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Port Douglas Snorkel & Dive Cruise (AquaQuest)

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Snorkel and dive to your heart's content on the best Great Barrier Reef cruise departing from Port Douglas!

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  • Awesome, passionate crew who ensure you have a fun time
  • Plenty of time at 2 different outer-reef snorkelling sites
  • Comfortable, fast vessel with high-quality lunch & facilities

What we'll do

Step aboard "AquaQuest" for the best 1-day Great Barrier Reef trip departing from Port Douglas!

Departing every day from Port Douglas, the brand new luxury vessel AquaQuest is a superb way to see the Great Barrier Reef. This custom-built vessel is one of the fastest boats in Port Douglas, meaning you can get out to the outer-reef and visit 2 amazing reef locations, spending 4 hours on the reef. With 9 exclusive locations to choose from you are guaranteed the best possible experience at Agincourt, St Crispins and Opal reefs.

The dive sites are frequented by myriads of tropical fish, rays, turtles, (friendly) sharks and the ever-popular diver-friendly Maori Wrasse. There are swim-throughs, wall and drift dives that will appeal to every level of diver experience. The dive sites are chosen on a daily basis by the vessel Captains for the best variety and visibility according to the weather conditions.

You'll also enjoy a tasty tropical buffet lunch of hot and cold dishes, hot showers, morning tea including pastries with a choice of tea or coffee, detailed snorkel and dive briefings, free guided snorkelling tours and much more!

See the Great Barrier Reef in style, book your spot on AquaQuest today!

What to know

  • Tour days: Every day!
  • Price includes:
    • 8 - 9 hours on the Great Barrier Reef
    • Fast, comfortable and air-conditioned vessel
    • Snorkel, swim or dive at 2 outer reef locations
    • All snorkelling equipment including suits
    • Guided snorkel tours
    • Experienced and knowledgeable captain and crew
    • Detailed snorkel and dive briefings
    • Tropical buffet lunch with hot and cold dishes
    • Morning and afternoon tea
    • Marine and National Park fees
  • Not inclusive of: 
    • Reef Levy ($6.50 AUD, payable at check-in with cash or credit card)
  • Language: Tour is given in easy to understand English. 
  • Perfect for: Solo travellers, couples or small groups. You'll be in a fun and friendly group consisting of locals and travellers. 
  • Group size: Up to 60 people may be on board, but all activities are done in small groups (4 - 8 people)
  • Age range: This tour attracts a mix of travellers.
  • Open Date bookings: must be confirmed at least 7 days in advance.

About your guides

Divers Den is a Cairns local business and has been delighting guests with amazing Great Barrier Reef experiences since 1974.

Their boat AquaQuest is a brand new custom-built luxury dive and snorkel vessel which was introduced to Port Douglas in July 2017. She is fully equipped with the most modern and state of the art facilities including Nitrox. As the newest vessel in Port Douglas, she provides unrivalled comfort with the best experience available as you visit some of the best dive and snorkel locations on the Outer Great Barrier Reef at Agincourt, Opal and St Crispin's Reefs.


  • What should I bring? We recommend a small bag containing your beach towel, bathing suit, hat, sunglasses, practical clothing, footwear and sunscreen (at least 30+ SPF). Please also bring $6.50 AUD for the Reef Levy, payable at check-in with cash or credit card. Don't forget your sense of fun and adventure! 
  • Where do we start and finish? Tours start and finish at the Reef Marina, Wharf Street, Port Douglas.
  • How long does the tour go for? Tour departs at 8:00 am and returns at approximately 4:30 pm. Check-in is from 8:00 am.
  • What days does the tour operate? Every day!
  • What do we eat? The tropical buffet lunch includes different salads and hot dishes, including vegetarian options. Morning tea, which includes pastries, is also provided.
  • Do you cater for specific diets? The tour can cater for a range of dietary requirements, as well as medical conditions/food allergies. Please contact us when booking if you have any specific dietary needs.
  • Who can come? Everyone is welcome on this tour! You must be over 12 years of age to participate in the Introductory or Certified Dives, and 18 years of age to travel unaccompanied.
  • What if I get seasick? If you are prone to seasickness, it is advisable to take something before you go. Check with a chemist. Seasickness pills are sold on board, but please remember, tablets are a preventative, not a cure, so take them just before departure.

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellations made 2 days or more before the activity starts will receive a 90% refund.
  • No cancellations can be made within 2 days of the activity. 
  • Tours are dependent on the weather, so once or twice a year there may be a cancellation by the operator due to extreme weather conditions. If your trip is cancelled for any reason by the operator, we will refund you 100% of your payment.
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      Wonderful Experience

      Was a bit nervous going out on the boat, but staff was really friendly and trying hard to accommodate everybody. I decided on the boat to do an intro-dive. Had Yvonne as instructor and she made it such a pleasant experience that I had a second scuba dive in the afternoon. Saw many fish, some sharks and a few turtles. Brought a waterproof case with me for my phone, but did not use it. Especially when intro-diving it is hard to manage a camera. They do have a photographer with them to make sure you have memories of the day. The trip out and back was a bit rough due to a rough sea, but staff was very friendly, checking up on everyone to make sure we were okay. Big thanks to Adam as well as the supervisor who made sure the day went fluently! All in all definitely a must do trip!

      Scuba dive

      Beautiful boat with awesome crew. Very hospitable with a genuine desire to make it enjoyable day for all on board. Adam was very kind in helping me with being anxious. Truly amazing experience! Ride out and back is rough if you get seasick.

      Great diving, nice crew!

      Had an amazing time diving with Divers Den. Great crew, amazing lunch (including chicken and curry, soup, salads and bread) and ofcourse amazing diving!!! We did three certified dives with Roman as our guide/instructor. Before we started he recaptured all the important rules in diving and explained the equipment. At the reef he pointed out cool marine life. And even though there were like 40 people on the boat, we were with only three certified divers and no other boats near us so we did not see a lot of other divers during our dive. We were really interested in the great barrier reef and all it's different species of corals, fishes and other marine life and after the dive he took like an hour to passionately explain things to us. In conclusion, really fun and intelligent guide and an amazing experience! Would recommend it to everyone!

      What a day!

      From the check in to the departure handshake the staff were absolutely great! I hadn't dived in a long time but Pablo put me at ease throughout the dive and I did a 2nd dive because of that! Also a big shout out to Beto who ran the day fantastically.

      First Encounter with Great Barrier Reef!

      My family relied on AquaQuest to escort us to the Great Barrier Reef on our first trip to Australia, and we delighted by the experience, from beginning to end! The staff were especially friendly and accommodating at every step of the way: Beto as the overall supervisor, Aggie as our diving guide, and Ramon as the lecture deserve special mention for their knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm. The boat is comfortable and the crew were quite careful to ensure our safety and comfort. Food and drink were always at hand, along with hot showers for those who wished to wash off after a dive or snorkel trip. We spent the full day enjoying the many wonders of the Great Barrier Reef at several locations. Highly recommend!