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Coral Expeditions II

5 Day Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Cairns incl Lizard Island

The custom-made Coral Expeditions II is 35 metres in length and carries just 44 passengers on a range of exciting cruises on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The ship offers a selection of spacious and elegant accommodation and her amenities include a dining room, spacious lounge with cocktail bar, large sun deck with comfortable deck chairs and teak furnishings, reference library and plasma screens. The Coral Expedition II also has a sister ship, the Coral Expedition I, which offers the same high level of service and facilities. The itineraries listed may be offered on either the Coral Expedition I or the Coral Expedition II.





Embark the ship at Trinity Wharf Cruise Liner Terminal, Cairns at 16:30hrs.

Day 1: Cairns

You are welcomed on board the Coral Expedition II by your friendly crew this afternoon. Departing Cairns and cruise Trinity Bay you will have time to meet your fellow passengers and crew and have a glass of champagne. the ship will 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.

Day 2: Cooktown

Arrive in Cooktown in the morning, once refuge for the famous explorer Captain James Cook. You will the opportunity to visit Cooktown's fascinating historical museum, featuring artifacts from Cook's ship - Endeavour. Cooktown is steeped in history with most stone buildings dating back almost a century, enjoy some time here exploring at your own pace. In the afternoon visit the remote uninhabited islands of the Great Barrier Reef where you may join the marine biologist for a glass bottom tour over the colourful coral gardens. You may also enjoy your first snorkeling experience.

Day 3: Lizard Island

Wake up moored beside the beautiful Lizard Island. You may join a guided walk to 'Cook's Look', the highest point on the island overlooking the reef. Views from the lookout over the World Heritage Site and surrounding tropical islands are nothing short of spectacular. Lizard Island's fringing reef, in the shallow waters just metres off the beach, offers some fantastic snorkelling opportunities. Relax on the beach, snorkel or SCUBA dive the around the reef.

Day 4: Ribbon Reef - Rachel Carson Reef

Today you will visit two of the most pristine sections of the Great Barrier Reef, Ribbon Reef No.3 and Rachel Carson Reef. Here you may explore the coral gardens and marine life with guided snorkelling and glass bottom boat tours. The Marine Biologist will help explain the natural history and help you discover the local wildlife including sea turtles, giant clams, rays and over 200 different species of native birds. This evening, enjoy your final memorable night cruising the Great Barrier Reef.

Day 5: Cairns

Arrive back in Cairns at 08:00am where you will disembark the ship at Trinity Wharf.


Disembark the ship at Trinity Wharf Cruise Liner Terminal, Cairns at 08:00hrs.


  • 4 Nights' accommodation on board the Coral Expedition II
  • All meals, morning and afternoon teas, soda fountain soft drinks
  • Tea and barista-style coffee are available at all times
  • Sightseeing and excursions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Use of snorkelling equipment, masks, fins, and flotation vests
  • Guided glass bottom boat coral viewing and snorkelling excursions
  • An introductory SCUBA diving skills session is available for first time divers
  • Presentations by Marine Biologists
  • Post Cruise transfer to Cairns CBD accommodation or Cairns Airport


  • Government Environmental Management Charge (EMC) - an additional cost of approximately AUD 19.50 per person which will be charged on board
  • International transportation
  • Flight from Cairns to Townsville or v.v (this can be purchased in advance - please call to book)
  • Scuba diving
  • Beverages (except those mentioned above)
  • Gratuities
  • Visas
  • Personal insurance
  • Single rooms will be offered to genuine single travelers only, i.e those passengers who are not travelling with any acquaintances. For those guests who elect to have their own single room rather than sharing with an acquaintance a 25% sole use surcharge will apply.

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