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Calypso Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Port Douglas
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Calypso Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Port Douglas

By Calypso Reef Cruises
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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.
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Ages 0-99, max of 85 per group
Duration: 8h
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Highlights
  • Visit three snorkel/dive sites along the Agincourt, Opal, and Calypso Reefs
  • See 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: lunch and two teas included

  • Buffet lunch
  • Afternoon Tea & Coffee/Tea
  • Professional Local guide
  • Guided snorkel tour (Use of Snorkelling equipment) and Interpretive reef talk
What's not included
  • Environmental Management Charge (AUD$7.00). This is included in the fare from 1st July 2023
  • Soft drinks / chocolate bars
  • Transfers from Port Douglas accommodation
  • Transfers from Northern Beaches of Cairns

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 Calypso 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 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.

Start:
  • 44 Wharf St, Port Douglas QLD 4877, Australia
    Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, 44 Wharf Street, Port Douglas QLD 4877
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 32446P1

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Environmental Management Charge of $7.00 per person is included in the fare from 1st July 2023
    • 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
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled 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 travelers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    How much is Calypso Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Port Douglas?
    Calypso Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Port Douglas price starts from $204.14. Discover and book Calypso Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Port Douglas on Tripadvisor
    What is the Calypso Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Port Douglas cancellation policy?
    Calypso Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Port Douglas cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Calypso Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Port Douglas on Tripadvisor
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    Calypso Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Port Douglas is hosted by Calypso Reef Cruises. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Calypso Reef Cruises on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Calypso Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Port Douglas on Tripadvisor

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 32446P1

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    • rhondabV1501DA
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      Yesterday we went on the Calypso half day tour to Low Isles. It was great. Three highly experienced, knowledgeable young men took us out. For us the half day was quite sufficient as we didn’t snorkel but had a great time. We learned a lot and it was a lovely experience. Well done guys.
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    • BoardingPass568256
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      Amazing turtles up close
      I took part in the snorkelling. It was amazing. I was swimming within touching distance to three turtles. The staff were very helpful and friendly but the turtles were the stars!
      Written February 24, 2024
    • Grandpa356
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      Had a great Afternoon
      We really enjoyed the trip out and the time on the island. My daughter snorkeled and had a great time. I did the glass bottom boat ride and it was okay. Went on the tour around the island and had a good time.
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    • Gregory W
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      Don't be late
      Our cruise ship was late sending out tenders and they would not let us change our booking ir provide a refund for missing the 730 time frame that was out of our control. All we got was sorry and they took our $600 without any other options.
      Written January 29, 2024
    • Inspire22461407448
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great tour!
      This was a great tour. There were not many people on the boat, the staff were incredible and the food was good. They were helpful with snorkelling gear and provided sea sickness medication for $3
      Written January 25, 2024
    • emmaaD3788KY
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful staff!!
      We just wanted to say a huge thank you to the team onboard the cruise from Port Douglas to Cairns at 8am on Friday 19th January. Due to the extreme weather conditions (and potentially another cyclone), our private road transfer back to cairns airport was cancelled last minute. If it weren’t for the kind staff onboard, we would have had no other way of getting home to Melbourne and would have been stranded. Despite the boat being fully booked, they were kind enough to let us board and we were able to make our flight home. We cannot recommend them enough, as they clearly go above and beyond for their customers. Again, thank you so much to all the staff.
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    • H2257WLsamh
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      Family fun on Calypso
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      A grand day out
      What a fabulous half day trip to low isles , Captain Jorg and his crew Gracie & Miles were amazing and their enthusiasm was infectious . We were a party of three and we were all unsure what to expect but what a great experience . Miles went out of his way to reassure my Sister when she wanted to snorkel around the reef , Gracie on hand supporting us in the water , young experienced people who certainly love their job . First class service and they had certainly ‘done their homework ‘ as they knew so much about the fish , the low Isles and the environment . Well worth going with these guys 🐋🐠🐡🦑
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    • audreydN2550TL
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      A great morning out!
      This was a perfect trip. Not too far from PD yet we still got to do some great snorkelling. Highlight of the trip was swimming with turtles, so amazing! Also saw a stingray. The whole family loved the experience and the lovely morning tea on the way back topped it off. Highly recommend.
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    • 122ashnac
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      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      ripoff and pathetic
      I was really disappointed in this today First of all, I cannot believe the price 15 minute boat ride 15 minute road by back Pretty poor visibility, snorkeling, but not much to see Charging people over $150 seems criminal People were nice, but I felt I was constantly being robbed here given the fact, there was a cyclone this should be canceled. The visibility was really pathetic. That should be a discount. Don’t bother just go straight to the great barrier reef the outer reef
      Written January 3, 2024
    • gillianf699
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic trip - highly recommend even for those that cannot swim .
      Fantastic trip - Mark , Pam & Miles were fantastic! Pam helped my husband to snorkel - he can’t swim and her gentle assistance made all the difference.
      Written December 31, 2023
    • summerbabyBrisbane
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic afternoon out!
      We had a great afternoon out at the low isles with Calypso. We were a mixture of ages from 6 - 49 and it was fantastic for all of us. Great knowledgeable and friendly crew. We saw turtles, reef sharks and lots of other fish and coral. Great afternoon tea back on the boat. Highly recommended.
      Written December 28, 2023
    • Philwym
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      A great afternoon out.
      A lovely half day out. A trip from Port Douglas to the Low Isles. A pleasant boat journey to the Low Isles and back. We took the option of the glass bottom boat from the cruiser to the shore and the captain made sure there was plenty to see and was also very informative and explained things well. We snorkelled from the beach which was great for the less experienced . Excellent instructions from the crew.
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    • cassandradU4660VC
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      We had the most amazing experience. Jorg, Phoebe and Acacia were very knowledgeable and went above and beyond to make this trip fun and memorable. A special thanks goes out to Acacia who took time to have a one on one snorkelling lesson with me and made me feel comfortable. What a breath taking experience. All three of them had a great sense of humour and the time just flew. Thanks guys, you’ll were awesome 👏👏👏Cassandra
      Written December 4, 2023
    • 627joshr
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      Must do while in port Douglas !
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    5.0
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    Monique104
    Santa Monica, CA58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2020
    Definitely a must do when visiting North Queensland. The staff were excellent - all very experienced and informative. We were taken to 3 areas of Opal Reef. The staff were extremely tentative, constantly doing a head count, and those staff who were not in the water with the guests, the others were watching, ensuring we were safe. All safety measures were well explained to us too. We were provided with morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea in the cost, with the availability of alcohol on the return trip, if you wanted. It was a windy day and the skipper took a safe route to assist those who may have had a tendency to be sea sick. There are lots of operators to choose from, but we were very happy with our tour. There was the added BONUS of a professional photographer onboard, who photographed us underwater - a great souvenir of a wonderful day on the water!
    Written July 20, 2020
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    WillHadden
    Melbourne, Australia4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We visited once before in 2014, and we’re really pleased to say Calypso is still a fun, chill, informative experience and well worth the money. It’d been a couple of years since our last dive, but Pam did a great job reminding us of the important bits and pointing out some fascinating sealife on our 2 dives including 2 lionfish! We also saw a small reef shark on our snorkel which was awesome. Thanks guys!
    Written June 4, 2021
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    Hey there, Thank you so much for your wonderful review - we really appreciate it! We are also so happy to hear that you had a great day out on the reef with us - it sounds like you saw some pretty awesome marine creatures during your tour!
    Written June 6, 2021
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    Jack R
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2023
    Fantastic day trip to see some of the GBR. Booked this trip as wanted my partner to try out scuba diving to see if we wanted to take the plunge of going down the path of getting certified. While the weather wasn't on its best behaviour, loved our trip.

    Jorg was fantastic, taking us down on two introductory dives. By the end of the second dive, we didn't want to stop. The crew en masse were fantastic, while it's a biggish boat, it does feel like a personalised experience. Would highly recommend if you want to try out scuba diving, and while your wallet may not like it, definitely 2+ dives if you can. We were able to get a second dive but naturally, very likely dependent on availability.
    Written February 26, 2023
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    Hi John, Thanks for the review and positive feedback. It is great to hear your family had a great time out on the pontoon with our staff. We hope to see you again soon :)
    Written March 20, 2023
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    Laurie P
    69 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2019
    The Calypso 1/2 day snorkel tour starts on the perfect sized boat, high quality, safe clean and nice, with probably 35 passengers and a very knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and capable staff. Half day is the perfect length to enjoy a nice day without getting fully exhausted. The captain took us on a glass bottom boat ride once we arrived at our location; he shared his immense knowledge and was very interesting. We then went snorkeling and saw many fish. It was such a pleasant experience, due to the very qualified and friendly captain and staff. Thank you!
    Written January 22, 2020
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    Connie W
    Greater Melbourne, Australia7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2021 • Family
    Excellent experience and very highly recommended. Calypso is much better value than Quicksilver, as you get to visit 3 places on the reef. Seb and his crew were amazing. They made everyone feel very welcome and took the time to share their marine knowledge. My husband and teenage daughter also did an introductory dive with Aggie. She was highly experienced, professional and kind. The food provided on the cruise was delicious, with a good quality choice of meats and salads. The boat was great, with lots of available seating. Excellent quality equipment was also provided on the day, in terms of wetsuits and snorkelling gear. Overall a perfect experience, with lots of time provided to explore the beautiful reef. Well done to all the Calypso crew!! We will certainly be back.
    Written July 3, 2021
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    Hey there, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review - we really appreciate it! We are so happy to hear that you had such a great time visiting the outer Great Barrier Reef with us & we can't wait to welcome you back onboard Calypso again soon :)
    Written July 6, 2021
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    Ann T
    Scarborough, Australia20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a fabulous day with Calypso. They are so well organised. Everyone got fitted quickly and easily with flippers, snorkels and dive gear. We had a great introductory session to diving and they take you down in groups of 4. All were very cheerful and knew we were all a bit nervous but they made us feel comfortable. They kept the boat clean and tidy and we enjoyed a nice lunch. The photos were so clear so it’s well worth paying a little extra so you can bring that memory home. Thanks Calypso - it was a great day.
    Written April 7, 2021
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    Thank you so much for your review - we really appreciate it!
    Written May 2, 2021
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    captaingetaway
    Sydney, Australia29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2020
    My family and I spent a great day out on the reef with Calypso in July 2020 and I can highly recommend them. I am a pretty experienced certified diver and have been on many dive trips in and outside Australia. Deb, Pamela and the rest of the dive team at Calypso got it just about spot on with me - making sure I was all ok without overdoing it and with my daughter who had 2 introductory dives - managing her experience and safety very professionally. The rest of my family had some pretty awesome snorkeling. There were some interesting marine discussions and nice food supplied. All the staff were very personable and friendly. We will be back!
    Written July 21, 2020
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    Thanks for the in depth feedback Captain :) It's great to read our crew are taking great care of our passengers and making them feel comfortable during their experience. We have some of the best crew in the business on board Calypso. Thanks for sharing your experience. Regards, Chris
    Written August 10, 2020
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    Karen A
    Greater Sydney, Australia13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020 • Family
    We travelled to the outer barrier reef with the Calypso crew and had a fantastic day. The boat was clean and spacious with room to sit inside or outside. We were a group of 4 adults and a teenager and a 5 year old. The teenager who didnt speak english did his first ever introductory dive with instruction in Spanish and loved every minute of it. Our 5 year old snorkled for the first time and when she started getting scared, Rob one of the crew members, took her under his wing and took her on a guided snorkel to see turtles. He made a friend for life and she happily followed him around for the rest of the day allowing us to relax and enjoy the reef. The food was good too and the day passed too quickly. The crew were all absolutely lovely and really made our experience. Thank you The Da Costa family
    Written January 15, 2020
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    Richard
    Melbourne, Australia10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2021 • Couples
    We went on a day with quite intense winds and and gray skies. Not ideal weather but didn’t want to miss out. Given the size of the boat it was the only few that could actually go to the reef that day. We were willing to take our chances and I’m so glad we did.

    From the moment you get on the boat to take off, you feel very cared for by the team at calypso. They are extreme professionals and didn’t seem phased at all by the intense weather (I’m talking boat rocking side to side for the majority of the trip, people vomiting from sea sickness, raining when you snorkel and dark cloudy skies). The team were also really knowledgeable, providing lots of cool facts about the reef and marine life.

    The food was great too / mostly healthy and LOTS of it! Morning tea was fruit with some yummy museli slice, lunches included some grilled chicken, deli meats and a roll which you could fill with salad and ham. Potato salad too. Milo, coffee and tea also available all day. Afternoon tea was cheese cake and more fruit. Very delicious! You won’t go hungry on this boat. Really good value for money.

    If you aren’t shy of crowds, this is the tour for you. With the boat able to take up to 50+ passengers, There may be some chances where you bump into other people when you are snorkelling. That would probably be the only downfall of the trip.

    Despite the strong ocean currents we still snorkelled freely and I’m glad we did. The reefs and coral on the outer barrier reef were GORGEOUS!! Huge pieces of coral and lots of fishes swimming about.
    Written January 16, 2021
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    Scuba Drew
    Smiths Lake, Australia47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sep 2020
    We had just dived the S.S Yongala when we booked our dive trip out on the reef with Calypso. The boat was great, very clean and well-appointed with ample indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a rooftop sun deck for soaking up some sun.

    We choose three dives (certified) and managed 3 perfect 45-minute dives in three different locations across Opal Reef. The first dive was Blue Bouy, followed by Bashful Bommie and Split Bommie, all of which were pristine sites with no coral bleaching and heaps of fish life, turtles, sharks, nudie branches... you name it.

    Our divemaster guide was Rily. Super casual and confident, he knows his stuff and gets you around the dive with minimum fuss. A consummate professional, he was able to gauge the small dive group (5) to make sure the dive was suitable for everybody. We also had Cam, Sam, Pamala and Jodi (twice). They were all absolutely awesome!

    Excellent day, highly recommend Calypso. Awesome Crew (Lisa the Skipper is the best. We loved this day so much we ended up making another 5 trips, and I even brought clients up from Brisbane.
    Written October 11, 2020
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    Wow ! What an awesome review Drew! Thanks for the kind words, feedback and returning to travel with us again. Hopefully we'll see you on board with us again sometime. Regards, Chris
    Written October 19, 2020
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