Sailaway Port Douglas – Outer Reef Day Trip to Mackay Coral Cay

Experience the ultimate Port Douglas sailing adventure with our full-day sailing and snorkeling tour. First, embark on an unforgettable journey to the Outer Great Barrier Reef aboard the magnificent Sailaway VII, a luxurious 25m catamaran.

Next, immerse yourself in the pristine beauty of the Great Barrier Reef’s northernmost region with our eco-friendly excursion. Departing daily from Port Douglas, this tour is perfect for adventurous swimmers who love to explore and have fun. Most importantly, you will enjoy an intimate, small-group experience as you discover the breathtaking Mackay Coral Cay on the Great Barrier Reef.

Marvel at Spectacular Marine Life

Sailaway is the only Port Douglas operator with access to the spectacular Coral Cays of Mackay Reef. In other words, they exclusively use the Reef sites, which are perfect for snorkelling. There are vast shallow coral gardens to explore at your own pace. Above all, you get up close and personal with beautiful corals, giant clams, turtles and fish life. Moreover, it is ideal for taking underwater photos or watching marine life in its natural habitat.

Finally, join us for a day of excitement and natural wonder on this exceptional sailing and snorkeling tour!

Next, visit the Outer Barrier Reef with Silversonic.



Full-day tour to the Outer Reef that is Mackay Coral Cay


Sailaway Port Douglas Itinerary

7.30 am: First, check in at the Sailaway office at the Port Douglas marina

8.00 am: Departure – sailing to Mackay Cay Outer Barrier Reef

10.15 am: Then, arrive at the 1st site for morning activities

12.45 pm: Lunch before we move to 2nd site and resume activities

2.15 pm: Next, afternoon Tea and Coffee

2.30 pm: Depart Mackay Cay and sail back to Port Douglas

5.00 pm: Finally, we arrive at Port Douglas

Pickups from Palm Cove are now available daily.

Palm Cove bus times: Departs Palm Cove at 7.00 am and return departs Port Douglas at 5.15 pm. Exact pickup times from various hotels will be advised when booking.


  • Courtesy coach transfers from Port Douglas accommodation
  • During afternoon tea and coffee, enjoy as well cakes and fresh fruit platter (Using local produce Daintree Tea and Jaques Coffee)
  • Superb tropical buffet during lunch (including prawns)
  • Snorkelling equipment, optical masks, seasonal lycra snorkelling suits, wet suits and flotation devices
  • Snorkelling instruction and in-water assistance
  • Guided snorkel tour with a marine biologist
  • Glass bottom boat viewing and Reef interpretation talk
  • 4.5 hours at the pristine Mackay Coral Cay
  • The experience of sailing on board the luxury sailing catamaran Sailaway VII
  • Eco Shamba Environmental Initiative $20 to local re-forestation

Optional Extras

Add these luxury upgrades to your online booking and experience the best of Sailaway’s service.

  • Beach Sun Smart: Enjoy a perfect souvenir of your time in the tropical sun with a quality embroidered Sailaway beach towel (navy or white) and sun hat, reef friendly sunscreen and re-useable calico beach bag. Presented at time of check-in to use and keep.
  • Champagne Celebration: Treat yourself to a chilled bottle of French Champagne, Moët & Chandon (750mL).

The Environmental Management Charge (Government Levy) is $8.00 per person, and will be added to the total at time of booking.

What to bring

  • Beach towel
  • Swimwear
  • Hat
  • Sun-shirt
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses
  • A friendly smile and your consideration for this precious Marine National Park and World Heritage site
  • Booking voucher (if you booked via a tour desk or travel agent)
  • Credit Card
    • At check-in for the Environment Management Charge – see your confirmation document for details
    • For onboard purchases of alcoholic beverages, soft drinks/juices
    • For underwater camera hire – ensure you select this as an add-on to your booking if you would like to use it

How to get there

7:30 am Check-in at Sailaway Boathouse Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina 8, Shop 18/44 Wharf St, Port Douglas QLD 4877

Important Information

This is an adventure tour suitable for travellers with good mobility. To participate in snorkelling you must be confident in the water with good swimming ability, as snorkelling can be a strenuous activity.

The Environmental Management Charge (Government Levy) is $8.00 per person, and will be added to the total at time of booking.



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