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Cairns to Lizard Island Great Barrier Reef Cruise (from Cairns)

5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,522

Cruise scenic Trinity Bay then discover historic Cooktown. Uncover Lizard Island, the Ribbon Reefs and the incredibly rich coral gardens while swimming with spectacular marine life.

Cooktown and the picturesque islands of the Great Barrier Reef are yours to explore on this northbound cruise, departing from tropical Cairns.

Cruise by Double Island and Palm Cove to Cooktown, the northernmost town of Australia’s east coast. Explorer James Cook beached his vessel here in 1770. His crew made numerous discoveries while the ship was repaired, including what is believed to be the first sighting by Europeans of a kangaroo. Today however, visitors need only visit Cooktown’s Botanic Garden to see kangaroos, wallabies and other native animals. A marine biologist joins you for a glass bottom boat tour to meet over some of the Reef’s 1200 species of tropical fish.

Save some energy for Lizard Island, where your guide will take you on a walk to ‘Cook’s Look’ for spectacular views out over the surrounding islands. You’ll have the opportunity to try snorkeling or SCUBA diving before going on to spectacular Ribbon Reefs. The coral gardens here showcase the Great Barrier Reef at its most spectacular. The fish are joined by sea turtles, giant clams, rays, and over 200 distinct species of birds, for the ultimate underwater wildlife experience.


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5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,522

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Day 1

Depart Cairns

4:00pm: Board your Coral Expeditions small ship for a 5:00pm departure from Cairns. As you depart Cairns and cruise Trinity Bay, there is time to settle in and discover your home for the next four nights. In the evening, join the crew and your fellow travellers in the lounge to enjoy a glass of champagne as you cruise northward with views of Double Island and the pretty beachside village of Palm Cove. Admire a spectacular sunset over the World Heritage-listed rainforest of the Macalister Range before sitting down to a sumptuous dinner.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration4 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


You have the morning to discover historic Cooktown. It was here that the famous explorer Captain James Cook took refuge during his voyage of discovery after claiming Australia as a British colony in 1770. You have the option to visit Cooktown's fascinating historical museum, featuring artefacts from Cook's ship, Endeavour. See the original anchor and cannon, jettisoned overboard after Endeavour struck a reef and began taking on water. Cooktown is steeped in history with most stone buildings dating back almost a century. Enjoy time to discover Cooktown at your own pace. Perhaps visit the Botanic Gardens, where you may catch a glimpse of native Australian wildlife including kangaroos and wallabies.

This afternoon, you will visit one of the remote uninhabited islands of the Great Barrier Reef. Join the marine biologist for a glass bottom boat tour over the colourful coral gardens and discover some of the 1,500 species of tropical fish found in these waters. Enjoy your first snorkelling opportunity for an up-close view of the hundreds of varieties of coral growing on this section of reef. The experienced crew will be on hand to provide assistance, advice and guided snorkelling tours for less experienced swimmers.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Lizard Island

This morning, awaken moored beside the beautiful Lizard Island. The energetic may join the guides on a walk to 'Cook's Look' on the island's peak. It was from here, the highest lookout on this part of the reef, that Captain Cook was able to navigate a safe passage back through the treacherous waters after repairing the Endeavour near Cooktown over 200 years ago. A photographer's delight, the views from the lookout over the World Heritage-listed reef and surrounding tropical islands are magnificent. Lizard Island's fringing reef, in the shallow waters just metres off the beach, offers some fantastic snorkelling opportunities. Discover giant clams and a profusion of fish. Enjoy the remainder of the morning at your leisure. You may wish to simply relax on the golden beach soaking up the sun, join the marine biologist for a glass bottom boat tour, or for the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience, take the plunge with the dive instructor on a guided SCUBA dive. The choice is yours!

This afternoon, cruise to Ribbon Reef No. 9, a spectacular and seldom visited part of the reef where your activities will include more snorkelling opportunities and glass bottom boat tours with the marine biologist.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Ribbon Reef No. 3 and Rachel Carson Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is not actually one continuous reef, but a series of thousands of individual coral cays stretching over 3,000 kilometres between the town of Bundaberg and the tip of Australia at Cape York. Spend today visiting two of the most pristine sections of the reef, Ribbon Reef No. 3 and Rachel Carson Reef. Explore the coral gardens and marine life with guided snorkelling and glass bottom boat tours. The on board marine biologist will explain the natural history and evolution of the reef and help you discover the local wildlife, which includes sea turtles, giant clams, rays and over 200 different species of native birds. Today will also be your last opportunity to experience the reef through SCUBA diving, so allow the dive instructor to guide you on an unforgettable experience of a lifetime. This evening, enjoy your final memorable night cruising the Great Barrier Reef.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Arrive Cairns

8:00am: Bid farewell to your Captain, crew and new-found friends before disembarking at Trinity Wharf in Cairns.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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Every Monday from Cairns at 5.00pm, returning Friday at 8.00am

Departures from Jan 14 - Mar 4, 2019 will take place Coral Expeditions I


  • Accommodation for 4 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.


  • Items of a personal nature such as telephone, facsimile charges, laundry and bar charges
  • Travel insurance
  • Costs associated with scuba diving
  • International and Domestic airfare and airfare taxes


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 seats/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availablity. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.


23 Nov 2020
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