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Sunshine, swimming and snorkelling... sound good?

Sunshine, swimming and snorkelling... sound good?

If 2020 has got you down a bit and a touch of sunshine and relaxation sounds good, take a look at this Great Barrier Reef cruise with Coral Expeditions.  It’s not your typical cruise to the usual spots – this one is going to show you the real reef where there aren’t as many people and the reefs are remote and untouched.  Hidden corners, uninhabited sand cays, small islands and pristine reef systems … now this is the Great Barrier Reef we want to see!

Coral Expeditions began operation 35 years ago, making a name for themselves as a pioneering expedition company.  That doesn’t mean you’re travelling rough – au contraire!  You couldn’t be in better hands.   Travelling with just 72 guests means extra attentive service where the crew know you by name, more personal excursions and the opportunity to meet other passengers. 

What makes these cruises so cool is that each voyage is different.  Because the ship is small, it allows for extra flexibility to amend the itinerary slightly to allow for weather conditions, events or wildlife viewing opportunities.  So while they give an indicative day-by-day itinerary, this could vary when the Captain and the Expedition Team get together to make any changes to maximise the experience.

Speaking of the Expedition Team, this is part of what really makes these voyages.  They’re experts in their field and will provide you with insights and commentary on culture, history, geology, plants and wildlife.

The crew are Australian’s and New Zealanders who sharing their passion for the destination.  You can check out the engine room, watch the chefs at work in the galley or have a chat with your Captain or officers on the bridge.  They’re one of the most friendly and down-to-earth crew you’ll find.

So where does this cheeky little cruise go, I hear you ask?  You’ll step aboard in Cairns and spend a wonderful week exploring Cooktown, Lizard Island, Osprey Reef, Ribbon Reef #9, Hope Island, Daintree River, Ribbon Reef #3 and Fitzroy Island.   On your final evening, you’ll enjoy the Captain’s farewell drinks at sunset on the tiny sand island of Sudbury Cay. 

During your cruise, you walk amongst the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest, learn about indigenous culture and Australian heritage at Cooktown, visit a turtle rehabilitation centre, learn about conservation on the Great Barrier Reef and more.  Of course, there’s plenty of swimming, snorkelling and diving opportunities too!

You can see the full itinerary and further details here.  Also, to find out what health and safety measures have been implemented following the Covid-19 pandemic, click here to see Coral Expeditions’ SailSAFE policy. 

And last but certainly not least, we have a fantastic offering on this cruise with a $500 per person Travel Credit, 1 night pre-cruise accommodation, chauffeur driven luxury car transfers to/from your home to airport and a flexible deposit offer.  Click here to see the details!


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