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Coral Expeditions: Great Barrier Reef | Cairns – Hinchinbrook Island – Lizard Island – Cairns | 7 Nights

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Immersive Reef Expedition Cruise

7 Nights | Departs Cairns Every Friday 11am | Arrives Cairns Every Friday 8am

For guests with more time and a great sense of adventure, our 7-night Cairns – Hinchinbrook Island – Lizard Island – Cairns cruise offers the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience! Combining both our 3 and 4-night cruises you will discover everything that this memorable region has to offer; the best parts of the Reef, spectacular rainforest trails and beautiful tropical islands including Lizard and Dunk, and the stunning Sudbury Cay. Discover the very best of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef in style –  our 7-night cruise offers the ultimate experience that will make you want to return again and again.

Expedition highlights:

  • The complete Great Barrier Reef experience. Snorkel over colourful coral gardens, stroll golden sandy beaches and wander rainforest trails
  • Experience the World Heritage-listed reef at our private moorings away from the tourist crowds
  • Be guided by an expert Marine Biologist on glass bottom boat and snorkelling tours
  • Informative presentations and educational documentaries
  • History and cultures of the region and early explorers
  • Join an optional resort or certified SCUBA dive on the outer reef

 

Fares

1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020

CORAL EXPEDITIONS II TWIN SHARE PER PERSON SOLE USE TRIPLE SHARE PER PERSON
Deluxe Stateroom $4,800 $4,800 $N/A
Upper Deck Stateroom $4,500 $4,500 $N/A
Stateroom $4,200 $4,200 $3,150
Cabin $3,700 $3,700 $N/A

 

31 March 2020 to 11 January 2021

CORAL EXPEDITIONS II TWIN SHARE PER PERSON SOLE USE TRIPLE SHARE PER PERSON
Deluxe Stateroom $4,880 $4,880 $N/A
Upper Deck Stateroom $4,580 $4,580 $N/A
Stateroom $4,280 $4,280 $3,210
Cabin $3,780 $3,780 $N/A




 

 




Itinerary

Great Barrier Reef – 7 night expedition cruise in the beautiful Australian tropics

Embark: Board at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 10:00am for 11:00am departure.
Disembark: Arrive and disembark at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 8:00am.

The below itinerary is indicative. No two cruises with Coral Expeditions will be the same, with each expedition crafted by our experienced Masters and Expedition Leaders. Throughout the expedition we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel. Coral Expeditions suggests that you do not arrive on the day of embarkation or depart on the day of disembarkation due to any changes that may occur in scheduling.

DAY 1: CAIRNS AND SUDBURY CAY

Coral Expeditions: Great Barrier Reef | Cairns - Hinchinbrook Island - Lizard Island - Cairns | 7 Nights 1

Board at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 10:00am, and cruise Trinity Bay. Visit Sudbury Reef, and enjoy snorkelling, glass bottom boat tours, and optional Scuba diving. Finish the day with sunset drinks ashore on the deserted sandy cay.

DAY 2: HINCHINBROOK CHANNEL & DUNK ISLAND

Coral Expeditions: Great Barrier Reef | Cairns - Hinchinbrook Island - Lizard Island - Cairns | 7 Nights 2

Cruise the majestic Hinchinbrook Channel whilst enjoying a top deck breakfast in the sunshine. Look for wildlife during a mangrove tour. Stretch your legs on Dunk Island, with a hike up Mt Kootaloo or a beach walk. With the aid of your guides, you may spot the electric blue Ulysses butterfly.

DAY 3: NATHAN REEF AND COATES REEF

Coral Expeditions: Great Barrier Reef | Cairns - Hinchinbrook Island - Lizard Island - Cairns | 7 Nights 3

Discover Nathan Reef on a guided snorkel: this reef is teeming with abundant fish life, including clownfish and Maori Wrasse. Later, visit colourful Coates Reef – see plate corals and parrotfish during an optional SCUBA dive, or stay dry and view marine life from the comfort of the Glass Bottom Boat, with expert interpretation by your on-board marine biologist.

DAY 4: FITZROY ISLAND – CAIRNS

Coral Expeditions: Great Barrier Reef | Cairns - Hinchinbrook Island - Lizard Island - Cairns | 7 Nights 4

Enjoy a rainforest walk or a hike to the lighthouse. Snorkel over fringing reef and swim with Green Sea Turtles, before learning all about them during a visit to the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. Return to Cairns to at 1:30pm.  During a brief turn-around in Cairns, you may enjoy a complimentary admission to the Cairns Museum. Reboard your ship at 4:00pm on your way to enjoy the northern Reef.

DAY 5: HISTORIC COOKTOWN AND THE REEF

Historic-cooktown

Discover historic Cooktown, with building dating back to the 1870s. Visit the botanic gardens and the James Cook Museum to see original artefacts from the HMB Endeavour. Enjoy an afternoon snorkel and sunset drinks at Turtle Beach on Lizard Island, and see giant trevally and tawny nurse sharks during an after dinner fish feed off the back deck.

DAY 6: LIZARD ISLAND AND THE RIBBON REEFS

Coral Expeditions: Great Barrier Reef | Cairns - Hinchinbrook Island - Lizard Island - Cairns | 7 Nights 5

Enjoy the breaktaking natural beauty of Lizard Island. Join an optional hike to Cook’s Look in the early morning to survey the reef. Learn about the tragic fate of Mary Watson and snorkel from the beach over giant clam gardens. This afternoon visit the pristine Ribbon Reef #9 for snorkelling and diving.

DAY 7: RIBBON REEFS

Coral Expeditions Great Barrier Reef

Spend a full day discovering the out Barrier Reef, with snorkelling, diving, and marine biologist led tours of Ribbon Reef #3 and Escape Reef.

DAY 8: CAIRNS

Coral Expeditions: Great Barrier Reef | Cairns - Hinchinbrook Island - Lizard Island - Cairns | 7 Nights 6

Disembark in Cairns at 8:00am.

Start Date End Date
June Oct

Itinerary

Great Barrier Reef – 7 night expedition cruise in the beautiful Australian tropics

Embark: Board at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 10:00am for 11:00am departure.
Disembark: Arrive and disembark at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 8:00am.

The below itinerary is indicative. No two cruises with Coral Expeditions will be the same, with each expedition crafted by our experienced Masters and Expedition Leaders. Throughout the expedition we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel. Coral Expeditions suggests that you do not arrive on the day of embarkation or depart on the day of disembarkation due to any changes that may occur in scheduling.

DAY 1: CAIRNS AND SUDBURY CAY

Coral Expeditions: Great Barrier Reef | Cairns - Hinchinbrook Island - Lizard Island - Cairns | 7 Nights 7

Board at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 10:00am, and cruise Trinity Bay. Visit Sudbury Reef, and enjoy snorkelling, glass bottom boat tours, and optional Scuba diving. Finish the day with sunset drinks ashore on the deserted sandy cay.

DAY 2: HINCHINBROOK CHANNEL & DUNK ISLAND

Coral Expeditions: Great Barrier Reef | Cairns - Hinchinbrook Island - Lizard Island - Cairns | 7 Nights 8

Cruise the majestic Hinchinbrook Channel whilst enjoying a top deck breakfast in the sunshine. Look for wildlife during a mangrove tour. Stretch your legs on Dunk Island, with a hike up Mt Kootaloo or a beach walk. With the aid of your guides, you may spot the electric blue Ulysses butterfly.

DAY 3: NATHAN REEF AND COATES REEF

Coral Expeditions: Great Barrier Reef | Cairns - Hinchinbrook Island - Lizard Island - Cairns | 7 Nights 9

Discover Nathan Reef on a guided snorkel: this reef is teeming with abundant fish life, including clownfish and Maori Wrasse. Later, visit colourful Coates Reef – see plate corals and parrotfish during an optional SCUBA dive, or stay dry and view marine life from the comfort of the Glass Bottom Boat, with expert interpretation by your on-board marine biologist.

DAY 4: FITZROY ISLAND – CAIRNS

Coral Expeditions: Great Barrier Reef | Cairns - Hinchinbrook Island - Lizard Island - Cairns | 7 Nights 10

Enjoy a rainforest walk or a hike to the lighthouse. Snorkel over fringing reef and swim with Green Sea Turtles, before learning all about them during a visit to the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. Return to Cairns to at 1:30pm.  During a brief turn-around in Cairns, you may enjoy a complimentary admission to the Cairns Museum. Reboard your ship at 4:00pm on your way to enjoy the northern Reef.

DAY 5: HISTORIC COOKTOWN AND THE REEF

Historic-cooktown

Discover historic Cooktown, with building dating back to the 1870s. Visit the botanic gardens and the James Cook Museum to see original artefacts from the HMB Endeavour. Enjoy an afternoon snorkel and sunset drinks at Turtle Beach on Lizard Island, and see giant trevally and tawny nurse sharks during an after dinner fish feed off the back deck.

DAY 6: LIZARD ISLAND AND THE RIBBON REEFS

Coral Expeditions: Great Barrier Reef | Cairns - Hinchinbrook Island - Lizard Island - Cairns | 7 Nights 11

Enjoy the breaktaking natural beauty of Lizard Island. Join an optional hike to Cook’s Look in the early morning to survey the reef. Learn about the tragic fate of Mary Watson and snorkel from the beach over giant clam gardens. This afternoon visit the pristine Ribbon Reef #9 for snorkelling and diving.

DAY 7: RIBBON REEFS

Coral Expeditions Great Barrier Reef

Spend a full day discovering the out Barrier Reef, with snorkelling, diving, and marine biologist led tours of Ribbon Reef #3 and Escape Reef.

DAY 8: CAIRNS

Coral Expeditions: Great Barrier Reef | Cairns - Hinchinbrook Island - Lizard Island - Cairns | 7 Nights 12

Disembark in Cairns at 8:00am.

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Group Size: 42

Start: June

End: Oct

Duration: 7 nights

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