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Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef (Cairns - Hinchinbrook Island - Cairns), 3 Nights

Southern Reef Expedition Cruise

3 Nights | Departs Cairns Every Friday 11am | Arrives Cairns Every Monday 1:30pm

The 3 night Southern Reef itinerary takes guests from the mangrove channel at Hinchinbrook Island to the ancient rainforest of Dunk Island, and the untouched remoteness of Sudbury Cay.  You will experience the beautiful environment of the Great Barrier Reef region, both on land and at sea.

This immersive itinerary has been designed to provide ample time to explore the Reef through snorkelling, Scuba diving and glass bottom boat tours.  Enjoy sunset drinks on private Sudbury Cay, and sumptuous seafood buffet. Cruise through the Hinchinbrook Channel by Glass Bottom Boat and wander along the Haven track, surrounded by mangroves. Spend time exploring the underwater world’s of Coates and Nathan Reefs, and visit the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre on Fitzroy Island – you may even be able to swim with a Sea Turtle just off the beach! Enjoy presentations by our Marine Biologist,  including interactive “touch and feel” presentations, where you can see the Reef’s endemic species and learn about the area’s unique eco-system and marine biodiversity.

April 2019 to March 2020 Brochure       March 2020 to January 2021 Brochure

 

Expedition highlights:

  • 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
  • Snorkel or dive at Nathan Reef or Coates Reef
  • 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
  • See Indigenous middens as you walk the Haven Track
  • Join an optional resort or certified SCUBA dive on the outer reef

 

Fares

1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020

CORAL EXPEDITIONS II TWIN SHARE PER PERSON SOLE USE TRIPLE SHARE PER PERSON
Deluxe Stateroom $2,300 $2,300 $N/A
Upper Deck Stateroom $2,200 $2,200 $N/A
Stateroom $2,000 $2,000 $1,500
Cabin $1,800 $1,800 $N/A

 

31 March 2020 to to 11 January 2021

CORAL EXPEDITIONS II TWIN SHARE PER PERSON SOLE USE TRIPLE SHARE PER PERSON
Deluxe Stateroom $2,350 $2,350 $N/A
Upper Deck Stateroom $2,250 $2,250 $N/A
Stateroom $2,050 $2,050 $1,538
Cabin $1,850 $1,850 $N/A

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Itinerary

Great Barrier Reef – 3 night expedition cruise in the beautiful Australian tropics

Embark: Board at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 10:00am for 11:00am departure.
Disembark: Arrive and disembark at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 1:30pm.

The below itinerary is indicative. No two cruises with Coral Expeditions will be the same, with each expedition crafted by our experienced Masters and Expedition Leaders. 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. Coral Expeditions suggests that you do not arrive on the day of embarkation or depart on the day of disembarkation due to any changes that may occur in scheduling.

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 and 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 and 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 and 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 disembark at 1:30pm.

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.

December 2019

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
13 December 2019 13 Dec 2019 16 December 2019 16 Dec 2019 $1,800 to $2,300 $1,800 to $2,300 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
27 December 2019 27 Dec 2019 30 December 2019 30 Dec 2019 $1,800 to $2,300 $1,800 to $2,300 Coral Expeditions II Filling Fast Book

January 2020

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
03 January 2020 03 Jan 2020 06 January 2020 06 Jan 2020 $1,800 to $2,300 $1,800 to $2,300 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
10 January 2020 10 Jan 2020 13 January 2020 13 Jan 2020 $1,800 to $2,300 $1,800 to $2,300 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
17 January 2020 17 Jan 2020 20 January 2020 20 Jan 2020 $1,800 to $2,300 $1,800 to $2,300 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
24 January 2020 24 Jan 2020 27 January 2020 27 Jan 2020 $1,800 to $2,300 $1,800 to $2,300 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
31 January 2020 31 Jan 2020 03 February 2020 03 Feb 2020 $1,800 to $2,300 $1,800 to $2,300 Coral Expeditions II Available Book

February 2020

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
31 January 2020 31 Jan 2020 03 February 2020 03 Feb 2020 $1,800 to $2,300 $1,800 to $2,300 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
21 February 2020 21 Feb 2020 24 February 2020 24 Feb 2020 $1,800 to $2,300 $1,800 to $2,300 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
28 February 2020 28 Feb 2020 02 March 2020 02 Mar 2020 $1,800 to $2,300 $1,800 to $2,300 Coral Expeditions II Available Book

March 2020

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
28 February 2020 28 Feb 2020 02 March 2020 02 Mar 2020 $1,800 to $2,300 $1,800 to $2,300 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
06 March 2020 06 Mar 2020 09 March 2020 09 Mar 2020 $1,800 to $2,300 $1,800 to $2,300 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
13 March 2020 13 Mar 2020 16 March 2020 16 Mar 2020 $1,800 to $2,300 $1,800 to $2,300 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
20 March 2020 20 Mar 2020 23 March 2020 23 Mar 2020 $1,800 to $2,300 $1,800 to $2,300 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
27 March 2020 27 Mar 2020 30 March 2020 30 Mar 2020 $1,800 to $2,300 $1,800 to $2,300 Coral Expeditions II Available Book

April 2020

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
03 April 2020 03 Apr 2020 06 April 2020 06 Apr 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
10 April 2020 10 Apr 2020 13 April 2020 13 Apr 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
17 April 2020 17 Apr 2020 20 April 2020 20 Apr 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
24 April 2020 24 Apr 2020 27 April 2020 27 Apr 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book

May 2020

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
01 May 2020 01 May 2020 04 May 2020 04 May 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
08 May 2020 08 May 2020 11 May 2020 11 May 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
15 May 2020 15 May 2020 18 May 2020 18 May 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
22 May 2020 22 May 2020 25 May 2020 25 May 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
29 May 2020 29 May 2020 01 June 2020 01 Jun 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book

June 2020

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
29 May 2020 29 May 2020 01 June 2020 01 Jun 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
05 June 2020 05 Jun 2020 08 June 2020 08 Jun 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
12 June 2020 12 Jun 2020 15 June 2020 15 Jun 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
19 June 2020 19 Jun 2020 22 June 2020 22 Jun 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
26 June 2020 26 Jun 2020 29 June 2020 29 Jun 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book

July 2020

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
03 July 2020 03 Jul 2020 06 July 2020 06 Jul 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
10 July 2020 10 Jul 2020 13 July 2020 13 Jul 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
31 July 2020 31 Jul 2020 03 August 2020 03 Aug 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book

August 2020

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
31 July 2020 31 Jul 2020 03 August 2020 03 Aug 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
07 August 2020 07 Aug 2020 10 August 2020 10 Aug 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
14 August 2020 14 Aug 2020 17 August 2020 17 Aug 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
21 August 2020 21 Aug 2020 24 August 2020 24 Aug 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
28 August 2020 28 Aug 2020 31 August 2020 31 Aug 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book

September 2020

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
04 September 2020 04 Sep 2020 07 September 2020 07 Sep 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
11 September 2020 11 Sep 2020 14 September 2020 14 Sep 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
18 September 2020 18 Sep 2020 21 September 2020 21 Sep 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
25 September 2020 25 Sep 2020 28 September 2020 28 Sep 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book

October 2020

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
02 October 2020 02 Oct 2020 05 October 2020 05 Oct 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
09 October 2020 09 Oct 2020 12 October 2020 12 Oct 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
16 October 2020 16 Oct 2020 19 October 2020 19 Oct 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
30 October 2020 30 Oct 2020 02 November 2020 02 Nov 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book

November 2020

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
30 October 2020 30 Oct 2020 02 November 2020 02 Nov 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
06 November 2020 06 Nov 2020 09 November 2020 09 Nov 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
13 November 2020 13 Nov 2020 16 November 2020 16 Nov 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
20 November 2020 20 Nov 2020 23 November 2020 23 Nov 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
27 November 2020 27 Nov 2020 30 November 2020 30 Nov 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book

December 2020

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
04 December 2020 04 Dec 2020 07 December 2020 07 Dec 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
11 December 2020 11 Dec 2020 14 December 2020 14 Dec 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
25 December 2020 25 Dec 2020 28 December 2020 28 Dec 2020 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book

January 2021

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
01 January 2021 01 Jan 2021 04 January 2021 04 Jan 2021 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
08 January 2021 08 Jan 2021 11 January 2021 11 Jan 2021 $1,850 to $2,350 $1,850 to $2,350 Coral Expeditions II Available Book

Your cruise price includes:

  • Accommodation in selected room grade for the number of nights as listed in each itinerary
  • All meals, prepared by our chef
  • 24 hour tea and coffee
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell drinks
  • Access to islands, marine and national parks
  • Excursions as described in each itinerary
  • Snorkelling
  • Services of expedition staff and lecturers including briefings and knowledge-sharing sessions
  • Port taxes and government charges imposed by government authorities*

*Does not include Environmental Management Charge.

Your cruise price does not include:

  • Pre and post flights, transfers and hotels
  • Entry visas/travel permits
  • Travel Insurance
  • Scuba Diving
  • Items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted), laundry charges and souvenir purchases

Tipping not required:

Other cruise lines automatically add gratuities to your account and service charges to your bar invoices. On Coral Expeditions II our crew has no other agenda than your delight.

Now that you’ve chosen your cruise, our reservations specialists are on hand to assist with all of your holiday arrangements to ensure your holiday runs as smoothly as possible.

Contact our reservations specialists for advice about making the most of your time before and after your cruise.

To speak to our reservations specialists contact us during business hours on freecall 1800 079 545 (within Australia) or email cruise@coralexpeditions.com.

Don’t forget, we strongly recommend the purchase of Travel Insurance with any cruise purchase. See below for further details.

Recommended Cairns Hotels

Novotel Oasis Cairns Resort

Beautiful tropical and modern contemporary style is awaiting you at the Novotel Oasis Cairns Resort. Each spacious room features air-conditioning and a private balcony or terrace facing the resort pools, tropical gardens or Cairns city. A short stroll leads to many local restaurants and the Cairns waterfront with it many attractions.

Pullman Cairns International

The Pullman Cairns International (formerly Sebel International) is a beautiful five star heritage-style hotel, located right in the heart of the Cairns CBD. The hotel boasts 321 rooms, your choice of Executive Suites, Premium Rooms, Harbour View Rooms, or City Mountain View Rooms. All rooms are very spacious and include private balconies. Bathrooms feature Italian marble, with back-heated mirrors.

Pullman Reef Hotel & Casino

Nestled in the heart of Cairns just 200 metres from Trinity Wharf, the 5-star Pullman Reef Hotel offers luxuriously appointed rooms in an unmistakably Tropical North Queensland style and feature light timbers, plantation shutters, spa bath and private garden balcony. Outstanding service awaits at the Pullman.

Pacific, Cairns

Superbly located right on the Esplanade partially overlooking Trinity Harbour and parklands, with easy access to the restaurant precinct, night markets and more. All rooms have private balconies and feature tea and coffee facilities and WIFI. The popular Bushfire Flame Grill features Brazilian inspired, Australian style BBQ.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Comprehensive Travel Insurance is strongly recommended for all travellers as protection against any unforeseen events that may necessitate the cancellation or interruption of your holiday and should be purchased at the same time as you purchase your cruise. It should also include emergency evacuation and repatriation cover.

We recommend Travel Insurance by SureSave.

SureSave, is an Australian company who specialise in travel insurance designed for travellers. SureSave provides world assistance through a customer support team, a claims team and an in-house 24/7 Emergency Assistance division. Underwritten by Lloyds of London, you get peace of mind knowing your security is guaranteed.

Please note: SureSave Travel Insurance policies may only be purchased by Australian residents. For international travellers, please discuss your policy requirements with your local insurance provider.