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Opal Reef - Calypso Snorkelling

Opal Reef - Calypso Snorkelling

Enjoy the peace and serenity of the Great Barrier Reef with Calypso Snorkel, a dedicated snorkelling vessel departing Port Douglas daily.

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.

For more information please visit our Calypso Reef Cruises website.

Please note: On days with low passenger numbers or unsuitable weather conditions, it may be necessary to move people between Agincourt and Opal Reefs. 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.

COST: Adult $255.50, Child $185.50 (4-14yrs) (includes $6.50 Environmental Management Charge)

Visiting 3 sites daily, leaving from the Reef Marina, Port Douglas.

  • Departs 8.45 am
  • Returns 4.15 pm

Your day at Opal Reef includes:

Your day at Opal Reef includes:
  • All snorkelling equipment including lycra suits, wetsuits, prescription masks and flotation devices. Diving is additional and can include or exclude gear hire
  • Guided snorkel tours & an interpretive reef talk
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water are available all day
  • Wide stern decks and submersible platforms provide easy access for getting in and out of the water
  • All seating, inside and out, is upholstered for your comfort
  • Four toilets onboard, each containing a fresh water shower

News By Calypso Snorkel & Dive

Spotlight on Bash

Spotlight on Bash

By Calypso Snorkel & Dive

20 Apr 2018

Location: Bash is on Opal Reef, accessed from Port Douglas
Maximum Depth: 18m
Visibility: 15m

Highlights: Boulder coral gardens are the dominant feature of Bash which is short for Bashful Bommie. Recently turtles were seen eating moon jellies which are like jelly beans to them! Epaulette sharks frequent this site and frigate birds are regularly seen flying overhead.
Health: Some staghorn coral was affected by the 2016 bleaching event, but it is growing back as can been seen from the picture. The lower water temperatures during the past summer have given the corals a further reprieve which is helping them rejuvenate.

Calypso Snorkel & Dive Reviews


Wendy Holland

My partner and 2 adult children had a great day snorkelling at three different reefs with Calypso! The kids didn't want to come back to the boat at each reef, they enjoyed it that much! A great informative talk during lunch and the food was delicious and plenty of it! Would definitely go again on Calypso, thanks for a great day with awesome memories!


Michelle Lange Sawyer

We had an amazing day snorkelling on the reef with the Calypso group again today. Yes, we are repeat customers!! Beautiful day, minimal numbers, clear water and colourful corals and fish, visited 3 different spots on the reef and informative staff who are there to ensure you have a great experience!! What else can you ask for?? Thank you Calypso Reef Cruises! If we get another chance to visit, we'll come see you again!


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