Wavedancer Low Isles

  • The Wavedancer Low Isles departs daily from Port Douglas.
  • Boarding at the Port Douglas Marina for a 10 am departure.
  • Returning to the Port Douglas Marina at 4:30 pm.
  • Prices are $210 for Adults, $106 for children and $526 for a family.

Included in your day’s Morning and Afternoon Teas are the Marine Biologist Reef Presentation and a tropical smorgasbord lunch.

This tour includes snorkelling and equipment and a glass-bottom boat tour.

This tour is ideal for families and couples.  Boarding at 9:30 is for a 10:00 am departure arriving back into Port Douglas at 4:30 pm.   Prices start at $106 for a child, $210 for an adult or bring the whole family for $526.00

Picture yourself sailing to a beautiful tropical island on the Great Barrier Reef, lying under an umbrella on the beach.

Meanwhile, slipping into the warm turquoise water and snorkelling straight off the beach.  It sounds too good to be true.  Make this dream a reality with Wavedancer.

Sailing to the Island

While onboard this luxury 30-metre sailing catamaran in the Port Douglas Crystlebrook Superyacht Marina.  Then enjoy an hour’s sail before mooring in the calm waters of the island’s lagoon.

The friendly crew will certainly make sure you get the most out of this tropical paradise.  There are limited numbers on the island to protect the reef’s ecology.  Therefore, you will experience this slice of heaven with only a select few.

Snorkelling at Low Isles

Snorkel off the beach and explore the fringing coral gardens bursting with vibrant marine life.  Meanwhile, discover the 150 species of hard corals and the dominating 15 species of soft corals.

Amongst the corals, you can find lots of colourful tropical fish, sea cucumbers and other animals.  Sea turtles, rays and dugongs are all visitors to Low Isles.

With a mask and snorkel, visitors will often see Brightly coloured parrotfish, clownfish and angelfish.

Low Isles History

Wavedancer Low Isles has been taking visitors to the island since 1979.  In 2008 Low Isles was formally registered on the Commonwealth Heritage List.

Importantly this was a first for the Great Barrier Reef.  Therefore, it’s the first time one location received a duel listing for Indigenous history and Australian cultural heritage.

In 1770, Captain James Cook described Low Isles as a “small low island”, and so it was officially named Low Isles in 1819.

Low Isles is an important cultural site for the KuKu Yalanji and the Yiragandi Aboriginal people.  This location is where the sea country for both groups overlaps.

Weather data collection has been in practice here since 1887 from the island.  Also, the historic lighthouse has been operating since 1878.

During 1928 this location conducted the first scientific study of a coral reef anywhere in the World.

Next, book a tour to see the Daintree Rainforest, the oldest rainforest in the World.

Something for everyone

  • Wavedancer Low Isles is only 1-hour sail from Port Douglas.
  • Unspoilt coral cay with shady trees in addition to the protected lagoon.
  • Limited numbers, so no crowds.
  • Unrestricted access to the island.
  • Snorkel straight off the beach.
  • Great for families or relaxing.
  • Often see turtles as well as excellent island birdlife.
  • Enjoy guided heritage walks of Low Isles.


  • Check-in between 9:00 – 9:30 am. Present your voucher to the crew in the Quiksilver office at the Marina.
  • 9:45 am Enjoy a Marine Biologist presentation in the main cabin.
  • 10:00 am Wavedancer Low Isles departs the Marina.
  • 10:30 am A snorkelling demonstration is conducted on the journey to Low Isles.
  • 11:15 am Wavedancer arrives at Low Isles before a glass-bottom boat will take you to the island. Snorkelling equipment is available from storage containers on the beach.
  • 12:00 pm A tropical buffet lunch is served onboard Wavedancer. The bar operates throughout the day.
  • 1:30 pm A guided beach and heritage walk is conducted by a Marine Biologist.
  • 2:45 pm The last glass-bottom boat leaves the island to return passengers to the vessel. Afternoon tea is served before we depart for Port Douglas.
  • 4:30 pm Arrival back to the Crystlebrook Superyacht Marina.


  • Return Wavedancer Low Isles cruise from Port Douglas
  • Morning and afternoon teas on board
  • Informative reef presentation by Marine Biologist
  • Tropical smorgasbord lunch
  • All snorkelling equipment provided
  • Qualified snorkelling safety officers on hand
  • Glass bottom boat coral viewing
  • Marine Biologist guided beach walk
  • Guided snorkelling tours with Marine Biologist
  • Lycra swimming suits
  • Your camera
  • Swimming costume and beach towel.
  • Hat, sunscreen and shirt.
  • Cash for drinks at the bar.
  • Credit cards for shopping.
  • Underwater cameras are available for purchase or hire.


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