Calypso from Port Douglas – Snorkel Opal Reef

Spend the day from Port Douglas exploring 3 different locations on stunning Opal Reef. Snorkel the coral gardens and frolic with the wide array of marine life including sea turtles, parrotfish and giant clams. Catering to all level of experience from beginners to expert snorkellers, you’ll love your day on the reef with us.

  •  Visit 3 different snorkel locations at Opal Reef
  •  Dedicated Snorkelling-only vessel
  •  Guided Snorkel tour & Interpretive reef talk
  •  All Snorkel equipment included.

For a unique and personalised experience on the Outer Great Barrier Reef , travel with Calypso on a dedicated snorkelling vessel departing Port Douglas daily.

Snorkelling three breathtaking sites at Opal Reef, this day is designed to cater for small groups only interested in snorkelling. Smaller groups (max 85) and a smaller vessel allow access to more intricate and abundant reef systems, showcasing the best the Great Barrier Reef has to offer.

Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef is one of the most incredible experiences a person can enjoy. With much of the reef’s colour and marine life visible within a couple of metres of the water’s surface, snorkelling offers all swimmers, regardless of their skill level, the opportunity to see this diverse eco-system up close.

Float effortlessly over rich, colourful coral gardens teeming with life from the cute and playful clownfish to the graceful beauty of the green turtle. Giant clams, stingrays, maori wrasse, cods and colourful parrotfish are just some of the hundreds of species you will encounter during your visit to Opal Reef with Calypso.

This 21-metre vessel offers comfortable day bed style seating, spacious decks and professional experienced crew ensuring a unique and personalised Great Barrier Reef experience for every guest.

*Please note: On days with low passenger numbers or unsuitable weather conditions, it may be necessary to move people between our Agincourt and Opal Reefs and our ‘snorkel & dive’ vessel. On the rare occasions that this occurs we will pick the tour and locations that will provide the best possible outer reef experience. It may not be possible to provide notice prior to travelling.

Our anticipated itineray is as follows;

7:00 – 8:20am – Guests are collected from their accommodation
8:15am – Guests who are making their own way are to check in at the Calypso Shop at Crystalbrook Marina.
Once guests board the vessel, they are asked to remove their shoes (and place them either in an allocated shoe container on board or in their own bags) and are fitted with a mask, snorkel and fins. These are kept with the guests for the day.
8:45am – Vessels depart the marina. Guests are welcomed on board, an outline of the day announced and safety briefing conducted by the crew.
10:15am – Arrive at first reef site. All guests are joined together for a snorkel briefing before heading into the water. Morning tea is served before moving to our second reef site.
11:55am – Second reef site. Snorkelling. Lunch is served and an interpretive reef talk is conducted by one of the crew. Guests can join in on a guided snorkel tour.
1:40pm – Third and last reef site for the day. Afternoon tea is served.
2:45pm – Vessels depart outer Great Barrier Reef
4:15pm – Arrive back at Crystalbrook Marina
4:25pm – Transfers commence back to accommodation
Please note: timings above are a guide only.

Tour Details

  • Included in price:

    Tropical Gourmet Lunch, Morning/Afternoon tea, all snorkelling equipment, prescription masks, wetsuits & lycra sunsuits, guided snorkel tours, interpretive reef talk by experienced instructors, 3 sensational snorkelling sites, transfers from local Port Douglas accommodation, freshwater showers. Tea, coffee and filtered water are available all day – no hot drinks when vessel is moving.

  • Available for purchase/hire:

    Hire camera, digital camera, soft drinks, chocolates, merchandise. Alcoholic beverages are available on the cruise back to Port Douglas – max 2 per person.

  • Duration:

    8 hours

  • Departure:

    8:45 AM Daily

  • Return:


  • Departure points:

    Port Douglas

  • Pickup/departure instructions:

    Boarding time 8.20am
    Departure 8.45am

    Port Douglas transfers are included in the tour price.
    Transfers to and from Palm Cove and Cairns incur an additional charge to be paid on board. This charge is available on application.

  • What to bring:

    Camera, hat, towel, swimwear, sunscreen, sunglasses and cash / credit cards for additional purchases.

  • Fitness level required:


  • Child policies:

    Children 4 – 14 years – younger children are welcome.

  • Additional Information:

    An Environmental Management Charge (EMC) of $6.50 applies to all passengers travelling to the Great Barrier Reef.

    Port Douglas transfers are included in the tour price.
    Transfers to and from Palm Cove and Cairns incur an additional charge to be paid on board. This charge is available on application.

  • Destinations:

    Port Douglas and Great Barrier Reef


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