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Ultimate Great Barrier Reef: Coral Expeditions II

For guests with more time and a great sense of adventure, this 7-night Cairns – Hinchinbrook Island – Lizard Island – Cairns cruise offers the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience! 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, that will make you want to return again and again.
  • 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 7-night Immersive Reef itinerary is the ideal way to experience the finest of the Northern and Southern Great Barrier Reef. Created by combining the 3-night and 4 night itineraries – first cruising to the Southern Reef, then continuing to the Northern reef – highlights of this expedition include the Ribbon Reefs, Lizard Island, Hinchinbrook Island and Sudbury Cay. Visiting nine private mooring sites, this is the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience where you can see it all – reef, rainforests and islands. Guests also have the opportunity to enjoy a complimentary excursion to Tjapukai when this ship is in Cairns mid-cruise during turnaround.

Please note that this voyage runs in both directions – starting either Northbound or Southbound departing either Monday or Friday.

DAY 1: CAIRNS AND THETFORD REEF Board at Cairns’ Cruise Liner Terminal 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 THE 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 Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 8:00am Note: This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. Throughout the expedition we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel.

Luxury Motor Yacht M/Y Coral Expeditions II

Luxury Motor Yacht 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 Expeditions II will be truly memorable. Coral Expeditions II is an Australian-flagged, Australian-crewed classic catamaran designed and built for maximum stability and guest comfort. With a shallow draught and high manoeuvrability, she can go where large cruise ships cannot.

Accommodating just 44 guests, Coral Expeditions II has an intimate, informal atmosphere. The 22 onboard rooms range from 14 to 15 square metres, are comfortable with natural light, iPod docks, en-suites, and are serviced daily. Coral Expeditions II’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.

Coral Expeditions II carries a glass bottom coral viewing boat, and a complement of Zodiacs and kayaks that are used in our expedition itineraries.

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Date Selected: 3rd Nov 2017

Adult (1) US$3395
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Deposits - Reservations require a deposit of 10% per person at the time you receive a booking confirmation from Expeditions Online. A payment link will be sent to you and this may be paid by major credit card. Bookings within 60 days of departure require full payment. Voyage rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and are based on passengers sharing a cabin. Share Policy - Accommodation on the Ship is based on twin share occupancy. If you are travelling alone and wish to share accommodation, a room mate will be assigned to your cabin whenever possible. When pairing room mates we always pair participants of the same sex. Final Payments - Balances are due 60 days prior to departure. Balance payments may be paid by bank transfer, or on request by credit card (subject to a 2% surcharge). Cancellations - All requests for cancellation must be received in writing to Expeditions Online. Cancellations schedule is as follows: Up to 60 days prior to departure – forfeit your deposit of 10% of the fare. 30 to 59 days prior to departure – forfeit 50% of the fare. 1 to 29 days prior to departure – forfeit 100% of the fare. We strongly recommend that all passengers purchase cruise cancellation and interruption insurance as protection against any circumstance which may force you to cancel or leave an expedition whilst it is in progress. Booking Terms - Please read carefully the General Booking Conditions for Expeditions Online. This voyage is operated by Coral Princess Cruises and you additionally travel under their terms and conditions as the operator as well as of the Shipping Company/transport carrier. Details will be forwarded to you at the time of booking.


  • 3, 4 or 7 night cruise on Coral Expeditions II
  • Expert interpretation and presentations by resident Marine Biologist
  • Use of snorkelling equipment; masks, fins, flotation vests and wetsuits
  • Guided glass bottom coral viewing and snorkelling excursions
  • All meals, morning and afternoon teas
  • Coffee, tea and selected soft drinks
  • Use of all onboard facilities
  • Comprehensive sightseeing as detailed
  • Access to islands, marine and national parks
  • Post cruise transfer from ship to Cairns airport or central Cairns hotels


  • Pre and post flights, transfers and hotels
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal items such as communications and bar charges