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Calypso Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Port Douglas

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Updated 22/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 22/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the best places in the world for snorkeling and scuba diving. On this tour, set sail for the remote outer reefs and its renowned dive sites, and increase your chances of spotting rare marine life by stopping at three different spots. Opt for a guided or self-guided snorkeling excursion, try an introductory scuba dive, or enjoy a thrilling dive for certified divers only.
  • Visit three snorkel/dive sites along the Agincourt, Opal, and Tongue Reefs
  • Incredible marine life: reef sharks, sea turtles, parrotfish, clown fish…
  • Tour for all abilities: snorkelers, first-time divers, and certified divers
  • Hassle-free and great value: hotel pickup, lunch, and two teas included
What to Expect
Your tour begins with pickup from your hotel in Port Douglas and a short transfer to the marina. Set sail for the Outer Reefs aboard a custom-built, snorkel-only vessel that allows you access to the remote outer reefs, including Agincourt, Opal, and Tongue Reefs. As you arrive at the first site, the crew goes through basic snorkeling techniques and helps you get suited up for your first snorkel or dive. Depending on your experience level and the tour option chosen, either enjoy swimming and snorkeling around the reef; join an introductory dive in a small group of up to four, accompanied by a PADI-certified dive instructor; or take part in a certified dive in a small group of up to seven, accompanied by a PADI-certified divemaster. Back onboard, have a tasty morning tea as you cruise to the second destination. Here, enjoy a second dive, take part in a guided snorkeling excursion, or enjoy swimming and snorkeling at your leisure. After working up an appetite in the water, refuel with a buffet lunch onboard before setting out for the third and final site of the day. After a full day at sea, enjoy afternoon tea as you take in your last views of the Great Barrier Reef en route back to Port Douglas. On arrival at the cruise port, a driver takes you back to your hotel.
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Important Information
Departure Point
44 Wharf St, Port Douglas QLD 4877, Australia
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Buffet lunch
  • Afternoon Tea & Coffee/Tea
  • Professional Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Guided snorkel tour (Use of Snorkelling equipment) and Interpretive reef talk
  • Environmental Management Charge (AUD$6.50). Please note: amount increases to $7 on 1st April 2020
  • Transfers from Cairns & Northern Beaches
  • Soft drinks / chocolate bars
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Environmental Management Charge of $6.50 per person is payable on day of travel. It is not included in amount paid to Trip Advisor Experiences. Please note, this amount increases to $7 on 1st April 2020. Any bookings made for travel after 1st April 2020, EMC will be included in price.
  • Diving within 48 hours of flying is not recommended. All participants will be required to complete a health questionnaire prior to diving. Some pre-existing medical conditions (eg asthma, heart conditions, etc) may prevent you from diving, please consult your doctor
  • Additional dives may be booked and paid for on board (subject to availability). Maximum of three dives in a day.
  • Children under the age of 12 years are not permitted to dive.
  • Evidence of dive certification is required from all divers wishing to participate in a certified dive
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • If its raining on your day of travel, the tour will still go ahead. If Calypso cancels due to poor weather, mainly high winds, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Cancellation fees may apply if less than 24 hours notice is given prior to departure
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 85 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Mackel wrote a review 15 Nov
Canberra, Australia114 contributions35 helpful votes
My fiance and I did the full-day outer reef snorkel cruise. It was fantastic! From the moment they picked us up at the hotel we felt informed, looked after, and safe. We visited three seperate sites at Opal Reef which were all incredible. We've snorkelled in Hawaii, Vanuatu, New
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Date of experience: November 2020
1 Helpful vote
Response from Chris K, Manager at Calypso Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Port Douglas
Responded 3 days ago
Thanks for the 5 star recommendation Mackel! Regards, Chris
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Jake B wrote a review 13 Nov
2 contributions
Couldn’t have had a better day today! Did the intro scuba dive with Sam, pretty nervous going in but he was great! Made it such a calming and enjoyable experience!
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Date of experience: November 2020
Sarah wrote a review 13 Nov
Upminster, United Kingdom15 contributions6 helpful votes
We had such an amazing day learning to scuba dive for the first time ! The boat trip was amazing with three places to stop off and the lunch was good too , with a choice of tea & coffee as well. Thank you to our instructor Sam who gave the briefing very well and helped us to
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Response from Chris K, Manager at Calypso Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Port Douglas
Responded 3 days ago
Thanks for this feedback and recommendation Sarah, we appreciate you taking the time to write in. Regards, Chris
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Kar87 wrote a review 12 Nov
1 contribution
Wonderful experience with three different dive sites in the outer reef. Friendly staff, Sam was excellent instructor who guided my dives and Manuel who accompanied us was awesome spotting marine creatures and helping me through the day. Really grateful.
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Date of experience: November 2020
Doochi wrote a review 8 Nov
Brisbane16 contributions5 helpful votes
Recently had a memorable experience with Calypso out to the reef. The boat was nice, clean, and not cramped. All staff was friendly especially Sam, Michelle, and Mark. At first, I was going to snorkel only but then decided to try scuba dive. Sam the diving instructor was very
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Date of experience: October 2020
About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

By: Calypso Reef Cruises
Fantastic day on thebreef
This reef tour was the best! The team made you feel very comfortable and nothing was a problem. The young men expla
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Half day Low Isles
Brilliant experience, perfect weather and crew were fantastic, Dave, Michelle and Jake. Could ask for anything more
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Morning snorkel in stunning location
What a morning, the crew were so lovely. Very knowledgeable and inviting we absolutely loved being out on the water
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Reef snorkel
Wonderful friendly staff. Good was great too. Had an amazing day out on and in the water. I would recommend this
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An awesome day out, and not crowded on board
This is a smaller vessel than the “big guys”, which meant a much smaller crowd. Granted probably some COVID restric
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Must do for visits to port douglas
Dave and the crew did an amazing job. Highly reccomend the snorkeling tours. Steve was a very informative and knowl
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Super Morning
Thus was a great tour because the travel time is only 30 minutes or so.....its an easy snorkel, great for those who
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Calypso cruises awesome
Calypso Crews Amazing! We had the best day in the reef snorkeling at 3 different sites (including the outer reef).
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Ross B
Loved our half day (afternoon) tour to the Low Isles.
Being in Port Douglas for only a 5 day stay and already having a few full day tours planned, a half day (afternoon)
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Very enjoyable
1/2 day Low Ilse cruise was fabulous. Crew where extremely attentive and knowledgeable. The reef is beautiful.
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This cruise was on par to a cruise we took in Ibiza! The staff were fantastic, kind and full of information about t
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Great for the whole family - we all saw turtles! And you have Low Isles all to yourself at the start of the day....
We are a family of 5 and did this half day cruise as an alternative to the outer reef as our youngest daughter is o
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Perfect Snorkelling trip to Opal Reef.
I must say this was the most enjoyable reef trip I have ever done. It was quite a windy day and the 90 min crossing
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George G
Fantastic experience
What an amazing experience this was. The sea was a bit rough going out and the crew made sure we were as comfortabl
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Calypso half day Low Isles tour
Cam, Rubie and Katie gave us a fantastic introduction to the inner Great Barrier Reef off Port Douglas and our firs
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