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Environmental Initiatives

Sailaway has successfully set the highest level of nature experiences on the Great Barrier Reef.

Sailaway holds Advanced Eco Tourism Accreditation and is a Climate Action Leader.

Ecotourism is ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that forests environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation.

Eco Tourism is an opportunity to increase awareness and appreciation of our natural environment, which we all have a responsibility to do sustainably, there is no better place to experience this than from Port Douglas.

Sailaway recently won the National Sustainability Award for Best Practices

Carbon Offsetting

100% Carbon Conscious

“As an owner/operator, we’re in a privileged position to be innovative and proactive when it comes to climate change action. Being green and smart is a successful path for the future as before legislation requires it, we can initiate bigger changes in thinking if we are prepared to absorb increased investment and risk. It’s vitally important to preserve our natural assets for future generations and encourage more environmental ambassadors. The goal is for around 2 million visitors to the GBR annually to take up their own climate change action and reduce their individual impacts.”

“We have plans to continue with carbon offsetting and will do this through the revegetation of an ex-cane paddock and neighbouring World Heritage Rainforest, which we purchased in 2008. I hope that the continual development of carbon trading and offset schemes will create incentives for more businesses to think and act green. I believe that allowing renewable forestation and carbon offsetting is the smart way forward as the environment can be a sound investment and benefit the future security of our children.”

For every passenger onboard, Sailaway is contributing $20.00 of the ticket price to local sustainable reforestation and carbon offsetting, neighbouring World Heritage Rainforest. Your awareness and appreciation of our pristine national environment is essential to reduce our carbon footprint.

ECO SHAMBA Tree Farm Port Douglas was established in August 2009 as an environmental initiative.

The location of suitable, high productive land was searched for. The investment and long term commitment was established on 27 Hectares (68 acres) of land, ex cane paddocks close to Port Douglas, adjacent to World Heritage Rainforest and bordering Crees Creek.

Coral Nurture Program

Sailaway is one of five Marine Tourism Operators participating in the Coral Nurture Program. This is a new approach for the Great Barrier Reef that is initiated by a partnership between tourism and science. A core objective of this program is to introduce coral planting into localised stewardship and adaptation. This is to help ensure sustainable reef ecotourism and promote education on the major threats to coral reefs and possible solutions. This involves out-planting corals in order to boost live coral cover at reefs that have experienced a fall in cover and also helps ensure reef sites with existing high coral cover that are economically valuable stay healthy. This program is funded through the Australian and Queensland Government Coral Abundance Challenge.

A core objective of this program is to introduce coral planting into localised stewardship and adaptation. This is to help ensure sustainable reef ecotourism and promote education on the major threats to coral reefs and possible solutions, which involve the whole community.

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Eye on the Reef

Eye on the Reef is a reef monitoring and assessment program that enables anyone who visits the Great Barrier Reef to contribute to its long-term protection by collecting valuable information about reef health, marine animals and incidents. The marine tourism industry is a key partner in the protection and management of the Great Barrier Reef. Tourism operators help enhance visitor experiences of the Reef and play an important role in protecting the amazing biodiversity that supports their industry.

As a High Standard Tourism Operator, Sailaway voluntarily operates to a higher standard than required by legislation as part of our commitment to ecologically sustainable use. Sailaway works in partnership with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to monitor the Reef. Sailaway’s Marine Biologists involved in the Eye on the Reef Program are trained to monitor and record the health of the reef. Scientists use this information for their research activities and Marine Park Managers use it to identify areas required concentrated effort. Sailaway’s crew assist with management of the Reef by reporting any interesting and unusual things they see in the Marine Park through the Sightings Network.

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RecyCle & Reuse

Sailaway is fully committed to reducing single use plastic on board our vessels. We avoid selling thousands of bottled water each year by providing chilled drinking water fresh from Mossman Gorge for visitors to enjoy on board. Sailaway is active by recycling the glass bottles and cans purchased on board by collecting and returning to the recycle centre in Port Douglas. For every bottle or can returned we receive 10 cents. This fund is then donated to the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre which is a voluntary non-profit organisation dedicated to the rehabilitation of sick and injured turtles.

Turtle Chilling

Discover Sailaway's Reef Destinations


The Coral Cays are pure white sand surrounded by a large fringing reef system and crystal clear water.

Sailaway is the only operator from Port Douglas who has access to visit Mackay Coral Cays. This exclusivity means we have the area to ourselves to explore without restrictions.

Low Isles

Low Isles is an idyllic Coral Cay island. The reef around Low Isles comprises 150 species of hard corals and is dominated by 15 species of soft corals.

Guests of Sailaway have the opportunity to snorkel in the lagoon of the island with our marine biologist, offering an interesting and informative tour.

Sunset Sailing

Enjoy the thrill of pure sailing. A must do when visiting Port Douglas is to relax with an exhilarating cruise on board this first class sailing catamaran.

Soak up the peace and tranquillity of a tropical sunset over the Coral Sea as you sail along the coast off Far North Queensland.

Sailaway Loyalty Club

Receive 10% discount on your second Sailaway experience - simply contact our friendly reservations team to book. Conditions apply.