and his team gave us a day out to remember!

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September 17, 2022

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.

September 17, 2021

Was an amazing experience! The crew were professional and friendly. The food too was incredible along with the guided tours. An unforgettable trip, lucky enough to see sharks, turtles and much more! However, since booking with this website, we never received the shuttle bus pick up confirmation email, so be sure to confirm if being picked up from port Douglas accomodation.

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November 26, 2020

Product ID: 190169