Kitesurfing | Port Douglas Low Isles | WND-SWLL
Kitesurfing | Port Douglas Low Isles | WND-SWLL
Imagine yourself kitesurfing or stand up paddle boarding whilst holidaying in Port Douglas, on the aquamarine clear waters of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Imagine turtles swimming beneath you, waves lapping the shores of a white sandy beach of the picturesque Low Isles as you paddle past. Now picture this… the tropical sun shines down as the wind picks your kite up and you skim over the crystal waters with the wind blowing in your hair, leaving the world behind you… this is kitesurfing.
Kitesurfing | Port Douglas Low Isles | WND-SWLL
Port Douglas in Tropical North Queensland Australia is now blowing in as one of the top world class kitesurfing destinations. Your day out at the Low Isles and Woody Island is a kitesurfer’s paradise. With the SE Trade winds blowing from end of April to January you can come and kitesurf almost all year round. Your tour guide will advise you how to get the best out of the day. The Low Isles was even part of the route in August 2015 for the 1,000km kite surfing world record and you will even have a chance to test ride the latest in high tech kitesurfing equipment.
The Low Isles is located in the middle of the pristine fringing reefs of the Great Barrier Reef. Grab a snorkel and see for yourself the amazing underwater life (snorkel equipment provided). Regularly visited by turtles and with 60 year old giant clams, the reef life is stunning. You might even be lucky to see a dugong or a passing sting ray as you skim past on your kitesurf.
The boat takes a maximum of 10 people, so you and your friends plus your tour guide will have an intimate adventure in a small group.
The boats departs around 8:30am and returns around 4:00pm (depending on tides) so you have plenty of time to enjoy kite surfing.
Kitesurfing really is a day of activity and adventure.
Kitesurfing Tour | Port Douglas Low Isles
Your kitesurfing day tour will start at 8:00am (approx) when you will be picked up from your Port Douglas holiday accommodation. By 8:30am (approx) you will be stepping off the boat onto the white, sandy shores of the picture postcard, Low Isles, located 8 nautical miles from Port Douglas.
Port Douglas Kite Surfing On the Great Barrier Reef
This Port Douglas kite surfing tour takes place on the pristine south side of the Low Isle island, away from the tour boats and people.
You will have a chance to trial the latest in kitesurfing equipment. Your tour guide will give you pointers so that you can achieve your best moves in a perfect setting.
Keep an eye out on the surface of the water as the reef around Low Isles is used as a nursery between June to September for new born humpback whale calves and their mothers.
Dolphins can also be seen also around these waters as well as many sea turtles.
(no experience necessary and full instructions given)
Don’t worry too much about how un-waterproof your smart phones are – included in the price is below water and above water photography. Hero shots will be taken during the course of the day and supplied to you to keep as a great momento of the day.
... More about Low Isles
Low Isles comprises of two islands, Woody Island, which is an uninhabited coral/mangrove and nature reserve and Low Isles, a sandy coral cay so typical of the numerous islands spotted around the Great Barrier Reef.
The English explorer, Captain James Cook, recorded the existence of these islands back in 1770. He described the Low Isles as a “small low island”. Uncanny that it was then officially named the Low Isles in 1819. It is also an important indigenous cultural site for both the Yirraganydjl and the Kuku Yalanji tribes, where the sea country of both groups overlap.
The Low Isles sandy cay began life about 5,000 years ago. Although only a hectare of the island lies above the high tide mark, it supports over 50 species of plants including the native she-oak and beach almond trees and coconut palms.
In 1878 a lighthouse was built and there was a continuous presence of lighthouse keepers until 1993 when it became automated. The original lantern can be viewed in the Courthouse Museum, Port Douglas. The lighthouse is also used as a home for biological research today.
Between 1926-1929 the Low Isles was the first place in the world where a detailed scientific study of coral was done. The results of this expedition that stayed on the island for 13 months now take up 6 volumes in the British Natural History Museum. This research set an important base line of data with which modern day research refers back to frequently to study the changes that have occurred.
Woody Island is a mangrove island (the name describes it perfectly), islands of this type are only found in the northern waters of the Great Barrier Reef. It is a unique ecosystem and is an important nursery for many fish. The island is 14ha and is dominated by 15 species of mangroves, but many other types of plant also grow here. These islands are surrounded by more than 22 ha of reef.
The hook-like shape of Low Isles provides a sheltered lagoon and is an excellent refuge for a large population of turtles that feed off the seagrass that grows on the sand flats.
Another sea grass grazer that you might see is a dugong.
Self-Guided Low Isle Walk
After landing on the Low Isles you can take yourself on a self-guided heritage walk – it only takes 20 minutes to walk round the island. This Low Isles Walk was officially opened in 2000 and consists of seven interpretive signs. The information covers all you should wish to know on the island, from plant and wildlife, to zoning its history and it even gives an insight as to what it was like to work on a Lighthouse station. The path is clearly sign-posted and as you circumnavigate you will also learn about its Indigenous and modern day history.
Looking up you may see circling Ospreys or Sea Eagles. On the ground you may see Torres Strait Pigeons (25,000 nest on the island from November to March), Turns and White Breasted Wood Swallows. If you look out into the trees you might see a darting kingfishers or a flitting honeyeater.
It’s only a short walk of about 20 minutes (depending how energised you are feeling) and is a really good way to slip back onto island time and go with the “Robinson Crusoe” vibe.
Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef
The reefs off of the Low Isles are stunning. Despite the attention they get from visiting boats and swimmers they are in a pristine state. Ecological markers that denote a healthy reef are rampant here. Large giant clams up to 60 years old are dotted around and countless varieties of fish including, butterfly fish, angel fish, giant batfish, unicorn fish, rabbitfish, trevally, parrotfish and yellow tailed fusilier fish dart amongst the 150 types of hard coral and over 100 different types of soft corals.
If you look closely, you can see the feathery tentacles of the soft corals as they feed in the day time and collect food from particles in the water around them.
You might also have a high chance of coming nose to nose with a turtle. Many turtles come into this sheltered waters of the Low Isles to meet with friends and have a bit of R&R. Most common are the green turtles and the hawksbill turtles, but you can also see the rarer leatherback and flatback turtles occasionally.
Other One Day Kiteboarding Tours Available
Stand Up Paddle Boarding has taken the world by storm and Tropical North Queensland has some of the best locations to enjoy it. The Mossman River in the heart of the Rainforest is an ideal location to do just that. You will be amazed by the beauty of Mother Nature and fall in love with SUP boarding if you are already.
- Snapper Island, Cape Tribulation
Whizz on the fast boat to this idyllic uninhabited island 15 nautical miles north of Port Douglas off Cape Tribulation. This island is on the SE corner of the Daintree National Park. Great for snorkelling, sea kayaking or stand up paddleboarding.
- Undine Cay
On the fast boat you will be at this iconic Cay – like you are arriving in a holiday commercial. Pristine white sands with the turquoise, clear emerald waters of the surround Coral Sea. It’s a slightly longer journey than Snapper Island by another few miles and is located just off Cape Tribulation National Park
If you’re going to the reef we highly recommend hiring an underwater camera so you can capture all the amazing things you see in high quality photos or videos. Show your friends and family back home the amazing and colourful underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef, keeping your precious memories safe for a lifetime. With lots of colourful fish, turtles, hard and soft corals, sharks and more on the reef, there is so much to take photos of! Get a selfie with friendly fish or maybe capture the next award winning National Geographic image! SUWC have a range of cameras to suit your budget and needs. Every camera rental comes with a FREE SD card for you to take home. Cameras can also be delivered direct to your accommodation to make things as easy as possible for you! Click here to hire your underwater camera.
Included in Price
Lunch (chicken salad wraps, cheese, dips & fruit platter)
For Bookings Call Now!
1300 761 612
7.5 hours (approx)
8:30am (approx) may vary according to tides
Days of Operation
Departs FromSugar Wharf Public Jetty
- Port Douglas
What To Bring
Rash Vest or T-shirt, Swimming Costume, Towel, Sunscreen, Hat, Camera
Fitness Level RequiredMedium to High
Minimum age for Kite Surfing, but all children's ability will be assessed during safety briefing.
Cancellation Policy: if canceled within 24 hours of departure no refund offered however we are happy to re-schedule your tour subject to availability.
Make sure any T Shirts or rash tops you use for sun protection do just that. Some cheaper T shirts and rash guards let the sun through. Putting your items in a water proof/dry bag will also help prevent sand getting in