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Half Day Low Isles Snorkelling Tour from Port Douglas provided by Calypso Reef Cruises

Half Day Low Isles Snorkelling Tour from Port Douglas

Half Day Low Isles Snorkelling Tour from Port Douglas
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96% of travellers recommend this experience
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
4h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
23
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    4h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    23
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Important information
Inclusions
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Restroom on board
  • Snacks
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Glass Bottom Boat tour
  • Guided Snorkel Tour
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, 44 Wharf St, Port Douglas QLD 4877, Australia Please meet at the Calypso Shop which is located at the entrance to the marina building.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 23 travellers
Inclusions
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Restroom on board
  • Snacks
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Glass Bottom Boat tour
  • Guided Snorkel Tour
Departure details
  • Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, 44 Wharf St, Port Douglas QLD 4877, Australia Please meet at the Calypso Shop which is located at the entrance to the marina building.
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 23 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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5.0
127 reviews
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Tiffany
Adelaide, Australia1 contribution
The Low Isles afternoon cruise was incredible! The team, Sam, Steve and Ludi, were all friendly, hilarious and extremely knowledgeable. Steve took the time to sit down and answer all our questions, explaining in detail what coral is, how it gets its colour, what ‘bleaching’ means and what we could expect to see. Ludi was our guide in the water and pointed out some incredible sea life. They were all really entertaining to listen to, even the safety talk was delivered in such a way as to make you want to listen! All in all, the entire experience was one that we will never forget. If you are keen to go out on a tour, I can’t recommend these guys enough!! We can’t wait to come back and do it with them again!
Written 11 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hey there, Thank you so much for your awesome review - we really appreciate it and we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your time visiting the beautiful Low Isles with us! We look forward to welcoming you back!
Written 20 September 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Hammer_Zino
Newcastle, Australia14 contributions
We lucked out with the conditions, but we were even luckier in choosing this trip. Despite a big snorkelling contingent (18 or so) Davina was a brilliant guide who led us to several turtles and pointed us to great, unexpected experiences like sharks hunting in the shallows. We couldn’t have asked for anything more, but her snorkelling tips were really helpful for the beginners. A total professional, even after an injury! My partner’s only goal was to see a turtle, and it was well and truly realised despite her being prone to seasickness (she took tablets before we departed and was fine) and snorkelling anxieties. Geoff and Sam were just as great in making our morning one we won’t forget.
Written 9 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hey there, Thanks so much for your 5-star review - we really appreciate it! It sounds like you had a great day visiting the outer Great Barrier Reef with us, and we are so happy to hear that you got to see the famous GBR resident turtles!
Written 14 June 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Simone W
1 contribution
Jun. 2021 • Family
We did the morning cruise with Bronte, Ludi and Sam. We were blessed with great weather and low wind. The crew were welcoming and friendly and made us feel very welcome. Their knowledge of the marine life as well as Low Isle was fantastic.
Loved that we got to choose either glass bottom boat or snorkelling to begin the day with, as 1 of our group wasn't a confident swimmer this worked well. The snorkelling equipment was great quality and the use of the pool noodle was awesome. Loved that wet suits and flotation where possible without additional costs.
The reef itself was amazing (skip Green Island and Fitzroy Island) I've never seen such a mix of hard and soft corals, as well as fish of every colour and size. We got to swim with 3 Green turtles!! After a short trip around the Island we boarded for muffins, fruit and warm drinks.
Absolutely fantastic morning, and we got back to Port in time for lunch and the remainder of the afternoon.
The crew where great, and again any experience like this is very dependent on weather and wind!
Written 3 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hey there, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review - we really appreciate it! We are also so happy to hear that you had such a great time visit the Low Isles with us & our awesome crew. How amazing to be able to swim with not one, not two, but three green sea turtles as well :) We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!
Written 6 July 2021
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Donna F
North Haven, Australia2 contributions
May 2021 • Family
After boarding and settling in, the crew mingled with the guests and discussed what they wanted from the tour. Whilst I was keen to give snorkelling a go, the guide put a lot of pressure on my daughter to give it a go, which she wasn’t confident on doing, I appreciate that they want us to enjoy the experience as much as possible but the pressure he put on both my daughter and my disabled husband to “have a go” left a bad taste in our mouth. Even making a comment that “I knew was going to have problems with your family as soon as you boarded!” I understand this was just innocent banter but it almost bordered on bullying and certainly made my family uncomfortable. I took the opportunity to snorkel and it was an amazing experience and he certainly helped me get started and feel comfortable in the water. But our intention was always to do the glass bottom boat, which was a great experience and the guide was very knowledgeable. and enjoy the island. This experience was spoilt somewhat by the pressure to get in the water and snorkel.
Written 31 May 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Donna, Thanks very much for your feedback. I am sorry to read your family felt pressurised by a crew member to do the snorkelling. Like you have suggested, all our crew members want our customers to get the best possible experience out of their time with us, however at no point do we want our passengers to feel uncomfortable about doing so. I can advise the crew member you are referring to has read your review and already reached out to the marine operations management whom in turn has contacted myself as he wanted to convey his sincerest apologies to you as in no way did he want you leaving with a poor view of the product and his service. You'll see we are a proud company that prides itself on product and service which is why we get so many 5 star reviews. It's wonderful to hear you enjoyed the snorkelling yourself and everyone all enjoyed the Glass bottom boat experience. Once again please accept our apologies for any pressure felt and hope you enjoyed your remaining time in the far north. Thanks and regards, Chris
Written 6 June 2021
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Christine651
Melbourne, Australia109 contributions
Dec. 2019
Minimum effort by two female staff members but boat driver Ricky's glass bottom boat narrative was excellent.
Disappointments: couldn't believe they tried to charge a lady $3 for a sea-sick table considering how expensive the tour is (we did a 3 hr cruise round Bruny Island in Tasmania for only $135 (compared to $295) and sea-sick tablets were handed out free to everyone without needing to ask).
My daughter wasted half of her snorkel time teaching me as the staff showed no interest beyond instructions on fitting mask. When my daughter did finally get to snorkel she was reluctant to venture too far away as she was by herself while staff watched from beach so she didn't get to see much at all.
As the tour was full they had to take people back to the boat in 2 lots which meant by the time we were on board the "hot drink" consisted of a quarter full thermos of warm water and almost empty bottle of milk, only enough for a cup of tea of sorts for one, meaning my poor disillusioned daughter missed out again on the hot chocolate she had been looking forward to. Surely this could be done better even if a full load of people?
On a good note - the muffins were delicious so we were naughty and helped ourselves to 2.
My honest verdict: I wouldn't bother unless you are an experienced snorkeler or perhaps are lucky enough to be part of a smaller group, otherwise not worth the money. My daughter had previously done the Outer Island Tour with another company and said it was much better.
Written 9 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Christine, Thanks very much for your feedback, we do appreciate the 3 stars considering you were disappointed with certain elements of the day. Would you mind emailing me your details so I can determine your date of travel, I can then follow up these points with our marine ops manager for comment. My email address is c.koscielny@experienceco.com Thanks again for writing in. Regards, Chris
Written 13 January 2020
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sassismith
Sydney, Australia16 contributions
Feb. 2022 • Friends
We loved this experience, it was highly organised and the team were compassionate and easy to talk to. We had a crew of Mark, Alex & Rob who were all excellent.

We would recommend this trip for adults over children under 12. The snorkelling tour was excellent, we felt safe & supported.

Even after a couple of rainy days and a slightly choppy sea, this was a great experience.
Written 15 February 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hey there, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave such a great review - we are so happy to hear that you had an enjoyable time visiting the outer Great Barrier Reef with us! :)
Written 4 March 2022
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Fell0w_Traveller49
Sydney, Australia162 contributions
Jul. 2020
This 1/2 snorkelling trip from Port Douglas could not have been better! The skipper, ably assisted by Diver Dan and the great snorkelling instructor were super-motivated (to get back to what they love doing after iso), very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. During the 4-hour tour we learnt about the Low Isles, their creation, evolution and history eg Woody Island is a mangrove island but the much smaller Low Isle is a coral cay, first lighthouse on the Great Barrier Reef etc, we went for a 45 minute snorkel when the instructor was able to show us a turtle, and where the reef was renewing itself after 2 cyclones and a bleaching event (very good to see), and a short island tour with history talk from Dan. All very interesting, plus morning tea and muffins! Wet suits and snorkel gear were all provided, pre-sanitized. What more could you want?
Written 19 July 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Wow what wonderful feedback about our Low Isles half day tour ! Thanks so much for your 5 star recommendation Fellow Traveller. Regards, Chris
Written 10 August 2020
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Alantroy
Perth72 contributions
I visited with my 16-year-old daughter. It rained at the start but luckily the weather cleared. Not quite as sunny as we had hoped for but still very enjoyable. The crew were sensational as is the case with all Sunsail trips.
You moor off the low Isles which are spectacular and are then ferried to the beach. There is then a guided snorkel tour. We thought it was the best of the trip. Our guide saw an adult white tip reef shark although we missed it. We did however see two turtles swimming straight towards and a fairly spectacular giant clam.
We then had a very informative walk around the islands including the sombre spot where Steve Irwin passed away. Also the osprey nest in the Lighthouse.
The food was fine and there was a generous complimentary bar on the way back.
We were extremely well looked after. Decent value for money I thought.
Written 10 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

John F
Bunyip, Australia6 contributions
We went on the half day low isle cruise with sail away on Sunday the 3rd April and would have to say after been on the reef cruise last time this was fantastic and more relaxing .the team that took us Gerry,Kelly and Jake even though made it a relaxing time were very professional all the time,my wife and I went snorkelling with Gerry and Kelly and were great always giving us all the information about the coral and fish,these guys made the trip special with all there humour and knowledge and then had the sunset cruise home.I would highly recommend this cruise for anybody experience at snorkelling but also that is unsure about snorkelling in the ocean as they easily catered for both..great work guys
Written 4 April 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi John, Thank you for your feedback and 5 star review. We are happy to hear that you had such a good experience with us. Hopefully you will be able to come back for another adventure some time :)
Written 5 April 2022
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Chaya J
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
Jan. 2022 • Family
We did the tour today with our children. The guys were so incredibly helpful. They went to a lot of trouble to ensure the kids had an incredible barrier reef experience by taking us in a little speed boat to the reef as it was a bit far for the kids to swim all the way. They were extremely knowledgeable but also made the experience funny and enjoyable. Would highly recommend this trip- and would come back and do it again.
Written 2 January 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hey there, Thank you so much for your wonderful review - we are so happy to hear that you had such a great time exploring the beautiful Great Barrier Reef with us :)
Written 6 January 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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victorian739
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Best Snorkelling Tour ever
I went along with my friend and what a surprise and delight we experienced from the tour. The 3 reefs we stopped us
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Calypso Outer Great Barrier Reef
What an awesome day snorkelling 3 amazing reefs on the Calypso Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Port Douglas.
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Best snorkeling experience
What an amazing day with Calypso tours!! The most friendly staff who really made everyone feel safe and welcome.
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Wonderful Day on the Reef
We had a wonderful time Scuba Diving under a calm, knowledgeable and expert guidance of our Dive Master Charlyne A
emilyfflynn
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If I could give more than 5 stars I would!!
Boarded this boat with my grandfather who I do a bit of shallow crayfish diving with in NZ knowing this would be hi
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Magnificent experience
Wow! What a great day. What a great way to see and feel the reef. The crew were fantastic (funny, professional, eff
Matt_0088
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Great trip would recommend
We stopped at 3 different locations on the reef and saw a vast variety of fish while snorkling - including a black
Stuart S
Stuart S
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Best day out with friends seeing the outer reef.
A great day out. The crew were extremely efficient whilst boarding and we got away on time. On the way out to the r
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Customer Service & FUN
Customer service at its best! Cannot speak highly enough of the staff. Great bunch of individuals with an energy y
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Great tour
Tour was great. Staff were really friendly and informative. We went on a really rough day so lots of seasickness bu
Marc w
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Dive to remember
Absolutely loved the trip, the team members on board were awesome and made sure the experience was never to be forg
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Best ever!
The crew were the best we’ve experienced. In particular Kelsey the dive master/instructor was excellent in her comm
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Outstanding experience
We had a wonderful day on the Great Barrier Reef. The crew was very professional and made us all feel very comforta
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Great Trip
Great trip for us. Lots of snacks and lovely lunch. 3 good snorkelling/dive spots. Great staff and would highly
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Poor conditions good day
A very good day trip to the outer reef in spite of strong winds, swell and showers, thank you Calypso!
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