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Great Barrier Reef Cruise

Join this Australia Great Barrier Reef Cruise and discover the idyllic islands, marine life and reefs of the east coast

Small Ship Holiday
Snorkeling on the Reef
Glassbottom Boat
Lizard Island

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Stretching over 3000 kilometres, the Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest marine park. Beautiful beyond belief - here you will find the world's largest collection of living corals and a kaleidoscope of over 1400 species of fish.

Stroll along fringes of white sand and snorkel amongst a kaleidoscope of fish on the outer Ribbon and Hedley Reefs. Discover Lizard Island's giant clam gardens only metres from the shore. Hear native birds call from the towering rainforest canopy on Dunk and Fitzroy Islands and climb the same lookouts as the first explorers to Australia. The Great Barrier Reef is the only living thing on earth that you can see from space so imagine what it is like face to face.

Purpose built for Great Barrier Reef cruises, your ship mixes adventure cruising with good living. Enjoy tropical private beaches escapes, superb snorkeling and diving, guided rainforest walks and local history all included in the trips. Coral Expeditions has exclusive moorings with access to pristine and colourful coral gardens. Onboard Marine Biologists enhance the Great Barrier Reef experience.

CX380 Operated by Coral Expeditions



Day 1 - Cairns

Board your small ship cruise at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 4pm. Enjoy welcome drinks and take in the views of Double Island and the seaside village at Palm Cove. Captain's Welcome Seafood Buffet this evening.

Day 2 - Cooktown

Spend the morning discovering historical Cooktown. Options today include strolling through the wide main street and see the buildings dating back to the 1870s, walk to the botanic gardens where you might see wallabies and kangaroos, visit the James Cook Museum to see original artifacts for his ship 'Endevour', snorkel over the reef on a desert island, SCUBA diving or glass bottom boat tours.

Day 3 - Lizard Island

This morning we awaken moored beside beautiful Lizard Island. The energetic may join our guides on a walk to 'Cook's Look' on the island's peak. Spend the morning relaxing on the beach, snorkeling in Lizard Island's turquoise bays. This afternoon we cruise to Ribbon Reef No 9, a spectacular and seldom visited part of the reef where our activities will include more snorkelling opportunities and glass bottom boat tours.

Day 4 - Ribbon Reefs

We spend today visiting two of the most spectacular sections of the reef, Ribbon Reef No 3 and Rachel Carson Reef. Explore the coral gardens and marine life with guided snorkelling and glass bottom boat tours. Our Marine Biologist will explain the natural history and evolution of the reef and help you discover the local wildlife, which includes sea turtles, giant clams, rays and over 200 different species of native birds.

Day 5 - Thetford Reef - Sudbury Cay

Briefly dock in Cairns before spending today cruising to the outer Great Barrier Reef, anchoring off Thetford Reef and Sudbury Cay with snorkeling, glass bottom boat tours, fish feeding display and scuba diving.

Day 6 - Hinchinbrook Channel - Palm Islands

This morning cruise the spectacular Hinchinbrook Channel, discovering Hinchinbrook Island's towering cliffs and mangrove eco-systems. Cruise a length of the channel, separating the Australian mainland and the island. Keep an eye out for marine life including crocodiles, dolphins, turtles and dugongs. Highlights today include discovering a private tropical island, guided bushwalk, gourmet Aussie beach BBQ, snorkelling and diving over the reef, kayaking and glass bottom boat tours.

Day 7 - Dunk Island - Nathan Reef

This morning join the guides on a fascinating rainforest walk discovering Dunk Island's unique flora and fauna. You may be lucky enough to see the brightly coloured blue-winged Ulysses Butterfly. Keen birdwatchers should keep an eye out for many of the up to 100 species of native birds recorded on the island. Following lunch, discover Nathan Reef at your own pace. Experience some of the most colourful coral gardens that can be found anywhere along the entire length of the reef. Venture in to the warm tropical waters to explore the corals and marine life on a guided snorkelling tour and join the Marine Biologist for a glass bottom boat tour. For the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience, accompany our Dive Instructor on an unforgettable scuba dive. Later, discover some of the amazing creatures living on the reef at the on-board display tank.

Day 8 - Fitzroy Island - Cairns

Travel ashore to explore the beautiful Fitzroy Island. Surrounded by a reef system that forms part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Fitzroy Island offers wonderful bush walking opportunities and idyllic white sandy beaches. Savour our final snorkelling opportunity over the island's fringing reefs, just metres from the beach in the sheltered waters. Following lunch, early this afternoon we cruise to Cairns, arriving at the Cruise Liner Terminal at 1:30pm for disembarkation.

Itinerary subject to change due to weather and other operational requirements. 4 night cruises include days 1 to 5 and 3 night cruises include 5 to 8 of the above itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 7 night cruise on Coral Expeditions II
  • Coffee, tea and selected soft drinks available all day
  • All onboard facilities, snorkelling equipment, glass bottom boat tours, island and rainforest guided walks where applicable
  • Informative presentations and educational documentaries
  • Access to islands, marine and national parks
  • Post cruise transfer from ship to Cairns airport or central Carins hotels

Price Does Not Include

  • Pre- and post-cruise transfers
  • Costs associated with SCUBA diving
  • Shore excursions
  • Government Environmental Management Charge of AUD 19.50pp

Special Features

  • 3 night cruise from Cairns: Includes days 5 to 8 of the above itinerary. Prices from AUD 1650pp
  • 4 night cruise from Cairns: Includes days 1 to 4 of the above itinerary. Prices fromAUD 2170pp

Please contact us for the latest dates and prices

Call us now on 01756 706500