Coral Expeditions I<br>7 Night Great Barrier Reef Cruise, Hinchinbrook Island & Lizard Island<br>Roundtrip Cairns

Coral Expeditions I
7 Night Great Barrier Reef Cruise, Hinchinbrook Island & Lizard Island
Roundtrip Cairns

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Duration: 7 Nights
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For guests with more time and a great sense of adventure, our 7-night Cairns – Hinchinbrook Island – Lizard Island – Cairns cruise offers the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience! Combining both our 3 and 4-night cruises you will discover everything that this memorable region has to offer; the best parts of the Reef, spectacular rainforest trails and beautiful tropical islands including Lizard and Dunk, and the stunning Sudbury Cay.

Discover the very best of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef in unrivalled style, our 7-night cruise offers the ultimate experience that will make you want to return again and again.

We get a lot of queries about conserving the reef. That’s why we’ve enlisted the help of our resident Marine Biologists to help answer some of your questions.

Expedition highlights:

• The complete Great Barrier Reef experience. Snorkel over colourful coral gardens, stroll golden sandy beaches and wander rainforest trails

• Secluded gourmet beach BBQ

• Experience the World Heritage-listed reef from our private moorings away from the tourist crowds

• Be guided by an expert Marine Biologist on glass bottom boat and snorkelling tours

• Informative presentations and educational documentaries

• History and cultures of the region and early explorers

• Join an optional resort or certified SCUBA dive on the outer reef



Day 1: Cairns and Thetford Reef

Board at Cairns’ Trinity Wharf at 10:00am > cruise Trinity Bay > Thetford Reef snorkelling > glass bottom boat tours > fish feeding display > optional SCUBA diving > Sudbury Cay drinks ashore > Captain’s Welcome Seafood Buffet


Day 2: Hinchinbrook Channel

Cruise the scenic Hinchinbrook Channel, separating Hinchinbrook Island from the mainland > possible sightings include crocodiles, dolphins, whales, turtles and dugongs > interpretive commentary and mangrove tour > discover a tropical island > guided bushwalk > gourmet Aussie beach BBQ meal > snorkel and dive over the island’s fringing reef showcasing a giant clam garden > kayaking and glass bottom boat tours > relax on the sandy beach


Day 3: Dunk Island Rainforest and Nathan Reef

Rainforest walk on tropical Dunk Island with naturalist guides > look for the striking electric-blue Ulysses butterfly > afternoon to discover colourful Nathan Reef > snorkel, SCUBA dive and glass bottom boat tours > interactive marine biology presentation at the onboard display tank


Day 4: Fitzroy Island - Cairns

Idyllic bushwalks and hikes > snorkel over the fringing reef > beachcombing on the white sands of Nudey Beach > enjoy the resort facilities > return to Trinity Wharf, Cairns before departing again at 4.00pm > cruise Trinity Bay > Captain’s drinks > views of Double Island and the pretty seaside village at Palm Cove > Captain’s Seafood Buffet


Day 5: Historic Cooktown and the 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 › glass bottom boat tours › optional SCUBA diving


Day 6: 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 7: Ribbon Reefs

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


Day 8: Cairns

Cruise concludes at Trinity Wharf, Cairns at 8:00am


Due to weather, tides or any other event affecting the operation of the vessel the itinerary may be subject to change without notice.

* Ports of call may vary based on itinerary and departure dates selected


Cabin Pricing

* All prices quoted are PER PERSON in Australian Dollars and include taxes, fees and port expenses (if applicable).
* All prices quoted are for the cruise departing on . Prices for alternative departure dates may vary.


Your cruise price includes:
• Accommodation in selected room grade for the number of nights as listed in each itinerary
• All meals
• 24 hour tea and barista-style coffee
• Captain’s welcome and farewell drinks
• Access to islands, marine and national parks
• Guided tours on Explorer expedition vessel, Zodiacs, glass-bottom boat and kayaks
• Touring as described in each itinerary
• Services of expedition staff and lecturers including briefings and knowledge-sharing sessions
• Port taxes and government charges imposed by government authorities

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