River Drift Snorkelling

If you love nature and the water, this is the perfect tour for you!
Elle M.

Absolutely amazing!
All the guides are very knowledgeable and helpful.
It was fun, adventurous and relaxing.

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What to expect

It’s swimming, snorkelling, floating and a rainforest walk. All combined into the best rainforest experiences in the region!

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 and a great introduction to snorkelling before heading out to the reef.

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

Children floating in the rainforest

What can I see

As you explore one of the cleanest rivers in Australia, keep an eye out for some of the friendly inhabitants

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Turtles

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Over 30 species of fish

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Water Dragons

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Colourful birds

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Electric blue butterflies

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Elusive platypus!

  • 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.

Frequently asked questions

Who is this for?

To enjoy this active rainforest experience, guests require a reasonable level of fitness & good mobility.

 

River Snorkelling requirements:

All participants are required to complete a medical questionnaire and liability release form

Not suitable if you have limited mobility or injuries
e.g: difficulty walking, injured or limited movement of knees, ankle, shoulder etc

Not suitable for anyone who is pregnant
Due to risk of falling on stomach, sudden jarring movements and impacts

Max recommended weight limit is 125kg/274lb
Due to limitations of our equipment.
A good level of fitness and mobility is required if you are near or over this weight

 

When the river level is low (most of the year), our activity is generally suitable for all ages (3+) and swimming abilities.

When the river level is higher, the faster flowing water is only suitable for strong swimming adults (15+) with good fitness and mobility.

 

If you have any concerns about your suitability, please contact us before booking.

Refunds are not guaranteed if you are deemed unsuitable to participate on the day of the tour.

What to bring?

Swimmers to wear under your wetsuit
There are no change rooms at the river, so please wear your swimmers underneath your clothes

Towel & comfortable footwear
Thongs or sandals are fine as boots are provided

You can’t spend any money on this tour
Leave all valuables behind, including any loose fitting jewellery and rings that can be removed

Waterproof camera
Gopro’s and waterproof cameras can be brought at owners risk. We highly reccomend a wrist strap.

Prescription glasses with case
These can be worn to help with walking to the river, our guide can store them in a waterproof bag when you’re in the water.

 

Anything you won’t be swimming with, will be left in our vehcile at your own risk.

Whats Included?

Hotel transfers from Port Douglas & Mossman
Palm Cove transfers $25pp

River sled to float on
Small children can share with an adult

Wetsuit, boots & snorkel mask
Max wetsuit size 3XL, Boots US 13
Prescription masks – limited range

Life jacket (PFD)
If required please contact us before your tour to check that the river is suitable

Experienced river trained guides

Complimentary tour photos
Posted on our Facebook Page after each tour.
Due to the nature of our tour, photos are not guaranteed.
You are always welcome to bring a waterproof camera with wrist strap along with you.

Light snacks after the tour
We provide drinking water and biscuits.

How long does the tour go for?

From Port Douglas, 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.

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.

The best way to see crocodiles in the wild, is with Bruce Belcher’s wildlife cruises on the Daintree River (not the same river)

Tour schedule & transfers

Our tours depart every day of the year except Christmas day

Departure times

Port Douglas
9.00am –  12.30pm
2.00pm –  5.30pm (when available)

Palm Cove
8.25am –  1.00pm

$25pp return transfers from Palm Cove

    Self-drivers

    While we still need to drive you the last bit, this is a great option if you’re travelling up from Cairns, or simply wanting a more flexible day.

    Mossman

    This is the closest meeting point to where our tour operates, and a great option if you’re planning to visit Mossman Gorge or travel north to the Daintree. We meet guests at the Mossman Raintrees cafe.

    Departs at 9.20am & 2.20pm

    Port Douglas

    The closest pickup point from Cairns & Palm Cove. We meet guests at the Wildlife Habitat carpark.

    Departs at 9.05am & 2.05pm

    Transfers

    Return transfers from all major Port Douglas accommodations is included in your tour price.

    Palm Cove transfers are available for an additional $25 per person (available when booking).

    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.

    Pick up times are approximate and can vary due to factors outside our control. Wherever possible we will contact you directly or your hotel reception to inform you of any delays/changes.

    If your accommodation is not in our pickup list when booking, please choose “other location” at the bottom of the list, fill in your accommodation details and we will contact you with further info.

    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?

    Generally yes!

    However, it depends on how much rain and also where the rain is falling.
    1-5mm of rain will hardly wet the ground in the tropics, so please don’t worry if this is the forecast.

    If you have any concerns, please contact us for an update on the river conditions, as heavy rain can influence the safety and overall enjoyment of this tour.

    As this tour is weather dependent, it may be cancelled in conditions of heavy rainfall or extreme weather. If this occurs, an alternative date will be offered, or you will be refunded in full.

    Can I be a spectator?

    Unfortunately not.

    Due to the tour starting and finishing in different locations, there are no suitable areas to sit and watch.

    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.

    Cancellation Policy

    As this tour is weather dependent, it may be cancelled in conditions of heavy rainfall or extreme weather. If this occurs, an alternative date will be offered, or you will be refunded in full.

    • 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

    If your plans have been put on hold by COVID-19 border restrictions, you’ll always be eligible for:

    • Free change of date* (pending availability)
    • A credit voucher for the full amount of your booking valid for 1 year
    • A 100% refund if the above options don’t work in your favour

    COVID-19 Border restrictions include: 


    • Government imposed border closure
    • Lockdowns, restricting travel
    • Quarantine requirements introduced for travelling to our region, or 
returning home

    We hope this gives you the peace of mind to plan and book your next holiday in Tropical North Queensland

    Booking Terms & Conditions

    Child Policy

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

    • Minimum age is 3*
    • Child price is for ages 3-14 inclusive
    • All children 3-8 are required to wear a PFD/life jacket (provided)
    • Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
    • Child booster seats available free of charge for children under 7
    • You are responsible for the safety of any children in your care

    Do I need to confirm my tour?

    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.

    Family price

    Our family rate is based on 2 x adults + 2 x children (3-14)
This discounted rate is only availble when you book directly with us.

     

    Full terms and conditions can be found HERE

    Medical declaration & liability waiver

    All guests are required to complete a medical declaration form & sign our liability waiver to participate in this tour.

    Assumption of risks

    Your safety is our number one priority.  However there will always be risks involved with participating in recreational activities.
    By signing our liability waiver, you acknowlede that there are numerous risks you may face during your involvement in the activities.

    Medical declaration


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

    You understand that this activity requires physical exertion and it is your responsibility to make sure you’re healthy enough to participate.

    Any serious medical condition or history may disallow you from participating in the tour.

    If you have any concerns about your suitability, please contact us before booking.

    Refunds are not guaranteed if you are deemed unsuitable to participate on the day of the tour.

    Bookings and enquiries

     

    Our small groups fill up quickly, so we advise booking ahead to avoid missing out.

     

    Need more info?

    Call our office between 8am-7pm on 07 4099 3677

    Or by email: sales@backcountrybliss.com.au

    Group bookings

    For private tours or larger groups, please contact our office to discuss.

    Waiting List

    If our tours are full on the date you’re after, you can easily join our waiting list. A valid credit card is required to join the waiting list, but no money is charged.

    We will always try our best to fit you in on the date requested, or offer you an alternative.

    Payments

    We accept the following with no additional fees