One of the best ways to discover the breathtaking beauty of the Queensland Islands is with one of the many Great Barrier Reef Cruises available. Just off the scenic Queensland coastline, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest marine park in the world and creates a striking contrast between the pristine islands. Mini cruise ships strike the perfect balance between the comfort and facilities of larger vessels but their compact size ensures easy access to some of the most beautiful reef and island sites.
Cruises are available for day trips as well as overnight and visit Moore, Thetford, Briggs, Dunk Island, Fitzory Island, Nathan Reef and much more. There are plenty of opportunities to swim the crystal waters, snorkel the colourful reef and dive the live coral with some cruises even providing on board talks by Marine Biologists, glass bottom boat tours and deck duties to complete the experience.
Another great way to explore the islands that allows you a little more freedom is with a Whitsundays Rent-a-Yacht. Whether you're on a holiday with the whole family, wanting to escape with that special someone or have a whole group ready for adventure, these Whitsunday Island cruises are a great way to see the sights on board a motor cruiser, catamaran or luxury yacht.
Be your own captain and navigate your way to some of the best swimming, fishing and diving spots or take a week or two to explore these spectacular islands in more detail. Renowned as one of Australia's best regions for sailing, these Whitsunday cruises and sailing include all the necessary comforts such as refrigerators, large showers and spacious cabins complete with double berth facilities.
If total style and comfort is more suited to you then the Matador is just what you need to explore the pristine beaches, Aboriginal caves, reef sites, corals and more. Complete with air conditioned cabins, daily freshly prepared meals, fresh linen and all the modern comforts, cruises aboard this 85ft catamaran ensure you see the islands in style. There are also plenty of diving opportunities with certified on board instructors ready to lend assistance.
There are also a great range of Whitsundays Extended Cruises which offer a number of different options for exploring the Queensland Islands including a catered and professionally skippered sailing vessel, bareboat charters, classic sailing, adventure sailing, luxury sailing, tall ship adventures and even the opportunity to learn to sail. However you choose to navigate the spectacular waters of the Great Barrier Reef, these Queensland Island Cruises have something for everyone.