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Port Douglas: Quicksilver Outer Barrier Reef Full-Day Cruise

1. Port Douglas: Quicksilver Outer Barrier Reef Full-Day Cruise

Climb aboard a Quicksilver catamaran for a full-day cruise to Australia’s renowned Agincourt Reef, a jewel-like ribbon reef on the edge of the Continental Shelf. Showcasing unsurpassed coral formations, colorful marine life and exceptional underwater visibility, you can snorkel or view the sights from the comfort of a semi-submersible. The Quicksilver's stylish wave-piercing catamaran transports you in air-conditioned comfort. From the spacious activity platform, moored in a protected lagoon, enjoy the widest range of activities for swimmers and non-swimmers alike. A friendly and attentive crew, including professional marine biologists, are on hand to ensure you gain the most from your day. Snorkel among the coral gardens, or stay dry and explore the reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible. Enjoy an informative reef commentary and see the reef from an underwater observatory. Add on exciting optional activities for a complete adventure. Get an introductory dive of the reef, or enjoy certified diving, helmet diving and marine biologist-guided snorkel tours. You can even take a scenic helicopter flight and fly over the reef to see it from another perspective.

Port Douglas: Low Isles Snorkel Tour

2. Port Douglas: Low Isles Snorkel Tour

Join a snorkelling 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. Spend a few hours snorkelling and exploring 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. 

Port Douglas: Outer Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise & Transfer

3. Port Douglas: Outer Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise & Transfer

Experience snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Snorkel at 3 incredible reefs sites and enjoy relaxing breaks in between. Your experience begins with a pickup from your hotel from where you will be transported to the Crystalbrook Marina. Arrive at the marina and be welcomed on board from 8:20 AM. Receive an outline of the day along with a safety briefing conducted by the crew. Depart the marina and venture to the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and at 10:15 AM arrive at the first reef site. Divers will be briefed while traveling to the reef. Once moored, divers are ready to go while all other guests are joined together for a snorkel briefing. See much of the reef’s colors and marine life, visible within just a couple of meters of the water’s surface. Snorkelling offers all swimmers, regardless of their skill level, the opportunity to see this diverse eco-system up close. Morning tea is served before moving to the second reef site. A delicious buffet lunch will be served and you may choose to join the interpretive reef talk and or a guided snorkel tour. Float effortlessly over rich, colorful coral gardens teeming with life from the cute and playful clownfish to the graceful beauty of the green turtle. Giant clams, stingrays, Maori wrasse, codfishes, and colorful parrotfish, are just some of the hundreds of species you may encounter. At 1:40 PM Arrive at the third and last reef site for the day to snorkel, dive, relax, or spend the time as you wish. Afternoon tea is served before commencing the journey back to Port Douglas. Arrive back at the Crystalbrook Marina at 4:15 PM for the transfer back to your accommodation if required.

Cairns: Daintree and Mossman Gorge Tour with Cruise Option

4. Cairns: Daintree and Mossman Gorge Tour with Cruise Option

Embark on a day trip where the rainforest meets the reef. See natural sights including the Great Barrier Reef, experience a wildlife cruise, and participate in a smoke ceremony as you go. Start your adventure with a scenic coastal drive from Cairns to Port Douglas, the far north’s very own great ocean road with panoramic views of the sparkling Coral Sea. The first stop is Mossman Gorge, which is in the southern sector of the world-famous Daintree National Park. The gorge has been carved out by the cold mountain waters of the Mossman River, which winds through large granite boulders, bordered by lush green rainforest. It’s a magical place and you’ll be welcomed by the traditional owners, the Kuku Yalanji people, who will also cleanse you of evil spirits during a smoke ceremony. Also, enjoy a refreshing swim in the cascading waters. After crossing the mighty Daintree River and a lunch break, it’s time to explore the ancient rainforest environment on an interesting guided tour of the Marrdja Botanical Boardwalk. Highly trained guides will give expert rainforest interpretation, which will inform and impress. Be amazed at the huge diversity you will encounter, you will discover everything from low-lying ferns and shrubs, to the massive rainforest canopy and even mangrove ecosystems - all in one short easy walk. You can choose to taste locally made ice cream, at your own cost, and prepare for a photo opportunity at the Alexandra Range Lookout, which provides sweeping views over the Daintree River, its rainforest delta, and out to the Coral Sea. In the afternoon, experience a wildlife cruise on the river (if option selected). During the cruise, you may see a crocodile, while learning about the fragile ecosystem of this impressive serpent-like river system. On the return journey to Cairns, drive through Port Douglas, a picturesque beachside village with a laid-back vibe and loads of bars and cafes.

From Port Douglas: Outer Reef Cruise by Luxury Catamaran

5. 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 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. 

From Port Douglas: Daintree and Mossman Gorge Day Tour

6. From Port Douglas: Daintree and Mossman Gorge Day Tour

Embark on a day trip where the rainforest meets the reef. See natural sights including the Great Barrier Reef, take an optional wildlife cruise, and participate in a smoke ceremony along the way. Discover Daintree River and Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, and Mossman Gorge. Start your adventure with a scenic drive with the first stop at Mossman Gorge, which is in the southern sector of the world-famous Daintree National Park. The gorge has been carved out by the cold mountain waters of the Mossman River, which winds through large granite boulders and is bordered by lush green rainforest. It’s a magical place and you’ll be welcomed by the traditional inhabitants, the Kuku Yalanji people, who will cleanse you of evil spirits during a smoke ceremony. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the cascading waters. After crossing the mighty Daintree River and a break for lunch, it’s time to explore the ancient rainforest environment on an informative guided tour of the Marrdja Botanical Boardwalk. Highly trained guides will give expert rainforest interpretation sure to inform and impress. Be amazed at the huge diversity you will encounter — everything from low-lying ferns and shrubs to the massive rainforest canopy and even mangrove ecosystems — all in one short easy walk. Opt to taste locally made ice cream at your own cost. Prepare for a photo opportunity at the Alexandra Range Lookout, which provides sweeping views over the Daintree River, its rainforest delta, and out to the Coral Sea. In the afternoon, opt to experience a wildlife cruise on the river. During the cruise, you may see a crocodile while learning about the fragile ecosystem of this impressive serpent-like river system. Return to Port Douglas, a picturesque beachside village with a laid-back vibe and loads of bars and cafes.

Wavedancer Low Isles Great Barrier Reef Sailing Tour

7. Wavedancer Low Isles Great Barrier Reef Sailing Tour

Climb aboard Quicksilver’s luxury 30-meter (99-foot) Wavedancer sailing catamaran and sail to the idyllic Great Barrier Reef island of Low Isles. Enjoy a relaxing day out for families and couples in a tropical island paradise ambiance. Set like a jewel in the Great Barrier Reef, Low Isles is an unspoiled coral cay island. Moor in the calm waters of a picturesque lagoon, and enjoy a host of reef activities that await. Before your arrival at Low Isles, a marine biologist will conduct an informative talk to provide passengers with an appreciation of the reef, enabling you to view the corals with informed eyes.  Once at Low Isles, take a snorkel tour to see the colorful creatures of the reef. Alternatively, see turtles and many brightly colored tropical fish from a glass bottomed boat. Back on the beach, join a marine biologist guided beach walk to discover the unique marine life living at the water’s edge. Then relax and tuck in to a delicious tropical buffet lunch.

Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, & Mossman Gorge Tour

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

Get picked up at your hotel and stop at the renowned Mossman Gorge, the first sight on your Daintree Forest tour. Embark on a guided walk and then hop aboard a river cruise on the Daintree River, home to the elusive estuarine crocodile. Observe stunning native and migratory bird life, butterflies, and breathtaking scenery. Cross the Daintree River, journey to Alexandra Lookout, and enjoy sweeping views extending from the Daintree River Estuary to the Coral Sea. Stop for morning tea under the canopy of this prehistoric rainforest. Have some muffin biscuits, coffee, Daintree Tea, and water.  Continue on to Cape Tribulation, with a stop at Kulki Lookout for unparalleled views of the rainforest and beach. Stop at Noah Valley, a World Heritage private property that plays host to some of the most spectacular, pristine rainforest found anywhere in the world. Take a stroll along The Gateway to Paradise and see one of the most primitive flowering plants still in existence. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear rainforest stream while your barbecue lunch is prepared in a private retreat surrounded by rainforest. Savor a lunch of steak, fish, and sausage, served with salads and a warm damper (Australian-style bread) followed by a tropical fruit platter. Follow lunch with an interpretive guided rainforest walk through the heart of the Daintree rainforest. Discover how all living parts of the Daintree Rainforest depend on each other for survival. Conclude the tour with a visit to Daintree Ice Cream Company.

Port Douglas: Reef & Low Isles Cruise on Luxury Catamaran

9. Port Douglas: Reef & Low Isles Cruise on Luxury Catamaran

Begin your day in paradise with a transfer from your Port Douglas accommodation to the marina. Upon arrival, you will board the luxury catamaran for an early morning departure. Once on board, enjoy freshly brewed tea, coffee, fresh fruit, and Danish pastries. The vessel moves smoothly and comfortably across the ocean, offering guests a unique Great Barrier Reef experience. Spot the beautiful Low Isles in the distance after the 15-kilometer journey and skip the crowds arriving at the Low Isles before most other visitors. See the protected coral cay, white sandy beaches, and coconut palms. The boat will moor in the sheltered blue lagoon for 4.5 hours. Relax on the island, join a guided snorkel tour lead by a marine naturalist, take a trip on the glass bottom boat and join the heritage walk. The marine biologist will provide in-depth information about the reef and its colorful inhabitants. A gourmet, alfresco lunch will be served, including freshly cooked prawns, tandoori chicken, ham and roast beef, potato salad, mixed green salad, Asian noodle salad, bakery-fresh bread, and more. Enjoy a honey nougat slice and some fresh fruit for afternoon tea and an exhilarating sail back to Port Douglas. Transfer back to your Port Douglas accommodation, where your tour will end.

Cape Tribulation, Daintree and Mossman Gorge Day Tour

10. Cape Tribulation, Daintree and Mossman Gorge Day Tour

The itinerary for this tour is as follows:• 6:45 AM: Hotel pickups commence from Cairns.• 7:30 AM: Pickups commence from the Cairns Beaches.• 8:10 AM: Pickups commence from Port Douglas.• 9:20 AM: Mossman Gorge Centre. Visit the Mossman Gorge Gateway Centre and board your shuttle for the transfer into Mossman Gorge. Your driver/guide will take you for a guided walk sharing their knowledge of this enchanting rainforest environment. Learn about the fascinating secrets of one of the world’s oldest rainforests. Return to the Centre for morning tea.• 11:15 AM: Daintree River Cruise. Reach an understanding of this wildlife environment for one hour. See bird habitats, tree snakes, unique plants and of course the saltwater crocodile.• 12:45 PM: Tropical Lunch. With special access at a private rainforest property, enjoy a short walk along a delightful rainforest creek before a delicious tropical lunch. Enjoy a choice of quality steak, fish, or vegetarian meal with fresh salads and fruit platter, followed by coffee or Daintree Tea.• 2:00 PM: Cape Tribulation. Walk on this world-renowned rainforest beach and admire the coastline and fringing coral reef from the Kulki Lookout.• 3:15 PM: Daintree Ice Cream Company. Included is an afternoon refreshment at the Daintree Ice Cream Company. Enjoy a delicious tropical fruit ice cream made from fruit grown on their own organic orchard.• 4:00 PM: Alexandra Lookout. After winding through the rainforest of the Alexandra Range, enjoy this spectacular lookout over the Daintree River estuary, Snapper Island, and beyond to the Coral Sea.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 524 reviews

Such an amazing day. Weather was perfect to experience this beautiful natural rainforest at its best. I took a paddle in Mossman Gorge, freezing, however my legs and feet felt great after. A few short bush walks through the gorge and Daintree to capture some amazing scenic photos. Experienced a calm boat ride on the Daintree River, spotting a few crocodiles along the way and a hatching. I learnt so many things about the history, the flora and fauna and how this rainforest is so important to the eco system. The smoking ceremony was fabulous and again informative and our young host made our group very welcome. Should you have the opportunity to visit this part of Far North Queensland, take the time to visit if you enjoy nature...you won't be disappointed.

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!

We had a great day from start to finish, we were collected on time by Brett our wonderful guide for the tour. Brett was very informative, friendly and very organised. The train trip was great very scenic and was interesting to learn the history of building the track . Kuranda Village was a great experience great markets and interesting shops wonderful cafe/restaurants to choose to eat at. The return trip on the Sky rail is a great experience ,the scenery has to be seen to believe .

I love birds and enjoyed the experience interacting with two birds in particular. Breakfast included a wide variety of foods.

Amazing day out on the water. Boat was excellent, Food was fabulous and the crew was awesome. Highly recommended