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Great Barrier Reef Half Day Snorkelling Tour From $197pp

Embark on an exhilarating Great Barrier Reef half day snorkelling tour with Ocean Safari, offering a thrilling ride to snorkel the untouched Great Barrier Reef off the Daintree Coast at Cape Tribulation. This adventure visits two exceptional snorkel destinations, teeming with marine life and vibrant coral species.

Choose between a morning or an afternoon tour to suit your travels. After a fast 25 minute ride, prepare to explore the underwater wonders of Mackay and Undine Reefs. The clear waters reveal a breathtaking scene where sea turtles swim over colourful coral reefs, accompanied by tropical fish, eagle rays, giant clams, and starfish.

The journey begins at Cape Tribulation beach, where you’ll board the Ocean Safari vessel, designed to ensure an intimate experience with a maximum of 25 passengers. As you cruise towards the Great Barrier Reef, enjoy the spectacular view of the coastal rainforest meeting the ocean. Led by an experienced Skipper and Eco Host, this tour promises fun and a deep appreciation for the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, two World Heritage areas. Courtesy pickups from Cape Tribulation accommodation are included, and Ocean Safari proudly holds Advanced Eco Accreditation.

Trip Intinerary

Great Barrier Reef Half Day Snorkelling Tour Itinerary

Morning Tour runs from 8:30am to 12:30pm.
Afternoon Tour runs from 12:30pm to 4:30pm.

Begin with a courtesy pick-up from Cape Tribulation accommodation, then board the Ocean Safari vessel at Cape Tribulation beach. Enjoy a fast 25 minute ride to Mackay and Undine Reefs for two hours of snorkelling, exploring the vibrant underwater world and swimming with turtles. Benefit from personalised snorkel instruction, reef interpretation, and eco presentations. Return to Cape Tribulation with unforgettable memories of this unique experience.

Inclusions & Extras


  • Visit two reef sites, Mackay and Undine Reefs
  • 2 hours exploring the underwater world and swimming with turtles
  • All snorkelling equipment
  • Personalised snorkel instruction
  • Reef interpretation and eco presentations
  • Courtesy bus transfers

Not Included

  • Sunsuit/Wetsuit Hire – $8
  • Prescription Mask Hire – $15
  • Water
  • Soft Drinks/Juice
  • Beer/Cider
  • Chocolate

Tour Type & Availability

Tour Inclusions Price

Great Barrier Reef Half Day Snorkelling Tour - Morning Departure

Morning Departure 8:30am with 2 Unique Reef Snorkelling Stops and Guide


Great Barrier Reef Half Day Snorkelling Tour - Afternoon Departure

Afternoon Departure 12:30pm with 2 Unique Reef Snorkelling Stops and Guide


What to bring

  • Swimmers
  • A bag including a towel and hat
  • A jacket during winter to protect you from wind and for warmth after snorkelling
  • Cameras in a waterproof case or Tupperware
  • Cash for water, soft drinks, fruit juices and chocolates for sale on board
  • A sense of humour is always welcome!

Pick Ups & Departures

Beach House
Black Palm
Cape Trib Camping
Farm Stay
Ferntree Resort
Own Way
Rainforest Hideaway
Safari Lodge

Supplier Terms & Conditions

Refunds will be processed according to the following time frames:
Cancellations within 1 Day of the start date incur a 100.00% fee.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I am travelling from Port Douglas or Cairns to this tour?

If you are travelling from Port Douglas or Cairns please ensure you check your travel times. We recommend that you add 45 min travel time to each of the suggested routes to allow for any delays that may occur along the way, including wait time at the Daintree River Ferry Crossing.

Do I need to wear a stinger suit or wetsuit?

Certain times of the year are stinger season (usually between late October – April/May). At this time of the year we highly recommend hiring a stinger suit. These will cover around 90% of your body, fins will cover the majority of your feet and your mask will cover some of your face, leaving less than 5% of your body exposed. Wet suits are available for hire during the winter months, which is recommended to keep you warm whilst snorkelling. The hiring of stinger suits and wetsuits can be arranged upon check in.

What if I am not a confident swimmer?

If you are not a confident swimmer, please make sure that you tell the office team when you check in as well as the crew on board the vessel as they will assist you if you wish to snorkel. There will also be life jackets and pool noodles available on board for extra buoyancy.

Can I snorkel if I wear glasses?

You will find a range of prescription masks available for hire for $20. These can be arranged on check in. Please note they must be pre-arranged with reception prior to departure.

How long do we snorkel for?

You will visit two different snorkel areas, spending just over one hour at each location.

Will I get sea sick?

Due to the open-style design and speed at which these vessels travel, it is very rare for guests on Ocean Safari to experience sea sickness on board, unlike slower vessels where you experience a slow-rocking motion that can cause sea sickness. The most common time for passengers to ever feel nauseous on the water would be when the vessel has stopped. We welcome anyone that is prone or worried about seasickness to take any necessary medication prior to travelling.

Do I need travel insurance?

We endorse the recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade that all travellers take out travel insurance. If you already have Travel Insurance please understand that it is your responsibility to ensure that your Travel Insurance covers you for all of the adventure style travel you have booked with us.

World Nomads travel insurance policies offer coverage for more than 150 activities. Get a quote, make a claim, or buy or extend your policy while on the road.

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