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“Fantastic reef, maintained by good practices”

Wavedancer Low Isles Cruise
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Low Isles Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise from Port Douglas
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

Well organised and well supported when the cruise is not too full. We had about 30 people, which meant the biologist was able to provide excellent support for snorkelling
Unfortunately we also had bad weather, wind & rain.
However the site is just fantastic, I have seen many reefs in the islands, thailand and the philipines, and this is the best, unspoilt and well maintained by an industry that must just care.
We met 4 turtles, a giant clam (1m across) and many oversized fish usually seen in tiny miniature elsewhere
Food was nicely put together, reef guiding was great - we used our own gear.
Would definitely return

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4  Thank John B
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

Wavedancer’s Low Isles trip seemed to offer a suitable trip for us - 2 adults, 7yo daughter.

All in all it was okay, with several disappointing bits: The crew was seriously uninterested in the guests, we seemed to be a nuisance to nearly everybody, starting with a very strict and unfriendly speach on the boat where to go, where not to go, what to do, when to be back etc.
The crew only started to explain things to us when we had reached the anchoring point – why?? And then (!) put out boxes with fins, masks and snorkels with everybody crawling over each other trying to find the right size before the trip was over, no crew member around to help, hand them out or give advice, and the size my daughter needed was not even available anymore except for a pair of fins that was seriously damaged but not taken out of the boxes.

Our daughter had snorkelled before in pools but was afraid of the depth, but they (Wavedancer's crew) could not possibly have cared less. (Some days later we went to the outer reef with Poseidon and she was cured within minutes by friendly caring staff!). She spent most of the day on the island instead of "taking the plunge", with one of us staying there with her and subsequently missing out on snorkelling as well.

The marine biologist scared half of the guests into hiring a lycra suit – in July, when absolutely everybody else tells you there are no stingers around. Well, $ 7,00 more from everybody… (Poseidon gives out lycra suits for free).
He offered a guided snorkelling tour off the island but went off so quickly that my partner, still struggling with the mask, had no chance to follow him and returned after a couple of minutes.

We were herded back out of the water to the island to wait for the last boat back to the main vessel at least 30 min too early, which was extremely disappointing especially because we both had only stayed out on the reef half the time, spending the other half looking after our little one.
It is not Wavedancer’s fault that it was absolutely low tide, we were told not to swim anywhere on top of the corals which is really disappointing – I had thought this is what it is all about… but the way we were given these rules was actually quite rude.

The water was anything but clear.

I can only recommend to pay a bit more and take a more exclusive trip (I would strongly recommend Poseidon and the Outer Reef) if you really want to have a fun day out there snorkelling. If you do not mind spending time out of the water (on the vessel, in the small boat getting to and from the vessel, on the island…) and do not mind being part of a very huge crowd with a bored crew, go with Wavedancer.

Nice parts with Wavedancer: the glass bottom boat, live music by a member of the crew on the way back (Bacardi feeling), one (!) crew member who gave us good advice where to see fish and turtles.

6  Thank ig-hamburg
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

We took our nearly four year old son on this full day cruise. It was a great day with light wind and no swell. The vessel was lovely, with a big deck and we were served tea, coffee and biscuits on departure. The crew were great - very helpful and informative.
Once at the island we transferred to a small boat for the couple of minutes trip to shore having collected our stinger suits, flippers and snorkel, all oF which were included in the price. The island was beautiful and the snorkelling easy from the beach. Lunch was a great affair - excellent choice of salads, seafood and cold meats plus fruit. We saw some turtles from the boat which was an absolute highlight for our son.
On the trip back, the sails were hoisted and a cheese platter was served. One of the crew got out his guitar and we sang all the way back to Port Douglas. A great day and highly recommended.

5  Thank wisey29226
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Reviewed August 25, 2012 via mobile

This was a good trip for our kids who had never snorkeled before. The coral was interesting and we saw a turtle. It was nice having the island to explore and the glass bottomed boat. The staff was great, the lunch was good. On our way home the skipper went out of his way so we could see a pod of whales right next to the boat.
My one recommendation is that they should consider having wet suits for rent in the winter. Even if they didn't want to bring them on the boat having them for rent at their marina site would be helpful. The water was 22 degrees Celsius, which converted to 72 degrees Fahrenheit. That is really cold without a wetsuit. My kids were blue after 30 minutes and no one stayed in too long. We would have gladly paid extra for suits to stay in the water longer. My kids wanted to stay longer but their teeth were chattering.
Overall we enjoyed it but would have enjoyed more with wetsuits.

2  Thank jbeste
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Reviewed July 8, 2012 via mobile

Beautiful location. Low isles is the perfect spot for snorkeling. The wavedancer had helpful and friendly staff and made the day fun, safe and memorable. The snorkeling tour was fun. We saw so many things including turtles, stingrays, clown fish and the beautiful reef. Wavedancer stays out at low isles longer then other cruises which meant that after lunch we were the only tour still on the island. The boat was big and had a lot of different people who quickly became friends. All the kids were playing together. There was also a tour around the island and a tour on a glass bottom boat. Thanks for the great day. We will be back again.

3  Thank lakeman77
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