The Low Isles comprise two islands within the Great Barrier Reef marine park that lie about 17kms (10.5 miles) north east of Port Douglas in the balmy waters of the Coral Sea. The two islands, Woody Island (a coral and mangrove island that is uninhabited) and Low Isle (a small, sandy, coral cay that supports vegetation, a lighthouse and a weather station) are surrounded by 55 acres of beautiful coral that is easily accessible from the beach and moored boats.
The Low Isles is a marine national park with a number of tour permits and mooring points for day visitors. The combination of the beautiful tropical beach that surrounds Low Isle, the easily accessible and excellent quality coral around the island, and the proximity to Port Douglas makes this a fantastic tour option, particularly for anyone with limited time (half day tours are an option) or wishing to snorkel and relax in a beach environment.
Apart from snorkelling, relaxing on the beach or enjoying a smorgasbord lunch on one of the tour boats, visitors are generally offered the use of a glass bottom boat so they can get a close up view of the coral without even getting wet, and an interpretive talk by a marine biologist for a more detailed understanding of the history, flora and fauna on the Low Isles.