Great Barrier Reef Cruise

Great Barrier Reef Cruise

Cruise the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Great Barrier Reef on board a purpose built reef expedition vessel. Be guided by an expert expedition team of marine biologists and dive instructors, providing you with up close and personal access to the finest locations on the reef, including glass bottom boat cruises, ‘touch tank’ displays and snorkelling or scuba diving. Or simply relax and encounter paradise.

Cruise the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Great Barrier Reef on board a purpose built reef expedition vessel. Be guided by an expert expedition team of marine biologists and dive instructors, providing you with up close and personal access to the finest locations on the reef, including glass bottom boat cruises, ‘touch tank’ displays and snorkelling or scuba diving. Or simply relax and encounter paradise.

 

Fly/Cruise/Fly

8 Days

 

ULTIMATE EXPERIENCES

  • Dive or snorkel directly from the ship at some of Coral Expeditions’ private and exclusive moorings

  • Spend time exploring the remote paradise of Lizard Island

  • ‘Touch Tank’ displays and expert interpretation from a resident Marine Biologist

  • Take in the views of the North Queensland coastline as you enjoy drinks on the Sun Deck

 

INCLUSIONS

  • Ensuite accommodation – twin share basis

  • Taxi home pickup and return within the Greater Brisbane area*

  • Pickup and return locations throughout the Hunter, Central Coast and Sydney

  • Flights

  • 23 quality meals

  • Entries and attractions as shown

  • Attentive Tour Hostess

 

*As per conditions

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Day 1

Home – Cairns
Arrangements are in place for your transfer to the airport. Relax and enjoy your flight to Cairns, where upon arrival in this tropical northern city, you’ll be transferred to your overnight accommodation.

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Day 2

Cairns – Thetford Reef – Sudsbury Cay
Folliowng breakfast board your Coral Expeditions small ship. As we depart Cairns and cruise Trinity Bay there is time meet your fellow travellers, settle in and explore your home for the next seven nights. After
a delicious lunch we arrive at our exclusive Great Barrier Reef mooring at Thetford Reef and Sudbury Cay. Join the Marine Biologist aboard the glass bottom boat for your first encounter with the reef before
gathering on the snorkel deck to participate in a fish feed. Discover some of the 1,500 species of fish that live on the reef, including Spangled Emperor, Giant Trevally and the Hump-Headed Maori Wrasse
as they are hand fed by the Marine Biologist. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon to snorkel in the shallow waters for up-close views of the hundreds of varieties of colourful corals and tropical fish. Our
experienced crew will be on hand to provide assistance, advice and guided snorkelling tours for less experienced swimmers. In the evening, join our crew and travelling companions in the top deck lounge
as the sun spectacularly sets over the reef before sitting down to a memorable dinner.

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Day 3

Hinchinbrook Island
Awaken this morning as we cruise the spectacular Hinchinbrook Channel, discovering Hinchinbrook Island’s towering cliffs and mangrove ecosystems. Subject to tides, we will cruise the length of the channel, separating the Australian mainland and the island, one of the most diverse marine environments on the Australian coast. Keep an eye out for myriad marine life including crocodiles, dolphins, turtles and dugongs, all of which feed on the region’s plentiful sea grasses and can often be seen frolicking in these waters. Next, enjoy the afternoon to discover your very own tropical island paradise. We invite you to join us on the beach for a gourmet beach BBQ, freshly prepared by the Captain. Explore the island’s rainforest on a guided nature walk. The islands fringing reef, in the shallow waters just metres off the beach, offers fantastic snorkelling, including the opportunity to view a giant clam garden. Admire the colourful corals from the glass bottom boat with the Marine Biologist, join our Dive Instructor on a guided SCUBA dive or simply relax on the long stretch of golden beach and soak up the sun, the choice is yours!

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Day 4

Dunk Island – Nathan Reef
Join our naturalist guides on a fascinating rainforest walk discovering Dunk Island’s unique flora and fauna. We may be lucky enough to see the brightly coloured blue-winged Ulysses Butterfly, impossible to miss against the ancient rainforest background. Keen birdwatchers should keep an eye out for many of the up to 100 species of native birds recorded on the island, including the Yellow-bellied Sunbird, Emerald Dove and Orange-footed Scrubfowl. Following lunch, discover Nathan Reef at your own pace. From our exclusive mooring experience some of the most colourful coral gardens that can be found
anywhere along the entire length of the reef. View many of the 400 different species of coral living in this World Heritage-listed wonderland. 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. Enjoy the rare opportunity for a close up look at sea cucumbers, brightly coloured starfish and other
marine life. Laze away the late afternoon on the sun deck, enjoying the comfortable onboard facilities. Tonight, join us in the dining room for another sumptuous dinner.

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Day 5

Fitzroy Island – Trinity Bay
Travel ashore to explore 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 through Trinity Bay before arriving in Cairns. Enjoy time to explore Cairns at your own leisure or visit Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park (entry and return transfers included) for a taste of indigenous culture before re-boarding Coral Expeditions II. This evening, join our crew and fellow travellers in the lounge to enjoy a glass of champagne as we cruise northward with views of Double Island and the pretty beachside village of Palm Cove. Admire a spectacular sunset over the World Heritage-listed rainforest of the Macalister Range before sitting down to a sumptuous dinner.

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Day 6

Cooktown
We have the morning to discover historic Cooktown. It was here that the famous explorer Captain James Cook took refuge during his voyage of discovery after claiming Australia as a British colony in 1770. You have the option to visit Cooktown’s fascinating historical museum, featuring artifacts from Cook’s ship - Endeavour. See the original anchor and cannon, jettisoned overboard after Endeavour struck a reef and began taking on water. Cooktown is steeped in history with most stone buildings dating back almost a century. Enjoy Cooktown at your own pace. Perhaps visit the Botanic Gardens, where you may catch a glimpse of native Australian wildlife including kangaroos and wallabies. This afternoon we visit one of the remote uninhabited islands of the Great Barrier Reef. Join our marine biologist for a glass bottom boat tour over the colourful coral gardens and discover some of the 1,500 species of tropical fish found in these waters. Enjoy our first snorkelling opportunity for an up-close view of the hundreds of varieties of coral growing on this section of reef. Our experienced crew will be on hand to provide assistance, advice and guided snorkelling tours for less experienced swimmers.

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Day 7

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. It was from here, the highest lookout on this part of the reef, that Captain Cook was able to navigate a safe passage back through the treacherous waters after repairing the Endeavour near Cooktown over 200 years ago. A photographer’s delight, the views from the lookout over the World Heritage-listed reef and surrounding tropical islands are magnificent. Lizard Island’s fringing reef, in the shallow waters just metres off the beach, offers some fantastic
snorkelling opportunities. Discover giant clams and a profusion of fish. Enjoy the remainder of the morning at your leisure. You may wish to simply relax on the golden beach soaking up the sun, join the Marine Biologist for a glass bottom boat tour, or for the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience, take the plunge with our Dive Instructor on a guided SCUBA dive. The choice is yours! 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 with the Marine Biologist.

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Day 8

Ribbon Reef No. 3 – Rachel Carson Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is not actually one continuous reef, but a series of thousands of individual coral cays stretching over 3,000 kilometres between the town of Bundaberg and the tip of Australia at Cape York. We spend today visiting two of the most pristine 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. Today will also be your last opportunity to experience the reef through SCUBA diving, so allow our Dive Instructor to guide you on an unforgettable experience of a lifetime. This evening, we enjoy our final memorable night cruising the Great Barrier Reef.

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Day 9

Cairns – Home
Farewell our Captain, crew and new-found friends before disembarking at Trinity Wharf in Cairns, where we will transfer direct to Cairns Airport for your return flight home.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

TOUR FARE DEPARTING BRISBANE FROM: $4,699 per person

TOUR FARE DEPARTING THE HUNTER FROM: $4,740 per person

Single Supplement available @ $836 extra

 

PAYMENT DATES FOR THIS DEPARTURE

Non-refundable Deposit: $200 each payable within 14 days of booking.

Departing from Brisbane 30% Progress Payment: $1,410 by September 22, 2017

Departing from The Hunter 30% Progress Payment: $1,422 by September 22, 2017

Final Balance Due: February 8, 2018, thank you.

 

 

BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS - as per detailed itinerary

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour. Please note, not all pick-ups are available on all departures.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour. Please note, not all pick-ups are available on all departures.

Name Address Contact Details
Belmont Shops S Bus Stop on Pacific Hwy (Southbound) near
Marshall Property, Belmont
Charlestown Smart St Bus Zone in Smart St outside Presbyterian Church
(opposite library car park), Charlestown
Doyalson Wentworth Ave S Bus stop past RSL Club (Southbound)
Cnr Pacific Hwy & Wentworth Ave, Doyalson
Home pickups Taxi home pickups and returns are provided.
Contact us to see if your address is included.
Hornsby Railway Station Hornsby Railway Station. Pickup at the bottom of
the bus rank, near roundabout opp hotel
Kariong Information Ctr At Kariong Information Centre car park,
The Avenue, Kariong
New Lambton Wests S Bus Stop on Hobart Rd near Harker Oval
across from Wests Leagues Club, New Lambton
Swansea Blackswan S Bus stop approaching Blackswan Waterfront Motel
on Pacific Hwy (Southbound), Swansea
Sydney Domestic Airport Sydney Domestic Airport - Meet at Qantas Groups
Check-in located on ground floor at Terminal 3.
Thornton AAJ Depot All Australian Journeys - Thornton Depot
3 Woodford Place, Thornton
Tuggerah Westfield Bus stop near cinemas at the back of
Westfield Shopping Centre, Tuggerah
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