FAR NORTH QUEENSLANDRevitalise on the Great Barrier Reef

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$5,590pp

Set sail to discover the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and embark on a journey of personal wellness that will leave you refreshed and revitalised.  Aboard the expedition ship, Coral Discoverer, a specially developed programme draws on the latest wellness practices and incorporates connections with culture and the natural environment to provide an enriching and immersive wellness experience.

Morning yoga classes at remote beachside locations, evening relaxation sessions and workshops on fitness and nutrition will help you achieve a feeling of space, freedom and mindfulness. With our wellness expert Kris Abbey and yoga and meditation practitioners Wendy Jones and Sue Pope from Soul Sisters, you’ll enjoy a customised wellness program against the backdrop of extraordinary marine life, World Heritage-listed rainforest and Indigenous cultural heritage.

Discover little-visited reefs and islands of the Great Barrier Reef while enjoying soul-nourishing cuisine. Relax and reconnect with nature while creating lifelong memories. Explore our underwater wonders with guided snorkelling and diving over remote outer coral reefs and share active walks on rainforest paths and isolated island outposts. At Cooktown, make unique connections with Indigenous culture. Awake each day surrounded by the seabirds and rhythm of the Coral Sea.

After your cruise, a personalised 4-week program is included, led by Kris Abbey, which will guide you through applying what you’ve learned on your wellness cruise into your day-to-day lifestyle.

The Coral Discoverer takes just 72 guests, all in ocean-view staterooms, so you can be assured of personal attention. You won’t get lost in the crowds here! It’s easy to get to know fellow guests in a relaxed and casual atmosphere with personal touches that just aren’t possible on larger ships.

Package Inclusions

Your cruise price includes: 

  • Expedition Voyage aboard Coral Discoverer
  • Snorkelling & scuba equipment
  • Expert Expedition Team, including a Great Barrier Reef expert Marine Biologist
  • Daily guided excursions on the Xplorer and Zodiac tender vessels, and kayaks where conditions allow
  • All meals on board, chef prepared
  • Showcase wines, selected beers and soft drinks with lunch and dinner service
  • 24 hour coffee and selection of teas
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Events, and Open Bridge Access with the Captain
  • Comprehensive and fully guided sightseeing in each destination
  • All entrance fees to National Parks and Ports

Plus!  Ultimate Cruising guests also receive chauffeur driven luxury car transfers to/from your nearest airport (within 35km) 

Your Ship

Coral Discoverer

A 35-year-old Australian pioneering expedition cruise company, Coral Expeditions operate and manage a fleet of four small expedition ships taking guests to some of the most beautiful, yet undiscovered, regions of Australia, Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Islands. Over 8,000 travellers from all over the world travel with Coral Expeditions every year who are attracted by the relaxed small ship atmosphere and itineraries which larger ships cannot replicate. The bespoke operations may sometimes not be commercially justifiable but result in a more personal product that guests appreciate.

At a time when the cruise industry is moving to larger and less personal ships, Coral Expeditions has limited the size of their ships to maximise the expedition experience. Their small-batch cuisine is freshly prepared onboard with a simplistic and generous approach to quality and freshness, accompanied by quality Australian wine. Coral Expeditions operate to high Australian standards of safety with Australian crew wherever they go. They were the first to offer interpretive programs reflective of the destinations they visit and to employ Expedition Leaders, Guest Lecturers, Marine Biologists, and SCUBA Instructors – a tradition that continues today.

Cruise Highlights

COOKTOWN

Come ashore in historic Cooktown and experience a traditional welcome to country ceremony. Share a spiritual connection through storytelling and the traditional smoking ceremony with the Guugu Yimithirr, the first people of this ancient country. Discover recent European history with a visit to the site where Lt. James Cook beached HMB Endeavour to effect repairs in 1770. Wander through the rare flora collection at the Botanic Gardens and visit James Cook Museum, where the story of Cook’s landing is told from an Aboriginal perspective and where artifacts are on display.

Take a walk to the summit of Grassy Hill and enjoy panoramic views of Cooktown, Endeavour River and the Coral Sea. Participate in a private Yoga Class in the historic Botanic Gardens before strolling through the rare flora collection.

Later, cruise towards Lizard Island, arriving in time for sunset drinks at Turtle Beach. After dinner, relax with a moving meditation under the stars to enhance overall health and wellbeing.

LIZARD ISLAND

We spend a whole day at Lizard Island where there is time to hike to the summit of Cook’s Look and enjoy the same view Lt. James Cook did when searching for safe passage through the maze of coral reefs. Snorkel over giant clam gardens, take a guided nature and reflection walk across Chinaman’s Ridge to the Blue Lagoon and enjoy a yoga class on the beach at Watson’s Bay.

Participate in a hands-on workshop and learn about the principles of nutrition and how to adopt them into everyday meal planning.

There may be an opportunity to visit Lizard Island Research Station, operated by the Australian Museum to facilitate coral reef research and education on the Great Barrier Reef.

OSPREY REEF

Osprey Reef is the summit of an undersea 2,000m mountain located beyond the continental shelf with no landmass visible. Enjoy amazing underwater visibility here, and observe magnificent corals, plummeting drop-offs and many fish in the crystalline waters. Osprey Reef is a highly prized tropical dive location amongst scuba divers, called an ‘oasis for living creatures of all kinds’ by Sir David Attenborough.

Enjoy a group Thai Massage class, participate in a nutritional afternoon tea cooking demonstration and prepare for a restful sleep with a group chant session.

Osprey Reef is a true expedition-style destination and our visit is subject to appropriate weather conditions.

RIBBON REEF #9

Awake early at the Ribbon Reef for a sunrise Qigong class coordinating body posture and movement in sequence. The Ribbon Reefs are a narrow line of outer coral reefs on the edge of the continental shelf and are renowned for their prolific marine life and extensive coral species.

Due to their location far offshore from the Australian coast, the Ribbon Reefs offer excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities, with Ribbon Reef #9 a favourite for its wide variety of marine life and pinnacles cloaked in coral. Join a guided snorkel tour led by our expert Expedition Team and witness this extraordinary ecosystem up close. These northern reefs are renowned for spotting iconic marine species such as potato cod, wrasse, sharks and turtles.

Steve’s Bommie at Ribbon Reef #3 rises from 30 metres deep up to just 5 metres below the water and attracts schools of bigeye trevally, barracuda, yellow-lined snapper, Moses perch, yellow-lined goatfish and many others. The amazing visibility and vibrant colours make it great for underwater photography.

DAINTREE RIVER & MACKAY REEF

Explore the 127km-long Daintree River which cuts through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest, the world’s oldest tropical rainforest. With an expert guide onboard we look for the region’s famed wildlife such as saltwater crocodiles, rare and endangered cassowaries and the prolific bird species that inhabit the forest and mangrove-lined river banks.

We learn more about the diverse Wet Tropics ecosystem that is the Daintree, which contains the largest habitat of flora and fauna in the world.

Afterwards, relax on the picturesque beach that is Mackay Cay, and enjoy snorkelling the pristine reef that surrounds it. Mackay Reef is a mid-shelf platform reef, with vibrant hard and soft corals abound. The northern side enjoys additional protection from the cay, making it the perfect playground for turtles.

FITZROY ISLAND & SUDBURY CAY

At Fitzroy Island enjoy a walk through the Secret Garden rainforest or for the more adventurous, a walk to the de-commissioned lighthouse rewards hikers with panoramic views of Coral Sea, islands and mainland mountain ranges.

Snorkel over the fringing reef, relax on the beach and lend a hand to the volunteers as we learn about the turtles at the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, where sick and injured turtles are cared for before being returned to the wild.

Late in the afternoon, we arrive at Sudbury Cay, a tiny sand cay that barely rises above the Coral Sea. Far removed from the bustle of civilisation, we slip off our shoes and feel the sand between our toes as the tropical waters of the Coral Sea lap gently against the shoreline. Surrounded by glistening sea and bathed in the glow of twilight, we enjoy sundowner drinks and the company of like-minded explorers as we relax and watch the sun gently sink below the horizon, enjoying the Captain’s Farewell Drinks at sunset on our own private sand island.

Departure Dates & Pricing

Departs: 

24 November 2021

CORAL DISCOVERER

TWIN SHARE PER PERSON

SOLE USE*

Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom

$8,390

n/a

Promenade Deck (Category A)

$7,290

n/a

Promenade Deck (Category B)

n/a

$10,035

Main Deck (Category A)

$6,150

n/a

Main Deck (Category B)

$5,590

n/a

Cruise Category
  • Luxury Expedition
  • Soft Adventure
ONBOARD FEATURES
  • Gratuities
  • Meals + Wine
  • On-Board Lecturer
  • Shore Excursions
Bonus
Itinerary Map Image

Trip itinerary

Day
Port
1
Cairns
2
Cooktown
3
Lizard Island
4
Osprey Reef
5
Ribbon Reef #9
6
Daintree River & Mackay Reef
7
Fitzroy Island & Sudbury Cay
8
Cairns

Technical Details

  • Tonnage 1779
  • Crew 24
  • Capacity 72
  • Length 63M

Cruise Category

  • Luxury Expeditions
  • Soft Adventures

Coral Discoverer

Fully equipped with latest technology active stabilizers, modern safety and navigation equipment, tender vessel that can seat all 72 passengers, an Australian and New Zealand crew, Coral Discoverer was built to the exacting international SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) standards and specifications in Cairns, Australia, with one aim in mind; to create the ultimate small ship cruising experience. Images courtesy of Coral Expeditions

VESSEL FEATURES