Coral Expeditions operates a choice of 3, 4 or 7 day Great Barrier Reef Cruises. Small ship cruising is what Coral Expeditions does best - discovering a beautiful paradise of uninhabited islands, remote and unique coral cays. Coral Expeditions provides not only a cruise holiday but an expedition to the tropical wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.
The 3 Night Cruise travels from Cairns cruising Hinchinbrook Channel and visiting Pelorus Island, Thetford Reef, Dunk Island and Nathan Reef. Passengers can go snorkeling and coral viewing at Coral Expeditions own exclusive destination called Pelorus Island. Here you can linger over the platform reefs and abundant marine life.
Coral Expeditions has exclusive reef moorings which mean you won't be surrounded by hundreds of other reef visitors. Coral Expeditions vessels accommodatea maximum of 44 guests ensuring a personal and intimate cruising experience.
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.
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.
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.
Day 1: Board your Coral Expeditions small ship at 10.00am for an 11.00am departure from Cairns. As you depart Cairns and cruise Trinity Bay there is time meet your fellow travellers, settle in and explore your home for the next three nights. After a delicious lunch, 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 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. The experienced crew will be on hand to provide assistance, advice and guided snorkelling tours for less experienced swimmers. In the evening, join the crew and your travelling companions in the top deck lounge as the sun spectacularly sets over the reef before sitting down to a memorable dinner.
Day 2: Awaken this morning as you cruise the spectacular Hinchinbrook Channel, discovering Hinchinbrook Island's towering cliffs and mangrove eco-systems. Subject to tides, you 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 a myriad of 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 Coral Expeditions very own tropical island paradise. Join everyone 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 the 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!
Day 3: Join the naturalist 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, 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 the 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 the 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 including the spa pool and sun lounges. Tonight, settle in the dining room for another sumptuous dinner as you enjoy your final night cruising the Great Barrier Reef.
Day 4: 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 the final snorkelling opportunity over the island's fringing reefs, just metres from the beach in the sheltered waters. Following lunch, early this afternoon you'll cruise through Trinity Bay before arriving in tropical Cairns at 1.30pm for disembarkation at Trinity Wharf.
Note: Due to weather, tides or any other reason affecting the operation of the vessel this itinerary may be subject to change without notice.
Coral Expeditions operates the 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.
Departs 11.00am every Friday
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: Apply for cruises cancelled inside 60 days of travel
Operated By: Coral Expeditions