Shaolin Port Douglas
The Shaolin is now owned and operated by Flynn Bickford and Kate Agrums a Brother Sister team, who have been locals for over 40 years.
They purchased Shaolin in Feb 2016 and have had a long relationship with the iconic Shaolin as they both frequently went day trips to the reef in the late 80’s as children, when the Shaolin first started operating in Port Douglas.
Kate’s first hostess job when she was 16 was aboard the Shaolin. Flynn is the vessels Skipper and Operations manager while Kate’s role as sales and Marketing keeps the Shaolin a very popular tour to do when in Port Douglas.
The Shaolin operates along side its sister vessel The Lady Douglas river Cruise which is another popular Port Douglas icon and also owned by the family.
The Junk’s colourful history has many an old sea tale to tell, during her years on the high seas.
We have compiled a condensed version of her life thus far.
The Early days
The Shaolin was built in 1969 and was named The ‘Gloria Maris’ which means glory of the Sea (after a Cone shell).
She was created in Hip Cheong Ship yard Hong Kong, and was designed as a modified replica of famous ship Da Fu of Ming dynasty.
The vessel was built for a retired US Naval Fire Dept Captain Delmar Stone and his wife Joyce Stone; a librarian.
Based in Guam, exploring the Marianas Islands, they travelled around the world collecting rare seashells and parts of shipwrecks.
Gloria Maris was used as their private vessel and as a radio relay vessel. They travelled around the world twice and survived 2 cyclones while visiting many islands for the purpose of rare and valuable shell collecting.
It was rumoured she was once pirated and also used as a spy boat which worked with the CIA, relaying radio messages. (Fact or fiction?)
Around 1983 Captain Stone passed away from late stage melanoma skin cancer in Australia, his wife returned to Los Angeles. She would now be in her mid 90’s.
Enjoy the Coral Sea Sunset
The Shaolin takes you on a romantic sunset sailing cruise through the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, along Dickson Inlet, along Port Douglas waterfront and out into the Coral Sea. Enjoy spectacular views of the local mountains, scenic coastline, surrounding islands and Port Douglas’s famous 4 Mile beach, while relaxing on Shaolin’s teak deck or cushioned lounge area.
Our captain will also give you an entertaining and informative casual style commentary along the way. Our small groups ensure you have a memorable and fun sail. Experience the magic and charm of this unique and rare vessel, one of Port Douglas’s original iconic boats.
Delicious Yum Cha canape’s and a beverage are complimentary and more drinks can be purchased along the way.
*Efpos or cash for payment onboard*
Sail and Snorkel with Shaolin
The Shaolin Chinese Junk is a sailing boat you will fall in love with and never want to get off. Her unique charm and beauty make her one of the original icons of Port Douglas. There is ample comfortable seating around the table, deck cushions for relaxing on the front deck, 2 toilets and a kitchen dining and bedroom on board. Our local and experienced staff will assist you with snorkeling gear and take you on a guided snorkeling tour gliding over the spectacular coral reefs spotting reef fish and sea turtles along the way.
You have time to take a stroll around the beautiful Low Island and admire the historic lighthouse and museum. We provide morning tea, a sumptuous buffet lunch, then afternoon tea and a complimentary drink on the way home. Kick back on the way home and soak up all the scenic views of the mountain ranges and coastline as we sail back into Port Douglas.
This is a day you will never forget. Also available for private charter and functions.
Aboard the Chinese Junk Boat
We offer 3 tours:
Sunset Sail, departs at 5pm daily.
Seafood Lunch Sail, departs at 1.30, Market Days, Wed’s & Sun’s.
Low Island Snorkelling, departs at 8am, Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri Sat.
Please note that there must be a minimum of 5 people