Coral Expeditions knows the UNESCO World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef better than most, having pioneered overnight cruises on the outer reef more than 30 years ago. Sailing from their homeport of Cairns, Queensland, their bespoke expedition vessel, Coral Expeditions II takes a maximum of just 44 guests in relaxed comfort on year-round three, four or seven night expeditions that encompass the best of the reef, rainforests and island.
The tailor-made itineraries venturing to the pristine outer reef, and exclusive mooring destinations, allow them to offer a unique and unmatched experience of the Reef. Their expedition voyages are truly immersive, venturing far beyond the day-trips to the underwater wonderland that you’ve long imagined. Out there, your only companions might be a Loggerhead Turtle or Giant Skink.
Resident Marine Biologists bring the species to life, with “touch and learn” displays onboard and in the water. Divers and snorkellers will delight in some of the world’s finest untouched coral gardens. All guests on board will be rendered speechless by the pure azures of the waters on this UNESCO World Heritage wonderland.
Day 1: Cairns and Thetford Reef
After a delicious lunch you arrive at an 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. In the evening, join your crew and travelling companions in the top deck lounge.
Day 2: Hinchinbrook Channel and Tropical Beach Barbecue
Awaken this morning as you cruise the Hinchinbrook Channel. Next, enjoy the afternoon discovering your very own tropical paradise. They invite you for a gourmet beach barbecue before exploring the island's natural rainforest of snorkel on the fringing reef, just metres off the beach.
Day 3: Tropical Island and Nathan Reef
Join their guides on their rainforest walk on Hinchinbrook Island (the Haven Track). Following lunch discover Nathan Reef at your own pace.
Day 4: Fitzroy Island and Cairns
Travel ashore to Fitzroy Island, enjoy a wonderful bush walk and idyllic white sandy beaches. Following lunch you arrive into Cairns at 1.30pm.
Day 1: Cairns and Thetford Reef
10:30am: Board your Coral Princess Cruises small ship for an 11:00am departure from Cairns.
Day 2: Cruise the Hinchinbrook Channel and enjoy a Pelorus Island beach barbecue.
Day 3: Travel to Dunk Island and Nathan Reef.
Day 4: Visit Fitzroy Island.
Day 5: Historic Cooktown and the Reef.
Day 6: Lizard Island
Day 7: Ribbon Reefs
Day 8: Arrive back in Cairns.
Day 1: Depart from Cairns on Coral Expedition II, a small ship, at 5.00pm.
Day 2: Travel to historic Cooktown and the Reef.
Day 3: Visit Lizard Island and Ribbon Reefs.
Day 4: Discover the Ribbon Reefs with a full day of exploration.
Day 5: Travel on to Thetford Reef and Sudbury Cay.
Day 6: Cruise the Hinchinbrook Channel, and enjoy a beach barbecue on Pelorus Island.
Day 7: Visit Dunk Island, and Nathan Reef.
Day 8: Stop by Fitzroy Island, then return to Cairns.
Day One: Board at 4.00pm for a 5.00pm departure from Cairns. Settle in and discover your "home" for the next four nights and enjoy a glass of champagne on the top deck and watch the sun set.
Day Two: Discover historical Cooktown at your own pace. Perhaps visit the museum, featuring artefacts from Captain Cook's Endeavour. In the afternoon, visit a remote uninhabited island. Join the Marine Biologist on a glass bottom boat or guided snorkelling tour.
Day Three: Lizard Island. Walk to Cook's Look, the peak on the island. Relax, or take a scuba dive or snorkel. Visit Ribbon Reef Number Nine in the afternoon.
Day Four: Explore Ribbon Reef Number Three and Escape Reef.
Day Five: Arrive Wharf at 8.00am.
The seven night Immersive Reef itinerary is the ideal way to experience the finest of the Northern and Southern Great Barrier Reef.
Created by combining the three night and four night itineraries – first cruising to the Southern Reef, then continuing to the Northern reef – highlights of this expedition include the Ribbon Reefs, Lizard Island, Hinchinbrook Island and Sudbury Cay. Visiting nine private mooring sites, this is the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience where you can see it all – reef, rainforests and islands.
Guests also have the opportunity to enjoy a complimentary excursion to Tjapukai when this ship is in Cairns mid-cruise during turnaround.
Discover the very best of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef in unrivalled style, their seven night cruise offers the ultimate experience that will make you want to return again and again.
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