river drift snorkelling
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 May-Oct and strong swimmers Nov-Apr. Please inquire upon booking for current river conditions.
Small group tours
Drift under the rainforest canopy
Search for turtles and platypus
Learn about this incredible river
All equipment included
Family friendly activity
Transfers from your Port Douglas/ Mossman accomodation
All wetsuits and snorkelling gear
Prescription masks (limited)
All Safety equipment
Safety trained river guide
Child age is 3-14 inclusive
Minimum age is 3
All children must be accompanied by an adult
Child seats available free of charge
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
Tours depart approximately 9:00am from Port Douglas
Tours return approximately 12:30pm to Port Douglas
Tours operate daily except Christmas Day (25th Dec)
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
Camera (can be placed in dry bag)
Any personal medications
River Drift Snorkel = Fantastic
Relaxing river snorkelling with the best.
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!
Highlight of holiday
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?
We would 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.
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
– 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
– 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