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Coral Expeditions II<br>3 Night Great Barrier Reef Cruise<br>Roundtrip Cairns

Coral Expeditions II
3 Night Great Barrier Reef Cruise
Roundtrip Cairns

Ship: Coral Expeditions II
Cruise Line: Coral Expeditions
Departures: 
Duration: 3 Nights
Ports: Cairns, Hinchinbrook Island, Dunk Island, Cairns
Airport gateway (Arrival) : Cairns
Airport gateway (Departure) : Cairns

The 3 night Southern Expedition itinerary takes guests to some of the Southern Great Barrier Reef’s most biologically significant areas.

From the mangrove channel at Hinchinbrook Island to the ancient rainforest of Dunk Island, and the untouched remoteness of Sudbury Cay, guests onboard will experience a myriad habitats, both on land and at sea. This immersive itinerary has been designed to provide ample time to explore the Reef through snorkelling, SCUBA diving and glass bottom boat tours, Spend time exploring the underwater world’s of Coates and Nathan Reefs, and visit the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre on Fitzroy Island – you may even be able to swim with a Sea Turtle just off the beach!

Enjoy presentations – including interactive “touch and feel” presentations, where you can see the Reef’s endemic species up close – by our Marine Biologist, learning about the area’s unique eco system and marine biodiversity. Cruise through the Hinchinbrook Channel by Glass Bottom Boat and wader along the Haven track, surrounded by mangroves. When you’ve had your fill of exploring, enjoy sunset drinks on private Sudbury Cay, and sumptuous welcome seafood buffet onboard, perhaps followed by an evening fish feed, from our easily accessed platform. For a Great Barrier Reef experience that offers a combination of rainforest, mangrove and reef, the 3 night itinerary is an excellent choice

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

• Snorkel or dive at Nathan Reef or Coates Reef

• 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

• See Indigenous middens as you walk the Haven Track

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

Itinerary

Day 1: Cairns and Thetford Reef

10:00am: Board your Coral Expeditions small ship for an 11:00am departure from Cairns. As we 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 we arrive at our 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. Our experienced crew will be on hand to provide assistance, advice and guided snorkelling tours for less experienced swimmers. In the evening, join our crew and travelling companions in the top deck lounge as the sun spectacularly sets over the reef before sitting down to a memorable dinner.

 

Day 2: Hinchinbrook Channel and Beach BBQ

Awaken this morning as we cruise the spectacular Hinchinbrook Channel, discovering Hinchinbrook Island’s towering cliffs and mangrove eco-systems. Subject to tides, we 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 myriad 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 paradise, Pelorus Island. We invite you to join us on the beach for a gourmet beach BBQ, freshly prepared by the Captain. Explore the island’s rainforest on a guided nature walk. Pelorus’ 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 our 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: Dunk Island Rainforest and Nathan Reef

Join our naturalist guides on a fascinating rainforest walk discovering Dunk Island’s unique flora and fauna. We 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 our 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 our 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. Tonight, join us in the dining room for another sumptuous dinner as we settle in for our final night cruising the Great Barrier Reef.

 

Day 4: Fitzroy Island and Cairns

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 our final snorkelling opportunity over the island’s fringing reefs, just metres from the beach in the sheltered waters. Following lunch, early this afternoon we cruise through Trinity Bay before arriving in tropical Cairns at 1:30pm for disembarkation at Trinity Wharf.

Post cruise transfer to city centre hotels or Cairns airport is included.

 

Departs Cairns: Every Friday at 11:00am

Returns Cairns: Every Monday at 1:30pm 

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

 

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

 

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• 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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• Accommodation in selected room grade for the number of nights as listed in each itinerary

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• Guided tours on Explorer expedition vessel, Zodiacs, glass-bottom boat and kayaks

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• 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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Ports

Cairns

The picturesque town of Yorkey's, dominated by its dramatic headland, is your gateway to Cairns, one of Australia's hottest vacation destinations, which basks in tropical sunshine with balmy breezes that waft in from Trinity Bay.

The city's graceful, tree-lined esplanade was once the gateway to the gold fields of North Queensland. Cairns boasts three of Australia's great natural wonders: the Great Barrier Reef and 16 miles of superb beaches that stretch to the north of the city to the famed Marlin Coast. Inland lies the immense Daintree National Park. Discover the rainbow of sea life, marvel at the rain forest or relax along the long stretch of sunny coastline.

Country - Australia
Distance from port to City - 17kms
Distance from port to Airport - 10kms
Currency - Australian Dollars (AUD)

Places of Interest
Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, Kuranda

Hinchinbrook Island

Dunk Island

With an enormous variety of activities to choose from, it's hard deciding what to do next. You could start the day with a rainforest walk and take in the spectacular views from the summit of Mt Kootaloo. After breakfast, explore one of the National Park walking trails through the rainforest and later perhaps a snorkel at Muggy Muggy Beach. During lunch you can plan the afternoon ahead. Perhaps some water skiing followed by a game of tennis. Or should that be kayaking followed by squash?

Country - Australia
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance from Port to Airport - 125kms
Currency - Australian Dollars (AUD)

Places of Interest
Great Barrier Reef, Mt. Kootaloo

 

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Coral Expeditions

Coral Expeditions

Welcome to Coral Expeditions -

Coral Expeditions is Australia’s leading small ship and expedition cruise line, with an unrivalled worldwide reputation for cruising excellence built over more than 30 years. Join them on award-winning 3,4 and 7 night Great Barrier Reef cruises or discover Australia’s ancient outback on an expedition to the remarkable Kimberley region or Cape York and Arnhem Land. Venture further afield into the South Pacific to discover mysterious Papua New Guinea, the exotic Spice Islands and Raja Ampat, explore the magical island cultures of Melanesia and savour the scenic beauty of ‘the land of the long white cloud’, New Zealand.

 

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Coral Expeditions II

At just 35 metres in length, Coral Expeditions II is the ideal small ship for discovering the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Small enough to allow snorkelling directly from the ship, yet equipped with the facilities of a much larger vessel, your cruise aboard Coral Princess II will be truly memorable.

Refurbished during early 2015, Coral Expeditions II is fully equipped for the ultimate Great Barrier Reef cruising experience. Australian flagged, registered and staffed, Coral Expeditions II was purpose-built for cruising in our region and is the ideal size to access the very best parts of the Great Barrier Reef.

The 22 onboard rooms are a delightful ‘home away from home’ and feature traditional maritime stylings with wood panelled walls. You can choose between double and twin bedded rooms, each fully equipped with a spacious private ensuite, air conditioning and ample storage space. All rooms feature large picture windows, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the spectacular scenery.

The ship’s spacious lounge is a great place to relax and enjoy a drink from the cocktail bar in air-conditioned comfort, and features a comprehensive reference library and plasma screens. The large Sun Deck is another popular place to relax and take in the sights, with comfortable deck chairs and stylish teak furnishings. You will also enjoy the opportunity to dine al fresco under the magnificent stars over the Great Barrier Reef.

Meals are served in the atmospheric Dining Room, and with space for all guests to dine during one sitting and no assigned seating, meal times are a great opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers.

Coral Expeditions II operates an open bridge policy, allowing you to spend time with the Captain and his maritime crew as we cruise. Follow our progression on the ship’s charts and chat with the Captain, or simply sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. Coral Expeditions II is fitted with state-of-the-art safety and navigation equipment.
 

Your Onboard Facilities

  • Large Sun Deck with sun lounges
  • Two fully-stocked cocktail bars
  • Dining Room
  • Spacious lounge with plasma screens
  • Comprehensive reference library
  • Open Bridge
  • Gift shop
  • Limited laundry facilities
  • Phone and fax facilities
  • SCUBA diving department

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