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Discover the Great Barrier Reef

Discover the Great Barrier Reef

7 Nights from $3,700 per person (twin share)*

For those with a great sense of adventure, the 7-night Cairns - Hinchinbrook Island - Lizard Island - Cairns cruise offers the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience! Combining both Coral Expedition's 3 and 4-night cruises you will 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 style - this 7-night cruise offers the ultimate experience that will make you want to return again and again.

Departs Cairns: Every Friday at 11:00am and Monday (reverse direction)

Returns Cairns: Every Friday at 8:00am

Expedition highlights

  • Snorkel over colourful coral gardens, stroll golden sandy beaches and wander rainforest trails
  • Experience the World Heritage-listed reef at 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 outer reef


Day 1 - Cairns & Sudbury Cay

Board at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 10:00am, and cruise Trinity Bay. Visit Sudbury Reef, and enjoy snorkelling, glass bottom boat tours, and optional Scuba diving. Finish the day with sunset drinks ashore on the deserted sandy cay.

Day 2 - Hinchinbrook Channel & Dunk Island

Cruise the majestic Hinchinbrook Channel whilst enjoying a top deck breakfast in the sunshine. Look for wildlife during a mangrove tour. Stretch your legs on Dunk Island, with a hike up Mt Kootaloo or a beach walk. With the aid of your guides, you may spot the electric blue Ulysses butterfly.

Day 3 - Nathan Reef & Coates Reef

Discover Nathan Reef on a guided snorkel: this reef is teeming with abundant fish life, including clownfish and Maori Wrasse. Later, visit colourful Coates Reef – see plate corals and parrotfish during an optional SCUBA dive, or stay dry and view marine life from the comfort of the Glass Bottom Boat, with expert interpretation by your on-board marine biologist.

Day 4 - Fitzroy Island - Cairns

Enjoy a rainforest walk or a hike to the lighthouse. Snorkel over fringing reef and swim with Green Sea Turtles, before learning all about them during a visit to the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. Return to Cairns to at 1:30pm.  During a brief turn-around in Cairns, you may enjoy a complimentary admission to the Cairns Museum. Reboard your ship at 4:00pm on your way to enjoy the northern Reef.

Day 5 - Historic Cooktown & the Reef

Discover historic Cooktown, with building dating back to the 1870s. Visit the botanic gardens and the James Cook Museum to see original artefacts from the HMB Endeavour. Enjoy an afternoon snorkel and sunset drinks at Turtle Beach on Lizard Island, and see giant trevally and tawny nurse sharks during an after dinner fish feed off the back deck.

Day 6 - Lizard Island & the Ribbon Reefs

Enjoy the breaktaking natural beauty of Lizard Island. Join an optional hike to Cook’s Look in the early morning to survey the reef. Learn about the tragic fate of Mary Watson and snorkel from the beach over giant clam gardens. This afternoon visit the pristine Ribbon Reef #9 for snorkelling and diving.

Day 7 - Ribbon Reefs

Spend a full day discovering the outer Barrier Reef, with snorkelling, diving, and marine biologist led tours of Ribbon Reef #3 and Escape Reef.

Day 8 - Cairns

Disembark in Cairns at 8:00am

Exclusive Bonus Offer

  • Complimentary bottle of wine from Southside Travel upon arrival (per cabin)*
  • 10% discount on travel insurance (nib, Suresave, CHI or Covermore)

Please note: A Government Environmental Management charge (reef tax) of AU$19.50 per person is to be paid on board. The itinerary is subject to change (to take advantage of changing weather and reef conditions).

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