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Let multi award-winning Coral Expeditions introduce you to Australia's most famous natural wonder - the Great Barrier Reef. With 33 years experience and an unrivalled reputation for cruising excellence, their exclusive itineraries introduce the very best of the Great Barrier Reef and tropical islands in total comfort and unmatched style.
They aim to show you the hidden jewels of the Great Barrier Reef - the reef, ancient rainforest and secluded tropical islands most visitors never see. Exclusive reef moorings mean you won't be surrounded by hundreds of other reef visitors, and their small ships accommodate a maximum of 44 guests, ensuring an intimate and personalised experience.
The beauty of a Coral Expeditions cruise allows you to be as adventurous - or as relaxed - as you please. Explore remote coral cays, deserted but for a myriad of colourful tropical fish, peaceful tropical islands and primordial rainforests well beyond the reach of most visitors, or simply relax on the sun deck, in the open-bridge or spa as they cruise serenely through some of the most awe-inspiring scenery Australia has to offer. The choice is yours!
Day 1: Cairns and Thetford Reef
After a delicious lunch you 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. In the evening, join your crew and travelling companions in the top deck lounge.
Day 2: Hinchinbrook Channel and Tropical Beach Barbecue
Awaken this morning as you cruise the Hinchinbrook Channel. Next, enjoy the afternoon discovering your very own tropical paradise. They invite you for a gourmet beach barbecue before exploring the island's natural rainforest of snorkel on the fringing reef, just metres off the beach.
Day 3: Tropical Island and Nathan Reef
Join their guides on their rainforest walk on Hinchinbrook Island (the Haven Track). Following lunch discover Nathan Reef at your own pace.
Day 4: Fitzroy Island and Cairns
Travel ashore to Fitzroy Island, enjoy a wonderful bush walk and idyllic white sandy beaches. Following lunch you arrive into Cairns at 1.30pm.
Day 1: Cairns and Thetford Reef
10:30am: Board your Coral Princess Cruises small ship for an 11:00am departure from Cairns.
Day 2: Cruise the Hinchinbrook Channel and enjoy a Pelorus Island beach barbecue.
Day 3: Travel to Dunk Island and Nathan Reef.
Day 4: Visit Fitzroy Island.
Day 5: Historic Cooktown and the Reef.
Day 6: Lizard Island
Day 7: Ribbon Reefs
Day 8: Arrive back in Cairns.
Day 1: Depart from Cairns on Coral Expedition II, a small ship, at 5.00pm.
Day 2: Travel to historic Cooktown and the Reef.
Day 3: Visit Lizard Island and Ribbon Reefs.
Day 4: Discover the Ribbon Reefs with a full day of exploration.
Day 5: Travel on to Thetford Reef and Sudbury Cay.
Day 6: Cruise the Hinchinbrook Channel, and enjoy a beach barbecue on Pelorus Island.
Day 7: Visit Dunk Island, and Nathan Reef.
Day 8: Stop by Fitzroy Island, then return to Cairns.
Day One: Board at 4.00pm for a 5.00pm departure from Cairns. Settle in and discover your "home" for the next four nights and enjoy a glass of champagne on the top deck and watch the sun set.
Day Two: Discover historical Cooktown at your own pace. Perhaps visit the museum, featuring artefacts from Captain Cook's Endeavour. In the afternoon, visit a remote uninhabited island. Join the Marine Biologist on a glass bottom boat or guided snorkelling tour.
Day Three: Lizard Island. Walk to Cook's Look, the peak on the island. Relax, or take a scuba dive or snorkel. Visit Ribbon Reef Number Nine in the afternoon.
Day Four: Explore Ribbon Reef Number Three and Escape Reef.
Day Five: Arrive Trinity Wharf at 8.00am.
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