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Wavedancer Low Isles Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise from Cairns

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  • 10 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
  • Offered in: English


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.
  • 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

What's Included

  • Cruise from Port Douglas to Low Isles
  • Use of Snorkeling equipment
  • Guided snorkel tour with marine biologist
  • Glass bottom boat coral viewing
  • Guided beach walk with marine biologist
  • Lunch
  • Morning tea/coffee on boarding, afternoon tea
  • Use of lycra suit
  • Pickup and drop-off from Cairns
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Environmental Management Charge
  • Complimentary glass of sparkling wine on homeward journey
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities

Departure & Return

This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.

Departure Point

  • Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, 44 Wharf St, Port Douglas QLD 4877, Australia

    Please check-in at the Quicksilver's office inside the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, Port Douglas by 9.00 am for a 10 am vessel departure time.

Pickup Details

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Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

Please Note

Pick up from selected Cairns accommodation begins from 7.50 am. Please confirm with reservations on pickup location - please be ready outside accommodation 10 minutes before pick up time.

What To Expect

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.

Quicksilver Cruises

Situated nine miles (15 kilometers) north-east of Port Douglas, Low Isles is a coral cay surrounded by 55 acres of reef. The sandy beach and clear, calm lagoon waters are ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Low Isles is well-known for its population of green turtles, keep an eye on the surface as they regularly pop up for air. Occasionally dugongs can be seen grazing on sea grass and large rays may glide by. During the cruise, a Marine Biologist will conduct an informative talk on the fish and corals and provide details on the activities available throughout the day. The 30-meter luxury sailing catamaran offers the excitement of big ship sailing combined with the ultimate in comfort. Relax in the luxurious air-conditioned lounge with fully licensed bar, or soak up the sun under the sails on the expansive deck. On arrival a shuttle will take you from the boat to the island, or you can dive straight in and swim to the beach! Join an organized snorkel tour led by a marine biologist, or take to the water independently and explore at your leisure. Snorkeling equipment is provided and the friendly crew are on hand to assist.You don't have to get wet to enjoy a day at Low Isles. You can join a glass bottom boat tour over the soft coral gardens that surround Low Isles. Your guide will point out giant clams, a variety of fish and corals, and of course be on the lookout for turtles. On land you may like to join a guided beach walk around the small island. Learn about the flora and fauna of the island along with the history of Low Isles as an important place of marine research. We recommend you book this reef trip on your first full available day. You then have the opportunity to be flexible and change your travel date if you wish. Your booking can be changed at no additional cost directly with the operator once you are in Cairns. Prebook and secure your booking, but relax in knowing you can make amendments at no charge.

4 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 156 travelers
Operated by The Quicksilver Group

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Wavedancer Low Isles Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise from Cairns?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Wavedancer Low Isles Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise from Cairns?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Wavedancer Low Isles Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise from Cairns?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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23 reviews
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Lovely beach to snorkel...
DEBORAH_R, Oct 2017
Lovely beach to snorkel from Excellent buffet lunch Only drawback was crew were not as approachable or as friendly as on other trips. Nonetheless a great day.
The perfect way to get out to the...
Janice C, Sept 2017
The perfect way to get out to the Reef!!! It was much less crowded where we were than where the fast boats all go -- allowed for better viewing and a more relaxing day!
Fantastic snorkeling right off the...
KarenE_L, Sept 2016
Fantastic snorkeling right off the beach, great glass-bottom boat tour and hiking. Fantastic lunch, too. Worth a second trip. We even saw a shark!
Absolutely perfect day! I was...
Robin W, Dec 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.
A very pleasant day spent aboard a...
Joyce F, Nov 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!
Excellent. The Low Isles has the...
Peter A, Sept 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.
Great and very knowledgeable staff...
Susan B, Jan 2015
Great and very knowledgeable staff; friendly and helpful. The glass bottom viewing boat was rather disappointing because we were expecting it ot be thw one, or similar, as shown in the advert photos and was the reason we selected this specific tour. Dispite that, it was a nice day!
This was an excellent tour, much...
Marjorie H, Mar 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.
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lovely trip out, good crew, lots of...
Linda F, Sept 2013
lovely trip out, good crew, lots of drinks available. snorkelling was bit disorganised, but ok. coral in shallow parts was rather sun bleach, and not too many fish. saw few green back turtles. lunch well organised and trip back was beautiful. all in all money well spent
The entire experience was perfect...
Melanie T, Apr 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.


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