First time snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef? Try River Drift Snorkelling First

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Published on: 8 September 2021
Freshwater snorkelling mossman gorge

Ready for your first time snorkelling? Let us introduce you to River Drift Snorkelling.

If you’re visiting the Cairns and Port Douglas region, there is no doubt you’ll have a few major bucket list items to tick off while you’re here. The world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists to Cairns and Port Douglas every year (and for good reason, it’s amazing!) and our impressive Daintree Rainforest and Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is a must do for everyone visiting, living or just passing through the region.

If you’re nervous about your first time snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef or have been searching for tips on what to expect for your first time snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, we’ll let you know now that you’re in for an extraordinary day of swimming, snorkelling and admiring our world heritage wonder.

For those who are looking for a calm and easy introduction to snorkelling before heading out to the Great Barrier Reef, we recommend our Back Country Bliss Adventures’ River Drift Snorkelling Tour. This family friendly tour along the Mossman River is a great way to ease yourself into snorkelling while discovering the delights and impressive flora and fauna of the incredible Daintree Rainforest on the way.

It’s calm

For most of the year the Mossman River runs at a slow and steady pace meaning you’ll float gently down the river current, taking in the underwater sights. 

Freshwater snorkelling mossman gorge first time snorkelling

It’s shallow

In addition to being calm for most of the year, the Mossman River is also quite low and mostly at standing height, providing increased confidence for those first time snorkelling or who are still finding their comfort in the water.

River Drift Snorkelling - Back Country Bliss Adventures

It’s appropriate for most ages

As the Mossman River is low and calm for the majority of the year, during this time, River Drift Snorkelling is generally suitable for ages 3 and above with a range of swimming abilities. If you have any younger members of the family, River Drift Snorkelling is a great introduction to first time snorkelling before heading out to the Great Barrier Reef.

During our wetter months, when the river is higher and flows faster this tour is only suitable for strong swimmers aged 15 and above. If you have any concerns about your swimming ability, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Children floating in the rainforest

Tired? Relax on your river sled.

River sleds are included in your River Drift Snorkelling Tour meaning you can relax on your river sled throughout the experience. During parts of the tour you will float along the river and at any time while snorkelling you can take a break and float on your river sled.

Drifting through paradise

Gain confidence before heading out to the Great Barrier Reef

The River Drift Snorkelling tour is great practice for your first time snorkelling and a great way to gain confidence before heading out to the Great Barrier Reef. Masks, snorkel, wetsuit and river boots are all included in your experience so you can fully immerse yourself in snorkelling in the freshwater Mossman River. 

You’ll learn a lot!

River Drift Snorkelling isn’t only an incredible snorkelling and river tour, it’s a one-of-a-kind rainforest experience. Throughout your time on the river, you will explore the Daintree in a uniquely Tropical North Queensland format where you’re immersed into all things tropical rainforest. The Daintree Rainforest is a part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area which is globally recognised as the oldest tropical rainforest on Earth. Your river guides will explain the vast 130-million-year evolution of the rainforest and point out ancient plant species along the way. Not only will you come away from your River Drift Snorkelling tour with a great appreciation for the beauty of this ancient tropical rainforest, but you’ll also be filled with enough facts to win your next pub quiz.

River Drift Snorkelling

Where to find River Drift Snorkelling

Operated exclusively by Back Country Bliss Adventures, the River Drift Snorkelling tour explores the Mossman River in the Daintree Rainforest, approximately 20 minutes north of Port Douglas. Hotel transfers from Port Douglas and Mossman are included (Palm Cove transfers are an additional) meaning all you have to do is be ready and we’ll take you on an experience of a life time, exploring the ancient Daintree Rainforest and stunning Mossman River.

River Drift Snorkelling and More

In addition to River Drift Snorkelling, take full advantage of your time in the Daintree Rainforest on Back Country Bliss Adventures’ Mossman Gorge Adventure Day Tour. This tour combines River Drift Snorkelling with a Mossman Gorge experience where you’ll enjoy a traditional Kuku Yalanji smoking ceremony and guided interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest. Tick off your first time snorkelling in style before immersing yourself in the culture and history of this globally significant landscape.

Whether it is your first time snorkelling or not, we can’t wait to see you exploring the Mossman River and Daintree Rainforest soon!

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