Coral Expeditions , 4 Night Cairns - Lizard Island - Cairns
Our 4-night Cairns – Lizard Island – Cairns cruise is the perfect option for those guests wanting to spend the maximum amount of time exploring the colourful coral gardens of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a full day to discover two different sections of the rarely visited Ribbon Reefs, considered to be the most colourful and pristine reefs found anywhere along the entire length of the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the wonderful fringing reefs off Lizard Island and Two Isles. You will also have the opportunity to explore historic Cooktown and savour a full morning discovering spectacular Lizard Island.
Highlights: Cairns, Cooktown, Great Barrier Reef, Lizard Island, Spectacular Ribbon Reefs and more.
Inclusions: Accommodation in spacious, air-conditioned rooms serviced daily, all meals, morning and afternoon teas, post mixed soft drinks on board, 24 hour tea/coffee station, services of Expedition Staff and Guest Lecturers including, slide, film, powerPoint presentations, lectures and briefings, guided expedition touring and walks, use of comprehensive resource library and video resources, guided tours on our purpose built expedition vessel ‘Xplorer’, use of snorkelling equipment including masks, snorkels and fins, Captain’s eelcome and farewell cocktails, access to islands, marine and national parks, use of onboard facilities, port taxes and port charges imposed by government authorities, Australian GST where applicable.
Day 1: Cairns and Welcome
4:00pm board your Coral Princess Cruises small ship for a 5:00pm departure from Cairns. Cruise Trinity Bay, settle in and discover your home for the four nights. In the evening, join your crew and travelling companions on the top deck to enjoy a glass of champagne as you cruise northward, passing 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 delicious dinner.
Day 2: Cooktown and Great Barrier Reef
You have the morning to discover historic Cooktown which is steeped in history with buildings dating back to the 1870s. 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 James Cook historical museum, featuring original artefacts from Cook’s ship – HMS Endeavour. See the original anchor and cannon, jettisoned overboard after Endeavour struck a reef and began taking on water. Perhaps visit the Botanic Gardens, where you may catch a glimpse of some native Australian wildlife including kangaroos and wallabies in their natural habitat. This afternoon you visit one of the remote uninhabited islands of the Great Barrier Reef. Join your Marine Biologist for a glass bottom boat tour over the colourful coral gardens and discover some of the 1,500 species of tropical fish that call the reef home. You may wish to enjoy your first snorkelling opportunity for an up close view of the hundreds of varieties of coral growing on this section of reef. Your experienced crew will be on hand to provide assistance, advice and guided snorkelling tours for less experienced swimmers.
Day 3: Lizard Island, Reef and Snorkelling
This morning you awaken moored beside beautiful Lizard Island. The energetic may join your guides on a walk to ‘Cook’s Look’ on the island’s peak (hiking or running shoes required). 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 almost 250 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, offer some fantastic snorkelling opportunities. Discover giant clams and a profusion of tropical fish. Simply relax on the beach, join the Marine Biologist on a glass bottom boat tour, or for the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience accompany our Dive Instructor on an unforgettable SCUBA dive. The choice is yours! This afternoon you 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.
Day 4: Spectacular Ribbon Reefs
The Great Barrier Reef is not actually one continuous reef, but a series of individual coral cays stretching over 2,000 kilometres (1,200 miles) between the town of Bundaberg and the tip of Australia at Cape York. you spend today visiting two of the most spectacular 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. Your 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 your Dive Instructor to guide you on an unforgettable experience of a lifetime. This evening you enjoy your final memorable night cruising the Great Barrier Reef.
Day 5: Arrive Cairns
8:00am farewell your Captain, crew and new-found friends before disembarking at Trinity Wharf in Cairns.
This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. Throughout the expedition we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel.