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Low Isles Outside Port Douglas, Australia

Updated on April 9, 2013
Low Isles Walking Track
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Port Douglas is one of the top places in Australia to visit the amazing Great Barrier Reef.

Thanks to the reef's proximity to mainland, the travelling times are shorter up here, and the trips are better value than further south along the coast of Queensland.

There are trips of different kinds.

Some long day trips, and overnight trips go out to the outer reef, and are usually more popular with more experienced divers and snorkelers.

But Low Isles are only 15 km off the coast, and make an excellent day trip, which can be made complete with snorkeling.

Again, the trips vary. There are many different combinations from half day fast catamaran trips to full day all-inclusive sailing trips, and as usual, you get what you pay for.

The cheaper trips don't take you to the island, but most include snorkeling so you do get to see the coral reef.

The more expensive cruises include morning and afternoon tea, smorgasbord lunch, glass bottom boat, guided snorkeling with marine biologist, accommodation transfers, and access to the island including the heritage walk and the lighthouse.

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