9am
Departure Time
Low-Medium
Fitness Level
3.5 hours
Duration
Max 10
Group Size

river drift snorkelling

If you love nature and the water, then this is the perfect tour for you!

School holidays are here and tours are booking out fast!
If you’re unable to find availability online, please contact us to see if we can help.

Within an ancient rainforest, step into the cool, crystal clear water and drift with the current as you explore life under the water’s surface. Watch fish dart in and around the river stones and keep your eyes out for the occasional turtle. This family friendly tour is a perfect way to stay cool in the hot tropics and is a great introduction to snorkelling before heading out to the reefs. Small children can journey down the river on large river sleds.

This amazing Eco-immersion adventure is a must try, sometimes it’s fast and exciting, other times slow and relaxing.

Suitable for all ages when the river is calm, with faster conditions in the wet season, December-April, ideal for strong swimmers.

Please enquire upon booking for current river conditions, as our wet season has become smaller and less frequent, meaning the river is more often calm.

Transfers from your Port Douglas/ Mossman accomodation

All wetsuits and snorkelling gear

Prescription masks (limited)

All Safety equipment

Safety trained river guide

Small groups

Snacks

Not recommended if pregnant

Must be able to walk over uneven surfaces and through moving water.

Ability to swim is highly recommended – enquire first if unsure.

Minimum age to participate is 3 years old*

Children aged 3-8 must wear a PFD

To fit into the provided wetsuit, should not be more than 6 feet 10 inches tall and weigh no more than 140kg (305 lbs).

Max wetsuit size is 3XL

*Please contact us first to check if river conditions are suitable for young children

Tours depart approximately 9:00am from Port Douglas

Tours return approximately 12:30pm to Port Douglas

During busy times we will also run a 1:30pm departure

Tours operate daily except Christmas Day (25th Dec)

Child age is 3-14 inclusive

Minimum age is 3*

All children must be accompanied by an adult

Child seats available free of charge

*Please contact us first to check if river conditions are suitable for young children

Picture the most beautiful, crystal clear rainforest river, then see yourself drift snorkelling down with the current.

At 9am, you’ll be met at your accommodation by your guide.  A short drive north through scenic sugar cane country, arrive at the beautiful Mossman River; where your river trained guides will help you get fitted out with a wetsuit, boots and a snorkel Mask. It’s now time to explore the crystal-clear waters of this beautiful rainforest river.  Keep an eye out for Turtles and the elusive Platypus that calls this river home.  More than 30 species of fish live in this river, so you are sure to spot more than a few…  Lizards, Butterflies & Rainforest birds are also frequently spotted on this river adventure.

After drifting along under the rainforest canopy, it’s time to say goodbye to this beautiful river.  After we dry ourselves off, it’s time to return to your accommodation.  Arrive approx. 12.30pm

Swimwear to wear under the wetsuit

Towel

Camera/phone (can be placed in a dry bag)

Any personal medications

River Drift Snorkel = Fantastic

What a great way to see the Mossman River and rainforest! Thoroughly enjoyed this half day snorkel and drift. Saw river fish, baby turtle, goanna and lizards as well as beautiful butterflies and birds, let alone the rainforest and river environment surroundings. This is a great alternative tour if you want to avoid the crowds. Our guide Wil was knowledgeable and gave us easy to understand guidance with the assistance of Sam. The photos are fantastic! Floating underneath the canopy was an amazing experience. Thanks, we'll be back.

Philippa W
Wollongong, Australia
River Drift Snorkelling
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2017-08-24T21:24:15+00:00
Philippa W
Wollongong, Australia
What a great way to see the Mossman River and rainforest! Thoroughly enjoyed this half day snorkel and drift. Saw river fish, baby turtle, goanna and lizards as well as beautiful butterflies and birds, let alone the rainforest and river environment surroundings. This is a great alternative tour if you want to avoid the crowds. Our guide Wil was knowledgeable and gave us easy to understand guidance with the assistance of Sam. The photos are fantastic! Floating underneath the canopy was an amazing experience. Thanks, we'll be back.

Relaxing river snorkelling with the best.

Thank you Jason at Back Country Bliss! This really was an incredible half day excursion floating down the river. Very professional, clean and magical. The crystal clear waters allows you to see lots of different fish. We saw a couple of turtles and even a water dragon.
If you are contemplating a day out in Port Douglas, don't look past Back Country.
Thanks again, highly recommend.

LincolnMiller
Harrison Hot Springs, Canada
River Drift Snorkelling
5.0
2017-08-24T21:24:49+00:00
LincolnMiller
Harrison Hot Springs, Canada
Thank you Jason at Back Country Bliss! This really was an incredible half day excursion floating down the river. Very professional, clean and magical. The crystal clear waters allows you to see lots of different fish. We saw a couple of turtles and even a water dragon. If you are contemplating a day out in Port Douglas, don't look past Back Country. Thanks again, highly recommend.

Mossman River snorkelling – the most memorable thing we did in Far North QLD!

We did the river snorkelling with Jason this week (ending 14 July 2017). It was like nothing else we had ever done - you feel like a platypus, being carried down the river with the current, rocks and fish rushing underneath you. Jason was knowledgeable and his passion for the area was catching. He even scored us some delicious, wild passionfruit, growing by the river. This experience cannot be compared to the cattle-class big tours on the reef. You will feel as if you are in the midst of deep forest, far from the tourist crowds. Highly recommend and would do again if we were to return.

lisaclaireh
Sydney, Australia
River Drift Snorkelling
5.0
2017-08-24T21:25:23+00:00
lisaclaireh
Sydney, Australia
We did the river snorkelling with Jason this week (ending 14 July 2017). It was like nothing else we had ever done - you feel like a platypus, being carried down the river with the current, rocks and fish rushing underneath you. Jason was knowledgeable and his passion for the area was catching. He even scored us some delicious, wild passionfruit, growing by the river. This experience cannot be compared to the cattle-class big tours on the reef. You will feel as if you are in the midst of deep forest, far from the tourist crowds. Highly recommend and would do again if we were to return.

Highlight of holiday

I have to say that the River Drift snorkel was the unexpected highlight of our tour around Australia in early August. We were picked up on time for the short journey from Port Douglas to Mossman. It isn't along the stretch near the Mossman Gorge visitors centre, so there was nobody else around. It was a very relaxed snorkel, whereby our guide allowed us as much time as we wanted when encountering large eels etc. Our family of 4 was the only one on the tour, so we were lucky to recieve her full attention throughout. The water is too cold for crocs but the wetsuits kept us warm. Lots of fish to see so take your Gopro. Highly recommended!

glenn_paxton
Derbyshire, United Kingdom
River Drift Snorkelling
5.0
2017-08-24T21:27:43+00:00
glenn_paxton
Derbyshire, United Kingdom
I have to say that the River Drift snorkel was the unexpected highlight of our tour around Australia in early August. We were picked up on time for the short journey from Port Douglas to Mossman. It isn't along the stretch near the Mossman Gorge visitors centre, so there was nobody else around. It was a very relaxed snorkel, whereby our guide allowed us as much time as we wanted when encountering large eels etc. Our family of 4 was the only one on the tour, so we were lucky to recieve her full attention throughout. The water is too cold for crocs but the wetsuits kept us warm. Lots of fish to see so take your Gopro. Highly recommended!
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are there crocodiles in the river?

Thankfully we have a very safe section of river to explore.  The water is too clear, too cold and too shaded to be suitable for crocodiles.  There’s also 2 swimming areas between us and the ocean end of the river.

 

How cold is the water?

The water temperature varies between 16-22C (60-71F) year round.  We provide an extra thermal layer during winter, gloves are also available to use.

 

What will I see?

There are 33 species of fish in the river, so you are certain to see a variety.  Turtles, Eels, Butterflies, Water Dragons (Lizard), Platypus, Rare birds and beautiful rainforest trees are all found along the river.

 

Can I meet you at the river?

Sorry, due to limited parking and a different finish location, we can’t meet you at the river.  The closest place to meet us is in Mossman, 5 minutes away.  This is a great place to meet us if you are planning to visit Mossman Gorge in the afternoon, or continue north towards the Daintree.

 

Do I need to call to confirm my booking?

While not necessary, we appreciate if you call or email 24 hours before travel to confirm accommodation details and pick up time.  We can also update you on the river conditions.

 

Do I need my voucher?
If you’ve booked the tour directly with Back Country Bliss, there is no need to bring any vouchers or confirmation emails.  If the tour has been booked through a travel desk/Travel agent, please bring your voucher along with you to give to the guide.

 

Can I be a spectator?

Sorry, due to the nature of the tour, there are no suitable areas to sit and watch.

 

Do we still run the tour if it is raining?

Depends on how much rain and also where the rain is falling.  Please contact us for an update on the river conditions.  Rain can influence the safety and overall enjoyment of this tour. If we cancel a trip any monies will be refunded in full.

 

What do I need to bring?

Swimwear to wear under the wetsuit

Towel

Camera (can be placed in dry bag)

Any personal medications

 

What are the requirements for River Snorkelling?

Maximum weight 140 kg (305 lbs) – Due to Wetsuit size

Must be able to walk over uneven surfaces and through moving water.

Minimum age 3 years – Please contact us first to check if river conditions are suitable for young children

PFD’s (lifejacket) is required for all children under 8

You must wear the safety equipment provided by the guide

Not recommended if pregnant

Ability to swim is Highly recommended

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