Outer Reef Cruise from Port Douglas

This filled day out on the water will see you diving into experiences you'll never forget across the famous Great Barrier Reef
Port Douglas, Australia
7 hrs 15 min
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
9:15 am to 4:30 pm
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Not included
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
All ages
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
Port Douglas

What's Included

  • Get up to $20 cash back per person when you book with us 

  • A full day trip to the Outer Great Barrier Reef with access to the activity platform at Agincourt Reef

  • Use of lycra stinger suits, snorkelling mask, snorkel & fins to explore the dynamic & beautiful underwater world of the ribbon reef & coral gardens

  • All meals, including morning and afternoon tea on board the Wavepiercer as you sail, plus a tropical buffet lunch 

  • Insightful & interesting reef presentation by a marine biologist

  • range of reef platform activities including semi-submersible coral viewing, an underwater observatory, & a fish-feeding demonstration by the crew

  • Qualified Lifeguard on hand for peace of mind

  • Environmental Management Charge, which contributes to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's management & conservation of the reef

  • Departs from the meeting point at Port Douglas Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina on Wharf Street, Port Douglas

  • Check-in time is 9.15am at the Quicksilver office

What's Excluded

  • Optional activities such as guided snorkelling tours, scuba diving, ocean walker helmets, & scenic helicopter flights
  • Drinks from the bar
  • Transfers to and from Cairns, Northern Beaches, or Port Douglas accommodation

What to Expect

Experience nature's finest on the Great Barrier Reef with this full-day tour departing Port Douglas. You'll board the Wavepiercer for the 72-kilometre journey to Agincourt Reef, situated at the very edge of Australia's Continental Shelf. Relax in the luxury of the spacious air-conditioned cabin areas with a fully licensed bar, or sit outside and enjoy the cool sea breezes. On the way, enjoy a delicious morning tea


Here at this incredible location, you'll find remarkable reefs known as 'ribbons' that run parallel to the Continental Shelf. Adjacent to the Coral Sea trench, these ribbon reefs are recognised as the most pristine eco-systems in the reef's environment. Clear water provides the best possible underwater visibility, encourages rich coral growth and supports spectacular marine life.  


Entering the dramatic beauty of the Great Barrier Reef is an extraordinary experience. It's a day that engages all your senses, lifts your spirit and takes you into another realm. Sharing the wonder of the world's largest living entity, realising its breathtaking colour and majesty, seeing nature at its most perfect is an awakening and, quite simply, the memory of a lifetime. 


Once you arrive at Agincourt, you'll transfer across to the permanently moored activity platform, where you'll have several hours to participate in as many activities as you like.


A delicious smorgasbord lunch is also included to help refuel you after working up a hearty appetite. Enjoy hot and cold tropical options, including fresh prawns, pasta, meats, salads and fruit. In addition, there are full bar facilities available where you can purchase drinks.


Included Activities


There is a range of activities included in your fare, with both in and out of water options – there's something everyone will love. 




Snorkelling is one of the many activities included in your day and is one of the best ways to view the incredible underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. The friendly crew are on hand to show you how, plus on your journey out to Agincourt Reef, you can view an instructional video on how to snorkel to teach you the proper techniques.


Upon reaching the outer reef, you can grab your snorkelling equipment from the storage containers on the platform. Access to the water is easy and available from submerged platforms.


Underwater Observatory


If you prefer to stay dry, you can watch the fish feeding from the unique viewing platform and underwater observatory located directly in front of the platform. From here, you can also view first-time divers taking part in introductory dives.


Butterflyfish, parrotfish, angelfish and elegant nudibranchs dance before your eyes and coral gardens beckon you to explore. Watch, entranced, as a clownfish snuggles into the embrace of a sea anemone.


Semi-submersible Tour


Another excellent option for seeing the reef from a new perspective is the semi-submersible tour. Seated just one metre underwater, experience a diver's view of the reef as you glide slowly through the reef lagoons and colourful coral gardens in air-conditioned comfort.


From the expansive viewing windows, the reef is revealed in its full glory before your eyes. Marvel at spectacular coral formations thousands of years in the making and see a fantastic array of exotic rainbow-coloured tropical fish. With some of the highest biodiversity in the world, there are 1500 species of fish found in the Great Barrier Reef! 


The trip takes approximately 25 minutes and includes an informed commentary on the marine life observed during the journey and an overview of the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. Semi-subs depart every fifteen minutes from the rear of the platform.


Optional Extras


There's a range of optional activities you can add to your reef experience, bookable and payable on the day. 


If you would like to learn more about the Great Barrier Reef whilst snorkelling, you may want to upgrade your experience with an optional guided snorkelling tour. The University qualified marine biologists will introduce you to a new and exciting world. There are two different snorkel tours designed to enable all groups of passengers to enjoy an amazing in-water experience on the reef regardless of their snorkelling skill level.


Add a unique and truly memorable dimension to your reef experience with scuba diving; choose from either an introductory dive for beginners or certified divers can enjoy up to two spectacular dives lasting approximately 40 minutes.


Oceanwalker or "helmet diving" is a unique and fun way to experience the underwater world of the reef up close and personal. Breathing fresh air delivered from the surface into your helmet, you will walk underwater on a reef platform – you can even wear your glasses if you wish! This is an excellent add-on for non-swimmers and anyone over the age of 12. 


Finally, see the reef from above with a 10-minute scenic helicopter flight that will really showcase the scope and majesty of the Outer Reef. Taking you up to 150 metres [500ft], see opal blue reef lagoons, vast coral formations, marine life and the fantastic patterns that are at the reef's outer edge. 


After lunch, enjoy time for more reef activities or just relax and take in the view! Finally, you'll reboard the boat and depart Agincourt Reef for Port Douglas. Chat with the marine biologists, enjoy the reef video and even the photographer's photos of the day on the homeward journey. You'll arrive back at 4:30 pm. 


Where we Visit:

  • Agincourt Reef

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Undercover tables and seating
  • Snorkelling platforms
  • Semi-submersibles – cruise as often as you like!
  • Underwater Observatory
  • Dive Area, Introductory Dive and Snorkel Pools
  • Showers (fresh water)
  • Change rooms
  • Toilets (onboard vessel)
  • Post Office Box
  • Sundeck
  • Licenced Bar
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Lunch
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Bring along a towel, sunscreen, hat, swimwear and camera to capture your memories. Limited underwater digital cameras are available to hire onboard. A professional photographic service is also available for you to purchase photos of your day. For optional activities or onboard purchases like souvenirs or drinks from the bar, bring along your credit card or some cash.

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Agincourt Reef is 72km NE of Port Douglas. Travelling time aboard the state-of-the-art Wavepiercer catamaran from Port Douglas to Agincourt Reef is 90 minutes.

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Yes, the daily buffet lunch provides food options for vegetarians. The meals are prepared daily by the  Catering Department utilising local produce wherever possible. All menu options are labelled with ingredients lists. Please contact The Operator directly if you have specific dietary needs.

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Due to government regulations and the comfort of all passengers, smoking is not permitted onboard any of our vessels. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas at the outer reef platform and island. Please ensure cigarette butts are disposed of responsibly in the receptacles provided.

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Providing there is availability you are welcome to change the dates of your cruise. On very rare occasions cruise services can be subject to the effect of weather. Should a cruise not operate for any reason, you will be offered an alternative day or a refund authorised.

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Hopefully not. The Wavepiercer catamaran cruise to the Outer Reef provides the smoothest possible ride in all sea conditions. Where there is motion whether in a car, bus, plane or boat, some people will suffer from motion sickness. Motion sickness medication is available onboard for purchase. Ginger tablets are available as a natural alternative motion sickness medication on a complimentary basis. To be effective, motion sickness medications should be taken immediately prior to travel.

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Yes. The largest lycra suit is XXL and the largest fin is size 13. The smallest lycra suit is size 2. There are small snorkels and masks for toddlers, and the smallest fins are sizes 1-3.

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You'll spend 3½ hours at the reef.

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The Wavepiercer catamarans and reef platforms are pram-friendly with ample room on the boat and ramped areas on the platform.

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Yes, infants and children are welcome however it's recommended they are supervised and are accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. The Operator suggests buoyancy vests are worn and these are available free of charge. Noodles/flotation devices are also available. There are many activities for children and families to enjoy together at the Outer Reef.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • Presentation of a valid photo ID or the credit card used to book is required for verification purposes at check-in
  • Snorkelling can be a strenuous activity. Please use caution and inform our crew of any medical conditions
  • All schedules, activities and prices may be varied without notice
  • On rare occasions, services can be subject to the effect of weather or unforeseen circumstances. Should a cruise not operate for any reason passengers will be offered an alternative day of travel or a refund will be authorised
  • The passenger shall comply with the instructions of the company’s servants and agents concerning all matters connected with the service and shall comply with any notice exhibited on the vessel

Cancellation Policy:

  • For cancellations with 24 hours of travel, a 100% cancellation fee will apply
  • For cancellations 24 hours prior to travel, no cancellation fee will apply
  • Any Environmental Management Charge collected is to be refunded
  • Any refund given will be by the same method payment was made
  • A change of travel date can be made to your booking without incurring any cancellation fee

Pickup Locations

  • 01 - Self drive to marina 45 minutes prior to departure @ 09:00
  • 181 THE ESPLANADE (181 Esplanade) @ 08:15
  • 201 LAKE ST (201 Lake Street) @ 08:10
  • A TROPICAL NITE (119 Davidson St) @ 09:25
  • ABBEY'S CITY HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST HOMESTAY (396 Draper Street) @ 08:10
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