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.