Cairns Roundtrip with Coral Expedition Cruises
Duration: 3 nights cruise & stay tour
Coral Expeditions 3 nights
Day 1 Cairns/Sudbury Sand Cay: This morning board your Coral Expeditions Cruises small ship and cruise Trinity Bay. In the afternoon arrive at the first exclusive mooring site, either Thetford Reef, Coates Reef or Nathan Reef. Join the marine biologist for a glass bottom boat tour over the colourful coral gardens before gathering on the snorkel deck to participate in a fish feed. You may wish to enjoy your first snorkelling opportunity for an up-close view of the hundreds of varieties of coral growing on this section of reef. Cruise onwards to deserted Sudbury Sand Key for sunset drinks before returning to the ship for a Captain's welcome seafood buffet.
Day 2 Hinchinbrook Channel/Island beach: This morning you will cruise the spectacular Hinchinbrook Channel, discovering Hinchinbrook Island's towering cliffs and mangrove eco-systems. Subject to tides, you will cruise the length of the channel separating the Australian mainland and the island one of the most diverse marine environments on the Australian coast. Keep an eye out for crocodiles, dolphins, turtles and dugongs. In the afternoon discover a tropical island where you disembark for a guided bushwalk and an Aussie beach BBQ. You'll then have time for snorkelling or diving over the island's fringing reef showcasing a giant clam garden. Kayaking and glass bottom boat tours are also available, or of course, you can simple relax on the gorgeous sandy beach.
Day 3 Dunk Island/Nathan Reef: Join aguide for a fascinating rainforest walk on Dunk Island and discover the unique flora and fauna. Watch out for the brightly coloured blue-winged Ulysses Butterfly or the Yellow-bellied Sunbird. After lunch discover Nathan Reef which offers some of the most colourful coral gardens found anywhere along the length of the reef with 400 different species of coral.
Day 4 Fitzroy Island/Cairns: Travel ashore to explore beautiful Fitzroy Island. Surrounded by a reef system that forms part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Fitzroy Island offers wonderful bush walking opportunities and idyllic white sandy beaches. Savour your final snorkelling opportunity over the island's fringing reef, just metres from the beach. Early in the afternoon, cruise through Trinity Bay before arriving in Cairns at approximately 1.30pm
Departures: Fridays from Cairns.
Accommodation: In cabins with bathroom and air-conditioning.
Upgrade options: Standard stateroom - deluxe stateroom - upper deck stateroom
Alternative 4 or 7 night itineraries are also available.
Meals: Full board including morning/afternoon tea & 24 hour tea/coffee.
Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes accommodation in cabins with bathroom, use of snorkelling equipment, guided glass bottom boat excursions, presentations by marine biologists, access to islands, marine and national parks and an introductory scuba experience for first time divers.
An Environmental Management Charge (EMC) may be payable locally.
Due to weather, tides or mechanical reasons the itinerary may be subject to change without notice.
With over 30 years experience and an unrivalled reputation for cruising excellence, Coral Expeditions Cruises' exclusive itineraries introduce the very best of the Great Barrier Reef and tropical islands in total comfort and style.
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