Low Isles Half Day Tour

Starting from: $AU185.00

Tour Overview

  • Tour: Calypso XI vessel
  • Departure location: Port Douglas (pick up available from Cairns)
  • Ideal for snorkelling & diving
  • Suitable for backpackers, families & couples
  • Number of passengers: 23
  • Reef locations (permit areas): Low Isles
  • Number of reef sites visited: 1 site
  • Tour duration: 7:30am – 10:30am / 2:15pm – 5:15pm
  • Travelling time to the reef: 30min
  • Time exploring the reef: 90min
  • Vessel type and size: Motor Catamaran with 1 level
  • Guided snorkel tours
  • Fruit, tea & coffee

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Low Isles Half Day Tour

Calypso XI Cruises is a family owned and operated business that takes visitors to the beautiful Low Isles on a half day adventure. They have a great reputation for making sure guests have a comfortable, safe and entertaining day on their custom-designed vessel. They also ensure that all their boats are fuel efficient and meet environmental best practice standards.

Low Isles is located approximately 14 kilometers from Port Douglas and is part of the Great Barrier Reef. Low Isles is 200 hectares in size consisting in a small coral cay, a large mangrove island, mudflats, seagrass beds, and beautiful coral reefs. The coral cay and the mangrove island are separated by one common beautiful reef.

The cruise to Low Isles takes only 30 minutes on their band new comfortable vessel. The maximum numbers of passengers taken daily is 23 people so this is a personalised tour.

Calypso XI is the first one to get to the island so guests can explore the reef without any crowds, making it quite a special experience.The tour allows visitors to spend approximately 90 minutes snorkelling in the calm lagoon around the island or there is the option to go on a glass bottom boat tour as well. Accessing the reef is quite easy, it can be done from the back of the vessel or from the beach as the reef is close to shore.

Another attraction on the island is the historical Lighthouse and the Weather Station where local weather data is collected. Also there are many different species of birds on the island as sea birds breed and nest in the vegetation and on the ground.

This tour is perfect for visitors who have limited time and want to explore an amazing North Queensland tropical island.

What's included in the main price

  • Guided snorkel tour
  • All snorkelling equipment
  • Fruit, tea & coffee
  • Easy access into the water via platform
  • Flotation devices, prescription masks
  • Lycra suits
  • No experience needed
  • Upgrade to a full day Low Isles Adventure
  • Beach clothes and accessories such as swimmers, towel, hat, sunglasses & sunscreen
  • Dry change of clothes for the trip home
  • Motion sickness tablet is recommended 30 minutes prior to the boat departing
  • Extra cash or a credit card for any onboard purchases

Tour Itinerary

Time Description
Morning Tour
07:00-07:15 Check-in at the Calypso XI vessel located at the Reef Marina, Port Douglas
07:30 Boat departs Port Douglas Marina
Travel time is 30 minutes directly from Port Douglas to Low Isles
08:00 Boat arrives at Low Isles
Enjoy around 90 minutes exploring the beautiful Low Isles and the reef around it
10:00 Boat departs Low Isles
10:30 Boat arrives back in Port Douglas
Afternoon Tour
14:00 Check-in at the Calypso XI vessel located at the Reef Marina, Port Douglas
14:15 Boat departs Port Douglas Marina
Travel time is 30 minutes directly from Port Douglas to Low Isles
14:45 Boat arrives at Low Isles
Enjoy around 90 minutes exploring the beautiful Low Isles and the reef around it
16:45 Boat departs Low Isles
17:15 Boat arrives back in Port Douglas

Tour Prices

Rates & Tariffs

Season: 2018 - 2019 Rates Dates: 1st April 2018 - 31st March 2019 Action
Morning Cruise (7:30am - 10:30am) $185.00 per adult
$145.00 per child
Afternoon Cruise (2:15pm - 5:15pm) $185.00 per adult
$145.00 per child

Age: Adult age: 15 yrs + / Child age: 4-14 years inclusive.
Reef Tax: $3.50 is levied for all adults and children entering the Great Barrier Reef. This charge and other levies are INCLUDED in the cruise fares.

Booking fees: Tourism Cairns do not charge any booking fees.

Deposit and final payment: At Tourism Cairns clients are required to pay a deposit only at the time of booking. Final payment is to be completed 48 hours prior to departure or on the day of travel, depending on each tour operator's policy.

Cancellation by the traveller: If the tour is cancelled by the client up to 7 days prior to departure, a full refund is applicable. If the tour is cancelled by the client 7 days prior to departure, the deposit amount might be retained. If the tour is cancelled by the client 48 hours prior to departure, 100% cancellation fee may apply.

Booking amendments: If the date of a tour needs to be changed, Tourism Cairns must be notified in writing by the client up to 48 hours prior to the tour date.

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