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  • Location:Cairns, Australia
  • Duration:10 - 11 hours

Low Isles Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise from Cairns

Experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef on a luxury catamaran cruise to Low Isles — no scuba certification required! Snorkel among sea turtles and tropical fish, view giant clams and coral gardens on a glass-bottom boat tour or join a guided nature walk around the island. You can also simply relax and soak up the sun on the beach. This delightful full-day tour includes a buffet lunch, morning and afternoon tea and round-trip hotel transport from Cairns or Northern Beaches.

Highlights

  • Full-day cruise to the Great Barrier Reef island of Low Isles from Port Douglas
  • Swim and snorkel from the beach with instructors on hand to help
  • Guided snorkel tour led by a marine biologist
  • Glass bottom boat coral viewing
  • Guided beach walk around Low Isles
  • Tropical buffet lunch
  • Cruise on a luxury catamaran accommodating up to 200 passengers
  • Hotel pickup and drop off at Cairns and Northern Beaches hotels

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What You Can Expect

Low Isles Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise from Cairns

Low Isles Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise from Cairns

Treat yourself to a full day of adventure surrounded by 55 acres of the most famous coral reef in the world. With clean, sandy beaches and calm waters ideal for snorkeling, the coral cay of Low Isles lies just 9 miles (15 km) off the coast from Port Douglas and provides an excellent tropical base for exploring Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. 

After pickup at your Cairns or Northern Beaches hotel, travel to Port Douglas, where you’ll climb aboard a luxury 98-foot (30-meter) catamaran with room for up to 200 passengers. On the short voyage to Low Isles, admire the scenery from the spacious sun deck or sip a cocktail inside the comfortable air-conditioned lounge (own expense). 

When you arrive on the island, slip on provided snorkeling equipment and splash into the clear, calm lagoon waters to explore the fantastic coral formations. Join a snorkeling tour led by a marine biologist, or set off on your own. Swim among a variety tropical fish, giant clams, seagrass and intricate coral formations. Be sure to keep an eye out for the green sea turtles frequently found near the island. If you prefer not to get wet, you can still appreciate the reef on a glass-bottom boat tour. 

Back on the island, enjoy a delicious buffet lunch and soak up the sun on the sandy beach. If you like, join a guide on a nature walk to learn about the history of Low Isles and identify native plant and flower species. 

After several hours of adventure and relaxation, enjoy the luxurious return cruise to Port Douglas. Your full-day tour concludes with drop-off back at your hotel.

Bonus! Book early to secure your spot, and enjoy a flexible reservations policy that allows you to change the date of your tour at no additional charge once you arrive in Cairns. 

Customer Reviews

Robin W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Absolutely perfect day! I was definitely out of my comfort zone, but the folks on this tour made me feel at ease. Nice facilities on the boat and a great staff.

Joyce F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

A very pleasant day spent aboard a well appointed, beautiful boat. The glass bottomed boat tour was excellent - Troy was very knowledgeable and we say turtles and giant clams in addition to the corals. The Low Isles are just beautiful and it was a fantastic experience!

Peter A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent. The Low Isles has the best coral garden I have seen anywhere in the world and you walk to it direct from the beach. A great ride out on the boat with the sails up.

Frances P USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Excellent tour!!!

Marjorie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

This was an excellent tour, much better than the Outer Reef tour that I had done a few days before.
It helped that it was a beautiful day and that there weren't many of us on it.
John, the marine biologist, was very helpful with his instruction .
Snorkeling over the reef was absolutely amazing, I couldn't believe the beautiful live
coral I saw as well as many angel and clown fish and others.
The glass bottom boat and the island tour were great.
This tour was the highlight of my visit in Australia.

ATHANASIOS S Greece

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

GOOD

Melanie T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

The entire experience was perfect. Safe comfortable transportation and thorough training was given before entering the water. Good lunch selection and the knowledge of all staff was beyond expectation. Anti-stinger suits were available at an extra cost. I would recommend this trip to anyone.

ian m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2012

Excellent everything it was advertised to be we really enjoyed it and would book again

Valerie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2012

Fantastic - top of the range transport and facilities A magical day out
Would thorougly recommend
Excellent value

John H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2012

Great day on a beautiful boat. The crew was curtious and helpful and worked to make everyone comfortable with the snorkeling equipment. The weather cooperated and the water was crystal clear. It was a memorable event.

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