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One of the best ways to see the wonder of nature that is the Great Barrier Reef is a liveaboard cruise, allowing access to the remote and quiet parts of the reef and islands. The Coral Expeditions II catamaran is a great way to visit for all ages in comfort and with expert guidance. With a maximum of 44 guests, this is exclusive expedition cruising, with expert naturalist guides on board, special moorings and private beaches, not to mention excellent food. Coral Expeditions offer 3, 4 and 7 night cruises, covering the inner and outer reefs and Lizard Island on the 4 and 7 night itineraries.

At a Glance

  • Cook and Ribbon Reefs
  • Snorkelling & glass bottom boat excursions
  • Lizard Island beaches and reefs
  • Small ship reaches areas others can’t
  • Open bridge policy

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  • Days 1 - 2
    UK to Cairns
    • Depart London or your regional airport for your flight to Cairns
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  • Day 3
    Cairns & Port Douglas

    Arrive in Cairns where you will be met by your driver guide for a 1 hour transfer to tropical Port Douglas. Today you can relax at the hotel or head down to the sweeping bay of Four Mile Beach.

    • Arrive Port Douglas
    • Relax in the tropics
    • Four Mile Beach

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    Accommodation
    Peninsula Boutique Hotel
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  • Day 4
    Port Douglas

    Another day to relax in tropical Queensland. Optional excursions are available to Daintree Rainforest or aboriginal heritage experiences.

    • Optional rainforest and heritage tours

    Meals included: Breakfast & dinner

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    Coral Expedition - Great Barrier Reef Cruise
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  • Day 5
    Board Coral Expeditions II

    After a morning at leisure in Port Douglas, transfer to Cairns and board Coral Expeditions II, settle into your cabin and depart into the turquoise waters of the Queensland coast. Cruise Trinity Bay past the town of Palm Cove and Double Island with welcome drinks and Captain’s seafood buffet.

    • Morning at leisure
    • Depart on expedition cruise in small ship

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

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    Coral Expedition - Great Barrier Reef Cruise
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  • Day 6
    Barrier Reef & Cooktown

    After sailing north up the coast, this morning visit Cooktown, the James Cook museum and the botanic gardens where you may see kangaroos and wallabies. Then it’s to the nearby reef where you can snorkel among the teeming coral and take a glass bottom boat journey. Then relax under the stars after dinner as you travel along the coast and reef.

    • Cooktown
    • James Town museum
    • Botanic gardens
    • Reef snorkelling

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

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    Coral Expedition - Great Barrier Reef Cruise
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  • Day 7
    Lizard Island & Ribbon Reef

    Arrive this morning on Lizard Island, one of the world’s most beautiful tropical islands. Snorkel from the beach over the giant clam gardens and there’s an optional walk to Cook’s Look for beautiful views of the reef. This afternoon you will arrive at Ribbon Reef, one of the rarely visited outer reefs where you can snorkel or go out on the glass bottom boat with the marine biologist.

    • Beautiful Lizard Island
    • Rarely visited outer reef

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

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    Coral Expedition - Great Barrier Reef Cruise
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  • Day 8
    Ribbon Reefs

    Full day to explore the pristine Ribbon Reefs, accessed only by liveaboard cruises, a string of ten individual coral reefs, astounding in their biodiversity. There more chances for snorkelling and glass bottom boat trips, viewing different marine life at each stop. The day also includes Rachel Carson Reef and an onboard presentation.

    • Inaccessible Ribbon Reefs
    • Final chance to snorkel and see the reef

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

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    Coral Expedition - Great Barrier Reef Cruise
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  • Day 9
    Cairns

    Arrive this morning in Cairns. Or you may want to stay on board for the 7-night cruise and see the southern reef and islands. Transfer to your hotel in Cairns for some time to get your land legs back.

    Meals included: Breakfast

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    Accommodation
    Hilton Hotel Cairns
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  • Days 10 - 11
    Depart

    Transfer to the airport for your overnight departure to London. You may of course want to stay longer in Australia, the Barrier Reef cruise being easily combined with Sydney, Melbourne, the Red Centre or beyond.

    Meals included: Breakfast

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