4 Night Cairns to Lizard Island to Cairns

Coral Expeditions is a multi award-winning cruise company that will introduce you to Australia's most famous natural wonder - the Great Barrier Reef. Coral Expeditions offers exclusive itineraries that will offer the very best of the beautiful Great Barrier Reef and tropical islands, and provide the cruising holiday you have been looking for. You have a choice of 3, 4 or 7 day Great Barrier Reef Cruises. Coral Expeditions has exclusive moorings on the reef which mean you won't be surrounded by hundreds of other reef visitors and their small ships accommodate a maximum of 44 guests ensuring an intimate and personalized cruising experience.

The 4 Night Great Barrier Reef Cruise departs from Cairns and cruises north to Trinity Bay passing Double Island and Palm Cove. On this cruise you have the opportunity to discover historical Cooktown, visit uninhabited tropical islands, join the onboard Marine Biologist for a glass bottom boat tour or enjoy snorkelling up close. This Great Barrier Reef Cruise moors beside beautiful Lizard Island where you can enjoy a hike with amazing views from the island's lookout or simply relax on the beach. Diving is available with a certified Dive Instructor on board. The final day is spent viewing two spectacular reefs and cruising back down the coast to Cairns.

Coral Expeditions operates Coral Expeditions II on the Great Barrier Reef. Passengers will not only experience the reef, rainforest and islands but can also relax on the sun deck, open-bridge or spa as your cruise takes through this beautiful tropical region.

Accommodation

Passengers can select from four types of spacious and elegantly appointed accommodation.

All Cabins Feature: Air-conditioning, Private ensuite bathroom, Wardrobe, Suitcase cupboard, Speaker, Large windows or portholes, Desk, Hairdryer, 240 volt Power Point - Australian Plug Shaving outlet in bathroom

Cabin: Size is 10.5m². Bedding is either Bunk Beds OR Twin Beds. Maximum room capacity is 2 Adults.

Stateroom: Size is 14m². Bedding is either Twin OR Double Beds. Maximum room capacity is 3 Adults.

Upper Deck Stateroom: Size is 14m². Bedding is either Twin OR Double Beds. Maximum room capacity is 2 Adults.

Deluxe Stateroom: Size is 15m². Bedding is either Twin OR Double Beds. Maximum room capacity is 2 Adults.

Dining

Throughout your Coral Expeditions adventure cruise you will savour three delicious, healthy meals per day as well as tempting morning and afternoon teas. Buffet style meals are served and a complimentary tea and coffee station is open 24 hours. A selection of Australian and New Zealand wines, beers and spirits are available at additional expense.

The galley will attempt to meet special dietary requirements, however a minimum of three weeks notice must be provided prior to departure to allow this service to be provided.

Itinerary

Day 1: Board your Coral Expeditions small ship from 4.00pm for a 5.00pm departure from Cairns. Cruise Trinity Bay, settle in and discover your home for the next four nights. In the evening, join the crew and your travelling companions on the top deck to enjoy a glass of champagne as you cruise northward, passing 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 delicious dinner.

Day 2: You 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 James Cook historical museum, featuring original artefacts from Cook's ship - HMS 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 time to discover Cooktown at your own pace. Perhaps visit the Botanic Gardens, where you may catch a glimpse of some native Australian wildlife including kangaroos and wallabies in their natural habitat. This afternoon visit one of the remote uninhabited islands of the Great Barrier Reef. Join the 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. The experienced crew will be on hand to provide assistance, advice and guided snorkelling tours for less experienced swimmers.

Day 3: This morning awaken moored beside beautiful Lizard Island. The energetic may join the guides on a walk to 'Cook's Look' on the island's peak (hiking or running shoes required). 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 almost 250 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, offer some fantastic snorkelling opportunities. Discover giant clams and a profusion of tropical fish. Simply relax on the beach, join the Marine Biologist on a glass bottom boat tour, or for the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience accompany the Dive Instructor on an unforgettable SCUBA dive. The choice is yours! This afternoon cruise to Ribbon Reef No. 9, a spectacular and seldom visited part of the reef where the activities will include more snorkelling opportunities and glass bottom boat tours with the Marine Biologist.

Day 4: The Great Barrier Reef is not actually one continuous reef, but a series of individual coral cays stretching over 2,000 kilometres (1,200 miles) between the town of Bundaberg and the tip of Australia at Cape York. 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. The 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 the Dive Instructor to guide you on an unforgettable experience of a lifetime. This evening enjoy your final memorable night cruising the Great Barrier Reef.

Day 5: Farewell the Captain, crew and new-found friends before disembarking at Trinity Wharf in Cairns at 8.00am.

**Due to weather, tides or mechanical reasons the itinerary may be subject to change without notice.**

Inclusions

  • All meals
  • Morning and afternoon teas
  • Tea and coffee 24 hours a day
  • Use of snorkeling equipment
  • Guided glass bottom boat
  • Snorkelling excursions
  • Presentations by Marine Biologists
  • Access to islands
  • Access to marine and national parks
  • Use of library and DVD resources
  • An introductory SCUBA for first time divers
  • Use of Kayaks at Reefs and Islands
  • Complimentary post cruise transfer to inner city hotel or airport

Vessel Details

Coral Expeditions operates Coral Expeditions II in the Great Barrier Reef region

Coral Expeditions II: Length 35 metres, Beam 12 metres, Speed 12 knots, Draught 2.5 metres, Tonnes 884, Cabins 24, Passengers 46, Crew 12

Facilities: Air-conditioned dining room, two modern air-conditioned lounges, sundeck and spa pool, reference library featuring DVDs and books, telephone communications (additional fee), a range of souvenirs and personal items is available for purchase, limited laundry facilities.

Departures

Departs at 5.00pm every Monday

Additional Info

Children: 0-3 years are free of charge
Exclusions: Pre and Post flights and transfer to vessel, personal items such as telephone, facsimile charges, laundry, bar charges and travel insurance
Environmental Management Charge (EMC): Is additional and payable on board
Cancellation fees: And conditions apply for cruises cancelled inside 60 days of travel
Operated By: Coral Expeditions