Asia / Pacific Australia Cruise

Great Barrier Reef Cruises

This classic Australia small ship cruise uncovers the secrets of the Great Barrier Reef—an incredible underwater world hidden just beneath the water’s surface. Whether you experience the reef by glass-bottom boat, snorkeling or diving, it is a mystical world filled with coral, marine life and vibrant tropical fish. The informative crew will always be on hand to provide assistance and information about the fascinating reef life and habitat. An experienced dive instructor will also be there to support the exhilarating experience of scuba diving around the Great Barrier Reef.  

Discover a paradise of remote and uninhabited islands, become a lazy beachcomber or an inquisitive adventurer. The starkness of the remote and unique coral cays will fascinate you. Go snorkeling and coral viewing among teeming fish life on pristine outer reefs and exclusive mooring destinations, offering a unique and unmatched experience of the Reef, all abundant with marine life and dancing corals.

Discover Cooktown’s fascinating historical museum, offering artifacts including the original anchor and cannon that was jettisoned overboard after Captain James Cook’s ship Endeavour struck a reef and began taking on water. Or visit the Botanic Gardens, where you may catch a glimpse of native Australian wildlife including kangaroos and wallabies. In Cairns, take time to independently explore the city or join an included visit to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park for a taste of indigenous culture. Stop over on a private island for a gourmet beach BBQ during your cruise. And take a rainforest walk on Dunk Island to uncover its unique flora and fauna.

Board the 42-guest Coral Expeditions II from Cairns for a 4-, 5- or 8-day Great Barrier Reef small ship cruise and enjoy one of the most comprehensive reef tours in Australia. In addition to the 8-day north-to-south itinerary, there is also a reverse south-to-north 8-day itinerary.

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