Daintree Rainforest River Snorkelling



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Australia's ONLY Jungle Snorkel tour

Experience the best of the Daintree Rainforest with our Daintree River Snorkel tour! This adventure is perfect for solo adventure travellers, families and couples who love nature and the water.

Join Jason and his team of expert adventurers as they take you deep into the heart of an ancient rainforest. Immerse yourself in a unique and unforgettable experience by stepping into the cool, crystal-clear waters of the Mossman River.

Drift with the current and explore the incredible aquatic life that thrives in this pristine environment. Watch as colourful fish dart in and out of the river stones, and keep your eyes peeled for the occasional turtle or even the elusive platypus.

As a family-owned and operated experience, our river guides are full of knowledge and love sharing the secrets of this special place. You’ll learn about the Daintree’s fascinating history and ecosystem as you explore the river and discover the wonders that lie beneath the water’s surface.


  • Snorkel in crystal-clear river under the rainforest canopy
  • Search for turtles and platypus as you float
  • Spot over 30 species of fish, water dragons and colourful birds
  • Learn about the rainforest river and its wildlife
  • Experience river drift snorkelling on sleds
  • Perfect for adventurous families and couples
  • Friendly local guides practicing sustainable tourism
  • Include as part of your self-drive adventure
  • Palm Cove and Cairns pick-ups are possible too


Story ~ Daintree Rainforest River Snorkelling


Complimentary Hotel Transfers
All wetsuits and snorkelling gear
River boots
Prescription snorkel masks
Inflatable river sleds
All safety equipment
Safety trained river guide
Cairns Transfers (+$70pp)
Palm Cove Transfers (+$70pp)


  • Your River Tour Itinerary

    Start your Daintree rainforest river snorkelling adventure with pick-ups from Port Douglas, and Mossman. As you journey north through historic sugar cane fields, you’ll feel the excitement building for the incredible day ahead.

    Once you arrive, you’re highly trained river guide will fit you with a wetsuit, boots, and a snorkel mask, and you’ll step into the cool, crystal clear water of the Mossman River, upstream of the incredible Mossman Gorge. The river’s gentle current will take you on a journey through the rainforest canopy, immersing you in the sights and sounds of this ancient wilderness.

    As you float along, keep an eye out for the river’s fascinating wildlife. Spot fish darting in and around the river stones, and try to catch a glimpse of the occasional turtle or even the elusive platypus. Enjoy more than 30 species of fish living in this river and you’ll be sure to spot plenty of butterflies, rainforest birds, and maybe a couple of water dragons too.

    This family-friendly tour is perfect for all ages and abilities, and can be as fast and exciting or as slow and relaxing as you want it to be. It’s a great introduction to snorkelling before heading out to the reefs, and small children can journey safely down the river on large river sleds.

    After an unforgettable time drifting under the rainforest canopy, it’s time to dry off and head back south to your accommodation. As you reflect on your amazing adventure, you’ll be left with a deep sense of peace and awe for the beauty of nature thanks to Daintree Rainforest River Snorkelling.

    The general tour duration is 3.5 hours including pick-ups. We aim to spend up to 2 hours for in-water activities.

    Want a full day experience? Take a look at our Mossman Gorge Rainforest Discovery Adventure.

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Important Notice to All Our Valued Guests

We are thrilled to share some fantastic news! Our popular ‘Daintree River Drift Snorkelling’ tour has evolved to bring you a new experience, now aptly renamed ‘Daintree River Drift Experience’. This change captures the essence of our tour while adjusting to the new wonders nature has presented.

After Cyclone Jasper, the Mossman River has unveiled new areas for us to explore, adding a fresh dimension to the Daintree River Drift experience. While we have temporarily paused snorkelling, we’ve added an exciting river walk, leading you through previously unseen parts of the river. The drift that you’ve always loved remains the heart of our tour, now complemented by these new elements.

Excitingly, from 15th January, our Full Day Mossman Gorge Tour, featuring the revamped ‘Daintree River Drift Experience’, will be available. This day-long adventure blends the natural beauty and cultural richness of the Mossman Gorge area, now enriched with the Daintree River Drift Experience.

Join us to celebrate this new chapter! We’re eager to share the revitalised ‘Daintree River Drift Experience’ and the Full Day Mossman Gorge Tour with you. Your support means everything to us as we continue to offer unforgettable experiences in this spectacular part of the world.

Please link to our new Daintree River Drift Experience tour page to check availability and find out more information.

Important Info

  • Cairns & Palm Cove Transfers

    • Transfers available for morning tour only (9am)
    • Cairns and Palm Cove tranfers are not included in the tour price. They are currently $70 return per adult and $50 return per child (upto 31/03/2024)
    • Pick-ups in Cairns commence from 0715 hours
    • Pick-ups in Palm Cove commence from 0815 hours
    • Please select the transfers, including number of adults/children on the following page after choosing your travel date on the calendar
    • Please choose your accommodation from the drop-down list on the payment page.
  • What to bring

    • Swim wear (to wear under the wetsuit)
    • Towel & change of clothes
    • Footwear/sandals for rainforest walk. No shoes needed onboard
    • Waterproof bag or covers for phones/cameras
    • Glasses are not suitable for the snorkelling, we recommend wearing contact lenses
    • Plastic-free reusable water bottle
    • Natural reef/aquatic safe sunscreen*


    Please note, anything you won’t be swimming with will be left in the transfer vehicle at your own risk. We recommend only bringing what you need.

    *For more information about sunscreen damaging our reefs visit the ethically conscious  www.earthturtle.com.au/blog

  • Know before you go

    River Levels & Suitability

    When the river level is low (90% of the year), our activity is generally suitable for families, all ages (5 years+) and swimming abilities.

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

    Please contact us if you have any questions.

    Pre-existing Medical Conditions

    This trip is not suitable if you have limited mobility or injuries, For example difficulty walking, injured or limited movement of knees, ankle, shoulder, etc.

    Due to limitations of our equipment & our guides ability to safely rescue you in an emergency the recommended maximum weight is 125kg/274lb.

    A good level of fitness and mobility is required if you are near or over this weight

    Please get in touch and we can advise you.

    Trip Physicality/General Health & Safety

    This trip rates 2 out of 5 meaning it includes some easy physical activities.

    All children 5-8 must wear a PFD/Life jacket (provided)

    Before participating all guests are required to complete a medical declaration form & sign a liability waiver to participate in this tour.


    All though this is an all-weather experience itineraries may be subject to change due to weather events and unforeseen circumstances.

  • Tour Terms

    Cancellation by Customer:
    • If you cancel 72 hours or more in advance of departure: 0% fee
    • If you cancel between 48 – 72 hours of departure: 50% fee
    • If you cancel within 48 hours of departure: 100% fee
    • Unless otherwise stated all refunds will incur a 6% administration fee.

    All prices are person unless otherwise stated, are in Australian dollars, are correct at the time of publication & are subject to change without notice.

    Family rate is based on 2 adults + 2 children.

    Terms & Conditions

    In addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined above, upon purchase this package is subject to general terms & conditions.

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Daintree Rainforest River Snorkelling

Daintree River Drift Experience includes inflatable river sleds and walking through a rainforest river system.


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