Reef Questions

Reef Questions

Yes, Reef Sprinter will take you near Low Isles.

The Quicksilver Outer Reef tour has semi-submersibles in which you sit one metre beneath the waterline. The Wavedancer Low Isles tour has a glass bottom boat.

Low Isles is classified as an inner reef coral cay island, just off Port Douglas. It is a breeding ground for turtles and so has a seagrass habitat. With shallow waters and corals close to the beach, it makes snorkelling very easy. The Outer Reef is spectacular for the largest amount of marine life biodiversity, different types of corals. Underwater visibility is generally far superior at the Outer Reef. The types of corals and marine life you see will differ from inner to outer reef locations.

At certain times of the year, jellyfish, commonly called marine stingers, can affect the seas of Northern Australia. Most jellyfish are harmless to man, however certain varieties may cause a serious reaction. Incidents involving serious marine stings in this area are extremely rare. There are two main types, the box jellyfish and irukandji jellyfish. The box jellyfish is coastal dwelling and not seen on the reef. The irukandji jellyfish is predominantly a coastal dweller but is occasionally found on the reef.

November to April. During these months, the swimming or stinger net enclosure at Four Mile Beach provides for safe swimming. Most reef tour operators have lycra suits available and recommend them to reduce the possibility of stings and irritations as a precaution and they are also great for sun protection.

Yes, there are sharks in every ocean but we mainly see the small reef tip variety which pose no threat to divers or snorkellers. Most sharks are nocturnal. No man-eaters up here in our warm waters! – (They prefer cold Southern Ocean waters).

A day on Low Isles is perfect for families, heaps to keep the kids occupied and activities to do together. A trip to the Quicksilver reef platform is also very family friendly. The platform is pram friendly as it has ramps from the boat and between the levels of the platform. There’s snorkelling gear for toddlers up and noodles/flotation devices are also available.

Quicksilver’s Outer Reef trip is very wheelchair friendly. They have ramp facilities from the vessel to platform and a wheelchair access toilet. Wheelchair passengers can also get into the water with Quicksilver’s water powered lift into snorkel pool. We recommend you call us to discuss special needs and arrangements prior to travel.

Accordion Item 1 Content The minimum age for scuba diving in Queensland is 12 years. Certain medical conditions or medications may also preclude some people from diving.Here

The EMC – Environmental Management Charge, is a government fee payable by all visitors (over the age of 4) into the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage marine park. This fee is collected by reef tour operators on behalf of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. These funds are vitally important in the day-to-day management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Between the months of May to October, while certainly not guaranteed, there is the potential for whale sightings when going to the reef. Humpback whales regularly migrate from Antarctic waters every winter to the warmer waters of the Great Barrier Reef. They are most commonly sighted from June to September. The smaller Minke Whales can often be seen at Agincourt Reef with most common sightings from June to July. The Silversonic and Poseidon dive and snorkel vessels have permits to swim with the minkes.

There are no dedicated whale watching tours in Port Douglas however, the Silversonic and Poseidon dive and snorkel vessels have permits for passengers to snorkel with Minke whales when encountered during Minke whale season which generally runs from June to July.