River Drift Snorkelling

A rainforest experience like no other!
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River Drift Snorkelling

A rainforest experience like no other!
Book now

Starting Time

9am & 2pm


3.5 hours

Minimum age

Ages 3+


Low - Med

Starting Time

9am & 2pm


3.5 hours


Low - Med

Minimum age

Ages 3+

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 the perfect way to stay cool in the hot tropics. A great introduction to snorkelling before heading out to the reefs. Small children (and adults) can journey down the river on large river sleds.

An amazing eco-immersion adventure that’s different every time!

Availability & Bookings

A rainforest expierience like no other!

Real life Avatar in the daintree rainforest

Real life Avatar

You’ll feel a million miles away, surrounded by lush green rainforest and crystal-clear water.

Freshwater snorkelling mossman gorge

Drift Snorkelling

Float along with the current as you search for turtles, fish, and the occasional Platypus!

Snorkelling Fun with Friends

Fun with friends

There’s no better way to escape the heat with some friends!

Floating through Mossman Gorge

Under the rainforest canopy

Your reward at the end is to lay back and let the world drift by. The ferns passing by overhead, will soothe your soul.

Drifting down the river on river sleds

Different every time

Sometimes it’s fast and exciting, other times slow and relaxing.

Tour details

River Snorkelling Requirements

Our tour is suitable for all ages and swimming abilities when the river is calm and relaxing (most of the year).
With faster, more exciting conditions, ideal for strong swimmers.


  • Not suitable for guests with limited mobility
  • Must be able to walk over uneven surfaces
  • You may need to climb over tree roots to exit the river
  • Not suitable for anyone who is pregnant
  • Max wetsuit size 3XL, max shoe size US 13
  • Max weight limit is 120kg/265lb*
    *This is due to the weight limit for our River Sleds*
  • We highly recommend having your own travel insurance
  • All participants are required to complete a medical questionnaire and liability release form
What's Included
  • Return transfers from:
    Palm Cove/Port Douglas/ Mossman
  • Wetsuit, boots & snorkel mask
  • Prescription masks (limited)
  • Safety equipment & River Sled
  • Safety trained river guide
  • Small groups – maximum 10
  • Snacks
What to bring
  • Wear swimmers under your clothes
  • Dry clothes and a towel
  • Go-pros and waterproof cameras are more than welcome
  • Phones can be stowed in our waterproof bag
  • Daily medication
  • Prescription glasses with case

Leave all valuables and jewellery at your accomodation


Tours depart daily

Palm Cove
8.30am – return 1.00pm

Port Douglas
9.00am – return 12.30pm
2.00pm – return 5.30pm*
*peak times only

For Self-drivers:

Mossman pickup at 9.20am & 2.20pm

Port Douglas pickup at 9.05am & 2.05pm

Child Policy

Children love this tour, however please note the below requirements:

  • Minimum age is 3 years*
  • Child age is 3-14 inclusive
  • All children 3-8 must wear a PFD/Lifejacket (provided)
  • Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Car seats available free of charge in tour vehicle, for children under 7

*We are always happy to advise if conditions are suitable for small children. During heavy rain, our river might not be suitable, due ot the speed of the water. If we deem the conditions unsafe for small children, we will either move your booking to another day, or provide a refund

Medical Conditions

For safety reasons, some medical conditions, disabilities or impairments may exclude participants from our River Drift Snorkelling tour.

If our guides deem it unsafe for you to participate, you will not be able to participate.

If you have any concerns, please contact us before booking, as refunds are not garanteed and at the discretion of Back Country Bliss management.

Prior to entering the river are, you will be required to complete a medical questionnaire and sign our liability waiver.

  • Scott Alexander

    Fantastic experience and guide. Stu was great, looked after us all really well. We experienced a lot of the rainforest and did so in an incredible way - snorkeling and drifting down the river. Highly recommended tour.. Thanks Stu ??..

  • Magda Rhodes

    Awesome, unique experience with very friendly, knowledgeable guides who went out of their way to look after us and especially our kids. Well organised and well run. Loved it.

  • Ben M
    5 star rating

    Had such an amazing time! Well worth the money would definitely recommend it was an amazing experience! ??

What animals can I see?




Over 30 species of fish


Water Dragons


Colourful birds


Electric blue butterflies


Elusive platypus!

What about crocodiles?!

Mossman river

We don’t swim with crocs!

You should always be Croc-wise in Croc country; that is why you can rest assured that our tour operates in a very safe, Croc-Free stretch of water.

Crocodiles use the water, sun and shade to maintain their preferred body temperature of 30–33°C.

Where we swim is too clear, too cold at 16-22°C, and too shaded for crocodiles.

The cool water is one reason we provide you with a very fashionable wetsuit to use during your tour.

If you want to see crocodiles in the wild, visit Bruce Belcher’s wildlife cruises on the Daintree River (not the same river)…

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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.

How long does the tour go for?
From Port Doulgas, the tour takes approx. 3.5 return including transfers.

We aim to spend up to 2 hours in the river, but this can vary based on group size. Smaller groups may finish earlier, based on reduced time taken for pickups/getting ready.

Can I meet you at the river?

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 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. As heavy rain can influence the safety and overall enjoyment of this tour, if we cancel a trip any monies will be refunded in full.
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.
Cancellation Policy
  • Cancellations outside of 72 hours from departure — no charge.
  • Cancellations within 48-72 hours before departure — 50% charge.
  • Cancellations less than 48 hours before departure, or no show — 100% cancellation fee applies.
  • Date changes are free of charge, but must be received by email or phone, 48 hours prior to tour departure.
  • All changes are subject to availability and made at the discretion of the operator.
Booking Terms & Conditions

By booking a River Drift Snorkelling tour, you agree to be bound by our “Booking Terms and Conditions” and “Medical Waiver”.

  • Minimum age of participation is 3 years old*
  • Family rate is based on 2 x adults + 2 x children (3-14)
  • Maximum participant weight is 120kgs/265lb
  • As this tour is weather dependent, it may be cancelled in conditions of heavy rainfall or extreme weather. If this occurs, bookings can be placed on another date or full refunds will be provided.
  • If you are not waiting at your pick-up point at the date and time specified in your booking, then you will forfeit 100% of the total price paid. At the discretion of Back Country Bliss Adventures, you may be able to reschedule for another day with an added rescheduling fee.
  • A medical declaration form must be completed. Any serious medical condition or history may disallow you from participating in the tour.
  • If your guide determines it is unsafe for you to participate; due to no swimming ability or insufficient level of mobility and/or fitness, participant/s will have to leave the tour and forfeit 100% of total price paid.
  • Prices listed on the website supersede all previously advertised prices. Prices valid until 31/3/2021

Full terms and conditions can be found HERE

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