Discover Australia's most picturesque coastline and the world's largest Marine Park, the Great Barrier Reef, on a 4 night Coral Princess Reef and Island Adventure Cruise. Take advantage of their modern facilities and the attentive service of their friendly and informative crew. Enjoy the finest North Queensland seafoods and tropical fruits. Relax and be pampered.
Their award-winning 35 metre expedition style cruise ships, Coral Princess and Coral Princess II, are large enough to provide all the comforts and facilities you would expect from larger cruise ships, yet small enough to enable them to access reef and island sites inaccessible to other vessels. With their open bridge policy and a maximum of just 50 passengers, your environmental experience will be both personal and memorable.
An incredible underwater world will be revealed to you at their numerous exclusive reef sites. Their informative crew will always be on hand to provide assistance and information about the fascinating reef life and habitat. Join their Marine Biologist aboard the glass bottom boat or go snorkelling in the clear tropical waters. It's your choice. Their experienced Dive Instructor will also be there to offer you the exhilarating experience of scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef.
4 NIGHT - Cairns – Lizard Island – Cairns
Day 1: Cairns and Welcome
4:00pm: Board your Coral Princess Cruises small ship for a 5:00pm departure from Cairns. Cruise Trinity Bay, settle in and discover your home for the four nights. In the evening, join our crew and travelling companions on the top deck to enjoy a glass of champagne as we cruise northward, passing Double Island and the pretty beachside village of Palm Cove. Admire a spectacular sunset over the World Heritage-listed rainforest of the Macalister Range before sitting down to a delicious dinner.
Day 2: Cooktown and Great Barrier Reef
We have the morning to discover historic Cooktown which is steeped in history with buildings dating back to the 1870s. It was here that the famous explorer Captain James Cook took refuge during his voyage of discovery after claiming Australia as a British Colony in 1770. You have the option to visit Cooktown’s fascinating James Cook historical museum, featuring original artefacts from Cook’s ship – HMS Endeavour. See the original anchor and cannon, jettisoned overboard after Endeavour struck a reef and began taking on water. Perhaps visit the Botanic Gardens, where you may catch a glimpse of some native Australian wildlife including kangaroos and wallabies in their natural habitat. This afternoon we visit one of the remote uninhabited islands of the Great Barrier Reef. Join our Marine Biologist for a glass bottom boat tour over the colourful coral gardens and discover some of the 1,500 species of tropical fish that call the reef home. You may wish to enjoy our first snorkelling opportunity for an up close view of the hundreds of varieties of coral growing on this section of reef. Our experienced crew will be on hand to provide assistance, advice and guided snorkelling tours for less experienced swimmers.
Day 3: Lizard Island, Reef and Snorkelling
This morning we awaken moored beside beautiful Lizard Island. The energetic may join our guides on a walk to ‘Cook’s Look’ on the island’s peak (hiking or running shoes required). It was from here, the highest lookout on this part of the reef, that Captain Cook was able to navigate a safe passage back through the treacherous waters after repairing the Endeavour near Cooktown almost 250 years ago. A photographer’s delight, the views from the lookout over the World Heritage-listed reef and surrounding tropical islands are magnificent. Lizard Island’s fringing reef, in the shallow waters just metres off the beach, offer some fantastic snorkelling opportunities. Discover giant clams and a profusion of tropical fish. Simply relax on the beach, join the Marine Biologist on a glass bottom boat tour, or for the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience accompany our Dive Instructor on an unforgettable SCUBA dive. The choice is yours! This afternoon we cruise to Ribbon Reef No. 9, a spectacular and seldom visited part of the reef where our activities will include more snorkelling opportunities and glass bottom boat tours with the Marine Biologist.
Day 4: Spectacular Ribbon Reefs
The Great Barrier Reef is not actually one continuous reef, but a series of individual coral cays stretching over 2,000 kilometres (1,200 miles) between the town of Bundaberg and the tip of Australia at Cape York. We spend today visiting two of the most spectacular sections of the reef, Ribbon Reef No. 3 and Rachel Carson Reef. Explore the coral gardens and marine life with guided snorkelling and glass bottom boat tours. Our Marine Biologist will explain the natural history and evolution of the reef and help you discover the local wildlife, which includes sea turtles, giant clams, rays and over 200 different species of native birds. Today will also be your last opportunity to experience the reef through SCUBA diving, so allow our Dive Instructor to guide you on an unforgettable experience of a lifetime. This evening we enjoy our final memorable night cruising the Great Barrier Reef.
Day 5: Arrive Cairns
8:00am: Farewell our Captain, crew and new-found friends before disembarking at Trinity Wharf in Cairns.
Itineraries subject to change due to weather and other operational requirements.