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“A Lovely Afternoon Snorkel/Sail”
Review of Sail Tallarook

Sail Tallarook
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Owner description: Sail the Great Barrier Reef aboard the historic 91ft vessel "Tallarook". Sail Tallarook is the only company offering two half day trips from beautiful Port Douglas to Low Isles, on the Great Barrier Reef.With the wind behind her Tallarook is one of Port Douglas’ most eco friendly vessels. Fuel consumption is kept to a minimum ensuring you can make a trip to the reef with the knowledge that your carbon footprint has been kept to a minimum. And with a maximum of only 21 guests, you will enjoy a very personal service and an unforgettable experience.Low Isles is an unspoilt inner patch reef composed of small coral cay and is located 15km north of Port Douglas. Comprising 150 species of hard corals, 15 species of soft corals and a large variety of fish as well as green turtles, it is idyllic for snorkelling.
Wollongong, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A Lovely Afternoon Snorkel/Sail”
Reviewed September 19, 2013

We booked this gentle sail to the Low Isles for a little snorkel as I am expecting, and we did not want to travel far, or spend too much. The staff on board the Tallarook were passionate about their ship and their stuff, sharing a few jokes and environmental facts on the smooth trip out, and looking after us attentively whilst we were in the water. (Especially me being pregnant, and the other mature, inexperienced snorkelers). I'm so glad we chose this option as on our return we saw our other 'alternative' also returning to the marina, with people squished on board like sardines. There were some light refreshments provided and more snacks available to purchase at a reasonable price. Some people bought prepacked sandwiches and a few beers. We regretted not bringing a couple, they would have been lovely to enjoy on the smooth trip back. It was a lovely relaxing way to enjoy the reef and see a little bit of the scenery and wildlife for a reasonable price, when so many tours are so expensive. Thanks Chris and staff!

Visited September 2013
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Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Amazing experience!”
Reviewed September 14, 2013 via mobile

Had a wonderful half day trip and saw sea turtles, dolphins and beautiful grey nurse sharks. Staff were friendly and helpful and pointed out wildlife we otherwise wouldn't have seen. The sail boat was also lovely and I preferred it to high speed boats I've been on before - even had a nap on the way home lying on the deck in the sun.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank LKaddy
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Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“great experience”
Reviewed September 14, 2013

Went out on the Tallarook today 14.09.2013 It was a fantastic experience, I have done snorkelling of one of the larger vessels and it was no where near as good, the whole thing was so professional and Chris and his staff made it very enjoyable his commentry was great, and they were so helpful and made you feel important not just a number, All the guests got on great and it was like going out with friends, The fact that it was far less expensive as all the other in no way reflects in the quality of the operation it was first class, We also had a 10 year old with us who was a bit anxious the staff made sure he was ok and showed him what to do which made all the difference to the trip The men on the boat got to help with the sails and what a great experience for them. just to top it off we witnessed dolphins jumping out of the water on the way back Highly recommended.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank lexiTasmania
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Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Enjoyable sailing and snorkelling - and good value too”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

I went on the Tallarook to snorkel at The Low Isles. Chris and his two crew were friendly, knowledgeable, professional, courteous and had good senses of humour. I sought out the half day tour offered by Tallarook - and the experience on a sailing vessel was a bonus. We left at 8am and were back by about 12.30. This was not the 5 star, lots of food and lots of people experience - about 20 customers were on board and light snacks and a tropical fruit platter were provided - all that was necessary for the duration. A wide range of customers including family groups, couples and older singles - mainly women. All appeared to enjoy themselves.
Tuition was provided on snorkelling and wet suits were provided for a $5 fee. Safety briefings and procedures were adequate and clear. First time snorkellers should feel confident that they will be looked after.
Plenty of corals and marine life to see - a great experience.
I would certainly recommend this trip to anyone who doesn't want to commit to a full-day reef excursion. If I had more time in Port Douglas I would have considered doing a second trip on Tallarook.

Visited August 2013
Thank RobSPerth
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Really happy we chose Tallarook”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

We have a 6 year old daughter and weren't happy spending a whole day out on the reef in case she didn't enjoy it. This half day cruise to Low Isles sounded perfect and it was. The smooth sail out to the reef and back was half the fun. Snorkeling was fantastic we saw lots of turtles. We had the whole area to ourselves and towards the end of our snorkel other large boats started to arrive and I was happy we chose our intimate sailing boat with only 11 other passengers. Good value for money and you can hire wet suits for only a few dollars. Highly recommend. We will definitely be doing this again on our next trip.

Visited August 2013
Thank Barbara T
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