Port Douglas – Snorkeling Tour on the Great Barrier Reef

For my third solo trip to North Tropical Queensland I was keen to go snorkeling again. I had been on snorkeling tours before but my experience was disappointing. I didn’t like jumping from the boat, snorkelling around and coming back to the boat shivering and exhausted.

What I wanted was time for snorkeling and relaxing on a peaceful island with no crowds.  Moreover I wanted to go on an eco snorkeling tour that cares about protecting andpreserving the natural environment of the Great Barrier Reef.

While searching I found out about Sailaway Snorkel and Island Tours  in Port Douglas. After reading through their website I thought, this is my Great Barrier Reef Tour.

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Sailaway offer guided snorkeling tours with instructions in the water. Snorkeling is a strenuous activity and if you are a beginner you need to be guided to be able to get to the right coral sites and make the most of the experience.

Sailway are serious about sustainable snorkeling because they implement real carbon footprint reduction strategies. They are one of the first local operators to have a waste water treatment onboard, they recycling all waste onboard and are using recycled Bio Diesel to have low emission outboards.

In addition they offer an afternoon snorkeling tour, for adults only, leaving from Port Douglas at 1.30pm to Low Isles, that includes a sunset sailing cruise too. The combination is absolutely great, as I love watching Australian sunsets!

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The highlights of the Snorkeling Tour to Low Isles

The cruise to Low Isles only takes about one hour. We had plenty of time for snorkeling around the coral cay area and also for visiting the small island and walking to its historic lighthouse.

 

Snorkeling off Low Isles sandy beach
When we got to Low Isles, the Sailaway’s Catamaran moored a few hundreds meters away and we didn’t have to jump from the boat to get to the shore, instead they took us to shore on-board of a small shuttle boat. This was one of the things I really appreciated, as it saved us a lot of energy. On the beach we could get ready and once we were all kitted out with fins, suits and floating devices we set off on a guided snorkeling tour. They split us into two groups, an advanced group and a beginners group. I joined Greg’s beginners group and loved it, because I felt comfortable snorkeling and following him. I got to see some massive coral sites without wandering off and searching for them.

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A heritage walk to Low Isles Lighthouse

Low Isles is part of the Commonwealth Heritage list and is located within the Marine National Park Zone of the Great Barrier Reef. Low Isles is made of two islands, a large mangrove island, and a cay, i.e. a small sandy island with sandy beaches and a short heritage walk to the lighthouse. There is a Great Barrier Reef Research station opearated by the University of Queensland, so it is an important place for scientific research. Greg walked us to the Lighthouse and talked about the history and the role of this small island in the Great Barrier Reef eco-sustainable management.

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The food on-board of Sailway Catamaran

When we got on-board we were welcomed with tea, coffee and fresh sweets and savoury snacks. After the snorkeling tour we got back to the catamaran and got a second treat. A good choice of local fresh fruits, delicious fresh canapè. All drinks were first choice too. I had my favourite yellow-glow sparkling wine, and a second one followed while enjoying the sunset… ;-)

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The food on-board of Sailway Catamaran

When we got on-board we were welcomed with tea, coffee and fresh sweets and savoury snacks. After the snorkeling tour we got back to the catamaran and got a second treat. A good choice of local fresh fruits, delicious fresh canapè. All drinks were first choice too. I had my favourite yellow-glow sparkling wine, and a second one followed while enjoying the sunset…

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I was really happy to have picked this Snorkeling Tour and can highly recommend it to anyone who is a novice and wants to feel safe and looked after when snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef.

Moreover I appreciate the fact that the operator is actively engaged in raising awareness through educational talks to their guests about the preservation of the natural wonder which is the Great Barrier Reef.

Now it’s your turn. Have you ever been snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef? Whereabouts and how was your experience? Feel free to share your voice, by leaving a comment here below.

Thanks!


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