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Great Barrier Reef

Expedition Cruises on the Outer Great Barrier Reef

Coral Expeditions pioneered expedition cruises on the outer reaches of the Great Barrier Reef four decades ago and have forged a reputation for excellence and expertise. These expedition voyages take you to explore hidden corners, uninhabited sand cays, small islands and pristine reef systems. Along the way, find freedom and solitude amid this iconic seascape. The Great Barrier Reef is in our DNA and we ensure the most immersive and educational experience possible. Our expert guides share their knowledge with you above and below the water, bringing you close to the natural wonders and wildlife, and giving you a deep understanding of this precious destination.

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Great Barrier Reef Voyage Logs

Great Barrier Reef

Citizen Science on the Great Barrier Reef, 

23 October to 06 November 2023

“Today marked a pivotal continuation of our expedition, delving further into uncharted territories for Coral Expeditions – traversing the islands of the Coral Sea Marine Park. This marine reserve stands as Australia’s largest, sprawling across 989,836 square kilometers, hosting 34 extensive reefs, about 67 cays and islets, and encompassing approximately 15,000 square kilometers of shallow reefs.”

Outerknown Adventures on the Great Barrier Reef, 

23-30 November 2022

“The visits to all of the reefs along the way only got better and better, a lot of us were saying that the ribbon reefs were the highlight of the trip because of all the amazing life we were able to see including a plethora of different fish, giant clams, moray eels and some very shy sharks. A fantastic day out on the reef topped off with Captains Drinks on the top of Coral Discoverer.”

Minke Whales - Citizen Science Voyage

Citizen Science on the Great Barrier Reef

30 June – 10 July 2021

“After a delightful lunch, by 14:00 we were all ready and rearing to transfer over in the Xplorer to Sudbury Cay. The snorkelers jumped into cool, clear water to explore the sand-separated bommies. The certified divers geared up, did some dive refresher skills, and went over to see the GBR Legacy team collecting corals in about 7m of water – before going to explore and seeing a white-tip reef shark & a swimming flatworm – amongst other things.”

Day 4 - Osprey reef - GRB - 25.11.2022

Outkneron Adventures on the Great Barrier Reef

October 2020

“The visits to all of the reefs along the way only got better and better, a lot of us were saying that the ribbon reefs were the highlight of the trip because of all the amazing life we were able to see including a plethora of different fish, giant clams, moray eels and some very shy sharks. A fantastic day out on the reef topped off with Captains Drinks on the top of Coral Discoverer.”

Discover the Great Barrier Reef onboard Coral Discoverer

Our purpose-designed small ship Coral Discoverer is built for expedition cruising, with refined steering capabilities, shallow draught and nimble Xplorer tenders. Onboard, enjoy fresh seasonal cuisine and boutique Australian wines and brews. With an intimate atmosphere and our renowned warm Australian hospitality, you will quickly feel at home on your Great Barrier Reef expedition.

Exploring Remote Reaches of the Great Barrier Reef

Covering an area of over 2600km and encompassing more than 900 islands, The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest living structure and home to an abundant and thriving array of marine and birdlife species. It holds pride-of-place as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World and is a UNESCO World Heritage area.

Day 4 - Osprey reef - GRB - 25.11.2022

Citizen Science on the Great Barrier Reef – Coral Discoverer

5th November 2023
Learn about the adventures of our guests aboard Coral Discoverer as they journey into the Great Barrier Reef with Citizen Science.
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Day 3 25.11.22 Mackay Reef KT (41)

Outerknown Adventures on the Great Barrier Reef – Coral Discoverer

20th December 2022
We had all come from far and wide, but we were all very happy to see and board the Coral Discoverer. It was a hot day in Cairns as to be expected at this time of year, but the prospect of the ocean breeze when under sail was a very exciting one.
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Day 4. 23.01.22. Stanley Island. Cara (54)

Voyage Log: Outerknown Adventures on the Great Barrier Reef – Coral Geographer

28th November 2022
Turnaround day is always frenetic. The ship has to be serviced, stores loaded, departing crew signed off and their replacements established. The new guests of course are oblivious to all this. They had gathered at the Pullman Hotel in Cairns where they were met by our shoreside staff.
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Posts from our Great Barrier Reef voyages

Dive into the Great Barrier Reef with Coral Expeditions 🪸 Join our upcoming Citizen Science voyage for an immersive scientific expedition in partnership with @australiangeographic 

🐠Gain access to remote reefs teeming with vibrant marine life
🐢Visit the Fitzroy Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre 
🌴Savor sunset drinks on a secluded Coral Sea island

Visit our website to view the itinerary & book online. Link in bio.

#ExploreTNQ #GreatBarrierReef
We pioneered extended expedition cruises on the outer reaches of the Great Barrier Reef 40 years ago and have forged a reputation for excellence and expertise in that time. Aboard our expedition vessel Coral Discoverer, join us as we embark on an adventure to the remote and untouched Northern reefs. We explore the hidden corners, uninhabited sand cays, small islands and pristine reef systems. Along the way find freedom and solitude amidst this iconic seascape. Share the journey with soaring seabirds and swim, dive and snorkel at far-flung Osprey and Ribbon Reefs. Learn about ancient indigenous culture and Australian heritage at historic Cooktown. Stretch your legs with a hike to the summit of “Cooks Look”. Enjoy a sundowner with the sand beneath your toes and the setting sun at deserted Sudbury Cay. Onboard, you will be accompanied by expert guides including a Marine Biologist, and our purpose designed small ships are custom built for expedition cruising.
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🎥 Expedition Leader Karla Pound

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Sunset beach drinks 🥂 
What a way to end the day!!
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🎥 Expedition Leader @karla_inthewild 
#CoralExpeditions #CoralDiscoverer #ExploreTNQ #ExploreCairnsGBR #SeeAustralia #HolidayHereThisYear #GreatBarrierReef #Cairns #ExpeditionCruise #ThisIsQueensland
Enjoy a day exploring Forbes Island, an excellent spot for swimming, scuba, snorkelling or glass-bottom boat tours from the pristine sandy beaches. Hear the story of beche-de-mer fisherman Frederick Lancaster who inhabited this island and visit his gravesite.
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🎥 Expedition Leader @karla_inthewild 
#CoralExpeditions #CoralDiscoverer #ExploreTNQ #ExploreCairnsGBR #SeeAustralia #HolidayHereThisYear #GreatBarrierReef #Cairns #thetip #ExpeditionCruise #ThisIsQueensland

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