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Cairns to Hinchinbrook Island Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Cairns

4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,193

Embark on a cruise that introduces all the hidden jewels of the Great Barrier Reef. Explore Hinchinbrook Island, a tropical paradise, spending time snorkelling, diving and soaking up the sun.

If you haven’t explored the Great Barrier Reef on the water, you really haven’t explored it at all. This 3 day journey takes you south from Cairns to fascinating Hinchinbrook Island before returning along the outer edges of the Reef.

After a delicious lunch at Trinity Bay, a marine biologist will prepare you for the chance to feed some of the Reef’s tropical fish. This unique environment is home to over 1200 species of fish and 500 species of coral. Close to the Queensland shore, cruise through Hinchinbrook Channel, keeping an eye out for its spectacular sea life including crocodiles, dolphins, turtles and dugongs.

At Hinchinbrook Island, enjoy a gourmet beach BBQ and guided nature walk. Spectacular fringing reefs surround this lesser known paradise. Strap on your snorkel, join our dive instructor or climb aboard a glass bottom boat to explore. Or just enjoy the unspoiled beaches and crystal blue waters for the ultimate in Reef-style relaxation. Join your guide for a walk through the Dunk Island rainforest, then journey through the coral gardens of nearby Nathan Reef. One last stop takes you to beautiful Fitzroy Island before returning to Cairns.


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4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,193

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Day 1

Depart Cairns

10:00am: Board your Coral Expeditions small ship for an 11:00am departure from Cairns. As you depart Cairns and cruise Trinity Bay there is time meet your fellow travellers, settle in and explore your home for the next three nights. After a delicious lunch on board, you will arrive at the exclusive Great Barrier Reef mooring at Thetford Reef and Sudbury Cay. Join the marine biologist aboard the glass bottom boat for your first encounter with the reef before gathering on the snorkel deck to participate in a fish feed. Discover some of the 1,500 species of fish that live on the reef, including Spangled Emperor, Giant Trevally and the Hump-Headed Maori Wrasse as they are hand fed by the marine biologist. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon to snorkel in the shallow waters for up-close views of the hundreds of varieties of colourful corals and tropical fish. The experienced crew will be on hand to provide assistance, advice and guided snorkelling tours for less experienced swimmers. In the evening, join your crew and travelling companions in the top deck lounge as the sun spectacularly sets over the reef before sitting down to a memorable dinner.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights

Coral Expeditions II

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  • Coral Expeditions II

    At just 35 metres in length, Coral Expeditions II is the ideal small ship for discovering the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Small enough to allow snorkelling directly from the ship, yet equipped with the facilities of a much larger vessel, your cruise aboard Coral …

    At just 35 metres in length, Coral Expeditions II is the ideal small ship for discovering the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Small enough to allow snorkelling directly from the ship, yet equipped with the facilities of a much larger vessel, your cruise aboard Coral Princess II will be truly memorable. Refurbished during early 2015, Coral Expeditions II is fully equipped for the ultimate Great Barrier Reef cruising experience. Australian flagged, registered and staffed, Coral Expeditions II was purpose-built for cruising in this region and is the ideal size to access the very best parts of the Great Barrier Reef. Coral Expeditions II operates an open bridge policy, allowing you to spend time with the Captain and his maritime crew as you cruise.


    • Bar
    • Gift Shop
    • Laundry Facilities (Surcharge)
    • Library
    • Lounge
    • Scuba Diving
    • Spa/Jacuzzi
    • Sundeck
    • WiFi

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Day 2

Hinchinbrook Island

Awaken this morning as we cruise the spectacular Hinchinbrook Channel, discovering Hinchinbrook Island's towering cliffs and mangrove eco-systems. Subject to tides, we 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 myriad marine life including crocodiles, dolphins, turtles and dugongs, all of which feed on the region's plentiful sea grasses and can often be seen frolicking in these waters. Next, enjoy the afternoon to discover your very own tropical island paradise. We invite you to join us on the beach for a gourmet beach BBQ, freshly prepared by the Captain. Explore the island's rainforest on a guided nature walk. The islands fringing reef, in the shallow waters just metres off the beach, offers fantastic snorkelling, including the opportunity to view a giant clam garden. Admire the colourful corals from the glass bottom boat with the Marine Biologist, join our Dive Instructor on a guided SCUBA dive or simply relax on the long stretch of golden beach and soak up the sun, the choice is yours!

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Dunk Island

Join your naturalist guides on a fascinating rainforest walk discovering Dunk Island's unique flora and fauna. You may be lucky enough to see the brightly coloured blue-winged Ulysses Butterfly, impossible to miss against the ancient rainforest background. Keen birdwatchers should keep an eye out for many of the up to 100 species of native birds recorded on the island, including the Yellow-bellied Sunbird, Emerald Dove and Orange-footed Scrubfowl.

Following lunch, discover Nathan Reef at your own pace. From the exclusive mooring experience some of the most colourful coral gardens that can be found anywhere along the entire length of the reef. View many of the 400 different species of coral living in this World Heritage listed wonderland. Venture into the warm tropical waters to explore the corals and marine life on a guided snorkelling tour and join the marine biologist for a glass bottom boat tour. For the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience, accompany your dive instructor on an unforgettable SCUBA dive.

Later, discover some of the amazing creatures living on the reef at the on-board display tank. Enjoy the rare opportunity for a close up look at sea cucumbers, brightly coloured starfish and other marine life. Laze away the late afternoon on the sun deck, enjoying the comfortable onboard facilities including the spa pool and sun lounges. Tonight, enjoy another sumptuous dinner in the on board dining room as you settle in for a final night cruising the Great Barrier Reef.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Arrive 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 reefs, just metres from the beach in the sheltered waters. Following lunch, early this afternoon cruise through Trinity Bay before arriving in tropical Cairns at 1:30pm for disembarkation at Trinity Wharf.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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Departs Cairns every Friday at 11.00am and ending in Cairns on Monday at 1.30pm


  • Accommodation for 3 nights on board the Coral Princess or Coral Princess II
  • Presentations by a marine biologist
  • An introductory scuba experience for first time divers
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Glass bottom boat
  • Access to the marine and national parks
  • All meals including morning and afternoon tea
  • 24 hour tea, coffee and soda fountain


  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature


Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

18 Dec 2020
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