Great Barrier Reef

Overview

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the natural world. It is larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on earth visible from space.

The colours of the coral and fish are vivid! There is a plethora of wildlife species and these are unlike what you will find elsewhere around the world.

Itinerary

This 4-night Cairns – Lizard Island – Cairns cruise is the perfect option for those wanting to spend the maximum amount of time exploring the colourful coral gardens of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a full day to discover two different sections of the rarely visited Ribbon Reefs, considered to be the most colourful and pristine reefs found anywhere along the entire length of the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the wonderful fringing reefs off Lizard Island and Two Isles. You will also have the opportunity to explore historic Cooktown and savour a full morning discovering spectacular Lizard Island.

This tour departs every Monday with the following itinerary!

Day 1


Cairns
Coral Expeditions 140

Board at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 4:00pm. Cruise Trinity Bay. Welcome drinks. Views of Double Island and the pretty seaside village at Palm Cove. Enjoy Captain’s Welcome Seafood Buffet.

Day 2


Cooktown and the Great Barrier Reef

Discover historic Cooktown. Stroll the wide main street and see buildings dating back to the 1870s. Walk to the botanic gardens where you may see kangaroos and wallabies. Visit James Cook Museum to see original artefacts from his ship ‘Endeavour’. Snorkel over the reef on a desert island or view in the glass bottom boat. Optional SCUBA diving

Day 3


Lizard Island and Ribbon Reefs

Enjoy the morning on Lizard Island, one of Australia’s most beautiful tropical islands. Discover the legend of Mary Watson. Snorkel from the beach over giant clam gardens. Optional early morning hike to Cook’s Look for stunning views over the reef. Afternoon at Ribbon Reef #9 on the rarely visited outer Barrier Reef. Snorkel and SCUBA dive and glass bottom boat tours.

Day 4


Ribbon Reefs

Full day to discover the pristine Ribbon Reefs, Ribbon Reef #3, Rachel Carson Reef. Go snorkelling, optional SCUBA diving or glass bottom boat tours with the Marine Biologist. There is a marine biology presentation at the onboard display tank.

Day 5


Cairns

Cruise concludes at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 8:00am.

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