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.
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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