For guests with more time and a great sense of adventure, this 7-night Cairns – Lizard Island – Hinchinbrook Island – Cairns cruise offers the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience! You will discover everything that this memorable region has to offer: the best parts of the Reef, spectacular rainforest trails and beautiful tropical islands including Lizard and Dunk, and the stunning Sudbury Cay.
Discover the very best of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef in style – our 7-night cruise offers the ultimate experience that will make you want to return again and again.
Departs Cairns: Every Monday at 5:00pm and every Friday. (reverse direction available)
Returns Cairns: Every Monday at 1:30pm.
- The complete Great Barrier Reef experience. Snorkel over colourful coral gardens, stroll golden sandy beaches and wander rainforest trails
- Experience the World Heritage-listed reef from our private moorings away from the tourist crowds
- 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
- Join an optional resort or certified SCUBA dive on the outer reef
DAY 1: CAIRNS
Cruise Trinity Bay and take in the views of Double Island and Palm Cove while enjoying welcome drinks and the seafood buffet.
DAY 2: HISTORIC COOKTOWN
Discover historic Cooktown, with building dating back to the 1870s. Visit the botanic gardens and the James Cook Museum to see original artefacts from the HMB Endeavour. Enjoy an afternoon snorkel and sunset drinks at Turtle Beach on Lizard Island, and see giant trevally and tawny nurse sharks during an after dinner fish feed off the back deck.
DAY 3: LIZARD ISLAND AND RIBBON REEFS
Enjoy the breath-taking natural beauty of Lizard Island. Join an optional hike to Cook’s Look in the early morning to survey the reef. Learn about the tragic fate of Mary Watson and snorkel from the beach over giant clam gardens. This afternoon visit the pristine Ribbon Reef #9 for snorkelling and diving.
DAY 4: RIBBON REEFS
Spend a full day discovering the Barrier Reef, with snorkelling, diving, and marine biologist led tours of Ribbon Reef #3 and Escape Reef.
DAY 5: CAIRNS AND SUDBURY CAY
Return to Trinity Wharf, Cairns in the morning and enjoy some time to explore. You may enjoy a complimentary visit to the Cairns Museum. Reboard your ship 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 for disembarkation.
Please Note: Due to weather, tides or mechanical reasons itineraries may be subject to change without notice.