Australia – Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef Cruise

  • Orion
  • Luxury Expedition Ship
  • 106 Capacity
  • 6 Days
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  • Price from
  • $999,999,999

Summary : Explore the most beautiful parts of Australia’s stunning Great Barrier Reef aboard your own private mega-yacht, featuring guest chefs, and wine and food workshops with special tastings and fine dining. The reef, a World Heritage Site, is the world’s largest ecological structure and home to over 1,500 species of fish. Zodiac safaris allow you to snorkel and swim over pristine and seldom-visited sections of the reef, alive with corals and teeming with tropical fish. Enjoy complimentary access to five-star Hamiliton Island, including access to the snorkeling heaven of Hardy Reef. At Percy Island, enjoy kayaking and a fresh seafood beach barbecue. Spend some time at either end of your journey in sub-tropical cosmopolitan Brisbane and Cairns. The coral cay of Lady Elliot Island is regarded as one of the best diving and snorkeling locations on the Great Barrier Reef and is famous for its pristine coral and array of marine life. With exceptionally clear water all year round, you may see turtles, dolphins and all varieties of spectacular coral and fish as well as Manta Rays. Be sure to spend some time at either end of your journey in sub-tropical cosmopolitan Brisbane and Cairns with their natural attractions and World Heritage listed rainforests.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Snorkeling

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Itinerary
Day 1
Cairns, Queensland

The Cairns region is internationally-recognized for world-class attractions, superb natural features and friendly north Queensland hospitality. It is the focal point for the magnificent World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and is surrounded by tropical rainforests. Visitors enjoy browsing at indigenous art galleries, shopping at the night markets and dining out on multicultural cuisine in the many restaurants along the esplanade.

Day 2
Hardy Reef

This morning, your ship will anchor close to Hardy Reef’s “Reef World” floating pontoon, moored at one of the most vibrant spots on the Great Barrier Reef. The reef stretches for over 1,550 miles, is the world’s largest ecological structure ever built by living creatures, and is home to over 1,500 species of fish. Enjoy complimentary and exclusive access to the Reef World pontoon at the best time of day. There is an underwater viewing chamber built into the platform and snorkeling on the reef is as simple as putting on your masks and fins and slipping into the water. The Reef World semi-submersible will also conduct complimentary tours throughout the morning so those who would like to see more of the reef whilst keeping their feet dry are able to do so. An exceptional helicopter ride over the reef for a great view of all its spectacular formations is available at an additional cost, as is certified SCUBA diving for those with the appropriate experience and qualifications.

Day 3
Hamilton Island

One of the best known islands on the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island is the largest inhabited island in the Whitsunday Island group. Originally developed in the 1970's by Keith Williams, the island has continued to grow and develop over the years. As with most of the Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton was formed as sea levels rose over time, "drowning" once coastal mountain ranges, turning them into islands.

Enjoy complimentary access to many of the facilities offered by five-star Hamilton Island today. A tropical climate, picturesque beaches, and stunning coral reefs provide the backdrop to the day’s activites.

Day 4
Percy Island

The explorer Matthew Flinders visited the Percy Isles in September 1802 and described one of the coves as "one of the prettiest little places imaginable." Middle Percy, the largest of the three islands in the group, is a favorite stop for cruising yachtsmen between the tropical north and southern seas. An A-frame hut on the beach is decorated with memorabilia and souvenirs from these yachts. Middle Percy was first settled in 1870 and today the homestead is occupied by the island caretakers.

Today, explore the beaches and surf of this beautiful area. Relax in the shade or kayak along the coast and estuaries of Middle Percy (tide and weather permitting). The island has a series of walking trails where you may come across resident population of Emu and other native and introduced wildlife. A sumptuous beach BBQ will be provided.

Day 5
Lady Elliot Island

Lady Elliot is a true coral cay island located at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, 80kms north east of Bundaberg (north of Fraser Island). The island is regarded as one of the best diving and snorkeling locations on the Great Barrier Reef and is famous for its prisitine coral reef and amazing array of spectacular marine life. Situated in a tidal lagoon and surrounded by a vast reef of living coral, the island is a rainbow of colors, from the surrounding turquoise and azure waters to the stunning white coral beaches and lush green vegetation.

Day 6
Brisbane, Queensland

Situated midway up the east coast of Australia is Brisbane, capital city of Queensland. With the Gold Coast beaches to the south and the Sunshine Coast to the north, Brisbane is well situated to complete your journey and to enjoy the city and surroundings.

Notes

Ports of call may be subject to weather and tidal conditions, and are subject to change.

Optional Excursions:
Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details and prices on optional excursions including, but not limited to: Hardy Reef Scuba Dive; Lady Elliott Island Scuba Dive. 

Included:
Accommodations onboard the ship; all meals onboard; 24-hour room service; entertainment and educational programs; use of ship's sporting equipment and facilities; port & handling charges; Zodiac excursions and tender transfers; access to the ship's library; government fees and taxes; service of 75 experienced crew; beach BBQ.

Not Included:
Airfare; items of a personal nature such as travel and medical insurance; laundry charges; shopping onboard; bar expenses; hair dressing and massage treatments; optional shore excursions; medical treatment; telephone and internet charges.