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Wavedancer Low Isles Reef Cruise from Cairns

Experience the thrill of sailing on a 30-metre high-speed catamaran to an unspoilt tropical hideaway, surrounded by 55 acres of turquoise reef, where you can do as much or as little as you want.

A secluded tropical paradise, set like a jewel in the Great Barrier Reef, Low Isles is an idyllic, unspoilt coral cay island – a tropical island paradise. Combined with the romance of sailing aboard Quicksilver’s luxury 30-metre sailing catamaran, Wavedancer, this is the perfect day for families and couples seeking island relaxation.

From the moment Wavedancer moors in the calm waters of the island’s picturesque lagoon, a host of reef activities await.

Your friendly crew will take you on a leisurely, informative day where island visitor numbers are limited. Discover the mysteries of marine life while snorkelling or glass-bottom boat viewing.

Take a guided beach walk and snorkelling tour with a marine biologist or just relax on the beach under a thatched umbrella or on the decks of Wavedancer.

Visitors are limited to protect the reef’s ecology, so you’ll experience this island heaven with a select few. So Relax – the whole of this beautiful, palm-fringed island beach is yours to explore and enjoy.

Itinerary (subject to change)

  • Boarding 9.30am: Complimentary morning tea/coffee on boarding. For your safety, hot drinks are not served once the vessel is underway. Passengers are required to be on board the vessel 15 minutes before departure.
  • 9.45am: An informative Marine Biologist presentation is shown in the main cabin
  • 10am: Wavedancer departs Port Douglas Marina for Low Isles
  • 10.30am: A snorkelling demonstration is conducted during the journey to Low Isles
  • 11.15am: Wavedancer arrives at Low Isles and your activities commence. The coral viewer and shuttle vessels leave for the island and continue to run throughout the day. Your snorkelling equipment is available from the storage containers on the foredeck of Waverdancer. We recommend that you conduct all snorkelling from the island. The guided snorkelling tour operates from the island.
  • 12 noon: Lunch is served aboard Wavedancer. Enjoy your tropical buffet. The bar operates throughout the day.
  • 1.30pm: A guided beach and heritage trail walk is conducted by a Marine Biologist. This walk departs from the shuttle boarding area on the beach.
  • 2.45pm: The last shuttle leaves the island to return passengers to the vessel. Afternoon tea is served as you depart Low isles. Relax under the sails on your homeward journey.
  • 4.30pm: Arrival at Port Douglas Marina.

Experience Includes

  • Catamaran cruise from Port Douglas to Low Isles
  • Spend up to 3.5 hours at an unspoilt coral cay island
  • Morning and afternoon teas
  • Tropical smorgasbord lunch
  • Snorkelling equipment and instruction plus use of lycra suit if required
  • Qualified lifeguard supervision
  • Coral viewing by glass-bottom boat
  • marine biologist presentation and guided beach walk.
  • Pick-up and drop off from all major Cairns hotels (if option selected)

Experience Excludes

  • Additional refreshments
  • Optional gratuities


Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday

Departure location

Reef Marina, Port Douglas. Those not booking the cruise with transport ticket must make their own way to Port Douglas (around a 60 minute drive). Please check in at the Quicksilver/Wavedancer reservations counter inside the Port Douglas Reef Marina.

Start times

Check-in begins from 9.15am for vessel boarding at 9:30am. Wavedancer departs the marina at 10.00am.


The cruise lasts around 7 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • Children under the age of 15 years are unable to travel without a parent or legal guardian. Children between the ages of 15 to 18 years can travel unattended but a dive waiver (either certified or introductory) and a letter signed by the parent/legal guardian, giving permission to the child to dive, must be presented to the crew on the day before travel. Please contact the Quicksilver office for the required paperwork.
  • Bring along a towel, sunscreen, hat, swimwear, cash and camera to capture your memories. Limited underwater digital cameras are available to hire on board.
  • If you did not select hotel transfer, please make sure to check in at the Quicksilver/Wavedancer reservations counter inside the Port Douglas Reef Marina. Check-in begins from 9.15am for vessel boarding at 9:30am. Wavedancer departs the marina at 10.00am. The staff will issue you with your boarding pass and direct you to our vessel.
  • Those wishing to dive will be required to fill out a medical questionnaire onboard prior to diving. Certain medical conditions and medications may preclude some people from diving. Quicksilver recommends a wait of 12 hours but preferably 24 hours, if doing multiple dives, before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater. Snorkelling can be a strenuous activity. Please use caution and inform the crew of any medical conditions.
  • The minimum age for diving is 12 years.
  • On very rare occasions, services can be subject to the effect of weather or unforeseen circumstances. Should a cruise not operate for any reason passengers will be offered an alternative day or a refund authorised.
  • An Environmental Management Charge of $8.00 is levied on all adults and children 4 years and over entering the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area. This charge is included in the above prices.
  • Due to potential significant volatility in supply & operational costs a surcharge may be applied due to unforeseen circumstances. In such cases, any charge will be collected on departure.
  • Cancellation Policy: Free cancellations for bookings cancelled prior to your holiday departure date. No refunds are given for cancellations made post-departure.